False Prophets and Teachers

I believe this article is of great value, please take the time to read and study along. I know from experience that the Lord is still bringing people out of false doctrine so it isn’t too late for anyone to see the truth, regardless of who has deceived you or those you love. Stand fast and pray.

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                                     FALSE PROPHETS AND TEACHERS

“God is light. In him there is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5b)

“See to it, then, that the light within you isn’t darkness.”(Luke 11:35)

“A wicked and adulterous generation seeks a sign. “ (Matthew 12:39)

“…I hate every false way.” (Psalm 119:128b)

 “…Do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)     

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

“We demolish…every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God….” (2 Cor. 10:5a)

In Acts 20:29-35, Paul warns believers that, after he departs, ravenous wolves will come among them, not sparing the flock. Even from amongst the brethren,  evil men will…

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13 thoughts on “False Prophets and Teachers

  1. Hi I’ve been reading your blog for a few months and it’s certainly changed the way I view charismatic churches as well. I was talking to a friend about the signs and wonders in the church and in our church but the response back was why shouldn’t God give us signs and miracles and we don’t know gods plan or mind. How do we know then that the signs and wonders, example gold dust, feathers etc etc are not of God? In our church it is accepted that those things are God obviously because they feel gods presence there. It’s still quite confusing to me although I’m sure we don’t need to see that stuff but to live by faith alone! I’m going to alone in my discoveries as no one will want to hear the other side unfortunately, and seem quite happy with unusual happenings within the church, mind you, I’ve only shared with a couple of people but the general idea is that why wouldn’t God want to do whatever he wants in church. Keep up the good work with this blog
    Fedra from australia

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    • Fedra, where in the bible does it point out that God rains down gold dust and feathers? What does the presence of God feel like? These are important questions and the right answers will take you to the truth. I’ve discussed it here, often.

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      • Mkayla, I’ve noticed you seem to categorize anything which specifically isn’t mentioned in the Bible as being not from God, as if omissions regarding details are synonymous with falsehood. The Bible is not a law-book, but a book which points us to relationship with Christ (Jn. 5:39, Gal. 3:24-25). Within the realm of relationship with Christ, God has the liberty to do anything which does not contradict His nature. Could you please explain (via scripture) the basis of your judgments against what you’re speaking against (gold dust, etc?) How does gold dust contradict the nature of God? If He choses to do something like this (perhaps sharing a bit of the gold from the streets of heaven (Rev. 21:21); perhaps symbolizing the way being travelled is in line with His Kingdom (as per the streets of Heaven) (I’m not creating a doctrine, I’m just saying I don’t see this contradicting His Word or nature as you are declaring.). I happen to know true people of God who are missionaries, preaching the Gospel, giving their lives that people may come to know Christ, and they’ve experienced the gold dust; they’ve also been beaten, stoned, and left for dead — yes, in this day and age. Obviously we don’t get enamored with gold dust — but if it’s there — great! Enjoy it! At the same time, lets keep our eyes on Jesus and not on gold dust — firmly connected to the head, Christ. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, then these “extras” can be enjoyed, but not end up as a distraction.

        I’m definitely not one to put stock in gold dust and such — but I see nothing in scripture that would allow you to declare and judge that it can’t be from God.

        I also feel you’re not regarding the context of scripture. In this post you seem to be alluding that signs are equated with false prophets, when Jesus, to the contrary declared, “17 And these SIGNS will FOLLOW THOSE WHO BELIEVE. In My name they will cast out DEMONS; they will speak with new TONGUES; 18 they will take up SERPENTS; and if they drink anything DEADLY, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the SICK, and they will RECOVER.” (Mark 16:17-18)

        If Jesus said signs will follow believers, then it would obviously be wrong to equate signs with false prophets. In fact, there’s scriptural precedent to question one’s salvation if signs are not following you. Jesus’ life was full of signs. From the star at his birth, to the multitude of healing and miracles. And Jesus said His followers would do the same things and greater. (Jn. 14:12) Again, obviously, we are not to follow signs — the signs are to follow us (believers), but let us not lead people to believe that signs are evil.

        Signs are for unbelievers; believers don’t need a sign. But God is not opposed to giving signs so that people can taste and see that He is good. Hence, Mk. 16:17-18)

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      • Thanks mykayla, just as I thought!!! I’ve felt VERY UNCOMFORTABLE with just about EVERYTHING that happens in our church from day 1!!!! But went along with it as I thought it was all God – but I do have discernment and the stuff I’ve seen and read here on this blog has been eye opening and amazing and Thankyou for it!!!! Paul, you’ve got to be kidding me!! Why oh why would God feel the need to rain down gold dust feathers etc etc when we live by faith and by his word?? Plenty of miracles do occur in the mission fields and such that don’t have anything to do with gold and another thing is these churches ARE practising NEW AGE TECHNIQUES!!!! That’s plenty enough reason right there to run for the hills and don’t look back!! The people I’ve met at our church are nice, never said they weren’t ,but they blindly believe everything is from God or the Holy Spirit and we are seriously Bethelised!!! Every guest speaker comes out from bethel! And the gospel is really not preached all that much!! But look, each to their own – everyone will find out in their own way 😄

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  2. Mkayla, I’ve noticed you seem to categorize anything which specifically isn’t mentioned in the Bible as being not from God, as if omissions regarding details are synonymous with falsehood. The Bible is not a law-book, but a book which points us to relationship with Christ (Jn. 5:39, Gal. 3:24-25). Within the realm of relationship with Christ, God has the liberty to do anything which does not contradict His nature. Could you please explain (via scripture) the basis of your judgments against what you’re speaking against (gold dust, etc?) How does gold dust contradict the nature of God? If He choses to do something like this (perhaps sharing a bit of the gold from the streets of heaven (Rev. 21:21); perhaps symbolizing the way being travelled is in line with His Kingdom (as per the streets of Heaven) (I’m not creating a doctrine, I’m just saying I don’t see this contradicting His Word or nature as you are declaring.). I happen to know true people of God who are missionaries, preaching the Gospel, giving their lives that people may come to know Christ, and they’ve experienced the gold dust; they’ve also been beaten, stoned, and left for dead — yes, in this day and age. Obviously we don’t get enamored with gold dust — but if it’s there — great! Enjoy it! At the same time, lets keep our eyes on Jesus and not on gold dust — firmly connected to the head, Christ. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, then these “extras” can be enjoyed, but not end up as a distraction.

    I’m definitely not one to put stock in gold dust and such — but I see nothing in scripture that would allow you to declare and judge that it can’t be from God.

    I also feel you’re not regarding the context of scripture. In this post you seem to be alluding that signs are equated with false prophets, when Jesus, to the contrary declared, “17 And these SIGNS will FOLLOW THOSE WHO BELIEVE. In My name they will cast out DEMONS; they will speak with new TONGUES; 18 they will take up SERPENTS; and if they drink anything DEADLY, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the SICK, and they will RECOVER.” (Mark 16:17-18)

    If Jesus said signs will follow believers, then it would obviously be wrong to equate signs with false prophets. In fact, there’s scriptural precedent to question one’s salvation if signs are not following you. Jesus’ life was full of signs. From the star at his birth, to the multitude of healing and miracles. And Jesus said His followers would do the same things and greater. (Jn. 14:12) Again, obviously, we are not to follow signs — the signs are to follow us (believers), but let us not lead people to believe that signs are evil.

    Signs are for unbelievers; believers don’t need a sign. But God is not opposed to giving signs so that people can taste and see that He is good. Hence, Mk. 16:17-18)

    I’ll leave you with another scripture: “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2) Righteous judgment (Jn. 7:24) is allowing God’s Word and the life of Christ to point out error. So unless there’s scriptural precedent to judge something, I’d suggest going slowly to do so. Omission is not the same as a clear statement of scripture.

    Jesus said go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel and make disciples. He did not say to go around judging people who are doing so. It’s one thing to point out blatant scriptural error in a situation you personally come up against, if it truly is going to help someone — but to make general and condemning comments towards people which have no scriptural precedent is something else. It’s nothing more than using human, earthly frameworks to judge spiritual matters, and it’s exactly what Jesus told us not to do (Mt. 7:1-2).

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    • Paul, you asked “How does gold dust contradict the nature of God?” I have an answer for that particular question. I wrestled about that for a long time, having been, in my wheelchair, right in the middle of the “glory dust” at Bethel in Redding, where I live. I believe God answered my question to Him in pointing out to me that “an adulterous and wicked generation seeks after a sign …” (Matthew 12:39; 16:4; Mark 8:38). In that quote, my opinion is that the adultery spoken of by Jesus was primarily spiritual adultery. I noticed at Bethel that the focus was on the signs & wonders, rather than on Father God or Jesus the Son. People were hyped up very strongly, focusing on those things. Jesus called the Bethel crowd wicked and adulterous. But contrasted to this, Jesus never did signs just for the sake of people having an emotional “high”, and focusing on the signs.. When Jesus did something, as a rule, it was to meet a need, a serious need. So when I see the Bethel crowd seeking more dust and “angel feathers”, it is primarily because those people are into sin and spiritual (and often physical) adultery. So for me, this answered the question of how gold dust contradicts the nature of God. Jesus never played emotional games.

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      • One “good sign” out there today is more followers of Jesus, are reaching for His Word to seek out, discern, confirm, and yes, confront what’s going on now days in the realm of “…many signs and lying wonders.” !

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  3. Jesus does say to have discernment(as do the Proverbs countless times), and he says to watch out for wolves in sheep clothing. Paul also says time and time again to watch out for ravenous wolves, and notes that they will come from WITHIN the church. John says to test every spirit to see if it is from God. Jesus actually tells us TO judge rightly, and not by mere appearances(John 7:24)…so judgement is okay if it is spirit lead, and that means that, just because a wise sounding preacher with a Bible in his hand makes a clever, philosophical statement using christian words, doesn’t mean it is true. As Colossians 2 says, we are to avoid being deceived by spiritual things that really follow the patterns of this world rather than Christ. All of the latter reign, dominionism, prosperity, hyper grace, etc. sounds so great and so wise…but are new age lies from Kabbala and other mystic traditions, that in the end lead to death.
    The Berean’s were commended because they tested everything…everything against the word. Since our God is a God of order and peace, people flailing around on the floor as if demon possessed, is clearly not from Jesus Christ because their is no peace. Jesus cast those spirits out and sent them to hell where they belong. Light and darkness don’t mix…come out from them…demanded Paul, and then God will receive us.
    I have personally seen so many patently unbiblical things at Bethel and Ihop…things that bring glory to proud, charismatic men, and not to God… but sort of sound like maybe they should be biblical to those who don’t know the eternal word, that I must spit all of their “signs and wonders” out of my mouth, as Paul says.
    2 Thessalonians 2 makes it VERY clear that Satan will create false signs and wonders do deceive those who love the “show” more than the Living God…and many will fall away and into perdition.
    Jesus can but doesn’t do gold dust or gold teeth. It is not who he – or Paul was. Paul, who was the primary author of scripture post-Jesus, never did anything like that. He preached the gospel of Jesus Christ with great humility. And from town to town he preached love, self control, and obedience. He also went without and worked with his hands so that his motives would never be questioned. He didn’t set up “prophecy” schools since prophecy CAN’T BE TAUGHT. It comes from the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21) and has to be right 100% of the time(see Deuteronomy 18). These deceivers admit that they are wrong 40-50% of the time and count their cash from their schools and new age books. New agers laugh at how gullible christians are for believing sweet sounding half-truths that flow from the dark but brilliant heart of Satan.
    As for doing greater things that Jesus…check this: http://followingjesuschrist3.com/2015/02/26/greater-works-than-these-shall-he-us-do-what-is-the-meaning-of-this-scripture/

    We are all so focused on these false doctrines because they do feel good and seem right. Yet Paul said that whatever was to his gain is a loss for the sake of Jesus and that he wanted to know the fellowship of sharing in Christ sufferings that he might become like Jesus in his death(Philippians 3:7-14). Are we to good for that? All we want is a show…candy for the kiddies. We don’t want to participate in the afflictions of Jesus Christ as we are commanded to. we don’t want to obey and bear fruit to the glory of the Father. We just want to chill and go through a demonic fire tunnel and watch divination go down-hopefully on us so we know our future(see Acts 16:16-end and Deuteronomy 18).
    In summary…the teaching of Bethel and the signs of Bethel are false and new age. They do not pass the spirit of Jesus Christ test, but do pass the occult test(tattoo reading, finger reading, angels farting, the holy spirit turning lights off, knocking people down with a touch, falsely telling happy fortunes, Jesus won’t come till we rise up and take the world back for Christ-try Revelation 13:7,grave soaking(Benni),gold teeth, barking, bragging about angels-Colossians 2:18-,fake leg extension trick-Todd White, sickness not allowed by God-see 1 Tim 5:23, etc.)
    We are called to come out from darkness and we are told to fix our eyes on Jesus. These churches worship men and women(people go nuts when they announce Heidi Baker, David Hogan, or whoever the wolf of the day is) and these men and women deceive the foolish.
    The sheep don’t know the whole counsel of God but only the little they are fed or the verses that scratch their itching tears.
    As for me, like the Berea’s, I will stick with what is clearly outlined in the scriptures. I will preach the gospel, care for the poor and love my neighbor – not to earn anything from God but because I love this great Jesus who did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant and becoming obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore, I will be careful – very careful, to only be involved with things that I know glorify him, heeding HIS warning to watch for ravenous wolves…and I’d humbly suggest that you do the same.
    Peace in and through Jesus Christ, not as we fashion him but as he is in his eternal word…and upon that rock, I will take my stand…..

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  4. The true is, Jesus cast out devils,Mark1:34 and unclean spiritsMark5:8 KJB. there is no mention of him casting out demons other than in new translation bibles, which are false doctrines that added and taken away from God’s Word. something God warned them about. JESUS IS The WORD/TRUTH, He change not,Jesus Christ the same yesterday,to day, and for ever. Heb13:8 kjb.The true sheep should know the VOICE/WORD of God, and new translations are not! HIS WORD.

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  5. Does the owner of this blog MKayla have any information about Nigerian pastors. I am from Nigeria and over here we have over top 3 wealthiest pastors in the whole world. Let me share a little of my story. I was brought up in the Roman Catholic Church and after my conversion to one of the growing Pentecostal faith movements last year (2014), It has really been a big change in what I perceived was worship.
    I had little knowledge about the bible mainly because of ignorance and my background as a catholic. I have a pastor who has been a teacher and leader in spiritual matters. My pastor has led me into this new found faith,in fact I owe her alot.To cut the story short, I was introduced into the HolyGhost and was subjected to prove my faith by speaking in tongues,I was led the first few times and it became a practice,even though I wasn’t too comfortable with it,at 3instances I had felt a power come over me that made me shout and scream ,in fact I would wake up praying in tongues sometimes . It certainly looked like the real deal for every Christian. I have infact started teaching this doctrine to people that didn’t have it as I felt they are missing out of this gift given freely (gibberish basically). There were lots of prosperity talk and faith movement teachings, all this didn’t go down well with me (I don’t have a problem with Gods blessings but commanding riches seemed kinda wrong).
    One of the pastors in a meeting said that the snr pastor would soon be teaching them (pastors) how to work miracles such as growing out a leg or hand that had been damaged(miracle), this too didn’t go well with me. (Now note that at the time of this post this ministry is infact still growing haven been functional for about 7years with at least 500members. I wasn’t in the main church (vicinity)so we have a lesser crowd where infact our major aim is to win souls (I ,my pastor and my friend at another location). Now I was still a babe but very hungry infact very hungry, I have always had my way with getting information so I started reading, first I started with ministers in my country and started reading about their exploits, infact in Nigeria we have the largest church edifice in the world with about 50,000 capacity. I wanted to know what these men know since our pastors kept referring to them while preaching, they seemed like a standard to follow, they would remind us how we would soon own our flashy cars and private jet.Infact in one meeting we had in a hotel, we already were strategizing how we would go to ‘Dubai s most expensive hotel’ now let me get it clear that while they were wishing and babbling all the way, I just felt something wasn’t right, I felt somethings were wrong, the more I did, they would remind me of our mandate to take dominion,infact we were doing this to promote the gospel.
    I kept asking God to actually tell me whether this is what I am supposed to be doing because as a 20 year old I have always been willing to serve him and the events that brought me to meet my pastor are somewhat not ordinary. I got reading about my home pastors, infact reading their biographies gave me a certain kind of consciousness to the things of God, I knew I had not even started praying enough, I sort to now know from where they had gone to receive some breakthrough revelations that impacted their ministries to its current state today(they openly admit), I found they had these names in common (Kenneth copeland,Kenneth haggin, smith wigglesworth e.t.c) I knew I needed to read more ,I found myself consuming materials and reading about these men, and as faith preachers have it, it’s really about name it and claim it.Going by on the Internet has further revealed to me the actual characters of these men, am really in a mess right now but thanking God.
    Does it mean that these men over here preaching these same false heresies with their congregation of over 50000 people each in 4 services on Sunday(at least) are false teachers? Infact I have went back to the audio tapes and listened closely, it’s the same things they say to their congregation. Private jets are a normal over here.I don’t have problem with them owning jets as they say it’s to propagate the gospel, it’s no problem to me.
    I totally regard the gathering of the brethren and cannot commit to being self righteous (God forbid) ,what really is the way, I still attend Roman Catholic while am at home for holiday as my family don’t even know of my ordeal with Pentecostal. My recent puffing(knowledge of false doctrine i gathered and attitude of “Your poor cos you didn’t ask right” ) and studious reading of the word is kinda giving them a hint though. Any advice on where to fellowship now.
    ThankYou.

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    • touchukwu
      I am sorry but your comment went into the spam folder. You have stumbled upon Word of Faith teaching which is spread world wide and has been for a number of decades. When we ask questions like owning a jet to preach the gospel, we always go back to the word of God and compare what Jesus had at his disposal for transportation. His feet, boats and donkeys that he borrowed. The fact that jets were not yet invented doesn’t even fit in here because the true focus is on riches! In the OT God often rewarded his people with land, livestock and possessions. In the NT we see Jesus Christ crucified! What greater gift could their possibly be? The bottom line question, why do these WOF teachers think they deserve better than Jesus?

      I can’t possibly tell you where to go for fellowship because so many churches have been overtaken with false teaching. You will just need to check them out and allow the Lord to guide you to the right one, if it does exist. I would will also strongly encourage you to break off with any further connection with RC. Their doctrine has nothing to do with Christianity.

      Be well. 🙂

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  6. Hi M’Kayla, I’m with Nina; unless I didn’t read all the comments by you I noticed that you didn’t answer her question. If you have identified John Paul Jackson as false then what comments, writings, or doings demonstrates him to be false. if you are able to identify this you and the others who are in agreement with you should be able to help others identify what you heard or saw that was false. Other than that it’s hear say/nay say. there is no need to direct me to another web site, cause if you are of The Lord I should be able to safely hear it from you who claims to have the truth. So far it’s “Thank You” and “I hope everyone reads your comments”. But you have not lead us with Wisdom, Knowledge, understanding, according to the teaching of God’s word so that it doesn’t take that long to figure if they be of God or Not. Why wait till he dies to come forward to say he was false. Puzzling to me us believers.

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    • Joy,
      Who is Nina and what was the question I didn’t answer?
      What is wrong with my referring to other authors/blogsites?
      Why can’t I choose the timing to write about specific subjects when I feel led to do so?
      Have you looked at the side bar under his name to see what I HAVE written?
      And if we truly ARE believers, then we look to the word for direction, and to see whether or not the things spoken of are true.
      You are quick to run to conclusions when you have not done the work yourself.

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