A couple of days ago, I posted a saying by a well-known evangelist and a member of ChristianNet commented that they were a false teacher. My first reaction was to respond with
“A Lot of People worship the teacher rather than what is taught , I have seen this with many evangelists, and I have issues with the “High Life” they live due to the income they generate, which is exactly why ChristianNet has no income stream. But I am not there to judge her, or her teaching, I look at the fruits only and she has brought many to know God and that to me is all that is important”
But this statement in its own started bugging me, so I started digging and in fact did find several references to this particular person where the bible was taken out of context and where her teaching was visibly incorrect.
I looked for a biblical reference to my statement and found :
Matthew 7:13-23 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. 14 “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it. 15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 “So then, you will know them by their fruits. 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”
I also found an interesting article on Bible.org – https://bible.org/question/how-can-we-discern-false-teachers and one specific paragraph stood out to me :
Finally, there is the fruit of the false teachers as evidenced in their own moral character. They are easily distinguished by their pride (2 Peter 2:10), their greed (Jeremiah 8:10; Titus 1:11; 2 Peter 2:3,14) and immorality (Jeremiah 23:11,14; 2 Peter 2:14). They are men dominated by the flesh (2 Peter 2:10,12; 3:3). They prey upon the weak and the guilt-ridden (2 Timothy 3:6-7; 2 Peter 2:14,13). While they profess to know God, by their deeds they deny Him (Matthew 7:22-23; 2 Timothy 3:5; Titus 1:16). While they delight in authority, they refuse to submit to it (2 Peter 2:10).
All of the above can be very confusing, to say the least, because people you believed to be Christian are not what they seem, you listen to their testimonies and watch their video’s
I then started searching through different evangelists and teachers, looking for info and low and behold, almost every single one of them had info online about taking the bible out of context, or being a false teacher and so forth. Now my question … are we not all human, my understanding of a portion of scripture might not be the same as yours, I might interpret it differently, but at the end of the day, if you are influenced by a person, be it a pastor, a preacher or an evangelist, to the point where you give your life to God and accept Him as your Lord and Saviour, how can that be a false prophet?
I sent a request to our senior pastor at church and several other pastors and the answer that I got was the same from all of them : Nobody is perfect and everyone interprets the word diffrently as led by the Holy Spirit but we should not judge the teacher and rather get the word in us by spending time in prayer and in His word.