If you want to follow what the Bible truly teaches, look at where your pastor was trained. Did your pastor graduate after years of studying the Bible? We must personally know the Bible – and not attend apostate churches which deviate from it.
If you are truly saved, and want to follow Jesus only – and no other, then carefully research what your chosen church teaches. Be like the Bereans of the New Testament who always asked penetrating questions. Inquire, asking:
“I’d like to study this topic more – in the Bible, on my own. Where is this practice demonstrated in the Bible? What verses teach this teaching? Please show me the references.”
Teaching “another gospel”.
There are many false teachers out there. Many actively teach “another gospel” which is not the same message Jesus and His disciples taught. They are empty suits, full of distortions and half-truths, and outright “doctrines of demons”.
False teachers are church leaders who reject the Bible or portions of the Bible – they reject the gospel preached by Paul and Jesus… and begin to teach “another gospel” which is not the one from Jesus. These false teachers begin practicing unbiblical practices and lead astray their flocks into their own gospel. These false prophets come from “within” Christian churches. – What false prophets are like
Be wary of charismatic churches. Many are “independent”, with no oversight by anyone. Some are part of the dangerous New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Beware of:
Leading figures in this seemingly loosely organized movement claim that these prophets and apostles alone have the power and authority to execute God’s plans and purposes on earth. They believe they are laying the foundation for a global church, governed by them.”
Many distort the Bible message. They teach false doctrines like: “word of faith”, “name-it and claim-it”, prosperity doctrine.
Watch out for questionable practices like: congregational speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:27-28), having prophets, charlatan healers and miracle workers. They deny and negate portions of the Bible in order to “have it the way they want it”.
Some denominations, movements, “religions”, faith movements, churches — that you should stay away from: Bethel in Redding, CA and others who attend their trainings, and follow their heresies and unbiblical practices. See: The Bethel Johnson’s unbiblical teachings. Beware of pastors who teach like what Todd Bentley did: Bentley – News on Todd Bentley
If you go to an independent church – ask them if their leaders have been to the Bethel School or training events. Stay away from that independent church.
The Bible warns of “seducing spirits” within the church “in later times“. It warns about those church leaders who teach and delve into non-biblical practices.
Beware of fake charismatic churches and pastors who follow a counterfeit spirit of god – those who teach extra-biblical experiences, such as:
- Bill Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church in Redding;
- Rick Joyner, founder of MorningStar Ministries in Charlotte, N.C.;
- Ché Ahn, pastor of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, Calif.;
- John Arnott of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship in Canada;
- C. Peter Wagner, and many more.
– Source: Counterfeit spirit of god
Also apostate: Beni Johnson (wife of Bill Johnson), Judy Franklin (Bill Johnson’s administrative assistant), Kris Vallotton (another Bethel pastor), Todd Bentley, to name a few. All across the world, and most likely in your city, these false teachers are teaching church leaders false doctrines in conferences and retreats. – Source: Needing something more than Jesus
Many of the TV pastors are into erroneous thinking, preaching easy-believism, and false doctrines: Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen for instance. A simple Google search on “TV evangelists” reveals a sad list of them. But many more are hidden in towns worldwide.
Following false teachers is a spiritually dangerous thing to do. You will be lead astray, be taught unbiblical doctrines, and perhaps become apostate. Just walk away.
False teachers look just fine, normal, nowadays (not like portrayed by Hollywood movies), but know they are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing. Deceivers look “normal”, but don’t let them fool you. They have their “pet doctrines and practices” that are just not in Scripture. I say, “If it’s not clearly in Scripture – it’s clearly false.”
Knowing the Bible will keep you sensitive to the falsities, and recognize apostates for who they are.
Why on earth would you allow yourself to delve into these counterfeit practices?! God gave us a mind so we can learn to distinguish between right and wrong. I, for one, will never allow any church leader to manipulate me, and teach me what is actually not found in God’s Word, the Bible. If it’s not there — it’s not right.
– Source: Swift Commentary in Counterfeit spirit of god
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