Examples of false doctrines to stay away from
Directory (links inside this article):
1- Apostolic Succession
2- Five-Fold Ministry
4- Various Groups
6- Summary Pages on False Teaching
8- UCKG… the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God9- Apostate teachers
9- Apostate teachers
10- Gates & Gatekeepers of the New Order
Denominations & Movements accepting false teachings:
A- Disciples of Christ
B- Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG)
C- Bethel (Redding, CA)
D- Churches of old: The Mormon Church, The Jehovah Witnesses Church, Christian Scientists.
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Introduction: If you are not a follower of Jesus – then, knowing who to avoid is an important warning. If you are a follower of Jesus – then, knowing who to avoid is an important warning. Or do you want to go down a dark snake hole?
There are so many ways to get lost in false teachings, erroneous thought – which leads us away from the Truth – and into apostasy. God Himself is the One that establishes what is “true” and what is “false”, not today’s false teachers. Perilous times are here. We need to be wise in a very unwise world during these End Times.
This list of false teachers, false teachings, and apostate groups is not a thorough list, but this article gives us a sense of what is out there in these end times – and how extremely important it is to be “Berean“, search the Scriptures, and stay faithful to what has been revealed in the Bible.
Kudos to the authors, researchers, and ministries of research (there are many not listed): Apologetics.org (Robert M. Bowman); GotQuestions.org, Cross+Word of banner.org.uk and Tricia Tillin, (Albert James Dager of Media Spotlight); The Internet Archive, bereanresearch.org, Christian Research Institute (RCI) at www.equip.org, Constance Cumbey (noted researcher into the New Age and heresies in the Church), Global TV (GV247tv).
We must first determine
if a group is cultic
by examining its theology,
we can examine its behavior
to see how its beliefs ”cash out” in practical life.
Unmasking The Cults, p. 47
*1. False Teaching… Apostolic Succession:
“Is apostolic succession biblical?”… https://www.gotquestions.org/apostolic-succession.html
The New Testament is particularly clear about the temporary role of the apostles, since they were chosen to give eyewitness testimony of the risen Christ (Acts 1:21-26; 5:32; Luke 1:1-4; 1 Cor. 9:1).
- Paul indicated that he was the last person to see the risen Christ and receive an apostolic commission (1 Cor. 15:8).
- 1 Cor. 15:8 8 and last of all, as to one untimely (prematurely, traumatically) born, He appeared to me also. [a Paul’s life-changing encounter with the resurrected Christ occurred on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).]
- The epistles of 2 Peter and Jude, among the very last New Testament writings to be penned, exhort the readers to avoid false doctrines by recalling the teachings of the apostles (2 Pet. 1:12-15; 2:1; 3:2, 14-16; Jude 3-4, 17). Peter and Jude did not say, “Listen to the apostles living today,” but instead urged believers to “remember what the apostles said.”
- I am not arguing that only the Twelve and Paul were apostles. Barnabas (Acts 14:14), Silas (1 Thess. 2:6; cf. 1:1), and Andronicus and Junia (Rom. 16:7) all were apostles of Christ, and thus were no doubt among the more than 500 witnesses to the Resurrection (1 Cor. 15:6).
- However, none of these persons was chosen as a successor to an earlier apostle (Matthias was Judas’s replacement, not his successor, since Judas had forsaken his apostleship, Acts 1:21-26).
- Paul indicated that he was the last person to see the risen Christ and receive an apostolic commission (1 Cor. 15:8).
*3. False Teaching… Shinchonji (SCJ) — or the “New Heaven and New Earth” church (NHNE) — whose founder, Man-Hee Lee, is referred to as God’s “advocate”. -Source: apologeticsindex.org. Also see: Wikkipedia. Exported from South Korea as Parachristo. “Organisers insist Parachristo exists solely to help ‘understand the Bible more deeply’ ”. Not so. Man-Hee Lee is promoted as God’s “promised pastor” who holds the key to avoid impending judgement. Followers in fact believe that Lee Man-hee is the second coming of Jesus Christ. That would make him an Antichrist – warned against in Scripture.
*4. False Teaching… by various groups
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*5. False Teaching… Globalism
“The World Christian Movement” by Al Dager of Media Spotlight
This is a major study on the Global Evangelization Movement showing how many of the Revival and Missionary organisations are networking to “win the world for Christ”. Al Dager asks whether “evangelization” is the same thing as biblical evangelism, and he explores the links between all these organisations, reveals what “identificational repentance” is, The Abrahamic Covenant, “The idea that Abraham and Israel failed to fulfill the Great Commission…”, the unbiblical need for “people groups” to come to salvation, per Donald McGavran. (Alan Dager says, “Group mind”? “Chain reaction”? This is what McGavran calls a “People Movement.” How does this equate to regeneration of the the spirit and true conversion to Jesus Christ?”).
Per Alan Dager, “Ralph Winter implies that world evangelization is a “secret mission” of the Church that we have missed from the beginning because we never understood it. Such a statement further proves that evangelization is not the same as evangelism, because evangelism has never been a ‘secret mission’.” And Helen Barrett Montgomery “chastised the Church for failing to bring about what she considered total evangelization.” “They even go so far as to subordinate the New Covenant in Christ’s blood to their concept of the Abrahamic covenant.”
These next two articles are actually two sections from the “Doctrine of Demons” series by Tricia Tillin, also found elsewhere on this site. They cover such subjects as the Lighthouses Project, World Mission, Evangelization methods, Spiritual Warfare, Global Networking schemes, Peter Wagner’s “New Apostolic Paradigm” and much more:
*6. False Teaching… Cross & Word Summary Pages on False Teaching
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Their leaders “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.”
“They place a greater emphasis on dreams, visions and extra-biblical revelation than they do on the Bible, claiming that their revealed teachings and reported experiences (e.g. trips to heaven, face-to-face conversations with Jesus, visits by angels) can not be proven by the ‘old’ Scripture.” (Source)
“NAR’s extensive mission outreach throughout the globe has caused the astonishing church growth that’s happening in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.”
“The movement, which is the brainchild of C. Peter Wagner, incorporates many of the unbiblical teachings and practices of Kingdom Now theology and of the controversial renewal and revival movements.” (Source)
…NAR, the New Apostolic Reformation. … It is like Grape Nuts – it’s not grapes and it’s not nuts. It’s like Christian Science – it’s not Christian and it’s not scientific.
Well, the New Apostolic Reformation isn’t new, it isn’t apostolic, and it isn’t a reformation. But it is a rapidly expanding movement being generated by some of the same old troubling false teachers and false leaders that have been around in Charismania for decades, always dishonoring the Holy Spirit, always dishonoring the Scripture, always claiming miracle signs, wonders, visions, dreams. ~ Quote from John MacArthur
*8. False Teaching… UCKG… the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. (UCKG) is a global Pentecostal group with focus on health, wealth and spiritual warfare; “the chief exporter of Brazilian Pentecostalism across much of the globe, from Mexico City to Sydney.” – Source: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/health-wealth-spiritual-warfare-the-uckg-from-brazil-to-australia/
*9. False Teaching… Apostate teachers: [- Source: www.banner.org.uk]
Many, many articles and resources are listed in this resource here, to help us understand what is going on in the name of Christ – through apostate leaders:
New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), – resources at bereanresearch.org
“Apostles” and “Prophets” and others intrenched in the NAR cult: (-Source: bereanresearch.org)
- Peter Wagner (Kingdom Now theology)
- Chuck Pierce
- Bob Jones
- Paul Cain
- Cindy Jacobs,
- Mike Bickle (International House of Prayer –IHOP)
- Rick Joyner
- Bill Johnson (Bethel Church, Redding CA)
- Todd Bentley
- Lou Engle
- Brian & Bobbie Houston (Hillsong Church)
- Becky Fischer
- Brian Simmons
- Steve Shultz (The Elijah List)
- Rod Parsley
John Kelly, Bill Haman, Dutch Sheets, John Eckhardt, Jim Laffoon, Jack Deere, Johnny Enlow, Barbara Yoder, Charles Kraft, Bob Beckett, Che Ahn, Naomi Dowdy, Mary Crum, Jack Hayford, John Arnott, Stacy Campbell, Patricia King, Phil Pringle, Yonggi Cho, Beni Johnson, Jen Johnson, Kris Vallotton, Carl Lentz, David Barton, Steven Strang, Robert Stern, Stephen Strader, George Otis, Ed Silvoso, Janet Porter, George Barna, Mary Glazier, Thomas Muthee, Tom Hess, Samuel Rodriguez, Eddie Smith, Lance Wallnau, Loren Cunningham, Bob Beckett, Os Hillman, Jacqueline del Rosario, Jill Griffith, Francis Oda, Graham Power, Francis Frangipagne, Wendy Alec, Amanda Wells, Katherine Ruonala, Lana Vawser, Kong Hee & Sun Ho, Theo Wolmarans, Jennifer LeClaire, Ben Fitzgerald, Shawn & Stacie Bolz, Michael Koulianos & Jessica Hinn Koulianos and many others.
Also: Jeff Jansen (Glory Rising: Walking in the Realm of Creative Miracles, Signs & Wonders),
Bobby Connor (Eagles View Ministries), James Goll (Founder of Encounters Network and Prayer Storm), Sid Roth (Host: It’s Supernatural! TV), Bill Hamon, Jill Austin, Bob Neuman, Diane Bahler, Bill Burns, Rich Carey, James Ryle, Tommy Tenney, Bart Pierce, and many more.
“apostle” Tommy Tenney and Bart Pierce led pastors and elders to stake a claim to their cities and proclaim righteousness over them. They were (as they believed) establishing the kingdom rule in their localities…. – Source: www.banner.org.uk
Bill Burns and others claim that men and women in the churches, gatekeepers, are now the ones who own and use the keys of David. (However, see: Revelation 1:18; Revelation 3:7)
– Source: www.banner.org.uk:
Bill Burns, of The Gatekeepers, said: “This church is listening to the gatekeepers who are watchmen, who can open and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens” (The Gatekeepers, Bill Burns May 2000)
Tricia Tillin of Banner Ministries says: “But the keys of David belong to DAVID only. The prophetic “David” is the only One who has come in the line of David, as the heir to David’s throne – Jesus the Saviour! In the book of Revelation we see exactly who owns the keys of David. It is not gatekeepers in the Church, but Jesus the Lord:
18 and the Ever-living One [living in and beyond all time and space]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of [absolute control and victory over] death and of Hades (the realm of the dead).
7 “And to the angel (divine messenger) of the church in [a]Philadelphia write:
“These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He who has the key [to the house] of David, He who opens and no one will [be able to] shut, and He who shuts and no one opens.
Post New Apostolic Reformation Reflections. on
Source: Rick Becker, ‘Famine In The Land’ blog, https://fitl.co.za/2020/06/11/post-new-apostolic-reformation-reflections/ Published June 11, 2020. (Accessed June 12, 2020.) Email all comments and questions to email@example.com
Excerpt: “When you are saved from the deception that captivated you, a process begins to unfold. It’s painful, confusing, it’s lonely at times. But as the scales are removed from your eyes, truths which were previously hidden from you will be illuminated.”
“Now I beseech you, brethren,
mark them which cause divisions
contrary to the doctrine
which ye have learned;
and avoid them.”
– Romans 16:17
He “ must hold firm
to the trustworthy word as taught,
so that he may be able to
give instruction in sound doctrine
and also to rebuke those who contradict it“
– Titus 1:9
*10. False Teaching… Gates & Gatekeepers of the New Order.
KEEPERS OF THE KEYS: The Gates and Gatekeepers of the New Order By Tricia Tillin of Banner Ministries. Quote of Tricia Tillin of Banner Ministries writting against these false teachings:
Contrary to these “Gatekeeper” false teachings, “Jesus in fact gave not only Peter but ALL the disciples the keys of the kingdom, that is, the authority to bind and loose”:
Matt 18:1-18 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus…, (verse 18) Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Tricia Tillin writes: What Are All These Strange Heresies?
Information about the Latter Rain/Sonship and Manifested Sons of God can be found on many websites on the Internet, including my own. START AT THIS INDEX PAGE.
Here is one Internet source.
“The Doctrine of Demons” Contents Page and Download Access
Quote of Tricia Tillin of Banner Ministries writting against these false teachings:
“There is also a well-established mythology about spiritual “portals” guarded by demons, monsters or gods through which aspirants travel to higher spiritual levels.
The mythological “keeper of the treasure” or Guardian is in fact preserving the Hidden Wisdom of the ancients from the prying eyes of ordinary folks and the guardian at the gate often requires seekers to undergo some kind of purification, test or spiritual strategy to prove his or her readiness for the journey beyond.
All of this is debunked in the bible as satanic delusions, and by contrast the truths and treasures of God are freely available to “whosoever will”. It is only the false church that hides spiritual “levels” and “anointings” and “revelations” behind veils and portals and sets Gatekeepers at the doors of their inner rooms. Jesus is not found in the “inner rooms” but openly and in public; he never spoke in secret but openly to all. (John 18:20)”
– John 18:20
20 Jesus answered him,
“I have spoken openly to the world.
I always taught in a synagogue
and in the temple [area],
where all the Jews habitually congregate;
and I said nothing in secret.
Denominations & Movements accepting false teachings:
*A. False Teaching Denomination… Disciples of Christ, the denomination called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – which is “…affirming of sexual and gender minorities in the Church.” – Source on Patheos: A Call for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to Embrace True Inclusion January 2, 2020 by Brandan Robertson.
The Apostate “Pastor”, Dealing biblically with issues such as: abortion, Progressives, the LGBTQ
Psalm 127:35, ‘Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man, so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.’ Children are a heritage of the Lord; God alone gives little children; therefore, woe be unto that woman or man who destroys them, whether in the womb or out of the womb,”
*B. False Teaching Denomination… UCKG… the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. (UCKG) is a global Pentecostal group with focus on health, wealth and spiritual warfare; “the chief exporter of Brazilian Pentecostalism across much of the globe, from Mexico City to Sydney.” – Source: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/response/health-wealth-spiritual-warfare-the-uckg-from-brazil-to-australia/
*C. False Teaching Denomination… BETHEL. Based in Redding, California – but worldwide through their outreaches.
See these by: Tricia Tillin@BannerUK – Founder and Owner of Banner Ministries UK, a Christian Discernment Ministry,Reasoned Cases for Christ, and others.
- Bethel Magic Ritual to Defeat Racism – bannerministries
- Ten Reasons to Run Away From Bethel
- Bethel Church Tells Witch that She’s “On the Right Path” and “God is So Proud of Her!”
- Dedicated website for more information on the names, beliefs and practises of Bethel.
*D. False Teaching Churches of old…
FOR MORE – SEE: Zondervan guide to cults and religious movements; What are the top ten cults in the U.S.?; The Kingdom of the Cults – October 1, 2003; by (Working closely together, Ravi Zacharias and Managing Editors Jill and Kevin Rische (daughter of Dr. Martin) have updated and augmented the work with new material.) ; ;
Christian Scientists (link to Equip.org).
Seventh Day Adventists. About Seventh Day Adventism, read the book by Billy Crone, Seventh Day Adventism and the False Prophecies of Ellen G. White
Divine Physician’s General Warning:
Ingesting false teaching
will complicate your life,
Examine the Scriptures
to see if the things you hear
“Here’s the obvious message: Evaluate everything against God’s Word, which includes both the teaching we hear and also the lyrics we sing in corporate worship.” – Source: Should We Use Bethel Songs in Worship? 4 Diagnostic Questions, by
…About False Teachings of today… a series
Scripture Twisting Methods of the Cults – from .apologeticsindex.org
Jesus arrested in Russia. Example of the many “antichrists”: cult leader who claims he is jesus arrested for ‘damaging his follower’s health’ 9-20-2020… “A former traffic policeman who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus has been arrested by Russian security services following a raid on his commune in the Siberian wilderness.”
Latter Rain Movement – Source: apologeticsindex.org
Teachings related to Often Misinterpreted Passages – Source: apologeticsindex.org:
Spiritual Gifts and Manifestations A brief, verse-by-verse look at 1 Corinthians 14
Other Articles From ApologeticsIndex.org:
“Counterfeit” Spiritual Gifts – A testimony by Gayle Rogers
On the Cessation of the Charismata: The Protestant Polemic on Post-Biblical Miracles – Jon Ruthven takes the position on the continuing availability of spiritual gifts. Quotes:
“…Warfield confuses the sufficiency of revelation, i.e., in the unique historical manifestation of Christ and essential Christian doctrine, with the ongoing means of communicating, applying and actualizing that revelation, i.e., via such charismata as prophecy and miracles.”
“…the charismata do not so much accredit the Gospel as they express and concretize the Gospel. Just as sound and inspired preaching applies, but does not change, the all-sufficient Scripture, so true gifts of prophecy, knowledge or wisdom reveal human needs, directing them to God’s truth within the eternally-sealed limits of the biblical canon. Just as gifts of administration or hospitality tangibly express the gospel and advance the kingdom of God, but do not alter its doctrinal content, so likewise, gifts of healing and miracles.” (In section: I. The Historical Evolution of Cessationism and Its View of Miracle)
The World Christian Movement – Evangelism vs. Evangelization, By Albert James Dager
“Unmasking The Cults”, by Dr. Alan Gomes (Source [see Gomes]: https://www.apologeticsindex.org/g00.html#gifts)
Gomes, Alan Dr. Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Theology Talbot School of Theology Author of “Lead Us Not Into Deception: A Biblical Examination of Moral Government Theology” and “Unmasking The Cults”. The latter is part of the 16-volume Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements, of which he is the editor. Homepage: http://people.biola.edu/faculty/alang/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: unlike the publisher of Apologetics Index, Alan Gomes does not believe in the existence of cultic mind-control techniques. Instead, Gomes believes “cults must be defined theologically, not behaviorally.” Coming from an evangelical Christian perspective, in “Unmasking the Cults,” he writes:
We must first determine if a group is cultic by examining its theology, and then we can examine its behavior to see how its beliefs ”cash out” in practical life. – Source: Alan Gomes, “Unmasking The Cults”, p. 47
Banner Ministries. What’s Happening…? this world is shaking (a series of posts; 9/12/2020)
- Old Heresies Repurposed for Today’s Delusion. September 12, 2020 “This post contains an audio of an interview with guest speaker Constance Cumbey, noted researcher into the New Age and heresies in the Church. Here she updates her former research by telling us that she sees the same teachings in the QAnon and related movements today.
- The Return 2020: of What and to What? September 3, 2020
- Q Revealed: QAnon Origins Explained as a Hoax August 23, 2020
- The Goal of Lawlessness: Spiritual Revival August 11, 2020
- False Revival Important Update August 6, 2020
Your Not a Pastor, (Exposing Andy Stanley as a Progressive),
Research false teachings from these false teachers themselves – False teachers in the world today – promoted by this false teaching site, Pantheos.com
Warning: The following is a list of actual false teachers. This site, Pantheos.com, promotes these false teachers, and false teachings like “Inclusion” and “Progressive Christians”. Whether “in” churches or not, those who teach what is contrary to the Bible… are false teachers. This shows us what “false teachers” really are like – what they really believe:
- False Teacher – Tom Rapsas of Pantheos.com. This may be the best description of God (ever) April 3, 2019 by Tom Rapsas.
Quoting Tom Rapsas in A Woman Takes Ayahuasca and Discovers a Universal Truth September 17, 2020 by Tom Rapsas: “There are many paths you can take on your spiritual journey: You might devote yourself to a particular religious faith like Gaianism or immerse yourself in a specific practice like Hatha yoga. Or maybe, like me, you engage in several spiritual practices, what Thomas Moore1 has referred to as a personal “religion of one.” For Anna, her spiritual journey took her from Berlin to South America and back again, where for several years she both took and helped others use the psychedelic ayahuasca in search of deeper meaning and self-enlightenment.“
- False Teacher – Benjamin L. Corey, “one of our most popular voices at Patheos Progressive Christian”. “These features provide a unique view of the Progressive Christian faith and culture.”
- False Teacher – Pastor Mark Driscoll: What is God like? Is Jesus God? (Book: Who is God?) Promoted by Pantheos.com
- False Teacher – Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos (kathleenokeefe) promotes “…connecting with Divine-guidance through Dreams”. “It all began with a lucid dream message from three Saint Francis of Assisi looking Franciscan monks.” – Source: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/aboveandbeyondthe5senses/2020/09/life-purpose-and-crisis-part-1/
- False Teachers – Brandan Robertson and the Disciples of Christ, called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) which is “…affirming of sexual and gender minorities in the Church”, according to Pantheos writer, Brandon Robertson. – Source on Patheos: A Call for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to Embrace True Inclusion January 2, 2020 by Brandan Robertson