How to Identify False Bible Teachers

6-Characteristics of progressive, liberal Christian-humanist churches and fake Bible teachers

1. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is their core belief

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (or MTD) defines God as a “cosmic therapist” who wants us to be good and happy. They believe God watches over us to ensure we live happily, devoid of heartaches, and go to heaven.

MTD contradicts what Jesus taught: you will have troubles and tribulations in this life. Oprah and superstar pastor Joel Osteen promotes “positivism,” another fancy “new-age” word.

2 Timothy 4:3
“They will follow their desires and look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.”


2. Much of their preaching centers on “more blessings”

These preachers are focused on the “gift” instead of the “giver.” Yes, the Lord desires to bless us financially, but this is not why we came to Christ.

Many of these teachers use catchphrases like “name it, claim it!” God will bless you if you do this, think, and act this way.

Superficial Christianity made a lot of money and elevated a lot of charlatans,” apologist John MacArthur. However, MacArthur himself is criticized for his family’s wealth.

Preachers, authors, and Bible teachers active on social media who are associated with faulty preaching:

Ann Voskamp (500K followers)
Beth Moore (1 Million followers)
Bill Johnson (600K followers)
Christine Caine (1 Million followers)
Jen Hatmaker (1 Million followers)
Joel Osteen (25 Million followers)
Joseph Prince (4 Million followers)
Joyce Meyers (13 Million followers)
Kay Arthur (500K followers)
Lisa Bevere (1 Million followers)
Lysa TerKeurst (1.5 Million followers)
Priscilla Shirer (1 Million followers)
Sarah Young (1 Million followers)
Steven Furtick (5 Million followers)

Matthew 6:19
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”


3. Ecumenism and social activism are essential to them

They are passionate about supporting social activism: world peace, gay freedom, transgender rights, and even the demonic BLM. Today, there’s a lot of talk about embracing imperfection, culture, and belief.

Sounds noble, but political moves like Pope Francis’ “one world peace” are feelers of the one-world government yet to come. There can never be an ecumenism between an idolatrous religion and the true body of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 4:11
Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you. 


4. They come from mega-churches filled with dazzling lights

False Christian churches invest heavily in state-of-the-art stage lights and sound. They do this to push an emotional experience, alleging that it is for God’s glory.

They fill the stage with music whose lyrics are more about us than God. In short, they’ve turned the church into entertainment.

Most of these “pitch-black worship” have false teachers who say little or none about repentance and sanctification. Some don’t even quote Bible verses. Instead, these superstar pastors preach “be yourself” rather than “die to self.”

John 12:46
“I have come into the world as light so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. “


5. They support LGBTQ rights

God is the author of equality and diversity, but Satan has twisted it to mean everything is permissible. Thus, some pastors justify same-sex marriage as an acceptable covenant before God.

They call it an acceptable holy union between two same sexes and even ordain transgender pastors.

Romans 1:26-28
For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those contrary to nature, the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.


6. Their connection with God is like pulling strings from the air

Many preachers like Beth Moore “listen” to voices and assume it’s God. She claims Jesus calls her “honey” or “babe. Moore levels God like she’s talking to a playmate—after all, what a friend we have in Jesus, right?

These preachers usually begin their flaky sermons with “God told me.” The few times God audibly talked to humans were through the prophets. He had to appear as a burning bush when He spoke to Moses and told him not to come closer (Exodus 3).

The point is that whoever is talking with these preachers cannot be God.

2 Corinthians 11:14-15
Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So, it is no wonder his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.


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