Definition of False Teacher: One
who presumes to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent
False Teacher - Anton Bosch - Correcting a Fool
“Do not answer a fool
according to his foolishness, lest you also be
like him. Answer
a fool according to his foolishness, so that
not be wise in
his own eyes” (Proverbs 26:4-5 MKJV).
Victor wrote this letter to Anton Bosch after receiving a copy of
his article Don’t Correct the Fool from “Bible Lover Bill”:
I would like to address many of the things you say in this article,
which was sent to me by Bill Stevenson (a.k.a. “Bible Lover Bill”),
thinking it applies to me. It does not apply to me. It applies to him,
but that is the way it is with those to whom we hold up the mirror.
We have spoken the truth, not scoffing, but Bill and his companions
have scoffed at us. You, I expect by the spirit, tenor, and errors
of your article and writings, will scoff at us as well. We will see
if I am wrong.
You say some things about fools. The problem with fools is that they
can recognize nothing beyond their capabilities. Therefore, if you
are a fool and I speak truth to you or bear witness of the ways and
will of God, you will not receive it. However, light does dispel darkness
and will eventually do its work to perfection. We have that faith.
So, for now, see if you have the wherewith to determine whether or
not we are fools, whom you say go through life never learning. Read
Our Testimonies to start and then go to some of the Music and Poems.
“Bible Lover Bill” sends me your article, thinking that
the following words apply to me:
“Fools simply do not want to learn and
so any attempt at correcting such is not only a waste of time, but
is counter-productive and will
only bring problems to the one who brings the correction.”
That is so true! So why do I argue with Bill and his friends? For
the same reason that God sent the prophets to those who would not listen
to the Words He put in their mouths (God even giving the prophets advance
notice the people would not listen), which Words are red to this very
day by the same religious fools who still do not listen.
That is why Bill is not aware that those words apply to him. If he
is a fool, how will he know? But now we have given him and his associates
plenty to think about, referring to specifics in their thinking and
backing it with Scripture, while all they can do is get defensive and
throw out pontificating criticisms without any substance at all; they
can only say that we are wrong, quoting general Scripture that almost
any religious fool can quote. What does that say about who is what
We recognize that you did not send your article to us, Anton. Bill
did. Therefore, we are not accusing you of accusing us. However, I
will address several errors that indicate you need to hear some things,
contrary to your opinion of yourself. Claiming to work hard at being
humble is your pride at work, an indication you are not about to be
corrected by a servant of God. Nevertheless, if you are prepared to
listen and consider, good; if you are prepared to humble yourself and
turn to the Lord for righteousness’ sake, wonderful.
“A wise person, on the other hand, hardly
needs to be corrected.”
Of what nature or degree of wisdom do you speak? I happen to know
that a wise man is always corrected, that the Lord corrects him, and
that is how he receives wisdom. Therefore, to be wiser, more correction
is needed. Was any wiser than the Lord, of Whom it is said that He
learned obedience by the things He suffered? So if the Son suffered,
even unto death, wherein He was perfected, how do you say that a “wise
person hardly needs to be corrected”?
“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be
weary of His correction: For whom the LORD loves He corrects; even
as a father the son in whom he delights” (Proverbs 3:11-12 KJV).
But we see you, Anton, perpetually trying to maintain a humble façade
in your own sight. It is pure self-righteousness, which is why you
look down your nose at other professors of Christ, whom you lecture
about humility and other ways in which they do not meet your standards.
This is a stink in God’s nose.
Of a wise person, you say:
“Such a person will be evaluating their
own progress all the time and will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit
to correct and lead them.”
Is a wise man his own judge? Was Paul not wise? Yet he needed a devil
to keep him in place. Furthermore, he said:
“But it is a small thing to me that I am judged by you or by
man's judging; I am not even a judge of myself” (1 Corinthians
The word “judge” here means “scrutinize, determine,
discern, examine, search, question, judge, investigate….” You
say a wise man is sensitive to the Holy Spirit. It sounds to me like
you are in all self-righteousness. Who needs a Savior with such virtue?
How do you know that you are not the fool who thinks to be right and
virtuous? The Bible says one cannot evaluate himself, but you say otherwise.
Yes, we know Paul also said:
“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged” (1
Corinthians 11:31 MKJV).
But that is a different Greek word for “judge,” which
means to “separate thoroughly, discriminate,” referring
to applying what God has given and shown in order to choose rightly.
That is not at all the same thing as revealing our own hearts to ourselves
and being able to evaluate our progress. Only God can do that:
“LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not
in man who walks to direct his steps. LORD, correct me, but in measure:
not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing” (Jeremiah 10:23-24
So, is it wise to think you can correct yourself? Isn’t the
heart deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9)? Isn’t every
way of a man right in his own eyes (Proverbs 21:2)? Wouldn’t
that also apply to your judgment of yourself? Isn’t this your
description of the fool?:
“The fool is self-confident and thinks
that he is always right and never wrong. And here lies the heart
of the issue, pride.”
Are you proud, Anton, or humble? You tell us, seeing you are able
to judge yourself and others. And are we speaking to fools, those who
are self-confident? I see you as quite self-confident, quite unprepared
to be corrected by anyone. Bill, Jennings, and Anne all glory in self-confidence
and think that we are fools for not listening to them. Are we fools
for not heeding fools? Must we prove our wisdom by listening to those
who speak foolishly, who are proud and not about to be corrected by
“The difference between those who accept
correction and those who turn on anyone who should dare bring correction
to them is simply
one of pride.”
If you are a fool, how can you tell the difference between wise correction
of error and righteous rebuke of false accusation on the one hand,
and a fool’s rejection and abhorrence of the wisdom that reproves
him on the other?
Then, ironically, you write:
“The arrogant fool thinks he can do no
wrong and has never come to terms with how weak and foolish we are
at the best of times.”
If we are weak and foolish at the best of times, then what hope do
we have of not being fools? Why denounce fools if they can only be
weak and foolish at the best of times? How can a man ever be wise if
he is only weak and foolish at the best of times? Do you not contradict
yourself? Is your paper not a foolish tirade of fools?
“The wise man has come face-to-face with
the weakness of his flesh and knows all too well how imperfect he
really is and so his
humility allows him to receive correction.”
Have you come to terms with yourself, Anton? It does not appear so.
In essence, your paper is saying, “I am a humble, wise man, not
like that publican over there. I pray, fast, give alms, have come face-to-face
with the weakness of my flesh, receive correction, discern my need….” Might
you have a halo, too? Is that a silly question…should I be able
to see it from here? You are a noble, Christlike person in your own
Now let us take a closer look at some of the things that show where
you stand. I can say you are a fool and you can say I am a fool. Some
of what we have spoken can appear to be subjective and can appear to
leave us in a deadlock, not that we are. But here are some statements
you make that are foolish and unlearned according to Scripture.
“Even Paul after all his powerful revelations,
miracles and education lived with the possibility that he could have
made a mistake.”
“Powerful revelations”? What revelations of God are not
powerful? “Education”? Did you not read what Paul had to
say about his “education”? Here is the record:
“Circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the
tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; with respect to the law, a
with respect to zeal, persecuting the church; with respect to righteousness
which is in the Law, blameless. But such things as were gain to me,
these I have considered loss for the sake of Christ. More than that
I also consider all things to be loss for the excellence of the knowledge
of Christ Jesus my Lord, for Whom I have sustained the loss of all
things, and I consider them to be rubbish, in order that I may gain
Christ” (Philippians 3:5-8 EMTV).
Moses also had a great education, and as with Paul, it was the kind
that tends to puff up. Moses forsook it for the better. So why do you
bring up Paul’s education as something positive? It is evident
that you have your confidence in the flesh. That is the mark of a fool,
Anton. I would not address a fool who does not say he is godly and
wise, but you are something else.
“Paul said that even though he had received
his doctrine directly from the Lord (he was the last and one of the
few that had this privilege),
he still went to Jerusalem to meet with the Twelve to check whether
his doctrine was right ‘lest by any means I might run, or had
run, in vain’ (Galatians 2:2).”
Those are unlearned, foolish words indeed, unlearned because you have
not learned anything of the Lord in truth, and foolish because you
speak as though you have. Paul declared:
“Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but
through Jesus Christ and God the Father Who raised Him from the dead)” (Galatians
Do you really think Paul had spent years learning directly from Jesus
Christ, as he declared, only to have to get approval or confirmation
from the apostles in Jerusalem? That event happened after the Lord
had sent Paul out to preach the Gospel, which was confirmed among several
faithful witnesses (Acts 13:1-2) and by the fruits that followed. If
the Holy Spirit bore witness to Paul and Barnabas and the Church separated
them out in obedience, then why would there be any need of him to cover
himself with the apostles at Jerusalem as to the validity of what he
Anton, you do not know what you are talking about. You certainly do
not know how revelation from God works. You call his revelations “powerful,” yet
deny their power; you also deny the power of Jesus Christ - “having
a form of godliness and denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy
Paul was informing the apostles of what the Lord had given him, letting
them hear it from his mouth rather than hearing it in a twisted form
from someone else’s, which could have harmed the unity and harmony
of the Body.
Apparently, you are also a Bibliolater, at least a stranger to revelation
and to Christ the Revelator within, because you say of Paul having
“He was the last and one of the few that
had this privilege.”
Those matured and learned in Christ have everything Paul had. If the
God of Heaven takes up residence within a vessel, why would that vessel
not have all that He is? Did not John declare?:
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you
know all things” (1 John 2:20 EMTV).
“And as for you, the anointing which you have received from
Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you; but
as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true,
and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in
Him” (1 John 2:27 EMTV).
You have never had that privilege, which, according to John, is every
true believer’s heritage. You may point to “believers” who
do not have revelations from God, but are they true believers? Argue
and you argue not with me, but with the Word of God by John.
“Could it be that we have not learnt the
lesson Paul had that in spite of all his abilities, he at one time
was so wrong that he
actually persecuted the church?”
You expose yourself. It was because of “all his abilities” that
Paul persecuted the Lord and His saints. He even lists “persecution” as
one of his accomplishments (“concerning zeal, persecuting the
church”)! This is where trusting in your own judgment takes you,
but you don’t recognize it because you have never been born again.
If you knew Christ, you could not compare what one knows and did pre-conversion,
as a dead person, to what one discovers when alive in Him. It is only
when one is born again that he knows his utter wrongness, his present corruptness and weakness of the flesh, now having a comparison with
the Spirit of God within.
When Paul was converted, he learned that he had no abilities of his
own, and those he had, he no longer trusted in; he counted his accomplishments
as dung, as loss. You speak in opposite terms because you are based
in the man of sin, in self-righteousness, in a house built on sand,
the foundation of a fool, Anton, and there you are teaching as though
you know something.
I see in your “statement of faith,” you say:
“It is impossible for man to justify himself
before a perfect God.”
Do you believe it?
Paul’s persecution of the church happened in the power of his
flesh, before he was born again. What relevance does that have to the
new man? None whatsoever. But you could only say the things you say
because you have never known the difference between an old and a new
life. You are still in the old. You need repentance, a death at the
cross, and a resurrection. You have only heard of the Lord, but you
have never seen Him. Who are you to teach of Him, not having known
Him, much less having been sent by Him to teach?
You ask and reply:
“Can it be that someone can be so full
of himself that the possibility that he could be wrong never crosses
his mind? Very definitely!”
How about it, Anton? Might that be you? You write:
“The list of arrogant fools is endless
and will continue to be added to until the Lord comes.”
Are you not in that list?
You “humbly and with broken spirit” write:
“What is the solution and what will prevent
us from falling into the same sad situation? The solution is in two
Have you indeed been prevented from falling into the same sad situation?
“This honesty generates a great fear of
his own abilities and a great dependence on the Lord and others who
are able to provide wise
advice and council.”
Are you honest, Anton, as well as humble, wise, and broken? Are you
able to discern wise advice and counsel? Does it not take wisdom by
the grace of God to do so? If grace, then it is not your doing, is
it? If it is not your doing, then you have nothing to crow about, do
you? Is this not arrogance and foolishness on your part?
You say in another writing, “I am looking
for a Kingdom that will not fade away and where I will have real
also speak of expecting the “rapture” very soon. You are
looking in vain for what God has already given His saints:
“For He has delivered us from the power of darkness and has
translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son” (Colossians 1:13
Your error, and the pride it breeds, arises from the fact that you
have never been converted to experience the victory of the Lord or
The power you live by is your own, the power of the flesh that is
at enmity with the Lord Jesus Christ. You strive to be humble according
to your own definition of humility, not realizing that the very nature
of your quest comes from your pride. If you are not in the Kingdom,
as you admit, then you are not in the place of real power, and it is
not Christ in you dealing with the man of sin. It is you, the man of
sin, trying to emulate what you have conceived Jesus Christ to be.
What can be more presumptuous and proud than that, and more of a fool’s
errand? How can the antiChrist throw out the antiChrist and attain
God knows how to abase the proud, but you have never been abased by
Him, Anton. If you had been, you would know that He is able to put
away pride, and to keep it away, by His grace and sufficiency, even
when that means sending a devil to provide a thorn in the flesh. Your
sufficiency is of yourself, which, even though you admit it is not
sufficient, you persist in and judge others insufficient.
This is the height of hypocrisy; you make yourself more righteous
than the self-righteous, unwittingly crowning yourself as the hypocrite
of hypocrites. You sit there judging your religious brethren, while
you do the same thing as them and worse, loading them with a burden
impossible to carry and condemning them for not carrying it as well
as you think you do. How vile and despicable! You are most repulsive
to God, and you anger Him greatly. It is no wonder that you also quote
Andrew Murray, a kindred spirit and mentor.
You would have others forever groveling in darkness "until the
Lord comes." For those who are His, He has come, but you continue
to wait in your sins and presumption and pride you call humility.
Now for your title and general subject matter, Solomon declares:
“Don't make a fool of yourself by answering a fool. But if you
answer any fools, show how foolish they are, so they won't feel smart” (Proverbs
One who has most certainly been the greatest of fools, but is delivered
and now speaks by His Savior and the Savior of all men, that fools
may learn as this one-time fool has, by the sheer grace and mercy of
the One Who laid His life down for fools and took it up again, bringing
them with Him, whole,
Anton did not reply.
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