Definition of False Teacher: One who presumes
to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent him.
False Teachers - David Wilkerson & Carter Conlon
A Captive of Babylon and His Clone
Men of God donít spawn clones, but men do. The tragedy of David Wilkerson is that he had received some truths from God, but he chose the favor of men over the praise of God. He remained in the corrupt systems of men that he sought to reform, without success because he wasnít reformed himself. His legacy is Carter Conlon, a preacher who never even came close to God.
A reader wrote to us about his experiences and asking about David
Wilkerson and Carter Conlon. Victor and Paul’s reply:
Victor Hafichuk here. It’s good that you share with
us. You can be thankful God spared you from the demonism of “Dr.” Rodney
In my early Christian days, I envied what was happening with other
people in active Charismatic circles, wondering why God had left my
wife and me out. Didn’t He love us? Was there something wrong
with us? Not many years later, we realized that what our friends had
been experiencing was not of God after all. We had been spared because
God was keeping us from deceptive spiritual harm. We came to learn
that God had sent them strong delusion that they should believe a lie,
because they didn’t love the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).
“Also, i feel that David Wilkerson and
Carter Conlon of Times Square church are true messengers of God.
What they preach is unlike
most other ‘christian’ churches today. It was through their
teachings that God reached me. Is there anything you know contradictory
to me thinking that? I know all the deception in the church today,
but is it possible that God is truly speaking through them still? I
dont want to waste my time listening to deception.”
Did you know that David Wilkerson died in an auto accident not many
weeks ago? Search the Scriptures and show me where you find a true
man of God dying by accidental death or nasty disease. It doesn’t
happen. Martyrdom, yes; natural causes, yes; premature or ugly death,
no. God reigns over all.
Only a month before that, Paul wrote David
to speak to him about coming out of the religious systems. Coincidence?
A few years ago,
we had written Nicky Cruz, one of the gang members David was supposed
to have reached in New York in the ‘60s. Nicky’s office
promised he’d get back to us, but we never heard from them
again. We tried to talk to Nicky about coming out from the works
“Concerning the works of men, by the Words of Your lips, I am
kept from the paths of the destroyer” (Psalms 17:4 MKJV).
appreciated things David preached, some of which, no doubt, has helped
you and many others. For an example on the
while Billy Graham was condemning the 9/11 attacks as a heinous
crime, Wilkerson was calling on America to repent. He said
its sins were
the cause of the tragic incident. He was right. David has rightly
condemned much that is wrong with America and evangelical and
The problem is that he didn’t come
out of formal religion. How much credibility do preachers
have when they call on others
to obey God, when they themselves have not done so? The church
are super deceptive and powerful. Nobody escapes them but
by the grace of God. David didn’t make it out. Mystery had
him where she wanted him, because he liked it there. He loved
her and she loved
him as a star performer.
Wilkerson needed to come out of the
system completely, in order to hear, see, and speak clearly. For
example, no man
or allows anyone to call him, “Reverend.” No
one is to be revered but God. If you read Diabolical
Doctrines and The
True Marks of a Cult, you’ll see the error of many. By
grace, you’ll reject the error and cleave to what
is true, just, honest, holy, and good.
It wasn’t God
Who commanded you to go to Wal-Mart and read the Bible
out loud. Because you believed, though
it was God requiring this of you, your conscience began
to trouble you. As the Scripture says:
“But, the one doubting, if he eats, he has been condemned, because
it is not of faith; and all that is not of faith is sin” (Romans
At this time, yours is not a cleansed and illumined
conscience by the knowledge and Word of God. Being naïve,
you fell victim to a more subtle form of error, Wilkerson’s
doctrine being closer to the truth than Rodney Browne’s,
but mixed with enough error to sidetrack you, nonetheless.
I listened to Conlon and find that he is David Wilkerson’s
clone in spirit and style. Though he may be passionate
and apparently sincere, he was giving imaginary interpretations,
not inspired, revelatory
understanding of the passages on which he was preaching.
He was preaching from the flesh, not by the Spirit of God.
Let me solemnly tell you this, Matt: God doesn’t
create copies of other men. Men create copies of themselves
and are willing to
be copies of men they admire. It is not so in the Kingdom
of God, where men only worship God in spirit and in truth.
To emulate men
is hero worship. In former days, hero worship was known
as Baal worship. Baal and Ashtoreth, the goddess of love
and fertility (success),
are worshipped in most formal churches today, in the
Name of Jesus Christ.
Conlon and Wilkerson speak truth,
but so did the serpent to Eve, which God confirmed, and so did Satan
which Jesus showed to have been misapplied. And that
is the art and tact of the enemy, speaking truth but misapplying
It may sound great and even godly to read the Bible
out loud in public at Wal-Mart, but is it good? Only if God
directing you? We don’t believe so for many reasons,
all of which we won’t get into now.
What do you
need to do now? You need to soak in, and be made clean
by, the truth. You need to be established
and asked God to bring you to the truth: “I
prayed and asked God, who can i trust? Where can i
go to church
and be taught the
truth?” Often, after one makes a request of God,
one is tried.
The Lord said, “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not hear them” (John 10:8 MKJV).
Here you are.
He has brought you here after some trial, and He will cause the things
you have suffered to work for good. Start a fresh
slate. God hasn’t forsaken you, Matt. He’s with you to
bring you through; otherwise you wouldn’t be talking to us.
Will you trust Him? Will you put your hand in His? He will be faithful.
And hear this:
“If we do not believe Him, yet He remains faithful; He cannot
deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13 MKJV).
Hi Matthew, Paul here.
I’ve watched some of Carter Conlon’s
of the Angry Watchmen. I would like to point out
the error laced in the truth he preaches,
giving you a practical example of the difference between
counsel and the counsel of the Lord Jesus Christ (and those
who are His).
In the sermon, Conlon talks about false prophets
rising up and casting stones at believers who are in the process
of coming back to God.
These false prophets, he says, take Scriptures out of context
and condemn God’s people “under
the guise of holiness – it’s
nothing more than legalism.” According to Conlon,
the struggling believers are told that God isn’t
happy with them and that they have disgraced His Name.
thereby discouraged to the
point of feeling beyond hope.
This makes God very angry,
Conlon goes on, because the self-appointed watchmen are
coming between Him and His
loved ones. I say, “Indeed
it would make God angry, if that were the case. But is
it? Is Carter’s
the pure wisdom from above that is peaceable, or is it
the carnal wisdom of men that wreaks havoc?”
One indication of carnal wisdom is that Conlon only speaks in the
most general of terms. He doesn’t say which Scriptures are being
misapplied, or to whom and in what way. The only reasonable conclusion
listeners can make is that if someone tells them that they are wrong
in the sight of God and that He isn’t happy with their ways,
even while quoting the Scriptures to support his argument, they should
dismiss the naysayer because God would never do that. He loves them
too much to correct them.
from the Scriptures and from life that an unclear sound of the trumpet
only brings conjecture and confusion, and that the carnal
man will always take the way that justifies his flesh, especially
when it is offered to him in the Name of God. Conlon leads people
on this broad, easy way because he is out for himself. He is there
to make as many friends of the world as possible in the Name of
Christ, and as few enemies, all at the cost of the truth.
If there ever
was an anti-Christ gospel, Matthew, this is it. Aside from the fact
that there are legalists who bring men under condemnation
with their manmade commandments, there are legitimate servants
of God who are sent by Him to His people to “speak, and exhort,
and rebuke with all authority” (Titus 2:15):
“Cry aloud, do not spare, lift up your voice like a ram's horn,
and show My people their rebellion, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation
that did righteousness, and one who did not forget the ordinance
of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; they
delight in drawing near to God” (Isaiah 58:1-2 MKJV).
Carter doesn’t allow for this. He gives all believers (or those
who profess to believe – not all men have faith) carte blanche
permission, and even more than permission - the commandment, to dismiss
anyone who makes them feel condemned. This tells you that Carter doesn’t
believe spiritual sojourners need to hear righteous judgment. “God
forbid anyone should rebuke or reprove you, believer and precious child
of God,” he says. So when Peter tried to spare Jesus the cross,
Jesus shouldn't have rebuked Peter (Matthew 16:22).
But we say the same to Conlon as the Lord answered Peter, “Get
behind us, Satan, for you don’t savor the things of God, but
those that are of men” (Matthew 16:23). Taking up the cross is
our entrance into the Kingdom of God, and righteous judgment on sin
is an absolute necessity before anyone can begin to take up the cross:
“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs
of instruction are the way of life” (Proverbs 6:23 MKJV).
Consider, Matthew, if this is what you would tell
“Son, wherever you go in life, don’t let anyone - your
boss, your teachers, or even me and your mom - correct you or tell
that you’re wrong. And if, after years of neglecting
good counsel, you finally end up pimping whores in a crack
still my son and I know inside you’ll really want
to get back on track. So to hell with anyone who tells
you how you screwed up.
If I’m around when they say anything like that, they’ll
have to deal with me!”
But that’s exactly what
Carter Conlon is saying. By the grace of God, we shine
the light on him and his
words; otherwise many would
eat up his lies, in turn to be eaten up by the ravages
of sin through their independence:
“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself
brings his mother to shame” (Proverbs 29:15 KJV).
to Conlon’s charge of legalism, we know that the apostle Paul warned
believers of those who preached circumcision
derailed their faith, as with the Galatians. We fulfill
the Law by the grace
of God and faith in Christ, His gift, and not our works.
This we teach (Law
and Grace and Grace – The
but Conlon doesn’t
distinguish between those teaching the Law that leads
one to Christ and those teaching the Law for a righteousness
outside of Christ.
One is lawful and the other is not:
1 Timothy 1:8-11 MKJV
(8) But we know that the Law is good if a man uses it
(9) knowing this, that the Law is not made for a righteous
one, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly
sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers
mothers, for manslayers,
(10) for fornicators, for homosexuals, for slave-traders,
for liars, for perjurers, and anything else that is
(11) according to the glorious gospel of the blessed
God, which was committed to my trust.
When you read
the documents Victor gave you - Diabolical
Marks of a Cult - you will see,
by the grace
of God, that Conlon and Wilkerson have been in great
teaching a perverted gospel that doesn’t bring
anyone to the ultimate safe haven of God. (Consider
what happened to David Wilkerson,
a physical representation of spiritual shipwreck.)
Know that Conlon is Wilkerson’s workmanship and
fruits, and will therefore come to like end.
come along, speaking light into darkness and declaring
truth against the error and wrong ways of
and all other
false teachers, we are called the things Conlon lists
and more. We are regularly told that we are wrong,
bitter, and hateful,
speak in unrighteous anger, that we condemn God’s
people, being without love, and that we divide the
Body in all arrogance, as false prophets.
There is no doubt
Conlon would say the same about us and our ministry
in Christ, even boasting that we
his prophecy of angry watchmen.
But here is what God
says about his prophesying:
Ezekiel 13:1-16 MKJV
(1) And the Word of the LORD came to me, saying,
(2) Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel
who prophesy. And say to those who prophesy out
of their own
hearts, Hear the
Word of the LORD:
(3) So says the Lord GOD, Woe to the foolish prophets
who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!
(4) O Israel, your prophets are like the foxes
in the deserts.
(5) You have not gone up into the breaks, nor built
the wall for the house of Israel, that it might
in the day
of the LORD.
(6) They have seen vanity and lying divination,
saying, the LORD says. And the LORD has not sent
(7) Did you not see a vain vision, and speak a
lying divination? Yet you say, the LORD says; although
I have not spoken?
(8) Therefore so says the Lord GOD: Because you
have spoken vanity and seen a lie, therefore, behold,
I am against
you, says the
(9) And My hand shall be against the prophets who
see vanity and who divine a lie. They shall not
be in the
of My people,
nor shall they be written in the writing of the
house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the
know that I am the Lord GOD.
(10) Because, even because they made My people
go astray, saying, Peace; and there was no peace;
a wall, and lo,
others daubed it with lime.
(11) Say to those who daub with lime, yes, it shall
fall; there will be a flooding rain; and you, O
hailstones, shall fall,
and a stormy
wind will break.
(12) And, behold, when the wall has fallen, shall
it not be said to you, Where is the daubing with
(13) Therefore so says the Lord GOD: I will even
break it with a stormy wind in My fury. And there
anger, and hailstones in fury to destroy it.
(14) And I will break down the wall that you have
daubed with lime, and touch it to the ground; yea,
bare its base.
And it shall
fall, and you shall be destroyed in her midst;
and you shall know that I am the LORD.
(15) And I will fulfill My wrath on the wall and
on those who daubed it with lime. And I will say
Those who daubed are no more;
(16) the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning
Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her,
and there is no
peace, says the
The King James Version calls the lime “untempered
can’t build a safe or secure building with
that, can you? False teachers use such materials
because they aren’t building on
the One and Only Foundation Stone, the Lord Jesus
Christ. Untempered mortar is the false
love and doctrine of men, forming fellowships
that are destined to fall.
So people better believe
there is anger. God is angry with Conlon and with
what comes out of his
Conlon is a liar. He tells his audience
there is no spot in them, implying that Christ doesn’t
see them as sinners. That’s
true if they have been cleansed of their sins and
are walking in the Light, but what if they aren’t
cleansed or walking in the Light?
“And this is the message which we have heard from Him and declare
to you, that God is Light, and in Him is no darkness
at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness,
and do not practice the truth” (1 John
Will God not judge? Conlon neutralizes
Him and His Word:
Hebrews 4:12-13 MKJV
(12) For the Word of God is living and powerful
and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing
apart of soul
and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and
is a discerner of the thoughts and intents
(13) Neither is there any creature that is
not manifest in His sight, but all things are
to the eyes
we have to do.
Has Christ come to condemn? No,
He has come to save
those who confess their sins and look to Him as Lord and
Hebrews 4:14-16 MKJV
(14) Since then we have a great High Priest
Who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the
us hold fast
(15) For we do not have a High Priest Who
cannot be touched with the feelings of our
just as we are, yet without sin.
(16) Therefore let us come boldly to the
throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy
help in time
It’s not the whole, but the
sick, that will receive the ministrations
of the Physician and be healed:
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness” (1
John 1:8-9 MKJV).
If one will be restored whole
in the future, it is because he receives correction and
We come to
God as we
are. Read Holy
Waters. Works won’t make you
whole, but faith in the Physician will.
you have come to the River of Life, Jesus
Christ. Immerse yourself in
of God we
preach, and as
you receive the
truth, your shackles of vice and sin’s
power will be broken, and you will know
God’s will in all matters of your
Isaiah 30:18-23 JPS
(18) And therefore will the LORD wait,
that He may be gracious unto you, and
He be exalted,
that He may
have compassion upon you; for the LORD
a God of justice,
are all they
wait for Him.
(19) For, O people that dwell in Zion
at Jerusalem, you shall weep no more;
surely be gracious
at the voice
cry, when He shall hear, He will answer
(20) And though the Lord give you sparing
bread and scant water, yet shall not
eyes shall see your Teacher;
(21) And your ears shall hear a word
behind you, saying: “This
is the way, walk ye in it,” when you turn to the right hand,
and when you turn to the left.
(22) And you shall defile your graven
images overlaid with silver, and your
gold; you shalt
far away as one unclean; you shalt say
to it: “Get out of here.”
(23) And He will give the rain for your
seed, wherewith you sow the ground, and
the increase of
the ground, and it shall
fat and plenteous; in that day shall
your cattle feed in large pastures.
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
Therefore if the Son shall make you free,
you shall be free indeed” (John
8:32, 36 MKJV).
Victor and Paul
After years of our presence on the net and never having heard of
Carter Conlon, a month or so after Matthew contacted us, another reader
our site consulted with us on a problem she was having relating to
her ex-fiancé. Before she broke off the engagement, she found
out this man was a drug addict and nonstop liar, who massively sponged
off of her and couldn’t care less about anyone but himself. But
that was all right by this man, because his pastor, Carter
Conlon, taught him that his sins were forgiven. This despite the fact
that there never was any repentance.
The woman wrote:
confessed the drinking - he didn't even admit he was a cocaine addict!
He said his habit was 'social' not addiction, but
his denial of his sin was really a rejection of his shame, which
made him uncomfortable - it didn't mesh with that 'hero' that he
to, but were the shameful trappings of the sinful nature. He defensively
would tell me, God forgave me, why can't you? God doesn't remember
our sins. The bible (and pastor Carter Conlon) say so."
Such are the fruits of Carter Conlon's ministry, the
spiritual clone of David Wilkerson.