Definition of False Teacher: One who presumes
to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent him.
False Teacher - Jonathan
A Teacher of What?
The apostle Paul declared: “To
this I am ordained a preacher and an apostle (I speak the truth in
Christ, I do not lie), a teacher of the nations, in faith and
Timothy 2:7 MKJV). Then there are teachers like Jonathan Welton,
who mix truth and error as they teach you knowledge of spiritual
things, not the faith of Christ in truth. The knowledge of spiritual
things isn’t the same at all as the knowledge of Jesus Christ
through a personal relationship with Him as Lord, the only way to
know Him as Savior.
We received this inquiry:
What do you know
about self-proclaimed seer Jonathan Welton. He has written a couple
books: "Raptureless , "Normal Christianity" etc.
We’ve never heard of Jonathan Welton, Woody, till now. I just
looked him up and watched a few minutes of this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfF8vAY5UXw.
Jonathan is a product of men’s religious systems. He knows nothing
at all of the Lord Jesus Christ, never having been taught of or by Him,
despite his claim of being taught by the Holy Spirit. If there’s
any spirit involved, it’s not God’s.
For credentials as a teacher, Jonathan says he has “two Master’s
degrees, one in Biblical studies and one in practical ministry.” Jonathan
talks about being raised as a Pentecostal and mixing with Baptist friends,
the former giving him “the power” and the latter “a
love for the Word.” He is completely deluded, as both of those
are works of the flesh. In this following passage, the apostle Paul highlights
the differences between the faith of Christ and the religions of men:
Philippians 3:3-10 MKJV
(3) For we are the circumcision who worship God in the spirit and rejoice
in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh;
(4) though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other thinks
that he has reason to trust in the flesh, I more.
(5) I was circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the
tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews. As regards the Law, I
was a Pharisee;
(6) concerning zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness
in the Law, blameless.
(7) But whatever things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
(8) But no, rather, I also count all things to be loss for the excellency
of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for Whose sake I have suffered
the loss of all things, and count them to be dung, so that I may win
(9) and be found in Him; not having my own righteousness, which is of
the Law, but through the faith of Christ, the righteousness of God by
(10) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship
of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death.
This isn’t to say that Jonathan doesn’t teach some true
things. As with all false teachers, he does. He is correct, for example,
that the rapture teaching is bunkum, as the Lord has shown us more perfectly:
Doctrine: Rapture before the Great Tribulation. Jonathan does
some good legwork on this subject, providing applicable historical facts
to illuminate the Lord’s prophecies.
All well and good, but a little leaven leavens the whole lump, and there
is more than enough leaven of sin coming from this man to ruin the work
of God, if that were allowed.
His teaching about the anti-Christ, for example, misses the essential
truth that believers need to be delivered from the anti-Christ within,
the man of sin spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2. Since Jonathan hasn’t
experienced this deliverance himself, how can he lead others to the full
salvation of Christ? And if he can’t do that, what is he doing,
except feeding people with knowledge and keeping them in bondage to Satan?
I also went to Jonathan’s blog,
where he prominently declares:
“I, Jonathan Welton, care more about truth than
about money. My heart is to empower others and release the truth that
sets people free.”
Right off to the side of this announcement is a very visible “Donate” button,
accompanied by all the credit cards Jonathan accepts.
“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful
man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6 KJV)
Romans 2:17-22 MKJV
(17) Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the Law, and boast in
(18) and know His will and approve the things excelling, being instructed
out of the Law;
(19) and persuading yourselves to be a guide of the blind, a light to
those in darkness;
(20) an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, who have the form
of knowledge and of the truth in the Law.
(21) Therefore the one teaching another, do you not teach yourself? The
one preaching not to steal, do you steal?
(22) The one saying not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? The
one detesting idols, do you rob temples?
The one boasting about loving truth more than money, do
you beg for money?
Jonathan denies the great miracle of our day – Behold,
Israel and the Jew! – and appeals to the likes of Calvin and Spurgeon as “great church leaders.” Plenty of deadly error to poison
Read The True
Marks of a Cult and Diabolical
Doctrines for more thorough
background on “What’s wrong with this picture?” – not
only applying to Jonathan, but to so many other false teachers who are
spreading like stage 4 cancer throughout the world.
Let us know if you have any specific questions that aren’t covered
here. Where are you at with the Lord, Woody?
I am so thankful to you for your response. I have been very concerned
of this man's teachings; as of late, he has become a regular celebrity
in my area, drawing away many people into his false teachings. This has
affected relationships with many of Christian friends who seemed to be
mesmerized by this man's teachings, saying that there's a new reformation
I pastor a small non-denominational fellowship.