Definition of False Teacher: One who presumes
to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent him.
False Teacher - Larry
Using Freedom to Cover up Evil
Ministers of Christ set
people free from sin, enabling them, by His grace, to live right
and do well. Ministers of men like Larry Huch, on the other hand,
use the freedom they presume to have in Christ to cover over wrongdoing,
teaching others to do likewise. “They promise them freedom,
but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes
a person, to that he is enslaved” (2 Peter 2:19 ESV).
We received this note:
I just spent some
time reading Free at Last (breaking generational curses) by Larry Huch
(2010). He states that on page 59; Para 2 that John 8:36
says that Jesus told the saved Jews....”When I set you free, you’ll
be free indeed. I’ll not only forgive you, but I’ll break
the curse of on you that’s linked to the sin.”
He has the statement in quotation marks to assume this is actually what
Jesus said and added the rest of the verse after the work indeed. God
has told us to not to add or take away from his word and that if we do;
we will not go unpunished. It appears he is a false teacher and is trying
to make excuses for his own nasty past.
Please share your thoughts on this matter.
We haven’t heard of Larry Huch or his book, but I can say a couple
things in answer to your question.
When the Lord forgives someone and turns him from his sins, the “curse
spigot” is indeed turned off if the believer “goes and sins
no more.” Otherwise, how could he be free if still a slave to sin
with all its attendant consequences, which amounts to a curse? And how
could he be made whole by his faith if still under a curse?
So while the Lord didn’t say the words Larry quoted, they are
implied and true. There isn’t a problem with expounding on what
the Lord says, if the explanation about what He is saying is true. Otherwise,
how could men of God be sent to teach people the Lord’s teachings?
And what about prophecy, which is the testimony of Jesus?
When the Lord says not to add to His Word, He is talking about adding
things He never thought, meant, or said, and isn’t saying now.
There is a problem, however, with quoting words as if the Lord said
them when He didn’t. Larry should have made it clear that he was
adding to the Lord’s direct quote, and could have shown how the
added words were expounding on the Lord’s message and the reality
of His work of salvation. You didn’t give me the text following
the quote, but I assume Larry didn’t provide any explanation, or
you wouldn’t be bringing up the matter. Or you misunderstood something.
Messing up on this one thing alone doesn’t make Larry a false
teacher, Troy. Given what I see at a glance on his website, however,
this sloppiness is part of a larger problem of presumptuousness and speaking
out of turn, which are the hallmarks of a false teacher.
If you were to compare what you see on Larry’s website to the
teachings of the Lord in the following documents, you would, by the grace
of God, be able to see many evidences of a false teacher in his words
The True Marks of a Cult
Off the top you would see Money
Jewish Tradition and Religion (see also The
Feast-Keeping that Is Sin), and Diabolical
Doctrine: Women Are Ministers of God in Spiritual Authority over Men,
all prominent in Larry’s and his wife’s ministry.
A giant clue and tip-off that you have encountered a false teacher is
when anyone names their works after themselves, such as “Larry
Huch Ministries.” That’s what Jesus talked about in the following
passage - and notice how He didn’t put the onus on the false teacher
as much as He did on those who followed the false teacher:
“I have come in My Father's Name, and you do not receive Me. If
another shall come in his own name [Larry Huch
Ministries], him you will
receive” (John 5:43 MKJV).
Larry, a true son of Satan the usurper, deceives men by using the Lord’s
Name to come in his own name. He takes liberty with the Lord’s
words because he serves himself, not the truth. He is the man of sin
glorying before all, a spectacle of shame. All those who honor Larry
in his self-exaltation deny themselves the liberty of the Lord, which
He has reserved for those who love Him.