Definition of False Teacher: One who presumes
to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent him.
False Teacher - S.Michael Houdmann
Judgement of GotQuestions.org
GotQuestions presents itself as the one-stop shop for answers to all your questions about God and the Bible, from a Christian perspective. We show that this is not true - their perspective is their own, one born of flesh, not the Spirit of God. His thoughts and ways are not menís, and menís are not His, no matter if they claim to represent Him.
Let the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ speak against the presumptuous
mockers and wicked men who take and use His Name in vain. Founder of
GotQuestions.org, S. Michael Houdmann, claims to have received a “vision” from
God “for helping people find answers to their Bible questions through
His definition of a vision from God will not be found in the Bible,
and the vision that is found there, Michael Houdmann does not believe
We say his vision and work is from none other than the god of this world,
Satan, who has given them their “ministry.” This we know
by the answers they give to many questions, which answers, presuming
to be Biblical, are from another Bible, not God’s. That is to say,
they preach an anti-Christ gospel, as Peter prophesied:
2 Peter 3:15-17 MKJV
(15) And think of the long-suffering of our Lord as salvation (as our
beloved brother Paul also has written to you according to the wisdom
given to him
(16) as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things; in
which are some things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and
unstable pervert, as also they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their
(17) Therefore, beloved, knowing beforehand, beware lest being led away
with the error of the lawless, you fall from your own steadfastness.
Some answers are good and true, but with many of their answers, one
will find subtle, if not blatant, error - the works of the serpentine
beast from the Garden of Eden, feeding unwary and unstable souls by the
Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil – carnal reasonings and men’s
GotQuestions writes, “The cults, false religions,
and other semi-Christian groups have websites as well. Some of these
sites perform much the same
function that we do. The answers these sites provide are often very unbiblical
and lead searching people down a false path - potentially to their own
There is no doubt whatsoever that cults, false religions, and “semi-Christian” groups
perform much the same function as GotQuestions – preaching a false
gospel, misrepresenting Jesus Christ and His will. There is also no doubt
that GotQuestions would condemn our site, as we condemn GotQuestions’ work.
The differences are that 1) we are of God and 2) this will be demonstrated,
for God will make manifest who is the false one. God is finished winking
at the sweet works of Satan that destroy in comely ways. See The
Lovely Essence of Satan and The
Nature of Deception.
They write, “So, the GotQuestions staff
began to pray, how can we prevent people from visiting these unbiblical
If their figures are true, and we don’t have any good reason to
question them, they receive about 100 questions a day. Apparently God
did not answer their prayer, for according to their own testimony, people
are visiting their unbiblical site in increasing numbers.
Their History page states:
“History of GotQuestions.org
GotQuestions.org was founded in February of 2002. God gave our founder,
S. Michael Houdmann, a vision for helping people find answers to their
Bible questions through the internet. Little did he envision how quickly
God would turn GotQuestions.org into a full-time ministry. We quickly
discovered what a great need there was for a quality Bible answer service
on the internet.
Within one month of our launch, GotQuestions.org was receiving over
30 questions a day. The volunteer staff grew from 5 writers, to 10, to
20, to 50, and ultimately to our current staff of over 185. At the same
time, the volume of questions steadily increased. We are currently averaging
110 questions per day. In response, we opened our question answering
ministry to volunteers whom the Lord brings our way. We continue to praise
the Lord for our volunteer writers. They are what makes this ministry
Just as in any other field, the internet is a
battlefield. This is equally true in the spiritual realm. The cults,
false religions, and other semi-Christian
groups have websites as well. Some of these sites perform much the same
function that we do. The answers these sites provide are often very unbiblical
and lead searching people down a false path - potentially to their own
spiritual destruction. (Note: we are by no means claim to be the
only site on the internet that answers people’s questions in a God-honoring
way. In fact, there are others.) So, the GotQuestions staff began to
pray, how can we prevent people from visiting these unbiblical sites?
In response to our prayers, God led us to search engine optimization
and search engine advertising. By designing our webpages to be search
engine friendly, we achieve good listings in the search engine. For example,
we seek to be listed highly every time someone searches for Bible Questions,
Bible Answers, and Christian Answers - because that is what we do. We
determined that we would strive to be listed higher than the sites that
do not proclaim the truth - no matter the cost - trusting that God would
provide the funding we would need. God has met our needs every step of
the way, as we knew He would (Philippians 4:19).
As our website traffic increased and the volume
of questions continued to grow, we recognized the need to have our
most frequently asked questions
and answers posted online for easy access. We currently have over 1500
of our most frequently asked questions posted online in our archives.
We started posting a question of the week online and immediately received
requests for it to be sent out via email as well. Many ‘questioners’ would
ask us to recommend a good Christian book that would help them with their
question, so we began including recommended books along with the answers,
and created an affiliate bookstore online.
In November of 2005, we began the process of translating
what we believe to be our most important webpages into other languages.
It is our goal
to translate our 52 “most important” articles into every
major world language. Beyond that, it is our goal to translate at least
200 webpages into the world languages that are most prominent on the
internet. There are, sadly, many languages in which there is very little
to no quality Christian content available online.
We continue to pray and dream regarding how God
would expand and improve the ministry of GotQuestions.org! We praise
the Lord for what He has
accomplished through us and in us! We look forward for how God will use
GotQuestions.org in the future (Jeremiah 29:11).” (end quote)
GotQuestions begins, as is common with nominal Christian sites, with
a “statement of faith,” rather than a “statement of
doctrine.” Calling it a “statement of faith” indicates
faith in doctrine, not in God. Anyone can list doctrine and call it faith,
anyone can claim faith in God, but who has true faith? A statement of
doctrine is more honest and accurate; it simply states what their doctrines
are, whether they claim to believe in God or not. The Christian walk
is about faith in God, not in knowledge or doctrine.
We begin with a look at each of their sections in their “statement
of faith” (keep their
page open while you read along):
Section 1: The Bible
They say, “While still using the individual
writing styles of the human authors, the Holy Spirit perfectly guided
them to ensure they
wrote precisely what He wanted written, without error or omission (2
It’s fine to say the Holy Spirit inspired the original writings,
and we can agree, in part. However, the problem comes with translations
and interpretations of the Scriptures, as well as omissions and additions
men have presumed to make. Read How
We View, Interpret, and Use the Scriptures and Versions. The transmission of a pure and untainted message isn’t
as simple as they and other evangelicals make it out to be.
Section 2: God
Here, we have two problems:
One, they simply repeat the letter of the Bible in terms of what it
says about God. It is fine to use terms to describe God, but do they
know Him, or is it only head knowledge? One should think that if they
state that they believe the Bible is God’s Word, there is no point
in repeating its words, in this instance, without telling us what those
words mean to them.
Two, they speak of that blasphemous orthodox doctrine of the trinity.
We cover that demonic doctrine in another paper addressing GotQuestions:
The Asininity of the Trinity.
Section 3: Jesus Christ
To which we can only say, “Amen!” We
find no fault there at all. However, read Jesus
Christ Is God to see where we differ with
GotQuestions, despite their words with which we agree.
They say, “We hold that His death is sufficient
to provide salvation for all who receive Him as Savior (John 1:12;
This is true, and in due time, all will receive Him as Savior, bowing
the knee to Him and confessing Him as Lord:
“Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am
God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone
out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every
knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” (Isaiah 45:22-23 MKJV).
Read The Reconciliation
of All Things and other postings in The
Restitution of All Things.
Section 4: The Holy Spirit
Here we have two problems:
One, the Holy Spirit is Jesus Christ. They speak of
Him as though He is a separate personality, an expression of the erroneous
While the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit, and the Son, and the Father,
there is but One Person. Read our section Jesus
Christ Is God.
Two, they diminish the reality and importance of the
gifts of the Spirit. This is because they have never received the Spirit
of Jesus Christ.
They have never known Him as Lord or they would not be able to disregard
the gifts as they do. It is anti-Christ. No new birth, no gifts; no gifts,
no Spirit; no Spirit, no Jesus Christ; no Jesus Christ, no faith in God. “The
fool has said in his heart there is no God.” All of the Scriptures
they reference about the gifts only validate their existence, never their
diminishing or putting away.
Section 5: Angels and Demons
Here we have at least two problems:
One, read for yourself and nowhere will you find that Isaiah 14 and
Ezekiel 28 speak of Satan, as is so commonly believed in nominal Christendom.
So where do they get that notion? (If Satan is a man, however, then there
is something there.)
Two, when they speak of Satan and his demons being eternally punished
in the Lake of Fire, their meaning of “eternal” is a never-ending
span of time, or an age without an end. They are so wrong. Read The
Great Promise of the Lake of Fire and the Second Death and The
True, Scriptural Meanings of “Forever, “Everlasting,” and “Hell”.
Section 6: Humanity
We agree here for the most part, except that the
verse they give to substantiate that humans choose to sin (Romans 3:23)
does not say that,
and Romans 6:23 does not say that all sin is exceedingly offensive to
God, as they suggest. (This is not to say that men have not chosen to
sin or that sin isn’t offensive to God.)
These people are loose with their words and with their usage of Scripture,
believing and repeating that which has been told them through doctrine
and tradition of other men, which demonstrates an artificial faith and
total lack of reverence for God, despite their sincerity.
Section 7: Salvation
We cannot and would not argue with what they present here, for we know
these things to be very true, having experienced and learned them directly
from God, not by indoctrination, as it seems they have.
However, one of their questions deals with repentance: “Question: ‘What is repentance and is it necessary for salvation?’”
They are right when they say:
1) “In the Bible, the word repent means ‘to change one’s
2) “The full biblical definition of repentance
is a change of mind that results in a change of action.”
3) “To repent, in relation to salvation,
is to change your mind in regard to Jesus Christ.”
4) “It is crucially important that we understand
repentance is not a work we do to earn salvation. No one can repent and
come to God
unless God pulls that person to Himself (John 6:44).”
They err when they say, “Turning
from sin is not the definition of repentance,” although
the next portion is true - “but
it is one of the results of genuine, faith-based repentance towards the
Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul Cohen writes:
John the Immerser, whose express mission it was to come preaching, and
baptizing unto, repentance, also gave practical things to do to the people
who were listening to him:
“And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answered
and said to them, He who has two coats, let him give to him who has none.
And he who has food, let him do likewise. And tax-collectors also came
to be baptized and said to him, Teacher, what shall we do? And he said
to them, Continue to do no more than that commanded to you. And the soldiers
also asked of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said to them,
Do not forcibly extort anyone, nor accuse any falsely. And be content
with your wages” (Luke 3:10-14 MKJV).
We tell people the right thing to do, not because we are expecting them
to be able to do it without faith, but using the Law as a schoolmaster
to bring them to Christ and His faith.
There is the planting of repentance before repentance blooms in full.
The Lord said to me in ‘87 that He had brought me to a place of
repentance, yet I had begun to turn years before that when things were
required of me.
Removing the turning from sin from repentance is like removing the oxygen
from water. What do you have left?
GotQuestions writes: “It is impossible to
place your faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior without first changing
your mind about who
He is and what He has done.”
This is the “accepting Jesus as your Savior” false
Despite what they say about it being God’s doing, they are doing
it themselves and don’t know the difference. No one has faith prior
to coming to Christ, that is, godly faith. And coming to Christ, changing
our minds about Him, is not something we can do. God must draw us. He
is the Author and Finisher of our faith.
They also say: “Biblical repentance is changing
your mind about Jesus Christ and turning to God in faith for salvation
They are talking about man’s faith, which is subject to, and moved
by, carnal reasoning and convincing. It is not at all God’s gift
of faith in Christ, His faith. So they do many things that track with
the words in the Scriptures, yet without Him. These are works of the
flesh, exposed when the Light comes, just as Jesus exposed the “righteous” Pharisees.
Back to Victor:
I must add that when the Lord began to draw me to Himself, I needed
to put away, or at least TRY to put away, those things I knew I should
not be doing. He wasn’t permitting me to continue in my vices and
various sins and say, “It’s up to God. I’ll just continue
doing what I do until He changes or delivers me.” I had to try
to repent of sins even though I would fail. I had to try to get right
with Him and fail. Failure is part of the package.
It was His grace that gave me to fail, so that I might know for certain
that I needed His grace to prevail. I discovered I could not repent,
yet He required it of me and encouraged me to keep going until He met
me and gave me His gift of repentance. Truly, even the desire to repent
comes from God.
We must not be misled into thinking that repentance does not include
the need to turn from our sins, which is the error I perceive to be operating
in the GotQuestions answer. Peter spoke to Simon the sorcerer, which
words give us a sound perspective on repentance:
Acts 8:18-24 MKJV
(18) And when Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through laying
on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money,
(19) saying, Give me this power also, that on whomever I lay hands, he
may receive the Holy Spirit.
(20) But Peter said to him, May your silver perish with you, because
you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
(21) You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is
not right in the sight of God.
(22) Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray God if perhaps
the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.
(23) For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond
(24) And answering Simon said, You pray to the Lord for me that none
of these things which you have spoken may come on me.
Yes, repentance is a changing of the mind, a turning to Christ, but
it is also, and very importantly, a turning from sin and from wickedness,
which Peter counseled Simon to do. Repentance is to turn from the evil,
the wrong, the erroneous, and the Devil to the good, the right, the true,
and the Lord. It is turning from doing our own thing independently of
God to doing His will.
Section 8: The Church
We have several questions concerning this section on the Church:
One, they say, “We believe
that the Church, the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up
of all believers of this present age….”
If by “this present age,” they mean this world in this life,
at this present time or the time since Christ, we disagree (I don’t
see what else they could mean). We say the Church includes all those
who have gone before us:
Hebrews 11:37-40; 12:1 MKJV
(37) They were stoned, they were sawed in two, were tempted, were slain
with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being
destitute, afflicted, tormented.
(38) The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains
and dens and caves of the earth.
(39) And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, did
not receive the promise,
(40) for God had provided some better thing for us, that they should
not be made perfect without us.
(1) Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let
us run with patience the race that is set before us….
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living
God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are written
in Heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men
made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to blood
of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews
Two, they say, “We believe
in the ordinances of believer’s
water baptism by immersion as a testimony to Christ and identification
I have seen many people water baptized without a genuine change in life,
while others, never having been baptized in water, live a righteous life
of faith because they have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, which is
the whole point (water depicts receiving, or being immersed in, the Spirit).
Water baptism avails nothing, but GotQuestions makes the figure a major
point while being ignorant of the substance, the baptism with the Holy
Spirit. Read our Water
The baptism in the Holy
Spirit is the entrance, that is, the new birth,
into the Body of Christ, the Church:
“For also by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether
Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free, even all were made to drink into
one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13 MKJV).
Not having ever been made a part of the Church, how can these people
speak authoritatively about it?
Three, they say, “We believe in… the Lord’s Supper
as a remembrance of Christ’s death and shed blood (Matthew 28:19-20;
Acts 2:41-42, 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).”
While they place importance upon a physical ordinance - the “Lord’s
Supper,” with capital letter reverence - they do not eat His flesh
or drink His blood, which, again, is the whole point of the walk of faith
John 6:48-58 MKJV
(48) I am the Bread of life.
(49) Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and died.
(50) This is the Bread which comes down from Heaven, so that a man may
eat of it and not die.
(51) I am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats
of this Bread, he shall live forever. And truly the bread that I will
give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
(52) Then the Jews argued with one another, saying, How can this man
give us his flesh to eat?
(53) Then Jesus says to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless you
eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you do not have
life in yourselves.
(54) Whoever partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up at the last day.
(55) For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
(56) He who partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me, and
I in him.
(57) As the living Father has sent Me, and I live through the Father,
so he who partakes of Me, even he shall live by Me.
(58) This is the Bread which came down from Heaven, not as your fathers
ate the manna, and died; he who partakes of this Bread shall live forever.
Jesus was not speaking of the “Lord’s Supper,” as
nominal Christians know it, a mere physical ordinance that never did
anything for anyone. He was speaking of a walk of faith and obedience,
trusting Him for one’s life. He was speaking in figurative terms,
just as with the foot washing, which some have also taken literally.
I have seen many thousands keep the “Lord’s Supper” as
a ritual while having only a profession of faith and no reality in Christ.
On the other hand, I know those who have never partaken of the formal
ordinance, yet eat His flesh and drink His blood daily, abiding in Him.
Only those who know Him know what I am talking about; otherwise, it
is impossible to understand. That is why the 70 walked away when He spoke
“From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no
more with Him” (John 6:66 KJV).
Many walk away from this understanding today, including GotQuestions.
Doctrine: The “Lord’s
Supper”. (And regarding the first Scripture they quote, read
The Book of Matthew
Four, they say, “We believe
in the Great Commission as the primary mission of the Church. It is
the obligation of all believers to witness,
by word and life, to the truths of God’s Word.”
GotQuestions knows little, if anything, about the newborn nature of
God, or they would not speak in terms of legalism and obligation. True
believers are not obligated to slavish duty. They naturally testify because
it is in them to do so, just as it is in a dog to bark. Dogs do not bark
to meet the obligations of a dog; they just bark. This is so with real
believers, who speak and do out of what they are. GotQuestions tries
to sprout wings and fly, thinking to please God.
Furthermore, true witnesses of Jesus Christ are witnesses not unto “the
truths of God’s Word” (meaning the Bible as they understand
it) but unto the Lord Jesus Christ:
“But you shall receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you.
And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea,
and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 MKJV).
Glibly, they say, “The gospel of the grace
of God is to be preached to all the world.” Just what is the Gospel? Do they know? To whom
do they preach and how? Are they suggesting that every believer is to
preach to all the world? They know nothing of the leading of the Spirit
of God for individual believers.
“The Spirit breathes where He desires, and you hear His voice,
but you do not know from where He comes, and where He goes; so is everyone
who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8 MKJV).
Section 9: Things to Come
We find much wrong in this section.
One, the escapist doctrine of the rapture is offensive, highly insulting
to those who have shed their blood in suffering, and entirely unBiblical.
Jesus Christ brings us through the fires of tribulation, not away
from them. If it is His way to save His sons and daughters from the tribulation,
how does one explain the terrible atrocities suffered by the faithful
throughout history who had no escape? Where was their rapture?
GotQuestions interprets the allegedly supportive Scriptures for their
doctrine carnally, without revelation or understanding. They refer to
Titus 2:11-14 MKJV
(11) For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
(12) teaching us that having denied ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live discreetly, righteously and godly, in this present world,
(13) looking for the blessed hope, and the appearance of the glory of
our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
(14) Who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity
and purify to Himself a special people, zealous of good works.
We have experienced the appearance of the glory of our great God and
Savior Jesus Christ, which is what all saints experience when they celebrate
the Third Feast, overcoming and entering rest. The Kingdom of God comes
without observation and is within, as Jesus declared (Luke 17:20-21).
Is He the liar or fool these people inadvertently make Him out to be?
They also refer to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 MKJV
(13) But I would not have you ignorant, brothers, concerning those who
are asleep, that you be not grieved, even as others who have no hope.
(14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will
also bring with Him all those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.
(15) For we say this to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are
alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall not go before those
who are asleep.
(16) For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with
the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God. And the dead
in Christ shall rise first.
(17) Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall ever
be with the Lord.
(18) Therefore comfort one another with these words.
These are spiritual words and figurative language with spiritual fulfillment.
Again, the Kingdom of God does not come with observation.
Two, they say, “We believe
in the visible and bodily return of Christ to the earth with His saints….”
The Lord does indeed return physically, in His Body, His people, in
whom He is formed:
“My children, for whom I again travail until Christ should be
formed in you” (Galatians 4:19 MKJV).
When the saints mature, He becomes manifest in them to repeat and even
exceed the works He did on earth when in His flesh:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, He who believes on Me, the works
that I do he shall do also, and greater works than these he shall do,
because I go to My Father” (John 14:12 MKJV).
Those who look for a physical coming of the Lord are no different from
the Jews in their carnal expectations. The Jews of Jesus’ day erroneously
expected a military/political Messiah to physically put down the secular
powers and raise physical Israel to reign over all the earth with a physical
throne set up in Jerusalem. This physical fulfillment didn’t happen
then, and the physical fulfillment won’t happen now, or ever.
Three, they say, “…the wicked to eternal punishment in the
lake of fire…”
While the Lake of Fire will do its work, the wicked will not be in it
forever, time without end, but they will be purged with the perfect fire
of God and made free and clear of all corruption and wickedness. Their
deliverance will come as with us and all others, by the blood of the
Lamb, by grace through faith, through repentance of sin, being granted
a new heart, in which will be written His Law. Again, read The
Great Promise of the Lake of Fire and the Second Death and The
True, Scriptural Meanings of “Forever, “Everlasting,” and “Hell”,
both found under The Restitution
of All Things.
There has been no greater lie told to defame and misrepresent God, Who
is Love, than the one of souls subjected to eternal torment. It is perfectly blasphemous,
antiChrist, and antiScriptural, provably so. Read Diabolical
Doctrine: Never-ending Torment.
Those who hear our words and do not believe are already before the Great
White Throne judgment. As we judge, our judgment is just, not according
to appearance, but according to the Mind of Christ Jesus, Who first judged
Let it be known that we are not here to condemn any man. We are here
to speak the truth. If men are free to speak lies and blasphemies, how
much more do we have the right to speak the truth that contradicts their
After writing this piece, GotQuestions sent us a request to financially
support their work. How does their request and the nature of this work
square with The True Marks of a Cult? While they say some true things,
the fingerprints of man are all over this work, but God’s work
is pure, with no inconsistency or shadow of turning in that which He
says and gives to man.
How sure is a man in his knowledge! “I know; therefore I am!” It’s
been this way ever since Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden Tree. The
only way out of this state comes by faith and obedience, which allow
men access to the Tree of Life and to become as He is in this world.
Then it’s, “I am, therefore I know!”