Definition of False Teacher: One who presumes
to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent him.
False Teacher - Zac
Mystery Babylon’s Gold Standard
Being an upright and
faithful messenger in the church systems of men doesn’t qualify
one as a servant of God. The servants of God walk in His righteousness,
not their own, and have nothing to do with the works of men, the
paths of the destroyer. “Verily every man at his best state
is altogether vanity. Selah” (Psalms 39:5 KJV).
We received a letter from a professing Christian who intimates that
Zac Poonen might just be an authentic minister of Christ in the midst
of so many false ones. Here’s our reply:
You say in your letter:
“I have only found one man so far who preaches
what he believes & does
not ask for money...Zac Poonen.”
Many preach what they believe (though there are some outright shysters
who knowingly preach whatever serves their ambitions without any convictions
whatsoever), but who preaches the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ?
To begin with, he preaches another god, the trinity, an abominable doctrine
that desecrates the One True God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Read our section
on this - The Trinity, starting with The
Gospel According to Trinitarians.
Zac also preaches the most blasphemous of diabolical
out of false Christianity, never-ending
As for not asking for money, that certainly separates Zac from the crowd
of beggars who populate false Christendom, but it isn’t a mark
of true faith in Christ. Paul wrote to the Corinthians (1st letter, chapter
13) that you could give all your goods to feed the poor and lay down
your body to be burned, yet still not have the love of God (faith in
There are some indicators that Zac’s “financial
isn’t of faith. He asks these questions of those who wish to give
to his work. I’ll take them one at a time:
“1. Are you a born-again child of God? It
is a great honour and privilege to support the work of God on earth;
but that privilege is
given only to His born-again children (3 John 7).”
It’s true that offerings in the Body of Christ are made by those
who receive the ministry of God, but is it only limited to those? Not
necessarily. Didn’t the queen of Sheba and other heathen bring
offerings when Solomon was building the Temple, which the Lord said was
a “house of prayer for all nations”? Who is Zac to limit
who can give, if the Lord moves their hearts?
“2. Do you have enough money for your family's
needs? Are you sure that your giving will not put your family under
any financial strain?
You must take care of your family's needs first (1 Tim.5:8). Our Father
in heaven is very rich and He (like any rich earthly father) does not
want any of His children to starve or suffer in any way, just because
they gave Him money for His work.”
What about the poor widow the Lord commended?
Mark 12:42-44 ESV
(42) And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make
(43) And He called His disciples to Him and said to them, “Truly,
I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are
contributing to the offering box.
(44) For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of
her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Do you think she went without, because she honored God before her own
needs? That will never happen.
“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous
forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously,
and his children become a blessing” (Psalms 37:25-26 ESV).
What do these words mean to you?:
Matthew 6:31-33 MKJV
(31) Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat?” or, “What
shall we drink?” or, “With what shall we be clothed?”
(32) For the nations seek after all these things. For your heavenly Father
knows that you have need of all these things.
(33) But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all
these things shall be added to you.
And what about the widow in the days of Elijah, during the drought?
1 Kings 17:8-16 MKJV
(8) And the Word of the LORD came to him, saying,
(9) “Arise, go to Zarephath which belongs to Sidon, and live there.
Behold, I have commanded a widow to keep you there.”
(10) And he arose and went to Zarephath, and came in to the entrance
of the city, and, behold, the widow was gathering sticks. And he called
to her and said, “Please, bring me a little water in a vessel so
that I may drink.”
(11) And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Please,
bring me a piece of bread in your hand.”
(12) And she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have a
cake, but only a handful of meal in a pitcher and a little oil in a jar.
And behold, I am gathering two sticks, so that I may go in and dress
it for me and my son, so that we may eat it and die.”
(13) And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear, go. Do as you have said.
But first make me a little cake of it, and bring it to me. And then make
for you and for your son.
(14) For so says the LORD, the God of Israel, The pitcher of meal shall
not be emptied, nor shall the jar of oil fail, until the day that the
LORD sends rain on the earth.”
(15) And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah. And she
and he and her house ate many days;
(16) the pitcher of meal was not consumed, and the jar of oil did not
fail, according to the Word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.
Zac speaks man’s reasoning and not according to the faith of Christ.
“3. Do you have any large debts to repay? If so, do clear those
debts first. God wants His children to live restful lives, free from
all debt. We must first give to Caesar what is his, before we can give
anything to God, because God does not want us to give Him Caesar's money,
or anyone else's money (Matt.22:21; Rom.13:8).
(Note: A house-loan is not a ‘debt’ (in the meaning in these
verses), because the house is an asset that you posses that is equal
in value to the loan taken. For the same reason, a vehicle-loan is also
not a debt - provided the vehicle is insured for the value of the loan
Our first debt is to God, not that we can pay for our salvation, but
we all owe Him big-time. Honoring Him comes before all other obligations,
for those who believe.
Malachi 3:8-12 MKJV
(8) Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me. But you say, “In
what have we robbed You?” In the tithe and the offering!
(9) You are cursed with a curse; for you are robbing Me, the nation,
all of it.
(10) Bring all the tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food
in My house. And test Me now with this, says the LORD of Hosts, to see
if I will not open the windows of Heaven for you, and pour out a blessing
for you, until there is not enough room.
(11) And I will rebuke your devourer, and he shall not decay the fruit
of your ground against you; nor shall your vine miscarry against you
in the field, says the LORD of Hosts.
(12) And all nations shall call you blessed; for you shall be a delightful
land, says the LORD of Hosts.
“4. Do you have a clear conscience? Have
you done your best to be reconciled with those whom you have hurt in
any way? God will not
accept any offering from anyone who has hurt someone and still not apologised
to that person (Matt.5:23, 24)”
The problem here is that Zac’s guidelines can be understood in
whatever way the carnal man is inclined, whether through the lusts of
the flesh or a faulty conscience that lacks the knowledge and faith of
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy
are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6 MKJV).
Shall you apologize for inflicting hurt as a friend? Will you be justified
before God if siding with the flesh and strengthening others in sin?
“Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed
is he who keeps back his sword from blood” (Jeremiah 48:10 MKJV).
If one has the faith to give, should he be burdened with trying to figure
out his motives and stance with God? Yes we need to examine ourselves
whether we are in the faith or not, but this is God’s judgment
and work, not our own.
“But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged
by you, or by man’s judgment. Yes, I don’t judge my own self.
For I know nothing against myself. Yet I am not justified by this, but
He Who judges me is the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:3-4 WEB).
“Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be of this mind. And
if in anything you are otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to
you” (Philippians 3:15 MKJV).
“5. Are you giving freely and cheerfully
- and not under pressure from any man or even from your own conscience?
God loves cheerful givers,
not reluctant givers. He does not want gifts from those who give under
pressure, or who give in order to fulfill some obligation, or who give
merely to ease their conscience, or who give in order to get some reward
from Him in return (2 Cor.9:7).”
Some good things to consider there, but once again, one needs to walk
by faith and recognize the battles we must fight as believers. Why shouldn’t
we listen to our consciences, if we’ve purposed to give in our
hearts? Being cheerful isn’t the goal, but living by faith and
obedience. Overall, Zac goes by carnal sight and teaches others to do
“Now he may make mistakes b/c NONE of us
has all the truth but I do admire the Spirit of the Lord in him.”
Speak for yourself and your teachers. True believers with God’s
Spirit have all the truth, because they have the Lord Jesus Christ. If
Zac Poonen spoke by the Spirit of Truth, he wouldn’t be teaching
falsehoods as a presumed man of God. Share this with him (if you can
reach him) and see how he reacts. You will see he won’t receive
correction or change his ways – he’s too rich in himself.
That’s not the Spirit of the Lord you’re admiring, Donna – it’s
You say you know that “the church system
is a mixture,” yet
here you are giving kudos to one of its promoters. What kind of influence
is that on the naïve and ignorant? Don’t you realize that
mixture is a destroyer that invites God’s wrath on those who take
His Name in vain? Read Incompatible
Mixture. [End of Letter]
In another conversation we note:
Then there's this astounding quote and piece of confusion from Zac
where he openly admits he doesn’t know the Lord by revelation,
and he doesn’t
know what he’s talking about when trying to understand God as the
“A dog cannot understand multiplication
- how three ones when multiplied can still be one: 1x1x1=1. Neither
can we understand how God
can be Three Persons and yet One God. A dog can understand only another
dog. He cannot understand a man fully. In the same way, a god that could
be explained and understood by our human reason would only be another
man just like ourselves. The very fact that the God of the Bible transcends
our reason is the clearest evidence that this is indeed the truth.”
The apostle Paul clearly addressed this matter with the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 2:11-16 MKJV
(11) For who among men knows the things of a man except the spirit of
man within him? So also no one knows the things of God except the Spirit
(12) But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit
from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us
(13) These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom
teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things
(14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of
God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.
(15) But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged
by no one.
(16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him?
But we have the mind of Christ.
Paul’s words to the Athenians also apply to Zac Poonen and his
“You men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too
superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found
an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore you
ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you” (Acts 17:22-23 KJV).