Definition of False Teacher: One who presumes to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent him.

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False Teachers and Prophets

(Last Names Starting with “D”)

“They’re a sorry bunch–pseudo-apostles, lying preachers, crooked workers–posing as Christ’s agents but sham to the core. And no wonder! Satan does it all the time, dressing up as a beautiful angel of light. So it shouldn’t surprise us when his servants masquerade as servants of God. But they’re not getting by with anything. They’ll pay for it in the end”
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15 MSG).

 
 

What is a false teacher and how does one qualify for this list?

False teachers are those who presume to teach in their own authority (as did the scribes), often in the Name of the Lord, when He has not sent them. Though they have knowledge of Biblical truths, they are, at best, in delusion, presuming to turn others to the Kingdom of God when, in fact, they are building the corrupt kingdoms of men. At worst, they are deliberate charlatans, seeking to deceive, steal, kill, and destroy, using Biblical truths to do so.

A teacher I follow is not listed here. Does that mean they aren't false?

This list is not meant to be an exhaustive one. What is important is that one learns to discern truth from error.

“Then you shall again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God, and him who does not serve Him” (Malachi 3:18 MKJV).

No person rightfully takes upon himself the role of a teacher or any other ministry of God without God’s power and authority. In a world full of teachers, preachers, elders, deacons, speakers, writers, evangelists, pastors, prophets, and apostles, rare are the true ministers representing the Lord Jesus Christ. Many are the false, and very few the true, even as in Noah’s day.

I heard the truth for the first time from a teacher listed here on this site. How is that?

Though false teachers lead astray, the Biblical truths they teach can lead to Christ those whom God has called and is choosing. The truth quickens those being given the gift of faith. However, faith manifest in the one who receives the truth does not certify as God’s representative the one who speaks some truth. The child of faith who walks in obedience to Christ will soon enough part ways with those who mix truth with error.

This is God’s commandment:

“Therefore come out from among them and be separated, says the Lord, and do not touch the unclean thing. And I will receive you and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18 MKJV).

How can a teacher be false when they teach true things found in the Bible?
False teachers mix the holy things of God with their carnal thoughts, creating a false form of godliness. They can’t do otherwise, because they haven’t taken up the cross and submitted themselves to Christ’s righteousness. They are still in their sin nature, living unto themselves, teaching doctrines and commandments of men.

And because false teachers haven’t submitted themselves to Christ’s righteousness, they can’t lead others there. A false teacher is one who may speak truth, yet points his hearers in another direction.

An example of this would be that of a “Tijuana taxi,” or any predator of tourists who says, “Yes, I know exactly where such-and-such a place is, and I’ll take you there. On the way, I’ll tell you all you want to know about it. Please, get in.”

Guess what? He gets you there after a half-hour drive, but didn’t tell you it was only a block away from where you began with him. Meanwhile he charges you for the time or mileage.

And though he filled you in on what the place is all about, what he doesn’t, can’t, and won’t tell you is that you need a membership to enter. He drops you off at the gate, and you find out your trip was for naught.

Isn’t that just like the churches and spiritual leaders one encounters in a multiplicity of places and forms? They have truth, and they may even get you into the wedding feast, but never with a wedding garment.

Therefore, while the truth spoken is to be believed (no matter who speaks it or what affiliation the speaker may have), false teachers are not to be followed. Teachers sent of God are to be followed, as with the example given by the apostle Paul, who said by the Spirit, “Become followers of me, even as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). A false teacher leads into the emptiness of self-righteousness and death, but a true teacher leads to the fullness of Christ and life.

After reading what's written here, I still can't determine if the teacher I follow is true or false. Is there anything else I can read that may help?
See also Diabolical Doctrines, The True Marks of a Cult, and Teachings. Indeed, our entire website will help you to forsake the error and to walk in the path of truth.
(Click on the links below for a short summary of each teacher along with a link to their listing.)

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Daugherty, Bill Joe
Carefully choose whom you will serve, God or man, because the rewards are life and death. Do you know whom you are serving? Are you praising man or God? Can you tell the difference? Here is the cautionary tale of a very successful minister of men, from which you may learn the difference, if God grants it to you.

Read False Teacher – Billy Joe Daugherty

Dawn, Marva
There is an oh so gentle and appealing appearance of light, love, kindness, and understanding that comes in the Name of Christ, yet conceals a heart of darkness that strengthens the hands of the wicked in the paths of the destroyer. Woe to those who follow her in her ways, who love their sins and lies more than the Truth! Marva Dawn, you have much blood to answer for, and answer you shall!

Read False Teacher – Marva Dawn

Day, Lorraine
There are several things that can be said of Dr. Lorraine Day, not the least of which is that she, as a woman, contrary to Scriptural Counsel and God’s Authority, assumes authority over men in her teaching and preaching occupation in the context of the Body of Christ.

Read False Teacher – Lorraine Day

Deweert, Dick
Dick Deweert, founder of The Miracle Channel in Lethbridge, Alberta was caught in an extra-marital affair. He resigned as president, as did his wife, Joan Deweert, in order to stand with him. Here, according to the Lord, is what is happening there, going back to what He told Victor in 1983 at the beginning of this work of man.

Read False Teacher – Dick Deweert

Dewey, Pam
Pam Dewey raises the alarm on false teachers at her “Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion” website, http://www.isitso.org/guide, which she describes as, “Your one-stop resource for accurate information on the wild and wooly world of modern religious groups and teachers.” In a series of correspondences we show that knowledge of some falsehood is not enough, but one must have personal knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, The Tree of Life, which Pam lacks and disdains.

Read False Teacher – Pam Dewey

Doctorian, Samuel
“Doctor” or “Reverend” Doctorian plays the part of an aged holy man, appearing in all black with a white beard and large cross hung around his neck. He exudes the universal appeal of a religious Santa Claus, an old and wise “saint” revered by all. But Jesus said that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination to God, and there could be no more appropriate words for this pious fraud.

Read False Teacher – Samuel Doctorian

Doss, Galal
The more loony the idea, the more credibility some think to have by championing it.

Read Sabbath “Lunartarians”

Driscoll, Mark
Mark Driscoll preaches a carnal gospel that supports confidence in the flesh and not in the Spirit of God. The two are diametrically opposed to one another, so despite all his dynamism and appeal, you’ll not find, or be led to, the Kingdom of God at Mars Hill or any affiliated works.

Read False Teacher – Mark Driscoll

Dryer, Scot
While God’s servants aren’t priggish, neither are they vulgar like the world. They exemplify the right way, not the wrong one. “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving” (Ephesians 5:4 ESV).

Read False Teacher – Scot Dryer

Du Bois, Clare
There are those who presume to speak as the mouth of God while truly speaking from themselves and devils. When confronted with their blasphemy, it is our duty to name and denounce it. Realize, however, that God has a place for evil and will properly dispose of it when its purpose is fulfilled. “Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb” (Psalms 37:1-2 ESV).

Read False Teacher – Clare du Bois

Duduman, Dumitru
Dumitru Duduman told titillating tales of torture, angelic visits, and visions depicting the destruction of America as the Whore of Babylon. In doing so, he let himself and his audience off the hook for their religious harlotry, the overarching feature of Mystery.

Read False Teacher – Dumitru Duduman

Duplantis, Jesse
Dena Dahl of Harvest Haven reviews Jesse Duplantis’ book, ‘Heaven: Close Encounters of the God Kind’. And what a pack of lies that is! But they are lies people love to hear about God, so they stand in line to pay for deception from a man who is simply ‘jess duplicitous.’

Read False Teacher – Jesse Duplantis

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