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 “G”)

“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.)

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

Gershon, Otto
More important than what you do is why you do it. Motive determines the ultimate outcome of all things. That is how we know that good is determined from above, because God, Who alone is good, is in full control of everything that happens. For this He is considered the devil by some, especially when He sends His servants, uninvited by sinners, to call.

Read False Teacher – Otto Gershon

Gilchrist, Rodney
This trio of false teachers from Australia present Christianity as one happy way to get whatever you want in life. You deserve it and you can do it – just follow their examples of positive confession guided by avaricious worldliness. And God forbid, don’t take seriously what the Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles teach and exemplify by their lives. Behold the anti-Christ in all his glory before men, and shame before God.

Read False Teachers – Rodney Gilchrist, Brian Houston, & Garry McDonald

Gimenez, Anne
What man is justified putting his name in lights in the Name of the Lord, and what woman is justified doing so when she is not called to preach in the first place? God does not give His glory to another, and mixtures are destined for destruction.

Read False Teacher – Anne Gimenez

Glover, Charlene
Take a look at some modern prophets of Baal at work and consider for your lives. Nothing less is at stake for all those who take the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ upon themselves. He won’t hold you guiltless should you so abuse His Person with such perversities as you will be shown here.

Read False Teacher – Charlene Glover

Graham, Billy
In this short interview, we see how Billy Graham, approaching retirement from an active religious career, contradicts the Bible and his Southern Baptist doctrines. Like an unmoored ship, his carnal mind casts about in the sea of his imagination, filling in the blanks of what he never had in the first place – a true relationship and understanding in Christ.

Read False Teacher – Billy Graham

Gray, Daryl
Maria Merola styles herself a “watchman” appointed by God to deliver Jewish and Gentile believers from false Christian doctrines and nourish them in the truth. She calls her ministry “Double Portion Inheritance,” an empty claim and blasphemous title – in itself exposing a deluded and self-important woman. Those who agree and promote her whorish ways, such as the Grays, suffer the destruction of idolatry and spiritual fornication.

Read False Teacher – Maria Merola & Daryl and Natalia Gray

Groeschel, Craig
Satan, by his gospel, offers an ample entranceway through which you, and all you have, can enter. That’s what Craig Groeschel experienced and offers his hearers. How wonderful you will feel for a time, as you’re deceived into thinking you’ve entered Heaven! As it is written, however: ‘There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death’ (Proverbs 14:12 HNV). Don’t be simple: Learn the difference between truth and error. Repent; take up the cross, and enter life.

Read False Teacher – Craig Groeschel

Grubb, Norman
Those who preach Christ yet relate to Him casually are presumptuous and have never met Him. They speak of another Jesus, one made in the image of sinful man, and not the sinless Savior. True preachers who have seen the Lord are not light and breezy, confident in the flesh. “Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me. For my beauty was turned within me to corruption, and I kept no strength ” (Daniel 10:8 MKJV).

Read False Teacher – Norman Grubb

Gruver, Henry
False teachers are show-offs seeking attention because they love men’s praise and think very highly of themselves. They haven’t met the Highest One Who took on the form of a servant, the Lord Jesus Christ. As He said, “How can you believe, you who receive honor from one another and do not seek the honor that comes from God only?” (John 5:44 MKJV) Henry Gruver shows how, if you’re not seeking the honor that comes from God alone, you can fall for anything.

Read False Teacher – Henry Gruver

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