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 “P”)

“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

 

Pack, David
How can one teach from the Book of Revelation without revelation? Yet that is precisely what many are doing, leaving people confused and frustrated, or even worse, secure but empty in erroneous knowledge.

Read False Teacher – David Pack

Peacemakers, Who Are the
A man presents the popular philosophy that peace can be achieved through imitation of Jesus, as espoused by the famous Catholic priest, Daniel Berrigan. We contrast this with Reality, which comes not by imitation of what men conceive Christ to be, which is dead, but by submission to the living Word of God and Prince of Peace Himself, Jesus Christ, without Whose Presence peace is impossible and wars are inevitable.

Read False Teacher – Daniel Berrigan

Pearson, Carlton
A “bishop” loses his congregation when he stops preaching the damnable doctrine of eternal damnation (interesting, no?), but continues full-steam ahead in shameless self-promotion. He has not forsaken himself, and still chooses the approval of men rather than God.

Read False Teacher – Carlton Pearson

Peters, Ken
Ken Peters is a false teacher who burst onto the scene with a story of an amazing dream and supernatural experience preceding his coming to believe and presumably minister the Gospel of Christ. His experience became his credential, swaying the ignorant impressionable and those unlearned in the ways of the Lord, which ways are enumerated here for the sake of all truth seekers.

Read False Teacher – Ken Peters

Pink, Arthur
False teachers can have wonderful sounding theories (and some not so nice), but only the man consumed by Christ expresses the reality and will of God, bringing life to the world. You need the Word made flesh; a cascade of spiritually-oriented words will never do. “For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:29 MKJV).

Read False Teacher – Arthur Pink

Piper, John
To tell people that they will go to hell – forever- and you will not, because you believed, and they did not, is so very self-righteous and offensive to God. No man teaching this doctrine can possibly have a firsthand, personal knowledge of Him.

Read False Teacher – John Piper

Poonen, Zac
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).

Read False Teacher – Zac Poonen

Pope John Paul II
We have received several letters accusing us of hate and bitterness. Before God and man, I can honestly and exuberantly declare that we hate no man or woman or any being.

Read Love, Hate; And Where Is “John Paul II”?

Prankard, Bill
Not only do Satan’s servants bring destruction to others, they suffer it themselves as the victims of their own deception. While Christ gives a deposit of pure gold, Satan gives a “UOI” (not an IOU), keeping his subjects under the yoke and bondage of serving themselves in His kingdom of darkness. Light solves that problem, when it is shone by God in Christ, and walked in by men. That is the Kingdom of God on earth.

Read Satan’s Fallen Soldiers

Prince, Derek
Derek Prince says that Satan will burn in hell forever, along with anyone who speaks of Satan’s ultimate redemption. See if this writing doesn’t fully answer all of Mr. Prince’s arguments against the reconciliation that God has destined for all His creation, including the Devil. For reconciliation is the great purpose and goal of His judgment through Jesus Christ.

Read False Teacher – Derek Prince

Prince, Joseph
Hear and see how this strutting rooster strips you of your money and the Gospel of its power.

Read False Teacher – Joseph Prince

Prinzing, Ray
Lenella Maxwell posts Ray Prinzing’s articles and considers him her mentor. So how does she respond when the Lord comes to her door? Has Ray led her to Christ and the worship of Him, or to the altar of self-righteousness, where he worshipped? Read to find out more about Ray, his fruits, and those of his torchbearer.

Read False Teacher – Ray Prinzing

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