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 “R”)

“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

 

Ramirez, John
A man comes out of Satanism to embrace a profession of faith in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Wonderful! But what if his profession is in vain because he continues to follow Satan, except now transformed into an angel of light? Better not to take the Name of God upon oneself, if His fruits of righteousness aren't forthcoming. The Lord does not hold such guiltless.

Read False Teacher – John Ramirez

Ratliff, Mike
Many think that false teachers are false because they teach false doctrines. That is not so. They teach false doctrines because they are false. Like the Pharisees, they may also teach true ones, but these are only window dressing. In the gospels we see that the Lord Jesus Christ addressed the person and not the persona, the face and not the mask. We do the same here in the Name and power of the Lord with Mike Ratliff, exposing the treacherous spirit behind his “Christian” teacher facade. His friends get to see it and hear about it, too. Make no mistake, we are dealing with the synagogue of Satan.

Read Unmasking the Murderer’s Disciple

Refiner's Fire, The
Here we have the classic Pharisee praying apart from the publican (Luke 18). Shai is the consummate shyster, which means liar, thief, and scoundrel. “The Refiner's Fire” is home to self-righteous vermin, cockroaches that feed in darkness who flee when the Light is turned on. So it is with all who think to exalt themselves when the Lord comes in His saints. The fire is turned on them.

Read False Teacher – The “Shai-ster”

Restrepo, Marino
Want to know what a teacher is all about? Look at his affiliations.

Read False Teacher – Marino Restrepo

Rima, Samuel, Dividing the Wheat from the Chaff
We reply to an unsubscribe letter related to Part 1 of How the Lord Exposed Billy Graham. Divisive cannot be assumed to be evil. Jesus said that He came to bring a sword. He made known that He is divisive.

Read False Teacher – Samuel Rima

Robbins, John
John, proud director of The Trinity Foundation, asks why he needs to hear the Truth. Can you see why? Blessed are you if you can.

Read False Teacher – John Robbins

Roberts, Oral
“But evil men and seducers will go forward to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13 MKJV). All manias end with a blow-off phase where all sense is abandoned, because people are given over to their lusts entirely. So we know that we are nearing the end of evil men and seducers when they laugh like devils and call that the worship of God.

Read The Bottom of the Barrel

Robida, Bruce
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!”

Read False Teacher – Bruce Robida

Rosen, Moishe
We answer a Messianic preacher and publisher of The Gates of Eden newsletter, Daniel Botkin, regarding his teaching of the blasphemous doctrine of “eternal hell,” and show how this error is propagated by self-righteousness, fear, and, in his case, willful ignorance of the Word of God. Botkin appeals to the authority of Moishe Rosen, founder of “Jews for Jesus,” who also is addressed in his foolish argument.

Read False Teachers – Daniel Botkin & Moishe Rosen

Roth, Sid
Beware of enthusiastic spiritual salesmen who regale you with tales of power and supernatural events. They speak glowingly of Heaven, but represent the continuation of hell on earth, which is most reprehensible to the One Who laid down His life to deliver you from hell. “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men. For you neither go in, nor do you allow those entering to go in ” (Matthew 23:13 MKJV).

Read False Teacher – Sid Roth

Russell, Charles
What a peculiar thing that men should call themselves witnesses of the God they do not recognize or acknowledge. How, then, can they be His witnesses? We witness the truth to them in these correspondences, so that they might be delivered of this delusion.

Read Jehovah’s Witnesses

Rutherford, Joseph
What a peculiar thing that men should call themselves witnesses of the God they do not recognize or acknowledge. How, then, can they be His witnesses? We witness the truth to them in these correspondences, so that they might be delivered of this delusion.

Read Jehovah’s Witnesses

Ryden, Vassula
Those who do “automatic writing” are under the control of devilish spirits. God’s prophets are not so, but speak for Him with their conscious consent and participation: “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets” (1 Corinthians 14:32 MKJV).

Read False Teacher – Vassula Ryden

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