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 “T”)

“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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False Teachers and Prophets – Last Names Starting with “F”

Read False Teachers and Prophets – F

The Lord Uses Harsh Words
Thomas, Al, Darkness, Invites Light
Does darkness invite the light or is it simply expelled at the introduction of light? Does light seek permission of darkness, or does it simply come and replace it? Do you not know that Light does not need permission from darkness?

Read False Teacher – Al Thomas

Timmons, Tim
One can readily ditch conventional religion while claiming to be following “Jesus Plus Nothing.” That’s easy. Taking up the cross is hard, even impossible except by God’s grace. And without taking up the cross and dying to self, the corruption within will continue to manifest and devastate the deluded soul.

Read False Teacher – Tim Timmons

Tolle, Eckhart
Oprah has a genius for creating programs and entertainment that makes people care about the things she cares about. Her enthusiasm is infectious, her expertise in using media unquestionable. Does this ability and passion equate to being right? Of course not – not any more than it does for anyone who doesn’t have a TV program with millions of viewers. So when Oprah takes to disputing the Lord Jesus Christ (not religion, but Him and His actual Words), it’s a slam dunk that she’s wrong. This article shows precisely how.

Read False Teachers – Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle

Tomczak, Larry
The trademark of religious Babylon is mixture of holy and unclean, taking God's precepts and framing them by man's righteousness, which perverts from an uncircumcised heart. This is what Larry Tomczak serves up in his Charisma enterprises.

Read False Teacher – Larry Tomczak

Tongol, Joshua – A Crossless Gospel
One in agreement with Joshua Tongol tries to explain her spiritual philosophy that is in harmony with his, which is basically that we need to focus on “grace” and not on what God requires of us. But we discovered the true grace of God in Christ only when we focused on what He required of us, and how the lawless hate to hear that!

Read False Teacher – Joshua Tongol

Tongol, Joshua – Making Friends with the World
Joshua Tongol is a hip young preacher with sincerity and enthusiasm for ‘superabounding grace,’ which is, in reality, a false gospel that leaves out the crucial elements of faith and obedience through the cross. That’s where one finds the grace of God in Christ, not in our own hearts or ability to love, as Joshua teaches. He is putting his own name in lights, not glorifying the Light of all men. ‘And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me’ (John 12:32 KJV). Those who lift up themselves draw all men to themselves. So it goes with a baker’s dozen of Tongol’s personal endorsers, who are also false teachers, because they glorify man and the flesh that Christ came to crucify.

Read False Teacher – Joshua Tongol

Tongol, Joshua – Tongol Incorporated Reorganized
Joshua Tongol says he is no longer a Christian. He speaks of false Christianity, the kind he was raised with from birth. Now he peddles podcasts and writings as “A Fresh Voice for Modern-Day Spirituality,” sans the name the of Christ.

Read False Teacher – Joshua Tongol

Torell, John
A believer thought she had found sound teaching in John Torell, but discovered otherwise when she entered a greater hell than she had ever known, with no hope or deliverance from God. Such are the ways of false religion, which can appear so noble and true, yet are corrupt and ruinous, as Jesus said to its promoters: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which indeed appear beautiful outside, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27 MKJV).

Read False Teacher – John Torell

Trimm, Cindy
It’s a competitive marketplace for the false teachers of this world, and if one wants to get ahead, they will need to make an impression. Out comes the resume with extravagant language to show you just what an accomplished and capable person you have before you, but the Lord is nowhere to be seen.

Read False Teacher – Cindy Trimm

Trumpet Call of God
This is indeed an evil day. The rot of degeneration beginning with those professing to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ has created a rich medium that fosters many spiritual aberrations and presumptuous perversions. “Timothy” and his “Trumpet Call of God” is one such example.

Read False Teacher – Trumpet Call of God (“Timothy” Rathbun)

Tutu, Desmond
There isn’t a more disgusting creature on earth than the one who lectures people about being just before God while promoting the reign of evildoers and spreading lawlessness. Meet Desmond Tutu.

Read False Teacher – Desmond Tutu

Twelve Tribes, The
Many groups claim to be God’s people, but few claim to be actually creating His Kingdom on earth now. The Twelve Tribes have put their money where their mouths are, so to speak, by creating communities that encompass all aspects of life. Surely God’s Kingdom does no less. So why are they in our false section? Validity depends on why and how, not what you do. There is God’s work, and there is man’s imitation. The Tribes are the latter.

Read The Twelve Tribes

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