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 – Wayne Cordeiro & Ravi Zacharias


Worldly Word Wresters

False teachers who preach Jesus Christ don’t resemble Him at all. They may talk about Him, but they look like the world, appealing to its credentials and ways in order to attract converts and followers. It’s a twisted bait and switch where you get what you want, but not what you need.

We were asked to evaluate two popular preachers:

Could you please comment on two well known Christian Teachers, and your opinion on their being false teachers or not? I am referring to Ravi Zacharias, and Wayne Cordeiro.

Thank you, and may God Bless your ministry.

We reply:

Hi Snoedaz,

Ravi Zacharias and Wayne Cordeiro are not men of God.

Here’s a sample from Wayne Cordeiro: Pastor Wayne Cordeiro on Family. In this video, he says the true priorities of life are God (he got the first one right), then spouse, children, and vocation – in that order. Is that necessarily true? In earthly terms, perhaps, but what if God calls one to ministry as his vocation? When Jesus Christ calls a man to the work of the Kingdom, that calling comes before spouse and children, does it not?

That said, I think Wayne means his family comes before his job, if a secular, income-earning occupation, so I concede there. Even so, isn’t it God Who must decide what or who comes first? And isn’t it true that every believer is called to forsake everything to follow Him, even as Jesus declared?

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26-27 MKJV).

“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:33 KJV).

See Choose This Day Between Family and God.

In the video, Cordeiro is highly recommended by Rick Warren (The Purpose Driven Life: Promoting Christianity Without Christ). Rick, as you can see at our link, is a false teacher. Shall false teachers recommend the true? Not while the true are living:

Matthew 23:29-31 MKJV
(29) “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets, and decorate the tombs of the righteous,
(30) and say, ‘If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
(31) Therefore you are witnesses to yourselves, that you are the sons of those who killed the prophets.”

Cordeiro and Warren preach another gospel; it’s all about the social graces and etiquette the world practices at the cost of truth. There is no cross whatsoever involved. The Message or Gospel of God and His Kingdom begins with the cross, calling one to repentance and confession of sin by His standards and ways.

Zacharias, Cordeiro, and Warren are loved by men; they are popular, commended, and promoted by the world. You see that Ravi Zacharias had the title of “Doctor.” Who gave him that title? Was it Jesus Christ? Did Jesus call His disciples “Dr. Simon Barjona,” “Dr. John the son of Zebedee,” and “Dr. Paul of Tarsus”? Did Paul call his disciple Timothy “Reverend Tim”?

Did even the Lord Himself carry a title?

“The Jewish leaders were amazed and said, ‘How did this man learn so much? He never had the kind of teaching we had!’” (John 7:15 ERV)

Jesus had no degrees or doctorates. Why? Because God was demonstrating that the Kingdom of God is not of this world – it doesn’t come through excellence of body or mind, skill, education, or training in achieving the praise and honor of men.

1 Corinthians 1:25-31 MKJV
(25) Because the foolish thing of God is wiser than men, and the weak thing of God is stronger than men.
(26) For you see your calling, brothers, that not many wise men according to the flesh are called, not many mighty, not many noble.
(27) But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
(28) and God has chosen the base things of the world, and things which are despised, and things which are not, in order to bring to nothing things that are;
(29) so that no flesh should glory in His presence.
(30) But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made to us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
(31) so that, according as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

“I have come in My Father’s Name, and you do not receive Me. If another shall come in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, you who receive honor from one another and do not seek the honor that comes from God only?” (John 5:43-44 MKJV)

Don’t these men come in excellency of speech? What does the apostle Paul say of this?

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 MKJV
(1) And I, brothers, when I came to you, did not come with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God.
(2) For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
(3) And I was with you in weakness and in fear, and in much trembling.
(4) And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
(5) so that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

These men have the mark of the beast so that they are free to buy and sell, received and admired by the world. And what does Jesus say about that?

“And being money-lovers, all the Pharisees also heard all these things. And they derided Him. And He said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God’” (Luke 16:14-15 MKJV).

Read all of the Diabolical Doctrines and The True Marks of a Cult. In these writings you’ll find a multitude of indicators warning you of things not right with these men. If you have any questions after reading, let us know.

Update (November 2, 2016):

Not only has Ravi Zacharias promoted himself as a man of God using the worldly title, “Doctor,” in total contradiction to the Word of God and His ways, but it has now been brought to our attention that Ravi has even lied about his earthly credentials.

Here’s a video with a one minute overview of this fiasco:

So when Ravi and his team were confronted on the matter, they tidied up his website and hid his transgression rather than openly confessing the sin. What lying scoundrels! The Lord Jesus Christ says the following words to such as Ravi and his confederates:

“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. Even so you also appear righteous to men outwardly, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” (Matthew 23:27-28 MKJV).

Or how about in the modern vernacular?

“You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it’s all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh. People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds” (Matthew 23:27-28 MSG). 

A more detailed video report (15 plus minutes), “Lying for Lord or Self?” – can be seen here:

Victor Hafichuk

  1. Plenty of false teachers like yourself! Who sit back and “gossip about others” and that’s all this is is gossip. The Bible is very specific about your ilk. Have you spoken to pastor Cordeiro about your concerns? If not, you are a gossip. Time for you to repent.


  2. Man, for a site that exposes false teachers, you certainly speak highly of fauxpostle Paul, probably the most dangerous false teacher EVER!

    Like His Garden, Father allowed tares to mix with His wheat and infiltrate his Word, too. But if you’re somone who believes ever word in the WORD is truth, then I’ll never get through to your generational-indoctrinated mind. That’s what Christians just don’t get, so, because Paul is not only in the Bible, but dominates the NT, it must be true. The most dangerous aspect of Paul’s teaching is that, about, 85% of it is truth, primarily through plagiarism, but it’s that 15% that will be damning.

    Galations is probably the most dangerous book in the Bible because Paulianity has the church believing the false gospel of grace, his very own gospel, for over 1000 years. The corrupt 501c3 church pushes him over all others, including The Son Yahushua, since the NT is basically the only testament they will read because of Paul’s false teachings and who is allowed to run seminary schools. Meanwhile, he deified the RCC’s fabricated sun, Jesus, who all but supplanted Yahushua from existence, making sure everyone worships Jesus, especially Catholicism.

    But you’ve probably heard all this before, so I’m probably wasting my time trying to convince you otherwise.

    But tell me this: Since Matthias replaced Judas, where is the 13th “apostle” Paul mentioned in REV 21:14?
    Check out REV 9:11, and you might just understand why Saul, of Tarsus, had come in his own name as Paul…just like Yahushua said would happen (JOHN 5:43).


  3. How exactly is Pastor Wayne a false teacher? Do you have evidence online that you could give me links too possibly?


    1. Akemi, the paper you’ve just red provides all the evidence you’d need if you are after the truth.


  4. Aren’t you committing a very elaborate No-True-Scotsman fallacy?


  5. Jamie Serrano May 20, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    You need to walk in love first, God is Love. We read in 1st Timothy 5:8; But if anyone does not provide his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. James 3:17&18; But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 1:20; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Pray that the Lord would help you glorify Him by understanding 1st Corinthians the 13th chapter. Taking care of someone doesn’t mean that you don’t put God first. If that were true, Jesus wouldn’t have given John the responsibility to take care of His mother as John 19:26&27 makes clear as well as the scripture in 1st Timothy. If you truly humble yourself before the Lord and seek Him with all your heart, He will make an awesome change in you, it doesn’t (happen overnight). The Apostle Paul had zeal but Jesus had to stop him on the road to Damascus because he was doing the opposite of what he was supposed to do, he had to repent. Trust me, I know how it is to be stopped by the Lord, simply because you think you’re doing the right thing; because you think you understand. In the latter part of 1st Corinthians 8:1 it says; Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. Vs. 2; And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. May the Lord Bless You!


  6. Ravi is a wonderful preacher. He is insightful, his knowledge of the scriptures are deep and he comes from a place of love. Your article failed to convince me otherwise. He is a Doctor because he received a doctorate from an accredited University. He is humble in his preaching.


    1. Gaither(?), I’m not here to convince anyone. I’m here to expose wolves in sheep’s clothing. You’ve fallen for the sheep’s clothing, lacking discernment and judgment because you don’t know the Lord. You have nothing to do with Him or His ways.

      You’re a Baal worshipper. But you judge, you presume to know the difference between the true and false. You don’t even consider God has sent you strong delusion that you should believe a lie; you don’t realize that even the elect stand to be deceived, AND YOU AREN’T EVEN AMONG THE ELECT. So, if deception should be so powerful as to topple the holy, who are you to stand so cocksure? Might that be presumption we’re dealing with here?

      No, the day will come when the false will be exposed for all to see, and the true will be made manifest. Those who say they are Jews and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan, your worship place, will come and worship before my feet and know God has loved me. That day will come and you will mourn.

      Until then, go your way. The Lord has no part in you, obviously.


      1. “But you judge, you presume to know the difference between the true and false”. A great example of the pot calling the kettle black. Victor, you lost any credibility when your first response to someone who disagrees with you is to mock their faith and label them as a “Baal worshipper” whom God has no part in. Very Immature. Also your argument about Ravi holding a doctorate while Jesus never had one is silly. Jesus simply never went to school and passed the tests to get that doctorate. Not that He couldn’t have, He just didn’t. Even a young Christian new in their faith can see you as the real wolf in sheep’s clothing here.


        1. Agree with you,Taylor! Did this Victor suggest Christians to not pursue higher education?
          Go to school and get the highest degree we can is not a sin to God as long as we honor Him and acknowledge Him in our lives. Judging someone as not a man of God out of a certain degree, that’s so pathetic. You get yourself busy telling this guy or that guy as false teacher while actually you are that one.


    2. If I was a betting man I would bet that “G White” has changed his thinking about Ravi after all that has happened in the news about Ravi and his ‘discretions’.
      I feel sorry for the people in his organization. I think they have closed everything down and that’s the right thing to do. Also I’m hoping his wife has much help from her family and friends.
      A very sad ending.


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