• Richy Clark


Labeling those who think or see things differently than us as “false teachers” has always been the rage in the Church of late. Though, the consequences for “false teachers” in the middle ages were much worse than a hateful youtube video or poorly designed collage meme. (such as violent death at the hands of the church) Today, we almost use the label of false teacher as our version of “fake news.” If we don’t agree with someone or they make us look bad, it’s “fake news.” “They don’t talk like us, Earl, it must be false teaching.”

False teaching in the bible, was very specific. However, I’ve heard the most bizarre “call outs” of false teaching by using the bible to say thinks like, “creative preaching is false teaching…” Really the Bible literalist are often the most creative in their interpretations. I digress…

While false teaching is indeed prevalent in the body of Christ, you might be surprised at what the Bible actually labels false teaching. If we had a lot less theological bigotry in the body of Christ and started valuing and celebrating our differences, we might actually learn something new. (“we all see in part…”) We may even start growing into the “fullness of the stature of Christ.”

Believer, have more FAITH in God’s ability to keep you than FEAR of being decieved by the devil. WHAT THE BIBLE ACTUALLY CALLS FALSE TEACHERS. (I’d stick with these definitions)

1. Anyone who does not believe or confess the incarnation and Lordship of Jesus. 1 John 4:1-3 | 2 Peter 2:1 (they deny Jesus)

2. Someone who’s life is continually bearing bad fruit. They bring toxic chaos into all their relationships. A true prophet is an emotionally and relationally mature “prophet.” Matt 7:15-20

3. Anyone who is rebellious against spiritual authority. 1 Corinthians 14:37 | 1 John 4:6

4. Anyone who teaches or preaches confidence in religious tradition for righteousness. Galatians, Galatians 5:2-3

Welp, that’s it. Happy heresy hunting. (jk)

- Richy

——— The marker of Christian maturity is not bible interpretation (though we should absolutely grow and study) but how well we love. If our love for God and others are not growing and maturing, then we are doing it wrong. Matt 22:36-40

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