Can You Spot a False Teacher?

For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
— Jude 4

Jude is a one-chapter book, but it describes fake church leaders and Christians to the T. Is it possible to preach and not be a true believer, or to even do miracles and not be saved? Absolutely.

Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' " (Matthew 7:21–22).

Through the years I have warned people about these filthy dreamers and have even caught some flak from those who follow them. You don’t have to take my word but please listen to what Jesus said, "Many will come in that day.”  The keyword is MANY. This tells me that there will be an abundance of false miracles in the last days. Many will say they have been doing miracles. Many will say they have been casting out demons. But Jesus will say, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" (Matthew 7:23). The worst thing imaginable is to spread wickedness under the disguise of true faith.  This is happening in the church today and multitudes are falling for it. Some of these are the largest and fastest-growing churches in the world.

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I wish that we could spot these people more easily. But Jude pointed out that they come in unnoticed (V. 4). That is the whole idea. Satan is a deceiver. And that is why on more than one occasion, the Bible compares him to a snake. Snakes can easily get in and out of the tightest little spots. In the same way, Satan sneaks into the church unnoticed.

False teachers come into the church secretly. And their numbers grow by preying on unsuspecting believers. Beware of false teachers. And be careful of those who say they have a message you won't hear anywhere else. Be careful who you listen to. God Bless!