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    Here is part 2 of my 3 part article on separation. As always I am welcome to feedback as I am in the editing stage. Enjoy!

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    Separation from False Teachers

    Definitions

    False Teacher: A false teacher is one whom deceives people into following another gospel message or whom teaches false doctrine. False teachers are deceptive and are easily able to land themselves in teaching/preaching positions. They may have charismatic personalities, excellent rhetoric, affluence, and possess other qualities, which get them into roles where they are allowed to teach. False teachers do not only teach different gospel messages, as they can also teach false doctrines. For example, many King James Version Only (KJVO) Fundamentalist pastors/evangelists are false teachers. Although they hold to the essential fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, they teach that only one translation is to be used and can be read from. All too often do they fail to understand that not everyone can read on a 12th grade level, and to many; the modern translations are far easier to understand. I wrote an article on false teachers as I described them as Spiritual Terrorists and I suggest you read it. Also a well written book on the subject is John Macarthur’s The Truth War and I again suggest you read it.

    Key Verses

    Galatians 1:8-9
    But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

    In the passage, Paul strongly denounces the Judaizer’s twisting of the good news of Jesus Christ. To emphasize the fact that the good news of Jesus cannot be changed Paul starts off with a hypothetical case and says that if an angel (heavenly messenger) were to come and give another gospel message that he was to be condemned. Paul wrote this many years before the founding of the Mormon cult and tragically the deceiver Joseph Smith did not read this passage. In 1823 an Angel “Moroni” appeared to Smith and reveled to him the location of some golden plates that contained another gospel message. Paul does not leave the exclusion of condemnation to an angel, but to him or anyone else. Paul states “but though we” and this means that God’s curse would fall on Paul if he were to teach a gospel message contrary to the one revealed. The gospel is plain and those that teach a different one are condemned. The Bible does not need any more revelation and is complete. Charismatics all too often believe in continuing revelation as continuing revelation is a not endorsed by the scriptures as mentioned in Rev 22:18-19. The scriptures are complete and do not need any additions or deletions. Those that add and delete from them will be judged most severely. In verse, 9 Paul seems to repeat himself but in doing so makes the point clear that the gospel cannot be changed or altered. The gospel has been revealed and there is no way to salvation apart from Jesus Christ (Jn 14:6). Strong cursing's and condemnation fall on those that teach another gospel message. The Mormon leaders will be judged, as well as anyone else that ads or changes the gospel message.

    Christians should boldly stand against false teachers and those that teach different gospel messages. I regularly do soul winning in my area and have bumped into Catholics, JW’s, Mormons and others that believe or teach different gospels. I have been as bold and direct with them as possible at times and in doing so made some of them angry. In the “all things love” society that we live in, such dogmatic views for the truth are not popular, even among professing Christians. But remember that Paul himself was not nice, and he was sternly direct about the condemnation and judgment of the false teachers. A Oneness Pentecostal pastor that I used to know I often would regularly expose his false teachings as contrary to the gospel. This often made him angry, but he knew he was teaching another gospel message but was deceived. Likewise should Christians oppose false teachers and false doctrine as Paul did. The need is even greater today than in Paul’s day as false teachers are roaming the earth with different gospel messages. The battle cry for the Truth War is at hand and Christians should stand up and join the battle. If people cared for the souls of others like Paul did then they would. But the tragic reality is that most Christians do not care much for the souls that are daily going to hell. I once heard that 97% of Christians do not regular evangelize and this is because they have a fear of people, a fear of failure, and the last reason why most Christians do not evangelize is because they are more concerned about their flesh. (Evangelist Tom Farrow, BJU Chapel, 12/8/08)

    Romans 16:17-18
    Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them, which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

    In this passage, Paul gives a warning to the Roman Christians about the false teachers before they actually appear in the community. It is very possible that prior to writing this letter Paul had already heard of the false teachers and he wanted to warn the Roman Christians to be ready for they are coming. There is no way to identify the exact group that Paul had in mind. However based on the characteristics mentioned; three groups have been suggested. Protognostics (Dodd; Bruce 1985), Judaizers (Godet 1969; Lenski 1945; Stuhlmacher 1994; Schreiner 1998), or the strong and weak parties (Barrett 1957; M. Black 1973). Paul urges the Romans to watch out as the false teachers tend to cause divisions or “dissension” in the community. Secondly, the false teachers put obstacles or “stumbling blocks” before the believers. The only proper way to respond to false teachers is to stay away from them and avoid them at all costs. The purity of the church must be guarded zealously and allowing the false teachers in the church would compromise the purity of the fellowship. In the same way must churches guard their fellowships from false teachers. I once spoke with a American Baptist pastor who said that for Christmas singing he and his church join the Mormons in reaching the city. I said to him that the doctrine of Separation prohibited such a position, and he refused to listen. Perhaps I came on him too harsh, but perhaps it was necessary as this disobedient brother needed a strong rebuke for leading others into thinking that associating with the Mormons is okay. Under no circumstance should a follower of Christ associate or have company with false teachers. It certainly is not acceptable according to the Bible that God gave.

    Acts 20:28-31 (NIV)
    Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

    The passage starts off with the exhortation which is addressed to the Ephesian elders. Paul commands them to watch themselves and also the flocks which have been given to them by the Holy Spirit. The exhortation is for the pastor “elder” or “shepherd” of God’s church. Paul next warns the Ephesian elders of the great deception that will be coming to the church after his departure. He describes the deceivers as “savage wolves” (NIV, NASB, NKJV), “fierce wolves” (ESV) and “grievous wolves” (KJV). Personally I prefer the NIV, NKJV and NASB’s rendering of the Greek word barus into savage which I believe better illustrates the seriousness and appetites of the false teachers. The false teachers are deceivers and are very hungry for a meal. There are many savage wolves roaming around in pulpits deceiving God’s children today. These wolves are able to land their positions of authority, because of their affluence, charisma and the like. In verse 30 Paul states that the false teachers will come from within the church. The false teachers are very deceptive, and so weak-minded Christians that do not read their Bibles are deceived by the lies of these savage wolves. Next in verse 31 Paul gives the ultimate exhortation for the Ephesian elders to be on their guard. Paul never stopped warning them night and day with tears. This example is to be followed by those serious about the truth. Tragically there are few even concerned about warning others of false teachers, because everyone is so blinded by “postmodernism”, “tolerance” and “multi-culturism” that they lack the discernment necessary to be effective apologists or are afraid of offending others. The duty to discern and to expose false teachers is primarily for the pastor, but it must not be limited to the pastor, because it’s the duty of all Christians to call out and oppose false teachers. The fields are ripe and many false teachers would not be in their positions of authority if Christians today got serious about engaging in the Truth War.

    Matt 7:15-20 (ESV)
    Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

    Here Jesus is speaking to the crowd in his famous Sermon the Mount. In the culture context of Jesus’ day would people disguise themselves in sheepskins in the hope of being taken for stray dogs and other types of animals (Jos. War 3.192). But Jesus uses hyperbole (exaggeration for effect) as wolves do not wear clothes, and changing one’s hide was a metaphor for the impossible (Je 13:23; Jub. 37:20). The false prophets seek a meal on the sheep and the best way for them to get that meal is to dress as sheep refer to (Mt 10:16). There are many denominations that at one time were sound Bible preaching separatists. American Baptists, Assemblies of God, & the Conservative Baptist Association are a few of many denominations that have been deceived by savage wolves. These denominations went on the path to liberalism by making small steps and consequently went down the slippery slope. I know of one CBA church in my area and although they believe in the Fundamentals of the Christian faith, they have opened the door to liberalism by allowing women to teach adult Sunday school, by changing their worship style from traditional to contemporary, and by creating a contemporary cafe like atmosphere on Friday nights for the 20 something crowd. These leaders at this church claim that doing these things is the best way to reach the modern generation. But such a position is really the polite way for these leaders to say that they deny the doctrine of Sufficiency. For if they believed in the doctrine of Sufficiency they would believe that the word of God alone can change hearts, enlighten the eyes, and make wise the simple (Psa 19:7-8). Therefore there is no need for attractive programs or anykind of Market Driven approach to reaching the lost for the Bible alone is good enough.

    In verses 16-20 Jesus explains to us how we can discern false teachers. Fruit is what can be used to measure the false teachers and is a metaphor for both character and conduct. The way the false teachers act is the way to detect them. In the Old Testament there were tests for the true prophet. The law as mentioned in Dt 13:1-5 required that a false prophet be put to death if he promoted rebellion against God. Tree’s can bear good or bad fruit and that fruit will be revealed no matter what the person claims of himself. Those that claim Christ yet glorify themselves or glorify self-fulfillment in their teachings can be false teachers. Joel Osteen a very charismatic and outstanding speaker, tends to be one that glorifies himself and self-fulfillment in his messages. I once was a follower of Joel Osteen, and while I do admit that he is quite deceptive, the truth is that his sermons have little if any gospel as Osteen never speaks on sin that I am aware of, and says only what people want to hear. Although it is possible that Joel Osteen himself may be saved, he has deceived countless millions. Many that hear his message and die the next day will be cast into a crisis without ever realizing their need for a savior. Bill Johnson of Bethel Church, Creflo Dollar, & Robert Schuller are also a few of many false teachers that are deceiving many. Christians must discern their teachers by their fruits and in doing so can tell whom is true and whom is false for many false prophets have gone out into the world (2 Jn 7).

    Purposes in separating from false teachers

    The Christian separates for the following reasons.

    1. To maintain the doctrinal integrity of the church (I Timothy 2:6).
    2. To protect the sheep or flock from error, which hinders spiritual growth (Acts 20:28; II Peter 2:1-2).

    Additional scriptures related to separating from False Teachers
    II Corinthians 11:13-15
    II John 9-11
    II Peter 2:1-3
    I Timothy 1:3-7
    I Timothy 6:3-5
    Deuteronomy 13:1-3

  • #2
    Originally posted by poochie View Post
    ...... For example, many King James Version Only (KJVO) Fundamentalist pastors/evangelists are false teachers. Although they hold to the essential fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, they teach that only one translation is to be used and can be read from. All too often do they fail to understand that not everyone can read on a 12th grade level, and to many; the modern translations are far easier to understand. I wrote an article on false teachers as I described them as Spiritual Terrorists and I suggest you read it. Also a well written book on the subject is John Macarthur’s The Truth War and I again suggest you read it.
    Poochie

    First, I am not a fan of the KJV. IN fact, haven't picked it up in over 10 years for any sort of study or even preaching but to call those who read the KJV only spiritual terrorists and false teachers. That's off base.

    Second, news bulletin ...if true,...Joh Macarthur falls nicely in your definition of a false teacher
    Amazzin

    Obedience to God is more than a soldier obeying his commander. It is our grateful response to the Lover of our souls.

    CHURCH: Where worship is enjoyed, not endured - Grace is preached, not legalism - And Christ is exalted, not religion!



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    • #3
      KJVO are false teachers, but are the best type as they are saved false teachers.

      But to convince you more of the extreme of some KJVO check out this.

      http://cerm.info/images/ruckman_letter.gif

      Originally posted by amazzin View Post
      Poochie

      First, I am not a fan of the KJV. IN fact, haven't picked it up in over 10 years for any sort of study or even preaching but to call those who read the KJV only spiritual terrorists and false teachers. That's off base.

      Second, news bulletin ...if true,...Joh Macarthur falls nicely in your definition of a false teacher

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      • #4
        But this is what you said

        Originally posted by poochie View Post
        Although they hold to the essential fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith,
        How can they be false if they hold onto essentials? To say something is false it means they are "anti". It means they preach/teach a different gospel, beleive in a different God????
        Amazzin

        Obedience to God is more than a soldier obeying his commander. It is our grateful response to the Lover of our souls.

        CHURCH: Where worship is enjoyed, not endured - Grace is preached, not legalism - And Christ is exalted, not religion!



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        • #5
          You might want to reference Jude - the threat of false teachers (in this case, Gnostics) was so great that he chose to write a warning about them rather than on his original plan to talk about the salvation that Christians share. It wasn't intended for one particular church as some of Paul's letters, but rather for general circulation to all the churches. It contains some of the most graphic (and poetic) imagery about false teachers masquerading as Christians, and may well have been a source for 2 Peter 2:17-22:

          12These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.

          2 Peter:

          17These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 20If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit,"and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud."

          From Jude:

          - they don't feed or build up the church, just themselves to suit their own agenda
          - no source of essential nourishment and not fitting for their original natural purposes - clouds without rain, trees neither giving fruit nor being nourished by the ground
          - chaotic and without discipline, blown by the wind, wild waves, wandering stars - not subject to any control or order, mavericks

          2 Peter implies they were once orthodox Christians who have turned from the truth and are spreading their corruption and turning grace into a licence to sin.

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          • #6
            Hi Poochie,

            You may have noticed that when posting scriptures I use the KJV, I do however compare scriptures with other versions, in order to make sure they do not contradict.

            Would you say that because I use the KJV that I am a false teacher?

            Firstfruits

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            • #7
              I think poochie's point is not against anyone who reads the KJV, nor necessarily against those who advocate the use of the KJV in preference to other translations, but against those who say only the KJV gives a complete picture of salvation, and anyone using another version cannot be saved becuse they have automatically been led astray. I've certainly encountered those kind of people myself and consider them a cult.

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              • #8
                You can be a false teacher and still be saved, you just teach false doctrine.

                Sinless Perfectionism is a false doctrine, but is not a hellfire doctrine.

                Originally posted by amazzin View Post
                But this is what you said



                How can they be false if they hold onto essentials? To say something is false it means they are "anti". It means they preach/teach a different gospel, beleive in a different God????

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                • #9
                  I said KJVO King James Version Only. I need to edit that line.

                  let me do it.

                  False Teacher: A false teacher is one whom deceives people into following another gospel message or whom teaches false doctrine. False teachers are deceptive and are easily able to land themselves in teaching/preaching positions. They may have charismatic personalities, excellent rhetoric, affluence, and possess other qualities, which get them into roles where they are allowed to teach. False teachers do not only teach different gospel messages, as they can also teach false doctrines. For example, many King James Version Only (KJVO) Fundamentalist pastors/evangelists are false teachers. Please note that I am not making reference to those that prefer the KJV, I am simply making a reference to those that believe that ONLY THE KJV is to be read from and only the KJV has the scripture contained to lead someone to salvation. Such types will claim that one cannot learn of salvation by reading from the New International Version (NIV) or one of the other modern translations. Although these KJVO hold to the essential fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, they teach that only one translation is to be used and can be read from. All too often do they fail to understand that not everyone can read on a 12th grade level, and to many; the modern translations are far easier to understand. I wrote an article on false teachers as I described them as Spiritual Terrorists that I suggest you read. Also a well-written book on the subject is John Macarthur’s The Truth War that I suggest you read.
                  Originally posted by Firstfruits View Post
                  Hi Poochie,

                  You may have noticed that when posting scriptures I use the KJV, I do however compare scriptures with other versions, in order to make sure they do not contradict.

                  Would you say that because I use the KJV that I am a false teacher?

                  Firstfruits

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                  • #10
                    Update

                    Made it a little clearer. Thanks for the input.

                    False Teacher: A false teacher is one whom deceives people into following another gospel message or whom teaches false doctrine. False teachers are deceptive and are easily able to land themselves in teaching/preaching positions. They may have charismatic personalities, excellent rhetoric, affluence, and possess other qualities, which get them into roles where they are allowed to teach. False teachers do not only teach different gospel messages, as they can also teach false doctrines. For example, many King James Version Only (KJVO) Fundamentalist pastors/evangelists are false teachers. Please note that I am not making reference to those that prefer the KJV, I am simply making a reference to those that believe that ONLY THE KJV is to be read from and only the KJV has the scripture contained to lead someone to salvation. Such types will claim that one cannot learn of salvation by reading from the New International Version (NIV) or one of the other modern translations. Although these KJVO hold to the essential fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, they teach that only one translation is to be used and can be read from. All too often do they fail to understand that not everyone can read on a 12th grade level, and to many; the modern translations are far easier to understand. I wrote an article on false teachers as I described them as Spiritual Terrorists that I suggest you read. Also a well-written book on the subject is John Macarthur’s The Truth War that I suggest you read.

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                    • #11
                      exactly. Thanks for the input. I've also encountered them as they are also Fundamentalist.

                      Originally posted by Bethany67 View Post
                      I think poochie's point is not against anyone who reads the KJV, nor necessarily against those who advocate the use of the KJV in preference to other translations, but against those who say only the KJV gives a complete picture of salvation, and anyone using another version cannot be saved becuse they have automatically been led astray. I've certainly encountered those kind of people myself and consider them a cult.

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                      • #12
                        Hi John. I have a couple of questions to start with...

                        In your definition, you mention a false gospel and false doctrine. The body of your report gives verses for false gospel. But what scripture do you use to say a false teacher is one who is saved, but teaches error?

                        Second, could you expound on the following sentence?

                        Originally posted by poochie View Post
                        Charismatics all too often believe in continuing revelation as continuing revelation is a not endorsed by the scriptures as mentioned in Rev 22:18-19.
                        Personally, I know of no Charismatics who teach this...

                        Thanks,

                        Mark
                        Matt 9:13
                        13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
                        NASU

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                        • #13
                          Where is the line?

                          Poochie,

                          I appreciate your study, I DO believe that separation is an important topic. Separation is maybe even more important then 'unity' since unity is a concept that has taken on a wrong minded meaning in our age, one having to do with compromise as the 'Spirit of Anti-Christ' grows more prevalent.

                          However, I do believe there is a subtle flaw in your study that is an important one.

                          Many of the beliefs I have come to over the years conflict to varying degrees with mainstream Christianity / churchanity.

                          If I only fellowship with those who hold all of the doctrinal distinctions as I then I will be in a very small group, probably small enough that there will not even be 'two or more'. My spouse is about 99% lined up, but I doubt 100%. She is female after all.



                          What distinction does your study find on where to draw the line?

                          Thanks,
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Brother Mark View Post
                            Hi John. I have a couple of questions to start with...

                            In your definition, you mention a false gospel and false doctrine. The body of your report gives verses for false gospel. But what scripture do you use to say a false teacher is one who is saved, but teaches error?

                            Second, could you expound on the following sentence?



                            Personally, I know of no Charismatics who teach this...

                            Thanks,

                            Mark
                            I do. Many teach continuining revelation. They even mentioned that in chapel once.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by poochie View Post
                              I do. Many teach continuining revelation. They even mentioned that in chapel once.
                              What do you mean by "continuing revelation"? Keep in mind that just because someone teaches another does that sort of thing, doesn't mean people actually do it. Jesus had a reputation of being a wine bibber and a glutton, but he wasn't.

                              Also, I look forward to a verse for a definition of a false teacher. you did a great job for one who teaches a false gospel.

                              Grace and peace,

                              Mark
                              Matt 9:13
                              13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
                              NASU

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