If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. 1 Tim 6:3-5
I talked with someone after church yesterday when they brought up the name of a false teacher seen on TV.
This false teacher uses a lot of scripture from the Bible in making a case for doctrinal error.
Before believing any Biblical teacher you don’t personally know, ask yourself what that teacher has to gain.
Certainly, many men and women teach the Bible on TV with the hope of financial gain.
Carefully listening to their words tells you their motive – is it the Gospel of Christ or support for their ministry. It may take you several times to hear a mistake.
I recall reading a book about false prophets and teachers once. The book contained a chapter on a man with a TV program at the time. It said he believed the Gospel of Christ was not preached correctly from the death of the apostle John until he (the TV evangelist) came on the scene in the 1930’s.
Now I was young in the ministry and did not know this. And I had watched the man on TV several times without hearing him say such.
But it happened that one day I was turning channels and found his broadcast just in time to hear him say that very thing.
Reading God’s word is the best defense against false prophets.
Being part of a church fellowship that preaches from the word, using much scripture, adds the defense.
Knowing a minister, pastor, preacher, or teacher personally also aids in the defense against counterfeit teachings.