Mail Call #8: How much should “associations” factor into my assessment of whether a teacher is false or not?

Mail call! Another question from a reader. A woman asked me recently whether she should read a certain book because the preface to the book was written by a false teacher, though the book itself was written by a solid teacher. I'm glad that people are aware that associations can harm a reputation and can …

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What does it mean to teach by allegorizing the scriptures?

Twisted scriptures In 2 Peter 3:16, Peter wrote, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. First, please note that he …

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To serve man

I used to watch the old anthology series from the 1950s and 60s called The Twilight Zone. Rod Serling used to intone a message at the beginning, and then there was doo-doo-doo-doo music, and the black and white episode would begin. My favorite episodes were "Time Enough At Last", "The Shelter" and "To Serve Man" …

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Why does the LORD allow false prophets?

One question I'm asked a lot is "Why does the Lord allow false teachers?" I ask myself that question a lot! Another question related to it is, "Why do false teachers prosper?" We're not alone in asking this. Job, Jeremiah, and David all asked the same thing. (Job 21:7, Jeremiah 12:1, Psalm 94:3). You and …

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Why we must oppose false teachers: They shut heaven’s door in people’s faces

In the sermon The Characteristics of False Spiritual Leaders, Part 1, John MacArthur said, There have always been and there always will be in this world false spiritual leaders who pretend to represent God, but in fact do not represent God. The Old Testament talks about them, identifies them, and warns people to stay away …

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Mail Call #5: My friend is following a false teacher

Mail call is a big deal (at least it was on M*A*S*H) We love Jesus and we're so encouraged when a new Christian or a friend who is older but growing obviously develop fruit of the Spirit. However we also grieve when friends or new Christians go the other direction and begin to stray. One …

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Mail call #3: Why can’t people who follow false teachers bear to hear disagreement about them?

Occasionally I receive email, blog comments, or Facebook messages asking questions about various topics and issues within the faith. Here is a question I received recently about false teachers and the people who follow them. Q.  Are they truly deceived and cannot bear to hear any disagreement about the theology of their beloved [false] teacher? …

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