There are some people that think that since I’m only a new Christian I should be very careful doing a post like this (and that’s fine), especially as I haven’t heard of some of these people before and that I shouldn’t be getting all my info off the internet. I don’t see how else I can get info about these people as there probably aren’t all that many books listing false teachers/prophets out there. I’m guessing because no one wants to get sued.
I base my information off different websites. I check them and I check them against other websites and I see which ones line up. I also have facebook friends from different countries who might be ‘nearer to the action’ so to speak and I ask them if they’ve heard of so and so and I line that up also. I try not to just post any ole negative thing that I find on someone.
The whole point about doing this post is not necessarily to point the finger at anyone, it’s to make Christians aware that not everyone who says they are a prophet/apostle/healer are. I have seen this in person, people who claim to be an apostle or prophet, but they aren’t because they haven’t been 100% correct.
In these times we need to be very discerning.
We are told “Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:32
Note how it says “and cause MY PEOPLE to err by their lies”? That means that His people, God’s people will be caught up in error if they believe just any ole prophet/teacher etc. Just because someone had some truthful teaching when they were younger doesn’t mean that they haven’t strayed off the path of truth as they’ve gotten older. And just because they seem biblical, it doesn’t mean they are.
I urge you to check what they say with the bible, as the bible is the final word, not what man says.*
I think it’s about time I did a post on false teachers considering how many are out there.
I’m only a fairly new Christian so I haven’t heard of a lot of these people, but I do recognize some of the names on this first list I’ll put a link to. The first link has names of the people, what movement/church/group or false teaching they are into and boy it’s a long list. (I don’t agree with Derek Prince being on there as he publicly repented of being involved in the “Fab Five”, and I’m not too sure David Wilkerson should be on there either.)
But as will all things like this, some people may or may not agree with the list. If you don’t agree with someone being on there, pray about it and ask the Lord to reveal His answer to you.
I will include some links to some of the movements/groups on this list, because if I try to do it all on here it would be way to long for anyone to read let alone for me to type out.
Please note, the names I have entered is not the whole list. There is a link under it that takes you to a website that details all of the people this person has found to be associated with false doctine/teaching etc.
I’ll start off with some of the more recognizable names that I’ve learnt about over the last year or two.
- Bill Johnson – Elijah List, Latter Rain and the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)
- Joel Osteen – Word Faith, Hillsong Speaker
- Benny Hinn – Word Faith and Message (the Message Bible)
- Billy Graham – Message, Lausanne Movement (founder)
- Rick Warren* – Message, New Breed, Seeker Friendly
- Todd Bentley – Joel’s Army, New Breed, NAR, Toronto Blessing (TB)
- John Crowder – Latter Rain, NAR, TB
- Mike Bickle – NAR, Elijah List
- Graham Cooke – Elijah List
- Heidi Baker – Elijah List
- Reinhard Bonnke – Word Faith
- Kenneth Copeland – Word Faith, Message
- Kenneth Hagin – Word Faith
- Paul and Jan Crouch – TBN
- Creflo Dollar – Word Faith
- Kim Clement – TBN, Word Faith, Elijah List.
And those are just a few. Here’s the link to the whole list: http://watchmanforjesus.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/list-of-false-christian-leaders-false.html
If I haven’t posted a link to all of the movements/groups, google and search for them yourself and see what you find.
*I don’t think David Wilkerson or Derek Prince should be on the list though. Derek Prince was involved in the Shepherding Movement, but then publicly repented of being involved with it.*
WORD FAITH: http://www.gotquestions.org/Word-Faith.html
TORONTO BLESSING: http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Doctrines/Charismatic%20Movement/barking.htm
ELIJAH LIST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni8FSgP0qBQ
LATTER RAIN: http://www.gotquestions.org/latter-rain-movement.html
We are warned of these people in the bible and we need to take care of who we listen to or read.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15
We also need to understand that the enemy has placed some of these people here in purpose. I recently watch a youtube** clip on Billy Graham and his earlier teachings were great, but somewhere along the line he went off the rails. It could be that the enemy put him in there to gather followers, then ever so subtly he changed his teachings and people didn’t notice because they knew him to be a good preacher. That’s one way Satan gets people to follow false teachers. They start of biblical, but over time their teaching stray ever so slightly from the word, which then makes the whole teaching wrong. It’s like it says in the bible: “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” Galatians 5:9, or to put it another way: “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” 1 Corinthians 5:6
So please, be aware that there are people out there who are purposely deceiving Christians. If you really like someone, do some research and see what others say about them and see if their teachings are biblical.
As will all the links I post, I may not necessarily agree with all the comments or other articles by the author. I have posted the ones I think are correct and relevant. If you choose to read any comments or other posts by the authors, please do so prayerfully. 🙂
*I think Rick Warren deserves his very own link. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/rick_warren.htm
**Billy Graham http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MZWug3QAvs&feature=related
***Joel Osteen http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/osteen-heretic.htm