A false teacher may take various forms, but is basically someone who warps orthodox Biblical teaching to the point where the truth is subdued by the lies. I came across this little examination at a website today and found it informative. A “Yes” answer to any of the questions indicates a false teacher, cult or cultic methodology, techniques or influences according to the website.
1. Do you feel that contempory prophecies, revelations, secret or lost books, visions and/or other experiences by individuals or groups speak to humankind with the same authority as the written Bible?
2. Do you feel that organizational membership, association with certain self proclimed prophets, etc., your good deeds, marital status, high personal moral values, karma are a necessary part of your salvation?
3. Do you believe that Yeshua is not really fully Elohim?
4.Do you see yourself or organization as the only one teaching and preaching the true good news of the kingdom of YHWH, and that all believers in other assemblies are a false religion?
5. Do you mix Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, or any other non-Biblical religion with the Nazarene Emunah?
*Please feel free to add to these questions!
Lets not forget Deut. 12:32-13:11 anyone who teaches against Torah observance is also a false prophet.
I would like to add that a false teacher (or witness) will say that Yeshua came to change (or do away with) the Torah of Moses.
Act 6:13-14 And they set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the Torah, for we have heard him saying that this Yeshua of Natsareth shall overthrow this place and change the institutes which Mosheh delivered unto us.”
History is replete with them; Marcion, Valentinus, Joseph Smith, Rev. Moon, and the various Word of Faith heretics. There has never been a shortage of false teachers. I wonder why people are so easily taken in by them and why, even after their exposure, some will stubbornly cling to their chosen wolf in sheeps clothing?
How does a person KNOW they are deceived? If....they are....deceived?