Is It Right for a Christian to Expose False Prophets and False Teaching ? (by Damon Whitsell)

 

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I. It Is Right To Practice Biblical Judgment
One of the most misused verses in the Bible is, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matt. 7: 1). Every Scripture verse should be read in its context, if we are to properly understand the true meaning. In vs. 2-5 of this same chapter it is evident that v. 1 is referring to hypocritical judgment. A brother who has a beam in his own eye should not be judging the brother who may have a mote in his eye. The lesson is plain, you cannot judge another for his sin if you are guilty of the same sin.

 

Those who cling to “Judge not, that ye be not judged, ” to condemn those who expose error should read the entire chapter. Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing,  ” (v. 15). How can we know false prophets unless we judge them by the Word of God? If we know the false prophets, how can we fail to exam the sheep of these “ravening wolves?” All through the Bible we find proof that they should be identified and exposed.

Those who are unwilling or incapable of discerning or judging between good and evil are in this manner revealing either their disobedience or their immaturity.

II. It Is Right To Expose False Teachers
False teachers are free to spread their poisonous doctrines today because there is a conspiracy of silence among many Bible believers. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are thus enabled to ravage the flock, thereby destroying many.

John the Baptist called the Pharisees and Sadducees (the religious leaders of his day) “a generation of Vipers” (snakes) (Matt. 3:7). Today, he would be accused of being unloving, unkind, and unchristian.

Jesus said to the religious Pharisees, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matt. 12:34). To many evangelicals and some fundamentalists, this would be unacceptable language today, but it is biblical language and it came from the mouth of the Son of God.

Standing face to face with these false teachers, Jesus Christ the Son of God, called them “hypocrites”, “blind guides, ” “blind, ” “whited sepulchres, ” “serpents, ” and “ye generation of vipers” (Matt. 23:23-34). Yet, we are told today that we are to fellowship with men whose doctrines are just as unscriptural as those of the Pharisees.

In our day these false teachers have come into the churches with their books, music, literature, movies, psychology, and seminars, and have turned the Father’s house into a den of thieves. It is time that men of God stand up and expose their errors for all to see.

The Bible Admonishes Us To Expose Error
We are to TRY them. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they be of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (I John 4: 1). All doctrine and teachers are to be tried according to the Word of God. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isa. 8:20),

We are to MARK them and AVOID them. “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them ” (Rom. 16:17). Those whose conduct and teaching contradicts the Word of God are to be marked and to be avoided.

We are to REBUKE them. “Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith ” (Titus 1: 13).

“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers ” (Titus 1:9).

We are to have NO FELLOWSHIP with them. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them ” (Eph. 5:11). Reprove means to censure, condemn, find fault, rebuke, and to refute. How can we obey this Scripture unless we try them by the Word of God?

We are to WITHDRAW from them. “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which ye received of us ” (II Thess. 3:6). We are to withdraw from those whose doctrine and conduct does not conform to the Word of God.

We are to TURN AWAY from them. Concerning the last days, he says that some will have “a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. from such turn away” for such people are “never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (11 Tim. 3:5,7). How can we turn away from them if we do not identify them, and this requires that their message be compared to the Word of God.

We are NOT to RECEIVE them into our house. “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds ” (11 John 10, I 1). There is no doubt about who John is speaking about, it is ” Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ,  ” (v.9). By radio, TV, music and literature, false prophets are brought into the homes of many Christians today. Brethren, this ought not to be!

We are to REJECT HERETICS. “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject ” (Titus 3: 10). We should reject those who deny redemption by the blood of Christ. There are many who deny this or some other doctrine of the Word of God. If they will not respond to being admonished, then they are to be rejected.

We are to look out for those who preach another gospel. Paul warned about those who preached “another Jesus ,  another spirit ,  or another gospel” (II Cor. 11:4). How can we know them unless we judge their Jesus, their spirit, and their gospel by the Word of God? Paul called such preachers “false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ” (11 Cor. II: 13). He explains in v. 14-15 that these preachers are the ministers of Satan. The God-called man must be just as faithful today in exposing the ministers of Satan.

Paul warned the Galatians about those who “pervert the gospel of Christ.” He also said, “If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (See Gal. 1:6-9). Multitudes today are preaching a perverted gospel.

We are to SEPARATE from them. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch no the unclean thing; and I will receive you ” (II Cor. 6:17). This makes it plain. God’s people are to come out of apostasy and religious error. How can any Bible believer remain in the National Council or World Council of Churches? How can they remain among compromising evangelicals and wishy-washy fundamentalists?

III. It Is Right To Name Names
Many mistakenly believe that it is wrong to expose error and to name the guilty teachers; but they are wrong according to the Bible.

Paul named Peter publicly. Peter was guilty of unscriptural practice. “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed ,  But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of the Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?” (Gal. 2:11-14). T

Paul named Demas for loving the world. “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world” (II Tim. 4:10). Those who forsake the cause of Christ for worldly living and pleasures should be named and exposed. (Christian Rock!)

Paul named Alexander the coppersmith. “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil. the Lord reward him “cording to his works: Of whom be thou ware also, for he hath greatly withstood our words ” (II Tim. 4:14-15). It is clear that this is not a personality problem, but a doctrinal problem. Alexander had withstood the words and doctrine of Paul. He was an enemy to the truth. Godly pastors face the same problem every day. They stand and proclaim the truth, then their members go home and hear this truth disputed by radio and TV preachers.

John named Diotrephes. “I wrote unto the church; but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not” (III John 9). He related how this man had prated against him “with malicious words ” (v. 10). He further said, “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God, but he that doeth evil hath not seen God ” (v. I 1). It is not wrong to name those whose doctrine and practice is contrary to the Word of God.

In fact, the whole Bible abounds in examples of false prophets being named and exposed. All this modem day talk about love, used as an excuse for not exposing error, is not really biblical love but is really sloppy agape.

Moses called the name of Balaam. (See Num. 22-25). Peter exposed “the way of Balaam ,  who loved the wages of unrighteousness ” (II Pet. 2:15). Balaam was a prophet that was in the work for money, just like some of the TV false prophets today. They beg for money and live like kings, while multitudes of innocent people send them their hard earned money. They are always building colleges, hospitals, TV network satellites, and amusement parks that have a water slide for Jesus. And then we are suppose to keep our mouth shut about these religious charlatans. How can we be silent and be true to God?

Jude exposed “the error of Balaam ” (Jude I 1). John exposed “the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication ” (Rev. 2:14). This gets right to the heart of the matter, concerning the doctrine of separation. Balaam never did curse Israel even though he wanted the wages that he was offered to do so. T

False teachers are breaking down the barrier of separation between God’s people and false religion. There is too little preaching and teaching on the doctrine of separation. Balaam breached the doctrine of personal separation by causing the men of Israel to commit fornication with the Moabite women. He breached the doctrine of ecclesiastical separation by causing the men of Israel to bow down to Baal. This brought a curse upon Israel. Until we get back to teaching the truth about personal and ecclesiastical separation, we can expect the continued widespread havoc that we have today.

It seems to be believed by many that some people are too high and mighty to be named or exposed. Men in high places, pastors of large churches, and those with great radio or TV audiences, are supposedly above criticism. Whatever they may do or say, no matter how contrary to the Bible it may be, is supposedly all right. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Nathan identified the man. There was a man in a very high place who was a secret adulterer. Surely this man who held the highest office in the land could not be rebuked by a lowly unpopular prophet. Nathan went right into the presence of David, revealed the sin in a parable form, and then told the enraged David, “Thou art the man ” (II Sam. 12:7).

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41 Responses to Is It Right for a Christian to Expose False Prophets and False Teaching ? (by Damon Whitsell)

  1. David says:

    Whenever we do not confront that which is false, either privately, or publicly, and in the case of ministry, the error always has to be addressed publicly, where the error was preached publicly; whenever correction is not brought, corruption is allowed to have His way. Satan is still the father of all that is false.

  2. Charles Allen of South Africa says:

    In these perilous times, I strongly believe it is of vital importance to expose the names of every false preacher and teacher, because they are not only making a mockery of God and His Living Word, but they are also destroying innocent souls. A special web page and a International information board should be set up with a list of false preachers and teachers names and the names of their denominations. It is time that the true followers of Jesus Christ join hands and defend the Truth of God. There are too many Christians falling by the way because of false preaching and teaching, and if we have the perfect love of God, we will do what is right, and that is to drive these false preachers and teachers out for the sake of God’s Truth. For this we need to establish an active and responsible International investigation, evaluation and management Christian Body who abides strictly by the Living Word of God. This Body must then investigate and evaluate all complaints from Christians who believe that they were mislead by any form of false preaching and teaching. If found that the complaint is true, such a preacher must then be blacklisted immediately. Christians must control this increasing problem, before it gets completely out of hand.

  3. Reblogged this on Conversations in Boulder County and commented:
    Matthew 7:1 is misused with more and more frequency.

  4. Discerning between truth and falsehood within the circles of Christianity has become a major problem. When one speaks the Truth as it should be, one is given the cold shoulder with the tongue of judgement. This is because the Truth does hurt, and there are man

  5. Discerning between truth and falsehood within the circles of Christianity has become a major problem. When one speaks the Truth as it should be, one is given the cold shoulder with the tongue of judgement. This is because the Truth does hurt, and there are many Christians today feel threatened by the Truth.
    False Prophets and teachers are rapidly on the increase, and many ignorant souls are being blinded by its deceitful ways. The avenues of falsehood are wide and deadly, and the right thing to do, is to expose these avenues with the Truth nomatter the cost.

  6. Lois says:

    Prophet Nana Etrue, Bishop Nana Etrue, Etrue Appiah…These are names of 1 person who calls himself a prophet but i believe in my opinion that he is a false prophet. He is originally from Ghana but currently residing in USA. I believe he is a false prophet because he asks for money for consultation and then he asks for money for him to pray for you because he says he is a spiritual doctor and calls himself a doctor. The people that have given him money are complaining that he scammed them.

    Some members of his ministry have said that he sleeps with them and promise them he will marry them. His visa is expired and he is looking for whom to marry for green card.We have heard that he has a wife in Ghana but he is currently engaged to a couple of females and one of them is a lady by the name Amanda because this so called prophet is not legal in the country and he is trying to marry someone for green card. A real man of God will not marry for green card.

    He has a church in Arlington, Texas called Miracle house chapel international, he burned the person that helped him get a house because he doesn’t have the credit but the guy later found out that it is really because he doesn’t have the papers and documents for the house and left them in huge debt moving to Virginia to continue his scam.

    These are things i have found out and i have been trying to convince my friend this man is not real but she won’t believe me. Please help me because she is giving this man a lot of her hard earned money and he is lying to her, telling her he loves her and wants to be with her. He has a prayer line and so many things are not right with this man and with this ministry so i have come for your help. Please help us expose this man for the fraud that he is. On his prayer line he tells people to send him money through western union and they really do it. The prayer line no is 5597261300 and the access code is 514380.

    Thank you,
    Lois

  7. Felicia h. says:

    I thank GOD for Blessing me to find this site, Yes! I get excited when i read sound doctrine post.

  8. Craig says:

    Remember Saul of Tarsus was so convinced
    that people of the way were heratics
    Stoned Steven for it
    Beware that that you standard you judge you will be. Judged
    Father God is going to shake the Body of Christl
    Like never before and that witch is false
    the fruit there of. Will be burnt with fire
    Iam praying. for Saul of Tarsus
    To rock your your aThoelogical Dispenstionalist boats upside down
    Just as Father God.did Saul
    Who became Paul and 2/3 of the new Testament

  9. Craig says:

    We Need a Anais and Saphira in Body Christ
    Father God will only tollerate False teaching for a season till Father is ready to Judge
    and you see FatherGod remove shake and Burn
    FatherGod is in control
    all I need to do is walk in obidience to his word
    Build my realationship With my Heavenly Father
    God is Bigger than person
    When you have a relationship you will know FatherGods voice

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  11. Samantha says:

    I got taken by a false prophet. She uses people and what I noticed is there is no love and turns against people and slanders people with false info. Her name is Sharon Wesberry and has a ministry called Sharon Wesberry Ministries

    • Sharron Wesberry says:

      Samantha, too bad that you had to resort to such a place of lies and slander. My life is holy before God and others who actually know -me see my life as a living epistle of Jesus Christ. Those who attend my services are touched through the very accurate words I speak in truth with testimonies following. Maybe you need to just find Jesus (for real), and then you can repent from these attacks of slander against me and no telling who else. Samantha you will reap exactly what you’ve sown. Sharron Wesberry

    • Sherry says:

      I checked her out-you are right! Speaks for God out of her own inspiration and not from God’s Word. Repent, Sharon!

      • Sharron Wesberry says:

        Sherry sounds like you’ve joined yourself to lies and you’ve been deceived because nothing that you are saying is true either! Those who practice evil will always persecute the true-prophets of God like myself. But God takes wrath on all-who work evil against his prophets. (This word in II Chronicles 36:16-17, will be something you will think about for a long time now and into your future as you reap the consequences until you repent and withdraw from your false accusations). “But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.” (no healing).

      • Sharron, you are delusional and deceived. You are not a “living epistle” and you are not a “prophet”. It would probably be best to peddle your wares among your fellow reprobates. They are looking those like you who are minions of Satan to lead them. I am not.

      • Sherry says:

        I’ve read your website posts and you are the liar-REPENT!
        (And learn to discern, peoples! That way you can spot the frauds! You can tell the difference between what is truth and what is almost truth!)

  12. Kevin Mason (Mision Evangelica Del Ecuador) says:

    Absolutely!

    All who are true followers of Jesus Christ must discern and expose error.

    But discern-er beware! Those who dare correct error will bring the wrath of Satan and and those that Satan deceives. Satan has invested years/decades/centuries of time carefully crafting minor changes by mixing small amounts of error along with sufficient amounts of truth to make it acceptable. Satan has convinced those he has deceived to believe that error is truth and Satan has promised church leaders and other to give them the things they want; more members in the church, more money in the offering plates, popularity, power, and fame. Satan convinces those who are deceived that they are not deceived and provides enough pride to those who are deceived so they reject any correction and they will follow Satan’s instruction in eliminating anyone who exposes the error and those who promote error.

  13. Pastor Juan Schembri Eternity Church says:

    I was ridiculed for teaching these things. I was so ridiculed some of the leaders from the church left. We have a small congregation 20 to 30 so when the leaders left the ministry ended. I am going through having to shut down our little church. I am going back to home based church.
    I just want you to know this article really validated what I was teaching and of course I have the peace from the Holy Spirit that comforts me.
    So I just want to say thank you and God bless you.

    • If you exposed false teaching, false doctrine and false leaders, you did what God would call a “righteous” thing. As you can see, however, there are consequences to following the God of Scripture over a man-made one. You will be persecuted.
      Your reward awaits you in heaven, my friend. You loved God and were obedient to Him and His Truths. You did the right thing.
      God Bless You,
      S/G

  14. D. Jameson says:

    This is such a great article – I’ve been looking for one such as this. Thank you!

  15. Faye Gothard says:

    Very good and sound teaching.

  16. Christian Apologetics Research of Nevada says:
  17. Karen Graves says:

    Wow, Recently I wrote my Pastor that what he was teaching was heresy and false teaching. He has begun to preach on this “silent prayer” from Psalms 46: 10 which really has nothing within its context to do with prayer. What he is teaching is known as Centering Prayer or Contemplative Prayer which boils down to a form of Eastern Meditation. Unfortunately it is hard to find a Church that does not teach this or some other form of false teaching. Of course I left the Church and he called and wanted me to come in and talk to him, which I did. He was very defensive, asking in a very sarcastic manner if I had ever heard God’s voice. He did not give me time to answer but I will say here, ” Of course I have but it was never by sitting down getting silent and seemingly demanding he talk to me at that time. God speaks to me when he decides to. He speaks to me through His Word, through other people, through circumstances and sometimes in a still small voice, but not on demand. I speak to him through talking to him and praying to Him throughout the day. He never instructed us to get still and repeat something over and over or empty our minds. When we talk to God our minds and our spirit our engaged. Why would God give us this method of prayer when he warned us in Deut. not to take on the pagan religious practices. What the Pastor is teaching is nothing but eastern meditation and Satan’s playing field which will take those who participate further and further away from the Truth and our Lord Jesus. Instead of waiting to hear my answer, he said we were done and told me what I had done was very damaging and disrespectful to him and warned me I’d be sorry if I kept spreading this stuff. So I politely left. I have to say I did feel bad most of the day. I can only figure it was because there is really no pleasure in telling someone that they are off track in order to help them ; and they then refuse to listen and go the same way as before. It is so sad that Jesus died for all and yet there will be only a remnant who will be saved. It grieves me and it must grieve the Lord.

    • Hi Karen,

      Thank you for commenting.

      Yours is a story repeated by so many in the “visible” church.

      It is so sad but nothing new. Our Lord, Jesus, stated, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

      The wide gate is filled with those who have been deceived into relying on practices, philosophies and people outside of Biblical Truth.

      You are not one of them. As Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

      Your pastor asked you to rely on him (a fallen man) for truth…Not God. Not God’s Word.
      Your pastor is, as you know the wrong standard for truth.

      “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
      Reprove a wise man and he will love you.” Proverbs 9:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

      Blessings,
      S/G

      • Karen Graves says:

        Thanks for your encouragement and for this site. I think there are really no Bible based Churches around here, Va. Beach area. And I have not found a home/house church yet; which I believe is the best solution, if it is Bible based. I grew up here and moved to a nearby city until a year ago. I am somewhat familiar with Va. Beach and its Churches; but find myself looking for one, just as I had begun to look for one in the other City and for the same reasons. The hunt seems futile! I read my Bible and go online to be fed. I have a like minded friend who moved to Michigan right before I moved and she is the only other person I know who understands these things, as the Lord is showing me. We do communicate but it would be nice to have someone in the flesh to fellowship with. Fortunately,when I first got saved, I had a wonderful Pastor-Teacher, who majored on “who we are in Christ” which gives me the strength to handle this. My Lord has translated me out of darkness into His Marvelous light and now the joy of who He is and all He has done for me in His Death, Burial, and Resurrection is my Strength! I am complete in Him! I long to see Him face to face! And the Spirit and the Bride say,” Come, Lord Jesus! “

      • You are welcome.
        I’m guessing you live in Virginia.
        What towns are close by?

  18. Karen Graves says:

    Sorry I posted my previous post without rereading it through; but please know I realize that when I speak of our Lord as “He” , it should be capitalized out of respect.

  19. Karen Graves says:

    I live in what is called the Tidewater area, which is composed of Va. Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth Va. I was living in Chesapeake for the last thirty years. A year ago,I moved back to the beach. We have the 700 club here with Regent University. I was raised Catholic, saved through the 700 club and led into the Charismatic/Pentecostal arm of the Church, until the Lord began to open my eyes to the heresy in it in about ’95. Then I attended various Non-denominational,and Baptist and Free Will Baptist churches soon discovering the heresy of the NAR, Dominonism, along with Tricky Rick Warren, leaving most of my Christian friends behind mostly because they did not think they could be deceived. Unfortunately, they had no interest in who the false prophets and teachers are the Bible was warning us about.

  20. https://www.graceforsuffolk.org/

    This church looks like it may be a distance from you but you may wish to speak to them to hear their recommendations for your area.
    This church is a member of the American Reformed Baptist Church Association (ARBCA). My church is also a member. Sola Scriptura. No Charismania.

    Blessings,
    S/G

    • Karen Graves says:

      Yes, i will contact them. It is a distance, maybe 40 miles one way, but I will contact them!

      • Karen Graves says:

        Thank you so much for your concern and involvement. I will let you know what I find out from them. God bless,Karen

  21. Excellent.
    Blessings,
    S/G

  22. ACountryBoy says:

    Because the vast majority of Christianity prefers to be silent and hide behind the: “do no not judge others” mantra, religious cults like Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses have been allowed to creep unchecked and still thriving. Now we have liberal christianity which isn’t true Christianity at all. We have these movements such as NAR and all these false preachers on TV who are still being allowed to teach doctrines of demons because Christians are asleep at the wheel or really don’t care.

  23. Terence Khoh says:

    Hello Shepherdguardian, Who is plagiarising who? I have read exactly this same article in someone web. http://www.av1611.org/crock/judbynum.html, by E.L. Bynum. Is It Right for a Christian to Expose False Prophets and False Teaching ? who is the right author?

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