How to Avoid Heresy and False Doctrine

There are several things given in scripture to describe those who are teaching heresy and false doctrine.

Peter, Paul, and Jude all deal with these problems. From scripture we see common characteristics of false teachers:

  • They will in some way, deny Christ, even while claiming to come in His name and they will keep their real doctrine a secret until they have captured their victims.

“There will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.”2 Peter 2:1

There are many who do not realize that denying the Godhead, or that Jesus is God who came in the flesh is denying the Master! For further understanding, read LET US REASON ministries and Malachi 3:1.

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple Malachi 3:1

Jesus came to his temple and he stated of Himself:

Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple” (Mt 12:6).  For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” (Mt 12:8)

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15″

If a “spiritual leader” can cause people to believe that he or ‘they’ have a ‘word from God’ that is contrary to scripture, then they can begin to lead that person away from the true word of God, the Bible and the true Word of God, Jesus Christ. God has never made nor will he ever make excuses for those who prophesy falsely in his name! They always bring destruction upon themselves and those who follow them.

  • They will teach a false gospel.

To distinguish between false and true, we must first learn and understand what the Bible teaches about the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul said It is the power of God to everyone who believes in Romans 1:16-17. (No wonder Satan wants to change it and present a false gospel.)

Jesus spoke of the true gospel when the woman poured expensive perfume on His body just prior to the crucifixion. He was preparing to die for our sins and she was anointing His body.

Perhaps the most defining verse concerning the gospel is Mark 1:1. Mark began his entire writing by saying:

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

In many places the gospel is also called the gospel of God, but in the book of Mark, Jesus tells the people to “repent and believe the gospel.” So what were they to believe. He had just told them. With his coming, the kingdom of God was at hand. Not long afterward, he demonstrated that he held the power to forgive sins.

Mark 2:5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

The gospel is taught throughout the New Testament as the power of God unto salvation, but it is preached first by Peter as recorded in the book of Acts 2:14-41.

Jesus of Nazareth…this Jesus…you crucified and killed24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing...36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”.. 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Peter went on to say this:

Acts 4:11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Whenever we hear someone distort the gospel of Jesus Christ in any way or teach another gospel, we are in the presence of a false teacher who is listening to Satan. Satan always wants to try to diminish the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He cannot, but he can lead a person to destruction if he can cause them to deny the power of the gospel.

Galatians 5:20 tells us that those who practice ‘heresies’ will not inherit the ‘Kingdom of God.” Remember, Jesus said when he came to earth, “The kingdom of God is at hand.” Given the fact that Satan is a deceiver and is able to come to humans as an angel of light, we will do well to remember to ask God for the correct weapons that we might be able to win this battle.


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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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