False Teachers and Their Allure

I am quite concerned with the number of Christians that seem enamored with some big-name Christian celebrities that upon closer examination teach very unbiblical teachings. For example, a very popular Christian speaker and author is Joyce Meyer. I had tried reading some of her books in the past and didn’t get very far into them, but didn’t see anything blatant other than “positive thinking” mentality and boosting your self-esteem to give me cause for concern. However, in reading Hank Hanegraaf’s Crisis in Christianity I was appalled at a closer look at some of her teachings and theology.

She teaches that our words create reality (you can speak things into existence). She also teaches that men are created as ‘little gods’. Using the example that cattle birth cattle, we are created in God’s image, thus we are ‘little gods’. It sounds like if I’m reading it right, that she teaches that in order to be saved we have to believe that Jesus took our place in hell. And she is also a big proponent of the prosperity gospel movement/health and wealth gospel.

These teachings are blatantly unbiblical and even heretical in my opinion. As believers, we are to be discerning and not just take things at face value but study the Scriptures for ourselves to see if what we are being taught is true.
“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so,” (Acts 17:11).


I fear we have reached these times that Paul talks about to Timothy (emphasis mine).
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4, NASB)

It is an awesome task/responsibility to be a teacher. James 3:1 states, “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.” Those who teach are held to a higher standard as they are responsible for leading others. And many teachers today are leading others astray. 
Here is an article detailing more information on the teachings of Joyce Meyer: 
http://carm.org/joyce-meyer

There are other teachers in today’s Christian circles that are popular and well-spoken. But is what they teach truly Biblical? We need to examine what they teach against Scripture and see if it lines up.

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3 thoughts on “False Teachers and Their Allure

  1. Thanks for your courage to post your thoughts! The CARM article is disturbing. A related concern I have is the lack of balance I observe with what people read or listen to. If they were reading more in-depth books on the scriptures/doctrine, and just an occasional book by the “power of positive thinking” crowd that might be okay. They'd be able to more discerningly separate the good from the bad with some of these teachers like Olsteen and Meyer. But too many are primarily feeding on this fluffy stuff…and this is problematic on so many levels.

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  2. That definitely adds to this issue. There are too many fluffy books out there that people read like candy and don't read the more theologically in-depth books. Even beyond that people just aren't reading their Bibles. There is a lot of Biblical illiteracy in this country. We need to get back to the Word!

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