How to Identify a False Prophet or Teacher

by Jack Wellman on February 7, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

How can a Christian identify a false prophet or teacher?  What are the signs that we can look to for proof of false teachings?  What Bible verses can help us to identify wolves in sheep’s clothing?

Warnings about False Teachers and Prophets

The New Testament is full of Scriptures warning Christians about false teachers and false prophets.  Jesus Himself said that false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect (Matthew 24:24).  Peter warned that there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them bringing swift destruction on themselves (2 Peter 2:1). Sadly, Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping (2 Peter 2:2-3).  Paul reiterated prophets should speak” but that “the others should weigh carefully what is said”  because time will tell whether what they say is true or not (2 Corinthians 14:29).

Is There Another Gospel?

Paul says that there is another gospel out there but any other gospel than the one that Paul or the other apostles taught is not from God but from His opposite – the Devil.  Paul was an apostle sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father (Galatians 1:1) and so we know that Paul taught the true gospel.  He wrote that I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.   But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse (Galatians 1:6-9).

Paul tells us that there is another gospel but, paradoxically, it’s not really the gospel for the real gospel is the “good news.”  The other gospel is bad news because it is based upon works and its author is the Devil.  If the gospel given to Paul (Galatians 1:1) was based upon works then we would all be in real trouble.  Paul says that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.  I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12) for if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough (2 Corinthians 11:4).  Paul says that they could receive a “different spirit” that differs from the Spirit.  The capitalized “Spirit” refers to the Holy Spirit and it is capitalized because it is a proper noun, a specific person in the form of God the Holy Spirit.  Conversely, if it is a “spirit” this is an evil spirit or wicked demon spirit and the source is from Satan.  That’s why Paul was so surprised that they put up with it, or accepted it (2 Corinthians 4:11).

How to Identify False Prophets or Teachers

That is how you can compare false teacher's and prophet's teachings.  Hold their teachings against the originals that are contained within the Old and New Testament.

That is how you can compare false teacher’s and prophet’s teachings. Hold their teachings against the originals that are contained within the Old and New Testament.

When people buy things they compare the original next to the imitation and that’s how you can tell the false or imitation ones from the original.  U.S. Customs Authorities have confiscated millions and millions of imitations that had the original name brand on them but when they compared them to the original or authentic products, they could tell that the imports were phonies.  That is how you can compare false teacher’s and prophet’s teachings.  Hold their teachings against the originals that are contained within the Old and New Testament.  For example, when someone tries to tell you that you are commanded to abstain from what they call unclean meats, compare this teaching up against what Jesus said in Matthew 15:11 that It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man but that which comes out of the mouth that defiles man and what Paul wrote, All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble (Romans 14:10) and that everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving (1 Timothy 4:4).

You could also compare what some teachers or prophets say about salvation that you are required to do this or to do that and, in essence, teach that works are necessary for salvation.  Most believers understand that this isn’t true because it is written that “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God —  not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).  That is a huge relief for Christians because if works were involved, we would always be wondering if we had done enough to earn our salvation and be saved.  The Thief on the Cross never had time to be baptized, never had a chance to attend church, and could not come down off the cross to do any good works.  It was all a matter of trusting in Christ to save him.  For example, if salvation was based on works or obedience, then the Thief on the Cross would have been doomed.   Thankfully we are not saved by works and this is why Jesus assured him that Today, you will be with me in Paradise (Luke 23:43).

Christians Don’t Live in Sin

Another way to see whether you are hearing the true gospel or are being fed lies (with another gospel) would be to see if living in a certain lifestyle that is un-repented of does not matter to God.  I have heard some describe themselves as “carnal Christians” but this is an oxymoronic statement!  They might say that “I still sin but that’s okay because I am saved by grace…and so it doesn’t matter.“  This is what is called licentiousness and it is a sin of presumption (Jude 4).  They see grace as a license to sin.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The teaching that a person can be saved and yet live in sin is truly an error of epic proportion.  First John chapter 3 is clear about this saying thatNo one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous (1 John 3:6-7). John is crystal clear about this because he wrote thatNo one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister (1 John 3:9-10).  Here is evidence of those who we know are Christian and those we know likely are not.  They don’t continue in sin and are the children of God but those who live in sin as a continual lifestyle are children of the Devil.  How easy that is to see.

Paul tells the church at Corinth,do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).  Some pastors or priests are not only living in sin as homosexuals, they even marry such couples despite the fact that Scripture condemns those who do. Anyone who…does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God (2 John 1:9) andIf anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work (2 John 10-11).  Paul agrees thatIf anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, the he is conceited and understands nothing (1 Timothy 6:3-4a).

Conclusion

You can identify false teachers and false prophets by their teachings. If there is an uneasy feeling that it doesn’t square up with Scripture, then study the Word to see if it either lines up with biblical doctrine or it doesn’t (2 Timothy 2:15-16).  The best way to keep from being deceived by false teachers and prophets is to be a good Bible student yourself.  If you know the Scriptures well enough, you will be prepared to know what is error and what is not.  Reading the Bible daily is clearly one of the best methods for keeping one’s self from believing false teachings or a false gospel…which is not really another gospel but is a gospel from the Devil.  And we are warned to not even entertain them in our house or in our minds.  What a great privilege it is becauseyou also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13).

Have you seen our related article:

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: 5 Tips to Identify One

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Cat February 7, 2013 at 7:03 am

Great article especially in light of some recent arguements I have seen…

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Tiredsahm February 7, 2013 at 7:46 am

You did not mention Jesus’ exact instructions on how to identify false prophets. He states it very simply:
“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” (Matthew 7:15-20; NLT)
So, we are to identify true prophets by the fruits they produce: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
False prophets produce: “sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these” (Galatians 5:19-21).
Jesus states it very clearly in Matthew, and I strongly believe these instructions are the only ones to follow. Jesus himself states a “bad tree” can never produce “good fruit”, so any good fruit is the product of a “good tree”, even if it’s a tree we’ve never heard of.

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Chevelle Montoya February 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Wow you have said (typed) a mouthful right there! I have come across many of them and yes they do appear as harmless sheep, but are vicious wolves. Many of them are also quite talkative as well. I remember the Proverbs of how a “snake will strike if not charmed, the same is true for the babbler”. They tend to seek out the people who don’t support them to demonize them.

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Joe Sewell February 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Good points all around, but people can still be deceived by “false fruit.” To continue the analogy, it would be like encasing poison in an apple, much like the classic Snow White tale.

So many people have already been deceived into thinking what “love” and “gentleness” and the other fruit you list really are. I’ve seen, and been on the receiving end of, too many people who claim to be helping out of “love,” when all they do is tear down and destroy with their own words or deeds.

Consider, too, the cults who seem to love and be generous, but their love is false *because* they teach salvation by something other than Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). I knew an older man who left a church that, more or less, taught the truth for a Kingdom Hall, solely because the latter were “friendlier.”

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Jack Wellman February 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

Joe, you are spot on as always. I know that even Satan himself can appear as an angel of light yet, his motivation is to deceive and he is quite successful at this. Love is always edifying, encouraging, and exhorting others and your point about “false” fruits is well taken as always sir. I wish I had included your thoughts in this article for it would have added so much so thank you for your truthful contribution and let me thank God FOR you too Joe.

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Robert February 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

Too many believers are biblically illiterate; they don’t spend enough time reading and studying the Bible to find out what truths it contains. Many believers simple rely on what they’ve heard or what they’ve “always believed” instead of comparing what they are hearing to the solid rock of the Word of God. Your article is a clear call to return to a diligent study of the Bible. Thank you, sir. A fine piece of edification and encouragement.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Chevelle February 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

Hi Jack! This a phenomenal article. I have friend who is a social liberal and is questioning whether she should identify as a Christian. She continually brings up to me how she feels about this and I think she expects me to give her answers about what she should do. The thing is, I am not sure why she actually asks me because I have never told her I was Christian nor have I discussed the Bible with her before.

I know that it is not up to me that she believes in God and accepts his word as true, but I really think she should examine her values that are in conflict with the Word of God and bring herself to trust God and his Truth, rather than hold onto those principles that are false. She continually hangs around atheist and agnostics and is being fed ideas that Christians are violent, hypocrites and that there are other religions that are out there so Christianity is not really real. She watches programs like the Colbert Report, which really makes serious attacks on Christians and reads books that have a vendetta against God and Christianity.

She keeps telling me she wants an unbiased opinion on Christianity which confuses me becasue she is dealing with her spirit and not some science experiment. I ultimately do not care for politics especially not liberal principles and I see her problem, but I am not sure what to do. I feel as if she has convinced herself that Christianity is bad (decision inspired by the company she keeps) and she claims she has read the Bible and understands it (I truly believe this is a lie because the questions she asks are actually answered in the bible).

I know her character and she is willing to listen to anyone who gives her quick answers and makes her feel good about it. I also know the atheist and agnostics she hangs around are notorious for this. She has expressed that she wants to find a pastor with the same beliefs as her, but I am pretty that pastor will exemplify all the characteristics that you mentioned in this article.

Should I do anything for her or should I pray that she finds the right path? I am really at an impasse her, I don’t know what to do.

Thanks,
Chevy

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Jack Wellman February 7, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hello Chevy. First of all, I thank God for you that you care for those who are deceived and perishing without Christ. I would say that praying for this woman is the single, greatest thing you can do. Also, if she wants to find a pastor that agrees with her, she is going to be totally frustrated….she should be focusing on finding the truth and that God’s truth as revealed in Scripture cuts like a knife and gets to the heart, bone, and sinew. Please ask her to contact me on the “Contact” link to have her come here to ask questions. The fact that she is hanging out with these agnostics and atheists shows me that she is supressing the truth like these others are (Rom 1). In her heart and in every atheist’s heart, the really know better but don’t want to acknowledge there is a God for then they are responsible for their sins…so continue to pray, ask her to contact me, and we can trust in God to leave it up to Him for God knows those that are His (Eph 1).

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Chevelle Montoya February 10, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Thank you Jack! I will direct her to this site (not sure why I didn’t think of this before). I really hope she does listen to her heart, I think its convicting. I tried my best to explain to her, but I am quite young in my faith and plus I do have a tad bit of a temper when it comes to atheist and agnostics and the way they can twist the Text and scoff at the Truth, especially with her since I know she knows the truth but is just supressing it. I know through God I can be given peace and delivered from my anger just as she can be delivered from her doubt. I really am praying for her.

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Patricia Schneider February 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Again, Pastor Jack, an enlightening article based on Scripture. Appreciated the replies from Cat, Tiredsahm, Chevy, and Robert Driskell (think that’s how his last name is spelled.)
And now I’ll pose the same question I asked Robert about homosexuality/lesbianism.
Yes, in both Old Testament & New Testament, this is consider an abomination against God. I then asked Robert if Jesus Himself ever said anything about homosexuality. He replied he couldn’t find anything Jesus Himself said on this. The one thing about Jesus that always stayed w/me were His Words listed in John 13:34-35.
Medical science has proven that a person’s sexual orientation is genetic. So, here’s my question: How can homosexuality/lesbianism be a sin? If a person is so inclined by his own nature, believes and loves God and His Son, Jesus, why can’t they be considered GOOD CHRISTIANS? This topic has bothered me for many years. My hubby & I have friends who are gay…wonderful Christians in my opinion.
Yes, there are gay people who sin, just as there are straight people who sin. I’m talking about gay folks who live a Christian life.
I know times changes, but God’s Word doesn’t. Still, I wonder if the issue of homosexuality/lesbianism being sinful wasn’t part of their time? (Look how far the medical field has come w/mental illness, for example! Back in the Apostles’ days, those folks were considered having demons in them. Yes, yes…I believe Jesus did indeed cured a man from demons…but was is mental illness then?)
I’m not trying to be persnickety, Pastor Jack. This subject bothers my conscious. As I told Robert D., I wouldn’t support Gay Rights until I found the answer, knowing it’s from God.
Always in Christ, Jesus…..Patty

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Cat February 7, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Patty…This is a difficult subject to say the least, especially if you have family, or friends who are homosexual, as you and I have had! First off, don’t you ever wonder how science finds evidence of all these things being medical conditions for men but not for women…Those scientific medical tests, I remember the results when they came out and it proves homosexuality is a gene for men but the same scientist say they haven’t found that to be the case for women! I say the problem is that the majority of researchers in the field are men and they come up with a theory and then preform testing to validate that theory. That is the problem…it is their theory and research, not God’s! Most scientist do not believe in God as the final authority even if they believe in his existance…They believe in science! The bible says clearly it is a sin…Yes, we all sin! However we are as Christians to strive to sin less! Being homosexual is not the sin, acting on it is! You can resist the sin of the lifestyle and be a great Christian but if you are living the lifestyle in sin, then you are no differant than anyone else commiting sexual sin! Adultry, fornication, etc…Sin is sin and the bible is clear on this! Because it is so clear, we are not to support teaching this a acceptable, or permit it openly in our churches. However, God is forgiving and therefore we do not judge it, only speak the truth on it!

Hope this helps some…God Bless…Cat

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Mar February 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I see this argument all the time “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Then I give the scripture below and people argue back that works has nothing to do with our salvation. But, it IS in the Bible.

Jack, could you talk more about this in relation to James 2:14-26 please?

James 2:14-26
New King James Version (NKJV)

Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[c] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[d] And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

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Jack Wellman February 8, 2013 at 11:14 am

Thank you Mar. Great question and I see what you are asking. The summary of James is in verse 26, “so faith without deeds is dead.” In other words, faith without producing works is not faith at all for all those who are saved WILL produce good works or good fruit as Jesus said. We are not saved by works but saved FOR works and if we have no works, our faith is dead. In other words, if we don’t have any works then we are not truly saved. Our works do not get us to heaven but our works follow us to heaven. If someone says that they have “faith in Christ” but they have no works, then that person is deceived and they are not saved but if a person IS saved, they will produce works and this man is “justified” or shown by his works that he is truly saved.

Does this make sense my friend? I hope so. If we are saved by works then we are in a lot of trouble for our own works are like filthy rags before God but we will produce some works, otherwise we can’t claim to be saved.

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Mar February 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Yes Jack I understand. Not our own “works.” We are not saved by anything “we” do/don’t do. Only by repenting of my/our sins, accepting Jesus as my/our Savior and producing good fruits as Jesus says. ♥

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Patricia Schneider February 8, 2013 at 4:38 am

Whew~, Cat! Read over your reply several times. What you wrote made so much sense, but for some reason, my heart can’t or won’t accept it as God’s Truth. How awful it must be for the homosexual/lesbian to have to repress what is natural to them; aren’t they, too, made in God’s Image? How do Pastors & ministers justify marrying gay couples? Are they acting as ‘false teachers?’ Oh, this subject unsettles my conscience terribly. For years I deeply believed any two people who love each other and want to share their lives together…that it was OK in the eyes of God. And now, after re-starting my Bible reading, find meself in a conundrum. (Did I use that word correctly?)
My hubby & I haven’t seen our gay friends in years. What should I do, besides pray for them? Refuse our friendship to them? Try to teach them God’s Word? (I’m no evangelist!) Ignore the fact they’re gay?
You mentioned in your reply that many researchers in the field (homo/lesb.) are men, and it’s their theories, not God’s. (BTW, I did read an article about 5 yrs ago that women DO have the gene from American Journal of Medicine.) Perhaps some of these scientists may be atheists, but I doubt all. I believe God has given us the KNOWLEDGE of medicine & other sciences to help us in this existence. As I wrote to Pastor Jack about mental illness…how it was treated in the days of the Apostles as demon-possession. Thank Dear God I wasn’t around then! LOL!
So, as I told Robert Driskell, I will NOT openly support Gay Rights. But, in true conscience, deny to meself that I’m still confused about this subject. Please pray for me, Cat?
This subject is the ONLY ONE in Scripture that has me totally befuddled, you believe that, Cat?
Thanks so much for your time and effort in replying!
(Been praying for you, Cat, that your ‘pain’ has lessened, and someday soon be totally gone, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.)
Your Sister in Christ, Jesus…Patty

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Jack Wellman February 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

Thank you for your comment and questions Patty. I have just written an article over this that I put into a lot of scientific research. Even if there was a “gay-gene”, that is still no excuse. There are alcoholics that are pre-dissposed to drink to drunkenness and that does not make them victims of their own genes. We are all genetically flawed because after the fall of Adam, we have a “sin-gene” that we are all sinners and pre-dispposed to die in our sins but a person can do all things thru Christ Who strengthens them.

The church just down the block of a denomination that I won’t mention, married a homosexual couple and that is truly sin for they have no excuse when the Bible condemns homosexuality as sin. Those who do such things are said to not be going to inherit the Kingdom of God. Now, a person who has homosexual desires but does not practice them is not sinning for we are all tempted. Being tempted is not the same thing as sin. So there is hope of salvation for homosexuals and really, all of us because we are all sinners. The difference is that those who have repented (turned around and away from sin), confessed their sins, and put their trust in Christ will be saved from God’s wrath. A person like a minister who marries homosexuals is actually doing the greater sin because they are condoning (approving) of this sin and therefore they will face the greater judgment.

Also, not all mental illness is caused by demon possession at all. Much of it is treatable and is caused by abnormalities in the brain and with medical help and medicines, it can be treated.

For your homosexual friends, you can pray for them, yes for sure. You can also ask them to come over for a Bible study, but stay friends with them, show them love, pray for them and ask the Holy Spirit to convict them for only God can change the human heart (Prov 21:1) but He does hear our prayers for these people who God truly does want to come to saving faith too. Those “ministers” who marry such are surely false ministers and they are ministers of the Devil to put it bluntly. Why do I say this? Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;”
(Isaiah 5:20). This is not based upon my personal opinion but on the Word of God. Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Romans 1:18, 26, 27, 32, Jude 1:7, 2 Peter 2:6, & many, many more including in Revelation.

You could ask your friends that are homosexual if they believe that they will go to heaven and leave it at that. Thank you for caring enough to help these who are perishing.

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Cat February 8, 2013 at 7:25 am

Wow…Patty! First of all thank you! Secondly, let me feel you in on what has been happening to me and what God shared with me tonight because maybe he shared it for this purpose.

In the last two weeks, I have had two bad allergic reactions to meds that should have put me in the hospital. I downed benedryl and monitored my pulse but without insurance, I decided it was up to God and just continued work while trying not to pass out (pulse went down to 60 which is dangerously low) but moving around kept me from passing out by raising it up just enough…I paced non stop at work, then came home and prayed, waiting! Few days later, I went to dentist and found out the free filling I got 6 wks earlier was botched up and I need a crown…They also are worried that the pain biting and lingering pain to hot liquids indicates nerve damage. They want me to see a specialist for testing to confirm this prior to a root canal. I can’t afford the testing let alone the root canal and crown. I can’t afford to loose that tooth either because I already lost the one next to it and due to overcrowding as a child, I only have two molars on each side. If I loose that, I will have none on the top and my smile will be gone too! Plus if that goes bad and causes an absess, I could risk rejection of my knee replacement and poss. my life! Can find no financial help as my church is tapped out! To top it off, work has hired more part timers and has cut my hrs again to where I don’t know how I will survive. Oh, and work comp has decided they are weaning me off meds in winter which is when I have the most pain!

Good news is that I have been working on a friendship with a coworker for the last 6 months or so! It is great having some support at work among all the hostility! It has grown into a great friendship as we talk of our lonliness, the things we miss in relationships, difficulties we are having…we talk of everything! It is one of those “were both adults, so if you want to know, ask and if its troubling you let discuss it” relationships. He brings a smile to my face at work which has been missing or forced for a long time. There has been an attraction for a while but he has been holding back out of fear of ruining our friendship. We finally have started testing the chemistry and looking into the romance side of our friendship. He makes me laugh, feel good about myself, he like me just as I am…I like who I am when I am working with him and miss him on his days off. Funny because he is not physically my type…despritely needs dental work but otherwise not bad looking. However if I don’t look at the teeth, he is attractive in every way. He is a Christian although struggling in the growth area…My employer is difficult in accomodating church. Bad news is I was very happy at the romantic possibilities for days, then out of the blue one night I got this extreme depression and all my fears and doubts came up….I had shut off those feeling and emotions to deal with the lonliness. Was it worth risking being hurt again? Letting the door open on the good emotions also let out all those bad memories that have healled as much as poss. but leave life long wounds. It also brought out other old wounds and hurts…things not thought of in years. I was feeling emotionally drained to the point that I was going to stop posting and giving counsel for a while. Something just felt wrong!

I wrote Pastor because I needed counsel and because I was starting to wonder if this was coincidence, or the start of a spirtual attack. He said it was possibly and he would pray for me but to remember that with big risk, come big rewards. He also reminded me that I am not the only one who feels drained doing Gods’ work and that I needed to pray and ask God to fill me back up…rejuvinate my spirit!

I am sharing this with you because of what happend just mins before reading your post! I prayed for a while this early morning…I asked to be forgiven my sins to include not reading my bible enough, or praying regularly enough, as well as for my other short-comming! I asked God to rejuvinate me and show me clearly if this was an attack, or just coincidence. I told him I was going to open my bible blindly to see what he had to say…Whatever I opened to I would know to be his answer and what I currantly needed to hear. I asked him to clarify my new friendship and to let me know if this was his will. I asked him to help me to give counsel that is pleasing to him and to guide my words on this site. The last few days I have posted replies on suicide and gifts of the spirit in order to gently reproach somebody who was being disrespectful, judgemental, and prideful in my opinion. I asked him to show me anything I might need to know! He led me to Isaiah 3 to be specific…those two pages cover the whole chapter but also have parts of chapter 2:17-22 and 4:1-3. Since it helps to take in context, I read Isaiah 2-4.

Reading this, I didn’t know why of all things I prayed for clarification on, he led me to this. I was going to write Pastor for his insight as I don’t know much about Isaiah. While I do understand it is talking about the downfall of Jerusalem and loss of his favor due to sin, I felt maybe I was missing some of the finer meaning. I was opening my email to do this when I saw your posting in my in box! Coincidence maybe, or maybe it was to help you! Pastor Jack…Still would appreciate any input on why maybe I was led to this and more insight into the passages…When you have a spare min. as I know you are swamped with keeping up on all of this.

Patty…First I do understand your confusion. No, you should not cut off your friendship for you may be the one who shows them the errors of their ways. To do this you do not have to judge…If it comes up, be honest! Do not promote the lifestyle! If you ever have the chance, let them know you love them both as does God. However, scripture is clear about it…It says it is an abomination to God. That is strong wording. If they are truely saved then it does not automatically send them to hell! However, they will have to answer for not fighting that sin…not fighting Satan! We all will recieve rewards for our good works…We can earn and loose rewards based on our actions and therefore our lack of action…our sins! How would you feel as a child whose parent looks at you with a broken heart because you knowingly disobeyed? This is what is going to happen to any of us who die with unforgiven and unrepentant sin…We have to account for our actions! If I slip up and were to sleep with somebody and die while still engaging in that sin without repenting, I will answer for that unforgiven sin! Showing somebody the error of their ways is not easy…For now just be honest if the topic comes up and be ready with scripture to back it up. Otherwise, just love them and show them Gods’ love by example!

The ministers that preach this as acceptable and marry people will face special judgement for they are held to a higher standard. This is one area that is very clear and so there is no room for misunderstanding…not all things are addressed so clearly in the bible. They risk heracy which could cost them their salvation for misleading Christians and contributing to their sins. I would not want to be in their shoes on judgement day!

Read those scriptures in Isaiah…They talk about how God removed his favor because of their outright open sin! It sounds like what is happening here in our own country and would explain why God has removed his favor from us as a nation! Isaiah 3:8-9…”For Jerusalem stumbled, And Judah is fallen, Because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, To provoke the eyes of His glory. The look on their countenance witnesses against them, they declare their sin as Sodom; They do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves.” Isaiah 2: 17…”The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, And the haughtiness of men shall be brought low.” Isaiah 2:22…” Sever yourselves from such a man, Whose breath is in his nostrils; For of what account is he?” That last scripture I do not believe means literally we should completely sever our contact with men of that nature…I think means that we should beware of becomming haughty and thinking we know more than God. That we should beware of those things pertaining to the world…The things we are allowing and making excuses for within our own society. The very things that will bring down Gods judgement on our nation and mankind! It means that we need to accept God’s words as the final authority and his word is clear about homosexuality. It does not matter if we do not understand why this is, just that God says it is sin and therefore we need to sincerly try to obstain from it! Christians are tried in many ways…some live their lives dirt poor and starving, others have unfair illness, etc. We do not know why these things happen, or why God allows them. However, we can not see the big picture and how it fits into his plan. We do not know what work God has for people who are suffering great temptations and hardships…We don’t know what lessons they are to learn from those thing!

Love your friends, lead by example, while staying firm in your faith and Gods’ word…Don’t shy away from the truth should it come up! As you would with a child, let them know what God says but that although you hate the sin, you still love the sinner. For we all fall short of the glory of God and we all despritely need his grace.

Thank you for your prayers…I wish you lived in CO because I have a feeling you and I could become good friends.

God Bless you Patty…Cat

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Patricia Schneider February 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Thank you, Pastor Jack, for you quick reply! Believe now I am ‘ready’ to accept in my heart, God’s Truth about homosexuality/lesbianism being sins. Your analogies about the ‘sin-gene’ and alcoholics who are predisposed clearly opened my eyes! Your words, inspired by the Holy Spirit, always make so much sense to me!
Have read and re-read the Scripture passages and more that you advised. Presently am reading Scripture from what is called, “The Book,” which is a special edition of The Living Bible published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. It belonged to my Mom-in-law, have used it over the years. Is this OK?
King James Version, the language is a tad ‘archaic’ for me to comprehend. Let me know, Pastor Jack, OK? Also, when can we see your recent article you mentioned in reply?
Can’t thank God enough for you, Pastor Jack! You really have no idea how you straightened out my thinking (and heart) re:God’s Word!
(Yes, Pastor Jack, I AM aware not all mental illness is demon possession! Guess I was using a incorrect ‘analogy!)
You noticed Cat’s comment to my question above? She’s such a remarkable gal with God-given talents for counseling!
We’ve become fast friends and Sisters in Christ, Jesus.
Always in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Jack Wellman February 8, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Hi Patty. Cat is someone special no doubt. My life is all the richer for knowing her, much like you. You have such a humble spirit and yieldedness to God and learning. I love the King James and New King James above all but the Living Bible is not too bad. It’s easier to understand for sure.

I have not posted the new article on homosexuals yet and I myself have people I know and care for that are trapped in this lifestyle and it is hard to come out of but the Word of God is clear and my own opinion is worthless.

I think that you caring for them is so good since many just don’t want anything to do with those who have different lifestyles yet Paul said, “Some of which were you” so there is hope that the Holy Spirit can bring them to repentance and confession, and then they can put their trust in Christ.

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Cat February 9, 2013 at 2:27 am

Patty and Pastor Jack…Thank you for the kind words…I am truely humbled by them! Patty, I may be wrong but if “The Book” is the same bible I used to own, I would be careful with it! It was far more modern than the Living bible. The one I owned was written to mimic modern and currant popular language. I gave mine up when I realized that it had been translated so many times that some of the scriptures had lost some on their impact and meaning. Also, several verses were missing from that bible…delibrately written our or condensed within other verses because the publisher felt those verses to difficult for the average person to understand. Like I said, I may be wrong but I am almost certain it was “The Book”…my grandmother gave it to me! My minister took it away fast and replaced it free of charge with a King James bible. You can google scripture missing from the modern bibles and it will give you a list of common verses being left out of differant versions by publishers. I suggest you do a comparison and see if it is an issue with that bible still! I would also suggest reading it and then reading a king James…It would help you maybe understand more than the KJB if you have problems with the older language but alert you to any changes in meaning and impact! You know they have done studies showing that for most people, if you read the king james, you actually understand more in the long run…It just takes getting used to! Middle ground would be a NKJ bible…it gets rid of thees and thous but is still more accurate than most modern translations.

Good luck and God Bless…Cat

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Patricia Schneider February 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Hello, Cat!
Can we exchange messages through our personal emails, rather than go thru ‘WCWTK?’
Here’s mine: schneider93@comcast.net

I’m also on Facebook as Patricia Schneider, Pittsburgh, PA.
Your Sister in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Jack February 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm
Jack Wellman February 11, 2013 at 2:54 am

Jack, that is just awesome. What zeal this man has for the glory of God and that is what God wants us to do…to glorify him. Thank you brother…so good to hear from you again and thank’s for the link. I recommend it highly.

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Patricia Schneider February 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Wow! That link above from the UK is really mind-boggling! Hope everyone at WCWTK sees it! What love farmer, Peter Gunner, has shown for Jesus!
Thanks to whoever sent this. God bless you!!!

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Cat February 11, 2013 at 2:54 am

Hi everyone…I have a request for prayer. My replaced right knee was done two yrs ago. I have some stiffness and mild pain in it at times especially in the winter. However, 3 days ago, it started getting stiff, swelling, very painful with difficulty walking by end of the day, and popping behind the knee especially when I try to use the stair. I was taking anti-inflammatories, icing, and wore my old brace to get through work today. I can’t afford to see my surgeon, or any doctor since I have no insurance with part time work…I don’t even have enough for rent comming up next month as my already short hrs have been again cut. Toward the end of my shift, a customer came in and asked what was wrong with my knee. I told him and he said he was a Physical therapist. He said, it will not go away on its own. He has seen this and it has to do with the tendons and ligament behind the knee…there are no muscles in that area. They criss cross (muscles and tendons) behind there and this can happen if the surgeon doesn’t get it right, or something happens to effect that. He said that the popping is either a tendon, or ligament catching on the replacement which can cause very bad pain, etc. He also said it is serious and he advises I go to the doctor and I will need xray’s, mri, etc…I hope and pray he is either wrong, or God grants a miracle. I don’t have the money for test and doctors and definately can’t do more surgery, or even hire a lawyer to sue if the surgeon messed up. I have heard from another customer that a friend of theirs is sueing my surgeon for knowingly taken kick backs and using inferior materials. Keep me in your prayers please…I don’t know how I can keep working on this but if I miss, or have to have more surgery I will loose even my parttime job!

Thanks and God Bless…Cat

P.S. I think you were right Pastor…Definately some spiritual attack…all this medical at once, plus everything else. Saw todays postings and sorry people have been so disrespectful on your other topic posting! You must be exhausted and under attack yourself. Keep up your great teaching and know that many of us really appreciate your counsel and guidence. You have become our Pastor in many ways!

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Jack Wellman February 11, 2013 at 2:59 am

Thank you Cat. I will gladly pray for you and yes, the spiritual attacks are coming stronger and stronger, day by day, and the worst are from “believers” who get so caught up in their gifts and claim that they have all truth, which I certainly don’t. It troubles me and its 3am and I still haven’t been to bed. I had Sunday school, a sermon, then work and home after 1030pm. I appreciate and thank God for you Cat and your support for it is indeed exhausting.

I will be on my face, hands, & knees for you my sister in Christ…count on it. May God richly bless you and send you aid in whatever way He can.

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Markus Klinger February 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I am always worried about false church cult leaders trying to mislead any of my family members, or my spouse (future tense) at any point in time. I know, I got out of the Jehovah Witnesses Organization in 1999. Was first involved in 1986.
And other 2 other so called Christian cults that were NOT really Christians at all when I look back but a perverted gospel version of theirs. Of Men and Devils and Not of GOD.
THANK GOD I woke up and GOT OUT and STAYED OUT!
I have since recommitted my life to JESUS and now attending a sound Jesus loving Bible loving Pentecostal Church with awesome Praise and worship music. And NO Attention is given to any man but ONLY JESUS CHRIST as the ONLY Savior and ONLY way!
I did not have sound doctrines and teachings growing up because my parents were NOT church goers. I was the only child in the family who really had any real spiritual interest in Jesus and Christianity. Though in my teenage youth, I went to the LUTHERAN Church for 4+ years because, my Father’s heritage is German LUTHERAN.
But the rest of the story HOW I got involved with the cult group Jehovah’s Witnesses is a long story.
I am just glad I got onto the right road to Salvation. Amen.

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Doris Harlan June 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

Jack – a very provocative article and we all read it and think “of course” just compare any “teaching” with the words of the bible and false prophets will be instantly revealed for what they are. But you know as well as I do that such advice is like teaching a toddler about self defense by telling them to load the gun with deadly bullets and then just point and shoot. Someone will indeed be morally wounded – but it is unlikely that it will be anyone other than the toddler.
My point is that the kind of discernment required to learn and understand the bible well enough to do what is recommended here is, at best, exceedingly rare – perhaps non-existent. I fear the result is an unjustified self assurance that “I” can certainly detect those devilish false prophets. But such a feeling is plain old self-deception. We become our own false prophets and fail, in our well-intentioned ignorance we end up propagating the very things we say we want to stop or avoid.
So few of us (you and me included) truly know enough to detect such false prophets. If the devil is as good at what he does to deceive us, do you really believe that some young man or woman is in any position to detect the diabolical correctly? Of course not. But by claiming that it not only CAN be done, but be done easily could itself be a false prophecy as insidious and dangerous as any.
So although provocative, the article may actually do more harm than good.
Face it Jack – you have been at this long enough to know I speak the truth. We both know the real work is much, MUCH, harder than the article (and related reader comments) imply.
I don’t have a solution or some other “easy” answer for the conundrum I highlight. So I offer what I do have: a warning to us all to run from such “easy answers” and get ourselves to a place of biblical awareness and understanding that allows us to be strong in our own faith so that we are not “following” any “teacher” other than the only one who really matters.

If you rely upon or depend upon or need someone else to tell you what it all means then you are not ready to be out confronting the devil in such a way. Harsh words I know. And you know. How do you test what I have said to know whether it is true or false? You don’t. You can’t. It does not work that way.

Until we do the hard work to create then manifest our own transformation we are at risk – we have yet to learn the lessons our teacher brought us 2000 years ago….and then every day since.

I hate to rain on this parade but someone had to do it.

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Jack Wellman June 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

Ouch. I see that you believe we shouldn’t try to warn others at all and that I wasted my time writing this and that the readers are done much harm and would have been better off not writing this.

Let me ask you, then how are we to believe what you yourself wrote since you are a human author too. How can your rebuke of me and my use of Scriptures be believed since you too are inept at doing so? What about Paul’s warning and admonition to warn others…and to make sure you have the faith once delivered? The Book of Galatians is concerned about the Galatia churches mixing law with grace and his stern rebuke of them is a message to us…to make laws as part of the gospel is to come up with a different gospel altogether.

You yourself said “If you rely upon or depend upon or need someone else to tell you what it all means then you are not ready to be out confronting the devil in such a way” which makes your chastising me for writing this not credible then since you are a human too. Which Bible verses are not appropriate? Since we can not, as you say, warn others about false prophets and teachers, then we must do nothing at all? If this gift of discernment is rare or doesn’t exist, as you say, then how can you discern your own disparaging this article? Better to warn others than to give up and not try at all, considering ourselves unable. No, in Christ we can do all things. You have not rained on my parade, you have only thrown confetti on it.

How about reading Titus 1:10-16 or Ephesians 5:11? Are we to disobey these verses or to ignore them?

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Chevelle June 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

Jack,

Doris’ article seems almost as “devilish” as what she is trying to explain. This may not be her intent, but its kind of like the age old excuse they use to discredit the Bible that “Its unclear so we don’t know if its true”. I hope she trusts in God and PRAY for discernment for herself and others, if she is unsure or she thinks that others can’t discern false prophets. Because you can!

I remember being taught by a false prophet. Prayer is what allowed me to discern. Prayer that led me to this site allowed me discern. My discernment is coupled with believing and knowing the Bible holds the truth. Discernment is not a special gift that is only for the rarest, it goes to those who ASK for it and are prepared to ACCEPT it.

I thank you for your writings. It let me to let the word of God move through me. Also, why does she think that this is a parade? You are not showcasing the Bible for “feel-good” or “wow-moments”, but you delivering the truth of the Bible. In fact, many of your articles will make some people (like me) face the truth.

And another note, she says we become our own false prophet? Jack, we are we not to depend on the word of God? I can understand where her reasoning comes from, but its error is leaving out the fact that we have Faith in a very powerful and omniscient God.

Chevelle

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Jack Wellman June 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Thank you Chevelle. I know nothing that I have not learned from God and so if I do, then all glory and credit belongs to Him and not to me at all. I did think it was important that people be forewarned so as to be forearmed. I can not depend upon my own frail, feeble, human understanding but must rely on God alone. You surely know how to make a person feel better. May God richly bless you for your encouragement my friend.

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Cat June 12, 2013 at 1:20 am

Doris…I can understand where you are coming from in a way! I sounds like you are somebody who at sometime got burned badly and had to learn the hard way about false prophets. Yes, as Christians we are not immune to false prophets. We may get involved in something that appears to be of God and it may be months before they let their guard down and their real colors shows enough for us to see clearly. However, if we are honest, God will allow us to see little things that just don’t sit right. The problem is that usually the Church involved in this worldly, evil doctrine puts on a public face that is very inviting and we have to have committed 100% to being members before they start relaxing their guard. By the time this happens we have friends and most of the time if we look back in hindsight, we really didn’t want to start over again so we ignore those nagging doubts and concerns for what appear to be little things at the time. God never fails us and this means he watches out for us, just sometimes we don’t really want to, or are not ready to hear what he has to warn us about!

The only excuse to this is the new Christian who sadly may have been brought into the faith, saved by this false teacher. Yes, God can do anything, even use the false prophets to bring the word of salvation to the lost! The new Christian has two really difficult things working against them…First, they are so eager and happy to have been saved that they often feel their minister can do no wrong and would never mislead them…Secondly, they probably have never been warned about false prophets, how to detect them, and their knowledge in the bible/faith is limited…they have never been told that it is alright to question the pastor and read the bible seeking the Holy Spirits guidance and answers ourselves! They are naive and have no idea what discernment is…What is causing their nagging doubts, or feelings of unease! Sadly, it is the elderly who can’t always read their bible and the new Christians who fall victim to these wolves in sheeps clothing the most often! Once again though, if they read their bible and pray, God will continue to nag their spirit with doubt until he can place another Christian in their path who can explain the truth to them! I speak from experience and we must have faith in God’s promise to never leave us, or forsake us!

God Bless…Cat

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Theodore A. Jones June 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm

In the area I live in many of the churches are teaching from some books by a Jewish fellow who says that it is necessary to obey a law to be saved. Do you think this man is a false teacher?

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Cat June 23, 2013 at 1:32 am

Hi Theodore…Probably but it depends on exactly what he is teaching. The law set forth in the ten commandments is one thing. Old mosaic law…The law given to the Jews, is not applicable to Christians for the most part. Anything Changed with the comming of Christ and his death, such as sacrifices, eating of kosher foods, etc…is no longer needed. We do no longer earn our salvation by actions/deeds…Not good deeds, or deeds required to gain forgiveness. Also anything Christ himself spoke of which would change the old laws, such as the reasons allowed for divorce…Christ only allowed when pushed, for abandonment and adultery to be grounds for divorce. With old Hebrew law, woman were to be put to death for immorality…adultery, or prostitution. The same for children who disobeyed their parents, etc. Christ changed how we are forgiven and saved. All we need is to believe…we are not required to perform rituals, or do good deeds to be saved. In fact, we are told that doing good deeds will not save us but faith alone will. Yes, we are to do good deeds to show our faith, for it is said we will be known by our works, but that is to show we are saved, not to be saved! Christ allowed us all to be able to be forgiven all our sins without harsh acts of remorse…simply just asking for forgiveness rather than sacrifice. Isn’t that wonderful…He freed us! You have to understand that the Jewish faith still has not accepted Christ so they still live under the old testement laws…They have not accepted so they can not be free!

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Jack Wellman June 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I want to thank you Mr. Jones for your question. Any “Jewish fellow” or anyone for that matter that teaches contrary to the Bible or from their own books is obviously a false teacher. As a pastor, I ALWAYS teach out of the Bible for what better wisdom than that of the truth of God from the Bible itself. That is God speaking to us. We can know what it takes to be saved and that is believing in Jesus Christ and trusting in Him and Him alone for there is no other way (Acts 4:12. 16:30-31) but the law brings bondage and death (Romans 3). Stay far away from this man who is actually Satan’s minister.

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Theodore A. Jones July 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

“For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” Rom. 2:13
Thanks for your reply. The Jewish fellow I referenced is actually the apostle Paul.

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falana david August 26, 2013 at 12:53 am

I am greatly touched by what I read about gay “Christians” I am of the opinion that no academic theories would proof them scripturally acceptable. But I have no doubt in my mind that Christ in His infinite mercy can offer them direct ticket into the Kingdom of God – a kind of grace given to the thief on the Cross. That not withstanding, they must not be given leadership role in the Church. Thanks – falana

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JILLIan November 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I struggle I think with believing lies and false teachings either lies I tell myself or from others, so is this considered surpresing the truth? I think i misspelled please forgive me. I read this and I feel soo much lighter in my mind and everything like a weight came off of me. I really need to learn how to find out the truth when I hear something or listen to something I hope I learn how to do this.

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Jack Wellman November 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

Thank you Jillian for your kind words. I believe staying in the Bible daily will do more for us to know deceptions and discern the truth than anything else. Thank you for your kind words.

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