The Bible speaks a lot on false teachers and prophets especially when the end times are spoken of. I Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” A thorough study of the Bible shows that we are living in the last days. All prophesy has been fulfilled for Jesus to sound the trumpet and call His children home. Because the Bible is perfect and without error (Psalm 119:140, Proverbs 30:5) we know that many things being taught today do not line up with the Bible. We call these false doctrines. That word “doctrine” is not a word to fear. The word doctrine is defined as “In a general sense, whatever is taught. The doctrines of the gospel are the principles or truths taught by Christ and his apostles.” Matthew 7:28 “And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:” Acts 2:42a “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship...” II Timothy 3:16a “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine…” II Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” From these verses, and many more like them, we find that doctrine is commanded to be taught and followed. The doctrines that we are to teach and preach are the doctrines of Jesus Christ and the Apostles which are found in the Word of God. Any thing taught, that is not found in the Word of God, is called false doctrine. The Apostle John told us what to do concerning those that teach false doctrine; II John 1:10 “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:”
False doctrines have been part of Satan’s attack on God and God’s people since Adam and Eve. Some of the most prevalent of false doctrines are: worshipping Mary, Jesus Christ is not God, Christ blood does not atone, baptism by any means other than immersion, speaking in tongues that are not known languages, Spirit baptism, etc. Some of the popular newer ones are: Name It and Claim It, God does not judge, Live Like the World to Reach the World, and the Prosperity Gospel. Each of these false doctrines cannot be found in the Bible. Oh, the person teaching them might twist a verse or two to make their doctrine sound like truth but when you study the whole Word of God you see them for what they are – false doctrines!
How can we tell the difference between true doctrine and false doctrine? By studying the Bible, don’t take what I or any man says as “Gospel” but search the Scriptures. The Bible speaks clearly on this; Acts 17:11 “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” II Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Now, go look it up and God bless you as you study. If you want to discuss doctrine call me.