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False Teacher: What did Jesus say about False Teachers

What did Jesus say about False Teachers

Jesus spoke about false teachers on several occasions, emphasizing the importance of being cautious and discerning. Here are some relevant Bible verses where Jesus or the New Testament writers address this topic:

  1. Matthew 7:15-20: Jesus warns, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”
  2. Matthew 24:24: Jesus speaks about the end times, stating, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”
  3. 2 Peter 2:1-3: Peter warns about false teachers, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as 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. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words.”

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Discernment is Essential: Christians are called to be discerning, recognizing false teachers not just by what they say but by the fruit of their lives and teachings. True teaching aligns with Scripture and leads to life, while false teaching leads away from God and results in spiritual destruction.
  2. Awareness of False Signs and Wonders: Jesus’ warning about false christs and prophets performing signs and wonders underscores that miraculous acts in themselves do not validate a teacher’s authenticity. The key is whether their teaching conforms to the truth of the Gospel.
  3. The Necessity of Guarding the Gospel: The presence of false teachers necessitates a vigilant defense of the Gospel’s truth. Christians are called to hold fast to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, using Scripture as the ultimate standard against which all teachings must be measured.


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