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False Teaching

It is disturbing how many in our churches are unwilling even to consider the possibility of false teachers being among us. It ought to be painfully evident from history that such have been a regular feature of the life of the church. Sadly, in our day most would rather not consider it a possibility and therefore keep their minds firmly shut and change the subject when it is mentioned. Yet the Apostle Paul clearly knew that false teachers would arise. When he spoke to the Ephesian elders before his final trip to Jerusalem he warned them that after his departure savage wolves would enter the flock from outside (Acts 20.29). Even more disturbingly he warned them that even from among themselves men would rise up speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves (v30).

False teaching is inevitable. It is part of the work of Satan in trying to hinder the work of the Church. Yet, the division which it creates is not necessarily bad or wrong. Indeed there must also be factions among you, in order that those who are approved may be recognised among you (1 Cor 11.19).


  • "Sincerely Wrong" - A Study in False Teaching, Based on 1 John 2 v18-25. Cross†Way article by John Cheeseman. 
  • Paul Carter on the error rampant in the Anglican Church of Canada.

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