13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. 2 Corinthians 11 NASB
I have written several posts about false teachers because I believe that we are living in an age of dangerous deception and lies, which is what the Bible teaches. Many people do not understand the lies will come from INSIDE the church as well as outside. Satan knows the best way to deceive is to pretend to be ‘of God’. He will use Bible verses and Bible words and twisted doctrine to spread ‘another gospel’. A gospel that eliminates sin, wrath, and judgment is NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This false gospel will not make you right with God.
So how do you know if a teacher is false or true? The only way is to study the Bible in faith with prayer and through the power of the Holy Spirit the Lord himself will reveal the truth. Simply reading words on a page without faith in God is not enough. Truth is spiritually discerned.
14 But a natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14 NASB
17 These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the [o]black darkness has been reserved. 18 For, while speaking out arrogant words of no value they entice by fleshly desires, by indecent behavior, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, 19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what anyone is overcome, by this he is enslaved. 2 Peter 2 NASB
I’m sharing this video because so many people think Rick Warren is some kind of super Christian, but in reality he is a false teacher whose methods helped bring churches to the point that we are at, almost totally ineffective as far as spreading the truth of the need for repentance and salvation from God’s wrath.
I urge you to make sure that the church and preacher and teachers that you listen to are speaking the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father but through me.”. Cults and false teachers add to the Bible.
Stick with Jesus. You do not need worldly philosophy or modern day prophets who deny that Jesus is the Son of the ONLY GOD. Seek truth while it may be found. Some of your favorite teachers may be false teachers. Ask God to help you evaluate them honestly with the help of the Holy Spirit. Be humble and willing to admit if you have been deceived. Many of us have been.
UPDATE: It occurred to me that if the Purpose Driven methods are working we would know by their ‘fruits’. Here is what I found. A rise in the non-church affiliated and non-practicing Christians. https://www.barna.com/research/changing-state-of-the-church/ There are obviously multiple factors that can cause a decline, but the point is that Warren’s methods did not increase the numbers of Christians.