Sunday, 27 May 2018

Anyone who Teaches the Word of God but is not called and sent is a False Teacher

The modern definition of a false teacher is one who teaches heresy and other false doctrines. However, that is only one characteristic of a false teacher. A false teacher is one who teaches the Word of God but is not called to be a teacher.

To be a teacher of the Word of God, one must be called and sent. Ephesians 4:11 says "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers". Being a teacher of the Word of God is a ministry that one must be called into by God to do, not one believes one is called by God to do so, or that one wants to be called to, but that one must be confirmed by God as called. 

The evidence that one is truly called by God as teacher of His Word is by whether its purpose is fulfilled. The purpose of being called by God to be an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher is to perfect the saints, work of ministry and edify the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12). The fruit that will be produced if one is truly called to these ministries is that one works will lead to:

  • unity of the people in Christ (Ephesians 4:13);
  • a full and proper knowledge of Christ (Ephesians 4:13);
  • stability in not being swayed by false doctrines (Ephesians 4:14);
  • maturing in Christ as manifest by speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15); and
  • the Church being able to edify itself (Ephesians 4:16)
A true teacher may not be mature in his or her calling, and so not all these fruits will result early in his or her ministry. However, if he or she produces any fruit that is diametrically opposed to any of these fruits, such as division in the Body of Christ, lack of knowledge of Christ, lack of love or spiritual instability, that is a sign that he or she is a false teacher. 

Run from such false teachers.

Repent from your sins and turn to Jesus Christ.