By Rick Henderson

Since my comments on Sunday and the article I wrote on this blog, some well meaning Christians have been confused. After all, who am I or anyone else to throw stones? Aren’t I supposed to show God’s light and love in all I do? If you can relate to those questions, I want you to read these verses below.

Matthew 7:15-16 Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?

Acts 20:29-31 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Galatians 1:6-7 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.

2 Timothy 4:14-15 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.

2 Peter 2:1-2 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.

2 Peter 3:17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.

Revelation 2:14-16 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

The reason that Jesus calls false teachers wolves, the reason that we should be on guard, the reason that Paul even calls someone out by name is because they are DANGEROUS. They cause serious harm to individuals and churches. There is a great cost and for some the cost is eternity.

It’s my responsibility, as a pastor and a shepherd, to point out wolves who threaten the sheep. It’s the responsibility of every Christian to evaluate every teacher based on how they handle Scripture and model Christ-likeness.

HOW TO SPOT A WOLF

We all need discernment, biblical discernment. The only way to have this is to read and know God’s Word. There is no substitute. Here are 7 tips to help you spot a wolf.

  1. They misuse the Bible.
  2. God speaks to them frequently.
  3. They take and spend a lot of money for themselves.
  4. If you give to their ministry God will return even greater blessing to you in the future.
  5. They talk about themselves–a lot.
  6. They have no real accountability.
  7. They frequently reference the size of the crowd to validate God’s anointing on them and their ministry.

2 Peter 2:1-2 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.

This originally appeared as It’s OK To Throw Stones If You’re Throwing At Wolves on Church Is Messy.

“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.” – Acts 17:11

Robert Tewart has an excellent post today on his Street Fishing blog about Justin Peters excellent seminar “A Call For Discernment” which deals with the “Word Of Faith” movement and it’s dangerous implications affecting the Church and individual Christians alike.

I first met Justin about 3 years ago when he came and conducted his seminar at our church, First Baptist Church of Keller, TX. He is a long time personal friend of my pastor, Keith Sanders and I found him to be an especially effective communicator who relies exclusively on the Bible as his source of truth and presents it without the hype and theatrics that is many itinerate evangelist’s “bread and butter.”

Justin gives a clear presentation of the questionable tactics and spurious doctrines of many of the “Word of Faith” movements most prominent leaders and how they are not only far outside of the teachings of orthodox Christianity, their methods may even be condemning people to lives of hopelessness and despair. What else can a person with a loved one with a major affliction or maybe even their own illness think when these preachers, such as Benny Hinn has said on numerous occasions, that healing is as easy to receive from God as forgiveness is. Not only does that equate healing with justification (a clear heresy), but it places the responsibility of the affliction squarely in the lap of the afflicted! The Bible clearly teaches that it is God who directs the paths of those who belong to Him for His ultimate glory and if He chooses to afflict one of His own, there is a definite plan that will lead to His glorification. We can rest in the fact that even through major affliction we are in the perfect Hands of God Himself.

This becomes so compelling when you realize that Justin suffers from a mild form of cerebral palsy. He even considers it to be a vital part of his ministry. His testimony of his own encounter with a WOF evangelist as a teenager is illuminating to say the least.

As a personal note, when Justin was at our church the first time, my 10-year-old son (at the time) listened very intently at every session. He even would pull out Justin’s DVD and watch the seminar again and again. I am convinced that this was a turning point in his young life and has since been a real encouragement to me in his love for lost people and evangelism. Words are simply not adequate enough to express how much I am eternally grateful for the ministry of Justin Peters. I wholeheartedly recommend his ministry and pray that he will be as much of a blessing to you as he has been to my church and my family.