But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
In the Bible, there is no greater crime than being a false prophet. It’s bad to tell a lie, and it’s worse to teach a lie; but it is evil to teach a lie about God. Don’t let false teachers take you by surprise; when you look for the devil, never fail to look in the pulpit. We must learn how to spot a counterfeit teacher.
Scripture tells us that false teachers are among us and warns us of the dangers of their doctrine.
We can identify counterfeits by their message. There are five tests we should run in our minds as we listen to a preacher:
Use a concordance this week to look up what the Bible says about each of these tests so that you might better prepare yourself to identify false teaching.