False Teachers: The Baby and the Bath Water

Whenever Christians critique or even rebuke false teachers, there is usually a backlash. There is always an ensemble of a believers ready to jump to their defense. They will argue that these false teachers do say much that is true, so we ought not dismiss them entirely. We shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

To be perfectly fair, it isn’t entirely inaccurate to acknowledge that many pseudo-Christian religions (Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc), do have elements of truth within them. Even the prosperity preacher who claims, “GOD WANTS TO MAKE YOU RICH!”, probably, at some point, says something that aligns with Scripture. That’s what makes these various pseudo-Christian beliefs so incredibly dangerous. They look so much like Christianity.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.” That’s exactly what so many of these false religions are: almost right.

If you were to walk into a Satanic Temple (yes, those exist, it’s not just a hyperbolic example) it would be glaringly obvious that they believe a false religion and are worship a false god. But, with prosperity doctrine, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Oneness Pentecostals, etc, it isn’t quite so obvious. Because many of them will acknowledge that authority of Scripture and place a large emphasis on Jesus, it’s all quite convincing.

For those of us who’ve been Christians for a while and have developed discernment, we must speak out against false teaching. Not only because it’s Biblical, but because discipleship is important. We should be helping our brothers and sisters in Christ grow in their walk with God. If they are believing a lie, we need to point them to Scripture so they can see the truth. We should not want them to be deceived or lead astray.

I have no hatred for prosperity preachers, Mormons, JWs, or any false teacher. But if we’re to be honest, they are lost, just like any atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, or Satanist. What I want for them is to repent and start preaching the true Gospel. Can  you imagine how many people could hear the Gospel is Joel Osteen started preaching it?

In conclusion, essentially yes, we need to throw the baby out with the bath water. While there may be elements of truth coming out of the mouths of false teachers, they are still wolves in sheep’s clothing. Regardless of their intent, they are deceiving people with a false gospel. If we do endorse these individuals, ultimately, we endorse the heresy they preach as well.

God Bless

Kristin Geckle

9 thoughts on “False Teachers: The Baby and the Bath Water

  1. I like that quote about “almost right.” Thanks for sharing this, and I do agree, sometimes it is best to “throw the baby out with the bathwater” and start all over again, examine and test everything. (Even if that means letting go of some of our most treasured beliefs.)

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  2. I agree with most of this. False teachers are a definite problem and false teachings need to be thrown out completely. They use the rat poison illustration. It’s 99.9% real food. But it’s the . 1% that’s deadly. But I don’t believe that all Mormons, etc. are lost. Jesus said, “other sheep have I which are not of this fold. Them, too, I must bring.” (I’m citing from memory, so forgive the punctuation if it’s off). Those who are out in the wrong fold are still His sheep. So they aren’t lost in the same sense as an atheist is. Eventually, God plans to bring them to the truth, as He does with all of us. But I worry when we get too secure in the concept that false teachings only exist with false teachers. Even the best sheep may be off in its understanding at times. I know God has grown my own understanding immensely over the years. But I was still His sheep. God alone is without error, and we walk a very thin line if we convince ourselves that we have it all figured out correctly. I learn new things every time I open the Bible. And I will forever trust it and Him, not myself or any man. There is much we are all still learning. But, the teachers are to be held to a high standard and error should definitely be revealed.

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    1. Thanks so much for your input. Two things you said just jumped off the page and smacked me in the face. #1: God alone is without error. YES. It is so easy to believe our theology is right and THEIR (who ever they are) is wrong. #2 holding teachers to a higher standard. Absolutely. Once you call yourself a teacher (or are leading people in anyway) the church has an obligation to correct you, in my opinion.

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    1. Well, that IS the way Christ himself usually responded to error 🤣. Citing a text that directly contradicts what’s being taught is generally the quickest way to level the lies (pun fully intended). Unfortunately, many have “itching ears” and hear only what they want to hear. But that’s a whole other issue 😅

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