In the middle of the night on March 18, 2019, after years practicing in the New Age I had a profound and personal encounter with Jesus Christ. My life was instantly transformed. I was saved by grace through my salvational faith in Christ and I surrendered my life to Jesus.
As an ex-New Ager who gave up my entire career as a psychic-medium, mentor and blogger I had some “Woah, wait a minute, what NOW?” moments after I was born again. I was used to daily doing, working, teaching and blogging in the New Age.
Now I found myself wondering: What is God’s plan for me? What job does God want me to be ‘doing’ now?
I was so ready to take on whatever God wanted me to do. I was newly saved and believed that I had to begin doing whatever I could to help other New Agers come to Christ. I had lots of newly opened up space that I was in ‘hurry up’ mode to fill in working for God.
I soon discovered that God had a different plan. He knew best how that space in my life was to be filled. He showed me that surrendering everything to God - my future, my provision and my livelihood was my only ‘job’.
Which took me into, what one of my dearest Christian sisters calls a “healthy isolation”.
Does this sound like you? Are you an ex-New Ager saved by Christ wondering… what now? What does God want you to do? What is His plan for you? What calling does God have for you?
Seeing things through God’s eyes instead of our own:
Being a Christian means that you are walking ever more each day in the Spirit while still being in the flesh. This is the process of sanctification. And because Satan calls the shots in this world this is not an easy task. We undertake a daily process of making the shift from living a carnal, worldly life to a life guided by the Holy Spirit the way Jesus did.
To do this we need to transition into a place of seeing the things going on in our lives through God’s eyes instead of through our fleshly, worldly eyes.
This means that there will be many times when we think we are supposed to ‘go’ but God call us to ‘stop’ and when we think we’re supposed to stop, and instead God calls us to go. We may want to run before we have even learned to walk. Yes, indeed, God has a plan for each and every one of us, but we need to start at the beginning first. We are babies in need of guidance and our Father in Heaven has given us what we need to access this guidance. We can’t just run ahead without instruction and integration of what happened for us when we were born again.
Without the proper foundation in place we risk being, as Ephesians 4:14 says: “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes…”
2 John 1:10 tells us: “Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.”
How does God call us to lay the correct foundation for our journey walking with Christ? He calls us to begin our journey doing these five things:
1. Renew Our Minds
Romans 12:2 tells us - “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Though it is imperative that every new Christian begins the process of renewing her mind right from the get go, as someone who has been in the New Age and has become particularly attuned to the world spirit, (albeit the wrong one), renewing your mind to learn and then be able to conform with what God’s will is for you is of the utmost importance and to be undertaken without delay.
We are going to be tested a lot by the world and its ways especially as the enemy ramps up his attempts to thwart and deceive all new Christians and, because of our backgrounds and the way that we received guidance through invisible sources, we as former New Agers are particularly vulnerable to being deceived by false spirits posing as the Holy Spirit.
Your old ways must be worked out of you. And for this to happen you must immerse yourself into God’s word. You must allow the Bible to inform your journey at every turn as a Christian. And the only way that you can do that is to read God’s word.
I have come across many former New Agers who are born again and believe that doing the will of God is simply a matter of switching who they are ‘listening’ to from the false spirits they once heard to ‘listening’ to the Holy Spirit. And listening to the Holy Spirit happens exactly the same way it did in the New Age.
What these people don’t understand is that the primary way Christians ‘hear’ the Holy Spirit is through reading scripture. And if we think we are ‘hearing’ the Holy Spirit through our old ways - for instance through our clairs - we need to search the scriptures measuring what we think we’ve heard against the God’s word for the truth of it. Every single time. Anything you think you have heard from the Holy Spirit cannot go against the word of God. Otherwise it is not from God.
New Agers are accustomed to seeking and having supernatural experiences which can be quite exciting and dramatic.
That is not the way that it works with the Holy Spirit. If you are lead to believe that it is you are being led down the wrong path. “Charismania” is an example of this. You can learn some more about Charismania in this brief YouTube video HERE.
A Christians primary access to the Holy Spirit is through their Bibles.
Galatians 5:22-23 tells us what the fruits of the Holy Spirit are: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
And that includes the passions and desires for supernatural exciting experiences.
John 14:26 - “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
All that Jesus said to us is in the Bible.
A new Christian receives boundless growth, gifts and blessings through reading the word of God. Commit and set aside time each and every day to read the Bible. It may feel like a chore at first, but it is totally worth it, so stick with it. As you continue to read the Holy Spirit will begin working with you illuminating the scriptures. This is how the Holy Spirit works. Verses that once were difficult to understand will all of a sudden mean so much to you, so much so that you’ll wonder why you didn’t see it that way before.
The enemy wants nothing more than to try to keep you out of scripture where he knows that your heart and mind will be renewed in truth as God speaks to you and the Holy Spirit illuminates God’s word for you. Therefore, the enemy will present you with all kinds of reasons why you cannot find the time and place all sorts of distractions in your way to keep you away from scripture. This can include the enemy trying to make you believe that you can learn the Bible by listening to YouTube teachers, watching videos, reading books by popular “Christian” authors about the Bible (false teacher Beth Moore for example - yes she is a false teacher and you need to know that right off the top) and by listening to sermons instead of reading the Bible for yourself.
One word: RESIST. James 4:7 says - “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
Resist the enemy’s deceptions, lures and distractions, dump the “no time” excuses, and keep on reading the Bible. This is spiritual warfare at work. Take up the armor of God (Ephesians 6:12). “Take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
You will come to know God the Father and Jesus Christ as you “hear” their voices in the scripture because the Bible is God speaking to directly to you. On those awesome pages God’s will and plan for you will be also revealed.
Eventually you’ll find yourself craving time reading the Bible. So pick up your Bible and commit to the daily practice of reading God’s word in order to renew your mind so you can “discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Philippians 4:6 - “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Daily prayer is one of the most important things that all Christians can do and must make time for. You have been given the gift of a personal, one to one relationship, through your savior Jesus Christ, with God the Father. Talk to him!
Praying according to God’s will is a remarkable and amazing journey.
One of the greatest joys of a new Christian is starting to see your prayers answered when you do this. Renewing your mind by reading the Bible clearly reveals God’s will to you so that you can then start to pray according to God’s will. God promises to answer prayers that are prayed in accordance with his will and plan. And that might not always look like what we think it should look like. But God’s will be done. Matthew 6:10 - “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
1 John 5:14 - “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”
Matthew 6:6 - “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Luke 11:9 - “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
1 Timothy 2:1-4 - “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Colossians 4:2 - “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
Make time with God in prayer THE priority in your life.
3. Get Baptized
Acts 22:16 - “…Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.”
Getting Baptized is a very important step in the life of a new Christian. Not only was it the public declaration of my new life in Christ, after I was Baptized my experience of the Holy Spirit working in my life and illuminating scripture literally increased exponentially.
In Matthew 3:16 we see that even Jesus, himself, was baptized:
“And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him.”
After being born again some people get baptized right away. Being without a church when I was saved, I prayed for God to guide me to the church where he wanted me to be baptized. Seven months later I walked into that church and was fully immersed into water by my new pastor with the congregation and my husband bearing witness.
1 John 5:7-8 speaks to the threefold testimony of the precious gift of salvation through the Son of God:
“For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.”
Salvation involves these three: being saved by the blood that Christ shed for us on the cross in bearing our sin, being in-dwelled by the Holy Spirit and being baptized in water. As that scripture says: these three agree. This scripture demonstrates why baptism is so important.
If you are already involved with a church go ahead, talk to your pastor and arrange to be baptized as soon as you can. If you are not connected with a church family or it is not immediately obvious where and when is the right time for you to get baptized, pray to God for his guidance and leading. Don’t leave getting baptized out of your salvation experience. Trust in God. He’ll get you there. And he will bless you for following his guidance.
4. Seek church fellowship with other Christians
Having supportive Christian brothers and sisters in your life is very important for all Christians, and most especially for the new Christian. It is other born again Christians who truly understand what happened for you when you were saved by Jesus.
Hebrews 10:24-25 - “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. “
Christians gather together in church to pray, worship, learn, teach, edify one another, bear each other’s burdens, support one another and share the Lord’s supper as a group of God’s children coming together in remembrance of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.
You need to have other believers in your life and the best way to do this is to find a biblically and doctrinally sound church where you can fellowship each week with other Christians. Coming together in fellowship is not just a passing suggestion from God, it is a command. The churches all together make up the body of Christ:
1 Corinthians 12:12 - “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
Pray asking God to guide you to the right church for you and he will. This will most likely involve visiting several different churches to see how they each do things. Be faithful in prayer on this matter and the way you’ll know when God has brought you to the church where he wants you to be is that that church is totally Christ centered.
It is very important to keep in mind that no church is perfect so there will very likely be some things about the church you eventually become a part of around which you will need to extend patience, love and grace. Perhaps your pastor doesn't have perfect grammar when he preaches or the worship music might be a bit wobbly compared to another church’s music. You are not choosing a church for the music or the grammar. That your church is Biblically sound is the most important thing you need in a church so as long as that is in place, you’ll learn to extend grace with regards to the other less important things that don’t quite fit together with your view of a perfect church.
God may not give you the perfect church but he will give you the church that you need to help you grow as a Christian. Yes… he does this! Trust that God knows just what you need in a church. The men and women in your church are your brothers and sisters, your family in Christ. Treat them as you would with all the love, patience and kindness you show your own family. Love them warts and all.
First and foremost what you need to look for in a potential church is that it is Jesus Christ centered and the preacher, a demonstrably Godly man, teaches the Bible from the Bible, therefore basing all of his teachings squarely where they need to be: in the scriptures.
Two things that should give you cause for pause and keep you on the search for the right church are: first, if the church allows women to preach to the congregation - both men and women - which is in direct contradiction with scripture (1 Timothy 2:12). Women are allowed to teach other women so Bible study led by a woman is totally fine. The second is if the church’s focus, rather than being on Jesus Christ, is on something else, such as attracting prosperity into your life, or a flashy stage show worship band taking centre stage for just a couple of the many possible examples.
A good Christian church eats, breathes and sleeps Jesus Christ, immersing you into the Bible each and every week, getting you to read right along while the pastor in the bible you bring to church with you, stirring your passion for the word and deepening your faith in God.
Pray that God connects you with a good church.
5. Share your testimony of salvation
The bible tells us over and over again that we are to share what God has done for us by saving us.
1 Peter 3:15 - “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
Psalm 107:2 - “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.”
Mark 5:19 - “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
2 Timothy 1:8 - “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord.”
1 John 5:11 - “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
Every born again Christian has a testimony of how he and she came to be saved by Jesus Christ. And every new Christian can and absolutely should share her testimony with others, both Christians and non-believers. Your testimony is the one thing that you know intimately and can share and by doing so edify others by spreading the good news of what Christ came to do for the world.
As soon as you can, I encourage you to organize and put your story of salvation into words and be ready to share it on the spot with others!
There you have it. Five things that God absolutely calls you to do as a new Christian.
A big caution: Though in today’s social media saturated world you might think you're God given calling is to start your own YouTube ministry right after you’ve been saved, especially when you have been actively teaching and guiding others in the New Age, resist that temptation, because that leading is not coming from God.
I have witnessed ministries started too soon by ex-New Agers go off the rails very quickly because they fall into the trap of teaching false and unsound doctrine. This is disastrous for both the teacher and the those who follow such a teacher who are being mislead.
When you are ready to rely on the Bible as your one and ONLY source of guidance and wisdom, then you are ready to start working with other people to help them know more about Jesus Christ because you will be sharing the Gospel - the word of Christ - with them.
Dedicating yourself to doing these five things God calls you to as a new Christian will put the correct biblical foundation squarely in place right at the beginning of your beautiful walk with Jesus Christ. It will also help you to gradually grow your ability to discern God's truth from the deception of the enemy.
So... dear new sister in Christ... I welcome you on your glorious walk with Jesus. If I can support you in any way don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many false teachers holding themselves out a Christians today spreading their false doctrines online via websites, Facebook or Twitter pages and / or a YouTube teaching ministry.
False teachers are not only a probability, they are a certainty in the church today. So much so that chances are high that you will be exposed to one or more of them. If you are listening to Christian teachers and have not yet identified any of them as false it is less likely that’s because you have not come across one and much more likely that you are falling for what they are teaching without even realizing that it is false.
We are not only told in the Bible by Jesus and the Apostles about false teachers, their emergence in the church is a promise, as we read in Mark 13:22-23:
“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.”
I came into the sphere of influence of a false teacher two months after my conversion. This is not an uncommon for new converts. It’s natural for those newly saved to seek support, want to learn more about God, listen to sermons and fellowship with other Christians online. With the availability of what is online these days, and how virtually anyone can and will hold himself out as a Christian teacher, discernment is not a luxury, it is an imperative.
False teachers can be difficult to recognize in the moment, however, time, scrutiny of their teachings and discernment will reveal whether or not someone is a false teacher. As the Bible says they will be known by their fruit. Not the fruit of large followings or ministry quantity but by the fruits of the quality of what they teach.
Here are five marks that reveal a false teacher:
1. False teachers teach from their own wisdom instead of the Word of God
And with their own wisdom they lead people away from the Gospel. Even when they do use the word of God they twist its interpretation to suit their own needs.
Here is the Gospel in a nutshell as spoken in 1 Corinthians 14:1-2 -
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…”
Notice the “in accordance with the Scriptures” here. The apostles always taught in accordance with the Scriptures.
What should every teacher be teaching if they claim to be teaching in the name of Jesus Christ? Simple: Christ died for me.
False teachers mix their own foolishness into their message contradicting the essence of the Gospel and reducing their doctrine to deception.
The bible also says this about those people who seek out and listen to false teachers:
2 Timothy 4:3-4 -
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
This scripture points out that people will search out false teachers because they don’t want to hear what the word of God has to say. People love their sin and do not want to be convicted of it. The Bible puts your sin straight in your face and convicts you of it. This is a turn off for many people hence why they are drawn to teachers who tickle their ears by telling them what they would rather hear than what the Bible actually says.
False teachers - one of the most famous examples of which is Joel Osteen - cater to those who do not want to here the Gospel straight up, but would rather hear a watered down version that suits their fancies and desires while thinking and even maintaining that they are good Christians.
“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.”
Here Paul is warning that false teachers will invade the body of Christ - wolves, as he calls them - who will teach twisted things - doctrines that contradict the Word of God - in order to take disciples away from Christ.
Here the apostle John tells us how we are to discern if a teacher is a true or false one:
1 John 4:1-3
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.”
The apostle John warns us not to believe everything that we hear, but, instead to test the spirits to make sure what we hear is coming from God.
The spirit that guides a true Christian teacher is God’s Holy Spirit, therefore everything that teacher says can be measured “by the book”, which means it will be substantiated as true through scripture in the Bible. It won’t be even a “little bit off” and if it is then it as a false teaching.
Galatians 5:9 says
“A little leaven leavens the whole lump”.
Leaven is a metaphor for sin.
False teachers are skillful at weaving lies - lies are sin - together with truth. In fact a false teacher tells as much truth as he can which is why he is so deceptive and discerning him can be so difficult. The Bible warns us, however, that even the smallest lie - a little leaven - in a teaching means that whole teaching must be thrown out because it leavens the whole lump - invalidates the entire teaching. One lie mixed into a teaching turns that teaching into deception which contradicts the word of God.
Yes, teachers can and do make mistakes and may unwittingly mix an untruth into their teaching every now and then. A true teacher, however, will correct her lie making sure that everyone knows that she understands what she has done and will have no qualms admitting and correcting her mistake. A false teacher rejects correction holding fast to her claim that her teaching is without error and will usually fall back on emphasizing the truth she has used in her teaching ignoring or diverting away from the lies she’s included and will not repent.
How are we to “test the spirits” as John warns us above?
Is the source the Word of God: Is the teacher quoting scripture straight from the Bible to support and back up her teachings? Or is she pitching wordy, eloquent arguments to press her point? Is she clearly laying out her teaching and supporting each and every aspect of it with God’s word? If not she is not teaching from the guidance of the Holy Spirit, but rather a false spirit. If she actually is a Christian but doesn’t know how to support her teaching with ample scripture then she is not ready to be teaching and therefore should not be leading others.
Does the teaching hold up to scripture? True teachers use scripture as their source, include that scripture in their teachings and allow the word itself to interpret the word, not their opinions. Not so with false teachers, which means we will need to test it for ourselves.
Rather than the word of God is the teacher using his own wisdom, arguments and opinions? A true teacher in Christ does not do this. Run the other way.
Is the teacher claiming to have received “personal” or “special” revelations directly from God? These “revelations” must be able to be completely substantiated by scripture. No “revelation” can stand on its own and if a teacher does not back up a personal revelation with the necessary scripture that validates it, then he is a false teacher.
The Bible tells us what will happen to those who try to add to or take away from the Word of God:
”I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”
#2: False teachers seek gain.
And that gain is not just monetary. They are also eager to gain followers, loyalty, fame, influence, power and / or authority over people.
Rather than putting Jesus Christ first, a false teacher puts herself, her ambitions and her desires to win people over to keep them coming back for more first. This is where the ‘passion’ of the teacher and the appearance that she is teaching in the name of Jesus Christ can make it very difficult to discern her as false just by watching and listening to her. A well known example of this is Joyce Meyer. The demon influencing and leading false teachers is very savvy and subtly deceptive. That is precisely why everything they say must be measured against the word of God.
Gaining a loyal following that she could influence quickly quickly revealed as the primary motivation for the false teacher I was involved with for four months. She fostered a dependency upon her in her followers rather than urging them to seek God’s word of truth as their sole source of guidance and wisdom. She consistently demonstrated a need to be the centre of attention, to be seen as the wide leader and was put on a pedestal by many of the people in the group. Though she denied this was what she wanted (the devil doth protest to much?), her actions belied her words.
Carefully consider the teachers you are listening to see if they show signs of teaching or speaking for the sake of some sort of gain, be it monetary, a following, influence, etc. Jesus, himself, warns us to count the cost of following him and makes it very clear that to take his word out into the world - to be one of his disciples - means to give up gain of any kind, personal or otherwise.
“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”
and Luke 14:33
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”
False teachers steer clear of scriptures such as the two above. Christ means what he says. If gain of any kind is your game you are not a disciple of Jesus Christ. Plain, clear and simple.
Titus 1:10 tells us -
“They (false teachers) must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.”
Teachers who fail to put the Gospel of Jesus Christ first and instead act out of self interest deny Jesus’ teachings. No one who is genuinely discipling and sharing the Gopsel according to Jesus Christ is in it for gain. In fact it is quite the opposite. They are willing to lose everything for Jesus Christ.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Beware, discern and leave those self-seeking false teachers behind to find true teachers in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. False teachers mask their deception with personality.
Personality, charisma, dramatic flare, many words, big talk and eloquence are all indicators of a false teacher who is using these devices to try to capture your attention and entertain you. Passion may certainly be displayed by a true teacher, however, the word of God is squarely at the centre and is the foundation of his teachings and he will be supporting his teachings with lots of scripture.
I heard a false teacher recently tell his audience that he had so much to say on the topic he was teaching about that it could fill eight to ten books. What??? Sounds rather lofty to me. There are already sixty-six amazing books at his disposal. What else could this teacher possibly add?
False teachers are incapable of bringing a consistent and true interpretation of scripture and instead hide their false doctrines behind charisma and clever arguments. Their arguments might sound clever, however, they do not help people or deepen the Biblical understanding of those who listen to them, instead they are designed to win the listener over to the false teachers opinions and false doctrine.
We don’t need charismatic, clever men and women telling us clever things. We need scripture. We don’t need a clever teacher’s eight or ten books filled with clever arguments that lead us away from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. God has given us everything that we need in the Bible.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
Here apostle Paul speaks straight to that fact that there is no need for lofty speech or wisdom. The message is simple and he sticks to it even through his fear and trembling. That is the hallmark of a true teacher.
The Bible also tells us in Titus 1:10
“For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers… They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.”
True teachers, even when they are passionate for the word of God exhibit a humility when they teach that shines through. Their focus is on the word of God, not on their personality or sense of humor or telling stories that have little to do with scripture or are inserted to tickle your ears.
True teachers are not know-it-alls that teach from their own thoughts and ideas, they rely totally on the message of the word of God - Christ’s truth in its purity and simplicity - in their teachings, not on big words, showmanship, or attempts to evoke some kind of emotional response from their audience.
Your discernment radar should jump right up when you encounter a teacher who uses these tactics.
4. False teachers criticize the faithful.
When faced with correction from concerned Christians within the body of Christ false teachers rebel, cry persecution and belittle the Christians who try to correct their teaching, often resorting to accusing them of being “legalists” and condemning them for being overly attached to the word of God.
Problem with this is false teachers don’t know what true legalism is and most false teachers, themselves are legalists because they bend and twist scripture to fit their own needs. I will be addressing the topic of legalism in a separate post / podcast very soon.
Correcting false teaching using the power and authority of God’s word is not legalism, folks. False teachers are being deceptive when they accuse the faithful of being legalists. No surprise there.
Paul says of those people teaching in the name of Christ in Titus 1:9
“He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
Christians are instructed to hold firm to the word of God in their teachings and to rebuke those who don’t.
The mark of a true teacher: accepting rebuke coming from within the body of Christ, considering why she is receiving it, turning to the word of God for the truth and repenting, thus acknowledging her mistake and changing her ways.
False teachers hate to be rebuked. They rebel. They don’t repent.
5. False Teachers exploit their followers
False teachers take advantage of their followers weaknesses, ignorance, immaturity, greed, even their lust. They play on their followers need for a leader who will give them what they want instead of need. The less their followers know, the less motivated to seek out the truth they are, the more they want their ears tickled or to be entertained instead of given the truth, the better it is for the false teacher.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
Having said that there are, unfortunately, people who really do want to know Christ’s truth who are also being mislead by false teachers. Christians need to step up and pray to God to be granted the wisdom, faith and knowledge necessary to suss out the truth from the lies. Discernment is not an option, it is an imperative. Satan wants nothing more than to take the whole body of Christ down and drag as many people as he can to hell with him and he uses false teachers to help him do that.
The quality of the teaching that you avail yourself of is your responsibility. Ask God to guide you to true Christian teachers. Listen and watch teachers carefully. Measure what teachers say against the word of God. Research the teacher as thoroughly as you can to see what other information you can find out about them. Are others, like me for example, questioning the validity of that teacher in blog articles, YouTube videos. etc? There is probably a very good reason for that. Take note and find out why so you can make an informed decision.
False teachers have always been in the church and they will be until Christ returns. Knowing their marks and their methods and measuring what they teach at all times will always expose them for who they are. Our responsibility as Christians is clear: hold fast to what is true, and reject and deny what is false.
Discern. Leave behind all false teachers. Seek those who teach Christ’s truth sharing the Gospel just as Christ spoke it to us. We need nothing more or nothing less as Christians.
A few weeks ago I was accused of living in sin because I, a born again Christian woman, am married to a man who practices astrology and therefore is practicing what is known in the Bible as idolatry.
The interesting thing about this accusation is that it came from a woman who 1) claims to be a born again Christian and 2) has a ministry through which she leads, teaches and coaches other people in the name of Jesus Christ.
Because of these two facts you’d think that she would know, then, what the Bible - the Word of God - says about this particular situation - when one spouse is a Christian and the other spouse is not.
I would expect this question from a non-Christian or a newly saved Christian but not from a self-professing Christian woman who is leading a ministry.
But, alas it came in the form of an accusation from a self-professing Christian woman who runs a teaching ministry who should know better. Go figure...
Now I want to be clear, I have no problem whatsoever, having a potential area of sin in my life pointed out to me by a fellow Christian. In fact, I welcome it. Done the the correct way - Biblically - it presents a tremendous opportunity for me to examine my life in that area, to reflect on the potential sin issue, to search the word of God for what He has to say about it and to seek Godly counsel from a church elder regarding the potential sin issue, if that is necessary.
A Christian brother or a sister, coming to me in love and concern for my behavior is a beautiful thing.
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Christians are expected to support, correct and sharpen one another. We are Biblically instructed to do so.
So, here, I am going to address what the word of God says about this issue of, what is known Biblically as being unequally yoked.
And I am doing this so that any woman listening to this or reading my blog who is either in this situation or expects to be in this situation because she is feeling called to Christ, but her spouse is not, can rest easy in God’s clear and thorough answer on this matter.
Let me lay out my own personal situation for you:
I was born again in Jesus Christ on March 18, 2019. I have been yoked with my husband, who is an astrologer, and therefore is an idolater, since Jan 30, 1993.
For 26 years we were equally yoked, both of us non-Christians and practicing in the New Age. Then I was born again in Jesus Christ this year. Which now means that we are no longer equally yoked.
The woman accusing me of being in sin was using this scripture passage from 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 to substantiate her accusation of sin:
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols?”
FYI, Belial is another name for Satan.
Context is very important when using scripture to correct another Christian. Context is ALWAYS important when using scripture, regardless of what you are trying to do with it.
This passage is found in the New Testament. The apostle Paul is talking to the church that he founded in Corinth. Paul has discovered some problems with this church and in this letter he is speaking to people who already are Christians, impressing upon them that, as Christians, they are not to choose to yoke unequally with unbelievers.
However, in my own case, when I yoked with my husband I was not a Christian.
Just after being born again in Christ, however, this unequal yoking was a serious concern for me as a new believer, as I suspect that it would be and is for other new believing wives married to non-believing husbands.
To find out how I was supposed to handle this situation I turned directly to God’s Word for his answer. God is awesome for so many reasons, not the least of which is he covers off and instructs us, in the Bible, on every possible eventuality in our lives. We just have to search the scripture for his answers.
I discovered God’s perfect model for marriage which is found in Gensis 2:24:
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Then I discovered the instructions that have been provided in the Bible from God for those who are unequally yoked in 1 Corinthians 7:13-17:
“If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife? Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.”
Pretty straightforward don't you think? Even for the Bible.
Not only did I pour over God’s Word for his counsel and truth on this matter I also sought Biblical counsel from three different pastors to make sure that I fully understood the Word and knew what God was saying to me. All three of them pointed out that in the fullness of God’s word, God instructs me not to divorce my unbelieving husband.
They also pointed me to this scripture:
1 Peter 3:1-4: “Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external - the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing that you wear - but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle heart and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
It can be clearly seen from these scriptures that in God’s eyes husband and wife are one flesh. In fact this is God's own design. And this is the case regardless of whether or not they are equally or unequally yoked.
If a Christian chooses to marry a non-believer then he or she will need to be prepared to stay through thick and thin, sickness and in health, for better or worse and forsaking all others in order to obey the Word of God.
It can be very difficult for a Christian to be married to a non-Christian and that is the reason Paul says the things he does about not unequally yoking in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15.
1 Corinthians 7:13-17 clearly instructs me, the believing wife, to not divorce my unbelieving husband.
Christ, himself says this about divorce in Matthew 19:3-6:
“And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, ‘Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?’ He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are not longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
From Christ's lips to our ears. It's a beautiful thing.
If my husband had chosen to divorce me because I became a Christian then I am instructed to let it be so and be in peace about it. It also states that by virtue of my being a believer my unbelieving husband is sanctified by God. I am to live the life that God has called me to in being one flesh with my husband. We were married twenty six years before I became a Christian. My husband has happily chosen to not divorce me. Therefore, I am not in sin in the eyes of God. I am in obedience to his will.
However, I absolutely would be in sin in God’s eyes if I chose to leave my husband. We are still together, and both very happy that we are.
I have also brought myself into alignment with 1 Peter 3:1-4 and have made myself subject to my husband even though he does not obey the word of God.
I am happy to report that since I have put myself in full submission to both God’s will in my situation and, as God instructs, in submission to my husband, God has been at work in my husband’s life in amazing ways and has been working in my life through my husband as well. My testimony in this regard grows every day.
As 1 Corinthians 7:15-16 states: “God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband?”
Confusion and error is the result when an enthusiastic but ill informed Christian takes scripture out of the appropriate context and uses it to try to support an accusation of sin without doing the proper research into the Word of God. If the woman accusing me had done this proper research she would see that 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (the verse that she uses to substantiate her accusation) is not in contradiction to 1 Corinthians 7:13-17. Quite the opposite. The one scripture informs the other. God’s word does not contradict God’s word. It will never contradict itself. This is the fullness and perfection of God’s word.
I have responded fully to her accusation pointing her to the scripture that I have used in this post, however, she has told me that she is not going to listen to it.
It is at the very least worrisome that this woman has an online teaching ministry. I wonder how she is counseling women who are new believers that are married to non-believers? I pray that they do not seek counsel from her on this matter. Or any matter until she learns how to understand scripture and rightly divide the word.
My counsel to you ladies is this: God's model for marriage is the foundational model for the entire Bible. Christ is the metaphorical bridegroom and the church - born again Chrisitans - are the bride.
God takes marriage very seriously and wants nothing to pull it apart, even a marriage to a non-believer.
If you are a newly born again Christian God instructs you to remain with your non-believing husband, to love him, to show him Christ through your heart and your actions, to pray for him and to submit to him.
Through your example he may very well come to Christ on his own.
As always God’s will be done in this and every other matter.
If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
People in the New Age - and, even many folks who are not in the New Age - are often very, very confused as to who Jesus Christ REALLY is.
That's because there is a lot of deception about who Jesus is, propagated by good people who mean well, especially in the New Age.
Jesus Christ IS NOT:
Jesus Christ is THE ONLY Son of God - THE ONE AND ONLY God of the Universe. The only place you will learn about who Jesus Christ really is and what He did to secure your salvation and give you the gift of eternal life with God is… in the Bible.
Let me repeat: the Bible is the ONLY place you will learn the TRUTH about Jesus Christ.
You won’t learn the truth about Jesus in a book by Deepak Chopra.
Or because of something Oprah said.
...Or something your New Age teacher said.
Or in an elaborately produced, slick movie on Netflix. (wow... look at those sparkly blue eyes and that blond shoulder length hair... how dreamy…)
Or in a YouTube video about Jesus.
Nope. Only the Bible holds the TRUTH about Jesus Christ.
Why? Because the Bible is God telling you directly through His Word everything you need to know about everything in life, including (and most especially) Jesus Christ.
In fact… Jesus Christ is the ENTIRE reason for the Bible. (Little known fact there for you…)
Does it make you feel uncomfortable when you read what I've just said about Jesus?
If so, perhaps it is time to ask yourself why.
Because resistance and discomfort is really, really useful information.
People who want to grow in truth take the time to inquire into a negative, uncomfortable or resistance response when they hear the name ‘Jesus’ to try find out why.
Meet the REAL Jesus
Many people want to read the Bible.
But... they don't know where to start.
Because it seems like such daunting task. There's a lot of pages in that there Bible. And that is rather intimidating.
I've been there.
And that's why I'm here for you.
Even if you’ve had only one brief fleeting thought that has said “Read the Bible” … that, my friend is God speaking to you.
Yes, that ONE and ONLY God of the Universe.
I am now offering a 30 (or 60) day day journey through the Bible with me as your 1:1 mentor, reading buddy, Bible reading friend.
We’re going to crack open that book with the uppercase words “HOLY BIBLE” stamped on the front.
We will walk together through the New Testament in an easy to read translation. You’ll complete a manageable and brief reading assignment each day (or every second day if you choose the 60 day program).
We'll share our thoughts and insights about what we've read with each other.
I’ll be right there with you every step of the way.
Reading the word of God is the only way to learn about the word of God.
Discovering Jesus in the Bible is one of the most amazing journeys you will ever take. It’s a journey that could very well change your life. And your afterlife.
Let's crack that Bible and discover our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ... together.
There is no charge for this program. No hidden agenda. No strings attached.
All you need to do is show up.
Time's ticking, folks. It's time to meet the REAL Jesus Christ.
If you are interested in learning more please email me at email@example.com and I will get back to you with more details.
Hi, I'm Clare!
I used to be a practicing psychic medium, mediumship teacher and new age blogger. That all changed when I was saved by Jesus Christ in March 2019. Here is where I share the joy and freedom of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.