Discerning the doctrinal soundness (biblical accuracy) can be difficult, but it is extremely important that the Church be able to do so. Not only do many pastors, teachers, and authors have varying styles, some have opposing theological interpretations. So, how are Christians to choose the right teachers?
Tragically, we would be naive to trust that someone in a faithful/biblical teacher based on their own claim. It turns out, listening to the most popular teachers and reading the bestsellers is far from helpful. And while we ought to be able to trust Christian teachers, publishing companies, bookstores, etc., we must be bereans, testing for ourselves the validity of their content against the timeless truth of Scripture. Christians must be discerning. One way to do this is to know what to look for in a teacher of God's Word and how to identify those who are worth following and listening to. Equally as important, we must learn how to identify who to avoid, warn others of, expose, and correct. We are to be as serious about sound doctrine and the task of faithfully teaching His Word.
These categories are based on the convictions of DoctrineMatters.org. Discern between teachers biblically, prayerfully, and as objectively as possible. We hope this helps you do that.