These teachers have strayed from historic Christian orthodoxy in distinct ways, either openly denying or outright contradicting sound doctrine. They intentionally scratch itching ears of anyone who would listen for shameful gain, blaspheming the way of truth. With such a consistent false message, they are considered False Teachers who seek to steal, kill, and destroy. These charlatans, while full of blasphemous lies and false-prophesies, present themselves as messengers of light but are wolves in sheep’s clothing. These imposters are surely used of our enemy, who is the Father of Lies waging war on the truth.
Due to significant doctrinal perversion, it is not possible for this teacher to believe what he (or she) teaches and still be a believer. These heretical teachers thrive on a lack of discernment and conviction on behalf of those in a position to expose and correct their teachings. Just as with Dangerous Teachers, many False Teachers deceptive phonies who intentionally devour immature Christians, while others are themselves intensely deceived, if not demonically possessed. In either case, they are being used mightily by Satan to blind the eyes of unbelievers as not to see the glory of God. And in the process, they will surely mislead the elect. God forbid it.
*To label someone a heretic is as bad today as it used to be to be the heretic. Nevertheless, for those who believe doctrine matters, it is necessary to correct and expose them due to the very real danger they are to the Church and the offense they are the Gospel.
False Teachers seek to have the corner on the market of "Revelation." They claim to hear personal divine extra-biblical revelation from God Himself about all manners of things. They will invent new doctrines, claim brand new (and very different and abhorrent) understanding of the Bible, that was supposedly hidden from the Church for thousands of years.
Most False Teachers can be found on TV making promises of or prophesying your healing, financial blessing, favor with God, etc. as along as you "sew a seed" (money) into their ministry. Of course, if you do not experience the blessing you purchased, they will simply claim it was because you did not have enough faith.
You will notice that Irresponsible, Dangerous, & False Teachers rarely, if ever, mention discernment unless it is to discourage it. Many of these teachers would rather preach unity ("unity" despite doctrine) either so their teaching is no longer criticized, or increase their influence and listenership.
Irresponsible, Dangerous, & False Teachers will typically be those who permit women to be "pastors." Scripture prohibits women from exercising authority in the church and are, by God's design, not qualified to be pastors in the church.
Most Irresponsible, Dangerous, & False Teachers will freely use multiple translations or"versions" (even paraphrases) during a single sermon. This typically means they are looking for translations and paraphrases that help them say what they want to say. While pointing out the nuances of translation from various sources can certainly be helpful, these teachers are motivated not by teaching what the Bible means, but by proof-texting their message's main points.
Do not critique a teacher on the basis of individual sermons. Even heretical teachers say Biblically accurate things. While it is unlikely, it is possible that they preach an entire sermon without denying historical Christian truths or severely distorting Scripture. Frankly, this is the reason many Dangerous & False Teachers remain influential; most Christians feel bad making a judgment despite a traceable pattern of error and end up excusing and ultimately endorsing false teaching.
Most Dangerous & False Teachers frequently engage in the blasphemous practice of what is called "Eisegesis." By exchanging the preposition Ex at the front of the word Exegesis (which means to take out) with Eis, we get the word Eisegesis (which means to put IN). Eisegesis, then, is the process of "putting into" the text one's own presuppositions, feelings, desires, agendas, etc. While this approach to the Bible may appeal more to our interests, particularly those of lost people, the job of the pastor is to preach the Word and explain its meaning. A faithful teacher will exegete, or pull out of text what God is saying in His Word. A fundamental truth about the Bible is it is not about us. It is about God. And while it is "to" mankind and it includes us, it remains God's Word about Himself and how we are to respond to Him for salvation.
Dangerous & False Teachers will likely subscribe to and/or teach the unbiblical "Dream/Destiny" Doctrine. This false doctrine is a self-absorbed, purpose-driven emphasis comes from an abusive misinterpretation of the Bible and teaches people to use God and His promises to achieve the calling, dream, or destiny that God has supposedly given them.
Matthew 7:15-16 - “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles?
2 Corinthians 11:3-4 - But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.
Galatians 1:6-9 - I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
2 Peter 2:1-3 - But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
3 John 1:9-10 - I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.
Pastors are to…remind the Church of sound doctrine, train themselves in Godliness, avoid irreverent and silly myths, toil in commanding and teaching sound doctrine, devote yourselves to public reading, exhortation and teaching, practice and progress in your gift (teaching), watch doctrine and life closely.