7 Ways to Make Sure You Aren’t Fooled by a False Teacher

I knew something was wrong.  She wasn’t talking to me as much as she used to.  She seemed distant and slower to respond to my emails.  I know moving to a new city is hard and maybe that had something to do with it.  But things just weren’t sitting right.  She suddenly had several new friends…I mean A LOT.  And that’s all fine and dandy, but I didn’t like the feeling of being tossed aside while her attention was directed to all of these other people.  I wasn’t jealous.  I was concerned.  Very concerned.  It didn’t take long for me to figure out what was really going on.  She had been duped.  She had fallen for a cult-like false teacher.  And she refused to listen to reason.  It was too late.  But it’s not too late for you.  Here are 7 Ways to Make Sure You Aren’t Fooled by a False Teacher.

The idea of being fooled by a false teacher can be frightening. Who can be trusted? How can we prevent ourselves from being hoodwinked by these master deceivers? How can we trust that any Bible teacher we listen to is not a false teacher? Well, to get the answer to this question, we can look directly to Scripture. Here are 7 Ways to Make Sure You Aren't Fooled by a False Teacher.

The Problem

Cults are sly and deceptive.  They prey on the weak and hurting…the lonely.  Those of us who desperately need some but hope…but hope seems lost.  Our focus is no longer where it should be.  It changes to our problems and pain.  Cults do this because when we are off-guard, we are easy pickings.  We are hungry for what they offer – hope.  A false hope, but hope all the same.   Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ 8 Verses of Hope for Every Woman

If you’ve been around my blog long enough you’d know my heart for marriage, for the Godly woman, for prayer, and for the word of God.  You would know my heart to see other hearts set free and living fully for God.  That’s because I know what it means to be a slave to sin, pain, and betrayal.  And I know what it means to be free in Christ.  To know I am loved deeply by my Savior.  I know what it is to live abundantly.  And that’s why I picked Jen’s post, 8 Verses of Hope for Every Woman PLUS free printable, for this week’s feature.

What is especially exciting about Jen’s post is the launch of her new book – a very special book she wrote with another blogging friend, Rebekah Hallberg.  These ladies KNOW the struggles n marriage – let me tell you, they KNOW.  And they know the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.  They have seen their marriages saved against all odds.  Be sure to head over to Jen’s site and get her free printable – and check out hers and Becky’s new book!  

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How To Identify (Real) False Teachers

As I read through the myriad of comments, my stomach turned.  I felt ill.  It was clear that the people writing these comments were worshipping their leader.  “You saved my marriage!”  “You saved me!”  “I wouldn’t be alive right now if it wasn’t for you!”  And on and on it went.  If it were me on the receiving end of those accolades, I’d feel pretty embarrassed.  They would make me feel incredibly uncomfortable.  Awkward.  But not this woman.  Oh, no.  She soaked it all up.  I could just picture her rolling around in the adoration of her disciples with great delight.  They worshipped her and she loved every bit of it.  Here is How To Identify (Real) False Teachers.  

It’s easy to get caught up in the he said/she said drama of who is and is not a false teacher. And, really, that’s what it is – drama. Some people stuck in legalism will throw out a Bible teacher’s name and label them as a false teacher faster than my teenage son can devour his huge bowl of Southwest Ranch salad (that’s about 2.6 seconds for those who want to know). If we really want to know who is a false teacher…then we must look to scripture to tell us instead of someone’s opinion. Here is How To Identify (Real) False Teachers.

Last week, I wrote a post called What Will We Do With All Of These False Teachers?  In that post, I talked about how we Christians toss around the term “False Teacher” too flippantly and carelessly.  It’s like everyone and their cat is a false teacher if they say something contrary to popular belief.  And the attacks on these people are cruel and disgusting.  So, I thought I’d use this post to clear up a few things.  Like what exactly is a false teacher?  And to get a solid answer to that question, we must go to God’s word.  More specifically, the portions of scripture that pertain to false teachers.  We can’t make something the quality of a false teacher if it clearly isn’t.    Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ How God Is The Best Way In Tough Times

My friends, today is the last day for our host, Sarah Ann.  Please stop by her blog and wish her well and thank her for hosting Grace and Truth!

Do you know what it’s like to think you’ve lost your faith?  I do.  I’ve been there – you can read that post here.  Often, we think we are losing our faith due to false (an unbiblical) beliefs about who God is.  Hardships come and we doubt His goodness.  We think He is holding out on us.  I mean, why can’t we have the perfect, carefree life where everything goes right?  Well, if we really think about it, how many of us would be as close to God as we are right now if we had a life of cotton candy and lollipops?  I am afraid most of us, maybe even all of us, would not even give God a second thought.  

I appreciate Julie’s post, How God Is The Best Way In Tough Times.  In it, she shares her own struggles with questioning her faith and going through dark times.  I love how she brought in worship as a source for building her trust in God.  Worship was pivotal in my season of wilderness.  I also love the reminder that it is through these difficult times that we are drawn closer to God.  Head on over to her site to read her encouraging post.

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What Will We Do With All Of These False Teachers?

I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed yesterday searching for something interesting while I waited for my daughter to finish her dance class.  My eye caught a post and the title made my heart sink.  We have yet another false teacher in our midst.  How many is that now?  Like 1,578?  Or is it 1,579?  I lost count a while back.  This “beware of_____” post was written by one of those people who enjoy keeping us all informed of the false teachers out there.  Just in case we were all too foolish to recognize the numerous false teachings of the countless false teachers out there.  So, friends, What Will We Do With All Of These False Teachers?

It seems like almost every time I scroll through my newsfeed, there is yet another alert of a false teacher in our midst. It really is quite alarming since I can’t listen to someone’s teaching or read an author’s book lest I get accused of supporting a false teacher – because I am not clever enough to determine the difference between opinion and false teaching…right? What Will We Do With All Of These False Teachers?

It seems like everyone and their grandmother is a false teacher these days.  However, I am afraid that the disgraceful designation of “False Teacher” is tossed around much too easily today.  We take something a speaker says out of context – they are a false teacher.  We spot some men in their audience, they are a false teacher.  This speaker says it’s OK to have money – oh my goodness, she must be a word of faith supporter!  False teacher alert!  False teacher alert!  And so on it goes…a downward spiral.  PS – Have I mentioned before how we Christians are so easily offended??? Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ Sept 8

Often, when we go through painful life experiences, we can feel very alone.  People don’t understand – and how can they if they haven’t been through something similar?  That’s why I liked Emily’s post, When You Feel Alone, because regardless of how we ‘feel’, we are never truly alone.  In her post, she offers practical ways to work through those tough journeys.  Please head over to her site and read her wonderfully encouraging post!

Emily, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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When Pruning Yields Abundant Fruit

We’ve been in this house for a full 2 years now.  It’s been so good!  Yes, the changes we had to make to get here were scary, but they were also freeing.  When we viewed the house just over 2 years ago, I fell in love with the plum tree and the grapevine in the backyard.  We knew nothing about growing plums or grapes, but how hard could it be, right?  Well, fall ended and we knew we had to prune.  We thought we had pruned enough from both – but only the changing seasons would tell us.  Spring rolled around and the plum tree was in full swing.  But the grapevine…well, that was a different story.  As the months lead into late August, we realized that there was a big problem with the grapevine.  There was no fruit.  Well, we weren’t about to make the same mistake again!  We pruned all the way back to the original vine…and waited…again.  This is When Pruning Yields Abundant Fruit.

Pruning can be intimidating and scary – both in a physical sense and a spiritual one. We have to cut off unfruitful things from our lives and that decision can be met with doubt and uncertainty. However, the abundant fruit from that pruning is well worth it. When Pruning Yields Abundant Fruit.

Pruning is hard…and terrifying.  Sometimes we aren’t sure if we are doing it right.  We worry that maybe we are getting rid of more than we should.  That’s how we felt both times we pruned our grapevine.   Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ Was God an Introvert?

“I think you are lying to us.  You keep saying you are an introvert but you keep getting up there to share God’s word with us.”  I knew she was teasing about me lying, but I also understood what she meant.  It does seem like I have complete opposite ends of the spectrum – I am an introvert, but I love public speaking!  Weird, I know.  

But public speaking and introverts can live in the same body.  I’m proof of that fact.  I think that the misconception comes from a misunderstanding of what an introvert actually is.  An introvert is not someone who is ‘shy’ or never talks.  In fact, we are talkers…when the topic matters to us.  Seriously, get me going on something I am passionate about and I won’t shut up.

Lois’ blog post title intrigued me.  I’ve never thought about the question myself, but it really is such a good one!  And Lois addressed it perfectly  – and this was great, “Just because someone is an introvert doesn’t mean she’s shy or shuns crowds or hates public speaking. Likewise, just because someone is an extrovert doesn’t mean he wants to be running with a large pack 24/7.”  Hop on over to her site to read Was God an Introvert?

Lois, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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Grace & Truth ~ 3 Ways to Surrender Your Glory to God

I love reading the encounters various women in the Bible have had with Jesus.  These encounters show me that Jesus is not afraid of our sin.  On the contrary, He longs to take our sin away from us.  In my Bible Study of John, I loved digging into the story of the Samaritan Woman – so much richness there.  These scandalous women – women with a past – find redemption and healing through Jesus.

I loved reading Kelly’s take on the story of the woman who washed the feet of Jesus in her post, 3 Ways to Surrender Your Glory to God.  She talks about laying our glory before the Lord and serving Him wholeheartedly.  Hop on over to her site to read her fabulous post!  Your heart will be encouraged and challenged.

Kelly, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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3 Effective Tactics that Destroy Jealousy

I felt the claws of climbing…to a place it does not belong.  If it got to that place, it would be so hard to get rid of it…this monster.  It threatened to destroy as the talons gripped the loose strands I dangled before it.  I had given it a taste – just a little bit – and that tiny bit only increased its insatiable appetite.  Unless it is killed, this beast will not stop with just a small morsel.  It will devour so much more than what any of us want it to.  I am sure many of you know this mammoth monster.  It’s is jealousy.  And it threatened to crawl into my heart several weeks ago.  From this experience, I learned 3 Effective Tactics that Destroy Jealousy. 

Have you ever heard someone share how God has blessed them and you started to complain that you didn't get the same blessing? I have...recently, in fact. And God convicted me right then and there. His truth penetrated my heart. Here are 3 Effective Tactics to Destroy Jealousy.

* There is a printable set of worksheets and Scripture cards at the bottom of this post – totally FREE.  

It starts so innocently, you know.  I hardly even noticed.  Actually, I was even ready to justify it.  A couple at church were sharing their experience at our church as they were saying goodbye to the congregation.  They were leaving on a positive note.  One statement sent that monster into a tailspin.  She was talking about how they were invited for lunch after their first Sunday attending.  How welcoming and warm that must have been!  That’s the way it should be!  Read More

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