The Fate Of False Teachers

Q. What do you interpret the bible as saying the fate will be for those pastors/ministers, etc. who knowingly,enthusiastically teach false doctrine and who are leading their sheep astray into the world church movement, especially those who say the bible/christianity needs to be re-written? Is this not sin against the holy sprit?

A. The Bible has much to say about false teachers.

We’ll start with James 3:1 .

Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

2 Peter 2:1-3 says:

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

John wrote,
They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. (1 John 2:19)

And Paul warned,
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (2 Cor. 11:13-15)

I believe it’s possible for any believer to be honestly mistaken is his or her interpretation of a passage, but when someone in a pastoral/teaching teaching position willfully promotes false doctrine that disputes or denies the veracity of Scripture, it proves that they were never saved to begin with (1 John 2:19) and are in fact representing Satan (2 Cor. 11:13-15).

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