I know that tolerance is a virtue and I try to practice it always…but how do you know when to stop being tolerant? For some things that can be easy. Some folks just cross the line and their behavior excludes them. But at church how do you know someone is out to lunch…without the fork?
Here are “Seven characteristics of false teachers” given to us by Thomas Brooks over 300 years ago and they still are true today:
- False teachers are men-pleasers. . . .They preach more to please the ear than to profit the heart (Is. 30:10):…
- False teachers are notable in casting dirt, scorn, and reproach upon the persons, names, and credits of Christ’s most faithful ambassadors.
- False teachers are venters of the devices and visions of their own heads and hearts. . . .”They prophesy of visions and revelations they have never seen or heard. They speak foolishness made up in their own lying hearts.” Jer. 14.14
- False teachers easily pass over the great and weighty things both of law and gospel, and stand most upon those things that are of the least importance and concern to the souls of men.
- False teachers cover and color their dangerous principles and soul-deceptions with very fair speeches and plausible pretenses, with high notions and golden expressions.
- False teachers strive more to win over men to their opinions, than to better them in their lives.
- False teachers make merchandise of their followers. ((Thomas Brooks, “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices”))
I know that the English Thomas uses is old but the concepts are as fresh as they come. I like the way he talks about this subject. I have met some false teachers who did several or most of these..