One of the things I’ve done over the years is to warn people about teachers to avoid. Just a look down the right hand side of the page on categories shows you a very impressive list of false teachers. I thought I’d compile the top 10 teachers to stay away from.
Most of the Fundamentalists can stop reading now, because nothing new here!
But if you’re new to Fundamentalism, which is my focus of the blog at this point in time, this list is going to have some surprises!
The list of 7 teachers to stay far away from.
- Karl Barth. This is my first teacher to warn against. He’s a theological liberal, and does not believe the Bible – but he believes very strongly and sincerely in a Jesus Christ he invented in his mind, because the Christ that Barth advocates bears some resemblance to the Christ of the Bible, but that’s it. To believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour means to believe in the Bible, to believe in Hell, to believe in judgment, three things Barth does not believe in. He sits at the number one spot, because I’d wager from what I’ve seen, about 90% of Evangelical Christianity today would agree with him. Unless I’m reading Barth completely wrong (and Charles Ryrie apparently agreed with me, because Ryrie has spilled much ink refuting Barth), if you believe like Barth believes, you’re standing on the goat side at the Great White Throne judgment – an active participant, not an observer.
- C. S. Lewis. “What??? How can you put Clive on this list?” Go ahead, take your Clive books off the shelf. Read them VERY carefully. Highlight everything he wrote that does not line up with the Bible. Your books will be VERY colorful after that. C. S. Lewis believed in Salvation by works, and converted to Catholicism on his death bed. He believed in Universality, that everyone who does good except the most evil, and probably even them too, will go to heaven. When he visited a pagan shrine, he prayed to that deity, because in his mind, praying to a false god was praying to God. Are you SURE you want to follow this man’s teachings?
- Billy Graham. Described by one Fundamentalist as “The man who ruined America”, Graham has done more than any other to get Christians convinced that Roman Catholics are Christians. Not only that, but admissions from Graham that he believes in Baptismal regeneration and favors the sprinkling of babies as a form of salvation seem to raise very few eyebrows. If I wrote that on my blog, almost all of you would un-subscribe overnight! Graham has apparently learned the art of disguising liberalism within Fundamentalist words from Karl Barth, because Graham still speaks like a Fundamentalist, but sadly, his own writings bear tribute to the fact he prefers the company of heretics like John Shelby Spong. Graham grew in popularity when Fundamentalists deserted him, but Evangelicals embraced him.
- Benny Hinn. Yeah. Adam could not fly. Neither could he breathe underwater or walk on the moon. Neither did he lay eggs like a chicken. The Trinity is not composed of nine Gods. Women were never intended to give birth out of their sides. Benny Hinn is not Christian. He is a con artist selling repackaged Katherine Kuhlman-Aimee Semple McPherson rot rolled up into E. W. Kenyon word faith, and packed in a shell of Hinduism and Las Vegas showmanship. You should be weeping in abject sorrow over watching people follow him.
Kenneth Copeland. Yup. Ditto. Although he’s very bizarre, nothing as strange as Benny Hinn. I don’t know if that’s something to boast about? “We’re number two!”
- Steven Anderson. So much wrong with this man, I don’t know where to start. He’s a Fundamentalist, but what he believes about salvation comes straight from Jack Hyles. Anderson also is Replacement theology, and strongly opposed to the Pre-Trib rapture. He’s either going to be very embarrassed when it happens, or he’s going to watch all of the rest of us rise, while he gets his wish and has to endure the Tribulation. If I could pry Kent Hovind away from this man, I would.
- Peter Ruckman. You know, Peter Ruckman has done a lot of good things. He’s got good teachings. But some of his stuff is so bizarre that I cannot in good conscience leave him off this list. Topping his bizarreness is the insistence that the canon was not sealed until 1611, we never had a Bible until the King James was completed, and that the King James can correct the manuscripts it was translated from. Martians, tiny fly-like demons, and UFO’s abound, wrapped up in the Joy of Painting which Ruckman describes as “holy artwork”. Avoid.
- Gail Riplinger.The fact she calls herself God’s Secretary should tell you something. She could have been a VERY good defender of the King James, but she’s very Ruckman in her beliefs, and her books are heavily tainted by shoddy research. The typical logic she has is that “He’s published by blah blah publishers, and you know who else is published by them so obviously they’re conspiring together…” One of my first rants was that a Fundamentalist web site listed many sermons by Fundamentalist pastors – but Riplinger’s sermons were called “Teachings”. If it’s a sermon when a man gives it, it’s a sermon when a woman gives it.
- Texe Marrs. I hate adding Marrs to this list. Years ago, someone left one of his books on the Tribulation in a Laundromat, and I tool it home and read it. But Marrs spends a LOT of his time and energy into trying to say I’m a descendant of the Khazars, and not really Jewish. I don’t know what his point is behind it. But that kind of rhetoric got 6 million of my people, including every relative I had in Prussia, sent to the gas chambers and the ovens. Apparently, it’s not the only weirdness he teaches. His stuff on the Rapture was good, I thought. But he ends up on my “beware of” list because of his weirdness.
- Debbie Pearl – Everything they advocate is cultish, weird, and borders on mental abuse to both women and to children. Why they’re so popular, I don’t know. They advocate women not having female friends – which is really bizarre. They advocate women wearing men’s shirts, which the Bible prohibits. Really strange. Take their books and toss them into the nearest garbage can.
John Piper.Really, when you take his teachings and re-phrase them, he’s not really saying anything any different from what Joel Osteen says. Victoria Osteen made headlines because she claimed we should follow God because doing so makes us happy. Piper’s been saying that for years! Piper goes so far as to call himself a 7-point Calvinist, meaning he’s Hyper-Calvinist who considers himself a Baptist – but not too strongly. His elder board agitated for allowing infant sprinkling, and Piper put it to a vote. Piper also believes in speaking in tongues, and desperately wishes he had been given that gift. Truly a shame, because a lot of the teachings he does on the Bible are very good, and they come with Logos for free. But his emphasis on CS Lewis and his Christian Hedonism is so strange that I had to put him on this list – because a lot of you are listening to him and reading him. Rely on the Bible, and not external doctrines based on men.
These are not the only 10 to stay away from. I was very close to putting R. C. Sproul on this list, because his Calvinism tends towards double-predestination and hyper-Calvinism. However, despite his stances on this and infant baptism, Sproul just avoids making the list at #11 because he does have some good teachings – although he’s going to keep leading you back to Calvinism. I could have made a list of over 250 false teachers, but that requires HOURS of research and typing, and I’d rather not fall behind again the way I did in August and September!