List of False Teachers - GodWords (2022)

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I’m often asked to assess what others teach. I do not do this lightly, but it is necessary. Before reading this page, or any of the pages about specific people, I recommend that you read What is a False Teacher?, which explains what the Bible says about false teachers, and why I would bother to research who they are and what they say. You may also want to check out a list of Bible Teachers I Can Recommend.

Which people are false teachers?

If Christianity is true – and I’m convinced that it is – then everyone who teaches something different is incorrect. That doesn’t mean that every non-Christian is a false teacher. For the purposes of instruction, false teachers are those who claim to preach the gospel but do not. I can’t judge whether someone is sincerely wrong or whether they’re abusing others in the name of Jesus for personal gain. I will not judge whether someone is, or is not, a Christian. I can only judge what they teach, and whether it contradicts the clear message of the Bible.

Below are two lists. The first is of people, groups, and ideas. The second is a list of Bibles that should not be used. Both lists are incomplete, and – unfortunately – always will be. Not every person on the people list should be considered a false teacher. If they’re on the list, there are either serious questions about something they teach, or they identify themselves as partners with false teachers, or as students of false teachers.

Most of the people on this list are prominent leaders in specific unbiblical movements. Because those movements are full of false teachings, those leaders are necessarily teaching falsely as well. As I have time, I will write individual articles on each, outlining things they have said and written that are unbiblical or problematic. Remember that the goal is not to gossip or slander, but to expose unbiblical ideas by comparing them with biblical ideas.

A Warning

This topic can be difficult for some. Often, emotions win out over facts… but they shouldn’t. All we’re concerned with is the truth: whether what anyone teaches is in line with what the Bible teaches. There’s a reason they’re considered “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Christians are the sheep, and Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Wolves in sheep’s clothing look an awful lot like sheep in sheep’s clothing, so many are convinced that the wolf they like is really just another sheep, and no danger to the flock.

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Almost all of the books in the New Testament contain warnings about false teachers. For that reason alone, all of us should take seriously our responsibility to watch out for them.

Many, if not most, of the prominent false teachers are part of two movements: the Word of Faith movement and the New Apostolic Reformation. Some fall into both categories, based on what they teach.

  • Jump to a List:
  • Word of Faith
  • New Apostolic Reformation
  • Others

False Teachers and Concepts in the Word of Faith movement

  • A.A. Allen
  • Andrew Wommack
  • Benny Hinn
  • Bill Winston
  • Brian Houston
  • Charles Capps
  • Chris Oyakhilome
  • Creflo Dollar
  • Dwight Thompson
  • Earl Paulk
  • Earnest Angley
  • Eddie Long
  • EW Kenyon
  • Frederick KC Price
  • Jerry Savelle
  • Jesse Duplantis
  • Jim Feeney
  • Joel Osteen
  • John Avanzini
  • Joseph Prince
  • Joyce Meyer
  • Juanita Bynum
  • Kenneth Copeland
  • Kenneth Hagin
  • Kim Clement
  • Leroy Thompson
  • Marilyn Hickey
  • Mike Murdock
  • Morris Cerrulo
  • Myles Munroe
  • Norvel Hayes
  • Oral Roberts
  • Pat Robertson
  • Paul Yonggi (David) Cho
  • Paul and Jan Crouch
  • Paula White
  • RHEMA Bible Training College
  • Robert Tilton
  • Rod Parsley
  • Rodney Howard-Browne
  • Rory Alec
  • Steven Furtick
  • Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)
  • T.D. Jakes
  • T.J. McCrossan
  • T.L. Osborn
  • Todd White
  • William Branham
  • … and more. Unfortunately, there are a LOT of people in the Word of Faith movement. Hopefully, you’ll be able to spot them quickly by comparing what they say with what other false teachers have said.
  • Jump to a List:
  • Word of Faith
  • New Apostolic Reformation
  • Others

Related people, movements, and theological concepts in the New Apostolic Reformation:

  • Bethel Church (Redding, CA)
  • Bill Johnson
  • Bob Jones
  • Brian Simmons
  • Brownsville Revival
  • C. Peter Wagner
  • Cesar Castellanos
  • Che Ahn
  • Cindy Jacobs
  • David Yonggi Cho
  • Dominion Theology
  • E.A. Adeboye
  • Five-fold Ministry
  • Franklin Hall
  • George Warnock
  • Harvest Rock Church (Pasadena, CA)
  • Hillsong (Australia and worldwide)
  • Ian Carroll
  • IHOP
  • James Goll
  • Joel’s Army
  • John Wimber
  • Kim Clement
  • Kingdom Now
  • Latter Rain Movement
  • Lou Engle
  • Manifest Sons of God
  • Mike Bickel
  • MorningStar Fellowship Church (Charlotte, NC)
  • New Life Church (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Prayerwalking
  • Rick Joyner
  • Seven Mountain Mandate
  • Spiritual Mapping
  • Steve Shultz
  • Steven Furtick
  • Sunday Adelaja
  • TBN
  • The Elijah List
  • The Passion Bible
  • Todd Bentley
  • Toronto Blessing / Brownsville Revival
  • Warfare Prayer
  • Warfare Worship
  • William Branham
  • Jump to a List:
  • Word of Faith
  • New Apostolic Reformation
  • Others

Other False Teachers and Movements

There are a lot of false teachers out there who are not part of the Word of Faith movement or the New Apostolic Reformation. They aren’t usually very prominent. Many lead tiny churches rather than worldwide media ministries. As readers ask for information, I add them to the list. If I feel they have a large enough audience, I may write articles about each individual’s specific teachings.

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Name, Group, or IdeaFalse Teachings
Arnold Murray (Shepherd’s Chapel)British Israelism, annihilation, pre-existence, modalism, serpent seed, and more
Five-fold Ministry
Latter Rain Movement
Peter Popoff
Third Wave

Problematic Bibles

I’m regularly asked about whether a specific Bible is good or bad. Most of the Bibles in the world are just fine. They adequately communicate God’s message to humanity without significantly substituting human ideas or traditions for divine revelation.

That’s not the whole story, of course. There are a number of Bibles that should be avoided entirely. This list is incomplete, and I have not written about each individually to this point, but I will as time permits.

Bible VersionProblems
Joseph Smith Translation
An altered version of the King James Bible designed to fit the theology of Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), a pseudo-Christian cult.
New World Translation
Produced by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a pseudo-Christian cult, to fit their own theology.
The Passion Bible
Not translated by a qualified team, but paraphrased by one person, Brian Simmons. Designed to promote unbiblical New Apostolic Reformation principles, not to reflect what eyewitnesses to Jesus’ ministry originally wrote.

What about The Message Bible?

I’ve received a fair number of emails and comments about The Message, by Eugene Peterson. Some condemn it outright, others recommend it. It seems wise to mention it here.

The Message is not a Bible in the traditional sense. It is – at best – a paraphrase. It’s what Eugene Peterson would say to help people better understand what the Bible says. It is better categorized, in my opinion, as a personal commentary on the Bible, and not a Bible itself.

On a positive note, Peterson seems to enjoy a good reputation among conservative Bible scholars, including some who have spent decades on translation committees. Not being a Bible translator myself, I rely on a number of these folks to give me some guidance… and I’ve yet to hear anyone in that group condemn The Message outright.

On a negative note, the real problem is not what Peterson has written. The problem is the perception about what Peterson has written. The Message has been marketed as a Bible in the traditional sense of Bibles, putting it in the same category as other Bibles. Those other translations were produced by large numbers of scholars, carefully considering every word with an eye toward the original manuscripts, linguistics, church traditions, modern language, and bias. The Message was produced by one person, and should not be put in the same category. Bible commentaries can be very helpful, and The Message can be useful when used as a commentary. Peterson was a scholar, including studies in ancient languages… so I wouldn’t rule out his point of view as unbiblical. I would, however, caution every reader in this way:

Do not use The Message as your primary Bible. Not for reading, not for devotions, not for study. Use it to learn what Eugene Peterson thought, remembering that he was just one man. Where his thoughts match closely what God has revealed, we should be thankful. Where we have questions, we should be like the Bereans: we should receive the message with great eagerness, then go to the Scriptures to see if what Peterson has said is true.

(Video) Beware Of False Teachers

See the complete but incomplete False Teachers List


Don’t bother commenting or emailing me about how I’m just wrong. It’s a waste of your time and mine. If you have something to say, include Scripture. I am far from perfect, and I can be wrong… so I don’t do any of this lightly, and I’m open to correction.

Don’t bother telling me how this person or that person helped you. It’s a waste of your time and mine. Nobody teaches lies and falsehoods all the time. In researching these topics, I’ve heard a LOT that I appreciated, and have been inspired by even those who are otherwise far from the truth. The number of times someone is right is irrelevant to the question of whether they also teach false things. We should appreciate anyone who teaches us the truth, but that doesn’t mean we should uncritically follow them when we see significant problems in their lives, in their ministries, and in their teaching. Neither your opinion nor mine matter here. What matters is what the Bible teaches, and whether those who preach and teach in Jesus’ name are teaching falsely.

If you can provide evidence that one of these people has recanted their false teaching, please let me know. I would love to amend their article to show that they have changed what they teach.

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Finally: we who follow Jesus should not consider false teachers our enemies. If they’re not saved, we should pray for their salvation. If they are saved, we should pray that God will lead them to teach only the truth.

See also: a list of Bible Teachers I Can Recommend

Special Rules for Commenting

Pretty much everybody has an opinion. I’m not interested in opinions here. I’m interested in FACTS. You may like a particular teacher, and someone else may dislike them. Neither makes them a good teacher or a bad teacher. It’s what they SAY and DO that matters. So:

  • Don’t claim that someone is a false teacher without evidence.
  • This evidence comes in two forms: written and spoken. If you have links, I will look at them and respond.
  • Do not attack people. Attack ideas, for the sake of the people.
  • Comments that promote false teachers may be edited or deleted. We’re comparing what is taught with what we see in Scripture. If you think someone is correct, defend their idea with Scripture.
  • Comments that defend false teachers because they also say true things are likely to invite ridicule. Be prepared.
  • Keep in mind that this is an ongoing project. I appreciate your patience while I make it better. Your help is appreciated.

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Who are the false teacher? ›

3:7). False prophets and false teachers are those who declare that the Prophet Joseph Smith was a duplicitous deceiver; they challenge the First Vision as an authentic experience. They declare that the Book of Mormon and other canonical works are not ancient records of scripture.

Should we call out false teachers or ignore them? ›

Should We Call Out False Teachers or Ignore Them? - YouTube

Who is part of the Word of Faith movement? ›

Word of Faith
TheologyNeo-charismatic movement, Prosperity Gospel, New Apostolic Reformation
FounderE. W. Kenyon, Kenneth Hagin
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What is the New Apostolic Reformation movement? ›

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a movement which seeks to establish a fifth branch within Christendom distinct from Catholicism, Protestantism, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Eastern Orthodoxy.

What are examples of false doctrines? ›

Some of the most prevalent of false doctrines are worshipping Mary; Jesus Christ is not God; Christ's blood does not atone; baptism by any means other than immersion; speaking in tongues that are not known languages; Spirit baptism, etc.

What is a false believer? ›

False believers think that declaring their commitment is enough. They don't have to actually follow the beliefs or change how they act. They're members in good standing simply because they declare themselves to be.

Do not take them into your house or welcome them? ›

Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.

Who is Jane Whaley? ›

Jane Whaley, the daughter of a plumber and a homemaker who had two brothers in rural North Carolina, led the group as it grew from a few people to 750, and added almost 2,000 followers in related churches in Brazil, Ghana, Scotland, Sweden and other countries.

Who is the pastor of Word of Faith? ›

Keith A. Butler (born 1955) is the founding pastor of the nondenominational Word of Faith International Christian Center (WOFICC) Church based in Southfield, Michigan. The Church has an estimated 22,000 member congregation.

Is Maverick City worship biblical? ›

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What is the religion of Hillsong? ›

4. Hillsong, which describes itself as a "contemporary Christian church," was founded in Australia in 1983. It has grown to include locations in more than 20 countries; its locations in the U.S. have included New York, New Jersey, California, Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, Texas, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

What is the 5 fold ministry mean? ›

The concept of the five-fold ministry comes from Ephesians 4:11, "It was He (Jesus) who gave some to be (1) apostles, some to be (2) prophets, some to be (3) evangelists, and some to be (4) pastors and (5) teachers."

What is the apostolic dress code? ›

Apostolic Pentecostals typically expect women to dress in modest attire specifically designed for women. In most cases, women must wear full length skirts or dresses at all times. Most churches require that skirts fall below the knee, but some require ankle or floor length skirts.

How old is Kenneth Copeland? ›

Is Kenneth Hagin dead? ›


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