The Marks of a False Teacher

Posted by on Sep 6, 2009 in Rev. Serven

1 Timothy 6:3-5

If you know your Bible well, then you can spot a false teacher by his doctrinal aberrations and irregularities (cf. Deuteronomy 18:20-22; Matthew 7:15-20; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Galatians 1:8-9; 1 John 4:1-6; 2 Peter 2:1-22; and Jude 4, 8-16). But what sort of marks does the false teacher manifest in his character? Apparently, the Apostle Paul was concerned that Timothy, the young pastor, and the church in Ephesus might not be able to spot a false teacher until it was too late and the damage had already been done! In this particular passage Paul identifies certain marks in a man’s character that Timothy should watch out for. These seven marks are as true today as they were back then. Let us resolve, then, to learn these for our own protection, as well as for the protection of our young adults and little children.

The Main Point of this Passage:

“He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce…constant friction” 1 Timothy 6:4-5