The Bible warns about many false doctrines. Books, magazines, and the internet today are loaded with many false teachings of all kinds and this post will look at the 10 common examples of false doctrines that exist in many churches today.
Some of these false doctrines some Christians hold on to very firmly due to ignorance or just plain stubbornness are nowhere to be found in scripture.
This article, however, will show you 10 examples of false doctrines you need to be aware of so that you don’t get deceived by them or false teachers teaching them.
10 Major Examples Of False Doctrines.
Below are the 10 examples of false doctrines and false teachings you will find in the church today you need to protect yourself from.
- Jesus Christ Isn’t The Only Way.
- God Isn’t A Trinity.
- The Doctrine Of Limited Atonement.
- Jesus Is The Archangel Micah.
- The Doctrine Of Annihilation.
- Eternal Security By John Calvin.
- The Holy Spirit Is A Force.
- Repentance Isn’t Required For Salvation.
- Baptism Regeneration.
1. Jesus Christ Isn’t The Only Way.
This false doctrine told in some churches or false religions states that there are many ways to go to heaven and to find the truth and that Jesus Christ is just one of the paths to finding the truth or going to heaven.
But one thing the false teachers who teach such a heretical false doctrine usually forget the word Jesus Christ said in John 14:6 that, He’s the way, the truth, and the life and that no come can come to the Father except through Him.
If you are such a person who falsely believes that Jesus Christ isn’t the only way to finding the truth as some false religions of this world may want you to believe, then you are deceived, dear. Any attempts to use other means to find the truth will just lead you astray.
2. God Isn’t A Trinity.
The above false doctrine or false teaching assumes that God is just one person and not three distinct persons in one and such people who are anti-Trinitarian are usually modernists.
God’s word tells us in 1 John 5:7 that there are three distinct beings in the Godhead: The Father, the Word (who became Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one and bear record in heaven.
Therefore, any false teacher who tries to tell you that the trinity doctrine is false is not telling you the truth and isn’t rightly dividing the word of truth in their teaching.
3. The Doctrine Of Limited Atonement.
This false doctrine that some churches and religious cults teach assumes that Jesus Christ didn’t die for everyone as 2 Corinthians 5:15 tells us but only for pre-selected individuals.
But the above false teaching told by some heretics is contrary to God’s word as the above bible verse clearly tells us as God has made salvation available to everyone which Titus 2:11 reminds us.
God’s grace that brings salvation is available to everyone and not just a few preselected individuals. Of Couse, God can’t false His free gift of salvation of you if you don’t want to be saved. You must be willing to accept God’s love gift of salvation to be saved and have eternal life.
4. Jesus Is The Archangel Micah.
Believe it or not, certain religious cults teach that Jesus Christ is Micah the archangel Revelations 12:7 talks about who fought Satan and His angels.
However, false teachers who teach such a damnable heresy such as those in the Watch Tower Society and others lack a complete understanding of the divine nature of Jesus Christ and who He truly is.
By saying that Jesus Christ is the archangel Micah, they degrade Christ into a created being just like the angels of which He’s not as He has always existed even before the angels were created as the Word as John 1:1 tells us.
5. The Doctrine Of Annihilation.
This doctrine states that after the great white throne judgment or the last judgment that happens after the 1000 year millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ here on earth all unsaved humans, fallen angels, and Satan himself will be totally destroyed.
Implying that they will no longer exist thereby saying that they won’t face the eternal punishment Mathews 25:46 talks about. Jehovah’s witnesses and SDAs are the ones who usually teach this false teaching of annihilation.
But this teaching is false because both the old testament and the new testament don’t support this false doctrine of annihilation. This is why Jesus Christ said in Mark 9:48, that the fire in hell is unquenchable where the worm will not die.
6. Eternal Security By John Calvin.
The “once saved always saved” doctrine sometimes called eternal security states that once we have been saved and born again through our faith in Jesus Christ, we cannot lose our salvation no matter what we do.
Scripturally, though, this is contrary to numerous warnings in Scripture about falling away and losing salvation (Hebrews 3:12-14; 2 Peter 2:20-22; Matthew 7:21-23).
So, anyone who tries to tell you that you can’t lose your salvation even when you continue in willful sin when the above bible verses prove otherwise is likely a false teacher as that person is directly contradicting God’s word.
7. The Holy Spirit Is A Force.
Some religious cults namely the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that the Holy Spirit isn’t a real person like the Father and the Son but a force or feeling that takes over you.
However, this isn’t true as God’s word tells us that the Holy Spirit is a person or third personality in the Godhead as we see in 1 John 5:7. This is why the Holy Spirit just like the Father and the Son is also referred to as He as well as God, too.
Don’t listen to any false teacher especially the Watch Towers who will try to tell you that God’s Spirit isn’t a person as they are in serious damnable error as God’s Spirit is a person who indwells in believers guiding them into all truth as John 16:13 tells us.
8. Repentance Isn’t Required For Salvation.
False teachers who usually say that you don’t need to repent of your sins to be saved are usually Calvinists who have misinterpreted Ephesians 2:8 which says that we are saved by grace through faith and not of works which is true.
But these heretics who say repentance isn’t needed for salvation when God’s word says otherwise in Acts 3:19 believe that you only need to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved and that you don’t need to abandon your sinful lifestyle.
They claim that only faith alone will save you and that repentance isn’t needed at all forgetting that faith without works is dead. One thing you must know is that repentance is mandatory for salvation as the latter cannot be without the former first happening.
9. Baptism Regeneration.
The belief states that water baptism regenerates or saves a person who has already believed in Christ as his or her Saviour (John 3:16-18; John 20:31) but this false teaching has no backing from the scripture.
False teachers who teach such heresy usually misinterpret what the apostle Peter said in Acts 2:28 forgetting that he told them to first repent and then be baptized and not vice versa.
One thing you need to know is that baptism alone doesn’t save or cleanse one from sin as it’s the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross responsible for doing that. Also, baptism doesn’t regenerate a person as the Holy Spirit is the one responsible for that (Titus 3:5-7).
Last but not least, the doctrine of Preterism is the belief that most, or all, of biblical prophecy, was fulfilled in the first century with the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by Titus in 70 AD.
However, the above false doctrine cannot be found anywhere in scripture, as God’s word is clear that more prophecies are yet to be fulfilled.
One such example of prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled is the millennial reign of Christ on earth (Revelations 20:7), the great white throne judgment (Revelations 20:11-15), and many others.
The above 10 examples of false doctrines are just among many countless false doctrines and false teachings that exist in many churches today and I hope after reading this post, you won’t be deceived by false teachers teaching these destructive heresies leading many astray. Stay blessed and don’t forget to share.
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