Seven Characteristics of False Teachers

This material is originally from Thomas Brooks (1608-1680 AD).
Beware false prophets (Matt. 7:15-23)
1. False Teachers are men pleasers (Gal. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:1-4; Isa. 30:10; Jer. 5:30-31). Such smooth teachers are sweet soul-poisoners (Jer. 23:16-17).
2. False Teachers are notable in casting dirt, scorn, and reproach upon the persons, names, and credits of Christ’s most faithful ambassadors. (cf. Num. 16:3; 1 Kings 22:10-26; 2 Cor. 10:10; Matt. 27:63).
3. False teachers are [in]ventors of the devices and visions of their own heads and hearts. (Jer. 14:14; 23:16).
4. 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 moment and concernment to the souls of men (1 Tim. 1:5-7; Matt. 23:23; 1 Tim. 6:3-5).
5. False teachers cover and color their dangerous principles and soul-impostures with very fair speeches and plausible pretenses, with high notions and golden expressions (Gal. 6:12; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Rom. 16:17-18; Matt. 16:6-12; 7:15).
6. False teachers strive more to win over men to their opinions, than to better them in their conersations (behavior). Cf. Matt. 23:17.
7. False teachers make merchandise of their followers (2 Pet. 2:1-3; Rev. 18:11-13; Jer. 6:13.
Now by these characters you may know them, and so shun them, and deliver your souls out of their dangerous snares.
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