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Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:3-5

The Effects of False Teachers


1.  These things not pleasant to say or hear - But necessary to teach “whole counsel of God.”  Spiritual maturity will equip you to receive these things, 1 Cor. 3:1-3.

2.  2 Cor. 11:20-21: There were jealous suspicions about apostle Paul among the brethren (saying he was trying to gain from the Corinthians, 10:10; 11:7-12; 12:17-18 – Disgraceful! (11:21)

3. At times we seem to show greater patience, tolerance and acceptance of false teachers than teachers of truth!  cf. 2 Cor. 1­2:11

4. These things ought not to be so, 2 Cor. 11:4; Rom. 16:17; Jude 3. (“Trouble maker; likes a fight, etc.”).  [False teacher → 1 Tim. 6:3]

5. We must know the effects that false teachers and their false doctrine have on body of Christ.


I.  FALSE TEACHERS DECEIVE, 2 Cor. 11:13-15.

  A.  We must not be Caught off Guard.

    1.  Appear as ministers of righteousness.

    2.  Deceptive use of words that corrupt the word of God and the souls of men, 2 Cor. 4:1-2 (2:17).

      a.  Pillage and plunder; Religious raptors, Matt. 7:15.

      b.  Slip in secretly and escape notice, Jude 4.

      c.  Exploit you, 2 Pet. 2:3.

  B.  We Must put the Doctrine of Every Teacher to the Test of Scripture, Acts 17:11; 1 Jno. 4:1, 6; Rev. 2:2; Eph. 5:6-7.


II. FALSE TEACHERS DESTROY, 2 Pet. 2:1-2, 15 (19).

  A.  Destroy Themselves, 2 Pet. 3:16.

  B.  Destroy those who Accept their Error, 2:1-2; 2 Tim. 2:16-18 (the church is harmed, Acts 20:29-30).

  C.  Destroy the Influence of Truth, 2 Pet. 2:2.  (Truth is blasphemed and discounted, cf. Tit. 2:7-8).

  D.  We must Beware and Grow in Knowledge of Truth, 2 Pet. 3:17-18.



  A.  They Covet You for Themselves, not You for the Truth’s Sake, cf. Gal. 6:12-13 with 2 Cor. 12:14-15.

    1.  This gets to motives – some seek to gain an advantage for themselves, Rom. 16:18.

    2.  The means of this devouring (2 Pet. 2:3):

      a.  Feigned words – “formed” (plastic).

      b.  Teach with words suiting the occasion of their covetousness (not with words that suit the need of the hearers), 1 Ths. 2:5; Acts 20:20; Jer. 14:13-15.

  B.  Their Mouths must be Stopped, Titus 1:10-11.

    1.  Withstand with the truth, 2 Cor. 11:4.

    2.  Contend for the faith, Jude 3.

    3.  See the battle clearly, 2 Cor. 10:3-5 (Eph. 6:10-12).

    4.  Identify the false teachers, 2 Tim. 2:16-18.

    5.  Deliver false teachers to Satan, 1 Tim. 1:18-20 (Rom. 16:17).

    6.  Turn away from them, 1 Tim. 6:3, 5.



  A.  Cause Division where Unity should Exist, 1 Cor. 1:10-13.

    1.  The person behind division is the one who teaches contrary to truth, not the one who defends truth, Rom. 16:17; 1 Jno. 2:19.

    2.  Press for unity, but not at expense of truth (Eph. 4:3).

  B.  We Must Mark False Teachers, Rom. 16:17.

    1.  Identify them to limit their sphere of influence and to protect innocent souls.

    2.  Refuse the factious man, Titus 3:10-11.



1.  Applications are as numerous as the teachings of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16-17) - Plan of salvation; worship, work and organ. of local church; Bible authority; MDR…

2.  If we are not willing to see the effects of false teachers and withstand them, we will be their victims and join them in eternal destruction, 2 Ths. 2:10-12