What is a false teacher?
Here's the answer:
A false teacher is someone who teaches false beliefs about God.
A false teacher is not good. A false teacher is someone who teaches false beliefs about God or the Bible. Instead of teaching the truth about Jesus, they teach lies. We can know if a person is a false teacher by what they say. If they say lies about Jesus, we know they are a false teacher.
A false teacher doesn’t preach the Gospel. Instead, they teach wrong beliefs about salvation. They may teach that you have to do something to “earn” salvation. The Bible is clear that we don’t have to do anything to earn salvation. Jesus gives us free salvation when we believe in Him. A false teacher will try to tell us otherwise.
The goal of a false teacher is to turn us away from Jesus. False teachers don’t glorify God; instead, they try to glorify themselves. Many false teachers try to disguise themselves as servants of God, but they are not (2 Corinthians 11:15). If anyone preaches a false view of Jesus and the Gospel, they are a false teacher and we are not to listen.
"Who is the liar? It is anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. The person who says this is the great enemy of Christ. They say no to the Father and the Son" (1 John 2:22).
"What you are accepting is really not the good news at all. It seems that some people have gotten you all mixed up. They are trying to twist the good news about Christ" (Galatians 1:7).
"I have already said it. Now I will say it again. Suppose someone preaches a ‘good news’ that is different from what you accepted. That person should be cursed by God" (Galatians 1:9).