The following is an excerpt from Brannon's book Religious Trojan Horse
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1. False teachers are insincere and use God's word for personal gain.
2 Corinthians 2:17-For we are not like the many who market God's message for profit. On the contrary, we speak with sincerity in Christ, as from God and before God (HCSB).
2. False teachers appeal to the flesh and sin nature of people
2 Peter 2:18-For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.
"Actually escaped"" is better translated "trying to escape or barely escaping." These are often people who are not saved and seek through man-centered efforts to escape the consequences of their sinful lives, only to be deceived by false teachers.
3. False teachers deliberately take scripture out of context to attract a following.
Acts: 20:30-Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.
4. False teachers have a form of godliness but deny God.
2 Timothy 3:5-having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
5. False teachers openly reject truth.
2 Timothy 4:4-and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
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