Doctrinally Sound Teachers

A Few MORE Good Men: 10 Doctrinally Sound Male Teachers

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Sometimes we ladies fall for the mindset that if we’re going to pick up a Bible study book, read a blog, or listen to Bible teaching, it has to be from a female author or teacher. Not so! There are a lot of fantastic, doctrinally sound, male Bible teachers, pastors, and writers out there – far more males than females, actually – and you’ll really be missing out if you limit yourself to women teachers and writers.

In A Few Good Men, I recommended ten of my favorite male pastors, writers, and podcasters. Here are ten more; and these lists are by no means exhaustive!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Don’t take my (or anyone else’s) word for it that any ministry, podcast, book, or blog is biblical in its doctrine. You MUST do the work of comparing with Scripture everything you read and hear. If it doesn’t match up with God’s word (in context), chuck it.

UUZ-PraH1. Josh Buice– Josh is the pastor of Pray’s Mill Baptist Church in Douglasville, Ga. and has an M.Div. and D.Min. in expository preaching from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His blog, Delivered by Grace, “is designed to be a resource for preachers, teachers, and laypersons in the local church. This site also serves as a place to discuss important theological topics – because doctrine matters!” Josh has written many fine articles, including what I consider to be one of the two definitive pieces on why Matthew 18 doesn’t apply to publicly exposing false doctrine and false teachers, which I often use as a resource. I also enjoy his “Spotlight” feature, a curation of interesting articles and sermons (and don’t forget to check out the “Theology Word of the Week”!). You can give some of Josh’s sermons a listen here.  Facebook  Twitter

2. J.C. Ryle – One of my beloved, “old dead guys,” John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) was the first bishop of Liverpool and a 19th century English pastor, “famed for his firm preaching and staunch defense of evangelical principles, both from the study and the platform. He wrote several well-known books, mainly based on his tracts and sermons, and often addressing issues of contemporary relevance for the Church from a Biblical standpoint. Of these, perhaps the most enduring are “Holiness” and “Practical Religion”.” My favorite book of Ryle’s, however, is The Duties of Parents. Though we might be tempted to think of Ryle as a stodgy, stuffy pastor and theolgian, his genuine, humble love for children and families shines through in this brief treatise on childrearing. Many of Ryle’s works are available on line for free. Download nearly 200 of Ryle’s tracts (booklets), read one of his books or sermons on line, or add a volume or two to your library.  Facebook  Twitter

10551508_1455563974709823_2354371735556505718_o3. Entreating Favor – Headed up by my buddies Landon Chapman and Nate Pickowicz, Entreating Favor is just an all around, solid, well-rounded, Christian general interest blog. You’ll enjoy The Daily Discovery, a curation of articles and videos from around the web, as well as their thoughtful, easy to grasp articles on a variety of church and theology-related topics. Especially helpful at EF are the regularly posted good sermons (if you’re looking for a doctrinally sound pastor to listen to, your search ends here), and Nate’s Best Book in the Bible series, an introductory overview to (eventually) every book of the Bible. Be sure to grab Fire Away (now, on iTunes) for your podcast feed. Lots of interesting discussions with lots of interesting guests. Grace alone. Faith alone. Christ alone. EntreatingFavor.com.  Facebook  Twitter 

Update: Entreating Favor is now dormant, but their former content is still available at the links above.

4. Conrad Mbewe – A man who wears many hats, Conrad is, first and foremost, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia. Conrad is also editor of Reformation Zambia magazine, principal of the Lusaka Ministerial College, chancellor of the African Christian University in Zambia (where Voddie Baucham serves as Dean of Theological Education), and writes and preaches extensively. I first became familiar with Conrad when I heard his sessions at John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference. Conrad’s love and passion for the people of Africa to know Christ and be trained in sound doctrine is palpable and touching. Read Conrad’s blog, A Letter from Kabwata, listen to one of his sermons, or purchase one of his booksFacebook  Twitter

5. Aaron Armstrong – “I hope you’ve noticed something really important: I talk about Jesus a lot here.” That’s what Aaron’s blog, Blogging Theologically, is all about. A recently transplanted (to Nashville) Canadian, Aaron has a love for Christ and His church that drives everything he writes. His articles are fantastic, and he’s got a great daily curation feature, “Links I Like” that I never miss. Aaron is also a contributing writer at another great blog, For the Church, and has written three books as well as some downloadable materials that I highly recommend checking out. Aaron’s unique niche in on-line ministry is theological books and reading. If you’re a reader, or would like to be, you’ll appreciate his daily list of theology and Christian living book deals and where to find them. Aaron also writes helpful book reviews, and his new podcast, Reading Writers is chock full of book discussions, interviews with writers, and helpful reading advice.  Facebook  Twitter

562418_229860250458832_1871086171_n6. Justin Peters  – “Justin Peters Ministries exists to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and to help equip the saved to ‘speak the truth in love’ (Ephesians 4:15). Great care is taken to preach and teach God’s Word in its proper context and simply let the text speak for itself.” The first thing I ever noticed about Justin Peters is his striking example of biblical meekness. Justin is soft-spoken and peaceable, but firm in his gospel convictions and aflame with the desire for the lost to come to salvation. You must read Justin’s testimony of coming to know Christ after years in seminary and ministry as a false convert. What Justin is perhaps best known for is his teaching and discernment ministry exposing the Word of Faith movement. It started with a trip to a faith healer as a teen to have his own cerebral palsy healed and grew into Clouds Without Water, a seminar designed to educate the church on the history, growth, and metastasization of the Word of Faith heresy. Watch an overview of Clouds Without Water, order some of Justin’s materials or listen to his sermons.  Facebook  Twitter

7. Gabriel Hughes– I think the statement, “I don’t know when he finds time to eat and sleep,” might sum up Gabe’s ministry. Strongly committed to sound doctrine, solid preaching, and the Great Commission, Gabe truly has a shepherd’s heart and is the pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Junction City (Kansas). Gabe is an excellent writer and blogs on discernment issues as well as a variety of other topics in which the church body needs training. A former Christian radio professional, God still uses Gabe’s broadcast skills, and he is probably best known outside his own church for his WWUTT (When We Understand the Text) videos on YouTube. WWUTT videos are 90 seconds long and give simple, biblical explanation to a wide range of difficult verses and subjects in Christianity. And if all that weren’t enough, Gabe is an author and hosts the When We Understand the Text Bible study podcast. You can watch WWUTT videos, download WWUTT podcasts, listen to one of Gabe’s sermons, or purchase one of his books at  the WWUTT web site.  Facebook  Twitter

8. This pastor has been removed due to his personal sin.

10634121_10152622508403172_818004728706724209_o9. Mike Leake – Mike is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Marionville, Missouri. Although he’s involved in other impactful ministries outside the pastorate, his resume could end right there. Mike’s a “reglar Joe” pastor of an “average church”. And I think that’s what makes his ministry special and precious. Mike loves his people and focuses on leading and growing them in Christ. Those other impactful ministries? Mike blogs with excellence at Borrowed Light. Today in Blogworld is a fun, daily curation segment, and you’ll find his pastoral articles on various subjects helpful to your sanctification. From time to time, Mike takes his blog readers through a book (such as Martin Lloyd-Jones’ Preaching and Preachers) together, and I have especially appreciated his 31 Day Prayer Challenges (there’s even an app for that!). Check out Mike’s books, The Seeds Project and Torn to Heal.  Facebook  Twitter

10. George Whitefield– “George Whitefield (1714-1770) was a minister in the Church of England and one of the leaders of the Methodist movement…He was famous for his preaching in America which was a significant part of the Great Awakening movement of Christian revivals….In 1738 Whitefield preached a series of revivals in Georgia. Here he established the Bethesda Orphanage, which still exists to this day…Like his contemporary and acquaintance, Jonathan Edwards, Whitefield preached with a Calvinist theology. He was known for his powerful voice and his ability to appeal to the emotions of a crowd.” Whitefield’s zeal for evangelism led him outside the four walls of the church, and it was not unusual to find him preaching to thousands and even tens of thousands in fields along the English countryside. Many of Whitefield’s works are available on line including his sermons and tracts. I thoroughly enjoyed this brief biography of Whitefield by the aforementioned J.C. Ryle, and am looking forward to Steve Lawson’s book on Whitefield.  Facebook  Twitter


Also check out:
A Few Good Men: 10 Doctrinally Sound Male Teachers
A Few Good Men, Again!: 10 Doctrinally Sound Male Teachers

41 thoughts on “A Few MORE Good Men: 10 Doctrinally Sound Male Teachers”

      1. Thank you for your list of favorite pastors. I’d like to add Phil Johnson GTY ; mike Ricardo GTY; Steve Lawson, Paul Washer; Sinclair Ferguson and Ravi Zacharias

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  1. Thank you so much for this list! I linked over to your first list and all but one of them I am familiar with. John MacArthur has especially been instrumental in my growth. I am looking forward to learning from the godly men you have listed here. There are so few anymore and names we have trusted since I can remember are caving and compromising at an alarming rate!

    I also wanted to put a plug in for my brother. He graduated from Masters Seminary about 15 years ago and pastors Grace Church of North Olmsted (gcno.org), a growing church near Cleveland. He is an excellent expositor of the word and I know you would appreciate him very much. I am giving the link here for a recent sermon he gave on meditation–pagan vs. biblical. It really helps clarify what has been such a confusing and cloudy matter to so many.

    Sermon Link: https://8a32aafaee1de72fe1d4149fcb51db9527495960.googledrive.com/host/0BwAG2q-8afa_cFc2QmxRTE9ldm8/201606122-DGood-Psa1-Biblical_Meditation_versus_Pagan_Meditation.mp3

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    1. Hi Catherine-

      Charles Stanley is pretty much doctrinally sound as far as I know, but his teaching is kind of shallow. I’d encourage you to give some of the gents on this list a try for a deeper dig into God’s word.

      Andy Stanley is someone I actively warn people away from. He is definitely a false teacher. For more information on his anti-biblical teachings, click here, here, here, and here.

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    1. Unfortunately, as dynamic and energetic as he is, TD Jakes is one of the worst false teachers out there. Not only does he subscribe to the Word of Faith (prosperity gospel) heresy, he also holds an anti-biblical view of the Trinity (modalism), which puts him outside the camp of Christianity. Here are a few good resources in case you might need more information:

      T.D. Jakes
      Concerns about the Teachings of T. D. Jakes
      The False Teachers: T.D. Jakes

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  2. I’d like to add Pastor Eric Douma from Twin City Fellowship and Bible teacher Bob DeWaay. I have been listening to them for years now. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Venessa-

      Let me reassure you that neither this article nor the prior one (A Few Good Men) are intended to be exhaustive. Praise God, there are many more good male pastors and teachers out there! I just haven’t gotten around to writing volume 3 of this series yet :0)

      Paul Tripp is excellent. Alistair Begg is one of my favorites. I recommended him here.

      The other three men, while I don’t usually warn people away from them, and their doctrine is generally sound, are on my “caution light” list, so I’m not proactively endorsing them right now.

      John Piper concerns me because of his embracing of false teachers Rick Warren, Beth Moore and Christine Caine. I’m also confused by his complementarianism. He will go so far as to say that women shouldn’t be police officers – which isn’t forbidden by Scripture – but will share the stage with Beth Moore and Christine Caine WHILE they are preaching to men – which is forbidden by Scripture.

      Tim Keller believes in theistic evolution. He has also made some concerning ecumenical remarks in the past.

      I was a big Matt Chandler fan for several years, but 2 or 3 years ago, it just seemed like his preaching was slipping a little bit. Nothing huge, and I couldn’t really put my finger on it, it just seemed like he wasn’t sticking as tightly to Scripture as he had in the past. Additionally, he has tweeted a couple of positive things about false teachers that concerned me, and, most concerning to me, Matt’s wife, Lauren, seems to be associating herself with a number of false teachers. Just last year she spoke at IF: Gathering 2015 (see the Popular False Teachers tab at the top of this page), sharing the stage with Christine Caine, Ann Voskamp, Jennie Allen, Rebekah Lyons, and Jen Hatmaker. From what I’ve seen on Twitter she is also friends with several of these women as well as Beth Moore.

      One of the qualifications for being a pastor is: “He must manage his own household well…for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” 1 Timothy 3:4-5. When a pastor’s wife habitually gallivants around with false teachers, that’s an area of his household he’s not managing well. I’m hoping that enough people have raised this issue with both Matt and Lauren that she will be more discerning about the people she does ministry with, and befriends, in the future, so I’m keeping an eye on the situation, and hope to be able to recommend him (and her) again in the future.

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  3. In recent months I have been occasionally checking out Matthew Henry’s commentaries as I’ve been doing my personal Bible reading. Apart from the fact that it’s free (yay!), I’ve been trying to do some research and haven’t found (so far, and I hope, God willing, never will) anything un-Biblical/unsound…If his commentaries have withstood the test of time, I reckon I can stick with Mr. Henry. 🙂

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  4. What do you think of Warren Wiersbe – he is in his 80s, now – but was a Moody preacher & has written loads of books. I use his commentaries all the time – but would love your input. Thanks!

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  5. I am a big fan of the “old guys”. In addition to Spurgeon and Ryle, I would add J Gresham Machen, B.B. Warfield and Andrew Murray McCheyne, Newer old guys J.I. Packer and Alec Motyer are really sound. Last, but not least, Sinclair Ferguson. I have benefitted from his teaching messages and his books (particularly his series on the Sermon on the Mount and the book, The Whole Christ).

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      1. Hi Michelle,

        I thank you appreciate your reply. Since I have found other reviews of John Bevere’s false teachings.

        I have another author I would really like your thoughts about as I have not been able to find anything on this woman. Her name is Stormie Omartain, She has many books on prayers one big one being called “The Power of a Praying Woman”. I would appreciate any information you may know of.

        Thank you, Judy

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      2. Thank you Michelle I will check out that link. I have been using her books and have really enjoyed them. But I so don’t want to do anything against my faith that I shouldn’t do or be lead astray at all either. Do you see anything with using prayers like that for like myself to say and pray over? There are women in our church who say they prayer for their daughters future husbands, do feel that is a good prayer practice?

        I do keep praying for spiritual discernment and have been trying to learn more and educate myself with all that is out there. I have been feeling a bit discouraged and frustrated with all the deception out there and to even learn about that a lot of things I was taught is not entirely true, for example on tithing and speaking in tongues. And then like I said just finding out and hearing things about certain Artists music not really being good for example with Chris Tomlin and Philips, Craigs, and Dean to name a few. AND to even realize some things about Billy Graham now that I have read.

        It’s so frustrating to feel you can hardly trust anyone out there. It’s very concerning to me and has been heavy on heart.

        Thank you again for your time and guidance.

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  6. Hi Michelle,
    Thank you for this extensive list of doctrinally sound preachers and teachers! I know you can’t list them all but I’m wondering if you’d comment on a few others I don’t see on your Doctrinally Sound list or your False Teachers list. What are your thoughts on Mike Fabarez (Focal Point Ministries), Ravi Zacharias, and Max Lucado? Your website and blog posts have been a real blessing to me! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Jody-

      Briefly, Mike Fabarez- yes. Max Lucado- no. (This kind of thing, plus he’s leaning mystical these days. Ravi Zacharias- no. I don’t know much about his doctrine, but I do know he has appeared on Joyce Meyer’s show, shared the stage with false teachers Levi Lusko and Christine Caine (Meyer and Caine both preach to men, so he must not have a problem with that) at the Passion 2016 conference, and was involved in a sexting scandal (with a woman not his wife) last year.

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      1. Thank you Michelle, I appreciate your input! You confirmed my suspicions on Lucado and Zacharias and I am glad to hear you agree on Pastor Mike Fabarez. His studies on Focal Point Ministries (especially The Old Testament Survey) have been tremendously informative and edifying for me.

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  7. Reading about so many false teachers makes me want to cry but I believe they are out there in droves and more and more. How can we not be discouraged by this and even question our own salvation at times? I think the answer is to lean heavily and stick with the Word, nothing else. It’s good to know there are also good Biblical teachers.

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  8. I have come to love to listen to Voddie Baucham – my husband. and daughter also like him.

    What are your thoughts on Micheal Yousef- also what about Billy Graham
    I know Billy Graham was not Calvinist but what I saw of his Gospel message in more recent years – it was one of repentance and turning from sin- , Surrendering to Christ as Lord, not just saying a prayer.

    Do you believe one is not saved unless they are Calvinist? Do you consider one that is not Calvinist to be a false teacher. I don’t fully understand it but I have to believe God is Sovereign over salvation – but we are still responsible-

    What about Micheal and Debi Pearl- they are not Calvinist but they truly believe what you believe about women are not to teach men. I was given a book she authored- Created to Be His Helpmeet – it helped me through a terrible 5 years of marriage- along with much prayer. It is about the Biblical role of a wife and honoring and respecting your husband even in hard times- even if to honor the Lord only. Honoring a husband saved or lost and respecting and obeying him as long as he does not tell you to sin against the Lord . This family homeschools – the friend that gave this book to me is a pastors wife and they homeschool 10 children . Even though not Calvinist their teaching on marriage and training a child seem doctrinally sound- but I am asking you since you seem to have great discernment on false teachers according to God’s Word. I really would like your input on these teachers please.

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    1. Hi Theresa- I’ve answered some of your questions in today’s Mailbag article, and will answer more in the future.

      No, I absolutely do not believe someone has to be a Calvinist in order to be saved, nor do I believe not being a Calvinist makes someone a false teacher. Most of the churches I have been a member of in my lifetime have not been Calvinist churches and I have known many good brothers and sisters who are not Calvinists. Calvinism is not even something I take into consideration when vetting teachers. But I will say this- as I have researched various teachers and then later found out whether or not they are Calvinists, there are exponentially more false teachers who aren’t Calvinists than who are.

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      1. Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you regarding the other teachers I mentioned. Thank you for clearing up my questions on Calvinism and salvation. I am not particularly in what claims to be a Calvinist church but our pastor does an excellent job of proclaiming the Sovereignty of God and that nothing in us would even desire Christ but that he pursues us and by his Grace puts that desire in us for him and Grants us the desire and ability for repentance which therefore leads to a transformed life . My brother is in a Reformed Baptist – Calvinist church and I know lots of them personally. They are truly a people of like minds for Christ , A church of genuine believers that stand out as different from those of this world . I am really thankful I came upon your website . It has cause me to think and search deeper on issues I already have been having concerns and questions about .

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