Discernment, False Teachers, Mailbag

The Mailbag: Do you recommend these teachers/authors? Volume 3

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I get lots of questions about particular authors, pastors, and Bible teachers, and whether or not I recommend them. Some of the best known can be found above at my Popular False Teachers tab. Below are some others I’ve been asked about recently, so I’ve done a quick check (this is brief research, not exhaustive) on each of them.

Generally speaking, in order for me to recommend a teacher, speaker, or author, he or she has to meet three criteria:

a) A female teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly preach to or teach men in violation of 1 Timothy 2:12. A male teacher or pastor cannot allow women to carry out this violation of Scripture in his ministry. The pastor or teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly be living in any other sin (for example, cohabiting with her boyfriend or living as a homosexual).

b) The pastor or teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly be partnering with or frequently appearing with false teachers. This is a violation of Scripture.

c) The pastor or teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly be teaching false doctrine.

I am not very familiar with the women and ministries listed below and have not had much of an opportunity to examine their writings or hear them speak, so most of the “quick checking” I did involved items a and b (although in order to partner with false teachers (b) it is reasonable to assume their doctrine is acceptable to the false teacher and that they are not teaching anything that would conflict with the false teacher’s doctrine).

Just to be clear, “not recommended” is a spectrum. On one end of this spectrum are people like Nancy Leigh DeMoss Wolgemuth and Kay Arthur. These are people I would not label as false teachers because their doctrine is generally sound, but because of some red flags I’m seeing with them, you won’t find me proactively endorsing them or suggesting them as a good resource, either. There are better people you could be listening to. On the other end of the spectrum are people like Joyce Meyer and Rachel Held Evans- complete heretics whose teachings, if believed, might lead you to an eternity in Hell. Most of the teachers I review fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum (leaning toward the latter).

Jill Briscoe- Not recommended. “Jill has written more than 40 books, traveled on every continent teaching and encouraging, served on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief, and now acts as Executive Editor of a magazine for women called Just Between Us. Jill can be heard regularly on the worldwide media ministry called Telling the Truth.”

When I began my research of Jill a few months ago, there was a “live chat” feature on her web site, Telling the Truth, and I had a lengthy exchange with a kind and polite representative of the ministry named Elizabeth who answered several questions for me. A couple of brief excerpts from our chat:

Jill is on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief, and she is an executive editor of the women’s ministry “Just Between Us,” – so her doctrine would most likely line up with much of the doctrine of those organizations.

Christianity Today is such an “anything goes” theological train wreck that it’s often derisively dubbed Christianity Astray. I’m not saying Jill agrees with every article they publish, but, word to the wise, don’t ever tell people you’re trying to convince you’re doctrinally sound that your doctrine lines up with Christianity Today. Here’s the closest thing I could find to a statement of faith for World Relief. There is zero mention of the gospel or evangelism, but can you count how many times the word (social) “justice” is used? Just Between Us has a brief, if generic, statement of faith. What’s there (which is not much) is doctrinally sound, but a quick look at JBU’s Facebook page tells another story. Neither Lisa Harper nor Proverbs 31/Lysa TerKeurst are doctrinally sound, and we also learn that Jill will be a featured speaker at IF:Gathering’s IF:Lead conference.

Screenshot: 9/22/17

Some additional insight into Jill’s theology can be found in this excerpt from her book, God’s Front Door. Jill “writes several short dialogues with the Father” (in a “Jesus Calling-ish” style) to help readers cope with life issues large and small. It is unclear whether or not she also directs the reader to Scripture for help in dealing with life’s problems, but that is where Christians should find guidance, not in someone’s fictionalized dialogues with God.

[Jill] does speak to audiences which include men, though it is under the authority of the leadership of those churches and groups, and also under the authority of her husband, Stuart.

Elizabeth also e-mailed me a copy of the “form letter” e-mail Stuart sends out when questioned about Jill preaching to men. It’s too long to reprint here, but basically his stance is that 1 Timothy 2:12 was a prohibition that applied only to the theologically ignorant women of Paul’s day and is no longer applicable. In addition to that error, the Bible nowhere says women may preach to men if they’re doing so “under their husband’s/a pastor’s/a church’s authority”.

Finally, Jill spoke at 2017’s IF:Gathering alongside false teachers Jennie Allen, Rebekah Lyons, Shauna Niequist, Bianca Olthoff (below), Lysa TerKeurst, and Ann Voskamp, among others.

Lauren Chandler- Not recommended. Lauren’s primary claim to fame is that she is married to Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church, author, and speaker. Lauren is an author, conference speaker, singer and songwriter, and sometimes leads worship at TVC. Because her speaking engagements are infrequent and she has only authored one book, information on her doctrine and teaching are sparse. I have no reason to believe her doctrine deviates significantly from Matt’s, which could be characterized as generally doctrinally sound Reformed Charismatic. I also have no reason to believe she preaches to men, as all of her speaking events I’ve been able to locate have either been women’s events or marriage conferences with her husband.

The reason I would not recommend you follow Lauren Chandler is her lack of discernment in partnering with and being influenced by false teachers. As worship leader at TVC, Lauren has selected music by Bethel and Israel Houghton (Joel Osteen’s former worship leader). She has guest blogged for Priscilla ShirerHere, she publicly declares her desire to meet Christine Caine, which is something she will be able to cross off her bucket list later this week when she appears alongside her (as well as false teachers Ann Voskamp, Bianca Olthoff {below}, Jennie Allen, Rebekah Lyons, and female “pastor” Jeanne Stevens) at IF: Gathering 2018. In fact, Lauren has become an annual fixture at IF:Gathering (2013-2017).

In addition to appearing with Ann Voskamp at various IF: Gatherings, Lauren proudly appeared with her (as well as Rebekah Lyons and another female “pastor”) at this 2014 conference. Ann Voskamp wrote the foreword for Lauren’s book, an endorsement for Lauren’s book, and wrote about their friendship on her blog. In this interview, Lauren lists Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts as one of the three books that has “most profoundly shaped how you serve and lead others for the sake of the gospel”.

Beth Moore is another major influence on Lauren. Lauren participates in small group Beth Moore “Bible” studies. Last summer, LifeWay Women partnered Beth and Lauren in a joint summer Bible study event. In the video promo, Beth speaks about her personal friendship with Lauren (which is evident in their Twitter interactions) and Matt and the time their families have spent together. Beth wrote an endorsement for Lauren’s book. In this interview, when asked, “Who is a great female leader or writer that you look up to/read?” Lauren answered, “I truly love Beth Moore…”.

When false teachers have this much influence on someone’s teaching and ministry, she is not someone you should be following or receiving teaching from.

Tony Evans- Not recommended. Tony Evans has been the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for over forty years. He has authored over 100 books, hosts a daily radio program, The Alternative with Tony Evans, and serves as chaplain to the Dallas Mavericks.

But in women’s ministry circles, he’s probably best known as false teacher Priscilla Shirer’s dad. Tony contributed to the new edition of Priscilla’s book Discerning the Voice of God, which teaches the unbiblical doctrine of extra-biblical revelation, and Priscilla wrote the foreword for his book, Prayers for Victory in Spiritual Warfarewhich contains some of Tony’s unbiblical views of spiritual warfare. Tony also seems to hold to inclusivism.

Tony has written a number of devotions for Lysa TerKeurst’s Proverbs 31 Ministries. He allowed Christine Caine to serve as keynote speaker at his church’s Desperate for Jesus 2017 women’s conference and he participated in a panel discussion that included her. Tony allowed Beth Moore to speak at Desperate for Jesus 2010, and later invited her back to speak again.

Rachel Hollis- Not recommended. Rachel is a self-made lifestyle blogger, podcaster, and author. Aside from calling herself a Christian and scattering references to “faith” and God through her writing like a few sprinkles on a poisonous cupcake, Rachel is, at best, extraordinarily biblically ignorant, and, at worst, not saved. Her “theology” is basically anything goes (any religion, any sin you want to participate in {except the ones she doesn’t like, like “judging”}, any dream you want to pursue, etc.), no gospel, entrepreneurial self-help. The best way to grasp her self-idolizing teaching is to read these excellent, doctrinally sound reviews of her best-selling “Christian” book (it’s marketed in the Christian genre and published by a Christian publisher) Girl, Wash Your Face by RebekahAlisaElizabeth, Summer (Part 1, 2, 3), and Challies, and listen to the Girl, Check Your Theology episode of Theology Gals. You can also check out reviews of Rachel’s second book, Girl, Stop Apologizing, by Theology Gals and Jen Oshman. These godly ladies (and gentleman) do a praiseworthy job of comparing Rachel’s ideas with Scripture and demonstrating the multiple ways Rachel’s books, and her ideology, are decidedly not biblical.

In addition to the multiple, egregious theological errors Rachel teaches…

Rachel and her husband host a weekend couple’s conference called Rise Together. You’ll notice I didn’t say “marriage conference”. That’s because it is open to “everyone in a romantic relationship” including unmarried couples and couples of “every orientation” (read: homosexual). Fortunately, the $1795 per couple price tag for tickets will deter many from attending.

Rachel and (feminist, pro-homosexuality) Jen Hatmaker are friends. Jen is the author of Rachel’s favorite book: “…this book really did fundamentally change the way I view the world around me and the way I choose to live my life.” Jen has appeared at Rachel’s Rise Conference, Rachel has appeared on Jen’s podcast (in which Jen promoted Rachel’s book), and they’ve connected on a number of other occasions and projects. After getting a feel for Rachel’s “theology”, I thought, “I’ll bet she’s a pretty big Oprah fan.” Yep, that too.

Unless you’re someone who’s a student of discernment and you need a lot of practice (like, a LOT) comparing unbiblical ideas to Scripture, I would recommend you stay far, far away from Rachel Hollis and her materials.

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Chrystal Evans Hurst- Not recommended. “Chrystal is a gifted writer, speaker, and worship leader….the eldest child of Dr. Tony and Lois Evans…Chrystal has recently co-authored a book, Kingdom Woman: Embracing Your Purpose, Power, and Possibilities, with her dad.” Tony Evans (see above) is not someone a doctrinally sound woman would co-author a book with. Priscilla Shirer, Chrystal’s sister, wrote the foreword for Chrystal and Tony’s book as well as Chrystal’s first book, She’s Still There. It would seem that Chrystal approves of Priscilla’s and Tony’s unbiblical theology and they approve of hers (which, logically, would mean her theology either agrees with or doesn’t significantly contradict theirs).

Besides Priscilla, Chrystal has numerous ties to false teachers: Chrystal was a featured speaker at Lysa TerKeurst’s conference, She Speaks 2017, is a staff speaker for Lysa’s Proverbs 31 Ministries, and has written several devotions for the Proverbs 31 web site. Chrystal and Christine Caine were the featured speakers at Desperate for Jesus 2017 at Chrystal’s home church (Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, pastored by her father). Here and here, Chrystal recommends a Joyce Meyer book. Lisa Harper was a recent guest on Chrystal’s podcast. Chrystal was a featured guest on the Jesus Calling podcast. Chrystal has positively retweeted Jen Hatmaker (who is pro-homosexuality).

Brenda Leavenworth- Not recommended, however, not having evidence to the contrary, I do not believe Brenda is a false teacher. “Brenda is the Women’s Ministry Director at Reliance Church,” which is a Calvary Chapel church. She is the author of Far Above Rubies, a study of biblical womanhood from Proverbs 31 and supplementary series of workshops on cooking, hospitality, organization, etc., corresponding to each chapter of the study. Brenda also “teaches courses in Proverbs 31 and Women’s Ministry for the Calvary Chapel Bible College.”

I appreciate that Brenda seems to be very involved in her home church, prioritizing ministry there over outside ministry. Reliance Church’s statement of faith, as stated on their web site, seems to be doctrinally sound. I’m also intrigued by the concept of the Far Above Rubies study/workshops, and would be interested in reading/attending it myself.

I did not find any personal or speaking event connections between Brenda and any known false teachers, nor do I see any online evidence that she teaches men. Besides the fact that I haven’t had the opportunity to read or listen to her teaching, the two red flags holding me back from endorsing her are:

The current Calvary Chapel conflict. For years, Calvary Chapel has generally had a reputation for being a doctrinally sound mini-denomination. However, over the last few years, several of its member churches have cut ties with CC due to decisions by those in CC leadership to move toward less doctrinally sound teachings and practices than they have previously upheld. I have no idea whether or not Brenda is in agreement with any or all of these decisions made by CC leadership, but the fact remains that she teaches at the CC college and is an active member of a CC church. You can read more about the issues with Calvary Chapel here.

Vetting of resources. The women’s ministry resources page of Reliance Church’s website recommends resources by Francis Chan, Lysa TerKeurst, John Maxwell, and Hillsong. Sometimes people are unaware of the doctrinal problems with the resources and teachers they recommend, and this may be the case with Brenda, but teachers and leaders are held to a higher standard. It is not biblically appropriate for those in positions of leadership to recommend materials by people who teach or behave in ways contrary to Scripture, and I cannot recommend someone who does.

Leslie Ludy- Cautiously and tentatively recommended pending further information (please see remarks by “Leslie A” in the comments section). “Leslie Ludy is a bestselling author and speaker with a passion for helping women become set apart for Christ. She and her husband, Eric, are the authors of twenty-one books…Leslie is the director of Set Apart Girl and Set Apart Motherhood.” She also spearheads an annual women’s conference, writes and oversees Set Apart Girl magazine, and hosts a weekly podcast.

I’ve put a bit more time than usual into researching Leslie, because, while there have been a few vague questions raised about her here and there, I find her to be generally doctrinally sound, and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something. As far as I can tell, Leslie ministers and speaks only to audiences of women. I have found no connections between her and any known false teachers. I have read several of Leslie’s articles (I especially appreciated this one), have listened to two or three dozen of her podcasts, and have read through the doctrinal statements on the various websites she and her husband, Eric, run. Though there are a few points of theology on which I do not necessarily agree with the Ludys, I have not, at this point, found anything I would classify as false doctrine or anything that would suggest I should warn women away from Leslie.

Bianca Olthoff- Not recommended. Bianca works as “Chief Storyteller” for the A21 Campaign, false teacher Christine Caine’s human trafficking organization. A perusal of her calendar page shows her speaking at Pray, Love, Lead at Saddleback (Rick Warren’s “church”), IF Gathering, Thrive (Lysa TerKeurst & Ann Voskamp), Bethel- Redding, Elevation (Steven Furtick), and numerous other conferences with false teachers and female “pastors,” at least one of which is being held at a “church” pastored by a woman. Bianca believes she receives extra-biblical revelation from God about people at her conferences needing healing. She also has several Sunday speaking engagements at churches, some of which, undoubtedly, will have her preaching to men. (This video indicates she is preaching the Sunday sermon, which means she’s preaching to men, and here she admits to teaching God’s word to men.)

Wellspring Group- Not enough online information for a recommendation or warning. Wellspring Group is a parachurch workshop ministry. According to their website, “We long to see lives, marriages, families and churches transformed so broadly and radically that it actually changes the leadership culture of the church, both here in North America and also around the world. We dream of… Overflowing Transformation.” I did not see anything overtly unbiblical on Wellspring’s web site, and many of their objectives and descriptions of their teachings sound biblical and gospel-centered. I did not discover any ties between Wellspring and known false teachers. However, I did note several red flag-raising buzzwords on the site which gave me pause.

One of these buzzwords was “spiritual formation.” Some churches and ministries innocently, and ignorantly, use the term “spiritual formation” as a trendy new synonym for the word “discipleship,” and their “spiritual formation” classes are just as doctrinally sound as if they called them “discipleship” classes. If this is the way in which Wellspring is using the term, that’s not a problem, other than the confusion it causes. The confusion comes in because of the unbiblical spiritual formation movement, which centers around mysticism, works righteousness, contemplative prayer, and other unbiblical doctrines and practices. If Wellspring incorporates these things into its workshops, I definitely do not recommend it.

If you have the opportunity to attend a Wellspring workshop, I would urge you to proceed with caution and – as with any other Christian event or teacher – be a good Berean and compare everything you hear to Scripture.

Update: After reading this article, one of my readers who has personal experience with Wellspring Group wrote in and shared her thoughts. If everything she says is accurate, I certainly would never recommend Wellspring Group. You can read her review of the program here.

Jen Wilkin- Cautiously partially recommended. Jen is a women’s Bible study author, blogger, and conference speaker, and is on staff on the executive team of The Village Church. To my knowledge all of Jen’s books and Bible study materials are doctrinally sound (though I have not personally read any of them), but I have some concerns about her in other areas. That said, I definitely do not consider Jen to be a false teacher. I’ve published a review of Jen’s book, Women of the Wordand here is a reader’s take on her book 1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ:

“…in the foreword Jen wrote, ‘a paraphrase, such as the NLT or The Message, can be useful but should be regarded as a commentary rather than a translation.’ However, aside from that, I have found no other problems with the book at all. It is an eight week long study of 1 Peter based on the method of Bible study that she writes about in Women of the Word. My favorite thing about this study is that it causes us to focus on what the text is telling us about God. I love how Jen Wilkin is teaching women to study the Bible properly. I wish she would be more discerning about who and what she endorses though. There are so few women who bring us solid teaching and discernment.”

I’ve heard several positive reviews of Jen’s books from other trusted and discerning friends as well.

I’ve looked through all of Jen’s speaking engagements listed for spring 2018. All appear to be women’s conferences or events, and her speaking engagement request form says she is a “teacher who helps women…”. None of the events listed on her blog have her appearing with any false teachers, but she is scheduled to speak at the Abundance conference in November 2018 alongside Lisa Harper, Rachael Myers, and Amanda Bible Williams. Which leads into to my concerns about Jen.

In addition to the sharing the stage with these problematic teachers, I’m concerned about some connections Jen has with Beth Moore and other false teachers. In 2013, Jen wrote a blog post entitled, The Next Beth Moore in which she spoke glowingly of Beth, her teaching, and one of her books. She has also had a couple of friendly interactions with Beth on Twitter. Jen has appeared on the IF: Gathering podcast with Jennie Allen (to discuss and promote Women of the Word). She wrote a devotional for Lysa TerKeurst’s Proverbs 31 blog. I want to stress that these things have been few and far between, and it is possible, to some degree, that Jen isn’t aware of the doctrinal problems with these women or that she simply made a few unwise associations as we all do from time to time.

In the same way the influence Steven Furtick has on Lysa TerKeurst as her pastor is worrisome, I’ve been seeing some things over the past few years with Jen’s pastor, Matt Chandler, and his wife, Lauren (with whom Jen sometimes appears at conferences), that have given me pause. Jen is pastored by Matt, and as a ministry leader and staff member at The Village Church, she works under his direction and influence. Over the past few years, Matt has publicly praised false teachers like Ann Voskamp, Beth Moore, and Jesus Culture. He recently raised some questions about the extent of his continuationism by playing this video prior to a sermon. He allows Bethel and Israel Houghton (Joel Osteen’s former worship leader) music to be used for worship at his church. Matt allows his wife, a worship leader at TVC, to select this music, and to yoke with and be influenced by numerous false teachers (see section on Lauren Chandler above). Again, this is something to weigh when considering Jen, but weigh carefully. While it is probable that she is being influenced by Matt and Lauren and their associations, it is quite possible she could be expressing her concerns to them about these associations behind the scenes.

Finally, there have been questions about exactly where Jen stands on the biblical role of women in the church. That she presents herself as, and is known as, a strong complementarian is very clear. She has stated equally clearly that women are not to hold the office of pastor. But beyond that, in listening to and reading her articles and interviews about the importance of women leading in the church, I’m not really clear on what positions of church leadership she thinks are and are not biblical for women. For example: May a woman guest preach the Sunday sermon as long as she is not the pastor of that church? Teach co-ed adult Sunday School? Preach sermons to mixed audiences at conferences? Perhaps she has been very clear about these types of things somewhere and I have just missed it. I’m not saying she has an unbiblical stance on these issues, I’m just saying I’m unclear as to what her stance is. I have attempted to contact Jen about this issue and other questions, but have not received a response.

In summary, my recommendation on Jen right now is that, as far as I know, her books, articles, Bible study materials, and any of her speaking engagements that don’t include doctrinally unsound teachers, are biblical and trustworthy. Just don’t assume everyone she associates with socially or in ministry is doctrinally sound and someone you should receive teaching from.

I truly regret that I’m unable to give a wholehearted endorsement to all of these women and ministries. I’m sure they’re all perfectly nice people who, in their own hearts, have only the best of intentions, but Christian leaders and teachers have a grave responsibility to Christ and to their listeners to teach sound doctrine and walk in obedience to Scripture. Please understand that this is not a personal attack on any of these women or ministries, only answers to readers’ questions about whether or not I recommend them and their materials.

If you have a question about: a well known Christian author/leader, a Bible passage, an aspect of theology, a current issue in Christianity, or how to biblically handle a family, life, or church situation, comment below (I’ll hold all questions in queue {unpublished} for a future edition of The Mailbag) or send me an e-mail or private message. If your question is chosen for publication, your anonymity will be protected.

46 thoughts on “The Mailbag: Do you recommend these teachers/authors? Volume 3”

  1. I’d like to offer a big caution regarding Eric and Leslie Ludy. My daughter went to Ellerslie (their Bible training program) and was forced to leave halfway through due to how steeped the program was in mysticism. There was no sign of this on their website and I had not caught it in his sermons. But the school was very much an education in mysticsm, including books by Catholic mystics on their reading list (that’s just one example). I try to warn anyone I can about this. Upon further investigation, it would seem that they follow Keswick theology. You may want to check it out.

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    1. Hi Leslie- Thanks for the information. I’d like to look into this further. Would you happen to have any solid evidence (links to their curriculum, teaching videos, etc.) about the mysticism or Keswick theology? (It’s not that I don’t believe you, just that I have to present evidence in my articles.)


      1. Oh I totally understand. What we found is that they are very careful in their advertising of the program and it wasn’t until a couple of weeks in that this showed itself. I will check and see if our daughter still has a reading list or syllabus from the program.

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  2. I am somewhat uncomfortable with Eric Ludy’s short films on the Ludys’ Ellerslie website, specifically the two entitled The Gospel and Intercession (which I found only yesterday when looking around after reading your article). In The Gospel film, the sinner is depicted as being imprisoned by Satan, about to be executed by him. As Satan enters the cell with a whip, Christ suddenly steps in front of the sinner and takes his punishment. There’s no mention of God’s wrath, or his judgement of sin – it’s all Satan’s doing. I don’t like the implication that Christ’s atoning death on the cross was a punishment carried out by Satan. God’s Word makes it clear in Isaiah, for example, that Christ was “smitten by God”, that it was the LORD who laid on Him our iniquity, and that it was the will of the LORD to crush him.
    In the Intercession film, Christ is shown as our intercessor against Satan, as the one who stands in the gap of our personal ‘breaches’ and shields us from the blows of Satan. Yet Scripture makes it clear that Christ is our intercessor before the throne of God. Is it heresy? Hmmmm. If I was defining the gospel and Christ as our intercessor in short films for those being introduced to my ministry, this is certainly not the direction I would have chosen. At the very least I think it muddies the gospel message. It’s worth checking out the videos, in my opinion.


  3. Thank you for posting this. A little more on Tony Evans. I listened to him during my morning commute for a couple of months and nothing ran any bells, he was even silent about his daughter. Then he started teaching the Gap theory. and I turned my radio off, never listened to him again. I now listen to John MacArthur’s sermons in the AM because Christian radio in my area is literally poison.

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  4. I ran across your blog and was interested in skimming some of the articles about some of the Christian authors that I read. While I understand your desire to provide a word of caution to those of us who are sincerely wanting to be discerning, I would provide a word of caution to you. As you criticized those “doctrininally unsound” and false teachers, I was interested to scroll down to the botttom if you page to find Hulu advertisements for several tv shows that are definitely NOT Christian. While you may not be able to control which advertisements pop up on your website, you should be aware of the juxtaposition of your criticism and the advertisements that appear nearby.


    1. Hi Katherin- That’s covered in the “Welcome- Start Here” tab under “Inappropriate Ads.” I don’t place the ads on my site. I don’t choose the ads. I don’t have any control over the ads. I can’t even see the ads from my end. The ads have nothing to do with me or the content of my articles.

      The hair thin connection you’re trying to make in order to unbiblically judge me is tantamount to saying that if someone puts a banner ad for Joel Osteen on a bus and a doctrinally sound pastor rides that bus to work every day, he’s a hypocrite if he gives a biblical warning (which is what I do, not “criticize”) against Joel Osteen.

      I apologize if the ads offend you. I would suggest installing the ad blocker I’ve linked to in the article and reporting the ads to WordPress as outlined in the article.

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      1. This is old, but I wanted to add that the unbiblical ads that show up on your computer come from what has been viewed on your computer. If not by you, then by someone else you share that computer with. Google ads logs what is viewed and shows you ads from sites recently viewed or sites that are similar to what was viewed. Example….I looked at jewelry from etsy and dresses from eshakti, so until I delete my history, most of my ads are etsy or eshatki, trying to tempt me to purchase! You might want to talk to your kids or husband, if applicable. Do not be decieved and do not blame the blogger (unless they are legitimate sponsored ads).

        Another option is installing the free program adblock plus. It only works on computers though, not phones or tablets (well, anyway).

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  5. Hi Michelle, the comments were closed on the February 5, 2018 article. I had a suggestion regarding some of the issues of concern you listed with Jen Wilkin. Would you consider contacting her through email to ask her those questions that are of concern? That way, if she takes the time to answer, we would know directly from her where she is on things doctrinally.


      1. Sorry Michelle to take your time when you had explained it. I was catching the email pretty quickly this morning before I left for work, so I didn’t read those details. We are currently doing the Jen Wilkin study at our church. So far, I haven’t found any doctrinal errors. I may write to her myself at some point. I recall the Beth Moore comments. Hopefully it was in the past so that she may now understand that Beth’s teaching is false. I certainly do not mind asking her. Thanks for all your work, and again, I apologize that I took up time with a repeat question!


  6. Hey Michelle,
    I really appreciated this post. I was just rereading it since I’ve been asked if Jen Wilkin is sound by a friend and I was wondering if, in light of more recent events and such your opinion of her had changed or if you would still recommend her (sans associates of course)?
    Thanks so much for the hard work you’ve put into researching these teachers, I have referenced this article multiple times in my own research of teachers and in helping my friends.


    1. Hi Vanessa-

      At this point (6-9-18), I’m going to go ahead and stick with what I’ve written here. I add to and update these articles periodically, and the part on Jen Wilkin was just added about 3 months ago. I’m still in a “wait and watch” holding pattern on Jen. It’s my hope she will correct her course to a more biblical one.


  7. I am doing Jen Wilkin’s Genesis study right now with friends. Jen is very “in” right now, but there were some things she said in her video teaching that raised a few red flags. So, I’ve been trying to find out more about her and it’s hard because she won’t discuss certain issues. What I did find was that Matt Chandler seems to lean very Old Earth and is influenced by those like Hugh Ross etc. I get the feeling Jen is influenced by that line of thinking too. Before you recommend her, try the Genesis study for yourself and see if you get that vibe from her video teaching. Whenever someone avoids a doctrinal statement on issues like creation, it just makes me wonder. You won’t recommend someone like Kay Arthur, but at least Kay Arthur does not teach compromised gray areas and I’m starting to think that Matt Chandler & Jen Wilkin like this idea of : we don’t know the truth or we can’t know for sure or just kind of leaving it gray because there are just all of these things that supposedly we can’t understand from scripture and where people stand on some of these theological issues shouldn’t matter. I think some things do matter- a lot. So, before I follow someone’s teaching, I’d like to know where they stand and I just don’t know where Jen stands, like it’s some secret. Something about it bothers me.


  8. I would agree with the above posters on the Ludy’s. I have listened to most of Eric’s sermons and read many of his books. There is Keswick Theology, and that video on the Gospel is not correct. If I were him I would have pulled it. His school/training center seems to border on legalism. I would urge caution. I want to thank Michelle for her work. It’s helpful to me when speaking to others in our church about some of the above teachers. It provides a link I can send them.


  9. Hello! I know this is an older article but I have a question about your section on Jen Wilkin. You said you have never read any of her books, but then in the next paragraph say you published a review of her book Women of the Word. So, did you review it without reading it or had you since read it?


    1. Hi Meghan, if you’ll click on the link (click on the words “Women of the Word”) it will take you to that review, which I published as an article on my blog, but which was written by someone else (the author of that review is named “Michele” – one L – so don’t let that confuse you :0)). Hope this helps.


  10. Hi Michelle, thank you for all your work. I have not found any information on Gloria Furman. I read your post about tips for discerning false teachers for ourselves, but beyond her sharing the stage with Jen Wilkin and Jackie Hill Perry at the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference 2018, I was unable to turn up any other red flags. She doesn’t have any statement of faith on her blog, but I went to her husband’s church (he’s a pastor) website and their doctrine seems sound. We are considering her study “Missional Motherhood” and I would love any insight you might have on her. Thank you and God bless.


    1. Hi Mandy-

      The best I can tell you is that she has a reputation for being doctrinally sound, and no one has brought to my attention any problems with her. It is probably a “no news is (hopefully) good news” situation. I have not read any of her books or heard her speak.

      Just a reminder, in fairness to Gloria, many of the problems that have come to light with Jen and Jackie have been after the conference they spoke at in 2018, so that doesn’t necessarily indicate a red flag.


    1. Hi Inga- Not at all. There are lots of wonderful Christian books out there by doctrinally sound authors that are great for leisure time reading. You can find some of those authors at the “Recommended Bible Teachers” tab (in the blue menu bar at the top of this page). However when it’s time to study the Bible, I strongly recommend women study straight from the Bible itself, rather than relying on what I call “canned” Bible studies (books, DVDs, etc.). I explain more in the “Bible Studies” tab (in the blue menu bar at the top of this page).


  11. Hi Michelle, I guess since this was originally dated May, 2017 i am late in asking this question but i watched the American Gospel movie and was surprised that Matt Chandler was featured in the movie speaking several times. I remembered reading that his wife, Lauren, was on this list and am just wondering, has his theology changed since this was written? Do you still consider them among the false teachers? If so, why was he featured in the movie?


    1. Hi Scarlett- I’m in the process of updating these articles and splitting them out into separate articles for each person. I’ve finished v.1 but haven’t finished v.2 or v.3 yet. That said, the info on Matt and Lauren here is still accurate, only, unfortunately, Matt has gotten further into his unbiblical views on race, reparations, etc. They are both still “not recommended,” but I’m not sure I’m ready to use the label “false teacher” for either of them just yet. At any rate, I would not recommend that anybody follow or receive teaching from either of them.

      I don’t want to speak for Brandon Kimber (the creator of the AG movies) as to why he featured Matt (and also Jackie Hill Perry, whom I would also not recommend) in the movie, so I would encourage you to contact him directly with questions about that. My guess is that, at the time AG was being put together and filmed, Matt was still just flirting around the edges of the problematic stuff he’s more deeply into now, and a lot of people, including possibly Brandon, were either unaware of that or didn’t see Matt’s level of involvement back then to be problematic. Certainly, he could not predict the trajectory Matt would take in the future. Same basic thing for Jackie Hill Perry. The highly publicized incident in which she outed herself as a friend of Jenn Johnson (Bethel) didn’t occur until AG had already been out for a while. That’s my guess as to what Brandon would tell you, but, like I say, I’d encourage you to ask him directly.


  12. Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for your website that is so full of helpful information in such a confusing time in history! So many “Christian” resources out there… so few that are actually biblical! My question is, did Leslie A. ever get back to you with more information about Ellerslie Discipleship (the Ludy’s)? I have a friend who is trying to get me to sign up for it, but I am cautious. Thanks so much!


      1. Michelle, the link for “this resource” does not work. Could you share it again? I have shared the article on the IF conference with friends/family. This year, several churches that we know will either simulcast or travel to Ellerslie.
        I have read the articles on abuse and also the articles sharing that Leslie studies and teaches women and then she has students going through the program to be in charge of cleaning her home, homeschooling her children and so on so that she is not hindered by homemaking/parenting in order to provide her with more study/teaching time. If possible could you reshare the link again? Thank you.


    1. Hello Laura, about 8+ years or so ago, I followed Eric Ludy and his wife closely. Listen to every sermon read many of the books. As I continued doing this, something did not seem right… it was the holy spirit nudging me to look deeper into what the Ludy’s believe and teach. After further study, I found they had the understanding of the Gospel incorrect. They have even made a video call “The Gospel”. There error was that we as sinners and rebels were going to be finished off by the enemy (satan) but then Christ our intercessor step in and took the blows. This is completely wrong since it’s God’s wrath that we are under not Satans and it was God wrath and justice that was poured out on Christ. Many people pointed this out to Ludy, yet that video is still up to this day. They also have seemed to hold close to a Keswick type of tradition and believe that to have a deeper walk with the Lord you need to follow their teachings. I finally quite following the Ludy’s. I did get some good things out of following Ludy, I learned to be much more discerning, I started reading and listening to solid leaders in the faith like Rc Sproul, Macarthur, Tozer, Taylor, Lawson, Frame, Piper (disagree on his spiritual gift thoughts) Berg etc…. Much later I found sites of people sharing their experience at Ellerslie and it was not good.

      Persons experience at Ellerslie https://jesusfreakatrina.blogspot.com/2013/10/my-open-letter-to-eric-ludy-why-i-do.html

      A debate if they are a cult


      I would recommend you steer away from Ludy’s ministry.


      1. Dave- Thanks for sharing. Laura- I haven’t checked out anything in Dave’s comment. I’m not saying he’s wrong about anything, just that I haven’t verified any of it. I’m leaving that to you. I would encourage you to examine everything discerningly and compare it with Scripture.


  13. Good morning. I started reading this link because I was curious about Leslie Ludy. We too stopped following the Ludy studies a long time ago. Something was simply not right.

    The Jen wilkin section caught my eye. I don’t know if you have listened to the message she gave at TGC21, but it was horrific, and it set the stage for her Exodus study. It’s an exploitation of women in the Bible where she tries to build the case of women’s bravery as the thread through the Old Testament.


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