Doctrinally Sound Teachers

Doctrinally Sound Christian Men to Follow – 1

Ladies, the Christian retailing machine isn’t doing us any favors when it comes to Bible study and theology.

First, they’ve created the impression that in order to study God’s word, we have to buy a book, workbook, or DVD by a Christian author. Next, they show us the materials we have to choose from by cordoning off part of the store or web site under the heading “Women’s Bible Study.” Finally, they fill the shelves in that department with materials penned almost exclusively by women, the majority of whom (even at supposedly trustworthy Christian retailers) are false teachers.

Let’s think outside that box, shall we?

First, you do not have to use someone’s book to study the Bible. In fact, I recommend that you don’t. Just pick up your Bible and study it in a systematic way. Next, if you do decide to use a Bible study book or other resource, it does not have to be written by a woman (though there are some great female teachers at the Recommended Bible Teachers tab in the blue menu bar at the top of this page). If you limit yourself to women authors, you’re going to miss out on some wonderful teaching by the many doctrinally sound male teachers out there. Let me introduce you to a few of my favorite pastors and male authors of Bible studies and other great Christian books and resources.

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.

Charles Spurgeon– “The Prince of Preachers,” Spurgeon was “England’s best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century…Spurgeon frequently preached to audiences numbering more than 10,000.” Most of his works are still in print in both hardcover and e-book format, and many are available online for free. You may wish to use his commentaries to aid in your study of the Word. The brief devotions in Spurgeons’ Morning and Evening  are a favorite of many, and you’re sure to be edified by his many other books as well.  Facebook  Twitter Instagram

John MacArthur– “John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry.” Dr. MacArthur has written approximately 400 books, including study guides, commenataries, Bible studies, and more. You might enjoy one of his free on line daily devotions, one of his study books, a sermon on the passage of Scripture you’re studying, or one of his books on a variety of biblical topics.  Facebook  Twitter Instagram

Steve Lawson – A pastor for 34 years, Dr. Lawson is now founder and president of OnePassion Ministries, “a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church.” He serves on the board of Ligonier Ministries and The Master’s Seminary, where he is also Professor of Preaching. Dr. Lawson has written a plethora of books, from commentaries to preaching texts, to an interesting series of profiles of godly men of the past such as Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, William Tyndale, and others. Follow along with Dr. Lawson’s Bible study lessons on video, And, of course, you’ll want to listen in to his sermons.  Facebook  Twitter Instagram

Todd Friel– Todd is the host of the Wretched podcast and television show, an outstanding resource dealing with discernment, evangelism, the church, theological aspects of current events, and various other topics. “Witness Wednesday” (the weekly episode airing on Wednesdays) is a great way to get “boots on the ground” training in how to share the gospel. Todd has produced a myriad of materials for both churches and individuals on biblical topics such as marriage, church history, parenting, anxiety, pornography, and more.  Facebook  Twitter Instagram

Paul Washer– An echo of Paul the Apostle, Paul Washer served as a missionary in Peru for ten years where he also founded the HeartCry Missionary Society. HeartCry now supports church planters in Peru and indigenous missionaries world wide. Paul is a challenging author and a sought after speaker who boldly exhorts the church. Be sure to explore his books, sermons, Bible study lessons, and videos.  Facebook  Twitter Instagram

Voddie Baucham– “Voddie Baucham wears many hats. He is a husband, father, former pastor, author, professor, conference speaker, and church planter. He currently serves as Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia.” Voddie specializes in cultural apologetics, and has been instrumental in shedding light on and pushing back against Critical Race Theory, among other issues, when speaking at conferences and other events. Listen to one of Voddie’s many fine sermons and check out his books and other materials on a variety of biblical topics.  Facebook  Twitter Instagram

Chris Rosebrough– If you’re looking for Chris’ previously daily podcast, Fighting for the Faith, that pirate ship has sailed. Chris is still the head of Pirate Christian Radio where you can find oodles of useful articles and audio, but the Aletheia is now docked at the Port of YouTube where Chris creates informative discernment videos on a variety of false teachers, false doctrines, and current events in evangelicalism. He is also the pastor of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church in Oslo, Minnesota, and quite an accomplished photographer.  Facebook  Twitter Instagram

R. C. Sproul– “Dr. Sproul was founder of Ligonier Ministries, founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. His radio program, Renewing Your Mind, is still broadcast daily on hundreds of radio stations around the world and can also be heard online. He was author of more than one hundred books,” which you can find at Ligonier along with teaching materials on nearly any passage you’re studying, as well as other biblical books, music, and other resources.  Facebook  Twitter Instagram

Phil Johnson–  “Phil is the Executive Director of Grace to You. He has been closely associated with John MacArthur since 1981 and edits most of John’s major books…Phil was an editor at Moody Press before coming to Grace Community Church. He is an elder at Grace Community Church and pastors the GraceLife fellowship group.” Phil is an amazing lecturer and preacher with an incredible depth of knowledge of church and biblical history. You’ll enjoy the theological richness of Phil’s sermons (check out his “Bible Q & A” teachings) and be challenged by his blog articles at Pyromaniacs.  Facebook  Twitter


You can always find these – and more great Christian men and women to follow – at the Recommended Bible Teachers tab in the blue menu bar at the top of this page.

42 thoughts on “Doctrinally Sound Christian Men to Follow – 1”

  1. I do not expect you to post this, which is your prerogative, but I feel like it needs to be addressed, or at least brought to your attention, in the event you did not already know.

    John MacArthur says ‘You can take The Mark and still be saved’:

    https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B131030
    Quote from above link, his own website, 2013, which remains up as of this day:

    “Revelation 19:20 indicates that multitudes will take the mark of the Beast because they are deceived. Scripture does not say that they are thereby automatically hardened forever against repentance. That is not the point of the strong warnings.

    This whole issue suddenly became a matter of intense controversy when it was mentioned on a provocative radio program. It’s certainly not worth all the ink that has been wasted and all the bandwidth that has been consumed by angry people demanding explanations and retractions. This much should certainly be clear from the biblical text (and I think would be affirmed by all sides): Taking the mark of the Beast is high treason against Christ and will be judged by God accordingly. Meanwhile, the Lord is “good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon [Him]” (Psalm 86:5).”

    Revelation 14:9-11
    And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

    The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

    And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

    MacArthur on The Widow’s mite – was “not an example of Christian giving.  God doesn’t expect you to give your last 2 cents and go home & die. That’s what happens to a widow who is suckered by a religion of works.  She was trying to buy w/ her last 2 cents her way into the kingdom.”  @ 55:00 https://youtu.be/BKiGrPsbtA8?t=3314

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      1. Hi Michelle, I just discovered your site through a Youtube video I watched. I am desperate to find a church with sound doctrine. I love the Lord with all my heart and I am hungry for Biblical truth. Unfortunately, I live in a very liberal city, Austin Texas and I just keep hitting a brick wall with finding a church, so I end up never going. Not good! I am looking at all the links you have provided. It is pretty overwhelming. If you have suggestions for Austin please let me know. As I am exploring your site, I see this post about John MacArthur. Did he really say ‘You can take The Mark and still be saved? And did he say that about the widow example? I am so confused now and your response does not answer whether he said those things or not. You responded with irritation and sarcasm instead of addressing it so I am not sure what to think or what the truth is. You don’t have to post my reply on this site. You can answer me privately if you wish. I am not seeking confrontation, only trying to find sound teachers to listen to. Thank you in advance.

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      2. Hi Amy-
        When you say, “I am looking at all the links you have provided,” do you mean that you have found the Searching for a new church? tab (in the blue menu bar at the top of this page)? If not, that is where you need to begin your search. If so, I realize there are a lot of church search engines there, but I cannot do the work of sifting through those for you. I have no idea where you live in the Austin area, so I don’t know which churches are near/far from you. I’m not personally familiar with any of those churches, and I don’t know you, so I don’t know which ones would be a fit for you and which would not. The best suggestion I can make is to start with the Founders church search engine, followed by G3, then The Master’s Seminary, then the rest. I hope, as you carefully work through these search engines, that you will find a great church very soon.

        Respectfully, I don’t appreciate the characterization of my remark above as “irritation and sarcasm”. If that was your takeaway, you’re reading it wrong. The link in my comment above answers your question about the mark of the beast issue. The link Ramona provided about the widow’s mite is to a sermon by John MacArthur. I would suggest listening to it in its entirety so you can understand what he’s saying in context. Beyond that, if you have questions about what John MacArthur believes or teaches, I would suggest contacting his ministry directly and asking him. It’s always best to go straight to the source.

        If you’re seeking sound teachers to listen to, step 1 is joining and faithfully attending a doctrinally sound local church. You’re on the right track with that, all you have to do is put in the work to find one. Secondarily, all of the men on this list (as well as at the Recommended Bible Teachers tab in the blue menu bar at the top of this page) are sound teachers to listen to. I wouldn’t have put any of them on the list if they weren’t. Listen away! :0)

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      1. If you read my article on Tony Evans in its entirety, and you think willfully and unrepentantly disobeying clear Scripture on issues such as allowing/encouraging women to preach, yoking with false teachers, and teaching/endorsing false doctrine, are secondary issues, then you either don’t understand the Scriptures related to these things, or you don’t understand what a secondary issue is, or both.

        This article may be of some help in understanding what secondary issues are.

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      1. People all to often Im afraid simply name call and move on. A “calvanist” seems to be a favorite. Calvin definitely had issues. So did Luther though. (horrible ant semite
        I believe in election and predestination because of one simple fact that cannot be removed from God without Him losing the title of “God”. Omnipotence. God knew who would be in heaven before time began. This is offensive to some people because they fail to think through it. They moan about sending people to hell or complain about no longer needing to share the gospel. Both are untrue upon any basic inspection. I wasn’t born with a “saved” mark on my forehead nor did one appear after I was evangelized and saved myself. I was sought by the Lord and He used people to draw me to himself. And no Bible believer would have a different story. Just as many or more sadly will NOT respond to the gospel. And yes omnipotency demands that God knew what their decision would be. Before the foundations were laid. Amen. I always listen to several messages from pastors over a good time frame before an opinion is made. It’s all to easy in this fallen would filled with Zachariah’s to condemn good teachers on a whim.

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    1. Not a problem – when you see ‘calvinist’ read: scriptural. Then the problem is removed. Calvin was Pauline, and Paul was of Christ … ~ Christian = likely to believe ‘Calvinist’ teaching.

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      1. Christopher, I think the only one on there who is not Calvinist is Chris Rosebrough who is a Lutheran. Also Luther’s “anti-semitism” has been largely misunderstood. While he definitely wrote some appalling things in “On the Jews and their lies”, it should not be overlooked that he was speaking of a specific group of Jews. I would highly recommend reading Uwe Sumien Nieto’s book “The Fractured Luther” to get a more complete look at Luther’s beliefs about Jews.

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  2. Love the list ❤ YouTube also has a bit of Spurgeon’s sermons on audio to listen to. I really listened to his, “Sunshine in the heart,” sermon. You’re right, there are a ton of free resources of his, too.

    Sproul’s little booklets are free in the Amazon Kindle app. I’ve really enjoyed learning from him, too.

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  3. I was wondering what your thoughts were on Alistair Begg’s church (Parkside Church) having a woman (Ruth Juergemeier) in the position of Music Ministry Director. I believe I read before where you thought women shouldn’t be in the role of “worship leader”, so I was curious if her position would have any effect on your recommendation of Alistair Begg as a pastor or if this is a secondary issue. I personally believe he is a biblically sound pastor. Thanks in advance for your input and all the work you put into furthering God’s Kingdom!

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    1. Hi Heather- You’re correct, I’ve stated that women should not serve in the pastoral role of minister of music. I wasn’t aware of this about Alistair Begg’s church. I’ll have to look into it. Thanks for the heads up. :0)

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      1. Hello. I have been listening to Beggs podcasts especially those on family / womanhood and manhood design and have learned a lot. But I see the above comment and that now he is no longer on your sound teacher list. Is there something wrong

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      2. I can no longer proactively (i.e. by listing him here) recommend Alistair Begg. It has been brought to my attention that he is OK with a woman preaching the Sunday morning sermon (in other words, preaching to men) as long as she has been invited and given permission to do so by the pastor and is doing so “under his authority”. This is unbiblical.. I’m not saying he’s a heretic on par with Benny Hinn or Kenneth Copeland, I just no longer feel comfortable saying, “Hey, this is a great teacher. I recommend that you follow him.”.

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      3. Can you please cite a link to an article/video or something, referring to your comment that Alastair Begg would allow a woman to preach on Sunday as long as she was under the authority of the pastor? Thank you!

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  4. Thank you for your work. I am asking about Kevin DeYoung. I was sure he was on the recommended list but I can’t find him mentioned anywhere now. Has there been a change?

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    1. I have appreciated Kevin DeYoung for a very long time, and, as far as I know, he is still just as doctrinally sound as ever. You’re correct that he used to be on my list of recommended teachers. I have removed him for two reasons, and neither of them has to do with his own personal doctrinal soundness.

      1) I don’t follow Kevin as closely as I used to, barely at all, really, so if he is “slipping” in his doctrine (or slips in the future) I probably won’t know about it until somebody emails me and says, “How on earth can you recommend Kevin? Don’t you know he says/does X,Y, and Z?”. I’m more comfortable listing people I’m currently familiar with.

      2) I’m at a loss as to how Kevin can continue to associate himself with The Gospel Coalition, even though doctrinally sound Christians have addressed this issue with him. It’s not as though TGC has said one or two borderline things over the years. They have been careening downhill in a big and public way for many years and to much criticism by doctrinally sound Christians. I wouldn’t say they’re apostate yet, but they seem to be headed that direction, to the extent that I (and many others) have stopped following TGC and, for the most part, stopped using or linking to them as a biblical resource.

      There are better people I feel more comfortable recommending than Kevin at this point. That’s why I’ve removed/replaced him.

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  5. Hi Michelle, I have been listening to Pastors, JD Farag, Jack Hibbs, Amir Tsarfati and also Jan Markell. They stick together, and also have live conferences together, and have quite a following. Any thoughts on their teachings, and if I should continue following their teachings? Thank you, Linda

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    1. Hi Linda- I have heard of all of these folks, but I’m not super familiar with any of them except Jack Hibbs. I’ve done a little research on him, and from what I’ve seen, he seems to have an errant view of the Holy Spirit, he’s a continuationist (speaking in “tongues,” extra-biblical revelation, etc.), he appears to allow women to preach at his church, at least occasionally, and it’s concerning to me that he places such heavy emphasis on politics. He’s someone I would steer people away from. If the others you’ve listed are like him in these regards, I would most likely steer you away from them as well.

      I would direct you instead, not only to the men and women in the articles you’ve commented on, but to all of the men and women listed at the “Recommended Bible Teachers” tab in the blue menu bar at the top of this page.

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      1. Thank you for your quick response. I have also questioned some of his teachings, and his deep involvement in politics. By speaking in tongues, and other spiritual gifts, through the Holy Spirit is that not relevant today, just to clarify? Thank you, Linda

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      2. That’s correct, the sign gifts (healing, spontaneous languages, prophecy, etc.) have ceased. Those were for authenticating the message of the apostles in the early church prior to the closing of the canon of Scripture, and are no longer necessary.

        Furthermore, the way “speaking in tongues” is practiced today is unbiblical. It is incoherent babbling rather than a known language for the purpose of communicating the gospel message to individuals who speak a foreign language, as was the case in the NT. It is rarely accompanied by an interpreter, as required by Scripture (although this is generally moot since who can “interpret” babbling?). The Bible nowhere teaches the practice of a “private prayer language”. And, babbling is not an indicator that a person has been baptized by the Holy Spirit (this takes place at the moment of salvation).

        Extra-biblical revelation (“God told me / spoke to me in a dream,” “Hearing God’s voice,” etc.) is also unbiblical. God speaks to us through His written Word.

        The theological term for the sign gifts having ceased is cessationism (as opposed to continuationism – the belief that those gifts continue today), if you’d like to research more about it.

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      3. Thank you again for your quick response and explanations in regards to my question. I will definitely do a bit more research as well. Very eye-opening!

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  6. John MacArthur is a Calvinist…

    Note from Michelle to anyone who doesn’t read the comments below. Cody’s comment was originally much longer than “John MacArthur is a Calvinist.” I deleted the remainder of his comment because it was slanderous and verbally abusive. I typically just delete comments like this without responding, but sometimes the Lord leads me to rebuke sin -which is good, right, and biblical- which is what I did here. If you’re not Cody, this doesn’t concern you. I will not be publishing any further comments which unbiblically judge, harass, or condemn me for my response to him.

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    1. Yes, I’m aware of that. Perhaps you should read my statement of faith page. It’s in the blue menu bar at the top of this page. You probably had to skip right past it to find this article and submit your biblically ignorant, heretical, and slanderous screed. Please repent, and don’t comment again until you do.

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      1. Michelle, That is quite a harsh response to Cody just simply saying that John MacArthur is a Calvinist. While I am also, and do appreciate John MacArthur’s work, my hope is that you did not just lash out at this individual for a simple statement about someone’s stance on Calvinism. My thought is that there was another comment that you are responding to that now appears to be missing…because there does not appear to be a slanderous, ignorant, or heretical statement coming from Cody. While you may not police every response that you make and then leave up for the original commentor to read, my hope is that a “gentle rebuke” would be more in line with accurate biblical character than what you have provided here. Please do better.

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      2. Jill- My comment was to Cody, not to you or anyone else. I had to delete most of what he wrote because it was abusive and slanderous. You’re entering into an interaction that doesn’t involve you (Pr26:17), and that you know nothing about, and unbiblically judging me (Mt7:1) on the basis of your assumptions. Cody and I both know what he wrote, and, believe me, my answer to him was a much “gentler rebuke” than he deserved.

        Please do better.

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  7. Good article! Do you have a list of biblicaly sound Titus 2 women who teach/preach for women or everyone not in a church setting? I mostly enjoy male sermons, but would love to hear a womans voice ,expousing on various scriptures for teaching purposes.

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    1. Hi Jessica- Yes, doctrinally sound women don’t “preach,” but if you’ll click the “Recommended Bible Teachers” tab in the blue menu bar at the top of this page, you’ll find a number of good Christian authors, teachers, bloggers, and podcasters who are women. Also, you’re welcome to listen in to my podcast, A Word Fitly Spoken, which I co-host with Amy Spreeman. Just click the “Podcast” tab while you’re up there on the blue menu bar. Happy listening! :0)

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  8. What about the late Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones, or A.W. Tozer? Not our contemporarys , but sound teachers.
    As a matter of fact, Tozer has a great preaching on” The Danger of The Religous Movie”. We now have stepped in to the dungheap of breaking this command by giving our eyes over to The Chosen.. In rhose who would make a god..like unto themselves..a visual picture of an imperfect god…who. we can relate to.. Come on man!…

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    1. I agree, they’re both great. These lists (there are two others) are not comprehensive lists of every wonderful doctrinally sound teacher who has ever lived. Praise God, there are way too many of them, famous and obscure, for me to list them all.

      That being said, MLJ is listed in volume 3.

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  9. I have so much respect for each pastor on your list. I miss pastors Justin Peters and Costi Hinn’s names though. ❤️

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    1. Hi Karien- See the “1” in the title of this article and this little note at the end of the article: “You can always find these – and more great Christian men and women to follow – at the Recommended Bible Teachers tab in the blue menu bar at the top of this page.”? This is only list 1. There are currently two other lists. You’ll find Justin and Costi at the Recommended Bible Teachers tab and on those other lists. Hope this helps! :0)

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    1. Who cares where they’re from if they’re doctrinally sound?

      But, so you’ll know: Charles Spurgeon was British, and Voddie Baucham is now a permanent resident of Africa. If you’ll look at volumes 2&3 of this article (click the very last link at the end of this article), you’ll find several British, Canadian, and African men. I would list any man from any country/continent, with whom I’m familiar, who is doctrinally sound.

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