Popular False Teachers & Unbiblical Trends

Sadly, today’s churches, Christian retailers, and other evangelical organizations are rife with false teachers teaching false doctrine. Often, women (and sometimes pastors and elders) write to me, concerned over a particular teacher whose materials their church is using, and want to see evidence demonstrating whether or not this person is doctrinally sound and a good resource. The articles below are evidentiary findings on some of today’s most popular teachers, speakers, and authors for women (as well as a few male teachers, ministries, and current trends in evangelicalism). Please use them as teaching tools in the spirit of 2 Timothy 2:24-26 to help others understand the sin and false doctrine being promoted, keeping in mind that the people who follow them most likely simply don’t know they’re following false teachers.

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Please understand that this is not a comprehensive list of every false teacher in existence (there are thousands of them, so that would be impossible), and do not assume that just because you don’t see a particular teacher, ministry, or trend listed that he/she/it must therefore be doctrinally sound. I provide information here largely in answer to questions from my readers. In other words, if you don’t see it, it’s either because I haven’t been asked about it, or I haven’t had time to get to it yet. The names you see are simply the most well-known teachers my readers have inquired about.

Don’t see the name of the teacher you’re looking for in the lists below? Check out my article Is She a False Teacher? 7 Steps to Figuring It Out on Your Own. (Also, try typing the teacher’s name into the search bar.)

Looking for information on doctrinally sound or unsound Christian music? Check out my article The Mailbag: False Doctrine in Contemporary Christian Music.

You will see a few names in the lists below followed by a red asterisk (*). These are teachers I do not believe scripturally qualify for the label of “false teacher” yet, but are biblically problematic enough that I recommend you not follow them or use their materials. Please READ the linked information carefully, and do not make assumptions about a teacher merely by seeing her name listed below (with or without the asterisk).

The Top 5 Teachers I’m Most Often Asked About:


Alphabetical Listing of Teachers/Ministries

Organizations/trends are listed alphabetically by name.
Teachers are listed alphabetically by surname.

Jennie Allen

The Alpha Course

Kay Arthur*

Bethel Church (Redding, CA)/Bethel Music

Lisa Bevere

Mike Bickle

Jill Briscoe

Christine Caine

Celebrate Recovery

Francis Chan

Lauren Chandler

Jennifer Kennedy Dean


Elevation/Elevation Music

The Enneagram

Rachel Held Evans

Tony Evans

Steven Furtick

Lisa Harper

Jen Hatmaker

Hillsong/Brian & Bobbie Houston

Rachel Hollis

Chrystal Evans Hurst


International House of Prayer (IHOP)

Jesus Calling

Jesus Culture

Bill Johnson

Karen Kingsbury

Heather Lindsey

Anne Graham Lotz

Leslie Ludy*

Rebekah Lyons

Joyce Meyer

Sharon Hodde Miller

Kelly Minter

Beth Moore

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Raechel Myers*

Shauna Niequist

Bianca Olthoff

Joel & Victoria Osteen

Jackie Hill-Perry

Proverbs 31 Ministries

Jennifer Rothschild

She Reads Truth (Myers / Williams)

Priscilla Shirer

Angie Smith

Andy Stanley

Lysa TerKeurst

Ann Voskamp

Sheila Walsh

Rick Warren

Wellspring Group

Todd White

Jen Wilkin*

Amanda Bible Williams*

Nancy (Leigh) DeMoss Wolgemuth*

Yoga / “Christian” Yoga / “Holy” Yoga

Sarah Young

If you’d like to check out some great, doctrinally sound authors and teachers, click the “Recommended Bible Teachers” tab in the blue menu bar at the top of this page.