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 some of 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.

A

Jennie Allen

The Alpha Course

Kay Arthur*

B

Bethel Church (Redding, CA)/Bethel Music

Lisa Bevere

The Bible Project

The Bible Recap

Mike Bickle

Henry Blackaby

Jill Briscoe

C

Catholicism

Christine Caine

Celebrate Recovery

Francis Chan

Lauren Chandler

The Chosen

Tara-Leigh Cobble*

Critical Race Theory

D

D-Group

Lauren Daigle

Jennifer Kennedy Dean

DivorceCare

Mark Driscoll

E

Egalitarianism

Elevation/Elevation Music

The Enneagram

Rachel Held Evans

Tony Evans

Experiencing God (Blackaby)

Extra-Biblical Revelation

F

Steven Furtick

G

Donna Gaines

Billy Graham*

Franklin Graham*

J.D. Greear*

Craig Groeschel

H

Lisa Harper

Jen Hatmaker

Susie and O. S. Hawkins

Hillsong/Brian & Bobbie Houston

Rachel Hollis

Chrystal Evans Hurst

Bill Hybels

I

IF:Gathering

International House of Prayer (IHOP)

Jamie Ivey

J

David Jeremiah

Jesus Calling

Jesus Culture

Bill Johnson

K

Jacki C. King

Karen Kingsbury

L

C.S. Lewis*

Lighthouse Trails

Heather Lindsey

Ed and Kathy Litton

Anne Graham Lotz

Max Lucado

Leslie Ludy*

Rebekah Lyons

M

Katie McCoy

Joyce Meyer

Sharon Hodde Miller

Kelly Minter

Beth Moore

Courtney L. Moore

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Mormonism

Raechel Myers*

N

New Age Spirituality

New Apostolic Reformation

Shauna Niequist

O

Bianca Olthoff

Operation Christmas Child

Joel & Victoria Osteen

P

Jackie Hill-Perry

John Piper*

Proverbs 31 Ministries

Q

Q-Conference / Q-Ideas

R

Redeeming Love

Francine Rivers

Jennifer Rothschild

S

Samaritan’s Purse*

SBC Women’s Leadership Network

She Reads Truth (Myers / Williams)

Priscilla Shirer

Angie Smith

Spiritual Formation

Andy Stanley

T

Lysa TerKeurst

V

Kris Vallotton

Ann Voskamp

W

Sheila Walsh

Rick Warren

Wellspring Group

Todd White

Jen Wilkin*

Amanda Bible Williams*

Willow Creek

Nancy (Leigh) DeMoss Wolgemuth*

Y

Yoga / “Christian” Yoga / “Holy” Yoga

Sarah Young

Z

Ravi Zacharias


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.