There are many manipulative techniques used by false teachers in the Church that enable them to be in control; few question their position of power or authority, as they are led to believe that it is God ordained.
False teachers in the Church use suggestive words and emotional conditioning through lighting, soft music and or a teary eyed plea. These are some of the tactics employed to manipulate people to respond in a certain manner.
False teachers in the Church deceive by omission, this is when they leave out some of the truth, to present their truth. This is also known as propaganda.
False teachers in the Church are masters at seduction. They use their voice, stance, confidence and image to grab the attention of a crowd and keep it. With almost a magical charm they can allure or captivate the audience with a hypnotic like manipulation of the truth.
False teachers in the Church make claims that the ministry is in trouble, and without immediate financial contributions many will suffer. People do not like to see or hear of sufferings, and if they are made to feel responsible, it is usually fairly easy to get them to cooperate.
False teachers in the Church like to be seen as having the role of being God’s ordained teachers, or prophets. Once they have obtained this cult like status, people no longer even think for themselves. As well they sometimes violently protect the belief system and the leader(s) that they unwittingly worship.
With the tactics above employed it is easy for false teachers in the Church to masquerade using a disguising pretense, and thus cloak or hide a self-serving agenda, under the pretext of operating as the servant or spokesperson of God.
Eph 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Spiritually speaking, we are to put our trust in no man. Only Christ can be totally trusted, and He alone has the power to redeem us. These verses in Ephesians are a condensed version of the Christian journey unto salvation. We hear the message of truth revealed to us in the gospel that shows the path unto Salvation. Then once we trust and believe the Word we are sealed by means of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This infilling of the Spirit is a down payment on the purchased possession wherein Jesus bought us through His shed blood. The inheritance is when we are redeemed, and join Christ for all of eternity. Many hear of the word by means of a teacher or preacher, however to stay under a teacher never graduating so to speak, is not what is expected of us. Hearing the messenger, if he is truly sent by God, is only the first part in ones walk. The next step is to be taught of the Holy Spirit, and then receive the power to know the truth for yourself and partake in the ministry.
Matt 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
To be effective in the ministry, pride ego and self-centered or self-righteous behaviors should not be at all present. Christ reveals His truth to all that ask in faith and love, but we must be humble and submit to His commandments.
When one truly believes on Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit through a real faith, it is natural to obey and follow the Word and be faithful even unto death. Christ said to take care that you be not deceived by men. Most of the deception is at the hands of the false teachers in the Church (Math 24:4).
Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
We are all to bear the cross with our eyes set on Jesus, thus fulfilling the mission of becoming part of the church. The average person thinks that the Christian experience involves the following:
These actions have nothing to do with bearing the cross of Christ; they prove a complete lack of the Spiritual understanding and depth required to follow Christ.
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
1 Tim 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
Most false teachers in the Church would say that the double honor mentioned here is monetary in nature, and payable in part to them. However the true laborer has the reward of living by the very words of the gospel that they preach.
1 Cor 9:13-14 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
The reward that the false teachers in the Church seek after, is a monetary one, and they have no problem whatsoever in twisting scriptures to facilitate this plunder. Living according to the gospel is the honor and reward for the spirit filled laborer of Christ.
The meaning for the word honor, that is used in double honor in first Timothy 5:17, in no way refers to money (1 Cor 12: 23; 1 Tim 1:17; 1 Peter 1:7). Likewise the reward spoken of in first Timothy 5:18, is not one of a monetary nature either. But the false teachers in the Church are business men and money and fame are their desired goals.
Matt 10:7-8 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
We are not to turn the sharing of the gospel message into a business opportunity, and no one should profit from sharing Christ with others.