When to Call Out a False Teacher By Name

Posted: April 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Shai Linne Fal$e Teacher$I’ve heard plenty of preachers over the years and thought, “Wow, I’d like to see what chapter and verse THAT theology was based on.” Granted, no one is perfect and I’m sure that I believe a few things that would make you scratch your head too.

But at what point do we call a brother out — by name?

Really. At what point do say, “Pastor, if you can’t show me where this came from and how it applies as you laid out, what you said here is false teaching.” Where is the line drawn if there is no sound evidence that the doctrine is Biblical that you decide to nationally call a pastor out — by name.

Well Christian musician Shai Linne decided to do just that in his new single, “Fal$e Teacher$” (video below).

The song directly attacks twelve pastors for teaching the Prosperity Gospel. I put the list below the video.

I for one hope that Mr. Linne privately confronted these men and women before posterizing them in what has become a viral music video.

How appropriate is this video, and when do you think it is proper to call out a pastor publicly when you believe they are a false teacher?


Here’s the list (from his lyrics):

Talk to them)
Joel Osteen – false teacher!
(Let them know)
Creflo Dollar is a false teacher!
(Who else? Who else?)
Benny Hinn is a false teacher!
I know they’re popular but don’t let them deceive ya!
(Talk to them)
TD Jakes is a false teacher!
(Tell the Truth)
Joyce Meyer is a false teacher!
(Let them know)
Paula White is a false teacher!
Use your discernment, let the Bible lead ya!
(Keep going)
Fred Price is a false teacher!
(Tell the Truth)
Kenneth Copland is a false teacher!
(Who else? Who else?)
Robert Tilton is a false teacher!
I know they’re popular but don’t let them deceive ya!
(Talk to them)
Eddie Long is a false teacher!
(Let them know)
Juanita Bynum is a false teacher!
(Who else? Who else?)
Paul Crouch is a false teacher!
Use your discernment, let the Bible lead ya!

  • http://www.facebook.com/reenie.bovier Reenie Bovier

    I hope this guy has read HIS Bible, I am certain that the Bible tells us not to touch the Lord’s anointed. 1 Chronicles 16:22 and Psalms 105:15 Both state the SAME thing …… I hope as you pointed out he went to them first before he publicly bashed them…. So sad to me as some on this list are not primarily prosperity teachers and their messages are not to hinder the body. I know I have had times where the Holy Spirit has had to correct my thinking But being the Holy Spirit for someone is JUST NOT our job…..always interesting post Chris – :)

    • Fijian

      Well I doubt that they are His anointed from what they preach about prosperity. They have shifted the focus off of Jesus and onto “self”. Oh yeah, throw Jesus’ name around and quote a few scriptures and it must be right. By grace alone we are saved through faith alone in Christ alone. Poverty or sickness or whatever does not make us any less saved or less of a believer. And it definitely does not mean that there is not enough faith in a person. Our treasures and joy are not of this world. Those prosperity teachings are false and self-centered and its hard to believe that people fall for it. Because we are children of God we must be wealthy, we must be healthy, we must have what we claim for….and “it is our right”..?? – com’on!! This teachings have chipped away at people’s faith on what he has ALREADY DONE for me and shifted to what he CAN DO for me. What else do we want? To be clothed in wealth after already being redeemed by the blood of Christ?

      I hope you’ve read yours too.

  • http://www.crmooney.com CRMooney

    For some reason, the comments from facebook are not posting here. If you would like to read those you can find them at http://tinyurl.com/blo5dne

    Here is my reply to those comments:

    Ugh. I hit enter out of habit. Anyhow, this video really got me into studying what our responsibility is as Christians when we find someone teaching contrary to the Bible (part of why it took me awhile to reply to your comments). I was surprised at what I found. To keep this from being an entire new blog post, I will just put a thought and some Bible references that correspond.

    Mostly I found that we are to watch for them, and once identified, confront/expose/rebuke them (Matthew 18, Ephesians 5:11, 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15, Titus 1:13). Also, we are to pretty much have nothing to do with them. (Matthew 15:14, Romans 16:17-18, 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15,2 John 10-11).

    I don’t think it is wrong for a preacher to be called out on what he/she is teaching, but to do so publicly is likely a last resort, and only to be done with compassion in a way that they will actually listen and not tune you out. There are plenty of times in the Bible when people were called out by name: Peter (Gal. 2:11-14), Demas (II Tim. 4:10), Hymenaeus and Alexander (I Tim. 1: 18-20), Hymenaeus (again) and Philetus (II Tim. 2:15-18), Alexander the coppersmith (II Tim. 4:14-15).

    It comes down to motive. Why are you calling someone on their doctrine? To help deliver them from a lie? Or just so you can be right and get a pat on the back, maybe your fifteen minutes of fame. I don’t know they why for this song. I hope that Shai Linne wrote it with a heart that was broken for the individuals he accused in this song. I hope that he also prayed and studied to make sure he wasn’t the one in error.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cork742 Brian Corcoran

      A couple thoughts…

      The Word of God (our blueprint) tells us to test all spirits (1 John 4:1)…also I thought the following passage of scripture is (huge) -

      1 Timothy 4

      King James Version (KJV)

      4 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

      2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

      3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

      4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

      5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

      6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.


      Satan’s (modus operandi) is deception…think of it this way…let’s take “Rat Poison”…it must taste good or a rat wouldn’t eat it yet it has enough poison in it to kill the rat…the rat is eating it not knowing it is killing him.

      So goes false doctrine that is against the (blueprint, the Word of God), there is enough good doctrine to keep people feeding of it yet it has enough poison in it to kill you spiritually and unless all doctrine is tested, a Christian is being killed spiritually and has no idea the doctrine they are taking in is killing them…

      Sow a seed (money)…THAT IS A LIE!…the Word of God is the seed that parable is talking about!

      • http://www.crmooney.com C.R. Mooney

        Great thoughts Brian, thanks for sharing!

  • M.LaClair

    Mark 9:40: “For he who is not against us is for us.”

    These preachers are NOT against Jesus’ gospel. They give the invitations to accept Christ and His Word.

    Prov 6:16&19: There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:…a man who stirs up dissension among brothers”

    One should be very careful in stirring up dissention amongst God’s workers.

    Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:18 declare that “The Sprit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.” NIV

    This does not limit it to just poor in spirit but goes on to include that, therefore the initial ‘poor’ means just that: poor. God does NOT want people to be poor OR poor in spirit.

    Abraham was rich, Job was rich in cattle and lands.

    “He who welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet receives a prophet’s reward.” Personally, I welcome these very excellent preachers of God’s Word!