25 Danger Signals for Christians

1. When prayer is no longer the most essential part of your life;

2. When you stop pursuing Biblical truth, and think that you have enough knowledge concerning eternal things;

3. When mastered biblical truth is just head knowledge instead of heart application;

4. When your passion for eternal things does not come as often and has lost its excitement;

5. When you take no joy in Church ministry;

6. When you are embarrassed to directly talk about spiritual things;

7. When sports, relaxation and entertainment play a significant and necessary role in your life;

8. When you tolerate the sins of your body and mind to the point that they no longer enrage you;

9. When pursuing the holiness of Christ is no longer dominant in your life and mind;

10. When your mind is occupied with how to acquire money and commodities;

11. When you can easily sing spiritual songs or say spiritual words without being moved by them;

12. When you hear the Name of the Lord is misused, spiritual concern being made fun of, and truth about eternity being rudely trampled, yet you are not angry, nor do you feel compelled to take action;

13. When you tolerate watching a movies with corrupted themes or reading immoral works;

14.  When you are indifferent to unhealthy relationships with your brothers and sisters;

15. When you use trivial excuses to try to escape spiritual responsibilities and opportunities;

16. When you are indifferent to your lack of spiritual ability, and cease to pursue power from above;

17. When you start to use “The lord will understand” and“He will remember that we are but dust” as excuses for your sins and laziness;

18. When the music in your soul and the song in your heart have gone completely silent;

19. When you are joyfully conforming yourself to the world’s life style, thereby reflecting your spiritual decay;

20. When you do little or nothing about the injustice and misery surrounding you;

21. When you are indifferent to the backwards spiritual movement of your church because the word of God is not preached with power;

22. When you are willing to cheat;

23 When you fail to see spiritual decay in the world;

24. When you become self-righteous, and think that you abound in grace and mercy, and constantly praise your own godliness.

25. When you no longer have tears because your hardened and cold spirit find no way to release your tears.

Source: Living Water

How do you discern a false teacher / false prophet?

Jesus warned us that “false Christs and false prophets” will come and will attempt to deceive even God’s elect (Matthew 24:23-27; see also 2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 17-18). The best way to guard yourself against falsehood and false teachers is to know the truth. To spot a counterfeit, study the real thing. Any believer who “correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and who makes a careful study of the Bible can identify false doctrine. For example, a believer who has read the activities of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Matthew 3:16-17 will immediately question any doctrine that denies the Trinity. Therefore, step one is to study the Bible and judge all teaching by what the Scripture says.

Jesus said “a tree is recognized by its fruit” (Matthew 12:33). When looking for “fruit,” here are three specific tests to apply to any teacher to determine the accuracy of his or her teaching:

1) What does this teacher say about Jesus? In Matthew 16:15-16, Jesus asks, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answers, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” and for this answer Peter is called “blessed.” In 2 John 9, we read, “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” In other words, Jesus Christ and His work of redemption is of utmost importance; beware of anyone who denies that Jesus is equal with God, who downplays Jesus’ sacrificial death, or who rejects Jesus’ humanity. First John 2:22 says, “Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son.”

2) Does this teacher preach the gospel? The gospel is defined as the good news concerning Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). As nice as they sound, the statements “God loves you,” “God wants us to feed the hungry,” and “God wants you to be wealthy” are not the complete message of the gospel. As Paul warns in Galatians 1:7, “Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.” No one, not even a great preacher, has the right to change the message that God gave us. “If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:9).

3) Does this teacher exhibit character qualities that glorify the Lord? Speaking of false teachers, Jude 11 says, “They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.” In other words, a false teacher can be known by his pride (Cain’s rejection of God’s plan), greed (Balaam’s prophesying for money), and rebellion (Korah’s promotion of himself over Moses). Jesus said to beware of such people and that we would know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-20).

For further study, review those books of the Bible that were written specifically to combat false teaching within the church: Galatians, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, and Jude. It is often difficult to spot a false teacher/false prophet. Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), and his ministers masquerade as servants of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:15). Only by being thoroughly familiar with the truth will we be able to recognize a counterfeit.

Source :GotQuestions.org