What is false teaching when referring to Christianity? False teaching is anything that tells
us how to live in a way that contradicts with how Jesus teaches us how to live.
Additionally, false teaching is that which supports false teaching or allows others to teach
falsely, for example 1 John 4:2 is false teaching about how to find out if someone else's
teaching is valid (anyone could lie through the test that John proposes).
Paul was not an eyewitness of Christ's teaching, yet the modern church system is based
entirely on his letters. Consequently, cathedrals and monasteries were built, while those
who Jesus came to teach about (for example, the poor) are left in poverty. The overall
effect of Paul's teaching is to stop people from following Jesus' teaching. Paul rarely
quotes the words of Jesus, and serves to misrepresent what Jesus said. Paul's real name
is Saul – in the Old Testament Saul was an evil character who persecuted David. A
summary of major errors in Paul's teaching is given here.
False ideas, statements and major omissions:
1. Grace (contradicts with “follow Jesus”): (1) God sent Jesus to die (2) His sacrifice
removes your sin. (3) It's a free gift; you don't have to do anything about it except
believe it happened, because he died on the cross and rose from the dead;
Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:21-26, Romans 5:6-11, Romans 6:5-10 and Romans
8:31-35, Ephesians 1:6-8.
2. Paul omits the first commandment of Jesus (Love the Lord with all you heart, mind,
strength and spirit) because “using all your strength” contradicts with “grace”.
3. Paul rarely mentions the poor or quotes the words of Jesus.
4. Paul's letter to Philemon is irrelevant (it contains no teaching at all).
5. Hypocrisy: Romans 1:18-32 judges people then just afterwards in 2:1 Paul
condemns people for judging.
6. Corinthians 5:4-5: Encourages condemnation of an individual
7. 1 Timothy 5:17: Promotes payment of priests (Jesus says give up all you have and
8. Acts 15:23-29 contains a letter to the Gentiles from the Apostles, which replaces the
teachings of Jesus with three dietary restrictions and a command to refrain from
9. Romans 7:18-20 claims that he is not responsible for his own sin
10. Romans 12:3 wrongly implies that we can't choose ourselves to have faith and
follow Jesus (doing what he says requires faith, in other words trust in God).
11. Romans 14:1-12 is all about dietary restrictions and faith (faith has nothing to do
with dietary restrictions).
12. Romans 3:1-4 states that circumcised Jews have an advantage over Gentiles.
13. Romans 6:19 implies that Paul uses “everyday language”
14.1 Corinthians 11:1-16 talks about the importance of head covering
15. 1 Corinthians 14:1-39 talks about strange tongues (demonic possession – Jesus
did not talk about strange tongues)
16. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 gives financial rules for the church
17. 1 Corinthians 11:1: Paul tells people to follow him
18. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18: tells us to have nothing to do with unbelievers
19. Galatians 1:6-10: Paul condemns those who preach differently to himself
20. In Galatians 1:12: Paul admits that no one actually taught him the Gospel (he was
not an eyewitness, and he did not get his teaching from eyewitnesses).
21. Ephesians 5:21-33: Wives, submit to your husbands!
22. Ephesians 6:1-4: Do what your parents tell you
23. Ephesians 6:5-9: Slaves, obey your masters (implying that slavery is ok)
24. Ephesians 4:28: Encourages people to do ordinary jobs – Jesus calls for people to
give up what they have and follow him.
25. Colossians 3:18-25: Relationship advice (wives, submit to your husbands; slaves,
obey your human masters; children, obey your parents).
26. 1 Timothy 2:1-15: Church worship. Eg. women must remain silent.
27. 1 Timothy 3:1-7: Church leaders.
28. 1 Timothy 3:8-13: Church helpers
29. Titus 1:5-16: Church leaders
30. Titus 2:1-15: How men, women and slaves should behave
As a comparison, here are some verses that contain the words of Jesus:
1. The commandments (Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, strength and spirit;
Love your neighbour as yourself): Matthew 19:19, Matthew 22:37-39, Mark 12:30-
33, Luke 10:27
2. Follow him: Matthew 16:24, Matthew 19:21, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, Luke 18:22,
3. Sell your possessions, give the money to the poor and follow him: Luke 14:33, Mark
10:21, Luke 18:22, Matthew 19:21 and Luke 12:33. Give to the poor: Luke 11:41,
4. Faith: Did the disciples lack anything when Jesus sent them out? Luke 22:35.
Don't worry about where your food or clothing is coming from. Matthew 6:25-31,
5. Criticising the teachers of the Law: Matthew 6:5, Matthew 15:7, Matthew 23:13-29,
Mark 7:6, Luke 13:15.
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