273: Can People Grow By Listening to False Teachers?
There is a lot of controversy in Evangelical circles about our approach to heresies, false teaching, and erroneous teachers. In this episode Kenny answers the question “Can people still grow in their faith even though they are listening to false teachers or being influenced by some heresies?”
Kenny seeks to be diplomatic and gracious in this episode, but inevitably he makes statements that are sure to be offensive to some listeners. Kenny believes that there certainly Christians that have grown in their faith even though they have consumed content, sermons, and books from false teachers. Some Christians even feel as if they have been helped greatly in some ways by those teachings.
However, Kenny asserts that merely points to the grace and sovereignty of God. Just because a false teacher somehow helps a believer does not justify that false teacher or the content of his sermons or books. Kenny challenges listeners to be watchful, discerning, and cautious.
Kenneth E. Ortiz (M.Div.) is a pastor, professor, author, podcaster, Ph.D. student, and entrepreneur. He teaches at Bethlehem College & Seminary and adjunct at Spurgeon College. Kenneth lives in Bloomington, MN with his wife Malaina, they have one daughter.