AVOID THIS BIBLE TEACHER: Lisa Harper

When I started this little blog page, one of the purposes was to direct women toward sound biblical teaching and steer them clear of false teaching. That’s why I titled my blog “A Worthy Walk”. My desire is for Christian women to walk worthy of the calling we have received. This means being students of God’s word at more than a surface level. It means being able to recognize when something that is said should raise a red flag. We should know immediately when a verse is taken out of context. Or at the very least think, “I need to go look that up and see if that is right!” My pastor husband ALWAYS tells our congregation, “Don’t just believe what I say. Take notes. Go look it up for yourself. And let me know if you think I’ve gotten it wrong!”
I am saddened at the apathy and lack of biblical literacy in the Church today. Especially in women. I want so much more for us than to be swept up by “bible teachers” who don’t have any sort of firm grasp of scripture, yet millions are flocking to stadiums to see them on the national platforms of the women’s conference speaking circuit. Don’t be taken in by the bible verses on the girly mugs and t-shirts. This is a BIG BUSINESS. And most of the women gracing the platforms should not even be teaching a children’s Sunday School class. My heart aches when I see ladies who love the Lord being drawn into false teaching by a smooth-talking she-wolf who is funny, charming, and can have her 10,000 member audience eating out of her hand. Sadly what she’s feeding them is rat poison.
Perhaps I am so passionate about this subject because I used to be one of those women in the audience. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but it’s true. I used to LOVE to attend events like “Women of Faith”. I attended numerous conferences, and when I became a pastor’s wife, I organized many trips to WOF, Living Proof Live, Deeper Still, and more. And if there wasn’t a conference nearby, I would find a simulcast to attend that was within driving distance. Dare I say, I was hooked on attending. Why? These “bible teachers” are masterful at eliciting emotions and giving women ‘all the feels’. From the opening worship song to the very last prayer, it is all a well-organized and well-produced emotion factory. I’m not saying I never learned anything, but there was never any depth. At Women of Faith you didn’t even have to bring a bible, because it was mostly the speakers talking about what was in their new book, available on the tables in the lobby for $19.99. Every year there was a new book to sell and new emotional stories to tell. Oh, the tears would flow, just as intended.
Not all conferences were void of the bible though. Beth Moore always brought out her bible, and what attracted me to her was her love of scripture. That, plus the fact that she was beautiful, “folksy”, and seemed very down to earth. She was a Southern Baptist. ( Although this week the news has broken that she has left the SBC. ) She has a way of drawing you in so that you hang on every word. I think it’s part of that captivation that has many Christian women checking their brains at the door. She’s just so nice, and so funny. She’s so serious about scripture. Except that most of what she offers is outside of what scripture teaches. And y’all, if I’m going to confess, I might as well do it right: I even participated in those cheesy “Face your neighbor, hold hands, and repeat after me.” mantra sessions!
But as years went by and I became more serious about study of scripture, I began to notice those red flags that I mentioned above. Things that were said didn’t sit right with me. I was beginning to actually discern when something that was said was false, because I began to have an understanding what scripture REALLY said. As these realizations were coming to light for me, I began to dig and research online. I did my homework! As I continued to grow, I began to see cracks, or should I say crevasses, in what I once thought was good biblical teaching. ( I am ashamed to admit, I used to LOVE Beth Moore’s hairbrush story! Now it makes me cringe! ) Before long, I came to full repentance for my involvement in attending and taking women to these events. I was now concerned about what I was hearing, and more so, knowing that other women were still very much immersed in the “Lifeway women’s aisle” bible studies and conferences.

This lengthy background introduction brings me to what I want to talk about.

This is the introductory blog in a new category I am adding: Avoid this Bible Teacher.

I am fully prepared for criticism for doing this sort of series. Talking about false teachers isn’t something that is well received by many. But I still feel I need to speak out if I can keep anyone from falling into error.
Today I am going to talk about a dearly loved speaker and author: Lisa Harper.



From Lisa’s website: ( I will post a 🚩where applicable. )

“Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! She has been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflow with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit.

Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado 🚩 calls Lisa one of the “best Bible tour guides around,” and speaker Priscilla Evans Shirer 🚩 adds, “Her God-given ability to not merely teach the Word but package it in a way that stirs the heart and calls to action is incomparable. When she speaks, ears perk up!” ( emphasis mine )

Lisa is indeed a very popular speaker on the circuit. She has had 12 books published. She has her Masters of Theological Studies with honors from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. She was a regular on the Women of Faith Tour for 8 years.
However impressive her resume, she has several concerning issues.

*She preaches to men.
While mostly preaching at women’s events, the video clip I’m going to share with you today is from Elevation Church, where she has “preached” to audiences of men and women. Steven Furtick’s wife Holly Furtick 🚩 says of Lisa, “This woman can PREACH! And I’m not gonna lie, I love a good GIRL PREACHER, and Lisa is one of my favorites.”

*She appears with and is closely associated with numerous false and problematic teachers as well as the Word of Faith and NAR movements.
She regularly appears with Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Lysa Terkeurst, Jen Wilkin, among many others. She has been part of the “Better Together” women’s series on TBN, working closely with the Word of Faith community that includes Matt and Laurie Crouch. 🚩 She has also made appearances on Life Today with popular Word of Faith hosts James and Betty Robison. 🚩 She has preached the Sunday sermon at ” Hillsong. 🚩
Lisa has been a part of Christine Caine’s ( who she calls her best friend ) “Propel Women” Conference, which includes Bethel Music as well as Jenn Johnson, both from the heretical “church” Bethel Church in Redding, CA.🚩

Something that is of great concern is that the Southern Baptist Convention has had Lisa Harper speak on several occasions at it’s Women’s Ministry Luncheon during it’s Annual Meeting, as well as speaking at Lifeway sponsored events.

Even though Lisa is extremely well-educated, her weak grasp of scripture is astounding. While she teaches out of the bible, I am floored at how WRONG she is on the most understandable passages. What I want to share with you is one such example. In this 7 minute clip, she is preaching at Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church. The “sermon” is titled “Hope Is In Our DNA”. In this video she is failing at trying to make a point that Matthew 18 is not about church discipline. Rather, Lisa tries to convince her audience that when Jesus says a person in sin who refuses to repent is to be treated as a Gentile or a tax collector, she tells her enamored audience that because Jesus ACCEPTED Gentiles and tax collectors, such as Matthew and Zacchaeus, that this scripture is about LOVE and ACCEPTANCE, not church discipline. Watch below:


Besides the fact that this is excruciating to listen to, does this sound like someone with a Masters in Theology? How on earth did she come to this radically inaccurate interpretation? For one thing, Lisa Harper is not surrounded by people with sound doctrine. She is part of a mish-mash group of women who couldn’t exegete their way out of a paper bag. When you are immersed in the “conference culture”, there’s no telling what the charcuterie board of beliefs is going to be. Anything goes. As long as you are funny, have an engaging personality, talk about Jesus, and can package the message in a way that’s entertaining and tugs the heart strings. It’s obvious from the mounds of evidence of error, the truth of scripture is not relevant.

My intention with this new blog category on my page is to bring readers information on many of the women who grace the conference stage. I hope to include videos that show when these teachers are in grievous error, such as Lisa Harper. WHAT WE BELIEVE MATTERS. Because God’s word isn’t to be taken lightly or frivolously. It is our EVERYTHING. And when people with a huge platform are getting it wrong while bringing millions of women along for the disastrous ride, it needs to be brought to light. While there are women I greatly admire who have done extensive research in the area of helping us avoid false teachers, I hope to be able to add a bit to the mix and give you another resource to turn to when you have questions or want to share with others.

For further reading:
Michelle Lesley: Lisa Harper-Not Recommended
Lighthouse Trails: What About Lisa Harper?

88 thoughts on “AVOID THIS BIBLE TEACHER: Lisa Harper

    • I appreciate that Lauren! And I am looking forward to the Open Hearts conference. Even have some women who want to attend a group watch party this year now that Covid is a bit les scary! for them.

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      • I went to my very first Woman’s conference this weekend. This was the first time I heard Of Lisa Harper.

        She came out with her bible and read from scriptures. Opened it and read directly from a clearly used bible.

        Maybe she read this article. I don’t know but I found her to be very interesting and funny which works well for new Christians like myself.

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      • Hi Dana. If you read my article and watched the clip that is included, you’ll see that yes, she did read and teach from the Bible. This doesn’t mean that she handles God’s word correctly. Beth Moore’s Bible is also very well used. This doesn’t mean she isn’t teaching bad theology. It’s good to keep in mind that just because someone has a well-worn Bible, they don’t necessarily understand what’s inside it. Don’t be deceived. Study it out for yourself. ❤️

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  1. A positive message would have been more receptive than degrading Christian women that obviously know, love & share Jesus.

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    • As I noted in the article, I fully expect these types of blog pieces not to be well-received by some. But being well-received isn’t my goal.
      My goal is to make women aware that many of the “Bible teachers” they follow are unqualified to teach. Why would I write a positive message about someone who teaches things about the Bible that aren’t true? Who is leading thousands and thousands of women into false beliefs about Jesus and the scriptures?
      Something about me is that I lay it on the line. If you read the article, you would see I had to admit my own failings in following and promoting these women. I hope you will look more closely at what was written, go to scripture for yourself and find if what I’m saying is true. If it IS, then women need to be warned, not coddled in the belief that as long as someone has a Bible open they are ok.

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      • Oh yes! This is why we’re voting for the antichrist to feel welcome in the White House! Too many opinions, not enough Truth! It is a tug of war this living for God’s glory instead of mine! First, make sure you love the Lord enough… enough so that you’re REALLY concerned about the souls of others…until your only goal is telling the Truth… and then please learn what that is before you speak…

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      • If Jesus wasn’t saying for the people to treat those who do not repent as tax collectors and gentiles , with love and acceptance, then what was He saying? In your eyes I’d like to know this. How was Jesus telling them to treat those that did not repent yet?

        Also, how were the Pharisees, Scribes, and Jews treating the tax collectors and gentiles before Jesus came?

        And did Jesus make any difference with their interaction with His coming, death, burial, and reassurection?

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      • Thank you for your honest question! The Bible says MUCH about how the Jews felt about tax collectors. They were reviled and no one had any use for them. They were pretty much outcasts in Jewish society because they were known cheats and thieves, collecting the Jews’ money to give to the Romans. If you want to read more I highly recommend this article from Got Questions:

        https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-tax-collectors.html

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      • The only comment I have to this article is did you go to her first before posting an article titled “Avoid this Bible Teacher”?

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      • Public ministries are open to public scrutiny. You don’t have to go to a public figure personally to comment on what they are saying. Have you ever criticized the president in a public forum? Your congressman? A Hollywood actor/actress for what they did? Did you go to them first? If they are putting out content, it is open to criticism. (Just as you have done here in my comments)
        We read in scripture that the Apostle Paul warned churches in the epistles of specific people that were causing harm to the church. He named them by name and told what they had done.

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    • Absolutely agree with you Jocelyn! Would love to encourage people who read this post to consider listening to some of Lisa’s talks, and then ask Holy Spirit to show them the truth about Lisa. She has been such an encouragement to me in my brokenness. Everytime I hear Lisa, I’m reminded that God loves me and is for me.

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      • I totally agree with you sister. And I think you even missed an other big point that is revealed in the video.. She asks the audience if there are any nr 8’s of the enneagram.. That’s a BIG 🚩!! The enneagram is pure witchcraft so by her message she is fully I to that and is encouraging the people to identify themselves with one of those stupid numbers instead of their identity in Christ Jesus.
        It’s all about feeding the I, I stead of starving the I, so my flesh will die and my spirit will live!

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  2. I started to read a book she had written last night. I didn’t know much about her so I decided to google her. Your blog on her came up and I was too tired to look at it, so I put it away until this morning. I wasn’t sure at first and then that clip blew me away. I’m don’t think I’ll be finishing her book. Thankfully it was free. I have plenty of books to read by trusted authors. Thank you for risking reputation to point out untruths spoke about the bible. The bible isn’t all love and acceptance. There is judgement, there is wrath, and Jesus paid for all of it. And we have to repent in order to be forgiven or we will face God’s judgement in the end. Thank you again

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    • I’m glad my article came up for you and that you found it helpful! I want to always back up what I say with reliable sources. There is no more reliable source than the person’s own words. Some don’t like it. But I feel it’s something I have to do. Thank you for your comment. ❤️

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    • If you will look at scripture instead of liking to your feelings, you would find that 2/3 of the New Testament deals with exposing false teachers. Read Timothy and Titus and get back to me. Evidently Paul found it an extremely important issue. He even named names of the false teachers and had them removed from the churches and told the pastors to follow suit. If someone is blatantly teaching what is untrue and claiming it as biblical, it is our responsibility to expose them as false teachers. Lisa Harper is a false teacher.

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      • Thx for your commitment to truth and the boldness to do so. Too few today, with such a vast amount of false teaching. We think of the apostasy as people turning from God ala the prodigal. It’s more the turning to false churches, false Jesus’ etc. Question: familiar with John Eldredge’s ministry and his wife? They operate Random heart ministries. My youngest son(35) has fallen hook line and sinker.

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      • Thanks Michael! I am vaguely familiar with John Eldridge, but not a lot. There is such a deficit in biblical literacy. And the younger generations are falling for anything that seems “relevant”. I can’t imagine what the church will look like in 20 years, or even 10 at this rate.

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      • Who would you recommend as sound women teachers? Pricilla Shriver examples of teaching that is false please? Lisa Terkhurst ? I ask because Bible studies by these women have been done at my SBC

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      • I do not recommend either Priscilla or Lysa as sound teachers. The reasons can get lengthy, but I highly recommend using Michelle Lesley’s website as a guide. She has done years of research and compiled a pretty exhaustive list. Let me just say, there are a LOT less sound teachers out there than sound ones. Especially ones that are nationally known and are on the women’s conference speaking circuit, and whose Bible studies are found in Lifeway.
        Some of the criteria for them being either false teachers or biblically unsound are:
        1. They violate scripture by teaching and preaching to men.
        2. They espouse and teach heretical Word of Faith doctrine.
        3. They partner in ministry with known false teachers.
        Here is the to Michelle Lesley’s page on her website where you can look up most all the popular teachers today in alphabetical order:

        https://michellelesley.com/popular-false-teachers/

        I hope this is helpful! ❤️

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  3. Regardless of what you think about that speaker/teacher, I’m certain Jesus wouldn’t take to the internet to do what you have done here. I won’t comment on the clip at all on whether I agree or disagree. What I will say, these 6 things the Lord hates, and 7 is an abomination to Him. (7 is those who sow discord among each other.) That dear sister, is what you are doing. Use your energy to win people to Christ, not to tear down someone who believes differently than you.

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    • If you think calling out false teachers is sowing discord, then you may not be the biggest fan of the apostle Paul. I would suggest thorough reading of 1&2 Timothy, Titus, and Jude. You see, letter-writing was the “internet” of the day, and Paul spoke used this medium to warn about and call out false teachers BY NAME, knowing word would get out about them, as well as have them removed from the church, saying things as harsh as “turning them over to Satan”. And not only Paul, but Jesus himself called out the false teachers of the day using very strong language.
      This article tells about Jesus doing just that, and why we must also do it.

      https://www.challies.com/articles/how-jesus-called-out-false-teachers-and-deadly-doctrine/

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  4. My church is about to have one of her Bible studies. I had never heard of her before. I’m glad to know.
    And ouch! The first thing she mentions on that clip, in a way that seems that she’s used it and endorses it, is the enneagram. Bad, bad news!

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  5. hi, Robin. My church’s ladies’ Bible study group is planning to start a Lisa Harper video series entitled How Much More?. I have been researching for the past year and a half concerning present day false teachers, and I thought that I had run across Lisa Harper‘s name in that group. After reading your blog and listening to that clip of Lisa Harper’s decimation of Matthew 18—including starting with a reference to the enneagram(!!!)—I am assured that I do not want to attend the Bible study. It breaks my heart that our ladies’ group has been leaning toward the false teachers who emote so much and yet misrepresent Christ and His word. Thank you for your courage in presenting this information. Your research will help me to be strong if I am questioned by my sisters in this ladies’ group. Thank you, and God bless you!

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  6. Thanks for your helpful website and the 7 minute video clip you posted. Was going to purchase a book by Lisa Harper for my wife, but will not now be purchasing anything she authors. Her preaching “performance” was disgraceful.

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      • I sent a rather lengthy and carefully worded reply to your blog about Lisa Harper but I see now at the bottom of the page that if a person is not in agreement with you about who is or is not a “false teacher” you will not post their reply.

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      • It isn’t that there must be absolute agreement. Discussion or questions are always welcome. But not unbiblical arguments that false teachers mustn’t be called out, or defending what is clearly false teaching. I don’t have time or the desire to reiterate what I have laid out already. I will not argue with anyone who has no scriptural basis to back up what they say, but merely just defend teachers they like based on their feelings. I gave lots of reasons why Lisa Harper is to be considered a false teacher, including video of her terrible mishandling of scripture. If I remember correctly, you didn’t refute anything I said, you only defended her based on how you feel. I won’t engage in this kind of back and forth. We are told clearly to call out false teaching, and the apostle Paul did so many times, calling them out by name so that people can be warned.
        So no, I will not approve any defense of who I have given ample biblical evidence of being a false teacher, if the comment is only feelings-based whining about me calling out someone they like with no biblical reason ( in correct context ) why what I say is wrong. And “judge not lest you be judged” isn’t a contextual biblical reason.

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  7. Thank you for what you are doing. I praise God for what you are doing. My eyes were opened by the Holy Spirit to false teaching when my church taught a Christine Caine BibleStudy. I was totally drawn in by her charisma and charm and half way through the study, the Lord woke me up in the middle of the night and directed me to look up Information on who Christine Caine is. My eyes were opened! So I am grateful for what you are doing, it is so greatly needed because the church is being drawn in by these false teachers.

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  8. My best friend just asked me this evening if I’d heard of you and then mentioned something about Lisa Harper. When I searched, this post came up first. Thank you for sharing this and speaking THE truth! I have been on a journey over the last year or so realizing I had been taken in by those in the Word of Faith/NAR movement. I have been more discerning and, dare I say, more skeptical.

    My husband and I left our church of 11 years last fall. (Lisa Harper, among others you mentioned, was a speaker at our women’s conference, Pink Impact.) We began researching churches more thoroughly, and have returned to a non-denominational, Restoration movement church, yet we’re remaining attentive to what is preached in a way we never did.

    While I was disheartened at first and felt quite foolish we had been duped, I am grateful for the Holy Spirit opening my eyes and for the renewed zeal in reading and studying the Word.

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    • Thank you so much for this comment! I have gotten used to most of the comments on this post being derogatory and upset with me for daring to call out false teaching. It means a lot that it was read and understood with the intention that it was written! ❤️
      Prayers in your continued growth in the Lord!

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    • Thank you so much for this comment! I’m just now getting a chance to go through and reply! Sorry it’s taken so long! I appreciate it! I’m finding there are a LOT less biblically trustworthy teachers than trustworthy ones.

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  9. Thank you so much for shedding light on Lisa Harper. I am in the middle of a bible study with mostly unbelievers, or very new Christians, and I am struggling so much. I have felt guilty about my internal critical finding in her teaching. I also have found errors in her lessons. Finding your truths today have helped me so much to not feel alone in this battle. I am very surprised so many amazing women of faith have overlooked and endorsed Lisa. This is not something I would have expected. I only accepted the invitation to join in this study because of their support of Lisa. However, I have felt the Holy Spirit tugging at me and I don’t have a peace about this study. You have confirmed that I need to walk away. Thank you for being brave enough to share your findings and hopefully many other women will be spared of the turmoil I’m going through. May you be richly blessed by your boldness and concern for others!

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    • Thank you Mindy! Women like you are the reason I do what I do! I have a burden for women who need some guidance in navigating the world of female Bible teachers and the womens’s conference circuit. There’s a whole lot of deception out there. Thank you for being willing to have an open mind when reading.

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  10. Thanks for your insight, Robin! I just heard Lisa Harper on Point of View, a very popular radio program I often listen to. She said a few things that struck me as being “a little off,” so I decided to check her out. Glad I found you! Be blessed!

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  11. Thank you Robin for this post. I’ve heard of Lisa Harper and she is one of the many popular Christian women personalities I avoid. It seems the more popular these ladies are, the more wacko they become.

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  12. I was looking up something on Lisa Harper and came across your article. As I read the prequel to the part about Lisa Harper, I could not help but wish that we lived in the same neighborhood, so that we could go to coffee on a regular basis! I too have woken from the dream that was the Christian Women’s Ministry She She Foo Foo club; all the fluff with hugs and kisses and never any meat. Feeling good was the name of the game and the fellowship was sweet, but I think it lulled so many including myself into a false sense of what being a Christian woman was/is. It has actually been the last year or two that I have begun to discover those that I have listened to for so very long and have put my trust in as good solid biblical teachers both men and women (started with Beth Moore, but really hit home with Ravi Zacharius) were really not who they said they were. I have always been a bit conflicted about Lisa Harper because she DOES go on a circuit that includes churches that are clearly not biblical and gushes about how amazing they are, but I have found what she says to be pretty on point. I did watch the video you shared and I was not totally swayed, but my desire to listen to those who truly are on point runs deep, and I will say that you have definitely given me something to seriously think about and chew on!

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  13. Thank you for posting this portion to your blog. I received an invitation to a CareNet function where the speaker is Lisa Harper. Having never heard of her, I researched it and your post came up. I attend a ladies Bible class and they are wanting to begin a study “from a book”. (We are currently reading scripture alone and sharing what we glean from our reading.) Would you share with me other false teachers and/or recommend a study for a women’s class that is biblically accurate? Thank you!

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    • Hi Melissa! Thank you for that encouragement today! I got reamed pretty good from a supposed friend who didn’t like what I hs to say about the IF Gathering conference that is coming up.
      Are you familiar with Michelle Lesley?? I can point you to her Bible studies which are fantastic and FREE!

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  14. Hi Robin,

    Thank you for sharing. I almost bought her book because I saw one of her videos a while ago and adored her personality. I admit that I am still naive and learning so I wasn’t able to discern false teachings. I just started learning about what is right and what is not with Jesus. I’m not sure if you know if there is a list of false teachers/leaders out there that are men as well? I recently learned and know Hillsong and Elevation church and worship isn’t something I should support and listen to anymore. It’s just hard to trust the internet sometimes, and it definitely always overwhelms me. I am going through some difficult things so I have been looking in amazon.com for healing/comfort devotions, morning prayer journals, morning and evening reflection/gratitude journals, christian books, etc to help me. There’s so many authors, preachers, companies that I do not know about. Thanks so much. You have been a blessing for me discovering you today.

    -Bao

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  15. I think the Lord teaches us and The Holy Bible is our guide to discipleship. Are we not to first Love God and to love one another as we love ourselves.
    Glass houses, come to mind. I will pray that Robin might learn to love herself more to see the best in others, to lift them up. God is our Lord, He gave us the person of Jesus look to them for all truth. Bless both Robin and Lisa.

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    • Hi Lee-Anne. Let me just say that nowhere in scripture are we called to love ourselves more. We already love ourselves WAY too much! We are taught in scripture to deny ourselves. When scripture tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves, it isn’t saying that loving ourselves is a good thing. It’s speaking as a given fact that we automatically love ourselves, and we should love our neighbor as much as we think about ourselves. It isn’t prescriptive text on loving ourselves.
      Also we are not taught in the bible to see the best in those who teach falsely and mishandle scripture. In fact we are taught by scripture to expose those who are false teachers. And every book in the new testament except Philemon addresses dealing with false teachers, even naming them by name. I’m not sure why so many women struggle with this fact.
      I notice your comment starts with “I think”. This is what gets many into trouble when it comes to what the bible actually says. Go to actual scripture to find out what is true and what isn’t.
      Really nothing you said here makes any sense, and I don’t say that to be mean. But it is really just another comment based on feelings, and not backed up by scripture.

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  16. I left a reply and you chose not to post it. There’s something about a person who is humble, like Lisa Harper, that draws people to her. She’s been broken and understands broken people; God uses her in our lives. Jesus came to this earth to minister to the broken, not to those who think they have it all figured out. I wish you would post my reply because I want to encourage people to read what you have said, and then listen to Lisa Harper and allow Holy Spirit to show them truth.

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    • Jesus came to earth to save people from their sin. While He certainly did minister to the broken, that was not the purpose of His coming. Many people have been broken, but that doesn’t make them qualified to teach. And none of us have it all figured out, but being charismatic ( in the sense that people are drawn to someone ) can be extremely dangerous as a criteria to follow someone’s teaching. You have given no scriptural backing to why you believe Lisa Harper is a trusted teacher. You have only talked about your feelings. And scripture teaches us that the heart is deceptive and desperately wicked. ( Jeremiah 17:9 ) Lisa seems like a very nice and likeable person. But so does Joel Osteen. So does Oprah. However, I don’t want them teaching me the bible. I gave a multitude of biblical reasons why women should not follow Lisa. So far, none of the comments I’ve received have given anything but feelings-based reasons about why I’m wrong. I would encourage you to go back and read what I said carefully, laying aside your feelings, and see if anything I said is untrue. I understand where you are coming from, because as I said, I followed several of these women for years before I grew in the word and discernment, with scripture shining light on what these women were actually saying. Finally I got to the point where I cared more about truth than being right about my favorite teachers. Only when we are willing to lay aside our biases will be recognize what has been right before our eyes the whole time. I truly pray you will take my suggestions and not follow anyone based on how they make you feel. That is dangerous territory.

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  17. Have you disqualified, Anne Graham Lotz? She just posted recently that she spoke at the last World Economic Forum. That is the group behind The New World Order.

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      • Maybe I don’t understand your blog. But Lisa Harper is a blessing and a joy to me. She always has drawn me closer to Jesus. I am so sorry that someone can say that she must be avoided. She is so real, one can always relate to her. Far be it from me to criticize your blog. But I think you are on dangerous ground to accuse anybody of being a false teacher.
        I have never heard her preach anything unscriptural.I say this respectfully.

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      • Many false teachers are slick in this way, that they are so darned likable. It’s why I used to be such an avid Beth Moore fan. (She was just so nice!) I would encourage you to pay more attention to the words she is saying more than the way she says it and the friendliness and “folksy” presentation. And she may be a really nice person. It doesn’t make what she’s saying true.

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  18. With any passage of scripture, there are many different lessons and angles of interpretation that can be gathered from it. The Word of God is active and alive (Hebrews 4:12) and one person might receive and hear one Truth out of a passage and another person might receive and hear a completely different Truth out of the same passage. I don’t think Lisa Harper in that short clip is saying ignore a brother or sister in sin and tell them it’s ok to keep sinning. Her point was that the scripture in Matthew 18 has been used my religious people incorrectly to dispel people from the church and treat them without love. I think it’s pretty accurate based off of Jesus’ earthly ministry that time and time again He treated the Gentiles with love and welcomed tax collectors to follow Him and dine with Him. Jesus wanted everyone to take up their cross and follow Him and that means repenting and turning from their sin. I believe Lisa is saying don’t take that passage in Matthew as support for casting a sinner out and telling them they’re irredeemable. The Gospel is for all broken, sinful people and the church is a place for all those who are lost. Mark 2:17 says “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” I recently studied this Matthew 18 passage with my Bible Study Fellowship group and it is a difficult one to wrestle with. I’m continuing to pray and seek the Lord on it, and I think that’s the best that any of us can do as Christians is to ask for wisdom from the Holy Spirit when studying and interpretating scripture. Not you, nor I, nor Lisa Harper, are the ultimate authority on scripture, and each of us may get it wrong from time to time. I can say I have been following Lisa Harper’s ministry for probably over 10 years now and have listened to hundreds of her messages, read most of her books, listened to her podcast, and I have never found anything that she says to be counter to the Word of God. She has encouraged me, pointed me to follow after Jesus more passionately, and put a fire in my soul to want to study His Word even more. And for that I am really grateful!

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    • You say in 10 years you have never found anything she says to be counter to the word of God. But There are so many issues with this clip besides the main Matthew 18 debacle it’s hard to count.
      First of all, she begins with referring to the enneagram in a positive and affirming way. ( counter to the word of God )
      Second, she is preaching a sermon where men ( counter to the word of God ) are present at Elevation Church where false teacher Steven Furtick is the pastor. ( counter to the word of God ) That’s 3 strikes against her in only the first minute.
      Then she tells a story about hitting someone across the head with a Bible when trying to imitate her former youth pastor. The story rings of untruth. It doesn’t even sound like she believes it when she’s telling it. It’s just for a laugh. And it’s a cringy one at that. Then she begins mockingly describing how this scripture is basically abused by those who CORRECTLY interpret it. So she isn’t just saying her interpretation is another way of looking at it. She mocks the correct interpretation. Yes. It is the process given for removing the unrepentant from the Body. It has NEVER meant to welcome them and give them affirmation. NEVER. Her interpretation makes ZERO sense no matter how you slice it. She is playing completely fast and loose with the text.
      So my suggestion would be to look at her she says not as someone who has followed her for 10 years. But look with fresh eyes at what she’s actually saying. Read dependable commentaries. I can assure you that no dependable commentary gives Lisa’s version of what this text says. It’s because she is eisegeting rather than exegeting and that means trouble.
      We can never try to interpret a text by anything other then what it actually means. And what it meant to the original readers.
      If you truly want a theologically accurate exegetical interpretation of the Matthew 18 text, I highly encourage you to watch this.

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  19. Thank you for your courage in posting about speakers such as this, Robin. It takes serious boldness to publicly challenge “theologians” of this ilk who play so fast and loose with scripture and are seriously leading well-meaning Christian women astray. God bless you.

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  20. I got a notification from a lovely lady who said in her comment she’d like to have coffee with me and that she had been in ministry 36 years like to point out false teachers. For the life of me I don’t know where the comment went. I had approved it and was making a reply and it disappeared. If it was you, please comment again so I can find you!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  21. 1) Thanks for sharing. 2) QQ: Is Lisa Harper a false teacher or a teacher who happened to make some mistakes? There’s a big difference between the two. I can assure you that the pastors and teachers for who have a great amount of love and respect have gotten it wrong once or a few times before.

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    • Because she eisegetes scripture rather than exegeting, ( inserting one’s own thoughts about the text instead of breaking down a passage in its original context how it was meant to its original readers ) she’s going to get it wrong more often than she gets it right. That plus the fact that perpetually associates and shares the speaking platform with known false teachers puts her in the false teacher category.
      Every pastor/teacher gets SOMETHING wrong once in a while, because none of us are perfect in our understanding of every passage. But we should all strive to be faithful to the text and its true interpretation. Someone who is getting things wrong on a regular basis shouldn’t be teaching anyone, and should be avoided by anyone who is seeking to be taught the truth. I have laid out several other reasons she should be avoided besides the blatant false teaching.
      Thanks for asking.

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      • Hi Robin,
        Thank God for Christians like you that stand up for the truth! The amount of corruption in the Church today is heartbreaking. Now regarding Lisa Harper, I noticed that she used to work for Focus on the Family. This is distressing news. Do you happen to know anything more about her involvement with them? I wasn’t able to find anything definitive in my web search. I just can’t understand why Focus on the Family would support a false teacher.
        Blessings in Christ,
        Lisa Shelton

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    • Thanks for the question.
      There isn’t any teacher or preacher who doesn’t make mistakes. However, a good teacher, if they do so, comes back and corrects the error. A false teacher continually teaches wrongly and is disobedient to scripture, such as Lisa publicly teaching men, and if they come to see the error of their ways, repents for misleading.
      If you read the article, you will see the reasons why I call her a false teacher. And it’s more than just bad teaching. Birds of a feather flock together, and this is true I’d false teachers. I can honestly say I wouldn’t recommend any female teacher on the conference circuit. They all prop up each other’s false teaching. It’s not popular to say this, but many women are making idols out of these teachers and making themselves their own god because they ignore what scripture clearly says.

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  22. May I ask where you gained your authority on deeming someone a false teacher. I don’t ask this as criticism. Just wondering if you have a degree in theology or a greater knowledge of the Hebrew and Greek to determine such an accusation.

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    • It doesn’t take much to listen to someone and compare what they are saying to scripture. Every book of the New Testament except for Philemon warns about the dangers of false teachers and even calls them out by name. We are told in scripture that if someone preaches another gospel not to have anything to do with them. It tells us, “So not even greet such a person”. People in public ministry are open to critique. If they are preaching the truth that is wonderful, but if they preach heresy, we need to warn others so they aren’t led astray by them.

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    • Beth commonly claims receiving private new revelations from God. There is no new revelation. She often tells of God speaking to her in exact quotations. If He did this it would be on the same level as what is written in scripture, like when God told the prophets exactly what to say. This doesn’t happen today.

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  23. Hello Robin!
    I came across your blog after googling the name “Lisa Harper”. I heard her speak on the podcast “talk it out” in an episode called “a women’s heart” that I would encourage you or any woman to listen to. Her podcast episode blessed me and I decided to Google her and came across your blog post. I read through your writing and watched the video. I think it is very good to take the word of God seriously and I commend you for that; but I disagree that Lisa Harper is a false teacher. First, this is a 7 minute video. She may have taken things a little bit out of context in it I agree. I just don’t think it’s fair to label a godly woman who we do not know as one thing or the other based on one small video-especially when she has so many great contributions out there that point otherwise. From looking some into her life as an adopted mom, author, and speaker, I think she is pretty stinking solid (at least from the outside looking in). I think that she was trying to use this example to say overall that this scripture can be abused in the church. We can be quick to waive our Bibles around and kick people out of the church because of this verse as she explained . Jesus did come with a sword. Jesus is holy and righteous and hates sin. BUT, he’s also so merciful, loving, kind, radically countercultural, and hates RELIGION. She is not saying that anything should go in the church. She said in her video that she does not condone chaos in the church. She is making a point with this verse that we shouldn’t weaponize this scripture to kick sinners out of church If that were the case…would be a pretty empty place!

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    • Hi.
      She did much more than just take scripture out of context. She completely misrepresented the text to mean something it never meant.
      I gave much more evidence than just the video to prove that she is a false teacher, including that she is disobedient to scripture by preaching to men, as well as consistently associating with other known false teachers.
      Also, you stated that Jesus hates religion. But that isn’t what scripture says. It DOES differentiate between true religion and false religion, but nowhere does it say that Jesus “hates religion”. That is something made up that many people today say, but don’t typically understand.

      And using and obeying scripture as it’s intended isn’t weaponizing it. We should do what it says. No more and no less. Sometimes this means removing someone from fellowship if they refuse to repent and continue in their sinful behavior. It’s obvious that Lisa doesn’t like this, so she chooses to teach the scripture with a manipulated and false intent. This is either extremely devious, or she doesn’t know scripture well enough to be teaching it. Either way, it’s bad.

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  24. The first thing that would question her authenticity as a true biblical teacher is her association with people like Steven Furtick. True believes compromise their own character by standing on the same platform, unless it were to refute their teachings. I too listened to people like Joel Osteen, many years ago, and liked him. I liked how motivated I felt after hearing his message. However, one day someone brought it to my attention, osteen’s lack of scripture. I paid close attention the next time, and I knew they were correct. I never listened to him again, because God is first, and if everyone studied the scriptures for themselves ( not just read) they would have enough discernment to recognize a false teacher. I went to a Beth Moore bible study “once” and that was “ more” than enough. She rambles on, and on, and although it sounds intelligent, it has no substance. It was the most boring, unproductive bible study I’ve ever attended. The major key to our faith is to remember, it’s not about feelings. It’s about our Lord and Savior, and it you want to truly know Him, read His word. As Robin has mentioned follow along in the Bible, like a Berean, see that what is said, is true.

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    • Thank you Judy! As we grow and mature in our relationship with Christ, and as we study scripture and sit under solid biblical teaching, these things become more clear. We move and grow past the things that we once thought were biblical and Joe we see were false. ❤️

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