Sometimes it is very easy to spot evil.
Other times it is maybe not so easy.
Read Proverbs 6:12-15
Sometimes spotting evil is just a small thing. A false statement. A passage of Scripture twisted just a bit to make a good 'feel good' sermon.
Flip over to the New Testament and read Matthew 7:15-20.
This day in time it really worries me when beloved friends un-knowingly follow false teachers. On the outside these false teachers look like wonderful Christian people. But please, if you are prone to listening to TV evangelists, or reading their books...please go to your Scriptures and check out what they say for yourself.
When I was pregnant I spent most of the time in bed. I am not a tv person, but I got so bored that sometimes I found myself flipping channels. I came across one very well known female speaker, and started to listen. I just could not believe what I was hearing! I don't recall much of what she said. Something about our good deeds now are running up receipts in heaven to be cashed in later or some kind of strange hog wash. I called my husband and researched this person more...and was sickened by some of the things she taught. She still teaches. There is a famous man preacher/teacher that is the same. It really breaks my heart when I hear of someone following one of these people.
I am not going to give out names. If you have some evangelist that you follow regular, some favorite author or some favorite teacher...take the time to check them out. Even your pastor. A good pastor will ask you to not believe him without referring to the Scriptures.
Of course, there are good t.v. evangelists. Just make sure they are the real deal. The Bible is the real deal folks. Nothing more. Nothing less. Either they preach the Bible, or they aren't the real deal. Always be in prayer that you are following the right crowd. And always be mindful of bad fruit.
I know of one place that I can send you in complete confidence that you will be hearing The Real Deal. If you can't make it to church on Sunday, or you need a mid-week pick me up perhaps listen to Bott Radio Network. It is great to have on in the back ground while going through your daily routines. A daily sermon for inspiration keeps your focus where it needs to be! Bott has stations nation-wide, or you can do like we do, and just listen online.
Some of my favorites?
Hank Hanegraaff, Pastor Chip Ingram, Dr Charles Stanley, Dr. David Jeremiah...to name a few to get you started. :)