Hi Dean, thank you for voicing your frustration out. I really understand where you are coming from with the whole confusion on the Faith/mega church Preacher and the accuracy of what they are preaching.
I think firstly, we have to understand that none of us truly know the heart of men. Whether they know or don’t know Jesus for themselves, only God does, truthfully even if a preacher wishes to teach perfectly according to the doctrine, they are bound to make mistakes and perhaps deviate from it and say the wrong things from time to time. We are human and that’s nornal. Thus, no matter the preacher or church, one would need to know the bible for themselves and pray for wisdom to decipher through the holyspirit between what is right while taking what comes from the mouth of men, with a pinch of salt.
Secondly, I think we should approach this subject with humility. I believe that God is able to use anyone to speak to you, it’s evident in the bible that Jesus chose people who seemed rather unqualified and crude to be his disciples despite what we’d normally push away. Thus, I think we should be slower to judge and come to a conclusion on who we can/can’t listen to and who God can/can’t use in our lives. There’s no reason to be offended because what he said resonated with you despite him being a so called ‘faith’ preacher. I’d suggest praying and thinking over what was taught for yourself and asking God what he could possibly be saying to you.
Just because he is classified as a false preacher does not rule God out of using him to spread his word. A way of knowing whether one is doing God’s work is by the fruit they bear. If by what they are teaching, you are brought closer to Christ over anything else in humility and love, it’s bearing fruit in one way or another.
In my personal experience, someone who would be classified as a false teacher (steven furtick) to many actually preached many sermons that helped me out of a very dark place through his teachings and reminded me of the hope I had in Christ. His appearences and style of preaching, combined with the fact that his Church is a Mega Church caused a lot of stir and controversy.
While I am wary sometimes and take his teachings with a pinch of salt (while also disagreeing with some of his teachings) I cannot deny that he has helped me further my walk in Christ. He was out of anything, showing Christ’s love and genuinity in whatever he did. It was then I realised that I have to let go of my understanding of who God would use in our lives.
I’m not in any way advocating in blindly believing false teachers and prosperity gospels. All I’m saying is that when it comes to things like this one should be slower to judge and react but rather seek wisdom from the direct source, God our creator himself while showing love and humility to whoever involved .
Hope this helps!