Confirmation Bias: Why You Are Protecting Your False Beliefs


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An excellent article from Steven Kozar’s Messed Up Church blog, which can be found at the Pirate Christian Radio website:

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

— 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Confirmation Bias: Why You Are Protecting Your False Beliefs

Some excerpts from article, which you can read here:


“Confirmation bias” is the name for a very common trait that all human beings share. When we favor information that validates our pre-existing beliefs but refuse to consider information that threatens our pre-existing beliefs, we are demonstrating confirmation bias; other names are confirmatory bias, myside bias or subjective validation.



It is very difficult for people to change their mind; this is part of our fallen condition as sinners. There isn’t much difference between Christians and non-Christians in this regard; we all tend to stick with our pre-existing ideas (also called our presuppositions, the things we “pre-suppose”). On top of this common human trait is the way we stick to whatever “our group” says; especially when “our group” is closely connected to our essential spiritual development.


When you are confronted with undeniable proof that your favorite pastor/teacher is actually saying stuff that isn’t in the Bible at all, and when you discover that they’re actually contradicting the Bible, you will say something like, “Well… I know pastor so-and-so, and he knows what he’s doing; he’s a good man and I trust him!” When you are doing this, you are putting the teachings of a man above the Word of God. You are just exhibiting a spiritualized version of confirmation bias. Many of the most popular and famous pastors/teachers in the world of pop evangelicalism are “teaching for shameful gain the things they ought not” and they are getting away with it, all the way to the bank.


5 thoughts on “Confirmation Bias: Why You Are Protecting Your False Beliefs”

  1. The excerpts are good enough. They tell the story of the major problem today: man’s word trumps God’s word. It’s sad.


  2. How many times have I encountered this same reaction when warning others about false teachers masquerading as men of God. Thank you for sharing this godly wisdom. Blessings to you dear sister. Amen!

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  3. I read the article and all of the links and found this information highly valuable and encouraging. It would be good to read the articles linked at the end of the post especially the link The Sheep Judging Their Shepherd, an excellent faith building exhortation. May Christ always bless us with His Amazing Grace, Amen! Thank you again for posting this:)

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