Summary: False teachers in the church are not a new thing. They are unrepentant souls who seek their own flattery rather than submit to the will of God. Christians should be alert for these teachers and be able to stand against their heresy.

False Teachers, Part 1

2 Peter Sermon Series, Part 3

2 Peter 2:1-9


- This evening, we are going to begin examining a very common topic

-- False teachers have been talked about since the beginning of time

- FACT: The church is always subject to smooth-talkers and false teachers

-- Christians have to be able to identify what a false teacher looks like

-- Additionally, we need to know their operating methods to be alert for them

- God has a clear verdict for these who teach falsely, and we’ll explore that more

-- This message is in three parts, lots of information to cover for the church

- Overarching: If you do not know the truth, you will be easily fooled by them

- Read 2 Peter 2:1-9

∆ Point 1 – False Teachers (1)

- False teachers in the church are not a new thing

-- The early church dealt with them and we deal with them today as well

-- When Peter writes that they “introduce” – it’s that they sneak in ideas

-- They bring to bear their thoughts/preferences rather than God’s

- They bring heresies to the church that are destructive that lead people to hell

- Ex: All roads lead to God, so just be a good person and you’ll get there

-- That sounds really good, but it is a bold-faced lie that pollutes the truth

- EX: God is love, and so “I” should be able to love whoever “I” want

-- This is the common argument of the homosexual agenda, and it’s sinful

-- The hidden clue here is that it centers around “I/me” … and not on God

- False teachers have ideas that lead people into a false sense of security (v1)

-- This is where we must be alert and able to defend the faith honestly

-- APP: You cannot defend it if you do not know it (must read God’s word)

- What these false teachers do is: “deny the sovereign Lord who bought them”

-- They deny the truth that He is Lord, and that He reigns supreme

-- They claim to love God, but deny who He really is (sovereign)

-- It does not suggest that they used to be believers and are now unbelievers

-- IMP: They are persons who NEVER knew Him as God; or as Lord

- Since they deny Him, they bring destruction upon themselves (v1)

-- The only destruction that God brings is complete, permanent … hell

-- This comes quickly either at their death or the coming of Christ

-- APP: We must make sure we teach sound doctrine; to know His word

- TRANS: Knowing His word means that we live to see it in our lives

∆ Point 2 – They live for themselves (2-3)

- Sadly, many will be drawn to them because they seem so attractive (v2)

-- When Peter writes about depraved conduct and disrepute – he is very blunt

-- APP: They will lead lives of reckless and hardened sexual immorality

-- They convinced themselves that living this way is approved by God

- APP: What they did was take Greek culture and brought it into the church

-- IMP: The church should NOT look like the world; we’re called to be different

-- 1 Peter 2:11, “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.”

- What Peter says regarding disrepute is that they perform “blasphemeo”

-- Literally means they injure the reputation of someone else (blaspheme)

-- APP: Christ’s reputation is injured when teaching about Him are not biblical

-- When He is portrayed as something OTHER than God his reputation is marred

- EX: Jesus was a god amongst all the other gods of the universe (this is the lie)

-- John 1:1-5, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

-- John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

- Now, take a look at the description Peter gives us (v3)

-- These false teachers were only interested in themselves; what brings them honor

-- Peter says they were greedy … they fabricated stories to fool you

-- APP: money was/is their primary motivator

- Religion for them is a commercial business to earn income … it’s heretical!

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