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Summary: Peter gives us a a ferocious description of false teachers and how God will treat them in eternity. Will we heed God's word and ensure that we stand against, and not allow, these teachers in the church?

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False Teachers, Part 2

2 Peter Sermon Series, Part 4

2 Peter 2:10-16

Introduction

- 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

- False teachers in the church are not a new thing; they are unrepentant souls

-- They seek their own flattery rather than bend to the will of God

- God’s destruction for those who rebel is certain

-- It is not that He delays it … but that He waits for those to repent (grace)

- God promises to rescue those who turn to Him for mercy

-- Even in our trials we face, He knows how to rescue us and redeem us

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

- Read 2 Peter 2:10-16

∆ Point 1 – God’s Judgment is Assured (10-11)

- False teachers are included in God’s judgment (v10)

-- “those who follow” are who Peter is warning the Christian about

-- What he does is summarize their character: corrupt!

- They let their bodies lead them; their own flesh rules their minds

-- They are a people not uncommon today – fueled by greed and pride

-- Their sinful ways are not new (Gen 3, the fall); but are now fueled farther

- They despise authority and all those who seek to teach them

-- When you despise something, you literally “look down upon it”

-- APP: You are better than someone else; you live with a haughty attitude

- IMP: The authority they despise is that from Jesus Christ

-- Luke 6:46, “Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?”

-- These prefer their own ways, rules, and believe “God’s Law” isn’t for them

-- Warning: These people thrive in churches where accountability is weak

- They are bold, arrogant, presumptuous and self-willed

-- They even believe their ways are over that of angels/demons (celestial)

-- They go as far to say their teaching is “law”; unmerciful leaders

-- APP: Believe everyone is wrong, they are right, and that is that!

- For their own pleasure they seek to overrule what God has said

-- But look at v11 … even angels who ARE more powerful don’t do this

-- Even the angels do not heap abuse on other celestial beings

-- They do not speak evil even of those fallen ones who turned from God

- Why? APP: Their reverence for God is their focus; it ought to be ours also!

-- God has already pronounced judgment; he doesn’t need a cheering section

-- His judgment is final, and it does not require ANY to approve of it

-- APP: We can learn a lot from even the angels’ response to God here

- Re-read v11 … APP: God has spoken, and it’s time to move on

- TRANS: So who are these people? What’s their problem?

∆ Point 2 – Don’t Be Fooled! (12-16)

- Despite claiming to know more, they are actually quite ignorant of God

-- Much like an irrational animal (v12) they make decisions and act foolish

-- APP: True spirituality is not something they desire; only self-promotion

- Notice God’s warning here: “they too will perish”

-- Their destruction is clearly decided … unless they repent

-- But, since they tragically do not recognize God’s authority over theirs …

-- They miss what He has commanded in favor of their own desires

- And so … God has a special place for them in eternity (v13)

-- The harm they have caused will be paid back in the same manner

-- They have desecrated God’s celebration and even His communion; “feast”

- Matthew 14:22-24, “And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”

-- APP: The Lord’s table is not a place for wicked practices!

- These false teachers revel (rejoice) in their pleasure while eating with you!

-- They enjoy their sin, there is no conviction; they make a mockery of God

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