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Summary: Peter's warning against false teachers has a specific application for us: Are we not charged with teaching others? Shouldn't our life demonstrate Christ in all we do? Are we living for ourselves or for others? It's an incredible challenge we all need!

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False Teachers, Part 3

2 Peter Sermon Series, Part 5

2 Peter 2:17-22

Introduction

- This morning, we are going to conclude our examination of 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

- 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

- Let’s just refresh our memory by reading 2 Peter 2:1-22

- NOTE: Scripture testifies to scripture, today will show us a great example of it

-- There is lots to examine today, so let’s dive right in …

∆ Point 1 – False Teachers are Not Useful (17-18)

- Peter used picture language to describe the false teachers (v17)

-- People go to a well to get water; the water keeps them alive

-- Some wells contain no water; they look good but … a dry well is not useful

- The false teachers did not give anything valuable to Christians

-- But Jesus promised that he would make people alive for ever

- Jesus described how the Holy Spirit would live inside people:

-- The Holy Spirit would be like the water that always flows inside of you

-- John 4:13-14, “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

-- John 7:37-38, “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

- A mist is not wet enough to make the land wet

-- And a strong wind can quickly blow the mist away

-- This is picture language; shows that the false teachers are not useful

- IMP: False teachers have no power to help other people (v17)

-- The place of ‘black darkness’ refers to the darkest place (hell)

-- The false teachers will have the same punishment as the fallen angels

-- 2 Peter 2:4, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment”

- False teachers always sound very confident (v18)

-- They want to impress other people

-- They try to attract the people who have just become Christians

-- These are people who have not learned very much about God

- These people did not yet completely understand how to live in the right way

-- They may have found that the Christian life is difficult

-- And so like prey, false teachers told them lies to “make it easier”

-- They said that Christians do not need to change their behavior (compromise)

-- They could still enjoy their former evil desires (sin and still be saved)

- TRANS: The usefulness of these teachers is ZERO … they are liars

-- Jesus promises they should live above this; Peter says AVOID them!

∆ Point 2 – False Teachers choose Wickedness (19-21)

- Jesus promised to make people free:

-- John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

- But the false teachers were teaching this in a wrong way (v19)

-- They said that people could live just as they wanted to (compromise)

-- They were free from the fear of judgement; told: “God would not judge them”

- Peter said in 1 Pet 2:16, “Live as free people. But do not use your freedom as an excuse for wicked behavior.”

-- Jesus also said in John 8:34, “Everyone who sins is a slave to that sin.”

- A person is a slave to whatever has become his or her master

-- The false teachers were slaves to their own wicked desires

-- However, Christians are called to be slaves of Jesus Christ

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