Summary: False trachers will be judged!
We noted last week that God warns Christians of false prophets and teachers even inside Christian churches!
False teachers will (from 2 Peter 2):
interpret the Bible out of context
say there are many ways to get to heaven, not just Jesus Christ
promise a cure-all for all problems
find excuses not to obey the Bible
take advantage of people for their own pleasure
focus on what feels good
Does God really have to tell us that there will be false teachers? False teachers are so prevalent today in all types of media; and we are hearing more and more of them in churches. God’s Word is true; when He said there will be false teachers, even inside churches, there will be false teachers!
Why does God tell us? – to warn us! Our job today as Christians is to watch out for these false teachers and avoid them!
Now, should we be discouraged about God allowing these false teachers around us?
Let us pray our prayer of commitment to God’s Word shall we……..
Instead of reading the entire chapter again, let us read the passages relating to God’s judgment of these false teachers. Let’s start with me v3-9…..
What will God do to false prophets and teachers?
v3: false teachers will be condemned and destroyed. In other words, God will put away and eventually get rid of false teachers.
How do we know God will do this? God gives examples of what He has done in the past! God has a proven record!
Is it interesting that over and over again God reveals His proven record but yet people still disobey God, including us!
And so, what did God do so far regarding judgment of sin?
v4: God sent sinful angels to a place called hell.
There are a couple of things we can note from this verse:
1. Angels in heaven sinned against God.
Angels were created with free will and many rebelled against God! We can note God’s love (giving created creatures free will) but also His holiness and power!
The rebellion against God was led by Satan who disobeyed God in heaven; many angels followed Satan; the Bible tells us that these sinful angels are called demons and some of them are allowed to roam the earth but many are locked up in a place called hell at this time; God does tell us that in the future He will release these demons on the earth as part of judgment on sinful man. Trust Jesus Christ and escape this judgment!
What else can we note from v4? There is a place called hell; and what can we note about this place?
2. Hell is a real place:
• full of gloomy dungeons!
• a holding place for judgment!
• where demons are!
What other examples does God give which tells us He will do what He says about judgment?
v5: God drowned all ungodly people with a worldwide flood; only 8 people were saved.
v6: God burned to death all ungodly people in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
As God judged the ungodly in the past, God will certainly judge the ungodly of the present and future!
God tells us in 2 Peter how God will judge the ungodly:
v9: it is a continuing punishment
Read along with me now v12-13….
v12: like wild animals, the ungodly will be caught, destroyed, and perish!
v13a: will be given the same harm they have caused.
v13c: are blots and blemishes.
Let us read v17-22 to finish the chapter….
v17b: blackest darkness are reserved for them. How dark is dark?? God is serious about judgment! Darkness is not enough for false teachers
v22: will wallow in their own filth!
What Biblical principles from these passages can we apply to our lives today?
1. God will do what He says!
Let us always meditate day and night on who God is and what He says!
2. God is Holy and will always judge sin!
There are always consequences to sin (disobeying God)!
Jesus suffered and died for all our sins; and our sins negatively impact our own lives and lives of others!
And those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will face eternal judgment of sin along with satan and all the demons.
3. The final judgment for all unbelievers of Jesus Christ is to a real place called hell, where there will be eternal torment.
Believe and trust in Jesus Christ right now if you have never done so!
Let us close by noting God’s warning in v20-22; read that again with me….