Summary: A sermon examining the danger of false prophets.
Watch Out For Wolves
Do you remember the story of Little Red Riding Hood? She encountered the Big Bad Wolf on her was to her grandmother's house. Instead of avoiding him or fleeing, she naively told him where she was going. The wolf quickly ran ahead and locked grandma up in a cupboard. He then put on her clothes and waited for Little Red Riding Hood. When Little Red Riding Hood reached the cottage, she entered and went to Grandma’s bedside. “My! What big eyes you have, Grandma!” she said in surprise. “All the better to see you with, my dear!” replied the wolf. "My! What a deep voice you have!" Grandma!" All the better to greet you with"! replied the Wolf. “My! What big ears you have, Grandma!” said Little Red Riding Hood. “All the better to hear you with, my dear!” said the wolf. “What big teeth you have, Grandma!” said Little Red Riding Hood. “All the better to eat you with!” growled the wolf as he attacked her.
Though that story is a "fairytale" I must report that there are many ravenous wolves wandering the earth today wearing suits and calling themselves preachers! Like their father the Devil, they are roaming about seeking to devour! Jesus warned of this in - Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. - A crowd was assembled on the hillside as Jesus covered this in His Sermon On The Mount. They were instructed to hear and to heed His warning. That same message is vitally important for us today. It was so important that the entire 2nd chapter of II Peter covers the subject of false teachers.
I would like to walk through the majority of this chapter and preach on the thought "Watch Out For Wolves". As we examine verse one we see:
I. The Reality Of False Teachers - v1a But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you,
This verse continues Peter's thoughts from chapter one. In Chapter 1 Peter defended the authenticity of his ministry. He also speaks of the fact that prophecies and the scriptures came directly from God through Holy men. Consider: - 2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The scriptures are where we find truth. But there have always been those who distort the truth of God. Moses, Jeremiah and others in the Old Testament dealt with false prophets. The influence of false teachers is seen throughout the New Testament as well.
- Jesus spoke about false prophets - Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
- Paul spoke out against false prophets in - Romans 16:17 ¶Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
- John spoke against false prophets in - 1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
- Jude spoke about false prophets in - Jude 1:4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
There are countless other scriptures in the Bible that deal with false prophets. Here Peter says that they were a reality in the past and they were a reality in the present day. And today, almost 2000 years later they are still a reality. With T.V, internet, radio and social media their influence can be spread faster and farther than ever! The reason we know that there are false teachers still in the world today is because of the things that they do. But there are some who are not at blatant as others. So, in these verses Peter shows us how to discern a false prophet. Consider: