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On trips to Africa I have visited villages with trash and filth that overwhelm ones sense of smell
On medical calls as a firefighter medic I have responded to residences that required one to shower and dispose of clothing
I have also walked down places like Las Vegas, New Orleans, and other places like these where the...
Presence and celebration of sinful lifestyles surrounds you
Each of these things in their own way placed a burden on my heart, a heaviness on the soul,
Leaving one feeling dirty
As I read and re-read the passage for today… I felt a similar feeling!
The second chapter of 2 Peter is one of, if not THE most graphic in its description of the corruption that occurs in the life of one who follows a path of sin and false teaching.
This chapter ends talking about dogs eating vomit and pigs rolling in their own mire!
Chapter two must be read and considered in the context of all Peter is writing…
He opens up right away expressing the importance of growing in their knowledge and the need for reminders
He emphasizes the TRUTH of God’s Word…
God’s Word being true there are those who seek to defile it, to teach contrary, to distort it.
They are slick, using the same vocabulary with a different dictionary
God’s Word being true does not mince words!
God uses Peter to state it as it is!
We today will see the depravity of the false teachers and their message
Once we grasp the awfulness of the sin in this world will we truly appreciate the message of hope we have in the return of Jesus Christ in chapter 3
As I looked at the DESCRIPTION of these false teachers, the TECHNIQUES which they use, and the END they face and those who follow them… I had a heavy heart for the people God had entrusted me to shepherd and care for.
I put myself in Peter’s sandals… I realized as a pastor all the more Peter’s message...
Church it is your responsibility to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Christ… it is my responsibility to teach you and remind you of this importance!
Peter begins his letter verse 3 stressing this… “spiritual maturity is the best remedy for false teachers and heretics”!!!
I had to come to a place this week where I remembered this amazing God we serve and hold onto 2 Peter 2:9
God can and will rescue the righteous!
Read with me now as we look at what God states about false teachers and their message in these verses… consider this graphic description given 2 Peter 2:10-22
False Teachers Vividly Described
Might I remind you… These are IN THE CHURCH!
Among them, cleverly disguised, this is not talking about the false teaching of the world but those coming into the church body!
Look at the pride and arrogance of these individuals...
They speak down and condemn these fallen angels!!!
They have no power or authority to do so, even the angels being more powerful, do not do this!
Angels leave this judgment in its place… before God
God compares these people to wild animals… to be caught and destroyed
Instinct… I spoke with an individual this week that believes that man is not born a sinner
He said we are born with instincts and desires for self preservation, but not sin.
What an apt definition of being born into sin!
Peter chapter 2 agrees fully… sin at its peak causes one to act no better than a wild animal.
What a sad picture, how awful sin is lived out in humanity, yet we seek it!
They scoff at things they don’t understand… they revile the things of God! vs13
They take a message like GRACE and stain it, calling sin okay
Romans 13:13
They behave as in the night as in the day!
Romans 6:1
Let sin increase! is what they say, do and teach!
Look how wonderful God’s Grace is… sounds good… no consequences, no guilt…
They entice the followers of Christ with the desires of this life… They seek themselves only (like an animal)
Trained in GREED!!! the master this skill!
Compared in their madness to that of Balaam… the false prophet in Numbers 22, 23, 24 ...
Uses a gift to intentionally lead Israel away from God
Balaam was not ignorant of God’s truth and will but deliberately went against God for self gain
So intent was he that even when God told him no he insisted on doing his own will
God used a donkey to get his attention, a donkey listens better than a man intent on sin!
Rather Balaam told the evil king Balak how to defeat Israel… be friendly, join close to them and raw them into their orgies and pagan worship appealing to their lust!
Technique & Seduction of False Teachers
Satan still uses this strategy for the church today...
They talk a good talk but it is empty...
springs with no water / a mirage
mist in the wind / offer refreshment but nothing comes
God says there is a dark darkness reserved for them!
Arrogant Words of Vanity… gifted in what they say, it sounds so good.
Entice… they know what people want, desire, and crave.
the things of the flesh!
Sensuality, they have no problem appealing even to the sexual desires from within!
Empty promises… FREEDOM!?
One who is clasped in shackles and irons is claiming to bring freedom?
the very thing they offer will be what overtakes them
Live corruptly its okay… look I am and I am enjoying life they say!
They are a slave to the very thing they say brings freedom.
Death awaits them and they are taking people with them!
Their End Destruction
Verses 20-22 have been used to speak of one loosing salvation… but notice never does Peter state these false teachers ever had salvation, rather the opposite Verse 2:1 “denying the Master who bought them”
these temporarily escape the defilements of this world… how by the knowledge…THEY KNOW GOD’S WORD!
Many know God’s Word better than some here!
They seek the knowledge they have to gain for themselves...
Verse 21 is difficult… let me share several things on this...
There are various degrees of punishment in hell
ALL who do not place their faith in the finished work of Christ will go to hell
Some will face a greater degree of punishment
It is harder for them to believe after this point...
one who is steeped in bad habits has a harder time correcting their ways
Example of the chain saw
One who does not know is easier to teach
They are what they want to be / church we need to see them for what they are:
Dogs… even well trained will vomit and then go and eat it!
Pigs… regardless of how well you clean them up will seek out the mire to roll in it!
It is their instinct and nature.
There is HOPE...
2 Peter 3:1-2
God has given us His Word that He will return...
Seeing the depth of filth and mire that sin can lead a person into… all the more we want Jesus Christ to return!
Peter is going to REMIND his readers of this blessed hope we have and even though we may see corruption all around us we have this HOPE!
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