The Destruction of False Teachers.
This Sunday we read 2nd Peter 2:1-10 - concerning false teachers. Listen to the sermon HERE.
We learned from Scripture that false teachers do exist; they’re destructive and can be spotted because of their sensuality, greed, love of self and self-pleasing messages.
The result of false teachers is destruction and judgment- for themselves and those they lead astray. God delays judgment because of his mercy and desire for all to come to repentance. Ron gave an excellent analogy of texting and driving. It’s wrong, it’s illegal, and many do it despite the inevitability of danger and potential destruction and harm. It’s a mercy that many of us don’t end up killing others or ourselves.
The Lord knows how to rescue the godly. Remember Noah. Lot. God rescued Noah because he got in the boat. The ark is a type of salvation. Not only do we have numerous stories from Scripture about God rescuing his people, we all have our own personal rescue story: the testimony of how God rescued us. We were bought with a price. We need to remember!
Questions for Application:
1. God instructs us in 1 Tim. 4:16 - “Keep a close watch on yourself (pay close attention) to your life and your teaching. Persist (persevere) in these things for by doing so you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”
What steps are you taking to obey this scripture?
2. Are you growing in your knowledge and understanding of God, Christ and the great and precious promises that helps us partake in the Divine nature?
3. Be diligent about your lifestyle. Do you indulge in alcohol, self-pity, fits of rage, or porn? These are just a few signs of greed and sensuality- evidences of pleasing yourself and forgetting that you were bought- with a price - so glorify God in your body.
Where do you need to repent and remember?
4. We live out of what we believe. Are your beliefs grounded in God’s word or in current cultural thinking? What steps can you take to make sure you’re grounded biblically?
(Hint: one step that’s an easy one- go to the Sunday School Class!)