2 Peter (part 4)

2peter (Part4) – BEWARE OF WOLVES

(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

 1.       INTRODUCTION – WE ARE CONTINUING OUR SERIES ON 2ND PETER THIS MORNING.  I AM ENJOYING THIS AND I HOPE THAT YOU ARE TOO!  IN PART 1, WE LEARNED THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS.  IN PART 2, WE PETER GAVE US SOME VERY PRACTICAL TEACHING ON HOW TO MAKE OUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE. IN PART 3 – PETER TESTIFIED OF BEING ONE OF THE EYE WITNESSES OF CHRISTS MAJESTY   IN (PART 4) TODAY’S MESSAGE PETER WARNS OF WOLVES COMING IN AMONG THE SHEEP, FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS WHO PRETEND TO BE ONE THING BUT HAVE A DIFFERENT AGENDA – TO PREY ON THE SHEEP.  John 10:10 (niv) The THIEF comes only to steal and KILL and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  TEXT:  2PETER 2:1-9 (NIV)

2.       PETER GIVES CLEAR & IMMINENT PROPHECY CONCERNING FALSE PROPHETS & FALSE TEACHERS

Ÿ  THERE ALREADY WERE FALSE PROPHETS & FALSE TEACHERS AMONG THEM

Ÿ  THEY WILL SECRETLY INTRODUCE DESTRUCTIVE HERESIES: EVEN DENY THE LORD JESUS

Ÿ  JESUS WARNED OF THIS BEFORE HE LEFT FOR HEAVEN:  Mat 24:11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.  12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,

Ÿ  JUDE SAID SPOKE OF THESE MEN: Jude 1:4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

Ÿ  JOHN SAID THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST WAS ALREADY WORKING IN HIS DAY:  2Jn 1:7 Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the Antichrist.

3.       THEY WILL SEDDUCE MANY TO FOLLOW THEIR FALSE PREACHING & TEACHING

Ÿ  MANY WILL FOLLOW THEIR SHAMEFUL WAYS – THEY BRING THE GOSPEL INTO DISREPUTE

Ÿ  THEY WILL APPEAL TO OUR SINFUL CARNAL DESIRES: LUST OF THE EYE, LUST OF THE FLESH, LUST FOR MONEY, PRIDE OF LIFE…

Ÿ  THEY WILL FABRICATE & MAKE UP STORIES TO EXPLOIT “YOU”; FALSE TESTIMONIALS

Ÿ  THEY WILL USE SCRIPTURE IN SHAMEFUL WAYS TO MANIPULATE AND EXPLOIT YOU

Ÿ  THEY WILL SAY “GOD TOLD THEM SO & SO” – WHEN GOD DID NOT TELL THEM

Ÿ  THEY WILL GUARANTEE YOU A 30% RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT: PONZI & PYRAMID SCHEMES

Ÿ  THEIR PRIMARY MOTIVE IS GREED: THEY WANT YOUR MONEY; THEY EXPLOIT OUR GREED & DESIRE TO LIVE FOREVER TO LINE THEIR POCKETS; WE ARE EMBARRASSED TO ADMIT THE TRUTH

Ÿ  THEY HAVE NO CONSCIENCE THEY EXPLOIT THE WIDOWS & THE ELDERLY, RICH & POOR ALIKE

Ÿ  CHRISTIAN TELEVISION IS FILLED WITH THEM: THEY PROMOTE GET RICH QUICK SCHEMES & WORTHLESS PRODUCTS – IT IS DIFFICULT TO DISERN WHAT IS REAL AND WHAT IS FALSE

4.       CHARACTERISTICS OF FALSE PROPHETS & FALSE TEACHERS (2PETER 10-22)

Ÿ  THEY FOLLOW THE CORRUPT DESIRES OF THEIR SINFUL NATURES

Ÿ  THEY ARE BOLD AND ARROGANT: NOT AFRAID TO SLANDER HEAVENLY BEINGS

Ÿ  THEY HAVE LOST THEIR FEAR OF GOD AND DESTAIN THINGS THAT ARE SACRED

Ÿ  THEY ARE BRUTE BEASTS, CREATURES OF INSTINCT – FORSAKEN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

Ÿ  REVEL IN IMMORAL PLEASURES – EYES FULL OF ADULTERY – SEDUCE UNSTABLE SOULS

Ÿ  EXPERTS IN GREED & EXPLOITATION & MANIPULATION – LOVE WAGES OF WICKEDNESS

Ÿ  THEY MOUTH EMPTY BOASTFUL WORDS; APPEAL TO LUSTFUL DESIRES OF OUR SINFUL NATURES

Ÿ  THEY PROMISE FREEDOM WHILE THEY THEMSELVES ARE SLAVES OF DEPRAVITY

Ÿ   always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.

Ÿ  PETERS INDICATES THAT IF THEY WERE OF THEM WERE ONCE SAVED THEY WERE WORSE OFF THAN THEY WERE BEFORE RECEIVING CHRIST: (READ 2PETER 2:20-22 NIV)

 Ÿ  THEY WILL GET WHAT IS DUE THEM…(VS 3B-5A)

Ÿ  GOD IS WATCHING THEM THOUGH THEY DO NOT REALIZE IT

Ÿ  THEIR CONDEMNATION IS HANGING OVER THEM

Ÿ  GOD DID NOT SPARE THE ANCIENT WORLD IN THE TIME OF NOAH

Ÿ  GOD DID NOT SPARE SODOM & GOMORRAH, BURNING THESE CITIES TO ASHES

Ÿ  HE MADE THEM AN EXAMPLE FOR US: THE FEAR OF GOD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM

5.       IN HIS JUDGEMENT, GOD PROTECTS & SPARES THE RIGHTEOUS (VS 5B- 9)

Ÿ  HE PROTECTED NOAH A PREACHER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Ÿ  HE SPARED LOT A RIGHTEOUS MAN TORMENTED BY THE SINS OF SODOM…

Ÿ  GOD IS WATCHING THEM THOUGH THEY DO NOT REALIZE IT

Ÿ  THEIR CONDEMNATION IS HANGING OVER THEM – IT WILL SURELY COME

CONCLUSION  WHAT WILL BE THE OUTCOME OF ALL OF THIS AND WHAT ARE WE TO DO? VERSE 2 OF OUR TEXT SAYS THAT MANY WILL FOLLOW THEIR SHAMEFUL WAYS – THEY BRING THE GOSPEL INTO DISREPUTE 1Timothy 4:1 (niv) The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. JESUS SAID IN Mat 24:10 – 13: At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be savedJOHN GIVES BELIEVERS SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR THESE TIMES:   1Jn 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  JESUS SAID TO BEWARE BECAUSE IN THE VERY ELECT COULD BE DECEIVED.  IF THERE IS ANYTHING IN YOU THAT WANTS TO BE DECEIVED THE ENEMY WILL EXPLOIT IT.  JOHN SAID “DEAR CHILDREN, KEEP YOURSELVES FROM IDOLS.” (1JOHN 5:21)

OTHER SCRIPTURES (niv)

Mat 24:24-25:  For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

1Ti 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

2Ti 3:1 – 5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

2Ti 3:6, 7  They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.

1Jn 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

2Jn 1:10, 11  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. 11 Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.

Jud 1:16 These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

Jud 1:19 These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

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