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The Destiny Of False Teachers

In 2 Peter 2, the apostle Peter talks at length about false teachers. He describes them as bold and arrogant and writes about their destiny. He said:

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from  the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish. – 2 Peter 2:10b-12 (NIV)

Peter says that they blaspheme in matters they do not understand. The false teachers will perish he said. These words should be sobering for anyone who teaches and preaches the Word of God. God will hold pastors and teachers accountable. Teaching and preaching are serious matters and should not be taken lightly.

God Does Not Spare The Wicked

Good Thursday morning to you! In 2 Peter 2:4-8, Peter lists several examples of the wicked whom the Lord did not spare because of their wickedness. He cites the following examples:
– Fallen angels who sinned against Him when the devil rebelled
– The ancient world in Noah’s day when the flood came
– The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
– The lawless around Abraham’s nephew, Lot
Peter talks about how God rescued Noah and Lot, but He did not spare the wicked. Peter then wrote:

if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. ​ – 2 Peter 2:9-10a (NIV)​

​God rescued Noah and Lot and brought judgment on the wicked.​ Peter says that God will rescue those who follow Jesus and punish those who reject Him. No one likes to think about judgment, but the Bible is clear that the day of judgment is coming. God is the Judge of everyone. It is NOT our job to condemn anyone. It IS our job to love everyone so that they will come to know the Savior, Jesus Christ. Let God be God and let us be His ambassadors of love.

False Teachers Beware

In the second chapter of his second letter, Peter wrote about false teachers who were infiltrating the church. He revealed their motives and their methods in verse 3. Peter wrote:

In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. – 2 Peter 2:3 (NIV)

The motive for their false teaching was greed. They would exploit Christians for their own gain by using fabricated stories. Peter says that God would have the final say when it came to the destiny of false teachers. Those who attempted to deceive His people would be condemned and destroyed. There are a couple of lessons for us that we need to learn. First, we must be careful who we listen to when it comes to our spiritual education. A greedy pastor or preacher will say anything for financial gain. Second, we must be careful who we follow. Do not follow someone who is on their way to destruction. Know the truth and it will, as Jesus said, set you free.

What False Teachers Do

Peter, addressing the topic of false teachers, said that they will lead many astray. They would deny the truth and bring it into disrepute, Peter says. He wrote:

Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. – 2 Peter 2:2 (NIV)

When false teachers spread lies, two things occur. First, they lead people astray from the truth. Whatever heresy they spread, they end up leading people from the truth. Their version of the truth is really more of a perversion of it. Peter says that their conduct is depraved.
Second, not only do they lead people astray, but they hurt the witness of the church as well. False teachers cause confusion in the church and they hurt the church’s reputation in the world. The world doesn’t know any better for they tend to be ignorant of God’s Word. What is sad is when Christ’s followers are ignorant of the Word of God as well. If we don’t know the truth, we’ll be apt to be led astray and the church will be hurt as well.

Truth Versus Lies

False teachers are nothing new. In the days of the Old Testament prophets, there were false prophets. Peter warned his readers that false teachers would come among them as well. He wrote:

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. – 2 Peter 1:1 (NIV)

If you want to recognize a false teacher, you have to know what is true. You have to know what God says in His Word to be able to spot heresy and false teaching. If you don’t know the truth, how can it set you free? If you don’t know the truth, how will you ever be able to differentiate it from a lie? God has revealed the truth of His Son in His Word. Commit yourself to knowing the truth so that you won’t fall victim to a lie.

Jesus Frees Us To Love People

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 6:1-10.


Who Wrote The Bible?

One of the hottest debates in Christianity centers around the origin of Scripture. Is the Bible the Word of God or did humans write it? There are many facets to this issue, but Peter identified the ultimate Author of Scripture. Peter wrote:

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. – 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV)

God’s Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Scripture to write what they did. God wanted to reveal Himself to humanity so He inspired people to write in human language a message we could understand. Why? So that we could know Him and have a loving relationship with Him by grace through faith in Jesus. We cannot pick and choose what parts are inspired and what parts are not. If any word of Scripture is fake or false, then how can we trust any other part of it? For me, it’s all or nothing. It may sound archaic and naive, but if the Bible is God’s Word, then that is the standard we’ll be judged by. So actually read it for yourself and then decide what you’ll do with it. It might just change your life.

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