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II Pet 2:1a, 3:2,3

SCOFFERS AND PROPHETS

Oct 18, 1970 am


THE GREAT THEME OF II PETER IS HOW SAINTS ARE TO FIGHT APOSTACY AND STAND FOR TRUE GRACE

  • Early in the church history, Christians were attacked by Satanic falsehoods seeking entrance
  • Falsehoods have always been seductive, and truth always has to stand exposed to attack- good!
  • I hate to speak evil of any person or group, but the Word of God is the standard that must be applied to every situation.

If I'm wrong, show me.  But listen to God's word!

THERE WERE FALSE PROPHETS - II PETER 2.1A

Jesus warned in no uncertain terms- Matt 7:15 - He did not always preach - but did warn!

THE WORD WARNS OF THOSE WHO "DENYING THE LORD BROUGHT THEM" - II PET 2:1B HERESIES BROUGHT IN

  • Unitarians - have beautiful poetry, lofty thoughts, stately churches - but no deity for Jesus!
  • Jehovah's Witnesses - have great dedication, much literature, big baptisms - but no Christ!
  • Christian Scientists - have a great newspaper - but no blood of Christ!

THE WORD WARNS OF THOSE WHO "FOLLOW THEIR OWN PERNICIOUS WAYS" - II PET 2:2A - HEDONISTS

  • The word 'pernicious' means licentious, immoral, sexually corrupt, - make truth evil spoken
  • The high society way is the current Playboy philosophy - the new morality - and churches fall!
  • Those less-cultured are forming "family" groups - like Mansons, "Make Love Not War," I am Jesus

THE WORD WARNS OF THOSE WHO "THROUGH COVETOUSNESS SHALL WITH FEIGNED WORDS MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU" - V.3

  • Armstrong-ism is a good example of this - Ambassador College - strange mixture - but $$ exploiters
  • The Beatle mania - promoters of the Acid Rock Festival - religious cultism for profit
  • Jesus warned that "people speak well of false prophets" - Luke 9:26, true ones are stoned!

But remember - the Lord knows how to deliver- and how to judge - read II Pet 2:9-14

AND THERE SHALL COME SCOFFERS - II PET 3:3B

There are many kinds of scoffers - mocking God with their actions and doctrines - Jude 11

THE WAY OF CAIN - JUDE 11, OF GEN 4:1, MOCKING GOD'S WAY OF SALVATION FOR A BLOODLESS RELIGION

  • This is the camp of the liberals - substitute humanism for what God has said - Deists - no Bible
  • This is the general position of the World Council of Churches - Ecumenicalism - bloodless religion - no offense - smooth
  • But humanism has fallen prey to deifying humans- setting state for communism - not strength

THE ERROR OF BALAAM, JUDE 11, NUMBERS 22-ff HOLDING SOME TRUTHS, BUT CORRUPTING FOR FINANCIAL GAIN

  • These will not attack the church directly, but infiltrate, cast doubt on His Word - 
  • Even with his donkey (the first Baptist preacher) warning him - Balaam schemed around God's truth
  • The enchantments - Num 24:1- are creeping back in today- prophecy, miracles, and magic - again!

THE GAINSAYING OF KORAH - JUDE 11, NUM 16 SCOFFING GOD'S SIMPLICITY - SETTING UP PRIESTHOODS

  • Korah tried to get between God and His people and be the interpreter of God's plan
  • They are in action today - saying that salvation is their property alone - come to them or ?
  • Search the scriptures yourself- Study, read, let no man give you any private interpretation - 1:20

You are personally responsible for your own soul - get a Bible and dictionary, and search!

BELOVED, BE MINDFUL OF THE WORDS - II PET 3:2

The Bible pleads - I John 4:1 Try every spirit and "taste and see that the Lord is good!"

WE HAVE NOT FOLLOWED CUNNINGLY DEVISED FABLES - BUT MADE KNOWN TO YOU THE POWER OF THE LORD - 1:16

  • Peter and the apostles spoke of the power of Christ, and of His coming again - soon!
  • They proclaimed what they had seen - as eyewitnesses, having handled the Word of God!
  • They also preached the timeless Word of God - v. 20-21- sufficient for faith and practice

PETER WANTED TO STIR UP THE PURE MINDS BY WAY OF REMEMBRANCE - II PET 3:1B

  • Peter again reminded them of the twofold division of their information - Prophets - Apostles
  • We need to stir up and rouse our honest thoughts - come and reason together saith the Lord
  • God does not want us to be ignorant - v.8, but study His word and believe what He says

GOD IS OFFERING US TIME TO REPENT, AND TO PREPARE OUR LIVES FOR HIS COMING - V.9-

  • The Word is true- great promises - v.13, terrible warnings -v.10 let no one steal it from you
  • Knowing what the Word has to say- what manner of person ought you to be?  v.11, 12 - 
  • Be diligent that you be found in Him- v. 14 - this means to be in Jesus - saved!  Are you?

Satanic false prophets and scoffers will try to keep you from seeing Jesus

YOU MUST NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO SUBVERT YOUR MIND OR WEAKEN YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HIS WORD

  • Have you personally received Christ Jesus as your Saviour - the Blood-bought way of salvation?
  • Is your spiritual house in order for His coming- when the elements will melt, world die?
  • Are you content to face the Lord with what you have presently given your life for?