The Danger of False Teachers - Part 3 (2 Peter 2:10-16)

Bob SchultzBob Schultz, May 6, 2012
Part of the 2 Peter series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

This Sunday we will study II Peter 2:10-16. Specifically, three characteristics of false teachers so that we would not be deceived by them. The key to understanding II Peter is v. 1 “There will also be false teachers among you.” And v. 3 “Their judgment from long ago is not idle.”

The importance of this chapter is marked by the sheer number of verses in context. In addition, Satan seeks to come into the church to alter, twist, change, and distort the truth of God to render the church powerless. The passion of this chapter comes from the reality that Satan’s goal is to seek and destroy the church by subtly exchanging the truth of God for a lie.

As we learn the principles of this chapter, we are better able to identify them and expel them from the church for the glory of God.

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2 Peter 2:10–16 (Listen)

10 and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.

Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones, 11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord. 12 But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, 13 suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you. 14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, 16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet's madness.

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