Defense Against False Teachers

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Pastor Scott L. Harris

Grace Bible Church, NY

October 18, 2009

Defense Against False Teachers

2 Peter 2 & Selected

Introduction

In our study of the book of 2 Peter we have been seeing what the Apostle has
to say to us who share the "same precious faith." Among the major issues
in the book is Peter’s strong warning about false teachers that will come. We
have already examined 2 Peter 2 to see what danger these false teachers pose (See:

There Shall Be False Teachers
) and
have given a description of them. (See:

Description of False Teachers
) This morning I want to expand a little on our
text in 2 Peter and look at some related texts so that we may be able to defend
ourselves against these false teachers.

Recognize the Reality of the Danger

Of course, the first line of defense against a danger is to recognize that
the danger exists. The various medicines and other consumable products that now
have safety caps and tamper proof lids were never seen as something that needed
to be protected until several deranged people started to put poisons into them.
Only after several people had died as a result was the danger recognized and a
defense was produced to keep us safe from the activities of such degenerate
people.

In the same way, our first line of defense against false teachers is to
recognize they danger that the pose. Tragically, most people, including
professing Christians, do not recognize the danger. As I said a couple of weeks
ago, there is a great lack of discernment in our society and in the church in
distinguishing right from wrong. This is due to both Biblical ignorance and the
post-modern culture. Biblical ignorance means the truth is not known. Post
modern culture has created the mindset that there is no absolute truth, so even
a knowledge of what God has revealed in the Scriptures does not sway them to
godly thinking and actions. Peter has stated clearly in chapter 2 some of the
dangers that these false teachers pose.

*They will lead you into sensuality (v 2a & 13)

*They will lead you into maligning the truth (v 2b)

*The will exploit you (v 3)

*They will entice unstable souls (v 14)

*They will lead you into bondage (v 15) & and that bondage will at least
lead to a loss of the fruit of the Spirit in your life, but it could be much
worse and lead you into Hell itself.



The seriousness of the danger of false teachers is seen in the strong words
our Lord used against the Scribes and Pharisees. They proclaimed themselves to
both teachers and keepers of the law, but they were neither. They were instead
false teachers leading people astray. In Matthew 15:14 Jesus said of them,
"they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both
will fall into a pit."
In Matthew 23 Jesus pronounces a series of "woes"
against them beginning with, "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from men; for you do not
enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in."

Those are strong words because of the seriousness of the danger they posed to
anyone that would follow them.

Do you recognize the danger of false teachers in our own time? It is not
about their intelligence, appearance, ability to speak or how nice they are.
Those qualities have always fit huckster salesmen and they often fit false
teachers. The major difference between the huckster salesman and the false
teacher is that the former can only take your money while the later endangers
your soul. The issue is whether they are declaring the truth and striving to
live by it themselves.

Recognize the Characteristics of the False Teacher

The second line of defense against a danger is the ability to identify the
danger. Awareness that a danger potentially exists is of little value if you
cannot also identify the source of danger and the danger itself. To do that you
must be able to recognize the characteristics that reveal the danger. To go back
to the illustration of the tamper proof caps, their presence on the bottle
demonstrates a recognition that a potential danger exists, but it is up to the
individual using the product to know and check the characteristics of the safety
cap to ensure it has not been tampered. A hole in a safety cap is a
characteristic of a product that is dangerous. Let me bring this to a more human
level. Every law enforcement officer is well aware that there are dangerous
people out there. The awareness of the possibility of dealing with a dangerous
person should make him more cautious, but that caution is of little value if he
cannot also discern the characteristics of a dangerous person and identify them.
That is why law enforcement officers are trained to recognize both dangerous
situations and the source of the danger. A gun, knife or other weapons are
obvious characteristics of someone who could be dangerous, but knowing the
description of someone wanted for a crime and paying attention to erratic
behavior are also key characteristics that identify a suspect.

Peter has given us quite a detailed description of what the false teacher
would be like so that we can quickly identify them. Peter is not saying that
every false teacher will have every characteristic, nor is he saying that if a
person has one of these characteristics that they are necessarily a false
prophet, but these traits should warn you that this person may very well be a
false teacher. In other words, if it looks like a pig, sounds like a pig, smells
like a pig and acts like a pig, then it may well be in fact be a pig!

How does Peter describe false teachers?

*Heretical – usually introduce their false teaching secretly, but it is very
destructive (v. 1)

*Sensual – they promote sensuality – (v 2a)

*Blasphemers who replace the word of God with their own thoughts and causing
others to also malign the truth (v 2b)

*Greedy (v 3a)

*Exploiters – taking advantage of their followers (v 3b)

*Under God’s judgment (vs 4-6, 9)

*Daring (v 10)

*Self-willed (v 10)

*Creatures of instinct (v 12)

*Stains and Blemishes (v 13)

*Accursed Children (v 14)

*Springs without water / Mists driven by the wind (v 17)

*Arrogant (v 18)

*Slaves of corruption (v 19)

There are some additional characteristics that identify the false teacher
from the true one.

Turn to Deuteronomy18:20-22 "But the prophet who shall speak a word
presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he
shall speak in the name of other gods. That prophet shall die. And you may say
in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ When
a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or
come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has
spoken presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him."

A prophet is required by God to be 100% accurate in their prophesy. If there
is any error, they reveal themselves to be false prophets. If a false teacher in
his or her arrogance gives some kind of prophecy and they err in any way, they
are a false prophet. There are plenty of people around today that claim God has
told them certain things. It is part of the means by which they manipulate
people, because the average person in the pew is not getting such revelations
from God. The fact is that they have not either because the errors in their
supposed revelations from God prove them to be what Moses warned about here.
They are false prophets and false teachers. They have spoken presumptuously and
you shall not be afraid of them. A good batting average in their predictions is
not enough. This passage makes it clear that there must be 100% accuracy in the
prophecy or it did not come from God. In the time of Moses, such false prophets
were to be stoned.

Turn back to Deuteronomy 13:1-5 and see an additional requirement. "If a
prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a
wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you,
saying ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve
them, you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of
dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD
your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall follow the LORD
your God ad fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice,
serve Him, and cling to Him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be
put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God who
brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery,
to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So
you shall purge the evil from among you."

In this passage we find that even if their prophecy did come to pass the way
they said, if it entices others to follow after some other God, or if they try
to get you to do something contrary to the LORD God’s
commandments, then they are false prophets and false teachers. It is important
to note that many false prophets will use the name of Jesus and may even call
Him Lord, but an analysis of what they say about Him demonstrates that their
Jesus is not the one described in the New Testament, but one of their own
creation.

There is one more thing I want to quickly point out from Deuteronomy 13.
Notice that verse 3 gives the reason that God tolerates and allows such false
prophets to exist. "You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that
dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love
the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul."

God uses the false prophet, the false teacher to test us. Do we really love
the LORD God or do we just say that we do? God uses them to bring about a
testing of our faith. God is not willing to allow us to rest either in a false
faith or in a shallow faith. He will test us to prove our faith and force us to
maturity. Both James 1 and Romans 5 make this point that the testing of our
faith produces maturity in us. James 1:2-4 describes it this way. "Consider
it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the
testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect
result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
Our faith
will also be tested by the common trials of life. Things do not always go the
easy way for us. We get sick. Accidents happen. People let us down. Economies
fail. Wars occur. Crime occurs. False teachers come. All these things can be
used to test our faith, but as we are diligent to follow God in them they will
produce endurance and maturity, or as Paul describes it in Romans 5:3-5,
perseverance, proven character and hope based in the unshakable love of God.

So added to the characteristics of a false teacher described by Peter are
these which Moses warned about. Their prophecies are less than 100% or they
entice you to follow a false God or do something contrary to God’s commandments.

I want to now look at Matthew 7:15-20 and see Jesus’ warning about false
teachers and how to recognize them.

"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but
inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are
not gathered from thorn [bushes,] nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 "Even so,
every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 "A good
tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 "Every
tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 "So
then, you will know them by their fruits.
"

What is the fruit that identifies the difference between a true teacher and a
false one? What determines whether the fruit is good or bad? How well they obey
the teachings of Jesus. Jesus continues in verse 21-23, "Not everyone who
says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the
will of My Father who is in heaven. "Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord,
Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in
Your name perform many miracles?’ "And then I will declare to them, ‘I never
knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’"

Make careful note the basis for Jesus’ judgment of these teachers. It was not
their self identification with Jesus. It was not their prophesy in Jesus name.
It was not their casting out of demons in Jesus name. It was not their
performing of miracles in Jesus name. It would appear that they actually did all
these things. Jesus judges them on the basis of their obedience to His commands
and He denies them and casts them out because they practice lawlessness. They
did what they wanted instead of what Jesus commands. That is exactly how those
with the characteristics listed by Peter will behave. Heresy, sensuality, greed,
exploitation of others, daring, arrogance and self-will all result in
disobedience to Christ in favor of fulfilling personal desires which is why they
are described as creatures of instinct. It is also why Peter describes them as
accursed children and slaves of corruption under God’s judgment. This in turn is
why their impact on others is described as stains and blemishes, springs without
water and mists driven by the wind.

I have always considered the greatest tragedy in this passage is that these
false teachers are so self-deceived that they sincerely think they actually are
serving Jesus. That is why they are so shocked that Jesus is not allowing them
into heaven.(See: The Deception of the Self-Righteous) In the particular case of those Jesus is using in this
illustration, they even correctly identify Jesus as Lord, which is far better
than many false teachers who do not even get that right. They are busy doing
wonderful things in the name of the Lord, or at least so they think. But in all
this they missed the most important mark of what it means to be a true
Christian. It is only the one that does the will of the Father that will enter
heaven. It is only those that have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
for their salvation from sin by His substitutionary atonement on the cross of
Calvary and follow Him that will be with Him in eternity.

Let me quickly add here that the aspect of following Jesus in obedience to
His commands is not any kind of work righteousness that attains you salvation.
Obedience to Jesus Christ is the simple and natural outworking of actual belief
in who Jesus is, what He has done and His promises for the future. Jesus stated
it directly in John 14:23, "if anyone loves Me, he will keep My word."

 

Protection Against False Teachers

How then do we protect ourselves from false teachers? I think the answer is
clearly seen in the conclusion Jesus gives to His warning about false teachers.
(See: What is Your Foundation Built Upon? Matthew
7:24-27 April 18, 1999)
Look at Matthew 7:24-27

24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them,
may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. 25 "And the
rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that
house; and [yet] it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. 26 "And
everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like
a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. 27 "And the rain descended,
and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it
fell, and great was its fall."

There are two similar houses built on different foundations facing similar
storms but responding with different outcomes.

Both houses outwardly appear to be similar. Nothing suggests any difference
in the outward appearance of them. The immediate context would suggest they were
very similar since the false teachers, the wolves of verses 15-20, are not
distinguished by their outward appearance. The self-deceived of verses 21-23 are
outwardly doing all the things that the truly righteous would do. Most of the
distinctions Jesus makes between the self-righteous scribes and pharisees are
inward matters of the heart, not outward things that would be noticed at first
glance.

Another similarity between both of these houses is that they both will have
to endure storms. Jesus says here of both houses, "the rain descended, and
the floods (rivers) came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house"

(vs 25,27). Sometimes storms come with warning sometimes suddenly without
warning, but storms will come. There is no stopping them. When the storm does
come, it will test what is hidden from view.

What is hidden from view? The foundations. The difference between these two
houses was the material upon which the foundations for the houses was built. One
was rock and could withstand the wind, rain and flood. The other was sand which
washed away with the rain and flood leaving the house without foundation so that
it could be blown over by the wind.

When I worked for the Los Angeles County Agricultural Department many years
ago I had a weekly circuit that would take me along the Pacific Coast and the
many houses built along the beach. There were quite a few times that I noticed a
house that had been there the week before had succumbed to a storm and was
simply gone. The footings and pilings and were supposed to go down to rock, but
too often it was really only sand that supported them, and once the sand washed
out, the foundations gave way and the house plummeted into the raging surf and
was carried out to sea. Amazing enough, a few months later there would be
somebody else building a house in the same place.

Jesus begins verse 24 with, "therefore," which tells us that this
illustration is the conclusion of what He has been saying throughout the Sermon
on the Mount. What Jesus says here is not popular even among evangelicals now
days, but He says it, therefore it is true. Verse 24, "Therefore everyone who
hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man. .
. ."
Verse 26, "everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act
upon them, will be like a foolish
man. . . ."

The difference between the wise man and the foolish man is what they do in
response to what Jesus says in this sermon. The result of the wise man’s
response is a strong house that withstands the storms of life. This is the
response of entering the straight gate, walking the narrow path and finding
life. The result of the foolish man’s response is a house that falls with a
great fall. It is the response of entering the broad gate, walking the wide way
and concludes in destruction. The rock the wise man builds upon is true
righteousness found in Jesus Christ alone. The sand the foolish man builds upon
is self-righteousness.(See: What is Your Foundation Built Upon?)

I already pointed out from James 1 that storms are a normal part of life.
Trials are nothing unusual. The difference will be in the response to those
trials. They will either produce maturity as James 1 and Romans 5 tell us of the
wise who trust Jesus and walk with Him, or they will cause damage as seen in the
foolish that seek their own way. James 1:22, "But prove yourselves doers of
the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves."
People can claim
anything you want and delude themselves, but that does not make it true. That is
what false teachers and their followers do. For many of them, even the claim to
believe in Jesus Christ is a lie of self delusion for they will not follow
through with actually heeding what Jesus says. They are like the foolish man who
built his house on the wrong foundation of sand, and it will collapse. It is
tragic that various perversions of the gospel have become prevalent within
American Christianity. Non-Christians recognize the hypocrisy and turn away. The
deluded continue on their way along the broad way failing to recognize it is
leading to Hell (Matthew 7:13).

Others may be Christians, but they are led so far astray by false teachers
that they remain ignorant and immature. They will also suffer for their
foolishness. They will be those described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:15 who will
suffer loss, but will be saved, but as through fire.

How do you protect yourself from false teachers and self-delusion? An
awareness that the danger is real is a good starting point. It is also important
to learn to recognize the characteristics of false teachers so that you can
avoid them. But the greatest protection we will have is being diligent to be
like the wise man who has built his house on the rock of Jesus Christ. Strive to
be someone that truly loves Him and demonstrates that by obedience to His
commands. That of course means you need to know the Scriptures so that you know
what He commands. It also means that you need to be involved with other true
believers where all the "one another" commands can be put into practice which
fulfills the commandment in the Great Commission to teach them to observe all
His commandments (Matthew 28:20). Those who pursue
righteousness will not be enticed by worldliness even when it is cloaked in a
false spirituality.

Illustrations

Let me give you a short illustration of how all of this works using one of
the common teachings of modern false teachers. In John 16:23,24 Jesus states,
"And in that day you will ask Me no question. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you
shall ask the Father for anything, He will give it to you in My name. Until now
you have asked for nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy
may be made full."
Based upon this verse and similar ones there are many
today that teach that you can "name it and claim it in Jesus name." The
teaching is that you should name whatever you desire and ask it in Jesus name
and God will have to give it to you so that "your joy may be full."

This twisting of Scripture presents a test of faith. The first test concerns
what God actually says about prayer and its purpose. Will you be diligent enough
to search out what it really means to pray in Jesus name and for what to pray?

The second test involves the temptation inherent in the idea of being able to
name it and claim it. What God has actually said becomes secondary to the
enticement of gaining health, wealth and prosperity through this kind of prayer.
It is this enticement that enables false teachers to gain such large followings.
They begin by subtly testing your faith by presenting lies mixed with truth, and
then before you can really figure out the doctrinal issues they bring temptation
into play. The enticement to selfish desire distracts and overwhelms the quest
for truth.

Common themes for these false teachers is that you can have that new house or
car or whatever else because "you are a child of the King." You can be
cured of your health problem(s) because by Jesus’ stripes you are healed. You
can get rid of your problems or worries because you can claim it in Jesus’ name.
With a twisting of Biblical doctrine and enticing you with your own desires,
prayer becomes an incantation of magical words that ensure you get what you
want.

Contrast that with really loving the LORD God with all
your heart, soul and mind so that He and His glory is primary in everything .
(1 Corinthians 10:31). Contrast the quest for fulfilment
of personal desires to learning to be content in all circumstances
(Philippians 4:11-13). Contrast praying in Jesus name as
submission to His person and will instead of invoking magical incantations.

Consider how God preserved Noah in the midst of false people who were
destroyed for their wickedness because "every intent of the thoughts of his
heart was only evil continually"
(Genesis 6:5).
First, we find that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord
(Genesis 6:8)
, and because of that the Lord told Noah what was going to
happen and what Noah was supposed to do in response. Put yourself in Noah’s
place. You have not seen it rain before and God says he is going to bring a
flood. You don’t live near any large body of water but God says to build a huge
boat. You have a limited amount of knowledge about all the animals that are in
the world but God says that he will bring a pair of each of them to you and you
are to put them in this big boat and care for them when the flood comes that
will destroy the world. This job is so big that it takes perhaps 120 years to
prepare everything (Genesis 6:3?). Imagine the ridicule
Noah would have received during that time from his ungodly neighbors. "There’s
old crazy Noah, building a big boat out here in the middle of nowhere." "Noah
the nut, never plays, just keeps working on that big boat." "Strange investment
there Noah, who would ever want to buy a weird house like that?" "Noah went mad
years ago – thinks that God is going to wipe everything out in a huge flood –
where would God get that kind of water?"

It is reasonable to think that Noah got tired at times and was tempted to
quit or wonder if his labor would be in vain, yet Noah remained faithful. He
believed God and continued steadfast and did not yield to any temptation to quit
that may have come. This was the way that God said that He would provide for the
salvation of Noah and his family from the coming destruction, and Noah believed
God and obeyed His commands.


Conclusions – Two Step Defense Against False Teachers

Our defense against false teachers and their doctrine is actually simple.
First, know the truth by knowing the word of God (Scripture). That will also
enable you to recognize their heresy and false manner of living by the contrast.
Second, be obedient to its clear principles and precepts even if the world
thinks your crazy or you would prefer something else. Submission to the will of
God will protect you from the enticements of Satan, the pressure of the world
and the temptations of the desires of your own flesh, eyes and pride, all of
which are used by false teachers to lead you astray.


Sermon Notes – 1/10/2010

KIDS CORNER

Parents, you are responsible to apply
God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children
draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your
picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children – 1) Write down all
the verses mentioned. 2) Count how many times false teachers are mentioned. 3)
Talk with your parents about how you can defend yourself against them.

 


THINK ABOUT IT!

Questions to consider in discussing
the sermon with others. Why is the first line of defense to recognize that
danger exists? What danger do false teachers pose to those who follow them? What
are some of the things Jesus said that tell us of the serious danger of false
teachers? Why are huckster salesmen and scam artists less dangerous than false
teachers? The second line of defense against false teachers is the ability to
identify the danger and its source. What are the characteristics of false
teachers according to Peter? List them out and describe. What are the two
criteria in Deuteronomy 18:20-22 to distinguish between a true and false
prophet? What was to be done to a false prophet at that time? Are there such
false prophets in our own time? Examples? What are the criteria in Deuteronomy
18:20-22 to distinguish between a true and false prophet? What was to happen to
that false prophet and why? Why does the Lord allow such false prophets and
teachers to come? What does James 1 tell us should be the result of the testing
of our faith? What does Romans 5 tells about the reason we can rejoice even in
severe trials? Jesus warns about false teachers in Matthew 7:15-20. How are they
like wolves? How will you be able to recognize them? Jesus warns about
self-deceived false teachers in Matthew 7:21-23. What did they think they were
doing? Why will Jesus cast them away? What is the most important characteristic
of a true Christian and how does it demonstrate itself in practical life? What
are the similarities and differences between the house the wise man built and
the house the foolish man built in Matthew 7:24-27? Why does the wise man’s
house stand and the foolish man’s house collapse? What is the rock that the wise
man builds upon? What is the sand the foolish man builds upon? How do false
teachers twist Jesus’ instruction on prayer in John 16:23-24? How does their
false teaching test true faith and entice to temptations of selfish desire? What
is the purpose of the believers’ life? What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
How did God preserve Noah? What were the people on earth like at that time? What
was Noah’s part in his preservation from the flood? What are the two simple
steps that will be both a defense against false teachers and the means to living
a godly life?

Defense Against False Teachers – 2 Peter 2 & Selected

Recognize the Reality of the Danger

    The first line of defense against a danger is to recognize
that the danger ____________.

    Ignorance & post-modern thought have resulted in a lack of
discernment of ____& error, right & wrong

    False teachers lead people into sensuality, maligning the
_______, exploitation, enticements & bondage

    Matthew ________ – blind guides; Matthew 23 – ___________

Recognize the Characteristics of the False Teacher

    The second line of defense against a danger is the ability
to ___________the danger and its source

    Peter describes false teachers as _____________, sensual,
blasphemous, greedy, exploiters, under God’s judgement, daring, self-willed,
creatures of instinct, __________& blemishes, springs without water, mists
driven by the wind, arrogant and slaves of corruption

    Deuteronomy 18:20-22
________________________________________________________________

    Deuteronomy 13:1-5
__________________________________________________________________

    God ______________ false teachers as a test for your love
for the LORD God – Deuteronomy 13:3

    The testing of our faith will bring out ___________
(James 1:2-4; Romans 5:1-8) unless you fail the test

    ___________ warning about false teachers – Matthew 7:15-23

    False teachers can be identified by their ___________

    Jesus judges and casts away false teachers because they
practice ____________- they do not obey Him

    The great tragedy is that these false teachers were
_____________ and thought they were serving Jesus

    Obedience to Jesus Christ is the natural result of
believing Him and ____________ Him (John 14:23)


Protection Against False TeachersMatthew 7:24-27

    Outward appearances are similar for both ______, as well
as wolves, the self-deceived and the righteous

    Both houses must endure similar _____________

    The only difference between the houses are the
____________________ upon which they were built

    The difference between the wise man and the foolish man
their ____________to the teachings of Jesus

    James __________

    The unsaved deluded continue on along the broad way
leading to ___________ (Matthew 7:13).

    The saved, but ignorant and immature, will
________________ for their foolishness (1 Corinthians 3:15)

    A good starting point for protection against false
teachers is an _______________that the danger is real

    Learn to ___________________ the characteristics of false
teachers to avoid them and their influence

    The greatest protection is to be diligent like the wise
man and strive to know and _____Jesus’ teachings

    Be involved with other believers so that the
"______________" verses can be fulfilled – cf Matthew 28:20

Illustrations

    _______16:23-24. The twisting of this scripture presents a
____of faith concerning prayer & its purpose

    False teaching on this passage can also entice with the
temptations of __________ desires

    We are to live for ________ glory (1 Corinthians 10:31)
and learn to be ________(Philippians 4:11-13)

    Praying in Jesus name is submission to His person and
_________, not a magical incantation

    God preserved ________ in the midst of the most evil
people ever – Genesis 6:5

    Noah found ________ in the eyes of the Lord and was warned
and instructed about the coming flood

    Noah remained faithful and __________ the Lord
despite temptations and pressure to quit.

Conclusions – Two Step Defense against False Teachers

    1) Know the ____________ by knowing the word of God

    2) Be ________to the Bible’s clear principles & precepts
regardless of temptations or ungodly pressures


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