(If you would like
to receive Pastor Harris’ weekly sermons via e-mail,
Pastor Scott L. Harris
Grace Bible Church, NY
January 3, 2010
Description of False Teachers
This morning we are going to resume our study of 2 Peter and the emphasis
that book makes about the importance of the truth in how we live our lives. (See:
Introduction to 2 Peter) We
live in a time and place in which truth is under relentless attack in multiple
areas of life. While it has been long understood that politicians will stretch
the truth by downplaying their weaknesses and exaggerating their promises, many
are now brazen in their lies. The examples of this on the national level in just
the last year are so numerous that there is no reason to believe anything said
in their effort to push bills through the House or Senate. Can people who do not
even keep their own rules be trusted with anything?
Science has taken another hard hit from those who claim to be the only true
scientists but whose actions prove they are excellent at marketing, bluster, arm
twisting, and politics, but have yet to learn the scientific method.
Evolutionists still hyperventilate at the mere suggestion Darwin was wrong and
become apoplectic when the facts are presented proving Darwinian evolution is a
farce. The global warming / climate change industry has been exposed to be the
fraud it has always been with the release of the e-mails from the University of
East Anglia showing the conspiracy and collusion within the movement to
suppress, manipulate and even destroy data contrary to their hypothesis.
As disturbing as these are, the corresponding complicity of the major media
to promote the fraud and hide the truth is worse. The major news media is as
well trained as anyone on Madison Avenue in how to manipulate information to
market the product, or in this case their ideologies. For these politicians,
"scientists" and news reporters, what does the truth matter as long as what they
desired is accomplished in the end?
The importance of truth also very clearly seen in the continuing abortion vs.
right to life debate. In just a few weeks we will be marking the anniversary of
the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision in which the right to life of
the unborn child was revoked by legally defining the baby in utero as something
other than human life. The unborn baby could now be legally killed at what in
all practical purposes is the whim of the mother since the clause "life and
health" has been interpreted to be nearly anything from minor medical concerns
to emotional stress to financial difficulty. Truth matters little to abortion
advocates. The medical facts are simple enough. 1) The "fetus" is a unique human
being living within the womb of its mother. 2) Premature babies as early as 22
weeks can survive and thrive with modern medical care. The earliest is a girl,
Amelia, who was born at 19 weeks. 3) There is no known medical condition that
might threaten the life of a mother that a D & X abortion would solve. Yet,
abortion advocates are so committed to their culture of death that they become
unglued at any restrictions placed upon abortion procedures.
By the way, for all the bluster in the U.S. Senate that there would not be
Federal funding of abortion, the bill passed Christmas Eve will require a charge
of at least $1 per month on every health policy for funding of abortions. I have
serious doubts the Stupak amendment forbidding federal financing of abortion
passed in the House will survive the conference committee. We will be putting in
the bulletin information on the Annual Walk for Life in Washington D.C. as it
Abortion advocates present themselves as being "pro choice," but they are
firmly opposed to actual choice. The mother & the father of that unborn child
made a series of "choices." They decided to go out with each other. They decided
what to do while together. They decided to have sexual intercourse. The
consequence of all their "choices" was the creation of a third distinct human
being for which they are responsible. Abortion advocates want all
responsibilities and choices removed except being able to manipulate the mother
to kill the baby. They do not want any information given to the mother about the
development of the baby in the womb or the medical and emotional risks brought
on by abortion. They also do not want anyone other than themselves and the
mother involved in any choice. They particularly want to exclude the influence
of the father and the parents of an underage girl. The so called "pro-choice"
position is built upon fallacies and outright lies. But this should not surprise
us in a nation in which only 34% of the people believe in absolute moral truth
according to the latest Barna Research release.
Barna’s report has some other very disturbing information regarding the
assault on truth. In the section dealing with faith, spirituality and
Christianity, the report concludes, "The purpose of faith, for most
Americans, is not so much to discover truth or to relate to a loving,
praiseworthy deity as it is to become happy, successful, comfortable and
secure." That is a scary thought. For most of our society, both truth and
the quest to know the Creator takes a back seat to personal fulfillment. With
that in mind, it is no wonder that the next section of the report reveals that
71% of those responding say they will develop their own slate of religious
beliefs, and those beliefs are increasingly hybrids of faiths that mix even
divergent theological perspectives. That in turn explains why only 19% of those
claiming to be born again actually have a Biblical worldview, and only half of
self-identified Christians believe that the Bible is totally accurate in its
principles, much less believe it is factually accurate.
It is no wonder that Americans are increasingly susceptible to embrace false
religions and humanistic philosophies and that professing Christians are
increasingly susceptible to cults. That is the reason for our study of 2 Peter.
We need to know what is true and what is false and how to recognize the
difference between the two.
Marks of Godliness – 2 Peter 1
The first chapter of 2 Peter gives us several of the characteristics of true
godliness which can then be used as a comparison to identify the false. The
first marks are found in verses 1-4. (See:
Power for Living) True godliness has its origin in God and He
has granted by His own power all we need pertaining to life and godliness. The
means to accesses and apply this power is through the true knowledge of God for
it is in God’s revelation of Himself that we find His precious and magnificent
promises. These in turn enable us to escape the corruption of the lusts of this
world and be partakers of His divine nature in becoming like Christ. This does
not mean that we are passive in this process. In fact, the second characteristic
described in verses 5-7 show we must be very active in the pursuit of godliness.
Peter explains we are to diligently apply moral excellence to our faith,
knowledge to our moral excellence, self-control to our knowledge, perseverance
to our self-control, godliness to our perseverance, brotherly kindness to our
godliness ,and love to our brotherly kindness. These qualities of faith, moral
excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness
and love keep us from stumbling and allow us to be fruitful in our walk with
Jesus Christ. (See:
Steps to Maturity)
A third characteristic is found in verse 16-21. Peter points out his own
confidence in knowing the truth because he along with James and John were
eyewitnesses of God the Father commending Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration
saying, "This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased." We in turn
have a greater confidence to know the truth because of their faithful witness to
the things concerning Jesus and having God’s word written down in the Scriptures
which came not by any act of human will, but through men moved by the Holy
Spirit who then spoke from God. Godly people follow what God has revealed in the
for Belief and
Developing a Biblical Mindset)
We could summarize this saying that those who are true before God are marked
by living in the power of God, strive to continually develop characteristics of
godliness, and having confidence in the truth of God’s word submit themselves to
Identifying False Teachers – 2 Peter 2:1-10
Those who are false are marked by very different characteristics. In 2 Peter
2:1-10 the apostle tells us that "there will be false teachers among you."
We must be aware that there will be those who will make false claims to be true
and righteous as well as teachers of the way of Jesus Christ. They will in fact
be deceivers and liars. We must be able to protect ourselves and those around us
from these false teachers, but how can you do that?
The first step is to recognize some of their characteristics so that you can
identify them. We learned some of the characteristics of false teachers in our
study of 2 Peter 1-10 back in October. (See:
There Shall Be False Teachers)By way of review, here are some of those
Heresy, vs. 1: Their doctrine / teachings are unsound, untrue. They teach
their own opinions and musings instead of the truth of God. Those heresies are
destructive to all who will follow them.
Excess, vs. 2 ,10: They lead others into living in unbridled sensuality with
verse 10 adding that some indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires. Paul tells
us that the flesh and spirit are at war with each other and that you cannot walk
in the spirit and the flesh at the same time (Galatians 5:16). These people side
with the flesh, but strive to present it as somehow being spiritual.
Blasphemy, vs. 2, 10: They revile the way of truth with some openly despising
authority. They hold truth in contempt because they believe their own thoughts
to be superior to and more important than what God says. Their own opinions
replace God’s word.
Exploitation , vs 3: Their greed will cause them to use their followers for
their own gain. The will "merchandise" them for their own benefit. Sadly, their
followers usually do not recognize it and eagerly sign up to be exploited.
In our study of 2 Peter 2:4-10 we also saw that the judgement of these false
teachers is sure. Peter points out as proof the judgement that has come upon
fallen angels, the judgement that came upon the pre-deluvian world of Noah which
was destroyed by the flood, and the judgement of fire and brimstone that fell on
Sodom and Gomorrah. Even if we do not see God’s hand moving against these false
teachers visibly in the present, we can be sure that God is moving and will
punish them in His own timing bringing them to full account on the day of
At the same time, we also saw that God will protect the righteous and rescue
the godly from temptation. Those who are quick to obey will be like Noah who was
preserved in the midst of all the destruction around him. Those who are slow to
obey will be like Lot who was protected only because God snatched him out of the
way before destruction fell.
Additional Characteristics of False Teachers – 2 Peter 2:11-22
In today’s passage, Peter explains more about these false teachers and what
they are like. Peter gets personal and calls them: daring, self-willed,
unreasoning animals, stains and blemishes, accursed children, springs without
water and mists driven by the wind. Let’s look at each of these in detail.
1. Daring, Self willed. – 2 Peter 2:10b-11.
Peter states in verse 9 that God knows how "to keep the unrighteous under
punishment for the day of judgment." Peter then adds in verse 10, and
especially those who indulge the flesh in [its] corrupt desires and despise
authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic
Some of these false teachers will be so arrogant that they consider
themselves be the authority and so despise true and proper authority. They
become daring with little or no proper fear. Their pride leads them to such
boastful arrogance that they do not even tremble or shake when they deal with
entities more powerful than themselves. The text literally says that they do not
tremble to "blaspheme" (i.e. scoff at, revile, belittle, make fun of,
etc.) "glories." Verse 11 identifies these "glories" by contrasting the
behavior of the false teachers to that of the angels.
Peter says, "whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not
bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord." Jude 9 gives us an
example of this stating, "Yet Michael the archangel, when he disputed with
the devil and argued over the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him
a railing judgment, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you.’"
Angels are greater in strength and power than men. Angels are creatures which
were specifically created to serve God. Yet, even angels will not do what these
false teachers will do. They will not make their own judgments against Satan and
demons. Angels are humble and recognize that judgment is up to God and not them.
But false teachers do not follow the example of the angels. They will make
statements against Satan and demonic forces which they should not be making. I
have heard the foolishness of false teachers in this area in two different ways.
First, are those who dismiss the reality that there is a devil or that
demonic forces are at work. Only 27% of Americans are confident Satan exists,
and only 40% of self-identified Christians believe spiritual forces such as
angels and demons can influence people (Barna, 2009) though both the Old and New
Testament state that clearly. Daniel 10 exposes the battle between angels and
demons on a national level . We often find Jesus confronting demonic forces in
the gospel accounts. In Matthew 4 Jesus is even directly tempted by the devil.
Paul states very clearly in Ephesians 6 that our battle is "not against flesh
and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Despite the evidence and this clear teaching there are plenty of people foolish
enough to fall for these lies and scoff. Satan and demons are real beings, not
cartoon characters with horns, pointed tails and carrying pitchforks.
Second, there are those that take the exact opposite approach. They recognize
that the devil and demons exist, but they ignore what kind of beings they are.
These false teachers will rant and rave and claim power over Satan and demons.
They demand that those evil beings obey what they say. It is common for them to
blame Satan for every bad thing and think a demon is responsible for it. They
hold so called "deliverance" meetings so they can cast out the demons causing
the problems. They claim addictions to drugs, alcohol or smoking can be cured by
casting out the demons. They teach that physical healing for medical problems
will take place if the demon causing it is cast out. Some claim that unsocial
behaviors will go away if you can get rid of the demons of anger, stubbornness,
pride, etc. The strangest claim I have heard was someone trying to cast out the
demon of halitosis – bad breath. I wish I was kidding. The problem here is not
so much that demons might have an influence on medical conditions and behaviors,
for they did in the time of Christ, but it is the ungodly manner in which they
approach it that Peter is citing.
The foolish Jewish exorcists in Acts 19 are an example of the problem. They
thought they could cast out demons by using the name of Jesus as a magical
charm. Acts 19:13-16 states, "some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from
place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name
of the Lord Jesus, saying, ‘I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.’ And seven
sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this, And the evil spirit
answered and said, ‘I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?’
And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them
and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded."
James 4:7 commands us "to submit to God, resist the Devil and he will flee
from you." The Bible does not say to "attack the devil and you will
overpower him." Satan and his demons are not beings to be played around with. We
need not fear him for Scripture also says that "greater is He that is in you
than He who is in the world" (1 John 4:4), but it is the Holy Spirit that is
greater, not we ourselves. We neither belittle nor command the devil or his
demon host. We gain victory over Satan by submitting to God and being obedient
to Him for that is resisting the devil. We do not gain victory by trying to
excuse our sins as caused by demons and then trying to gain victory by
commanding the devil to go out.
2. Unreasoning Animals – 2 Peter 2:12
It is no wonder that Peter calls them "unreasoning animals" in verse
12 stating, "But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of
instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will
in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed." These false
teachers are like animals that just rely on their own instinct. The result is
they blaspheme, revile, accuse, criticize, scoff at and belittle things of which
they are ignorant. So it is that just as animals of this nature are destroyed,
so too shall these false teachers will be destroyed.
Verse 13 goes on to say of them, "suffering wrong as the wages of doing
wrong." Or put in another way, they are cheated of the profits of their
wrong doing as a result of their wrong doing. They end up not being able to
enjoy the fruits of their wrong deeds for they end up being exploited
themselves. In this example, they end up having demonic problems because they do
not deal with demons correctly.
3. Stains & Blemishes – 2 Peter 2:13-14
Peter continues, "They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They
are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with
you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that never cease from sin, enticing
unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children."
In 1987 the party at the PTL Club, which was supposed to be a God honoring
Christian ministry, came to a crashing close with the revelation of Jim Bakker’s
adulterous interlude with Jessica Hahn, Tammy Fae’s struggle with drug
dependency, and the exposure of their personal finances. They had multi-million
dollar homes, luxury cars, clothes, and jewelry while telling their viewers how
much they had personally sacrificed for the "ministry" of PTL Club. Jim Bakker
was eventually imprisoned for embezzling millions of dollars for his personal
Many thought the fall of the Bakker’s was a sudden tragedy, but the doctrine
they espoused should have tipped everyone off years before. The characteristics
of a false teacher were evident in his doctrine, message and manner of life long
before His blatant sins of adultery and greed were exposed. The same continues
to be true today. The list of such false teachers on what is supposed to be
"Christian" television and radio is long. The number of false teachers with
influence limited to a local area or even to just one church is even longer.
Many have not publically fallen yet, but their doctrine, message and life stile
reveal what they really are even if it has not been publically exposed yet.
Their greed and roving eyes can even be fairly blatant, but people overlook it
for a variety of reasons.
The fall into such blatant sins by leaders that are supposed to be Christians
are stains and blemishes upon the message of Jesus Christ and the whole
Christian community. The severity of the negative impression they leave upon
unbelievers and the discouragement they cause to young believers varies with how
well known they are, but the damage whether local, regional, national or
international in scope is always tragic. Unbelievers justify themselves for not
becoming Christians and immature believers stumble in sin because of their
4. Accursed Children – 2 Peter 2:14-15
Peter appropriately calls these false teachers, "accursed children" at
the end of verse 14, and gives further explanation in verse 15 & 16 of their
actions and motives. "forsaking the right way they have gone astray, having
followed the way of Balaam, the [son] of Beor, who loved the wages of
unrighteousness, 16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression; [for] a
dumb donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the
False teachers follow in the footsteps of Balaam. His story is told in
Numbers 22-24. Balak, the king of Moab, has just seen the children of Israel
under Moses’ command wipe out the Amorites. He is afraid that he could be next,
so he decides to deal with the situation by trying to hire a prophet of God to
curse the children of Israel. He figures that if that happens, then God will not
be with them and Moab will be safe. King Balak sends for Balaam the prophet and
tries to do this, but God restricts Balaam to say only what God wants said.
However, Balaam really wants the money being offered. In one of the attempts,
Balak sends for Balaam, but Balaam says he cannot come until he prays about it.
God tells Balaam that night to go up to Balak if the men call upon him again.
However, Balaam wants the reward money and does not wait for the men to come
again. He just saddles his donkey and gets going (Numbers
22:20,21). It is during this trip to see King Balak that God uses
Balaam’s donkey to finally get his attention. Can you imagine someone so intent
on doing what they want that God has to make a donkey talk in order to get his
attention? But more astounding than Balaam’s donkey talking to Balaam is that
Balaam continued the conversation without a pause and talked right back with the
donkey! As the passage ends, Balaam pronounces a blessing on Israel instead of
the curse King Balak wanted. If that was the end of the story, then Balaam would
only have been a prophet that had to endure a strong rebuke by God. But
according to Numbers 31:16, Balaam still earned his money from King Balak by
telling how to cause Israel’s downfall by enticing them into sin. King Balak
followed the advice with the result that Israel did sin and the Lord sent a
plague which in one day killed 23,000 and 1,000 more were executed for their
This is the same way false teachers operate. They have forsaken the right way
which is the "narrow way that leads to life"
(Matthew 7:14) so that they can pursue their own way. That is why they
wander. If they cannot get what they really want one way, they will find another
way to get it. The greed of these false teachers continually finds new ways to
exploit their followers. The sad part is that so many people fall for it, but
why? Because like the Israelites that sinned with the Moabite women in Numbers
31, they were exploited with an enticement of something that fit their own
5. Springs without Water, Mists driven by a Storm – 2 Peter 2:17
Peter uses two more very descriptive metaphors in verse 17 to describe these
people. "They are Springs without water, and mists driven by a storm."
Imagine being in a desert with a parched throat. Your goal is to find water.
You finally see a spring ahead and so you become excited. Water is near, but
when you get to the spring, you collapse and become very depressed, because the
spring is dry.
Imagine being in a land that is experiencing a drought. You desperately need
rain. Your crops are drying up. Your well is going dry. Finally, you see big,
tall clouds on the horizon. A storm is coming! It gets closer and closer. You
can feel the wind coming off it. It finally arrives, but it is just wind and
clouds. No rain, just some mist driven by the wind.
That is what false teachers are like. They give a promise of just what you
think you need. But when it really comes down to it, there is nothing there.
False teachers cause great excitement, but they bring nothing of substance.
Think about the healing and deliverance services of some of these people. There
is excitement about the possibility of being healed, but it turns out to be a
game and a ruse. You go home in the same condition except now you’re also
depressed. Have you noticed that these "faith healers" twist the Scriptures to
make the healing dependent on your faith so that when you are not healed it is
your fault. That was the experience of Joni Earikson Tada in trying to find
healing for her paralysis among the "faith healers"
Peter says that "black darkness has been reserved" for these false
teachers. Why? Because God is light and these have gone another way into the
darkness, and they are leading others into the same condition.
How? 2 Peter 2:18 explains, they "speak out arrogant words of vanity."
They sound authoritative like they know what they are talking about, but in
reality their words are empty. In addition, they "entice by fleshly desires,
by sensuality." They know what works to get people to follow them by
exploiting the lusts they know reside in heart of mankind.
And what people will follow them? "those who barely escape from the ones
who live in error." Or, a little more accurately, "those who are just
beginning to escape." These are people who are just starting to understand
the truths of Christianity. They are just starting to recognize the error of the
world and their own sinful ways, but they are sucked right back into it by the
false spirituality of these heretics.
These false teachers promise freedom, yet are themselves slaves of
corruption, because regardless of what a man claims, it is still true that
"by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved." Paul put it this way in
Romans 6:16, "Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as
slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin
resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness." These false
teachers promise you freedom from your problems, yet they themselves have yet to
even gain freedom from sin and its consequences upon themselves.
At this point Peter makes some conclusions concerning these false teachers.
6. Conclusions – 2 Peter 2:20-22
"For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the
knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them
and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For
it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness,
than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them."
The thought here is simple. Peter already said in verse 1 that these false
teachers have known the truth. The problem is not ignorance, but that they have
turned from Jesus Christ and gone back to the things of this world. This being
true, it would have been better for them to never have known the truth. Why?
Because now they are apostates. Having had the truth and rejecting it they will
remain condemned in their sin. Why? Because knowledge of Christ can cause the
ignorant to repent, but nothing can be done for those who have known the truth
and rejected it.
Are the false teachers described here saved? No. Neither are those who follow
their example in present times. These are those of whom Jesus speaks in Matthew
7:21 declaring, "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
False prophets eventually reveal their true identity just as the proverbial
statements in verse 22 declares. "It has happened to them according to the
true proverb, "A dog returns to its own vomit," and, "A sow, after washing,
[returns] to wallowing in the mire." The point of both proverbs is that the
evil nature of these false teachers remains. The dog got rid of some of its
internal impurities, but it soon returned to consume them again. The pig cleaned
itself up from its external impurities, but it soon was wallowing in filth
again. So it is with false teachers.
Beware of false teachers for they will come and they are even now all around
us. You only need to turn on your radio, TV, go to any bookstore, or look on the
internet and you will find them.
You are their target and they know what it takes to entice you into sin. The
"unstable," referring to those not yet grounded in the Word of God or not having
on their spiritual armor as described in Ephesians 6 are the most susceptible.
Do you have your armor on? Can you defend yourself against a false prophet?
Could you recognize a half truth or a lie if you heard it? Peter said in 1:12
that his desire was to "establish them in the truth." That is my desire
too, but unless you are into the word yourself to understand and believe it you
will not be established.
If you need help in reading, studying, memorizing or meditating on God’s
word, we can help. Just talk with me or any or our church leaders and we can get
you started so that you will not fall victim to false teachers.
Sermon Notes – 1/3/2010
Description of False Teachers – 2 Peter 2
We live in a time and place where
__________ is under relentless attack – politics, "science," news media,
Only___________ of the people believe in absolute
Even "faith" is pursued by most in order to be happy,
successful and secure rather than because of ______________
______of respondents pursue a hybrid of religious beliefs
even mixing together divergent theological perspectives
Only_________ of self proclaimed "born-again" believers
actually have a Biblical worldview.
Marks of Godliness – 2 Peter 1
Vs. 1-4: God’s promises are ___________ to enable us to
escape the lusts of this world and be like Christ
Vs. 5-7: We must also be diligent to develop godly
characteristics which make us ____________ for Christ
Vs. 16-21: We have confidence because of the _____________
of God’s word He has given through the prophets.
Identifying False Teachers – 2 Peter 2:1-10
There will be ____________ teachers among us, so we must
be able to recognize them and defend ourselves.
*___________ – They teach their own opinions and
musings instead of the truth of God.
*____________- They lead others into living in
*_____________- They revile
the way of truth with some openly despising authority
*Exploitation – Their
____________ will cause them to use their followers for their own gain
Their ___________ is sure as God’s
judgement on fallen angels, the antediluvian world & Sodom and Gomorrah
__________ protects the righteous and rescues them as He
did Noah and Lot.
Additional Characteristics of False Teachers – 2 Peter 2:11-22
Daring, Self willed. – 2 Peter 2:10b-11.
Their _____________ leads them to boastful arrogance that
does not even tremble before angelic beings
Some dismiss the reality of Satan and demons. Only
_________of American are confident Satan exists
Only _________ of self-identified Christians believe
angels and demons can influence people
Others blame Satan & demons for all of man’s sinful
actions and believe they can cast them ____at will
An example of foolish exorcists – ___________
Unreasoning Animals – 2 Peter 2:12-13
Stains & Blemishes – 2 Peter 2:13-14
False teachers are evident by their ______, message &
manner of life long before exposed by public sin
Their blatant __________ stain and blemish the message of
Jesus and the whole Christian community.
Accursed Children – 2 Peter 2:14-15
Numbers 22-24. Balaam was ____________ by the offer of
reward by King Balak
God uses Balaam’s ______________ to rebuke him.
Balaam would not curse Israel directly, but his
______counsel resulted in the sin of Peor (Numbers 31:16)
False teachers can usually satisfy their greed by enticing
people according to their own sinful ________
Springs without Water, Mists driven by a Storm – 2 Peter 2:17-18
They promise what you think you need, but there is
________ substance or fulfillment in the end.
They lead people ___________ by their arrogance and vanity
and entice with sensuality.
False teachers promise freedom, but are ____________ of
corruption themselves (Romans 6)
Conclusions – 2 Peter 2:19-22
The problem is not ignorance of the truth, but
_____________ of it resulting in apostasy.
The judgment for false teachers is ____________ – Matthew
The evil nature of false teachers ____________ and will
reveal itself sooner or later.
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 the word "teacher" is mentioned. 3) Talk with your parents about the
differences between those who teach the truth and those who teach what is not
THINK ABOUT IT!
Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. How have you seen
the truth attacked in the following areas: Politics, science, news media,
education, history, social issues. What is the motive for suppressing the truth
and replacing it with misinformation, falsehoods and lies. What do you think of
the survey result that only 34% of the people believe in absolute moral truth?
What dangers does this bring? What can be done to overturn it? What is dangerous
about pursuing faith based on seeking happiness, success and security instead of
truth and worshiping the Creator? What are some of the reasons so few professing
Christians (just 19%) have a Biblical worldview? What is necessary to develop a
Biblical worldview? How would you define godliness? What evidence would you look
for in determining if someone was godly or not? How does 2 Peter 1 help you
define godliness? Peter tells us that there will be false teachers among us. Why
does God allow that to happen? 2 Peter 2:1-3 gives the following characteristics
of false teachers: of it: Heretical, excessive, blasphemous, exploitive. Explain
each and give an example of each that you have seen. What will happen to false
teachers? How does God protect the righteous? 2 Peter 2:10-22 give additional
characteristics of false teachers. Give examples of some that indulge the flesh
and despise authority. How do false teachers dealings with demons demonstrate
daring and self-will? Why is this bad? How do angels deal with demons? How
should a Christian deal with demonic forces? Peter calls false teachers
"unreasoning animals." In what ways do false teachers display the
characteristics of such animals? What will happen to them? In what ways are
false teachers stains and blemishes? What damage do they cause because of
this? Give examples. Balaam is given as an example of what Peter means by
"accursed children." How did God rebuke Balaam? What eventually happened to
Balaam and why? Why are the phrases, "springs without water" and
"mists driven by a storm" good descriptions of false teachers? Explain. How
do false teachers attract their followers? How do they get them to accept being
exploited? How do you determine who the master is of a slave? Why is it better
to be ignorant of God than to be an apostate? According to Jesus’ statements in
Matthew 7 about false teachers, they can be self-deceived about their actual
spiritual condition. How is that possible? What is the meaning of the two
proverbial statements in 2 Peter 2:22? Why does that apply to false teachers?
For comments, please e-mail