II Peter 2:1-22
1) The false prophets that have been with us in the past are the same as the ones with us now.
2) They deny the master and bring destruction down on themselves.
3) They lead themselves and others into sinful lives.
4) They slander.
5) They are greedy.
6) They are doomed.
7) Examples of Gods' wrath against them:
a) Fallen angels condemned to hell.
b) The Flood.
c) Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
8) God rescues the godly: Lot in Sodom is the example.
9) Their chief sins: 'indulging the flesh', despising authority.
10) They are more crass than fallen angels.
11) This is because of their naivety about God. Like animals not understanding the trap they are caught in.
12) They preach freedom when they are still enslaved to sin.
13) They lead those how have been freed by Christ back into bondage of sin.
14) This is worse than when being just enslaved to sin without knowing the freedom in Christ.
1) The call of sin is strong.
2) Beware of teachers that do not call sin sin.
3) If you are a leader, watch out for slander, greed, or despising authority -- as well as the 'fleshly' sins.
4) Sin will 1) take your freedom away, and 2) lead you to destruction.
5) We need to return to our freedom in Christ, which is freedom from sin, not freedom to sin.
Help me to guard my heart and my tongue so I won't slander or fall into selfishness. Help be to respect those who have authority over me, and turn back to you when sin threatens my freedom in you. You have made yourself clear on how you view sin, help me not to be naive about your character here.
Posted on Fri, August 14, 2015
by Brian Landers