Today’s Sermon, False Teachers vs True Christ Followers.
These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 2 Peter 2:17-19 –
Peter wrote this 2nd chapter of 2 Peter to warn about false teachers. Notice how he says one mark of a false teacher is
“They mouth empty, boastful words”
• There was recently a television preacher who claimed he had been told by God he would live to 120 years old. This teacher obviously cannot really figure out when exactly the date of his death will be, he will most likely not live to be 120 either.
James even warns we should not boast about tomorrow, “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
James 4:13-16 –
Yet Peter warns that false teachers will often mouth “empty boastful words”
• Secondly, false teachers win a large following by “by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, “
How do so many false teachers get so far, well for one, they offer a message that appeals to carnal nature. For example: we all have probably heard of cults where the leader of the cult has preached false doctrine to support evil sinful things such as having multiple wives, or used their preaching to grow filthy rich.
Undoubtedly such false teachings appeal to fleshly desires of greed and lust. God’s Word is clear that a man should only have one wife, and that ministry is not a means to financial gain
Yet what does Scripture say: “and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1 Timothy 6:5-10 –
1 Timothy 6 continues to urge us what we should pursue though: “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:11-12 –
There we have it? What is the ultimate riches we should pursue? “Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness” and through this pursuit by faith we will lay hold of “Eternal life” to “which we were called.”
Jesus Christ is our ultimate source of treasure. Not wealth, not popularity or other things. There is nothing more valueble then being able to stand before Him one day and have him say “Well done good and faithful servant.”