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What type of people, fall for a false teacher?  2 Peter 2:18-22 

 

2 Peter 2:18-22 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: "A dog returns to his own vomit," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire."

Q > What type of person is easily entangled is a false teachers message?

2 Peter 2:18-22 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.

1.      Someone that is unstable in their Faith.

a.  R > 1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

b.      One that does not study the bible and know truth from error.

                                                      i.      R > 2 Tim 2:15-16 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

c.       One that trusts in thoughts and emotions (Which is the wisdom of Men) over Biblical truth.

                                                                                 i.      Emotions and Thoughts are part of the fallen nature and can not be trusted.

 

2.      Someone that is easily swayed by impressive speech.

a.      Set before them teachers to say what they want to hear, instead of Biblical Truth and Spirit Filled Wisdom.

                                                                                 i.      R > Eph 4:11-14 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

3.      Someone that seeks a teacher that will let them carry on with their sin.

a.      Seek to be flattered. Tickle their ears

                                                                                 i.      R > 2 Tim 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

b.      One that condones the sin that they enjoy.

 

4.      Someone that perceives God word is to restrictive.

a.      These have set themselves up to be in bondage to their sin.

                                                                                 i.      R > Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

b.      Because they are in bondage, they seek teachers that will make themselves feel justified.

 

5.      Q > What is Peters warning to these type of people who backslide into error. 2 Peter 2:20-22

a.       R > 2 Peter 2:20-22 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: "A dog returns to his own vomit," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire."

b.      They Know Better.

c.       The end for them is worse than the beginning.

d.      It is much harder to come out of sin the second time.

e.       It is like going back and living like an animal.

 

6.      Q > Where are the two places you will most likely find a false teacher.

a.      In the Church

b.      Inside Yourself

 

Conclusion: Be always on the alert and take no one or nothing at face value. "Not even this Outline". Check all things out with the Bible. Hold fast to that which is Truth, and disgard anything that does not agree with the Bible. If you do not do this you are "On Your Own".

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