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December 16, 2019 6:00 am
And so don't tell me God does not care to reach out to stupid people. I'm one. Well, not so much now because I can't be a guy get the Holy Spirit. Still, there's enough left to be a little nervous about what before Christ is total stupidity.
I guess smart you are.
Bible says the fool said in his heart there is no God, and that were full when coming from the lips of God is big business. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of second Peter, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, sketching, false teachers is the title of today's message is Pastor Rick teaches through second Peter chapter 2 verse 14 having eyes full of adultery that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart train covetous practices in our accursed children having eyes full of adultery. They are determined to hunt women married or unmarried doesn't matter preying upon them, not praying for them unlawful passions and attractions that are not being assaulted you if you know you can have. You can sense all magi. That's not right that I want such and such a thing. So we begin to take steps to to salted to arrested to keep it from spreading. These don't sexual attractions are an enormous problem in Christianity in churches and pulpits everywhere. It's always been a problem, but it is becoming more so in these end times because of the vehicles that have not existed in past history which are here now that just because so much havoc it says here, I cannot cease from sin.
That is an addiction. They are addicted.
Now there are Christians that are addicted to things from time to time, and they hated their fighting it and God understands and he's going to work with you. These have no such ambition to repent or change. They are fully given over to their sin, and he points this out.
We read they see something they want. They must have it. They have no internal inhibitors to prohibit them from going after what is been forsaken, because it is damaging to others.
He says enticing unstable souls. What about what about that clause 6 out to you that there enticing people or that there are unstable souls to be enticed that's a foot race in a photo finish. See which one will will will is going to be a tie. I think these are those who seduce the unstable because the unstable have a foundation that's not that good. That's why they are unstable in the building has a poor foundation it becomes unstable and is condemned hopefully before cobbles. Ephesians 6 put on some of the armor of God.
We know that's not what it says put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil he's going to seduce. He's going to deceive and trick second Corinthians 11 three Paul's heart, I fear that somehow the serpent L as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ, you busy enough trying to preach the gospel.
Do your devotions come to church serving the church than to have to add to that junk cheap thrills in the name of God we have enough to do the simplicity of the faith means we live in.
This is how we go how we do it gets complicated because our flesh listen to the wife, the pastors of what the wife speaking draws in the past would not let me bring in this stuff into the church. This program this Bible course he wouldn't let me do it. The husband rather than saying good. That's what he is supposed to do is supposed to shield the church protect the shirt church. He has a rod and a staff for those purposes.
The other the authority for those purposes. He is been called and appointed and established for those purposes. Rather than saying that is good. My wife often. The husband will say nothing, nothing, afraid he wants to keep the peace. But he doesn't want to keep up with Christ. It won't stand up. This is at Adamic.
This is what Adam did. Adam should've said are you crazy I'm not eating that he did not do it here. We are or or the husband will do this. I can't believe it and come to the defense of his wife as she goes against the Lord. This is we see this all the time. I wish I could say it does get old you did with your wish I could say I'm fed up with it. I don't have that luxury.
You don't either Christian life takes work. You go to work that field constantly. You know we live in a society where the animals don't usually dictate the rhythm of the pace of life as it does when you live on a farm with and are yet to get up and feed the chickens and the mice.
Whatever it is they do on farms and here we just you know instead of going out to the flock.
Grabbing animal and butchering it go up to supermarket purchases butchered already. What I might wear my going with that.
I don't know Sam was on a roll but lost it anyway.
They have a heart train and covetous practices. His train they have. They have invested themselves they have, to train us to keep that something over to drill it in to just do it again until it becomes just you know almost a reflex and this is what they're doing with their covetousness. There wanting the agreed. Peter has got their number.
He knows who these boys are as do the other apostles, heartrending, greedy practices, lies about God bring death to mankind. That's what they do truth about God restores life to mankind with false teachers don't do it now. Can anybody get saved in the presence of false teaching. Absolutely because God can overrule. We seen this in the Scripture, God overrules with the wicked are doing thalamus one joint accursed patristic couldn't get that out to Blessing them. God has got that ability that does not let the guilty off the hook the mercy of God we get back to that is dealing with balun amenities as they are accursed children. How how much stronger can the language be it cannot.
This is anathema.
This is saying they're damned to hell they are condemned by their own choices.
He's pounding these false teachers not letting up.
Jesus said the field is the world the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the weed seeds of the sons of the wicked one. There is a wicked and he has offspring. Jesus said to the religious intelligentsia elitists you like your father the devil, father of lies. From the beginning so you he pounded them to who would dare say to Peter tone it down by me, how you going to get the secret tube to come to your church. Peter if you talking like this always say to the pastor when you come to the false teachers go easy or I don't think any born again same believer would say such a thing. Verse 15.
They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of balance on the bureau who loved the wages of unrighteousness. These they were in the faith. That's that Greek word forsaken means you are. Once there, and you're not there any longer to use when Jesus left Nazareth. We left Capernaum they would.
That's who he left that he was there now is not, I'm a very troubled about the big deal of trouble.
But this so you know once saved always saved well some of you may be very fierce about that. I don't know why I don't know where the insecurity lies sure I do know that if I am right you are wrong your causing a lot of problems and I do know that if I am wrong is really no big deal. Okay I was wrong. So it comes down to this.
We do not have the right to make anyone feel comfortable in their sins no matter what confession they make. If you abide with Christ. You are his disciples indeed that's what he said that's what I believe what you have all these bigwigs come along with these doctrines of men in their well-meaning often times and often there great men of God within this area. I vehemently disagree with the majority of not all of them to some of them are wise enough to sigh with me, even though they die before I was born. This is how it goes. But anyway this, you cannot. Apostasy means to fall away from.
It's a very basic thing you were once there, and now you're not. It is deliberate. It's not accidental, any more than taking the screwdriver and running over to an outlet and jamming the screwdriver.
All I didn't mean to do that, yes your dad and I you insulting me thinking I'm dumb enough to believe you didn't mean to do that. So this study and unfortunately it's a hotbed of debate within Christianity.
I tell you how to end the debate, disagree with me that all debates over where worried so I don't know if I'll come back to that this morning but they forsook the right way. You see an unbeliever was never there. There just did not apostates. Unbelievers. Backsliders still believe within a living like they believe there's hope for the backslider more hope than for the apostate come to a list of names in a minute minute. That's not tongues, so we got very happy mother you got very scared. I was hoping that was going to be a revelation. There every time the pastor opens and screech speak the word of God is a revelation only the dimming of the lights and that we should incorporate that to anything.
Following the way of balun, the son of your again they're the poster boy for apostasy was a prophet. God spoke to him. He died a soothsayer is one of the funniest words in the Bible God permitted for a bit prohibited. Those who said sooth you are not to be around soothsayers RA risk to some of you have not had your coffee or Wheaties. Whatever. And no doubt he walked the right path. There were others like balun that one Gentiles at this time there was Job and it was Jethro. For example, when a surprise okay Val you know he wasn't a Jew right doesn't mean he didn't have relationship with God. Of course, balance philosophy. Philosophy became one of the can't curse them corrupt them. That's how Satan seduced balun ballot. The king saw the Jews coming and said hope you got to stop this and so he sends out for balance profit and balun.
Of course, on the way to the cursing has some time with God. But let me just summarize his philosophy, the way of balun his doctrine.
He said forget about the warriors of Moab send in the women of Moab. Instead, they will take the men out and they were seduction. He said if you can take the men out from the path of purity and separation and obedience, God will put his wrath on them and you won't have to lift a sword that was Satan's strategy involve them in immorality and idolatry. That's still his strategy is still happening in churches you still see Christians that are involved in immorality and idolatry release professed Christians back to that once saved always saved note soon as someone fails that his Christian name people what it was never saved. Be careful how you interpreted for an interpretative interpreter. First John. They were never among us.
That is different, meaning that I would most do want to have it mean because if that is our response to an apostate, then how do I know you are not an apostate. To be what about me.
How can I ever be comfortable in my faith. How can I ever have a Blessed assurance. John said these things I have written to you that you may know that you have eternal life. Jesus means that that's for every believer. I will at this mine you want to follow. I have added I do not believe most fall away a born again. I believe they come tomorrow. Most of them the majority, and they stay well, that was his way of going against them. The doctrine of Valium and he says that Peter says here in verse 15. He loved the wages of unrighteousness that came that moment when balun change sides and it was for the gold.
It was a struggle at first and then he surrendered yielded to it at that moment the prophet became mad he set out to be a man of God and ended up being a fool because of his own desires against God.
It developed he didn't wake up in the beginning instead with no evidence that he woke up in the morning is it today I'm going to fall away from the faith, we find him talking to God. We first meet him we find him killed by the people of God marked the soothsayer when we last hear of him chronologically in the Old Testament. Modern-day apostates John Henry Newman he became. It was a self wall or recognized theologian in England and he became a Roman Catholic. He gave it up so he could get the Cardinals robe of red Charles Templeton days of Billy Graham preached Christ as many people as Billy was preaching Bishop Pike, John Shelby Spong said I never heard wasn't good left. It did to became. They they started out being fundamental in their belief and they became total apostates and then recently John Harris now walking with the LGBT WQ wise. The group now of holding them what they stand for and renouncing Christ after having preached Christ that happens and I'm not going to go away until you well. He was never safe. You want to go to heaven will stay with Christ is that simple.
I think of the Bible mended any other way were said hey don't worry about it.
Once saved always saved would been that easy to say, so be careful with that.
Some of you may not like me so much now may not like me too much and had a head start, but I know if Christians are really get angry with me and I don't know why. What if I'm wrong. Okay, why are you angry. One of them right now I'm sounding a verse 16 we going to get you out of here. I promise you will get out of here, but he was rebuked for his iniquity. Balun was a dumb donkey speaking with a man's voice restrained the madness of the prophet. He was given a chance to remain with God the mercy of God reaching out to that glittering sword of the angel standing in the path and the talking donkey I think is a stout morning from God to side with him.
He can make a donkey talk you think balun would've just enough what I think I'm going to turn this donkey around go back home continue to preach the gospel and open a circus on the side that everybody see the talking donkey hello my baby hello my darling. Some of you may remember the old cartoon singing frog they could never get them sing anyway. The dumb donkey speaking with a man's voice restrained the madness of the prophet.
How embarrassing. I'm a man of God and Goddess to send a donkey to toxicants to you is this craziest thing, it's extraordinary. It's a remarkable miracle. I would have a total problem with this, except for one thing, the God factor because if he can create the sunny keep it from cooking me right away. Then I think you can do a lot of other things and I think making a time a donkey talk lightweight stuff for him. So God went so far as to impart speech into the donkey to talk sense to balun and so don't tell me God does not care to reach out to stupid people. I'm one well I was, not so much now I because I can't be a guy get the Holy Spirit but still there's enough left to be a little nervous about but before Christ is total stupidity. I guess smart you are. The Bible says the fool said in his heart there is no God, and that were full when coming from the lips of God is big business is serious business. I should say anyway money not miracles move this profit that should alert us to the fact that temptation is very serious that to be destabilized by Satan is a possibility we should not be afraid of this, we should be armed against it not given the spirit of fear but of love and of power and a sound mind. So this this panics feeling about who was my salvation that that's not the spirit of of that's the spirit of fear, not a power love and a sound mind were armed against these things.
We know they're there and we've taken measures to defend against them, and all measures are sure Satan found in balun. The man played games with God and lost so we read Joshua 13 the children of Israel also killed with the sword balun, the son of Bjork, the soothsayer make it clear that's how he ended his race started well, finished poorly is a list of money lovers from our Scripture that caused the much grief taken from Joshua seven balun. Of course, numbers 2224 Delilah her love for money blinded a man. Judges 16 to Hayes I he became a leper because of his greed, the rich, full died that night, counting his pennies.
Judas Iscariot never bought a thing with the money he received for betraying Christ didn't even do a good job killing himself.
Ananias and Sophia, promising one thing delivering another in God's name. So this is why was very serious on this subject is as subject.
It's it's about the damning of souls of the saving of souls.
That is what life is all about.
For the Christian. All the other thing is logistical. We work. We have families we we we do what we do all to sustain the life that is here to preach the gospel.
That's our reason for being. All those things will perish, but not the born-again verse 17. These are wells without water clouds carried by a tempest for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Just think it verse 17 is not done.
Still, the rest of the chapter for next session, but we still have that we have all chapter 3 E. physical continue to pound them and then there's John's epistles that will do the same in this Jew that will do the same minister first.
You know chapters of Revelation were God is dealing with the church so we must say to ourselves, and I think this is a high up on his list. Maybe he's not so into getting me all the things I want. But getting from me what he wants heart ready to preach the truth in love and passion. In other words, Ray says here in verse 17 they releases. These are wells without water.
They promise life but they don't produce. They never given the word therefore wells of his artesian well the well any kind well. Once it goes dry. It is still considered a well been an interesting as dry but it's dog by association to its purpose reserved the black very continuing. Bottom of verse 17, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever anybody here think hell is a joke anybody here think their salvation is not serious thing goes beyond just getting into heaven does work to do your lazy Christian. Maybe you think your job is to go around criticizing Pastor's. I would advise that you will have to answer to the one that appointed them. If they are doing God's work and don't think that that and for the pastors on there and it doesn't come easily a lot of pain. Being a pastor that you don't get not being a pastor their pains. I never discovered until I became pastor I never felt them as a Christian as a servant just guy got email from another pastor sets a couple pastors that had been with him for years went out to ministry on their own, not not in bed terms and got back to him.
So we never knew it was this hard. We just make it look easy. Right. Matthew 28, Matthew 10, because with this Jesus said no more about those and kill the body, and that's it, but rather fear him who is able to solve the body in hell. That is God. Let's fear the Lord, sensible fear and panic stricken fear.
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