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December 12, 2019 6:00 am
What were you had a coworker who needed the gospel you'd like. Would you withhold the gospel from them what would happen to you if you did such a stupid thing is that well what happens when we have our pulpits filled by people who don't want to tell the truth about God because it won't line their pockets will populate the seats in the sanctuary.
That is corruption, and it should not be tolerated by true believers.
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, but for now let's join Pastor Rick in the book of second Peter chapter 2 as he begins a new message called sketching false teachers you have your Bibles. Please open to second Peter chapter 2 we will read verses 12 through 17, but these like brute beast made to be caught and destroyed speak evil of things they do not understand and will utterly perish in their own corruption and will receive the wages of unrighteousness as those who counted pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained and covetous, and covetous practices and are accursed children.
They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of balun the sum of your love. The wages of unrighteousness, but he was rebuked for his iniquity.
A dumb donkey speaking with a man's voice restrained the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water clouds carried by a tempest for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever Peter sketching false teachers for us with these words right to the point, you would think we are reading out of the Old Testament were not, and I think that it's a mistake to think that is not a mistake.
It's downright wrong to think that the God of the Old Testament is not the God of the New Testament. He's talking about apostates who are in the churches corrupting believers as many as they can, is ask yourself the one they doing with their lives. These apostates well, like I just said there corrupting believers and they overcome Satan's instruments passing ruinous information about God because they do not fear, and therefore they are a big problem. They don't fear because they do not believe in Romans three, Paul said there is no fear of God before their eyes. And this is the case with all who would be blasphemous to change God's words do the things that God forbids without shame knowing that they are prohibited, but doing them nonetheless. Unfortunately, there's no shortage of well-meaning professors of Jesus Christ and churchgoers who fall prey to these lack discernment usually along with the lack of discernment goes than the lack of knowledge of God's word, the prophet Hosea said it this way my people perish for lack of knowledge because you don't know what God says you cannot identify with the devil the same.
This is a big problem to this very day. People can come into a house of God or church, and they can sing of God's love forever as we were just singing and holding their heart false teachings and the way to deal with that. Of course one way is hopefully to drown out the false teachings with true teachings and so we look now in verse 12, and we reread their Peter says, but these like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed speak evil of the things they do not understand and will utterly perish in their own corruption.
I feel somewhat like a baseball pitcher taking signals from a very good catcher in the signal I'm getting his fastball hard and high and that's what the text is the text gives a died I don't did not have to sit down and say Lord what do I have to speak on this Sunday's you know when you're going with this preacher, like it is. It's good enough the way it is men behaving like dangerous predatory animals. That's what he says but these like brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed. Men are not supposed to be like animals, but how often, how often they fill the headlines with animalistic behavior brute that characterizes them meaning that that there is an absence of spiritual reasoning of appreciation intelligence how to behave with the case of false teachers. They have discarded it done away with it. It's not that there just would get that Dom they don't agree with what God has to say in the going to do it their way.
Antichrist is the ultimate beast in the Bible so evil God calls him a beast. Revelation 13 for so they worshiped the Dragon who gave authority to the beast. Satan is the Dragon here, whether they know it or not you take, for example, I don't know how many of you are familiar with the Apple Park in California no Apple.
The manufacturer producer of of our mobile devices and computers etc. they've built this giant park bigger than the footprint of its larger then the Pentagon, and it's all about human beings. The only true God is left out. He's blocked out every perverted thing under the sun can be accepted. There not the truth of God. Antichrist is going to love that kind of behavior that kind of thinking that kind of approach to life is going to take advantage of it is going to find a planet ready to receive him.
They will think that he is a beast will think he is a Savior such as the work of a very real devil.
No Christian has a right to let their guard down against Satan. Satan's workings through human beings and he loves using the Bible to do it or come to some of that. Hopefully in a little bit. I say hopefully because I have a bullet point. Therefore it when I get there. God might say, and I don't do that will going back to Revelation 13 for where this Antichrist is called to be successful. They worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, who is like the beast who is able to make war with him. Now they're not calling him the beast. God is saying that what he is will tell you who's going to make war with him and defeat him to get the reports. Revelation 19 the Lord comes with his Saints.
He says here, Peter does in verse 12 that these false teachers speak evil of things they do not understand and will utterly perish in their own corruption, irreverent creatures.
They only respect themselves and what can do well for them. So how do you know that what gives you the lowest seeing these false teachers throughout history. I mean, one of the most horrific in recent memory of Jim Jones also thousand people died. We even have a proverb out of that. Don't drink the Kool-Aid. The monster that man was in the Prince.
Others like him you would think with that which so many explicit warnings and teachings throughout the Scripture old and New Testament alike that they would be less people going to churches supporting false teachers who taken it upon themselves to add to Scripture or take away from it or simply suppress it in unrighteousness. How did what we do that is you don't want to tell the truth because it might hurt someone's feelings.
What about God's feelings.
How does it help anyone to withhold the word of God when you're job is to release the word of God to spread it to preach it.
What if there were you had a coworker who needed the gospel what you didn't like them, would you withhold the gospel from them what would happen to you if you did such a stupid thing is that, well, what happens when we have our pulpits filled by people who don't want to tell the truth about God because it won't line their pockets will populate the seats in the sanctuary. That is corruption and that should not be tolerated by true believers in verse 13 he goes on on pause there. This entire second, this entire second letter is about dealing with this is not always going to a passageways going to deal with vaulted entire letter is about them and he doesn't let up, it continues to pound them. He ends just this paragraph where they going to be an outer darkness forever, so this is God's word to us not Peter's word. Peter is the instrument and a righteous one.
So it is with us to would you withhold this chapter from your children, which is I don't want to teach my children about false teachers so negative you'd be foolish very foolish and that's an understatement. Verse 13 about these false teachers who are in churches. He says that will receive the wages of unrighteousness as those who counted pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes carousing in their own deception while they feast with you in verse 15 is going to mention Valium as the poster boy for this type of behavior and balance.
Love the wages of unrighteousness. He didn't matter how he got the money wellness.
He did get it that makes the money and righteous was special because he send went complete opposite of God. Oaklawn will get the balance in a moment, always a character in the Scriptures. Mixed is a perplexing character and bit of an enigma, but so are all apostates. Valium was hired to bring spiritual forces against God's people to their destruction. Incidentally, against God's will. You don't know who Valium is in the Bible, the book of numbers. The fourth book in the Bible.
Chapter 22, you can begin the story about well the wages of sin. We know we are told in the letter to the Romans's death. That's payday for those who are right with their maker not not those who sin, but those whose sins remain upon them.
Having no Savior to remove them. Revelation chapter 20 the devil who deceived them. That's the world like those of Apple Park who flaunt their defective rainbow colors. The missing one missing the point. Missing a lot of things. Hopefully we get a chance to pointed out with the devil who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever see the emphasis there. Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them and I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and the books were opened.
And another book was opened, which is the book of life and the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and Hades were delivered up the dead who were in them and they were judged to each according to his works. Then death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death. And anyone not found in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. If there are little bits of that you don't understand.
That's not not the key to key is what you do understand and what we do understand from reading that revealed word is that God will judge the unrighteous and he's not fooling around and because God delays his judgment does not mean it's not coming in so many human beings live as though because they've gotten away with something so long to going to continue to get away with, or it will be so bad, they are wrong. Looking at my own life before coming to Christ. I just good it was not in any of my thoughts. Life was all about me living for my pleasures that which satisfied me. The day came when I met Jesus Christ and everything stopped, everything changed.
I was handed a filter to filter out all the things that are false and wrong. Given a roadmap and sent to work and so have you who have come to Christ and if you hear this morning and you've not come to Jesus you going to idle list. Either listen to the world devil or your own self. Are you going to hear the voice of God and respond to it as others have in you by some will be hated for it, but it's worth it is worth being hated for Jesus Christ so long as your upholding righteousness. He continues, Peter does as those who counted pleasure to carouse in the daytime again were in verse 13, visibly speaking about these false teachers who flaunt their sin without hesitation. They do it in broad daylight because they have no shame shamelessly immodest or how many now do we see who was sexually perverted in pulpits, broadcasting it, upholding it, promoting it, jamming it down the throats of people and whole congregations gobbling it up Zephaniah the profits that the unjust, no, no shame. Zephaniah 3 verse five there are spots and blemishes. These undesirable marks on the body. Even the body of Christ. Remember these are part of the love feast of the church they've embedded themselves. They are there. Here amongst us. I don't know that they're here amongst us in this congregation, but they are here amongst us and Christianity, and here he says they are spots and blemishes those again unwanted emblems. I think Peter is linking. This not only is this is this a spiritual element.
With this in the offerings when you brought a lamb to be offered.
It was not to have a spot a natural defect or an acquired defect either or spot or blemish when you offered it to the Lord.
In other words, you can bring a hand me down to the Lord say what makes writing women.
My garage about give this whose church is useless to me and anybody else but I donated it unless God's management, but I think it's a little bit more here.
Also with what Peter is saying. And even if he is not meaning the Holy Spirit pointed out, because of the leper, the leper had a spot that was to be investigated and once it was confirmed. This was indeed leprosy that was an entire process. Let leper to go through to be quarantined, separated from the body and hopefully restored at some point and so when Peter says these are spots and blemishes in this is not good. These people you don't want this on the body you want no parts of the spiritually physically or in any other way. Jude who echoes so much of what Peter is saying when he gets to he's going to say the same thing with the word he chooses for spots.
He says spots and blemishes.
The word he chooses for spots is phonetically similar to Peter's work for spots but has different meaning they sound like the same words, you make a play on the words he gets his letter he writes he gets to what Peter said any sort of soup set up makes a go a little faster, and the word he uses means the rocks and it's used in shipping you know they don't want to hit the rocks with the ship that's not a good combination and he is saying Jude is they will cause you shipwreck Peter is saying they'll cause you leprosy and separation spiritually. Jude says yes right shipwreck. For those of you who may not yet and is just a genius of the Scripture just continues to roll along with such nuances that carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, reveling. Have a good old time.
While that doing evil, laughing it up yuck yuck yuck yuck for the populating hell as fast as they can with their new recruits will work on the more that as we move through the rest of the letters to we get through Jude. Paul says this, having the same concerns he says and do not become idolaters, as were some of them.
Speaking of course of those coming out of Egypt with the with Moses he says, as it is written, the people sat down to eat, drink, rose up to play party have a good time in the name of religion. Just don't be obedient to riddle you can be obedient to parts of it because we need that, but not all of it.
That is what gives the heretics the power that they have they have been allowed to embed themselves by poison ivy in a flower bed amongst the righteous.
I'm hesitant to say to name names anymore. In earlier years, I would.
I enjoyed it because it needed to happen, but now I feel that when I name names, it becomes more of a distraction.
Those who need to hear her say home but I like that one. And then they turn on me and not listen to what is being said and what is actually happening so I don't know why name names of the writers is a good name go a lot about what the week they then are ready for, but there are heretics that sell books and make a lot of money of it and a lot of maybe some of you sitting here have them on your bookshelves. Or maybe at one point you did they make a lot of money off of selling books about the Bible, which are not true.
Just because they garnish it with a verse here and there, all someone has to tell you is it's God's way.
Okay, we don't have to investigate any further than that. You said it.
It's God's way. Years back. There was a book you know.eating God's way of something like that. What what is that I get to.
He has good manners. I know that much. The communion table is eating God's way, but I mean how do you just make that all of a sudden Christians you knee-deep this way again. People would buy what about the one back to Eden, find Eden.
I mean this when I sent the same people don't exist adamant even Eden did not have the digestive system.
We have not entirely corrupted by sin. God was so serious about keeping them out of Eden.
He said a cherubim, there were the sword going in every which way to keep them out. I know there are those that think that the Jewish diet is the way were supposed to eat because it's in the Old Testament. I disagree with that.
I don't think the Bible teaches that all I think the fact the New Testament comes along and just smells. The reason why the Jews were forbidden from eating so many of the foods they would've liked to eat was because they were to be separate different other people were eating his food and living just as healthy as they were dying at the same age means deceiving.
To this day can find people that need the most atrocious things in a live under their hundreds so we must be careful, don't be gullible because people squeeze from you as much as they can to line their pockets and really have nothing to do with God's truth in God's work will need a book on dieting. We need a book on obedience and we have one call the Bible and I'm all for a book that preaches the word that comments on the Scripture that is in line with what the Bible has to say. But many many churchgoers cannot be content with the simplicity and beauty of our faith and the lust for spiritual thrills is just not enough that a man would stand up here and say, thus says the Lord know that they want more and they become tired of hearing truth in this, you know, just trying to be a church is very difficult because you have so many Christians coming from other places that don't want to just be a church in trying to bring it here make us like them so that they can leave us like to let the other one is a cycle that is not very very nice. Acts 242. They continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and prayers as a template for the church acts 246 so continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, simplicity of heart with gladness. That to me is attractive, but dissatisfied churchgoers with the system of that of the New Testament. They will be picked off if not careful. Listen Revelation 214, but I have a few things against you, Jesus wrote to the church to the apostle John, because you have there those who hold the teaching of Valium taught Valley to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.
You have harbored in your church bad things and you quite proud of it doing it in my name. That's all we have time for. On today's edition of cross reference radio you been listening to Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia teaches through the book of second Peter if you'd like to listen to more messages from this series or if you'd like more information about this program please visit our website cross reference radio.com. We also encourage you to subscribe to our podcast so you'll never have to miss a program. Just search for cross reference radio in iTunes Google play music or your favorite podcast. What a great way to keep God's word with you wherever you go. We hope you will tune in again next time. Is Pastor Rick continue studying through the Scripture right here on cross reference radio