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December 6, 2019 6:00 am
Satan has his no truth zones in churches is had a few of the nice is getting more goals in these notes with zone charges. They like it, love of Scripture, Texas Satan grabbing out theology in our souls love the word of God you love is truth, even those perplexing sometimes disappointing, sometimes you still know which true in your love that is true you will be shielded. 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.
We continue with pastor Rick in second Peter chapter 2 today and his message called untrustworthy preachers Chalmers going to the state be burned inside you know we recanted.
He denied the faith, and then he took it back when being burned at the stake.
He puts his fat hand that signed the document in the fire burn you burn you. He says to the hand he was. Not being apologetic. He believed what he believed. He got his act together in the end. Well, back to this they will, he says here and brings on that themselves swift destruction. Take someone like Mary Baker Eddy, who created the anti-Christian called Christian science anti-Christian, but they use Christ name and it how deceptive creeping light with Christian scientists you not nothing to do with beakers and flask and vials though they are vile in their teaching was she lived to be 90 so as a swift destruction there. What is that on the scale of eternity. The God that is nothing doom doom was there and only she could stop it if you would, but repent. She did not and I should add less someone cornered me as far as we know well Jeremiah again, you just what I mean. Jeremiah has some tough spots in it, for sure, that make it difficult to just casually read through what the there are sections in it that are quite profound.
Most of the book is anyway got it told Jeremiah to make a yoke with bands and go and tell the people that they would go off to captivity and stay there for their 70 year time and he was to illustrate the sermon with these this yoke not a real yoke I would've been happy, but he was he had what he needed to make his point. Well, this didn't sit right with the culture because they believe God was going to come in two years said the false prophet and Anaya in two years God would deliver the people.
Jeremiah so I wish it was true, but it's not any way we can pick up the story in verse 15 of Jeremiah 28 then the prophet Jeremiah said they had and I the prophet here now had Anaya Yahweh has not sent you but you make this people trust in a lie.
Therefore thus says Yahweh, behold, I will cast you from the face of the earth this year you shall die because you have taught rebellion against Yahweh. So had Anaya, the prophet died the same year and seven month quite a few people that died at the word of Jeremiah false prophets. That's a topic this morning. The Holy Spirit is said false prophecy pastor preach on false prophecy. That's the text before us. No delicate or tolerant handling of false teachers is found in the Scripture, and should not be found in us either. Sadly, those who love false teachers don't appreciate having it pointed out that the teacher that they love will falsely take Joyce Meyer's people to tip over at you saying this false teacher. Don't listen to that stuff. The only one globs of them out there. When I got to bring Alyssa here and read them off to you see Christians not return to the truth because the feeling of lies is just so delightful may maybe stand guard against it and learn how to love truth more than anything, because Jesus said I am the way, I am the truth, so such skewed priorities are fertile ground for false prophets. Verse two we got there we were high refers to an over pause here topic like this with the Bible saying so much. The challenges do not flood the message with Scripture references to the point where we can keep up and digest them to come in distilled what they have to say. But they're all over. Paul says in latter days know in latter days, the heresies of false teachers that the false doctrine of the apostasy. This is going to increase verse two, and many will follow their destructive ways. Because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed and that's where Peter just says it didn't. They don't like the truth they hate the truth, they blaspheme it.
You could say Peter twisting this in our lifetime, with it's never been an interruption to false prophets need false believers. They go together. Not just say okay you got false prophets that yeah other than anybody following them yet. Well, then they've got false believers to what use would Satan. Satan's lies have been if there was no Eve to listen to them, but there was a need to listen to and and Adam to tolerate them. Don't reduce that it is one of the biggest parts of this morning's message. The toleration of false teachings. We don't take out a sword in the Chase somebody with it or try to do any physical harm to someone. Our form of violence against lies has to do with us rejecting at all cost. No, I disagree with that note, that's not true. I don't believe that I believe God, not you. I don't care if it hurts your feelings.
I wish it did not. But I care more about what God feels this is being intolerant of false teaching not giving an inch a centimeter respect. Nothing they get nothing and I think that those who love the Lord and his truth, I think we get it very easily. Personal ambitions and preferences, priorities versus God's preferences. God's priorities. God's ambitions those things blind souls when you've got other amphetamine and we all struggle with what I want to do this and I don't really want to do that they could be. You know I don't want to go to church today admitted to something like that I mean that we we have that but when he gets out of control when it begins to not down truth when someone says yes I belong to a church that doesn't believe the Bible, but I like the people there like the wrong people need to find other people to like you like you back. Do you believe it. False followers will follow false teachings. You know the blessed me pastor but don't you dare correct me this everywhere I mean you just can't tell someone and you know who comes in the church. I would like you to wear shirt. I'm offended something like that. Well you to be offended. God bless you offended one we should not be surprised at how many support the false church. Those that think very little of what the Bible has to say.
That's how you find out how you going to what you think about the mind what you think about the Scripture what really about is a God's word to man as it is at the voice of God yes or no gullible and the vulnerable. They're not so hot on the Scripture because truth again is not that important to them.
They have other things that rise to the surface and lure them away and how your friends treat God's word and how you respond to that says something about you again. You may maybe married a live and you have children who don't agree in distilled are to be loving and kind. But on this topic were not to back down.
No matter what, I'm not going to agree with someone so they can like me, you know, you heard me say as a pastor. If the past is running a popularity kind is you don't have a pastor you got a celebrity is not different with you when you preach the gospel in the workplace and the home and the school wherever you find yourself you're running a popularity contest.
You can't reach because our message is not popular.
People like you they may fake it, but they what we want them to do is respect discuss so long as that respect is there, the chance for conversion is there, but when they don't even respect you because they've identified that you don't believe what you claim to believe.
Then there were the witnesses no longer credible and the problem has become prodigious, it is large and so watch out for this. These sensations discernment discernment is supposed to sound the alarm to take he remembered. Peter said you'd do well to heed the word of God to pay attention to it. Hopefully will separate from the emotion, the religiously emotional, who seek the signs and wonders and unite with those who love truth, Peter says, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed is pretty heavy. Speech to say that someone is a blasphemer blasphemer has contempt for God.
That's what you get. Boil it all down and you get to it. A blasphemer says God not I don't now believe you, you're lying necktie I can say to God, Lord, I don't like your methods but I cannot say you are wrong. I feel like saying that sometime was I'm so sure my silly self sure if he just gave me that job of it does just went that way but I don't have perfect knowledge and he does.
I do not have perfect understanding he does. I submit that because he is Lord is not my equal.
He never will be my equal. He is always far above me and Peter says here because of this behavior. These heresies because of whom the way of truth will be blasting the truth. This worthless to this group and false prophecies. Why should any of us even want to have one because the true prophecies are so rich and attractive and valid and powerful, but there are those who still want to remain in Christianity, the even though they don't believe it, and they give an opportunity for Satan for unbelievers to feel justified in rejecting Christ. Paul dealt with this and Phil implies that some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife are not true believers causing trouble, but they are also putting the name of Christ out there while at that time, the name of Christ was not out there as it is today and if for these people who were preaching Christ from envy and strife want to be in their shoes on Judgment Day is not a little sins that is not a big deal.
It is a very big deal if you're the one that's guilty how you going to stand before God and he says you help me in contempt. J.
Vernon McGee writes I believe that God permits a lot of the cults and isms in order to draw away from the true church that which is false because those who are phony will go after that sort of thing. This is exactly what Paul said would take place first Corinthians 11 verse 19 for there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you, you'll see the weed seeds begin to sprout amongst the wheat and this is what Vernon is saying God allows these so we can make a distinction between that which is false and that which is true lovers of truth will not use lies to spread the truth. Who would have a problem with that lovers of truth will keep from unity with those who see truth as an obstacle.
How many politicians the truth is often closely covered up with a spinning lovers of truth will proclaim the truth in love, but truthfully, regardless of the culture or anything else. Lovers of truth, mindful that the end of God's truth is holiness. That's the goal.
It has a goal to it so we just love truth God's truth. It's going somewhere. It's going to the throne of God's going into an eternal life in heaven. And so even the apostates their teachers today when we see apostates who once taught the Bible a claim to we see when they desert the truth, they begin to endorse the most foul behaviors that you can find.
They have backslidden like a dog returning to its vomit.
I mentioned to you that Peter would not let up, and that's coming when he makes that reference letter versus chapter 3 verse three now by covenant is this. They will exploit you with deceptive words for a long time.
The judgment has not been idle in their destruction does not slumber. I wish I didn't take so much time. I couldn't wait to get to this verse I forgot about it is the other parts of the so good by covetousness. That's a guarantee they will exploit you. This was the way of balance will get to that in verse 15. Anyway, the word covetousness here.
It emphasizes a craving to have in this context in a bad way. He says they will exploit you. The Greek word is to buy and sell to trade you congregants become moneymaking items is take a salesman who is not on a salesman. Every person I walk through that door to him is either going to buy something or he's not interested as human beings. They just they are there to to be a sale. Now, of course, if you're in sales so that your livelihood usable to sell the people but not to the point where the sole purpose of that other person is for you to get in their pocket who likes a pushy salesman and can you say are not interested need to done let up anyhow they will exploit you prefer the old King James translation of the sentence.
They will make merchandise a few that's right, you will become a just source of their income.
That's what they're reducing YouTube so the pastor doesn't look at you as one of the sheep. One of the members of the flock of God as a child of God and loved by God. Blood was paid for your soul to make it to heaven. Pastor should look at people as those who God loves not as somebody who can put something in the offering box.
What can I get from you.
Can you imagine a pastor making a house call to a widow just so he can stay in good so he can get a lot of money from her supposing that well. The husband left her money and when she dies is going to be even more money. Bequeath to the church file is that may righteous men and women never take that approach, and anybody who hears this is guilty of that kind of thinking may they repent 12 times not give us to go into the history of this but you know there's a book of Alvin Schmidt how Christianity changed the world and it so it's a long read on, but you can get out of it.
If you don't finish the whole tunnel 794, pages in the introduction you distill a lot in their well anyway he talks about the how many phrases are in our culture that come from Christianity the influence of Christianity when you rob Peter to pay Paul. Those kind of statements. One of them is avoid like the plague that was coined by Jerome in the fourth century and he uses it in the context of what were talking about and in a letter to another believer. He says avoid as you would the plague a clergymen who is also a man of business, a man who is just out to make money. That's not all, men of business or businesses must make money as they stop being a business, but the ministry is not designed to suck in as much money you as you can suck out of people. Unless you belong to the prosperity teaching group Kenneth Copeland's and Hagans and many others over the older ones of sugar new ones don't have the fame but anyway Sam offended by that you should be offended because guilty if you if you like that kind of stuff.
You are an offense if you like coming to church and you think it's okay for pastors to be preoccupied with getting from you as much money as they can get from you so they can live a high lifestyle.
Something is wrong doesn't mean pastors that don't get a salary they need to eat just like everybody else. Ezekiel 34 verses seven through 10 you want to know about false prophets in the Old Testament. Ezekiel 34 Is Your Pl. to go there for you shepherds, God speaking through Ezekiel to the false prophets hear the word of Yahweh as I live, says the Lord Yahweh. Surely because my flock became the prey and my flock became food for every beast of the field because there was no shepherd. Nor did my shepherd search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed my flock.
Therefore, shepherds hear the word of Yahweh thus says the Lord, Yahweh, behold, I am against the shepherds and I will require my flock at their hand. I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep and the shepherd shall feed themselves no more. For I will deliver my flock from their mouths and they shall no longer be food for them.
See Ezekiel paints a picture of shepherds just feeding off the sheep will some of that is true with real sheep, Martin, but not with human beings. He says with deceptive words that were deceptive is castoffs in the Greek we get our English word plastic from that word. In other words, those who invent things when you look forward to put on it. They look to Greek and Latin off the time. Often times, and they found a word in the Greek that fit the material that they had developed this past us is pliable. It will fit will fit into when you pour into a mold, it takes it's a liquid it adopts the shape that you pour it into another words lie the deceptive teaching will pour that into anyone who will receive it and they will will fit the mold fake words.
Ephesians chapter 4 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro, cared about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting these guys are up to no good. You should discern that because you love the truth and if you love the truth when you handle a life you'll know it doesn't feel like the same thing for as long he continues at the bottom of verse three Peter does for a long time. Their judgment has not been idle in their destruction does not slumber slumber in the Greek means to nod and sleep.
That word used here, and God is saying that I'm not nodding this I'm sleepy this time dealing with it. As I mentioned, it was 100 and 9000 years in this life compared to eternity. Jeremiah 48, 10 curses, he who does the work of Yahweh deceitfully imagine trying to get people to come into your church deceitfully because you want to have a large church.
Whatever your motive is.
First off, the Lord at the church is not the role of the pastor to recruit people into his church is not his church is the Lord's church and he is been trusted as overseer and he adds to that church.
If the truth draws the men then let us hold as many as will love the truth but were not hopefully ever going to stoop to deceit. Is that not the same with you. Are you going to try to lead someone to Christ by lying, by creating a false testimony and I was stuck on an island and all I had to eat was ill and and God came down and is all I do think that be okay to try to lead someone to Christ. Of course not judgment of these wicked men might seem to have nodded, but the contrary is true.
Satan has his no truth zones in churches now. He's had a few of the now he's he's getting more and those in these no truth zone churches they like it. The love of Scripture, Texas from Satan. Grabbing our theology and our souls. You love the word of God you love is truth, even those perplexing sometimes disappointing sometimes but you still know which true and you love that is true you will be shielded. Second Corinthians 217 oppose with two verses in one shortcoming, for we are not as so many peddling the word of God. But as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ were not peddling God's word trying to get people to come to church so we can get more money from them.
I believe there may be men out there who do this and don't know they're doing it.
That's all they've been exposed to. Maybe God will reach them, but I also believe there are great many that are beyond the other, they put themselves in the irretrievable category. They just want dilute Micah 35 thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets who make my people stray who chant peace while they blight with their teeth but who prepare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths.
They hate people who don't find them. It was happening in Israel. It's been happening in Christianity, even in the days of Peter does truly say was more sin zooming with perfect doesn't mean we won't send it just means homes say about sin is not a sin. That's all we have time for. On today's edition of cross reference radio you've been listening to Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia as he 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.
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