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November 21, 2019 6:00 am
Of those who go to churches and hear people introduce counterfeit ideas ideas that were born on earth and in hell holes revelation of God do we hear what the Scripture says the earliest days of the first churches. Satan was hard at work with false teachers who mixed themselves in with true believers spread their lives.
This is what second Peter is all about.
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 1 as he introduces this book good morning and welcome to the house of the Lord are beginning second Peter if you have your Bible second Peter chapter 1, we will take verses one through four, Simon Peter, a bondservant, and apostle of Jesus Christ. Those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord as his divine power has given to us all things that retain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by glory and virtue by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust and first Peter. We discussed the suffering saints second Peter. The saints are being seduced from suffering to seduction.
That is what is going on here and it is exactly how the Satan works against believers and churches the same believers that were under physical attack from outside. That is the Roman Empire are now under spiritual attack from the inside by way of false teachers will Satan has broadened his attack from outright infuriates Sharon to deceptive infiltration and he is been using this combination ever since from suffering believers to seduced believers by way of false teachers and false listeners takes to Webster defines the word seduced this way to persuade to disobedience or disloyalty. The second definition of the same word to lead astray, usually by persuasion of false promises. Well seduction works best on those who trust without verifying who let their feelings make their decision.
This sounds good. It sounds right but they have no proof. No evidence, nothing to substantiate what's being said and so they make their judgment. The decision based on how they feel about it. This was the case with Eve. She chased knowledge. She listened to the serpent at the wrong place, no less.
The place she was not supposed to really she told not to partake of the fruit that would be a hint to not even be around that we would think well great amount of innocence was there on Eve's part and are not trying to bash her but I am trying to extract the lesson that the Bible gives us concerning listening without proof, and then acting on what you've heard, as Eve did, she saw that the fruit was good were told in Genesis, Satan is a devouring lion and he is a demonic liar.
That's what we get from the suffering and the seduction. And when I say demonic liar demonic means harmful to humans without exception. It is spiritual activity that is concerned only with the destruction of the human soul and whatever can contribute to that. You know the righteous do not have to do wrong to invite attack.
In fact doing right will draw enemy fire. More often than not, I have quite a few verses this morning to drive this point across. Because we are living in a time where antichrist is preparing his bride, the apostate church.
And it is becoming increasingly clear that those who stick by God's word are becoming the remnant in the houses of God and those who are willing to mingle in those things that have no proof that are based on false and demonic experiences over God's word or stampeding off to destruction.
Just as the Scriptures have been warned. Mark's gospel chapter 13 and Jesus answering them began to say, take heed that no one deceive you. Would've been nice. It Eve had that gospel according to Mark memorize that verse, I say that only to make the point of to emphasize the point again not to pick on Eve. Matthew chapter 7 verse 15 beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. I have we lost sight of these verses have those who go to churches and hear people introduce counterfeit ideas ideas that are born on earth and in hell that oppose the revelation of God do we hear what the Scripture says the earliest days of the first churches. Satan was hard at work with false teachers who mixed themselves in with true believers spread their lives. This is what second Peter is all about so important it is that God will reemphasize everything it Peter is saying through June very quickly. Jude gets to this point I want to talk about salvation, but I can't because I've got a deal with those who are creeping into the church destroying the faith of believers group lies and as you read Jude. If you've read second Peter and you read Jude is a boy, Jude heard Peter's sermon and he he repeated it gave us a fresh dose of what needed to be said.
So, still amongst churchgoers of those who think little to nothing of disobedience to God. That's the time we live in now churchgoers who have really little regard for obedience. Obedience has to be disassociated from God. Don't have to obey it were not accountable because we have grace to the point where we can trample the grace of course this is absurd obedience. Who needs that when we have the magical cross of grace that just doesn't care what caused the Messiah's death. This is what's happening around us more and more, maybe you're isolated from these things and you don't see them going on. Maybe you have not gone on the Internet to see what's out there.
How many are becoming apostates in our right before us.
Those who are trusted whose books, Christians bought and shared bookstores touted more more of them are becoming apostates right out in front of everybody. Somehow Jesus words about obedience doesn't count. Luke's gospel chapter 13 Jesus speaking I tell you we would say this way. I tell you no, but unless you repent you will likewise perish.
They asked in the question about a wall that fell on some people and killed them in the pilot who had ordered his troops to destroy those who work perceived insurrectionist and they were asked with these people more wicked than everybody else and Jesus says no but unless you repent echoes with them that the died at the hands of Pilate in the wall, falling on them and everybody else and less there is repentance you perish in repentance is more than lip service. It is a genuine intent of the heart to comply with God to follow what he says is best we can.
If we fail, we have an advocate with the father because we believe in him. We love him when we want him. That's why he advocates for us because he is love knows that we are weak. He also knows we are capable of standing against that which is false.
John 15 verse 10.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I've kept my father's commandments and abide in his love. What part of that does not belong in the New Testament church.
Why is it more more churches are dismissing these things because the Tower of Babel was being rebuilt in the world is able to communicate with each other at a rate that is not interrupted by any barrier Jeremiah with Walter. Jeremiah is said about mingling lies with God's word just the prophet Jeremiah alone.
You would think there would that everybody would get this and be on board. So I went to quite a few of them from Jeremiah. Jeremiah 26 verses four and five and you shall say to them, thus says Yahweh, if you will not listen to me to walk in my law which eyes have set before you take heed words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent to you both rising up early and sending them but you have not heeded getting more more people telling in the Bible is not trustworthy in churches to believe it is defective. I'll tell you what parts. To believe in what parts not to believe will know you won't tell me that there may be some gullible ones out there who really don't care too much about their own soul and willing to trade it away to listen to some man Johnny-come-lately come along and tell you not to believe in God is made clear. Jeremiah 3515. I've also sent to you all my servants the prophets rising up early and sending them saying turn out everyone from his evil and amend your doings do not go after other gods to serve them. Then you will dwell in the land which I've given you in your father's but you cannot incline your ear, nor obeyed me. This is what Jeremiah had to face a people who recall by God by his name, whose promises rested upon them whose covenant was with them and this is what he got from the people. Let no one doubt will be surprised that churchgoers are stampeding off to apostasy because they being seduced leaving all the new stuff and one of the pieces the juicy pieces of bait set before them. His experience take yoga so you can heighten your Christian experience spiritually, mentally, meant just the pauses. I'm talking about tapping into some spiritual force to make you a better Christian that is anathema. That is a lie that is opening the door for demons to begin to rearrange the furniture in your inner temple. Maybe that will resonate with some Jeremiah 14 four Yahweh said to me, the prophets prophesy lies in my name. I'm not sent them, commanded them nor spoken to them, they prophesy to you false vision, divination, a worthless thing and the deceit of their heart. Jesus wanted his people to catch his vision not man's vision's idea. This revelation not just the book of Revelation is revelation of truth of God, you seen me has seen the father. Jeremiah 2321 think of many of the Jeremiah's. I had to cut out of this because time would allow God says about the false prophet. I'm not sent these profits. Yet they ran. I've not spoken to them, yet they prophesy.
They just went without me using my name onto forgers, frauds, charlatans Jeremiah 2754.
I'm not sent them says Yahweh. Yet they prophesy alive in my name that I made drive you out that you may perish. You and the prophets who prophesy to you as a consequence to this he saying you will listen to them over my word this consequence to that is in the unbroken witness we have from Genesis is agreement is nothing outside what God is revealed when Isaiah spoke in Jeremiah comes later he does not disagree with Isaiah. He compliments it gives us resumes and a little bit more each prophets zooms in a little bit more.
Jeremiah 44 verse four.
However, I have sent to you all my servants the prophets rising early and sending them saying, oh, do not do this abominable thing that I hate there are things that God hates related amount.
Just the other night were talking about Haman who was guilty of violating everything God hates is given in Proverbs 6 verses 16 through 19 is get the Proverbs 6 you'll find things that God hates that many churchgoers find little to no problem committing and are very impenitent about we get people who threaten us because we won't allow them to be impenitent on gross and blatant sin. They threaten us.
They talk about us when they're the ones sending in front of everyone. Our Bible is God's word to man, and it is full of condemnation about man's word to man in God's name. This is what second Peter is about.
We won't get to the first hints of it until we get the verse three. This was his introduction to them. So where are we today as I mentioned antichrist is ramping up his preparation or Satan is wrapping it up for antichrist prepping his apostate bride. You see the church that gets fractured of the faithful, true believers who have adhered to the word of God. The ones left behind are those churches that have turned on God's word and still want to retain the name church and the symbols and portions of God's word that suit them. They will be left behind and they will remain impenitent. There are two ideas out there. One is that of those left behind will say okay bills who preach to me were right will I hope that's the case, but you know, I don't see that in Scripture which alarms me, it doesn't really matter what I think incidentally about this part of it because God is going to do what he wants to do except to say that I am not going to tell somebody, don't worry about it if you see me enraptured. You'll be fined if you just go to this passage in the Scripture know I'm going to say listen, you may not get another chance. Once it comes once the gate the doors close to the ark. You're stuck those who come to Christ. It will be many tribulation saints. Incidentally, it appears that they will be the ones who never heard the true gospel laid out so my point in bringing this up is that we do not want to comfort anybody in their disbelief as though they going to get another chance they could just drop dead before the rapture today is the day if you harden not your heart that's the message throughout the Scripture. And so it is becoming more and more demand from churchgoers that their pastors not enforce the word of God, faithful in churches.
As I mentioned, are becoming marginal. That means unimportant this matter what they say in a church about 100 people of 10 people of a thousand people of 10,000 people.
If you're in a place where people start. I don't care what you say about the Scripture.
This is fun I like this.
The apostles warned of this kind of heresy in pew and pulpit second Timothy chapter 4, I charge you, therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his kingdom preach the word be ready in season and out of season, convict, rebuke, and exhort with all long-suffering for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. Additional don't want to hear it. They don't want to hear the Bible priests hell has doctrine, I should point that out.
The doctrine of demons pulses will get to that in a little bit but still here in second Timothy chapter 4.
One of the greatest pieces of literature you'll ever read a second Timothy. He continues, he says, the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires because they have itching ears, they will pile up for themselves teachers not ordained for your day means God sent God's choice. God's appointment when you heap them up for yourself. You've bypassed God's appointment.
These are not those who are sent are ordained to have unction who are called, Timothy continues, they will turn your ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables. You will be turned to the lies to myths the things that are false and fake and deadly to your soul. He continues would view you all writing to Timothy you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. What words of encouragement. Could you imagine if your Timothy and you get that you love Paul you've seen them go through so much for Christ and stand firm and not not waiver, not a bit.
You love this man and you get this letter from him and in the letter, which is personal to get very personal about your faith and assist you be watchful to could see Paul looking at him, pointing at him do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry what you called for what you while you a Christian you have ministry to do. That's why it's not just about what, let's get you say now you can just go lie down, get saved, but some Omron get in formation and let God use you. Isaiah chapter 9. This was a condition that Isaiah had to preach to the elder and honorable is the head, the prophet who teaches lies. He is the tale leaders of the this people cause them to error those who are led by them are destroyed, you catch that warning.
God is very serious. Don't worry about it I have with ways to get around blasphemy identify ways to get around you disregarding what I've said to you.
We does not he does apologize, so long as God helps us we are to keep our eyes on Jesus Christ and not anyone else on their behalf. As a pastor, my eyes are not on the people. My eyes were on Jesus Christ on the behalf of the people.
That's how it must work Moses did it this way. Moses yet all IVs up on the mountain with God when he comes down he finds the people blaspheming either side with them in a little work it into the tablets also.
His eyes were on the Lord said in second Corinthians. I will gladly spend to be spent for your souls. Will the more abundantly. I love you, the less I am loved. What is that you see why I don't like that Corinthian church. I mean they're good the solid people in there, but there were a lot of chess, pencil, heads, whatever that means in which end of the pencil but there they were at one point in his ministry.
Peter failed right here, Peter got his eyes off the Christ is looking at the people he and Barnabas and Paul had to set them right. Peter did corrected and what he is going to write in the second letter of his is going to tell the people Paul is right.
Listen to him it don't mess with what he is set out to how hard it is. Understand you listen to Paul.
That's what Peter is going to say by the time we get to chapter 3, so we can expect physical attacks and theological attacks as well. Satan is not comfortable with you sticking with the Scriptures, and if you can't shove you off.
He's going to try to lure you off from suffering to seduction wolves and shepherds clothing false teachers, apostate leaders and gullible congregations somehow become Volga is in style now.
It's okay not to believe in the absolute meanings of Scripture. Paul when he got to his heading towards Jerusalem because he doesn't want to go into the city of Ephesus because he wouldn't get out. So he calls pastors to meet him please for my liters they come. He lays it out to them what's going on how he's worked and labored. That's all we have time for.
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