Our Dangerous False Teachers

There are two very similar passages that tell us about our false teachers. One is in Jude and the other in 2 Peter. Lets start out in Jude.

 

Jude warns us of shameless shepherds who care only for themselves, brag loudly, and flatter others to get what they want, complain, and live only to satisfy their own desires. These teachers shipwreck the gathering meals that they attend! They keep all the seekers at their gatherings from arriving at their true destination. They keep them separated from Christ.

 

The Danger of False Teachers

NLT Jude 1;3 Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. 4 I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.[Denying God By The Way We Live ] 5 So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful. 6 And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment. 7 And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment. 8 In the same way, these people―who claim authority from their dreams―live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings. 9 But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.) 10 But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals [YLT Irrational beasts – unreasoning attackers], they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction. 11 What sorrow awaits them! For they follow in the footsteps of Cain[lacking faith – NLT Heb 11:4 It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts.], who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they deceive people for money. And like Korah, they perish in their rebellion[against God’s annointed – his true followers]. 12 When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs[veiled destruction] that can shipwreck you[keep your from you destination]. They are like shameless shepherds [leaders without embarrassment] who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain[fruitless deceptions]. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit[can’t honor Paul’s servant – slave humble Godly teacher example–NLT Mat 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit , so you can identify people by their actions.] and have been pulled up by the roots. 13 They are like wild waves of the sea[Jesus leads us to the still waters, to spiritual peace; these scoffers bring us to spiritual turmoil], churning up the foam of their shameful deeds. They are like wandering stars[teachers who have not found their place], doomed forever to blackest darkness[destined for the Lake of Fire]. 14 Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones[the beheaded saints of the sixth seal Rev 20;4] 15 to execute judgment on the people of the world. He will convict every person of all the ungodly things they have done and for all the insults that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.

 

These wandering stars, these teachers who have not found their proper place are doomed forever to blackest darkness. They are destined for the Lake of Fire. While Jesus leads us to still waters. These teachers who bear no fruit and are uprooted, not rooted in Jesus, not building on Paul’s foundation lead their followers to the wild waves of the sea, spiritual unrest.

 

There is a very similar warning in 2 Peter. Lets take a look.

 

Peter declares that there will be false teachers among you who accumulate many followers. They cleverly teach destructive heresies even denying the Lord. These teachers don’t deny the Lord with their words, they deny him with their actions. [NLT Tit 1;15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good. — Even though we claim to know God we can deny him by the way we live. We can continue in our evil selfish desires.]

 

 

If we can not recognize these false teachers we might be following men who are as “useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind… doomed to blackest darkness”.

 

 

The Danger of False Teachers

NLT 2Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. 3 In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed. 4 For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment. 5 And God did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and the seven others in his family. Noah warned the world of God’s righteous judgment. So God protected Noah when he destroyed the world of ungodly people with a vast flood. 6 Later, God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people. 7 But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him. 8 Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day. 9 So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment. 10 He is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire, and who despise authority. These people are proud and arrogant, daring even to scoff at supernatural beings without so much as trembling. 11 But the angels, who are far greater in power and strength, do not dare to bring from the Lord a charge of blasphemy against those supernatural beings. 12 These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed. 13 Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They delight in deception even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals. 14 They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse. 15 They have wandered off the right road and followed the footsteps of Balaam son of Beor, who loved to earn money by doing wrong. 16 But Balaam was stopped from his mad course when his donkey rebuked him with a human voice. 17 These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness. 18 They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. 19 They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. 20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”

 

These teachers delight in deception even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals, commit adultery with their eyes, desire to sin, and are well trained in greed. Many will follow their evil teaching and be lured into sin, the way of truth will be slandered.

 

We had better be able to recognize these false teachers. One difference between the two passages is that Peter only mentions one classic sinner while Peter calls out three. Peter identifies the sin of Balaam, who loved to earn money by doing wrong while Jude identifies Balaam’s sin, Korah’s sin[rebelling against God’s anointed – his true followers], Cain’s, lacking faith and the righteousness faith brings us. Still the passages are clearly conveying the same idea.

 

Summary:

 

Jude tells us these shameless shepherds are:

Dangerous False Teachers,

– ungody people,

– overstating grace, allows us to live immoral lives,

– living immoral lives themselves,

– defying authority,

 

Warning: After Jesus rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, he destroyed those who did not remain faithful. The angels who did not stay within the limits of authority were cast in prisons of darkness. Sodom and Gomorrah, filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion, were destroyed as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment.

 

– scoffing at supernatural beings,

– like unthinking animals they follow their instincts (not God),

– following Cain lacking the righteousness that comes thru faith,

– following Balaam they deceive people for money,

– following Korah, they perish in their rebellion against God’s anointed,

– they shipwreck fellowship meals, their worship gatherings by keeping people from finding Jesus and following his Holy Spirit,

– care only for themselves,

– like clouds with no rain or trees who bear no fruit and have no root,

– wild waves of the sea lead us to spiritual turmoil],

– wandering stars[teachers who have not found their place],

– doomed forever to blackest darkness[destined for the Lake of Fire].

 

Jude closes with the warning that the Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones[the beheaded saints of the sixth seal Rev 20;4] to execute judgment on the people of the world. He will convict every person of all the ungodly things they have done and for all the insults that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.

 

 

Peter warns of false teachers with many followers who are among us and teach destructive heresies:

– deny the Master who bought them.

– bring sudden destruction on themselves.

– have shameful immorality causing the way of truth will be slandered.

– greedy liars condemned long ago

– their destruction will not be delayed.[the sixth seal possibly in 2012?

 

Warning: Remember God threw the angels who sinned into hell, nor did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and the seven others in his family. God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people. So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment. He is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire, and who despise authority.

 

– proud and arrogant,

– daring even to scoff at supernatural beings without so much as trembling,

– false teachers,

– like unthinking animals follow their instincts, born to be caught and destroyed,

– scoff at things they do not understand,

– their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done,

– indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight,

– a disgrace and a stain among you,

– delight in deception even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals,

– commit adultery with their eyes,

– their desire for sin is never satisfied,

– lure unstable people into sin,

– well trained in greed,

– live under God’s curse,

– have wandered off the right road

– followed the footsteps of Balaam who loved to earn money by doing wrong,

– useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind,

– doomed to blackest darkness,

– They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting,

– have twisted sexual desires,

– lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception.

– though they promise freedom, they are slaves of sin and corruption,

– It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to turn away from the command they were given to live a holy life,

 

 

Dear God,

Please deliver us from these shameless shepherds, these men who follow their instincts rather than God, these wandering stars, teachers who have not found their place. Please help us to warn of your harsh judgment coming to those who follow their own twisted sexual desires, and those who despise authority. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Glenn

 

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