On Guard†††††† 2 Peter 2:1-3; Jude 16-25 HCSB††††† Nov. 20, 2016
In the world today we certainly need to be On Guard.† Most of us have had two different groups of false
prophets come knocking on our door.† They do not believe the pure gospel of our Lord but tenets of their false gospel.† It is sad that they are motivated like they are and try not to listen to the truth.† It would be good for all of us to get training to witness to these folks with the truth as we share the blessed gospel of our Lord.
1.††† On Guard while . . Exposing Error.†† 2 Pet. 2:1-3; Jude 16
A.†† Exposing the Error from . . False Prophets.†† 2 Pet. 2:1-2
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They
will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift
destruction on themselves.
2 Many will follow their unrestrained ways, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.
B.††† Exposing the Error from . . Flatters to Their Own Advantage.†† 2 Pet. 2:3 & Jude 16
3 In their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation, pronounced long ago, is
not idle, and their destruction does not sleep.†† HCSB
Jude 16 These people are discontented grumblers, walking according to their desires; their mouths utter
arrogant words, flattering people for their own advantage.†† HCSB
We all should be offering the pure gospel of our Lord in an effort to combat the false doctrine of these erroneous visitors.† It is sad so few of us even try to offer the truth to them.† I am pleased that our town has closed the building that used to house a kingdom hall.† However the JW Witnesses come regularly trying to reach people with their false teachings.†† Some have given me literature and I have given them some but they did not want to take it.† I told them I would only take theirs if they took mine.† Then I tried to point out some of their errors.† They did not like that but I felt it was good for them.†† It is sad that these people are as active as they are when all they have is error that is throughly ingrained in their appeal.
2.††† On Guard while . . Predicting Future Events.††† Jude 17-19
A.†† Predictors Who Are† . . Scoffers Preaching Their Own Desires.††† Jude 17-18
17 But you, dear friends, remember the words foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 they told you, "In the end time there will be scoffers walking according to their own ungodly desires."
B.††† Predictors Who Are Not . . Spiritual but Merely Natural.††† Jude 19
19 These people create divisions and are merely natural, not having the Spirit.
The text tells us these people are not led by the Holy Spirit but are only equipped with a natural spirit.† Why donít more of us actively combat them?† Do you know any Christians who concentrate on combating this false doctrine?†† I asked our office at the Home Mission Board who specializes in training witnesses to combat this error where was one of our churches that regularly wins these folks to the Lord.† I am sad to share that they told me they did not know of such a church.†† The text says these are people walking according to their own ungodly
desires.†† So we know these folks are not led by our Lord.† Therefore some of us should be led to combat this error.† †The more witnesses we have the better it will be for the truth.
3.††† On Guard while . . Taking Responsibility to Counter False Teachers.††† Jude 20-25
A.†† Counter False Teachers through . . Truthful Actions of Mercy.††† Jude 20-23
20 But you, dear friends, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life.
22 Have mercy on some who doubt;
23 save others by snatching them from the fire; on others have mercy in fear, hating even the garment
defiled by the flesh.
B.††† Counter False Teachers through . .† The Lord Jesus Christ.††† Jude 24-25
24 Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His
glory, blameless and with great joy,
25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority
before all time, now, and forever. Amen.†† HCSB
Do you know anyone who has come out of this false gospel into the glorious gospel of our Lord?† We have
one pastor in our association who has this testimony and he has told me of another person in one of our churches
who has a similar experience.† Although that is great it is too few.† In my opinion more people need to hear these testimonies and be challenged to learn more about sharing their faith.† The text says some need to be snatched from the fire.† I believe that can apply to those engulfed in false doctrine and it seems the numbers in those groups has some increase most every year.† How many of us do you think can qualify as people who are on guard?† Surely none of us can site a great number in that crowd; at least not enough and we definitely all need to be On Guard.† Amen?† Amen!