This Sunday I will be preaching at my church, and this is the message I have prepared. It highlights some who preach heresy and dwell in that which is false.
2 PETER 2.1-3
(v.1) FALSE DOCTRINES
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
• False Prophets- Benny Hinn (Castro, Syria/Israel, Homosexual Community, 2 Giants of the Faith) Kenneth Copeland- (Jesus not God); 03.03.03 World Prayer Team “Day of Prayer”
• False Teachers- Benny Hinn (9 persons in the Godhead); Kenneth Hagin (Plagiarized works of New Thought E.W. Kenyon); T.D. Jakes (God not a Trinity, modalistic UPC doctrine); Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen (reject sin, preach “nice”); Tony Campolo (Universalism, Jesus not needed for salvation); Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (Seeking to save Muslims and Jews wrong, insensitive- also declare right to “freedom from religion” as a Constitutional guarantee)
(v.2) FOOLISH DISCIPLES
And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.
• Follow Foolishness- falling down (not Biblical); Barking; Laughing; Acting Drunk (misuse of Ephesians 5:18 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”); Making Foolish Declarations (Name it Claim it, Quote Phantom Verses: “The Bible Says…” But it Does Not)
• Make Faith a Mockery- Seek Gold Dust, Gold Teeth, Goosebumps; Expanded Territory; Promises that Were Not Promised or that Were Promised to Biblical Characters, not Us…
(v.3) FINAL DESTRUCTION
By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
• For Exploitation
o Financial- Multi-million Dollar Homes on Church Salary
o Misuse of God’s Word for Financial Gain, Power, Personal Glory
• Condemnation Awaits
o Like Jonathan Edwards’ Sermon “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God” (Deut. 32:35- “Their foot shall slide in due time”)
o Judgment Awaits, Time is Ticking Away…
False Teachers/Prophets are dangerous. Lead from the faith and toward destruction. We need to be prepared with God’s Word and ready to stand up against false teaching. We need to hold preachers to the Word of God (like the Bereans: Acts 17.11- “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”)