The Fight and Fate of False Prophets

2 Peter 2:1-10Throughout history many monsters have attacked, mutilated, and tortured innocent people. From biblical history we remember Pharaoh and Nero. From modern history we remember Hitler, Saddam, Bin Laden, and others who have caused the streets to run red with the blood of innocent people. Although we mourn and weep as we remember such vile monsters of history, it seems that the most deadly and destructive monsters of history have come to attack people with the Bible in their hands rather than swords, guns, gas, or bombs. These monsters have done more than take innocent lives through violence, they have confused and convinced people to believe a lie – a false gospel – which in turn has damned their victims to eternal hell. These heretics are the most horrific monsters of history.Peter writes to his readers (a group of Christians who were scattered throughout Asia) regarding external persecution in his first epistle, but he writes concerning internal persecution in his second epistle. In 2nd Peter chapter 2, Peter writes a very sobering warning regarding the false prophets of his day. Peter wanted his readers to be forewarned of these vile monsters who were coming to attack – with a message of damnation!

False Prophets Former Assault (Vs. 1a)

The first verse begins with a reminder of the false prophets that had formerly attacked and assaulted the people of God. The phrase “among the people” refers to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament days. Peter was reminding his readers that false teachers / prophets have always existed and have been plaguing the people of God in every generation.

False Prophets Future Attack (Vs. 1b)

Peter moves ahead to the current situation – the false teachers were plaguing the people of God – and Peter wanted the people to be warned. He said, “even as there shall be false teachers among you.” Peter wanted the Christians to understand that just as the former people of God were assaulted by these false prophets – they would be under a similar attack in their day.The false teachers of Peter’s day would bring in damnable heresies which would lead to swift destruction for them and all of their followers. The damnable heresies actually means – destructive heresies. Heresy is a message that alters the gospel of Jesus Christ in some way. These teachers would be attacking the church – and they would bring upon them and their followers eternal damnation in a place called hell!

False Prophets Forceful Affliction (Vs. 2-3)

In these verses we see that the false prophets cause many to follow them through their sensuality and pernicious ways. Furthermore, they cause the truth to be tarnished due to their misconduct.Not only do these false prophets use lewd conduct, but they also attract and forcefully afflict people through feigned words. Peter was making a clear point – these people cannot be trusted! Peter stated that through their false words they were making merchandise of the people. Does that sound familiar?As Peter comes to the end of verse three, we see that he warns the people by speaking about the judgment of God that will soon bring to judgment these heretics!

False Prophets Final Appointment (Vs. 4-10)

Peter goes forward to speak about the final appointment of these false prophets. Peter is writing to a discouraged group of persecuted and afflicted people. He wanted to encourage them! Therefore, in order to encourage these people, he told them the end of the story. The story ends well for the saved – but tragically for the sinner! For Peter’s audience, these words spoke a great deal of encouragement and relief – because they needed to know that they win in the end!In Peter’s description, he reminded the people that God did not spare the angels that sinned with Satan, the old world that was full of vile sin, nor the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. He then finished up by reinforcing the truth of God’s final judgment upon the wicked by saying, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” These words would have brought relief and security to the hearts of the saints in Peter’s day.Application and Conclusion:In our day, we have the problem of false teachers as well. Today, multitudes of people are being led astray by false doctrine through the means of television, radio, XM radio, internet, and printed material. A new breed of false teachers are storming into the living rooms of millions of viewers – and we must warn the people!Although these new false teachers may comb their hair differently, speak in a different language, or live in a modern society – they have the same message of damnation – which will deliver many multitudes to a place called hell!

False teachers of our day to be aware of:

LIST: (not complete list)

1. Joel Osteen

2. Joyce Meyer

3. Paula White

4. Benny Hinn

5. Kenneth Copeland

6. Kenneth Hagin

7. Rod Parsley

8. Pastor Murray

9. John Hagee

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These people come with a message of money, doctrines of demons, and they cause much confusion in the hearts of people. The modern health, wealth, and prosperity gospel movement preaches a doctrine of money. With false words – they (the false teachers) are making merchandise of people by the thousands. How can we be spared from these evil monsters of history as well as these modern heretics? As always – context is the key! The previous chapter of 2 Peter (chapter one) deals with the Holy Scriptures. Therefore, it becomes clear that Peter was building his arguments on the foundation of Scripture. Peter wanted his readers / audience to find refuge in the Scriptures.In conclusion – it would be wise for us to heed to the same message of Peter in our day. If we want to be aware of these false teachers and their doctrines – we must know our Bible. The best way to spot a fake is to know the real thing so well that the fake sticks out like a sore thumb. May God grant us wisdom and knowledge according to His Word – in order that we may be spared from the destructive doctrines these men and women are spreading in our day!Although the false prophets of old as well as the modern heretics have put up a good fight – their fate will end in destruction. This was encouragement for the Christians of Peter’s day – may it be encouragement for us as well.All for the glory of our God!

Pastor Josh Buice

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11 Comments

  1. I preached on january 7, 2007 a message titled “Profits Of Greed and a Biblical View Of giving.” It has been heavy on my heart the amount of dishonest ministers and ministries that are out there.

    I enjoyed your message from Peter. I think Acts 8:9-25 also demonstrates our world today. Simoney is alive and well.

    There is a man on our TV (west coast) BET named “Master Prophet Jordan.” Sounds like a Jedi to me. Anyway, this man actually SELLS prophecies.

    For $3,000 you can have “Prophetic Coaching” and be a part of the “prophetic inner circle.” (Also get the Prophetic Flashlight) For a larger gift, you can attend his cruise and seminar: “Cosmic Economics”

    Jordan: “Your financial condition reflects the condition of your soul, for you prosper even as your soul prospers. But once you begin to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, you’ll operate in covenant with God, and your change of heart will manifest in your finances.”

    Jesus: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:14

    I wonder if any of these money teachers have studied Gahazi (2 Kings 5) of late!

    Your article is right on, brother. I tremble at what I see happening in Christianity today.

    (Though, you mentioned Murry. I know nothing about him except he’s on TV and BOARING as snot every time I pause…)

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  2. Dr. King recently sent me a quote from Sir John Calvin regarding this issue. Says Sir Calvin, “With such crooked and sinuous twisting these slippery snakes glide away unless they are boldly pursued, caught, and crushed. Thus men of old, stirred up by various struggles over depraved dogmas, were compelled to set forth with consummate clarity what they felt, lest they leave any devious shift to the impious, who cloaked their errors in layers of verbiage.” (Institutes, Book I, ch. XIII:4)

    Sir Calvin is correct: False teachers ought be boldly pursued and confronted that their mouths may be stopped–not only in the best interest of the soul of the false teacher, but also in the best interest of the souls they are poisoning.

    Kindest Regards,

    Chipley McQueen Thornton

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  3. Pastor Buice,

    I’m not familiar with all the heretics you listed. Can you quickly explain why each one is, indeed, an heretic?

    Thanks,

    Chipley McQueen Thornton

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  4. Luk 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
    Luk 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
    Luk 9:3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for [your] journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
    Luk 9:4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
    Luk 9:5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
    Luk 9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
    1Cr 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

    I just can’t see any prosperity and wealth in the description of theses apostles.Seems to me the message today is how to get rich, how to recover from divorce, how to speak in tongues,How to be happy (Olsteen). From what I read were to preach Christ and him crucified. Where does The Word tell us to address these worldly issues. Then again, the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.
    Just my thoughts
    Glenda

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  5. Glenda,

    The prosperity gospel is rooted in the world. You hit the nail on the head. Many of this movements teachers want to teach us how to gather up worldly wealth, while the Bible tells us NOT to treasure up the things of this world.

    As preachers, it is our job to warn our people to seek the Kingdom, not the riches of this dying planet. I think the bottom line is: The church has forgotten about heaven. Instead of encouraging people to press toward heaven, store up for heaven, endure persecution for heaven… the prosperity church tells them: Why wait for heaven, you can have it all now!

    It is an offense to me that this teaching of get rich quick exists in America, while most of the Christian world lies in great poverty. While we store up our riches, we care not for our suffering brothers. In fact, we condemn them with this teaching that “God wants you rich…” Oh yeah? So is most of the Christian world in disobedience to God? no. It is a symptom of how far the american church has strayed in sound theology.

    Josh, like Chip I would appreciate some background on some of those you listed.

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  6. There are other false teachers that are much more dangerous who promote the PDL, CGM, Emergent, etc. They are more dangerous because nothing is more insidious than a ‘half-truth’. A repentless Christianity. We are growing mega’s all over the place that are built on the dead bones of unbelievers.

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  7. Satan has found his way to ease into religion with great deception by means of gender, creed, and race, all kinds of people, etc.
    To my amazement people that sit under fairly strong preaching every week see no problems with the so called preachers Josh lists here. This to me is just the beginning stages of recruitment (message for everyone, ecumenical) for the one world religion. We must continue to warn our flocks of the angels of light, and move on. I cannot fathom what awaits us in the future. Lets continue to be watchmen on the wall. The itching ear preachers have always been and are today. This in a Bizarre way encourages me, because this is just another fulfillment of scripture, the Bible again proving itself to be true. Terry Sheffield

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  8. In our community a local ministarial group meets in which most of the church’s participate… except the Baptist! A local pastor met with me recently to try and understand why none of the Baptist would attend or participate in the group. I tried to explain that when a group has no doctrine statement, includes Mormon’s, Catholics and Apostolic, we cannot include ourselves lest we appear to be giving our approval to those groups.

    I learned recently that at least our local Apostolic congregation does not believe in the Trinity (I did not research to see if this is typical of their denomination) and demands Baptism only be in “Jesus” name, not the name of the Trinity.

    Now here’s what is scary: When a church and pastors do not participate, they are leabeled as not being “team players.” One pastor said to me, “We don’t have to agree on doctrine to do good as a group. We can feed the hungry, we don’t have to agree on the amount of water in the Baptistry.”

    I am saddened to see Doctrine slipping away from the very who should be guardians of it.

    Okay, sorry for bellyaching!

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  9. John Hagee has been saying that Jesus did not come to be the Jewish Messiah.http://youtube.com/results?search_query=john+hagee+jesus+is+not+the+messiah&search=SearchHagee says: “Jesus did not come to earth to be the Messiah.”“Since Jesus refused by word and deed to be the Messiah, how could the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered.””Five major points must now be made that are crucial to udnerstanding that the Jews did not reject Jesus as Messiah:1. Jesus ahd to live to be the messiah.2. If it was God’s will for Jesus to die from the beginning…3. If it was Jesus intention to be obedient unto death…4. If there is not one verse of Scripture in the New Testament that says Jesus came to be the Messiah…5. And if Jesus refused by his words or actions to claim to be the Messiah to the jews, then how can the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered?” p.135-136

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  10. Bro. David,I have inserted this clip above in the post for everyone to see and hear for themselves. I was unaware of this – thank you for bringing it to my attention!Josh Buice

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  11. False prophets have come and gone from many churches in the city I live in. I have fallen prey to their false teachings, and was not aware that I was being led astray. Praise God that He opened my eyes to the truth, that I saw the deception I was under, and have confessed and renounced those things. I testify of God’s goodness in sanctifying me, redeeming me and saving me. Hallelujah! I am free in Christ!People are coming up with new gospels, stressing unity above the gospel, teaching fables and stories to satisfy itching ears. I will not compromise on the TRUTH or follow the crowd. Jesus said, “Follow Me.” Yet, many are following false prophets, new waves, new movements, “revivals” and more. They have invented their own god, they are their own god, and have fallen for the lies and deception. So much deception has filtered into the church. Jesus is coming back for a pure, spotless bride, yet false prophets have seduced her and defiled her.As a result of being deceived, I lost all of my friends. I warned them of the deception they are under, but they chose to follow the false prophets. It was hard to lose these friends, but as I said, I will not follow the crowd or compromise on the truth! I may have lost my friends, but one thing I am sure of: I did not lose my soul! I do not walk this road alone because Jesus Christ walks with me. AMEN! I am now attending a church, which is rooted and grounded in the Word of God, confession of sins, salvation, prayer, and knowing Jesus personally. Praise the Lord!

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