Brother Shannon Pfleiderer delivers a message about the destructiveness, depravity, and doom of false teachers.
2 Peter 2:18-22 (ESV): For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”
Good things happen when righteous people open their mouths. If we open our mouths, God will open doors for us to study with those with open hearts. Here are a few questions to assist us and to prompt a Biblical discussion of one’s need to be saved. (Video in two parts)
Acts 18:5-11 (ESV): When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
A look at three rich men in Scripture: 1 – the rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-22), 2 – the rich fool (Luke 12:16-21), and 3 – the rich man with Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). What would they have to say to us? Would they praise us or rebuke us?
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (ESV): Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
Morgan Nichols speaks about how our enemy, the devil, attempts to convince us that a life of worldliness is better than the promise of salvation in Jesus. Morgan presents two main points: 1) Lambs & Lions – viewing ourselves in a spiritual context, and 2) Atomic Habits – the little things are the big things.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (ESV): Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
Bill Nichols asks us to examine our belief in God. Faith requires obedience. When Moses disobeyed God and struck the rock rather than speaking to it (as recorded in Numbers 20), he was reprimanded for not believing or trusting God enough to obey. What kind of faith do we have? Do we believe God enough to obey His Word?
Numbers 20:11-12 (ESV): And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.”
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