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The Fatal Attractions of False Prophets (5 of 10)
II Peter 2:1-9
Of all the chapters in the Bible this second chapter in II Peter is the most austere, harsh, as any in Scripture. This isn't devotional reading. You wouldn't want to read this at a funeral or a wedding. This is a slap in the face, a gut check.
Peter is warning this dispersed church, these pilgrims from Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. He's telling them that the false prophets are coming, just like they did in Israel. He's telling them that false prophets are popular, they are attractive, but to follow them can be fatal. We all know that evil can be attractive. "There is pleasure in sin for a season."
False prophets are a dime a dozen. They are everywhere. Upon Mt. Carmel there were 850 false prophets and one Elijah, the true prophet of God. In the days of Israel there were tons of phony, baloney prophets, but few men of God. Peter is saying that is the way it was in my day, and it will be the same in yours. Wake up, be warned.
Acts 20 is one of my favorite chapters, because it reveals the relationship between the Pastor of the church and his Elders. When Paul arrived at Ephesus, the first thing he did was get the Elders together, and he taught them and warned them.
Acts 20:27-31 ... "For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore, take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the Church of God, which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore, watch and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears."
Acts 20:36-38 ... "And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. Then they all ...
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