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The Scoffer's Cry (8 of 10)
Pastor Richard Laue
II Peter 3:1-8
The scoffers cry, "Where is the promise of His coming? Where is the promise of His coming?"
Scoffers are like hecklers. "Where did Cain get his wife?"
My uncle was a scoffer. When I started going to Sunday School with my friends, he mocked me, belittled me. By the time I was born again, there was a deep rift between us. After going away to college, it grew worse. When I took Beth home to meet my family, he insulted her. It made me hate him, so I stayed away for longer times. Thirty years later he was sick. My aunt asked me to talk to him. So when he was alone at home I went to see him. When I began to share the Gospel with him, he wept. I was so encouraged. I asked him to believe upon the Lord Jesus, but he wouldn't. He kept weeping. My heart changed toward him. Leaving the house I went to see the pastor and told him how close I believed he was to trusting Christ. I asked him to wait a few days and then go see him, and I went back home to Indiana. In about a week the pastor called me and told me that when he went to see him, he mocked me, laughed, and said, "That damn Dick tried to convert me." Two months later he died in bed and rolled out on the floor.
Peter calls these scattered believers, "beloved." He told them he wrote this second letter to stir up their minds, so they would remember the truth.
He reminded them of the preaching of the Prophets of the Old Testament and the Apostles of the New Testament.
He said, "Know this first," scoffers will come in the last days. You look for them, watch for them. Scoffers are mockers. Then Peter went on to reveal what they would be like.
Scoffers will come ...
I. WALKING ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN LUSTS. (Verse 3)
Jude describes them in verses 16-19 in his little one-page Book ... "These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, b ...
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