Cursed! (5 of 9) by Jerry Vines

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Cursed! (5 of 9)
Series: Growth Book
Jerry Vines
II Peter 2:10b-17
3/6/05

We looked at the first nine verses and the first part of the tenth verse last Sunday morning. We continue with the picture Simon Peter gives us of the false teachers. He's describing false teaches.

Simon Peter continues his diatribe against the false teachers. This chapter may be the most severe, scathing denunciation in all of scripture, exceeding perhaps only by the "Woe" chapter in Matthew 23 which came from the lips of our Lord.

The question arises, "Why in the world are we taking our time to study something so very negative?" Keep in mind the overall context. In the first chapter we set forth the positive, "The Real Faith, the Genuine Faith." In chapter 2 he sets forth the negative, he warns us about the false faith.

There is a balance in the teaching of God's Word. You have the positive, of course, but you also have the negative. You have to understand the negative if you are going to understand the positive. There is a balance of Bible teaching.

As you move through books of the Bible, you will find that sometimes the passage is positive. Sometimes the passage is negative. The question arises this morning, "Why are we studying something like this?"

What this does for us is to show that to misrepresent the Christian message or to misrepresent the Christian lifestyle is probably the worst thing that you can possibly do because when you distort the message and when you display an incorrect view of the Christian lifestyle, then you are helping people go to hell. There's nothing worse that a person can do than to help somebody go to hell.

That's why the Apostle Paul in Galatians 1, verse 8, said, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed," let him be anathematized.

What you have here is a description primarily of the false teachers. But as you expand this passage of scripture, you can also see that what you have here is somewhat of a picture of the culture in which we live today. It pictures for us intellectually and morally and spiritually where we are as a culture, and it also describes a kind of church member who is doing great damage to the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ. That's what we are going to study about this morning.

I want you to focus in on the little phrase I picked up right in the conclusion of verse 14 where he says, "Cursed children," that is, children of the curse. According to the Bible there are two families in the world. There is the family of God and there is the family of the devil.

We are born into this world with our physical birth. We have a physical nature. Then we begin to grow. In Ephesians 2, verse 2, it talks about those who become the children of disobedience. At some point in your life, at some point an individual comes to the place of choice. Will they receive the Lord as their Savior o ...


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