The Torment of a Righteous Soul by Ernest Easley

The Torment of a Righteous Soul
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
II Peter 2:4-8
May 21, 2006

Now join me this morning in the New Testament book of 2nd Peter where we find that it is possible for a child of God to be on their way to Heaven and not be happy. You can have a saved soul but a lost life. You can be saved and have no joy.

Lot was a man like that. He was a righteous man running with the wrong crowd! And Lot learned that you cannot run with the world and at the same time walk with God. You're either running with the world or you are running with God .. but you're not running with the world and walking with God. That's what we find recorded in 2 Peter chapter 2.

So … look with me to 2 Peter 2.7 as we learn tonight about …
"The Torment of a Righteous Soul"
2 Peter 2.4-8

"For if God did not spare the angles who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed (katapovoumenon? to wear down through exhausting work) by the filthy conduct (aselgeia??unbridled living) of the wicked, (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)."

If it wasn't for verses 7-8 you would never know that Lot was a child of God. His story is found in the book of Genesis. But it's not until you come to the book of 2 Peter that you discover that Lot was a believer. He's called by Peter, "righteous Lot" but you would never know it from his lifestyle. His life denied everything he claimed to believe and because of it .. he never had a day of peace.

Here's a man who was a ...

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