2 John - How to Detect a Phony
Series: Preaching through the Bible
2 John 9-11
I. HIS ATTRIBUTES DECLARE HIM TO BE GOD
II. HIS APPELATIVES DECLARE HIM TO BE GOD
III. HIS ADMISSION DECLARES HIM TO BE GOD
IV. HIS ADORATION DECLARES HIM TO BE GOD
V. HIS ACCLAIM DECLARES HIM TO BE GOD
Both human experience and biblical evidence tell us that there are many ''religious'' groups that claim to be Christian in nature when in fact they are not. Jesus warned us about ''wolves in sheep's clothing.'' One of the reasons we know we are in the last days is the fact that there are so many false cults who have multitudes who adhere to their teachings. These false cults are themselves a sign that the coming of our Lord is near.
In Matthew 24 Jesus gave as the very first sign of the end times that ''many would come in my name and deceive many.'' Over the past twenty years cults such as the Mormons have had exponential growth, not only in the United States but around the world as well.
Among those who follow false cults are many former members of main-line denominations. Baptists, Pentecostals, Catholics, and many others are joining cults right and left. This an indictment of those of us who know the truth but do not necessarily preach the truth.
Most of those who go to non-denominational churches have no idea what they believe or what their church believes. Even Baptist pastors and churches must accept some of the responsibility for the proliferation of false cults in that too often we have not taught Bible doctrine to our people. Even the word, ''doctrine,'' is anathema to many who are involved in the church growth movement. We are to afraid of running off the ''seekers,'' to preach what was an essential part of the preaching of the New Testament writers such as Paul and John.
Paul warned ''that the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.'' (II Timothy 4:3) ...
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