by Richard Laue

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The Fatal Attractions of False Teaching (6 of 10)
Pastor Richard Laue
II Peter 2:12-17

The story of Chirpy, the parakeet, is the stuff with which legends are made. A lonely woman bought Chirpy, and he brought song and beauty into her life. One day, while vacuuming, she thought, "Chirpy's cage is dirty. I think I'll vacuum it."

Then the phone rang. As she reached for the phone, she inadvertently lifted the vacuum hose, and it sucked Chirpy inside, all the way down the tube and into the bag.

The woman tore open the bag and dug and dug till finally she found Chirpy! Alive, but a mess! So she jammed him under a faucet and ran water all over him. But then he was wet, so she turned a blow dryer on him!

Someone asked later, "How's Chirpy doing?"

She said, "Well, he doesn't sing much anymore!

I guess not! Sucked in, washed up, and blown over!? That's enough to steal the song from even the stoutest heart!

Can you relate? Have you ever faced a time when you were minding your own business - but suddenly got sucked into some black hole of desperate circumstances - and then, just about the time you couldn't imagine it getting any worse - it did?!

It is at times like this that false teaching can be attractive. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." But the truth can be hard and difficult to accept. Remember those familiar words ...

"Truth forever on the scaffold,
Wrong forever on the throne."

That's the way life is!

A few years ago on the 4th of July I was invited to preach a freedom message at the Mormon Stake here in Burbank. I vowed long ago I would preach Christ anywhere as long as I could preach unfettered. So I went up to the Mormon Church on the 4th of July and preached everything I knew about Jesus. I just got all worked up about Jesus. I didn't get nasty - I just preached the love and grace of Jesus. They just stared at me. Here you look down, up and around. Some of you go to the restroom two or thr ...

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