by Marvin D. Patterson

Characteristics of False Prophets
Marvin Patterson
2 Peter 2:13-22

The optimist verses the pessimist!

A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist.
Just to see what would happen, on Christmas day their father loaded the pessimist's room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist's room he loaded with horse manure.
That night the father passed by the pessimist's room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly.
''Why are you crying?'' the father asked.
''Because my friends will be jealous, I'll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I'll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken.'' answered the pessimist twin.
Passing the optimist twin's room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure. ''What are you so happy about?'' he asked.
To which his optimist twin replied, ''There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!''



We have been studying in the second epistle of Peter on warnings against false prophets. We have noticed that Peter, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God lowers the boom on these charlatans. He has said that if God did not spare the fallen angels that sinned in the rebellion of God, and if God did not spare the pre-flood world of Noah's Day, and if God did not spare the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, surely God would not spare these wolves in sheep's clothing. Their day of judgment was coming, even though they did not see it.

As I read these verses, they are very strong! Why does Peter keep going on and on about the wickedness and judgment of these false prophets? He is relentless in his description, and you almost want to ...

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