I once again had the honor of teaching in the "Midweek Renewal" Class at First Assembly of God. Here is the Audio and below are the notes:

  1. 1But false prophets also arose among the people
      • He gave us the realities of the true Word of God in the last chapter and now he wants to talk about those who CLAIM to have Gods word but really do not.
    • , just as there will be false teachers among you,
      • THERE WILL BE FALSE TEACHERS - this is a sad statement but a true one.  He doesnt say might be  he says there WILL BE"
      • Jesus made this same horrible promise - Matthew 24:5 - "For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray”  Matt 24:24 - "For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect."
      • we are told this so that we can pay attention and run after the truth - some people make it thier life’s duty to call search out and understand false teaching - this should not be our goal.  We should be so acquainted with truth that we cannot be fooled by the false hood
      • the secret service study the real dollar - not the fake ones
      • 2 Peter 2:19 "We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."
    • who will secretly bring in destructive heresies,- 
      • the greek here says “to lead in along side the others” - in other words they will preach some things true and some things destructive - that is how they get you.  They sound right until they take that little jaunt to the right or left.
      • heresies which bring destruction
      • the language alludes to teachings that create sects and or parties - divisions in the church that are based on a small but real shift from orthodoxy - watch for this!  If there are people in your church that are suddenly acting and talking like they know something more than everybody else it is a warning sign.  When the unity of the body is being warred against it is almost always the enemy at work.
    • even denying the Master who bought them,
      • denying - may mean denying that he is master, denying his divinity, denying his ability to save, we don’t know for sure
      • the Master - there is some disagreement between scholars as to whether this refers to Jesus or the Father but it doesnt matter in the end
      • this is one of the verses which speaks against the idea of the perseverance of the saints - the idea that once someone is saved they cannot be lost again.  
        • this phrase is not enough to build or tear down a doctrine with.  He could have been facetious
      • the point is that these heresies eventually lead people away from the faith entirely - any teaching that leads us away from a focus on "Christ and Him Crucified is suspect.
      • the picture of Jesus at the center of the table.
    • bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
      • every commentary I looked at says this refers to the final judgement i.e. hell 
  2. 2And many will follow their sensuality, 
    • Matt 24:12 - the love of MANY will grow cold - this is a scary scary statement of the Lords
    • their sensuality - this is another sign of false teaching - it leads to sensuality - the greek word is better translated lasciviousnesses 
      • (outrageous conduct, conduct shocking to public decency, a wanton violence), wantonness, lewdness.
      • properly, violent spite which rejects restraint and indulges in lawless insolence (wanton caprice)
      • ANYONE that says “Jesus doesn’t care about behavior” or encourages behavior that feeds the appetites of the flesh without thought or restraint is dangerous!
        • it is not by following the law that we are accepted
        • our lives when led by the Holy Spirit will look like wisdom and love - they will look like law but will not be motivated by FEAR but by JOY - they will look like Christ going over and ABOVE THE LAW.
    • and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed
      • If we have the TRUTH it will SHOW
      • If we are on the right track the image of CHRIST will shine out from us
      • The reputation of the church as hypocrites comes from this place.
      • If your life does not look like LOVE - then you need to go back and examine what TRUTH you are carrying around.