2 Peter 2:1

Last night’s study was an important one, especially considering the world we live in today. Betsy taught on 2 Peter 2 and gave us such a crucial reminder that we need to be constantly on guard against false teaching. Weren’t there? Not to worry! Here’s our “cliff notes”:
“But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves.” 2 Peter 2:1
Peter is writing a last letter to these Christians in Rome. He knows he will not live long and he wants to warn them (and us!) about what’s to come. There are false teachers who sneak into our lives and try to lead us away from the way of God’s Word. They’re not always blatant about their heresy. Sometimes they look just like a Christian but are hiding evil intentions. We have to watch out and be intentional or we could be tempted to follow the wrong people.
Peter gives us a few examples of people who stick to God’s Word and those who abandon it. The bad guys are the angels who rejected Him, the ancient world (who were destroyed by flood), and Sodom and Gomorrah (destroyed by fire). The good guys are Lot and Noah, both saved from destruction.
Peter also (thankfully!) gives us some characteristics of false teachers to look out for: they hate authority, enjoy being deceptive, lead others astray (away from God), are arrogant, and will continually return to sin (and enjoy it). In order to avoid being fooled by these false teachers and their false teaching, we must know the true teaching of God! Remember the word of God and cling to it. If you faithfully study God’s word, value it as he does, and cling to it in obedience, you will not be led astray.