It happens every day (II Peter 2)

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. II Peter 2:1

Early this past Sunday morning a person approached me with a very sincere question.  They asked, Pastor, why are there so many different churches?  The question was a great question considering there are over sixty churches in our county alone.  I believe there are two reasons why there are so many different churches:

  1. God ordains churches to reach different parts of the world and different people groups.
  2. Men ordain their own churches because men want to teach and lead in the way they want to teach and lead.

Now, I am not condemning nor am I judging this morning.  I believe this is exactly what Scripture teaches.  In second Peter two we find both Peter’s warning concerning false teachers and his wisdom in exposing false teachers tactics in leading people to their own ordained churches:

  • People follow such teachers because it soothes their flesh, Vs: 2, 18.
  • People follow such teachers and they become trapped in their web of deceit, 2:4.
  • People follow such teachers who are babes in Christ, 2:14, 18 (such people do not know any better).

This happens every day in America.  To such leaders, Peter issues a strong warning of judgment.  To those who follow such leaders, there is the same strong warning.

Question:  How do you and I know if we are in the correct church?  Here are a few questions to ask:

  1. Does the church preach faithfully the entire Word of God?
  2. Does the church call for repentance and submission to God?
  3. Does the church practice what they preach?
  4. Does the church deal with the sins of our day?
  5. Does the church engage its community with the gospel?

If you answer yes to all the above, you are in a God-ordained church.  Pray for God-ordained churches and pray for men ordained churches to cease to be.

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2 Responses to “It happens every day (II Peter 2)”

  1. Tracy Wolthuis Says:

    Pastor Keith,
    Can you provide some examples of “Does the church deal with the sins of our day?”
    I know our chur h follows the other three you listed, I just needed a e plantation of the one I listed.

    • keithjoseph Says:

      Its good to hear from you.

      For example, does the church address issues like abortion (i.e. New York ruling this past week), Same-sex marriage, and the continual tearing down of God’s Word by false teachers. I always try to shepherd the flock to be aware of the wolves that would destroy the flock (Acts 20).

      I hope this helps.

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