“Beware Of Mockers”

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Dispensations, Jude, Money

            Motivated by the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10), many men and women have misused the oratorical and leadership skills they have been given to exploit the unsuspecting (2 Timothy 3:1-7).  The prophet Balaam is a classic example of a “Prophet for Hire” (Numbers 22-31).  His name is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments over 60 times.  His bad counsel led to the deaths of 24,000 Jews (Numbers 25:9).  Stricter judgment awaits those who teach heresies and false doctrine (James 3:1).  The greatest joy comes from seeing those whom we have led to Christ for salvation walking in truth (3 John 4).

            Used.  The devil is using many false teachers to lead gullible people to hell.  They are lulled to sleep and are unaware of the dangers that face them in the future (1 John 5:19).  True Christians must be on guard (1 Peter 5:8) so they don’t stumble and fall (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13) and end up with a lot of ashes on their face.  How can this be done?

            Remember.  Prone as we are to forget so many things, the Scriptures constantly exhort us to remember Biblical truths.  This will enable us to stay standing after we encounter our spiritual adversaries (Ephesians 6:11).

            Apostles.  During the early days of the church God gave some spiritual gifts to a few Christians that are not being given to believers today.  Among them are apostles, prophets, tongues, and others.  (For more information about temporary and extant gifts, go to www.kelseypeach.com and then to “Bible Basics.”) 

           Steward.  The Apostle Paul referred to himself as the steward (household manager) of this dispensation of grace (Ephesians 3:1-12).  He was the primary person to receive new revelation (information) from God for the New Testament believers. Peter and John, along with the half brothers of Jesus – James and Jude – also penned supplemental “Grace Truth” for us. 

            Growth.  Spiritual growth can take place in the lives of believers who apply this information to their lives (James 1:22; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18).  As a general rule, “Grace Truth” can be found between John 13 and Revelation 3.  All Scripture is for Christians, but not all of it is addressed to us (2 Timothy 2:15).  Don’t try to grow spiritually if you’re living by the wrong “House Rules.”  See our “Dispensational Chart” for more information. 

            Counterfeits.  God’s Word is the truth (John 17:17).  Satan twists it just enough so that others won’t be able to detect it unless they are careful students of the Bible (2 Peter 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:15).  It looks like the real thing.  He has a false gospel that mixes good works with faith and false apostles and teachers to promote it (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).  Don’t get caught up in a heresy.    

            Scoffers.   The Apostles Peter and Paul and others warned us about them before they came on the scene (2 Peter 3:3; Acts 20:20-31).  Some of them claimed to be believers without actually being true Christians (1 John 2:19). They employ Satan’s craftiness and deceitful methods (Ephesians 6:11) and use his devices to work on people’s minds (2 Corinthians 2:11).  They mix and integrate the philosophy of this present, diabolical, world system (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17) with the Scriptures and mislead many unsuspecting people (Colossians 2:8). We have all we need for life and godliness in the Word of God (2 Peter 1:3).  Don’t ignore it!

           Trapped?  Do you feel like you are ensnared by the devil (2 Timothy 2:26)?  Would you like to be released?  Do you have any known sins that haven’t been confessed to God (Proverbs 28:13)?  If you do, confess them to Him and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9)?  If you have sinned against another person, confess that to him/her too (James 5:16).  Unlike God, you may also need to ask them not to hold a grudge against you any longer.  See what God does (Ezekiel 33:16).  He doesn’t/can’t forget anything.  He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24).

          Bitterness.  Do you have a root of bitterness (Hebrews 12:15) or an unforgivng spirit that needs to be removed from your life?  When you realize the huge debt that God has forgiven you, you should not have any problem forgiving others (Ephesians 4:32).  If you refuse to forgive others you will continue to be tormented by the tormentors (Matthew 18:34) and could commit the sin unto a premature, physical death (1 Corinthians 11:30; 1 John 5:16). 

            Flatterers.  To gain an advantage over others, many false teachers tell people what the people want to hear rather than what God wants them to be told (2 Timothy 4:1-4). It is required of God’s stewards that they be faithful to God and His Word (1 Corinthians 4:2; 1 Timothy 4:6).  Beware of those who flatter you (Proverbs 28:23; 29:5).

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