Sermon About False Prophets: dangers of segregation.

 One of the dangers of listening to false prophets is segregation.

By listening to the false prophet we are diverted off of our right and true course.
1 Timothy 1:5-7.

1 - Hour of Maximum Danger

False Doctrine We can be carried away from God Hebrews 13:7-9
We’ll allow others to be carried away II Timothy 2:16-18
Danger can be external/internal Matthew 7:15
II Peter 2:1-3 1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; 3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

What can we do? Grow stronger II Peter 3:17-18
Test all teaching Acts 17:11


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2 -  False Teaching Kills The Church Revelation 2:13-14

Satan is behind false teaching
Tried to kill church at Pergamum, Peter warned against it
False Teaching Kills The Church II Peter 2:1-2
Can take various forms
“Secret heresies” (deception)
Entertaining, feel-good teaching (no substance)
Open defiance of God’s revealed law (church proclamations)
How should the church react? Bid God speed?
Expose false teachers for what they are?
The Lord’s church will live based on its reaction to false teaching
False Teaching Kills The Church

Sermon About False Prophets: dangers of segregation.

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3 - Requires judgment in determining who are

Matthew 10:14 refers to “shaking the dust from your feet”
Lack of judgment could mean missed opportunities
Lack of judgment could subject us to being “torn apart”

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  I John 4:1  Matthew 7:15-20

Requires judgment to determine who is a false teacher
Trickery involved, so we can’t just accept everyone, every doctrine
Is the teaching in accordance with God’s revealed law?
By Their Fruits

9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.

I Corinthians 5:9-13

11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.

I Corinthians 5:9-13

Paul tells Corinthians it’s their responsibility to judge inside the church
Discipline is not always easy, but must be done to keep the church pure

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