Let’s begin with the scripture 2 Peter 2:1, “ there were also bullshitters among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.”
There are no ifs or butts and Peter’s words. There were false prophets among the people of Israel and the Old Testament. That’s a matter of history. Faults profits were a constant problem in the Old Testament, and those who falsely claim to be prophet of God were to be stoned. The people rarely had the Will to deal with them, so they multiplied, causing disaster to the spiritual life of God’s people.
In the same way Peter says. “There will be false teachers among you.” Notice the words “among you.9 Peter is writing to the church and says, “There will be faults prophets among you, so he is not talking about the new age people on television he is talking about people in the local church members and the local congregation.
Know that there is no such thing as a pure church this side of heaven. You will never find it. The wheat and the tares grow together.
“ satan is a counterfeiter he has a false gospel (2 Corinthians 11:12-13). producing false Christians (2 Corinthians 11:6). Satan planted counterfeits wherever God plants true believers (Matthew 13:38).
Authentic Or Counterfeit?
How would you recognize counterfeit Christianity?
In Peter 1 we read about genuine believers. And in 2 Peter 2 we read about counterfeit believers. If you put these chapters side-by-side you will see the difference between authentic and counterfeit believers.
Where does the message come from? What does the Bible say? Peter says, we do not follow cleverly invented story when we were told about the power and the coming of the Lord” (Peter 1:16). Always question what others say, use a different source, (The Bible). And then Peter says the false teachers will exploit you “with stories they have made up (2:3). So the true teacher source that he says from the Bible, The false teachers relies on his own creativity. He makes up his own message.
What is the substance of the message?
For the true teacher, Jesus is central in everything. We have everything we need for life and godliness in him. For the false teacher, Jesus is at the margins: they were secretly introduced destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who brought them Peter 2:1).
Notice the word secretly. It’s rare for someone in church to openly deny Jesus. The movement away from the centrality of Christ is subtle. The false teacher will speak about how other people can help change your life, but if you listen carefully to what they are saying, you will see that Jesus is not essential to their message.
In what position will the message leave you?
The true Christian escapes the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (1 Peter 1;4), listen to how Peter describes the counterfeit Christian: “They promised freedom, while they themselves are slaves in depravity, for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him” (Peter 2:19). The true believer escapes corruption, while the counterfeit believer is mastered by it.
What kind of people does this message produce?
True believer pursues goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness and love Peter:1:5). They are experts in greed and her eyes are full of adultery (Peter 2: 10; 14). They also despise authority. This is the general characteristic of a counterfeit believer.
Why should you listen to the message?
A true teacher appeals to scripture. We have the word of the profits made more certain and we will do well to pay attention to it. (God says test the Spirit). God has spoken, and the true teacher appeal to his Word. The fog feature makes a rather different appeal: by appealing to the left Fork desired I’m simple human nature, they entice people who are escaping from those who live in the error (2:18). So it’s true kick your asked, “what has God said in his Word?” The false teacher asks “ what do people want to hear? What will appeal to their fleshly desires?
What results is the message have in peoples lives?
Does it bear fruit? The true believer is effective and productive in his or her knowledge of Christ (Peter 1:8). The counterfeit is “like a spring without water.” This is an extra ordinary picture. They promised much but produce a little.
Where does the message ultimately lead you?
Here we find the most disturbing contrast of all. The true believer will receive “a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord“ (1:11). A false believer will experience “Swift destruction.” “ their condemnation has been hanging over them and their destruction has not been sleeping” (Peter 2:3).
Jesus tells us that there will be many who have been involved in ministry in his name, to whom he will say, “ depart from me; I never knew you” (Matthew 7:21). Who are these people? Surely Peter is describing them in this passage.
Don’t be naïve
We must not be ignorant: there will be false teachers among us. So how do we apply these warning?
First, Peter plan statement reminds us that the church needs to be protected. Among the many wonderful people who come through the doors of the church each year, some would be more harm than good.
They may seem the nicest of people, but they do not believe in the authority of the Bible or the exclusivity of salvation in Christ. We welcome such people, because they need Christ just as much as we do, but we must not allow them to have influence over us.
Second, skeptics well also be able to porn to hypocrisy and inconsistency in the church. They’ve already done it, and they always will. One of the strangest reasons for not following God goes like this: i’ve seen people in church who are hypocrites. So you will not follow Christ because some people who claim to do so are hypocrites.
That existence of a counterfeit is never a good reason for rejecting the genuine. Peter essentially tells us, “Of course there are counterfeit Christians. Of course there are teachers who do the church more harm than good. What else would you expect in this fallen world? Grow up! Don’t be naïve. Don’t miss what’s really simple because you have seen the counterfeit.￼”
Point to Peter to 2 :1 the next time you meet someone hiding behind this excuse.