2 Peter 2
2 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
The people you listen to on Radio, TV, and Live broadcasts are the ones you have opened your ears to. We believe what they say and assume they have prayed and studied the information they pass along is sound and true. This, however, is not always the case so how are we to know.
Doom of False Teachers
4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 11 whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.
The only way to protect yourself and those in your circle is to become wise in the Word of God. Read it, eat it, drink it, and gorge yourself on the Word and become a son who can rightly understand the Word. (2 Tim 2:15)
Depravity of False Teachers
12 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. 15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water; clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
Also Luke 18:9-14 Some characteristics of prideful teachers:
1) People who exalt themselves feel confident before God. The Pharisee stood confidently before God, and he prayed confidently about himself:
2) People who exalt themselves define righteousness by how others perceive them, rather than how they look before God. He states that he is not like other men.
3) People who exalt themselves demonstrate their view of themselves by how they treat others.
Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt” (v. 9)
Deceptions of False Teachers
18 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”
Whoever you decide to listen to, whether it is for your spiritual life, your career, or friends heed this advice. Self-absorbed people always point the conversation to themselves. They must be the center of the attention 80% of the time. No matter what the conservation is about, it will wind up about them. They will do extraordinary things to win your praise because what they need is worshipers and followers. If the conversation is about the Bible, they did everything, God thinks they are awesome, they hear from God every second, and they have suffered greatly. So, being the best or the worst makes no difference to them as long as it about them.
It takes time to detect this behavior. At first, they are reserved but later it comes out when they are in charge. Oh yes... they need to be in charge. I am not saying to not befriend these types of people, just be aware of them because they will manipulate you. You could be their way out but don’t get pulled in.
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