[Last week we looked at the greatest hope for setting the Church in
order and that is the leadership of the Church
or the Pastor of the Church.
We noticed the high and lofty
qualifications of a pastor and noted that these
men are required for the sake of setting things
Today we look, in contrast to the pastor,
at those deceivers who will arise to maintain,
or bring back chaos in the Church of our Lord.]
Characteristics Of A Deceiver
10-11,13-15; Matt 7.15)
[- Deceivers are in the Church and if
we maintain the context of our passage they are
in positions of leadership in Churches.
Our Lord Jesus Christ warned about wolves
in sheep’s clothing (Matt 7.15).
The New Testament is filled with warnings
about deceivers, false teachers, and false
prophets among our Lord’s people.
Our text is among these passages and
reveals much about the characteristics of these
(vs 10; 1
Tim 2.12) [–
unruly and vain talkers and
deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: -
To be unruly means to refuse to fall into
the ranks or be rebellious.]
from the priv.
a (1), without, and
(5293), to subject, sit under in an orderly
manner. Not subject (Heb. 2:8); disobedient to
authority, disorderly (1 Tim. 1:9; Titus 1:6,
[These deceivers may claim to be the people of our Lord, but they refuse
to place themselves under the authority of the
Word of God.
These are actually disobedient to the
authorities God has placed over them.
Most importantly they refuse to yield to
the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ by
refusing to yield to the authority of His
They likely carry Bibles and quote
verses, but they don’t obey the Bible.
Instead they, in their rebellion, will
explain away the Bible.]
[For instance when the Bible says,]
12 But I
suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp
authority over the man, but to be in silence. ]
[instead of obeying the Word of
God they will teach that this passage was
written for a different culture and does not
apply to us today.
In so teaching they become unruly to the
Word of God and the revealed order of God.]
there are many unruly and
vain talkers and deceivers, specially
they of the circumcision: - Literally
speaking this means worthless talking.]
[Vain Talkers -
(3152), vain, and
(3004), to speak. Idly talking. Used as a subst.
a vain talker, one idly speaking trivialities
(Titus 1:10). ]
[This is one who has a lot to say but what he is saying is worthless or
of no real value.
When applied to a Pastor or preacher
speaking in a Church to the people of God it
points toward one who may be an eloquent speaker
but his words are nothing more than a lot of hot
[We see this a lot in our day.
Crowds flock to see and hear some speaker
or preacher who is an eloquent motivational
speaker, but what he preaches has little to do
with the Word of God or the equipping of the
people of God in our Lord’s kingdom work.
These ought not be considered God’s man
and should not stand in a pulpit wasting our
Lord’s precious time with His people.]
[We are reminded that a Pastor, or Evangelist standing before the people
of God is called upon to,]
2 Preach the
word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering
[A Preacher must
“ . . .
rightly divide the Word of truth.” (2 Tim
(vs 10) [–
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and
specially they of the circumcision: - These
are imposters, making themselves look like the
real thing while putting in place their own form
of rebellious truth.]
masc. noun from
(5422), to deceive the mind. A deceiver,
impostor (Titus 1:10). ]
[What is the difference between a deceiver and a liar?
A liar is called a liar because one know
he is lying.
A deceiver is a liar that has convinced
you that he is telling the truth and is
In other words a deceiver must be found
out or discovered, and then he or she just
becomes an all-out liar.
Hence, deceivers are crafty liars.]
mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole
houses, . . . – To subvert means, ]
(303), again or used as an emphatic, and
(n.f., see below), to turn. To subvert, overturn
(2 Tim. 2:18; Titus 1:11;
Ps. 118:13; Prov. 10:3).]
to subvert means to turn again.
Implying that one comes to repentance,
which is a turning, and then turns back again.
A deceiver will cause real born again
believers to turn in their way rather than the
Or they cause born again believers to go
in a wrong way.]
this is hard for any believer to admit.
Our human nature is to proudly protect
what we feel is right.
What we really need to be doing is
protecting what God reveals is right in His
- I once had a co-worker who refused to
believe in the trinity.
When I took him to the Bible and showed
him a couple of verses he said, “I don’t care
what that says, my pastor says so-and-so and he
would never lie to me.”
His words reveal that he had been
Jehovah’s Witnesses are masters of subversion.
Mormons are masters of subversion.
As are many others.
Any who would say, believe me over the
Word of God.]
(vs 11; Lev 21.5; Isa 28.7; 1 Cor 6.9-11; John
14.6; Eph 5.6) [–
. . .
teaching things which they ought not,
for filthy lucre's sake. – These are
teaching things which ought not be taught.
Is anyone teaching things which ought not
be taught in our day?
Today, they are teaching,]
Tattoo’s and Body Piercings are okay]
5 They shall
not make baldness upon their head, neither shall
they shave off the corner of their beard,
nor make any
cuttings in their flesh.]
Beverage Alcohol is okay, when the Word of God
7 But they
also have erred through wine, and through strong
drink are out of the way; the priest and the
prophet have erred through strong drink, they
are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the
way through strong drink; they err in vision,
Sexual Immorality and Homosexuality is okay]
9 Know ye not
that the unrighteous shall not inherit the
kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor
drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall
inherit the kingdom of God.
such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye
are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name
of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our
Every Mans Belief is okay]
6 Jesus saith
unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. ]
warned us about these False Teachers and
Deceivers when he wrote,]
6 Let no man
deceive you with vain words: for because of
these things cometh the wrath of God upon the
children of disobedience.]
(vs 13; 2 Pet 3.16-17)
[– . . .
Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be
sound in the faith;
are not sound in doctrine.
The catch here is that their instruction
and subversion are so crafty that many who
follow them sincerely believe that their
positions and doctrine are true and right.
Yet something about the way they must
handle the Word of God in certain places make it
clear that they are mishandling the Word of
16 As also in
all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some
things hard to be understood, which they that
are unlearned and
unstable wrest, as
also the other scriptures,
unto their own destruction.
therefore, beloved, seeing ye know
lest ye also, being led away with the error of
the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.]
is a harmony within the Word of God that keenly
knits the whole of Scripture together, so that
the Old Testament and New Testament complement
one another in every way.
No Scripture needs to be explained away
or removed from the Word of God or our
(n.f.), distorted, crooked, which is from
(4762), to twist, turn, distort. To wrench. A
was a winch, an instrument of torture. In the
NT,figuratively, to wrest, pervert. Trans.
(2 Pet. 3:16). In the pass., to show oneself
perverse (2 Sam. 22:27).]
you come across someone who seems to be twisting
their beliefs out of the scriptures, rather than
neatly weaving the scriptures together, be
careful and skeptical.
Their doctrine is likely not right and
not worthy of your devotion.]
(vs 14) [–
heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men,
that turn from the truth. – They
are philosophizers in that they rationalize
their false positions by using terms that seem
sensible to our culture and our intellect.
These literally rationalize away the Word
of God and the Truths of God.]
Conduct Toward A Deceiver (vs 11,13;
3.10-11; Matt 18.15-17; Rom 16.17; 2 Thess
3.6,14; 2 John 1.10) [– There is clear and decisive instruction in the New Testament and
throughout the Bible about how God’s people must
respond to a deceiver.
Our text loudly declares,]
mouths must be stopped, . . . ]
. . .
Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that
they may be sound in the faith;]
Testament is incredibly clear about how a child
of God should respond to a deceiver.
The Bible declares,]
10 A man that
is an heretick after the first and second
Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and
sinneth, being condemned of himself.]
15 Moreover if
thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and
tell him his fault between thee and him alone:
if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy
But if he will not hear
then take with thee one or two more, that
in the mouth of two or three witnesses every
word may be established.
17 And if
he shall neglect to hear them, tell
unto the church:
but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be
unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.]
17 Now I
beseech you, brethren,
mark them which cause divisions and
offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have
and avoid them. ]
6 Now we
command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord
that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother
that walketh disorderly, and not after the
tradition which he received of us. ]
14 And if any
man obey not our word by this epistle,
note that man, and have no company with him,
that he may be ashamed. ]
10 If there
come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine,
receive him not into
your house, neither bid him God speed: ]
do Christians seem to have so much trouble when
it comes to the rebellious, stubborn, deceivers
We have trouble rejecting them because
many of these deceivers are our family members
They are people we grew up with all our
lives and they mean a lot to us.
They are people we would hope we could
trust or are sent to us by people we think we
for instance, a parent who raised their child in
a Christian home and when their child reaches
adulthood that child leaves home, goes to
college and gets involved in some liberal
humanism and declares himself an atheist.
Or perhaps the child is drawn in by the
Jehovah’s Witnesses, or the Mormon’s, or by the
Many parents would rather adopt a belief
system that allows for many paths to heaven
rather than think that their child, who they
love so dearly, is really on their way to hell.
For many parents the thought of
condemnation and the Lake of Fire is just more
than they can handle when it comes to their
children or family.]
[Changing your doctrine or belief system does
not change the Word of God or the truth of God.
Allah is not just another name for God.
Idolatry and imaginative faith systems
are not equal to the absolute revelation of God.
There really is only one way to heaven
and that is through the salvation offered by the
Lord Jesus Christ.]
Contrast With A Deceiver (Titus 2.11-14; 1
Pet 2.9-12) [–
Why is it necessary for Christians to be
absolutely separated from false and marginal
religious systems and Churches?]
11 For the
grace of God that bringeth salvation hath
appeared to all men,
Teaching us that,
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in
this present world;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious
appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus
Who gave himself for us, that he might
redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto himself a peculiar
people, zealous of good works.]
9 But ye
a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the
praises of him who hath called you out of
darkness into his marvellous light:
in time past
not a people, but
now the people of God: which had not obtained
mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
as strangers and pilgrims, abstain
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Having your conversation honest among the
Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you
they may by
good works, which they shall behold, glorify God
in the day of visitation.]
[Souls are in the balance
- Christians, we are commanded to respond
strongly and decisively against deceivers and
false teachers because the eternal souls of
people, whom God loves dearly are in the
When born again Christians go to churches
that teach and practice false doctrine they are
leading less mature Christians astray and
endorsing that religious system by their
God’s people must attend and serve in
good Bible believing Churches that teach the
Word of God.]
Christian Walk is in the Balance – My Christian brother and sister your spiritual walk is either
strengthened or weakened by those you call your
The Bible says,]
33 Be not
deceived: evil communications corrupt good
around with those who wrestle with the Word of
God or who wrest the scriptures and it won’t be
long and you too will be wresting the
must be in this world if we are going to win
this world with the gospel message, but there is
a great difference between ministry and
Those who will nurture you in your
spiritual walk, and those who would strengthen
your understanding of the Word of God, must be
people who are truly born again and truly given
to the Lord Jesus Christ and the absolute
authoritative Word of God.
There should be an absolute distinction
between the people of God and the people of this
CrossRoads Baptist Church, Sep 5,