30: The Fatal Nature of a False Gospel

Message 30 of 34 in the series Letters from Peter

17 These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. 18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”

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2 Peter 2:17-22, ESV

Discussion Questions

  • Read 2 Peter 2:18

    Then read 1 Peter 1:8-10. How do the instructions in chapter 1 help to protect a new Christian against the danger presented in chapter 2?

  • Read 2 Peter 2:17

    What do you think is meant by the term “Waterless springs”?

    How does this help us understand the nature of these false teachers?

  • Based on the sermon, what type of freedom (in v19) were the false teachers promising? What was Peter’s response to them?

    What is freedom from a biblical perspective?

  • Peter uses strong words to describe a sinful life – words like “vomit” and “mire” (v22). Do we typically think of sin in this way? Why or why not?

  • What type of context must we read the Bible in?

    What is historical context?

    What is theological context?

    How do we use theological context to interpret difficult passages?

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