If you’ve been following along this week, you’ll know that it’s L-Plate month on Coffee with the King, where students from my introductory preaching class are taking us through 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude. Unfortunately, the student originally assigned to write on 2 Peter 2:11-3:10 had to withdraw from the subject, so there’s a bit of a gap. For the sake of completeness, I’ve provided the edited text of a sermon I gave on 2 Peter 2 a number of years back. It’s a fair bit longer than your average post, so feel free to skip today’s if you haven’t got time and resume with chapter 3 tomorrow.
In previous centuries the church used to burn heretics; false teachers. These days they’re mostly tolerated, lest the church appear divided to outsiders, or be criticised in the media for being ‘narrow’ or ‘fundamentalist’. A biblical response, however, lies somewhere between having them over for a BBQ, and simply having them over a BBQ. What should the church’s response to false teachers be?