The Wrest of the Story Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

Why do so many wrestle with the scripture, but remain in false

II Peter 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of
God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat.
II Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new
heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
II Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things,
be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and
II Peter 3:15 And account [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is]
salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the
wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
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II Peter 3:16 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 [they do] also the
other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
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II Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know [these things]
before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the
wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

** Many false Christians do much study, but are unable to see basic
truths, people actually believe that they can be Christian without
the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, or they claim to have the Holy Ghost
even though they've never spoken in tongues. They really think that
their misunderstanding of the scriptures concerning "belief" and
"believeth" will save them; and they use that to ignore the truth of
the Word of God. They mock at the basic Biblical teachings of holy
living and decency, preferring the standards of the "world". And they
brazenly lead their families to hell.

II Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the
knowledge of the truth.
II Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these
also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the

II Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived.
II Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast
learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned
II Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy
scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through
faith which is in Christ Jesus.
II Timothy 3:16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and
[is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness:

Some just want the scriptures that speak of belief, and feel that
they can ignore the rest, at will; but they are not really honest.
Often they just feel in their hearts that they are "saved" even
though they have never really obeyed Acts 2:38. God uses a special
word to describe people like that:

PRO 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso
walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

See what God has to say about those who wrest with the scripture
rather than simply obeying it because they just know in their heart
that they are saved. Did you see what God calls people like that?

Pastor Winter