Day 13 – 2 Peter 2:1-22

…there will be false teachers among you… denying the Master who bought them

…the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials,

There have always been false teachers – there will always be false teachers.  God knows about them.  He has been dealing strongly with same for a long while and has plans in place for every new crop that turns up.

What should my response be to these covert and overt operators?

  1. Recognize that it is God who is dealing with them – not me.
  2. Know that God will rescue the godly from trials like this.
  3. Notice the characteristics of these false guides so as to identify them:
    1. They deny “the master who bought them” – meaning they do not acknowledge Christ’s work on the cross; do not give God his rightful place.
    2. They entice by sensual passions
    3. They are trained in greed
    4. They are bold and willful
    5. They revel in their deceptions and blaspheme about matters of which they are ignorant.

The best defense is always a good offense.

  1. The more I know of “the Truth” the more likely I will spot the error.
  2. The Holy Spirit will lead me into all truth.
  3. Do these voices claim Jesus is Lord? I have found this test invaluable both for outward voices and the sometime voice in my thoughts.
  4. Self-promotion and big promises of personal fulfillment are almost always signs of greed and promote “personal fame” over making Jesus famous.

I am reminded of the parable of the wheat and the tares. The Enemy has sown tares among the wheat but they will be allowed to grow until the harvest.  When the harvest comes, the tares will be bundled and burned while the wheat will be gathered into God’s barn.  Jesus leaves the tares because in removing them some wheat may be damaged.

I wonder if any false teachers, in the waiting, might end up changing sides.  May it be so.

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2 thoughts on “Day 13 – 2 Peter 2:1-22

  1. I don’t always watch the video, but I did today. It seemed a little ADD, which made it hard to hear and to process. However, I did think they honed in on an interesting point, which is that the false prophets “entice unsteady souls.” How true is that? It is the weak, the hurting, the abused, the misled, the confused, the lonely, the forgotten, the mentally unbalanced, etc. that are most susceptible to false teachings. And yet, they are also those who have such a need for Jesus and his truth. We see it everyday in the news, unfortunately. The brothers who decided to plant bombs at the Boston marathon. Those who choose to leave their homes in the U.S. so that they can support ISIS. These are just some of the most recent examples of those led astray by false teachings; however, you can see this pattern all throughout history. False prophets feed on the unsteady souls, chew them up, and then spit them out leaving behind an even more broken person than before.

    Why is this allowed? Wouldn’t it just be easier to eradicate the false prophet? Perhaps, it is out of concern for those unsteady souls that he waits. The devil has sown these false prophets like weeds among the wheat. God is waiting for the harvest to separate these weeds from the wheat. Why? Because if he yanks them out now, some of the wheat may be damaged. Those unsteady souls are given a chance to grow, to be separated from the weeds, and to live that they would not otherwise receive.

    When you see false prophets and evil at work in this world, do not concern yourself with their judgment or demise. Instead, concern yourself with prayer for the unsteady souls around them. Lift those souls up in hopes that they may separate themselves and see the truth. You should also pray for those leading others astray that they too might come to know the truth. It is not our place to judge. It is our job to pray that they would find the truth and freedom in Christ that we are so lucky to enjoy.

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