Today’s Scripture: 2 Peter 2
Think fake news is scary? False teaching is the Christian equivalent to journalistic misinformation. It is committing the same kinds of deception with much more at stake! Like fake news, false teaching has a long history. In Genesis 3:1, a deceiving question was asked: “The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
In 2 Peter 2, Peter warns against the influence of false teachers that draws people away from Christ and into sin. Peter shows how their lies impact those who believe them and introduces their “lies about the truth.”
2 Peter 2:2
And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.
He explains that these false teachers denied the sovereignty of Christ. They taught that he was not Lord, even though he bought them with his blood. The false teachers openly indulged in sexual sin, taught others to do the same, and used lies to exploit the Christians for their own gain.
2 Peter 2:19
They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
As both encouragement and warning, Peter assures them that God is aware of the practice of these false teachers. Their destruction is coming, hanging over them even now. This is not something God is ignorant of or powerless against.
17 And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. 18 Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.”
Peter gave examples to demonstrate that God is ready and willing to bring destruction on those who reject him. He did not spare even the angels who sinned or the entire ancient world that lived in the time of Noah. God burned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes for their wickedness, though he saved Lot.
Peter’s point is that God knows how to both rescue his people and punish the unrighteous at exactly the right time. The final reckoning will occur on the day of judgment.
2 Peter 2:9
So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.
How do you remember things you should not forget? Do you read Scripture daily and spend time with God? What is keeping you from connecting with God more often?
Christians coming out of the world and into the church are the most vulnerable because they lack the knowledge to know better but are attracted by a false promise of “freedom.”
CedarCreek always has a Scripture verse for the series. Do you read and memorize these verses to know the true power of God. Take the time today to learn and memorize scripture. As David said, “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalms 119:11).
Heavenly Father, I pray to identify false teachers and to stand fast on the word of truth, for your name’s sake. Even in those times when I fail, through fear or lack of faith, you remain faithful to the promises made to those who have trusted in Christ for the remission of sins and life everlasting. Thank you for all that you do to help me live day by day. For this I ask in Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Gary Schnabel, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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