Danger: False Teachers!
Scripture reading for November 17th: 2nd Peter 2
After complacency and failure to grow in grace, a second danger Peter was concerned about was false teachers. The devil has always tried to steal the believer’s faith and move them away from the simplicity of faith in Christ Jesus and grace.
“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” (2nd Peter 2:1-3)
Peter warned the Church about the false teachers introducing destructive “heresies”. A heresy is a teaching that is designed to split the body of Christ. It is a teaching that denies the Lord Jesus as the only way of salvation or provides an alternative to faith in Christ’s blood and body to atone for sins. They make up doctrine and stories that contradict the Word of God. This insures the destruction of the false teachers and those who follow them! Peter warned that many would follow their shameful ways and would bring the cause of Christ into disrepute! How true this was and is today!
God is not sleeping or winking at these sins in His Bride, the Church! He will come at an hour when they don’t expect and bring swift destruction on them! Oh Church, wake up!