Truth or Falsehood?

2 Peter 2:1-10a (ESV)

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.

False prophets and false teachers. The Lord through Peter warns us about them, yet the church today is under siege and there are many churches that claim to be Christian that have accepted abominable practices as a normal thing. Where is the call to restraint? Where are those who will stand on the Word of God? The Word of God clearly calls sin for what it is. We must stand firm, and hold to the truth of God’s Word.

How will we recognize the false teachers and false prophets? By knowing God’s Word. No matter who they are, if what they say does not hold up to evaluation by the Word of God, then they need to be ignored, and if we know them, we need to warn them about their falsehoods. In some cases, people say what they think, and are wrong, but not intentionally wrong. God will hold us responsible if we do not correct the error. Those who do not listen to correction will suffer judgment on their own.

So if you are a teacher, preacher, or prophet, and you claim to speak God’s Word, be certain that you are actually speaking the Lord’s Words. For the Word speaks harshly about people who lead others astray.

On a more positive note, The above passage ends with the promise that God know how to rescue the godly from trials. Study God’s Word. Trust in the promises of God. Let the Lord be your protection. You and I will not be sorry for being faithful to God and His Word. So if I say anything that you think is incorrect, PLEASE let me know. I do not want to err. Especially when it comes to God's Word. I want to ensure that I stay orthodox in my understanding and what I pass on to others.

by Virgil Stripes

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