Peter identifies today that there are false teachers in and around the church. Newsflash. he is speaking about today. And yesterday. There are liars and exploiters in our world, and some use the cross and the Lord Jesus as cover. There is no excuse for this abuse…
1 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. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
False prophets and false teachers are a reality of our world. They were around Old Testament times, in Peter’s time, and they are around now. They twist truth into something which profits themselves. These are the cult-figures who live in the fortified compound. They are the polygamist abusers of girls. They are the prosperity evangelists, who always seem to prosper more than their sheep.
They have named it and claimed it.
And they bring the way of truth into disrepute.
It is terrible that they use Christianity as their anchor, yet it is the perfect cover for their depravity. People seek support, love, and mercy, and don’t expect to be fleeced and exploited. Their condemnation is hanging over them – their destruction not sleeping.
Further on in 2Peter we will how bad it will be for them, yet today I see a reminder of Sodom and Gomorrah. The wickedness of these false teachers is on par with the Sodomites of Genesis 18. We need to rescue the innocents and let the brimstone fly with the maniacs who take advantage of so many…
I’m not advocating violence or vengeance. Let the Lord be the Lord. I am advocating that we call some of these characters out when we see things which are off-truth. Sometimes we don’t ripple the water because we don’t want to disrupt Christian friendships. Other times we don’t want to make the faith look bad by criticizing other Christians.
News flash, if false teachers of this sort are running loose, they are already making Jesus look bad, and they are already under the sentence of destruction by God. Church, we need to start calling a duck a duck, to our friends and publicly as necessary. If the gates of hell are to not prevail against the Church of Jesus, the Church will be involved in protecting itself…