“But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves.” – 2 Peter 2:1 (NLT)
Before getting deeper into this, it is important to understand that Peter is writing to the Church, the Body of Christ. Let there be no confusion on this.
So false teachers. Yeah, there are definitely those in our midst today. In fact, it seems that there are more false teachers now than there are true teachers. Yes, I said it. We have been not just infiltrated, but overrun by false teachers among the Church. And why is this? Honestly, this is due to a lot of reasons, the biggest being that we as Believers have not been in the Word like we should have been, and therefore we have been deceived without the enemy breaking a sweat.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of some of these false teachings.
- The prosperity gospel
- The hyper-grace movement
- The acceptance of homosexuality
- The belief that abortion is God’s gift to women
- The “Mother God” movement (this one is gaining more traction these days)
There are many more I could list as well, but I think this very short list gets the point across. The Church is in a mess to say the least. We have allowed the wolves in sheep’s clothing to not only remain in the Church, but we allow them to remain and they don’t even have to disguise themselves anymore. And because of this, we as a people display that we have no concern for what the truth actually is. We simply want what makes us feel good. But this is the path of destruction.
Peter talks about God’s judgement upon people, cities, and cultures in the past that walked down this same road (see 2 Peter 2:4-10). The angels who sinned against Him. The world in Noah’s day. Sodom and Gomorrah. And there are other stories to which we could refer. God did not spare any evil person in these examples. He only spared those who were righteous and adherent to the truth. Noah and his family. Lot and his family (though his wife looked back despite God’s warning not to). Why do we, in our arrogance, think that we will escape the same fate?
I do not mean to get prophetic with this, but the signs are so clear that it is impossible to ignore them. For the sake of His righteous ones, God does not let evil go unchecked forever. And the window of time before His judgement comes is getting very small. We are on the very cusp of it. We must return to a reality of the Truth. The events that are coming, they will shake all that can be shaken. And if the foundation is not on the Truth of Christ, then it will not stand. It will crush all who are found in its path. What’s more, if we have fallen for this level of deception already, how many will uphold the truth when the man of lawlessness rises to the scene? The man who, despite his evil ways, will be allowed to walk in signs and wonders for the time allotted to him. If we cannot discern and point out false teachers now, then we will so easily fall for the deception still yet to come. And yes, we (the Church) will be here on this earth when he rises to power. The idea that we won’t is yet another false teaching that far too many have given in to.
So we MUST return to the Truth. We MUST adhere to the fullness of the teachings of Christ and His disciples. We MUST understand the teachings and the prophecies of the prophets of old. Our lives MUST be the lights shining in this dark and broken world, pointing people to the Truth and reality of who Jesus is. This, and only this, is how we weather what is coming.