Monday, March 08, 2010
Today’s Topic: Their Doom
Today’s Text: 2 Peter 2:10 (NIV) This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.
I hear the Holy Spirit saying it is time to move on to something more encouraging. Not because what we have been teaching is not important, but that there has been a significant foundation already laid about false teachers and from there each of you can build on it as the Holy Spirit leads you. I will simply provide you today with the building material.
The rest of Second Peter chapter 2 gives a further description of the lifestyle and attitudes of false teachers. Read it carefully and let the Holy Spirit bring increased discernment to your mind and application to your own life where He needs to.
- False teachers claim authority not given to them by God. These people are proud and arrogant, daring even to scoff at supernatural beings without so much as trembling. But the angels, who are far greater in power and strength, do not dare to bring from the Lord a charge of blasphemy against those supernatural beings.
- False teachers appeal to human instinct not spiritual discernment. These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed. Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done.
- False teachers show no shame for their choices. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you.
- False teachers prey on those who are weak in their faith by appealing to their unconquered flesh. They delight in deception even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals. They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse.
- False teachers are covetous and will exchange the truth for personal gain, like Balaam. They have wandered off the right road and followed the footsteps of Balaam son of Beor, who loved to earn money by doing wrong. But Balaam was stopped from his mad course when his donkey rebuked him with a human voice.
- False teachers draw attention to themselves. These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness. They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting.
- False teachers approve of anything just to please their followers. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
- False teachers have never been saved, nor have their followers if they return to their sin. And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
Tomorrow we will go back and look at a few verses we skipped, but this has been an important study. It may not be what you normally expect in these daily devotionals, but feel good stuff isn’t what I’m about. I want us to grow into the depths of knowledge that bring us spiritual maturity, and I hope this study is doing that for you. Please don’t gloss over these things. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten your understanding and sharpen your discernment so you can stand against all of the attacks of the enemy coming at you through false teaching and stand strong for Jesus.