Earlier this year I received both an e-mail and a letter which I discovered to be religious hoaxes, lies that were cleverly disguised. This led me to 2 Peter 2:1-3, which reads, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” (KJV).
False prophets and teachers are propagators of erroneous biblical doctrine. “Privily” means “secretly,” or “to introduce surreptitiously” (today this is also done through the internet). “Damnable heresies” means “destructive and wasteful rumors and lies.” “Denying” means “contradicting the words of Jesus,” believing things that the Word of God does not teach. “Pernicious” means “highly injurious.” Why? Because the truth is spoken of with evil and blasphemy. It’s no wonder that today, on radio and on television, there is unending blasphemous talk against the Bible, Christ, and His church. False teaching has been introduced subtly and secretly, and now what was once holy and pure is spoken of as evil. Hypocrisy always brings scorn. It was not the world that has done this. It was lying religious leaders who make things up to gain attention. Peter uses the phrases “covetous” and “feigned words,” meaning “with greed and cleverly crafted words,” and thousands believe their lies. Many Christians are gullible. They have become the target, and they are exploited by these false prophets and teachers that Peter talks about. Doctrinal truth must be brought back to the house of God. But are Christians ready to deal with false beliefs? False teaching is so embedded today that many would die to defend it. If we want the world to follow Christ, we must take a stand for integrity and righteousness. Many people are praying and asking the Lord to bless what they are doing instead of praying, “Lord, let me do what you are blessing.”
Pastor George Belobaba
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