2 Peter 2. Prov 22: 1-16.
Stern words indeed today for any who might be a false teacher. Peter, the Shepherd, warns his flock of the dangers of those promoting destructive heresies. He seems to have specifics in mind, noting those carousing and feasting with them, as being lustful, seductive and greedy (v 14). Peter reminds them of God’s judgement of the ungodly (v 4-10), and the blackest darkness reserved for them (v 17). The danger fake teachers pose is real – enticing people back into slavery (v 18,19).
While you may not be able to name a false teacher you’ve seen carousing after church, we are well aware of the impact of false teachers ‘bringing the way of truth into disrepute’ . (v 2). Also, perhaps not being able to name a specific teacher, we may allow false teachers into our lives, into our homes and onto our screens. With the touch of a button we can permit movies, TV, Google or Facebook to entangle us, and to deny our Lord (v 1). What would Peter say to his flock today?
The evilness in being a false teacher, or of being seduced by destructive heresies is in the denial it brings of the sovereign Lord, who bought us. Denying who He is and what he has done. We belong to Him – His love, His sacrifice, His Spirit breathe life into our dead souls. His supreme price declares our worth to Him, His unfathomable love for us. We are bought. We are His.
Look to your Lord today, not to false imitations.