2 Peter 2.1-3, 20-21 Modern Heresies (2)
Posted: 26 August 2010 in 2 Peter

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….. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

As readers of this blog will doubtless be aware, chapter two of 2 Peter contains much in similar vein. The author of Genesis 3 was certainly correct when he identified pride as the original sin, and here it is on display again. In their pride, and particularly in a culture which revolves around consumer choice, men do not want to accept the authority of the Bible, of the Church, or even of God himself. Perhaps it is unsurprising that atheists and agnostics feel that way, but for Christians it ought to be unthinkable. People are nowadays not much interested in objective truth, but only in what “works” for them. Christianity (and for that matter God) is seen as just one more amongst a range of options available in the spiritual market place. These can aim at a longer life, a happier life, a more “spiritual” life, or simply at greater material success (the “prosperity gospel”).

Unfortunately, as he makes very clear in the Bible, God is interested in objective truth, especially as that relates to what he requires of man, and also as it relates to our only means of salvation. He is unlikely to be impressed by the kind of self absorption which only asks: What feels “right” for me?

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1 Response to 2 Peter 2.1-3, 20-21 Modern Heresies (2)
  • umezurike says:

    These people spoken of are they those who have knowlege of the word of God only or people who have been saved by grace?

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