Monday, November 30, 2009

Wolves in sheep's clothing

2 Peter 2:1-3: “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”

There were teachers who were teaching a false doctrine to the Christ-followers of that day. That false teaching was distorting the basic truths of the Gospel of Christ. These destructive doctrines were wreaking havoc among the believers of the church. Many people would listen to these teachers and trust their teachings because they thought they were men of God; honorable men with integrity. Instead, they came to the assembles to spread their falsehood and lead many astray. The false teachers were a plague in that day which needed to be warned against. Peter was so serious about the subject that he wrote about the times when God would bring swift and terrible punishment upon those who would make his people stray from the truth.

Today sound doctrine is just as important, if not more so then it was when the church was young. We live in an age of mass media and instant answers. We rely on the Internet for much of our information. It is extremely easy to get wrong and destructive information. It is even easier to get bad information about the truths of God. First, we have to realize there are a lot of ignorant people who write just about anything in order to seem intelligent or in the know. There are people who can not stand the name of Jesus and can not tolerate any person who calls themselves a Christian or Christ-follower. They will purposely spew falsehoods and hate for God’s people. This is the anti-God crowd telling people that it is against the law to pray in Jesus name. They hate the gospel message and want to see it removed from every aspect of life. And then you have people who will hide and sneak their way into the church. The bible calls them Wolves in sheep’s clothing. They want to kill and destroy the fellowship and the unity that Christ-followers enjoy. They have their agendas and will hide their true intent.

We have much false teaching today in our churches. Those who say that what was written in the bible as sin, is now acceptable because our culture has made it ok (adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and gossip are a few), are adhering to a false teaching. If there is no sin then there is no need for Jesus. In order to know what right teaching is, read the bible for yourself. If you are a Christian seek out sound biblical teaching from someone who believes that the bible is 100% infallible and believes traditional Christian beliefs. The Christian Bible should be the church’s only authority for truth and direction.

Tomorrows Readings:
Old Testament: Ezek. 45-46 New Testament II Peter 3

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