by Mark Clements

Wednesday, October 2

False Prophets Have Always Been Present

2 Peter 2:1-3

“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,” 2 Peter 2:1.

Counterfeit spiritual authorities have been in existence since the time of Adam and Eve. One of the hallmarks of God’s creation is man’s tendency to reject the sovereign rule of its Creator. From the Fall of Lucifer to the Fall of Adam and the consequent depravity found in every human since, it has always been easy to find examples of people who mislead others into theological error. In an effort to warn his readers, Peter reminded his readers that false teachers have been among God’s people from the beginning. What could they expect from counterfeit spiritual authorities? Peter wrote that false teachers would begin by introducing heresy that denies the lordship of Jesus Christ, they would show evidence of fleshly living, including sensuality, blasphemy and greed. They would seek also to exploit God’s people for their own gain.

We can be sure such heretics persist among God’s people today. Satan would love nothing more than to convince would-be believers into thinking that they are following Jesus when they are really following him. These false teachers offer a counterfeit to Christianity and fool many people. Remember, these false teachers are condemned by God and will reap destruction. We must not only remain vigilant in adherence to God’s truth, but also we have a duty to protect those who would be exploited by the greed and sensuality of those caught up in man-made religion. We will be able to recognize false religion by studying the beautiful truth of God’s Word and hiding it deep in our hearts.

Not everyone who calls himself Christian follows Christ

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