But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority.
Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from the Lord. But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.
They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.
These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”
In the last chapter, Peter ended that portion of his letter by reminding the people that Prophecy spoken in the old testament times was from the men chosen of God, led by the Holy Spirit. He begins this portion of the letter by warning that just as there were godly prophets, there were and still are many deceptive teachers and false prophets. This is so true for our time as it was when Peter wrote this letter. The internet is ripe with false yet popular ‘prophets’, and prophecy, signs and wonders are big business for the profit driven ‘churches’. In our increasingly upside down society, the popular brand of christian is that which accepts anything as from the spirit, including homosexual unions and abortion, so called critical race theory and social justice ‘gospel’. I’ve written about these plenty of times in the past, and it’s no longer secretly introduced. Heresies and scripture twisting is accepted at every mainline denomination. There could be weeks worth of articles just of examples, but folks here get the idea, of how far the church has slid into the world.
I would look at a so called pastor getting a “word” from God, right there in the pulpit, and see him roll his eyes and blithely say something like, “oh, hey Lord. Well, right now I’m kind of busy… ohhh kayyyy what is it?” and then repeat the word as if. I’d see that and wonder how lightning doesn’t strike them then and there.
For those who might give these kinds of charlatans any kind of credence, let me just give an example of John, the beloved disciple. Who actually hung around and followed Jesus during His earthly ministry. He knew Jesus. He lived with Jesus. He learned and ate and fellowshipped with Jesus. If anyone could treat the Lord with familiarity and as a friend, it’d be John. And yet, when he was given visions to write the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, what did he do when he was caught up to heaven as a witness? He fell on his face in fear and absolute reverence.
When I see things from supposed men of God, and I can’t understand how they have the gaul to ‘preach’ what they do, prophecy garbage and make millions of dollars using the Lord in such a disrespectful way. And Peter reminds me, and all of us, that Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
Wow. I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes on Judgement day. Peter has harsh yet, much deserved words for these kinds of people.
The Scriptures are full of warnings, especially for the times of the end of deception, false teachers, prophets and wolves in sheep’s clothing, and I would that more people would read the Bible so they could discern the truth!
It reminds me of a quote by C.S. Lewis, that has been prevalent in the times of the early church, to last century and even now, “A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world—and might be even more difficult to save.”
Those who sit in church every Sunday and listen to these kinds of deceiving spirits are the hardest to reach with the gospel. And unfortunately it’s going to get harder for people to listen to the truth because they have accepted the lies of the world. We need to keep praying and keep trying to get them to hear the Voice of Truth.
* note, it’s not often that I can’t find a song to go with whatever topic we’ve had, sometimes it’s harder than others. I couldn’t really find an appropriate song to go with this. There’s not a whole lot of Christian songs or hymns for hard truth topics like this. So, that said, I want to end this post with a peaceful, beautiful reminder of our loving Living God who is with those who love Him through every step of life. I hope you like it, and I hope it ‘hugs’ you through these wearying days…
Have a blessed day all.