August 12th, 2016

Wolves Amongst Us

2 PETER 2:1

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.”

elisha_circlephotoWith the idea of true knowledge for the believer laid out for us in Chapter 1, Chapter 2 begins with a warning that false prophets and teachers are among us. Throughout the chapter, Peter recounts many illustrations where the righteous were rescued and the unrighteous were kept under punishment for the day of judgment. He uses these references to explain that they promise freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption (2Peter 2:19).

Growing up in a Christian home, one of the most repeated phrases I heard was, “Be careful of wolves disguised in sheep’s clothing.” I did not fully understand this phrase until now. I realize that as Christians, it can be easy to believe that the threat of wolves (false prophets and teachers) is grossly exaggerated. Like a shepherd who pays no mind to the sheep that has been wounded while grazing, he leads his sheep, unaware of the wolf within his flock. Not listening or adhering to warning signs and cautions of fellow shepherds, his sheep soon become sick and diseased. Sadly, many of us do this. We listen to those who teach destructive heresies because it makes us feel less convicted or because it’s what we want to hear, and the truth would mean that we would have to change our ways, and that’s just too hard (2 Peter 2:2). God’s truth is paramount; to manipulate or distort it, or to listen to those who do, would be walking short sighted to the calling that he has called us to (2Peter 2:9,10).

Sadly, most of the time, it is easier for us to be like the shepherd who allows his sheep to graze with wolves. We ignore the warnings that Peter has laid out for us just because it is simply easier than living a Godly life. Peter said many will follow their sensuality and the way of truth would be maligned (2 Peter 2:2).  If God was not willing to spare angels when they sinned, we should not think that we could get away with sinning either. When the truth is taught and we adhere to it, we will be spared just as Noah and his family was spared. We will also be rescued from temptation and not desire to indulge in the desires of the flesh, but rather turn from our ways and follow the truth of God’s word.

Peter ended this chapter with warning of the dog returning to his vomit. As God’s children, we can know that when we follow after Christ and not the teachings of a false prophets, we should not return to our former ways but follow the truth; we should live as overcomers and as children set to inherit all that God has promised to us.

Stay strong we only have two more weeks to go!

Elisha Petrella
Social Media Summer Intern

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