Be Alert

We have all seen them on TV, pleading for money for their ministry. They drive foreign cars, live in mansions, wear expensive clothing, and deliver a message of “fulfillment” and “false hope”. A “Have It Your Way” life-style, but this is dangerous. This is different than the New Testament Christianity where Jesus became poor in order to make us rich. False teachers speak plastic words as 2 Peter 2:3 “By covetnous they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber”.

Peter used Noah and Lot to describe a “judgement of water” and a “judgement of fire” in 2 Peter 2. In the days of Noah, God waited 120 years before the impending flood. This was a doomed generation that listened to false teachers instead of God, and only 8 people in the world escaped a “judgement of water” because they refused to believe Noah, and instead chose to listen to swelling words of false hope.

Lot on the other hand had the opportunity of a lifetime. Abraham had rescued him out of Egypt. Instead of hanging out with Abraham and learning from him, Lot squandered this opportunity and chose to live in Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham took Lot of out Egypt, but he could not take Egypt out of Lot. That is where his heart was. Lot entered Sodom, and Sodom entered Lot (Warren Wiersbe). 2 Peter 2:8 says “For that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)”. Lot paid a hefty price for living in these conditions. He lost 2 daughters and his wife in a “judgement of fire”.

Peter compared false teachers to swine and dogs. Dogs bark loudly at things they don’t understand. So too do false teachers. 2 Peter 2:12 “Like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish”. So how do we know who to trust? What should we look for in teachers? You will see fruitfulness, vision, and security. False teachers are described “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage”. Another words, whomever they enlist, they enslave.

We need to Be Alert as we are living in days similar to Lot and Noah. Some of us don’t choose where we live, but we can choose who we surround ourselves with and whom we support. We need to guard our hearts. We need to study the Scripture and ask God for clarity. The Bible was not written for philosophers, but to common man. We can all read it for ourselves and strive to be Holy in a fallen world.

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