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)
The Apostle Peter warned us, that just as there were false Prophets who led the congregation astray, time and again, in the Old Testament, in our times we would have their counterpart, false teachers.
God’s people can only live on Truth, “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by everyWord that comes from the mouth of God…”. Therefore false prophets are devastating. They are the “blind guides, leading the blind into the pit”, which our Lord Jesus warned us of.
Peter went so far as to call their teachings “Damnable heresies”! This is how serious the situation really is, a matter of heaven or hell. To believe for instance, that Jesus is not God, or somehow less than God, is a mortal sin. One cannot go to heaven believing such a lie.
To go after the “Word of Faith ” teachers and accept the premise that we are all “little gods” made in the Image of the only true God, is to forfeit one’s soul forever. One cannot expect to go to heaven believing the serpent’s lie in the garden, that “ye shall be as gods”.
It is very difficult in this day and age of moral relativism, for people to understand that a person can be damned for holding to a wrong belief. But it is true. It is a sin to hold the wrong belief about the person of Jesus Christ.
Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. (2 John 8-9)
People operate under a basic assumption that as long as one is “sincere” , it doesn’t matter if you are off on your beliefs about God, Christ, Salvation, it really doesn’t matter. That in itself is a deception. All of the Apostles of Jesus insist that we hold fast to the teaching of Christ, and never depart from it.
This is why Jesus appointed “…Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists Pastor’s and Teachers”, to safeguard the flock which he purchased with His own blood.
To the apostle Peter, the false prophets of the Old Testament, have their counterpart in the false teachers in our time. The Greek word for “false teachers” is “Pseudodidaskaloi”. Pseudo (false) teachers, , bringing in a false Word.
Jeremiah exposed the False prophets in his day, by the Holy Spirit, and vividly described the very essence of what it means to be a false prophet;
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah….They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. (Jeremiah 23:14, 17)
The essence of a false teacher or prophet is this, they give false confidence to people who do not fear God, assuring them in some way that they don’t have anything to fear, that they are right with God (when they aren’t) and they tell people that in effect despise the LORD, that they still have peace with God.
I cannot find a better description of a current false doctrine , absolutely enthralling churches around the world, and leading millions of the blind into the pit of hell, assuring those who should have no assurance, and running interference , blocking out the very conviction of the Holy Spirit which otherwise might have snatched souls out of the fire.
I speak of Unconditional Security, also known popularly as “Once saved, always saved”. We will look at some of these issues in the days ahead…