This chapter opens with the sternest of warnings. 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 (1).
False teachers… this is a sad yet truth filled reality in our world today as it was back in Peter’s day. The only remedy I can prescribe is to stay close to God’s Word.
Too many people what to reinvent The Word, saying this passage or that passage are no longer relevant today. This is a frightening road to start down. Once we begin determining what parts of the Bible are true and what is not, we teeter on the edge of danger, in fact we may have fallen over into the pit.
The whole of the Bible is God’s Word; understanding it is key!
If you can stand a plug, I think the best book out there for the general public to learn solid biblical interpretation is Gordon D Fee and Douglas Stuart’s, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. And updated edition is due to be released right around now. It has 13 chapters and is perfect for an adult Sunday School class or study group. If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and read it. For those who are part of my church, we will begin a Wednesday evening study of this book on September 10th. It will be a tremendous class. Faithful orthodox Bible understanding is within your grasp.
And faithful orthodox Bible understanding is our best defense against the false teachers who are everywhere around us these days.
Lord, thank You for Your Word. It is truth. It is life. It is YOUR Word to us. I pray for myself and others that we would study it well, so that our faith is grounded and strong, so that we are not vulnerable to all the false teachers living, preaching and available today. Through Jesus, who is The Way, The Truth and The Life, I pray. Amen