Where is Truth?



2 Peter 2:20–22 (ESV)
"For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”

Those who take on a teaching role will be more accountable to God (Luke 12:47–48; James 3:1). In this passage, Peter warns of those who, although have knowledge of Christ, teach false doctrine and live a life not reflecting a true relationship with Jesus. Such apostasy indicates an individual who never really belonged to Christ in the first place (John 6:66; 15:2; Galatians 2:4) and even worse, are pretending to be a Christian and leading others astray which will result in a greater condemnation.

In this age of moral relativism, what has long been consider The Truth—God’s Word—has now been deemed open to interpretation based upon one’s circumstances. When an estimated 57% of evangelical Christians profess that there is more than one way to God, the Bible clearly has been distorted to accommodate a society that is in a downward spiral towards ruination. To have this many “Christians” believing something other than John 14:6, indicates we have many false teachers standing in the pulpits and Sunday school classrooms across this country.

Those who continue to attend a church where such teaching is professed are truly in danger of being among those who the Lord referred to when He stated, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23).

We know God’s Word never changes (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17) and thus we can rest assured the Bible is just as true today as it was when originally recorded. When we place the world and man’s word in front of God’s Word and choose to live our lives based upon the commandments of man, we are certain to be among those who will miss the narrow road. If your church is preaching a watered-down Gospel to fit a particular lifestyle, run away as fast as you can, for God has given discernment to His chosen. Those who truly believe Jesus Christ is the Living Son of God will not fall victim to any other teaching.

It is in His promise that those who truly know Him will never fall away because He will keep them by His grace (John 10:27–29; Romans 8:28–39; Philippians 1:6). In our study verse above, Peter refers to those who are like dogs or pigs, showing their true character by returning to the mire of the world and thus never truly possessed a regenerated heart.

Let us commit to never being numbered among these.


Comments

  1. Good point. We find the majority of teachers have not lived as they teach and therefore give us just more head stuff. To be a truly effective teacher one must walk in the steps of Jesus first and foremost. Then, after they have matured in faith, they will have a testimony and understanding of the Word of God that will honor Jesus. Because that happens infrequently we have a slough of teachers that simply give the Body of Christ heat lamp cooked hot dogma. Dull as a sack of hammers. We need teachers who live out what they speak rather than speak out what they want other people to live. Oh how I wish we had more teachers that would bring more honor to Jesus than to themselves.

    Thank you for your post. I did appreciate it!

    Homer Les
    www.homerlesandwandaring.com

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