Monday, April 25, 2011

Beware, false prophets are among you!

The apostle Peter has much to say about false prophets in 2 Peter 2.  As I read through it the other day, I was stunned. Even though I've read the Bible many times, I find there are so many things I've either missed or God deemed I wasn't ready to know the last time I read it.  This entire chapter was one of them.

Peter describes them like this:
They walk after the flesh
Indulge in the lust of polluting passion
Scorn and despise authority.
Self-willed and self-loving creatures
They scoff at and revile dignitaries (glorious ones) without trembling,
Unreasoning beasts
Mere creatures of instinct,
Railing at things of which they are ignorant
They have eyes full of harlotry, insatiable for sin.
They beguile and bait and lure away unstable souls.
Their hearts are trained in lust and greed
These are springs without water and mists driven along before a tempest,

Then I read something that startled me
They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions and carousing together even as they feast with you.....Forsaking the straight road they have gone astray;

These prophets were once Christians! Or at least they call themselves Christians.  In fact, many of them are still among God's people like wolves among sheep.

Here's what they do
They beguile and lure with lustful desires of the flesh those who are barely escaping from them who are wrongdoers...they promise them liberty, when they themselves are the slaves of depravity and defilement-

Why am I telling you this? It's not to frighten you. It's to make you aware that not every one who calls themselves a Christian is one. Love everyone. Trust no one. Not even your pastor. Jesus told his disciples to be as gentle as doves but as wise as serpents. Question everything you are taught in your church, your Bible Study, books, (even my books!)  Find out the truth for yourself by reading the Bible. Don't rely on anyone else for your knowledge of God. Especially not your church traditions or beliefs.  Test them against Scripture. Discard them if you can't find them in the Bible. Cling to those you can.  I believe there are many people today in the church in powerful positions who are leading people astray. And it can be ever so slightly. Just a slight twist of Scripture. And then another twist, and another. And before too long you are way off the Path.
I believe in these last days, God wants us to be a people of the Book. We must know the Scriptures inside and out on an individual basis. Or we may be deceived. For the great deceiver, Satan himself, will soon appear in human form and trick the entire world.

For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the full, personal knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again become entangled in them and are overcome, their last condition is worse for them than the first. 2 Peter 2:20

As Thomas Jefferson said "Question with boldness, even the very existence of God."


  1. Monday, April 25th,
    "Morning MaryLu".
    Amen, and Amen to this post ! The 'only Authority' ... is God and His Word. Not what -- a person tells you, not even your Pastor ... but to check it out with the written Word ... to see what God Himself has to say ... then the "truth" will be revealed. We the people, 'can' get caught up in Church traditions and doctrines and beliefs ... but that does not mean it is necessarily 'the truth'.
    Yes, I've heard it said that many - Ministers, Priests, Pastors, Church Leaders, etc ... are leading people astray. And like lost and blind sheep ... sometimes, we/people just accept what our Church leader is saying ... without bothering to 'test those words against the Scripture'.
    The 'deceiver' is truly out there; and we can/could be deceived so easily.
    As you said: "We MUST know the Scriptures inside and out, and on an individual basis."
    Thanks MaryLu ... for this great post and truth !
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  2. So true! People say they are saved, yet only they and God know the truth.(this includes us) So, we have to take them at their word. Yet, if we do not see a growing change in their lifestyles, we should pray for them and not judge them. Some people have a harder time giving up things of this world than others do.
    Thank you for your encouraging posts, MaryLu. With what I am going through with my extended family, they have helped me tremendously!
    May God bless your week, Cap'n!
    PS When you have the time, I could use more bookmarks to distribute.

  3. Hi Brenda, Debbie! Thanks for your comments. I hadn't intended for this one to post until next week. Not sure what happened, but thanks for reading both of them!
    Yes. Brenda. That's exactly it! We must know the Scriptures inside and out and the only way to do that is to read them.
    Debbie. I'm so GLAD my posts have helped you with family. How did things go this Easter? I'll get those bookmarks off to you ASAP.

  4. Easter was great! I posted some pics on our crew blog.

  5. So true. Since Satan is the great deceiver, I think we have to be careful not to "preach" falsely ourselves too. Good food for thought. Thank you for sharing.