Bible Study from 2 Peter 2:10-22
How to smell a rat!
by I Gordon
 ↩ In Pilgrims Progress, Faithful is met by 'Adam the first' from the town of deceit and is offered his daughters in marriage! As Faithful recounts his experience to Christian - ' He said he had but three daughters: The Lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, and that I could marry them all if I liked. Then I asked him how long he wanted me to live with him, and he said as long as he himself lived. At first I was somewhat inclined to go with this man... but looking at his forehead as I talked with him, I saw written "Put off the old man with his deeds."
Unfortunately many have accepted Adam the first's offer and have married his daughters and have gone to be his heir down in the town of deceit. Faithful knew better... "Put off the old man with his deeds."
 ↩ Jude also goes on to classify false teachers into three categories. The way of Cain, Balaam, and Korah. The way of Cain is at the heart of man made religion - works righteousness. The way of Balaam is greed and the love of money. And finally, the way of Korah is rebellion against God's appointed authority. Which, obviously enough, is what Peter is talking about in point 2 above when he says that false teachers 'despise authority'. They have to be the top dog. Beware of those that exhibit these characteristics.
 ↩ What is scary, if I am seeing things clearly, is that there seems to be a move within the church at the moment away from the plurality of eldership and more to a one man dictatorship. It's not the way it's meant to be and is a very worrying trend.
 ↩ As an extreme example, let it be remembered that most of the German church was deceived by Adolf Hitler even though his goal was to destroy the church. I recently read a very interesting book called 'Hitler's Cross' and the following are a couple of quotes -
'Privately Hitler prepared for war, while publicly he gave speeches about his desire for peace. He revealed in his ability to deceive.' (Hitler's Cross - page 16)
'Hitler believed in lies. He said that 'the magnitude of a lie always contains a certain factor of credibility since the masses... more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one.' (Hitler's Cross - page 113)
 ↩ Commenting on 2 Peter 2:18, The Believers Bible Commentary says 'they use fine phrases that have no meaning... As an example, here is a quotation from a well known theologian of our day:
'It is not a relationship of either parity or disparity, but of similarity. This is what we think and this is what we express as the true knowledge of God, although in faith we still know and remember that everything that we know as 'similarity' is not identical with the similarity meant here. Yet we also know and remember, and again in faith, that the similarity meant here is pleased to reflect itself in what we know as similarity and call by this name, so that in our thinking and speaking similarity becomes similar to the similarity posited in the true revelation of God (to which it is, in itself, not similar) and we do not think and speak falsely but rightly when we describe the relationship as one of similarity.'
Oh my goodness! What on earth is this person talking about? Fine sounding words that have no meaning at all!
 ↩ A local pastor where I live was recently teaching a series on 'You need more money'. I pointed out to him that the Apostle Paul didn't say that 'having more money' was the great secret, but that 'contentment' was the great secret. (Phil 4:12) 'You need more money' might be a normal title for a finance seminar, but to put it across as biblical??? Hmmmm.
Related Series Posts
- 2 Peter 1 The necessity of true knowledge
- 2 Peter 1: The reality & outworking of our faith!
- 2 Peter 1 Don't Forget to Remember!
- 2 Peter 1: A glimpse of the age to come!
- 2 Peter 2: A trip to the dark side!
- 2 Peter 2: How to smell a rat!
- 2 Peter 3: Expect the Unexpected!
- 2 Peter 3: The Day of the Lord
- 2 Peter 3: The New Heaven and the New Earth!
- 2 Peter 3: A final warning and a final plea!