June 25, 2007

II Peter 2:17-22 ~ June 25, 2007

Peter continues writing about false teachers. This passage describes many teachers and church philosophies of our day now. V18) "For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error." Unfortunately, many churches are only interested in growing in numbers, so they eintice the community by entertaining them with catchy music and flashy sermons (which should almost be called motivational speeches). V20) talks about those who have knowledge of Christ and seemed as though they were following him, but then became entangled in the corruption of the world once again. They couldn't have been truly redeemed, otherwise they'd have been freed from that old nature and become a new creation in Christ. Peter compares these untransformed people as "dogs returning to their vomit, or sows returning to the mud." Simply doing what their old sinful nature programs them to do. 1 John 2:19 says "They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us."

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