Eternal Savior Lutheran Church

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July 6 – Warning For The Latter Days

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.  And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.  And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” 2 Pet. 2:1-3

 Devotional Thought For The Day

Although the negative consequences may be just as dire, there is a distinction that must be maintained between those true teachers of God’s Word who fall into very serious sins of weakness [like Moses, David, or even Peter in the matter of withdrawing from table fellowship with the Gentiles – see Gal. 2:11ff] but who are repentant, and those who are false prophets who try to establish their own “destructive heresies” as the Word of the Lord, without any repentance whatsoever.  Often such false prophets are identifiable by their commitment to immoral behavior [heterosexual immorality, homosexuality, divorce, polygamy, luxuriant lifestyle, etc.] and their encouraging others to engage in such “sensuality” and “greed.”  The warning is clear that the form of their attempted “exploitation” of us will be by means of “false words.” That is, the very language itself, the words and their meanings, will be twisted and distorted and used to trick and fool people into joining up with them.

While such a distinction is important, judgment must be made on the basis of what is actually done and what one professes. All immorality is damnable sin – including greed and even gossip; however, impenitence is destructive of faith and therefore deadly.  Likewise, intentional behavior, continuing in commitment to sin and heresy, belies one’s claim of repentance.  Moses didn’t continue murdering, David didn’t continue committing adultery and murder, and Peter repented and conformed his behavior to consistency with the truth of the Gospel, God’s free, full, complete and gracious acceptance of all people through faith in Jesus Christ. The danger of those who are false prophets and false teachers is that they are impenitently committed to their heresy and immorality, and encourage others to join them in such impenitent acceptance of their teaching and their way of life.

Since Peter warns that this will happen “among you,” there is need for constant vigilance.  The first line of defense should be those who like Peter are true teachers and preachers of God’s Word.  These people are not “sinless,” but they maintain the proper distinctions between right and wrong, and are utterly and completely repentant of their own sins of weakness, clinging solely to God’s gracious mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus.  The second line of defense must be those who are mature and seasoned in the faith; and they must be ready and willing to repel and expel any and all heretics – those who are impenitently committed to immorality or false doctrine, including those who may infiltrate the church in positions of leadership.

For those who insist upon continuing their insidious attacks upon the church [all people who truly believe in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ], trying to fool them with clever and deceitful words and recruit them into their heresies, the reality remains heavy upon them – “their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”  God’s judgment is actively upon them, and their behavior is self-destructive – even if they are oblivious to it, in that those who do such things cannot truly believe in the only True and Living God.  Our concern must also be for them – praying that somehow God might ultimately bring them back to repentance and acknowledgement of the truth.

It is a dangerous and wicked world we live in, and the darkness also tries to penetrate into the church.  We are forewarned and we must beware. The “way of truth” may be blasphemed because of this phenomena, but let us have no part in the cause of this whatsoever.  Let us take care not to be among those who participate in this blaspheming of the church of God – for God’s wrath and anger also remains upon those who disparage His church.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, protect and preserve us from all heresy, especially that which destroys repentance and faith and trust in You. Keep us from all immorality, and all temptations to justify our sin and wickedness. Enable us to remain in the way of truth, as Your dear children and members of Your kingdom. Amen.