JUDE & 2 PETER 2: Regarding False Teachers

I was reading the second chapter of 2 Peter this morning and was struck by its similarity to the Book of Jude, which warns the body of believers about false teachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing.   I love using a cross-reference Bible to compare scripture with scripture. Written by men, inspired by God, the Bible is consistence in its teachings.

EXCERPTS FROM 2 PETER:

But there were false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.  They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.  Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.  In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.  Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping (2 Peter 2: 1-3 NIV).

Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord.  But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand.  They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.

They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done.  Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight.  They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.  With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable, they are experts in greed–an accursed brood! They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of *Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness.  But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey–a beast without speech–who spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm.  Blackest darkness is reserved for them.  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.  They  promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.  If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.  It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.  Of them the proverbs are true. “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud” (2 Peter 2: 10b-16 NIV).

EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK OF JUDE:

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints, For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you.  They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

Though you already know this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.  And the *angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home–these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.  In a similar way, *Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion.  They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings.  But even the *archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals–these are the very things that destroy them.

Woe to them!  They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in *Korah’s rebellion.

These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm–shepherds who feed only themselves.  They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted–twice dead.  They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever (Jude 3-13 NIV).

* Balaam–Numbers 22: 4-20

* Sodom and Gomorrah–Deuteronomy 29: 23 and Genesis 19: 1-10

* Korah’s Rebellion–Numbers 16: 1-33

* Michael and the Body of Moses–see Book of Enoch (Jewish literature, not in the Bible)

* Angels who left their domain–Genesis 6: 4 and the Book of Enoch

The Prophet Balaam and the Ass, by Rembrandt v...
The Prophet Balaam and the Ass, by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1626. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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  1. Sheryl, your messages are always so very soothing, and when you share the word of God within they become true seeds that will blossom as we do not know the time or place but someone else will water and God will collect the harvest to Him! I wanted to thank you for following my blog, which I try to remind those around the world of His wonderful love, and also write about the blessing of two becoming one in the Lord, I had a thought while praying one time, of that triangle where God the Father, God The Son and God the Holy Spirit share equal connecting lines of life spreading through all, and a second triangle with The Triune God at the top and the husband and wife on both lower points sharing equal love from God, and with each other. So the two become one, and neither should be mistreated by the other but gently loved and cherished! God has favored us with His constant love, and the ability to share His love in a great number of ways. And I love how you do it! You are a constant blessing to us all. I will be visiting you more! I had recently started a new blog with wordpress, after I had some issues after an MS attack. It is private now but had over 700 poems on it and touched many around the world from all walks of life. My new blog is a continuation of sharing the gift He gave to me lifting Him up around the world. May your new year be so spiritually prosperous, and very abundantly blessed dear sister in Christ!

    1. Thank you, Wendell, for your kind comments about my blog. I love your imagery of the triangle with the Triune God at the top and the husband and wife at the bottom. I’d never thought of that. The divorce would plummet if more couples had God-centered marriages.

      So sorry to hear about your MS attack. May God bless you
      heal you, and empower you to continue the ministry He has given you.

      700 poems!!! That’s amazing. Thank you for lifting up our LORD. I will follow your blog.

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