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The Audacity of False Teachers

2 Peter 2.10b-11
Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones, whereas angels,
though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment
against them before the Lord.
Have you ever been listening to a preacher only to recognize that what they were teaching had no biblical truth or backing whatsoever? You recognize that something just doesn’t sit right inside of you about what they are saying. Sadly since the first century and even before, false teachers and prophets have been diluting God’s Word, trying to twist and turn it, making it fit what they would deem appropriate rather than how God has given His Word. It’s a slippery slope once a teacher or preacher starts making God’s Word fit within their box rather than vice versa.

As preachers and teachers we have been called to preach the whole counsel of God; whether that offends someone or not is not the issue. It would be better for someone to be initially offended and eventually come to repentance rather than for someone to be soothed and never offended and lose their soul in the process.

I believe Peter truly believes that as well. For the last 10 verses he has been describing false teachers and what will eventually happen to them if they fail to repent. In verse 10b he describes them as bold and willful, even to the point of not trembling as they blaspheme holy angels.

These false teachers were full of pride and arrogance, no longer, if ever, holding to a biblical orthodoxy in their teaching. Peter gives a juxtaposed position that even the angels who are of greater power and might would not dare alter the message or Word of God. So if angels would not dare do such a blasphemous thing, how dare false teachers. Woe to anyone who would choose to alter the message of God to make it seem more palatable to people. For the Word of God is the Word of God.

As preachers we must remember what the author of Hebrews said: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (4.12-13).

This truth should give us reason to pause and take on a spirit of humility and reverence for the Word of God. For truly it is the Word of God that brings people to repentance and changes lives. That is why it is of utmost importance for all of us who claim to be disciples of Christ to reverence God’s Word. To read His Word and have it sink into every core fiber of our being allows it to transform us from the inside out so we may grow to become more and more like Christ. This will in return help us to spot false teachers no matter who they are. Whether they are a high profile preacher or someone no one has ever heard of before, it’s our responsibility to know and rightly divine the word of truth and hold people accountable to the Word of God. I pray today that you will have a love for the Word of God.

In Christ’s Service,
Cody Ragland
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