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Healthy Minds

2 Peter 3.1-2
This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles…
Chapter 2 focused on denouncing the false teachers. This chapter returns to the faithful believers, offering them love and encouragement to remember God’s words to them (3.1-2), to remember God’s timing is different from their expectation so that they could counter the scoffers (3.8), to be faithful (3.14), and to stay away from false teaching (3.17).

If Peter were writing today, what concepts and ideas would he warn us against? He would warn us against the following beliefs.

  • The difference between right and wrong is all a matter of personal choice. You ought to feel good about your beliefs and not offend anyone else’s choices.

  • Religion provides value only if it helps a person adjust to life and get a sense of self-worth. Religion that worries people is spooky and medieval.
  • The worst sin is being intolerant of someone else’s ideas. After all, who are you to judge another person’s preferences?

In contrast, Christians today believe that God is real, that God has spoken, that He is in control, and that all people should believe in Him. Let God’s Word (established on the Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles) determine your thinking. He, not the world around us, sets our standards.

“Stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,”
 
Pastor Jeff
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