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Fighting destructive heresies

There were indeed false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves. 2 Peter 2:1 CSB

After establishing his case for what is the truth from the previous chapter, Peter transitions into describing the false teachers and false prophets, speaking on what they believe and their methodology, in order to give warning signs to the believers to watch out for, lest they fall into their trap. “There were indeed false prophets among the people,” meaning that there were false prophets throughout Jewish history that pretended to speak on behalf of God, making false predictions and claims. Not only did this happen in the past, but Peter continues on and says that “there WILL be false teachers among you.” It is a guarantee that there will be false teachers that will claim they are messengers from God and do their best to “bring in destructive heresies,” meaning that they will sneak in subtlety destructive ideas that damage faith and truth. What exactly was the center of their false ideas they perpetuated and will continue to disseminate? “Denying the Master who bought them.” Simply put, a large red flag of who these false teachers are and what they are peddling as destructive heresies about Christ. They may have denied His second coming or Him as Lord and Savior. Whatever they taught or are continually teaching, it is in direct opposition to Christ and salvation. Because of what they teach, they are not believers, and therefore, they are doomed to a “swift destruction,” meaning that they are under the judgment of God, and will come to them quickly at their death or in the second coming of Christ. This is why it is important that believers be grounded in the truth of God’s Word so that they will not be deceived and as Paul told Timothy to warn the believers in Ephesus, we have to take heed of the same warning. “For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). God wants His children to be aware of the spiritual battle they will be engaging with and use the armor He provided them so that they would be able to withstand the attack of the enemy. “For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand… Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit—which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:13, 17).


Isaac De Guzman


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