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Danger: False Teachers!

Scripture reading for November 17th:  2nd Peter 2

After complacency and failure to grow in grace, a second danger Peter was concerned about was false teachers.  The devil has always tried to steal the believer’s faith and move them away from the simplicity of faith in Christ Jesus and grace.

“But there were also 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.”   (2nd Peter 2:1-3)

Peter warned the Church about the false teachers introducing destructive “heresies”.  A heresy is a teaching that is designed to split the body of Christ.  It is a teaching that denies the Lord Jesus as the only way of salvation or provides an alternative to faith in Christ’s blood and body to atone for sins.  They make up doctrine and stories that contradict the Word of God.  This insures the destruction of the false teachers and those who follow them!  Peter warned that many would follow their shameful ways and would bring the cause of Christ into disrepute!  How true this was and is today!

God is not sleeping or winking at these sins in His Bride, the Church!  He will come at an hour when they don’t expect and bring swift destruction on them!  Oh Church, wake up!

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“You’ll have plenty of wine and beer”

Scripture reading for September 19th: Micah 1-2

“If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ he would be just the prophet for this people.” Micah 2:11

Micah lived in a day of fallen moral values, a time when  God’s people lived for materialism and pleasure.  Micah was called to warn God’s people of their sins and the coming retribution if they continued on their merry way.  This statement about a prophet who would tell them what they wanted to hear was meant to be funny and yet shocking to their senses.  A man of God telling them about plenty of alcohol to cure their sin would be like a doctor prescribing poison to cure a fatal illness!  Come to think of it, I guess that is happening today in some parts of our nation where euthanasia is legal!

As Micah exposed the sins of this people, he mentioned those who plotted to take the land and property of their brothers and sisters through fraud and deceit. (Micah 2:1-3)  The land was a promised inheritance for each family.  The promised land was divided by Joshua according to God’s plans by lot to each family. (Joshua 13 and following)  It was to be a perpetual inheritance.  When people have their own property and are responsible for it, they use their gifts and work hard to build a home and keep it beautiful.  They make the most of it for business purposes and to bless their family and others.  God is for personal responsibility and ownership under His authority.  If we can learn to be faithful with the little here, He can give us much in the coming millennial kingdom!

I think this property ownership is interesting in light of the founding of our nation.  We are a people who have always valued the right to ownership.  Our government has laws that protect property ownership and rights.  When any nation has denied that to people and made the government the owner, the results have been disastrous!  Look at the countries where communism has tried to make the government owner and provider for all!  It did not and will not work under man’s supervision.  Sins of greed and desire for dominance soon take over.  This is possible  in our nation, too, as it happened to God’s people in Micah’s day.  God is the one we are accountable to and he uses our stewardship as a test of faithfulness and to shape our character.

“In that day men will ridicule you:  they will taunt you with this mournful song: ‘We are utterly ruined: my people’s possession is divided up.  He takes it from me!  He assigns our fields to traitors.'” “Therefore, you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord to divide the land by lot.” Micah 2:4-5

The loss of their land would bring about the ruin of God’s people!  This people would receive a false prophet who would prophesy plenty of wine and beer.   Their delusion would lead to their destruction and captivity.  They would lose their property and suffer eternal loss.  Oh that God’s people would listen to truth and be responsible stewards of God’s promises!

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