2 Peter 2:2 The Way Of False Teachers

Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into dispute. 2 Peter 2:2

In nearly every subject that one can think of, there are many different teachers with differing views on each subject. Each teacher teaches from his own personal viewpoint on the subject. Unless it is a very concrete subject, there are often opposite teachings.

As students are being taught this way, they will often follow that way of belief. In the process of learning there will often come lots of confusion as to what is the actual truth in the matter.

Peter talks about false teachers among them. He says that many will choose to follow the depraved conduct of the false teachers causing confusion.

Just as there are differing teachings in the world, there are also differing teachings within the church. People who do not really serve God are allowed into the church to teach. They begin to teach the principles of the world, rather than those of God, slightly twisting God’s word to say what they want it to say.

Many people in the church have chosen to follow these false teachers. Acceptance of sin and sinful acts are accepted by ‘believers’ as good and acceptable to God.

Others look at this and see confusion. They do not know what to believe with opposing views being taught. The world then ridicules Christianity as being false, because of the opposing teachings.

Every believer must learn to seek out and study God’s word personally. He must know what God is saying, rather than just taking someone else’s word for it. Anything taught by someone must be lined up with all of God’s word to see if it is true or not.

False teachers and false teachings must be rejected and cast out. God is a God of unity, not division and confusion.

You will hear many people speak and teach many things from the Bible. Instead of just taking it blindly as God’s word, study it out for yourself and see if it fully lines up with all of God’s word. Do not fall for their false teachings.

If you are a teacher, you must also take time to make sure that what you are teaching is God’s full word and not a twisted version of His word.

Do not allow yourself to fall into sinful practices as though it was God’s word.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word in your life; that God will reveal false teachings around you; that God will reveal His truth through His word; and that God will keep you from being confused as to what is truth.

Proverbs 17:14 Causing A Flood

Flooding dam

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Proverbs 17:14 

Being right is the goal of most people. They do not want to be wrong in what they say or do. In desiring this, many will fight for their right to be right and the other person to be wrong.

Although most people call these types of things discussions or setting someone right, it is often a quarrel. It is fighting against what someone else is saying or doing.

In most every case there is usually one who is partially right and one who is partially wrong. Neither one is perfectly right or wrong in most cases. Yet, both will fight for the way.

Solomon states that starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam. When a dam is breached, the water comes flowing out in a flood destroying everything in its path.

Quarrels often start with light talk, but quickly escalate into fights, sometimes just verbal, sometimes physical. They quarrels can last for years destroying marriages, families, friendships, businesses, and much more.

Believers are also known to start many quarrels. They will argue and fight with unbelievers for what they believe or do not believe. Not only do they quarrel with unbelievers, but will do so with other believers in the church. Quarreling over what music to worship to, how long the service should be, and much more.

Quarreling with a person does not show love, but hatred. It is selfish and demanding that self is right and the other person is wrong. It will open the floodgates of the dam and destroy everything.

Jesus never quarreled with people. He did not argue or even discuss. He made a statement and left it there, His words were just the facts and nothing more. He also loved everyone.

Opportunities to quarrel will often show up in your life. You will have a choice as to what you will do with those opportunities. As a follower of Jesus, you are to be like Him in every way. Do not quarrel. Don’t give into the selfish desires to be right every time.

Know who you are in Jesus and stand on that, but do not demand it of others. Stop the quarreling and mend the relationship before the dam breaks and destroys your life and the lives of many others. Let the argument go and love instead.

I pray today that you will know the love of God for others; that you will know who you are in Jesus; that God will give you the words to speak; that God will help you remove all selfishness;  and that God will guide you to build relationships, not destroy lives.