How do you determine who to follow, as a Christian? There are many different “religious” people from different sectors of Christianity with different ideas on how to live life on this earth. Since one has so many different paths that he/she could follow, it would be wise to learn which paths are good, and which paths are not so good. Peter gives a description in II Peter of the false teachers.
II Peter 2:1a – But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you,
In the first part of this verse, Peter essentially states that we, as Christians will deal with false teachers. It is not an issue for debate and as we will deal with them, we must know how to deal with them. Keep this in mind when dealing with strangers, and obviously do not believe man’s doctrine without studying it out for yourself in the Bible.
II Peter 2:1b – who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Take note of the word “privily”. False teachers, when they come, will not teach heresy boldly. Instead, they will slowly change the group through quiet methods so that they are not discovered. One must be careful and see these “changes”, and not be influenced by them.
II Peter 2:2 – And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Peter states that many will follow the ways of these teachers, and from that Christianity will be evil spoken of. Perhaps this is why the world sees Christians as hypocrites? While the previous statement is just an opinion, it is interesting to note that many unsaved people are turned away from Christianity because of hypocritical testimony that some Christians have. Instead of having a testimony showing Christ, some Christians have a testimony of the world. Why would the world want to change if they see us as Christians exactly like them?
The author would like to put forth a few questions for today in closing. One: What leaders are influencing you; are their views biblical? Two: How are you influencing others; are your views Biblical?