August 21, 2022
“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master...”
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“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their unrestrained ways, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.” 2 Peter 2:1-2
My main concern for you is that you know, obey and share the truth of God. You know I have asked nothing of you other than you seek the Lord without abandon.
Many of you are in that season of weighing the Bible’s values against those of the World. In a sense, that process never changes, but between 18 and 30 yrs. of age, there is a strong desire to determine whether you will adopt your parents’ values or create your own value system.
To make that valuation, we naturally use our personal experience to filter the truth. That is, in our natural human state, how we feel determines what is real: Perception is reality. Anyone who’s ever been through a relationship break-up knows you can’t always trust your feelings. Life needs more of a solid foundation for truth than simply feeling good. We need the Word of God.
I hope you never trade your Christian experience for a Worldly one, but I’m aware it happens. Most of us can see a blatant heresy from far away. For example, you’re probably not toying with choosing between Christianity and Ritual Satanism. But that doesn’t mean Satan isn’t trying to keep you from rightly following God.
For instance, one of the most divisive environments for young believers could be a Christian college campus. That’s right. The Devil loves to present himself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I read a recent statistic that the faculties of 3/4 of America’s Christian colleges cannot even agree that the Bible is the infallible truth, holding absolute authority. This should not surprise you because heresy within the Church at large is an issue that even the apostles dealt with.
The most effective heresy is the one that looks closest to the truth. It is the one that de-motivates you to pray because it says everything has already been planned, for instance. It says you cannot fully trust the Bible because sinful men wrote it. It tells you not to share your faith because it will make potential converts uncomfortable.
Several years ago, I committed my life to reading God’s Word, walking in His ways, and sharing His truth. I have found it is the only trustworthy foundation, the value against which the World will be judged. Keep reading the Bible and asking the Lord to reveal His truth to you so that you won’t be fooled by false teachers. See for yourself what the Lord reveals to those who completely give themselves to Him.