These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity – for ‘people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.’
2 Peter 2:17-19 (NIV)
Read: 2 Peter 2:13-22
Consider: The words used by Peter for false teachers is that they are like ‘springs without water’ and ‘mists driven by a storm’. Both statements are basically saying that false teachers promise so much, but deliver so little. Of course the main thing is that what they say appeals to the sinful nature. False teachers seek to make the gospel more palatable by playing down the impact of sin, the need for forgiveness, the reality of hell, holiness in daily living, etc.
There has been an increasing trend in some churches to look for ways to attract people to come to them. Instead of being faithful to God’s word they have adopted new ideas in an attempt to boost numbers. The gospel doesn’t need gimmicks to attract people. In fact the Bible makes it clear that if the gospel is being preached people will be offended by it.
Peter talks about false teachers promising freedom, yet actually enslaving people (because they themselves are enslaved). True freedom does not mean there are no rules to follow. It does mean that the inate desire of the Christian’s heart is to please God by living in such a way that pleases him. We will return to this when we look at 2 Peter 3 in a future post.
Pray: Father, we pray specifically for churches where the good news of the gospel is ignored. We pray that your Holy Spirit will bring these churches back to you. Amen