False Prophets Hurt True Christianity “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” 2Peter 2:1-3 One of the things I have complained repeatedly about in sermons, newspapers, and radio broadcasts have been media attacks upon Christianity. One of the very first teaching efforts I participated in after moving back to the United States, in 1986, was on the subject of apostasy. I used the very chapter this morning’s key Scripture is from. During that exercise I pointed out the damage prophetic Scripture says false teachers do to the truth. They cause the way of truth to be evil spoke of because they give opportunity to those who would attack Christianity. People who talk to nations love to refer to the false teachers as fundamentalists because they can use that word to run down those who hold fundamental views of Scripture. So people who believe that Scripture means exactly what it says becomes in their verbiage suspect. In these recent days some have gone so far as to equate fundamentalists of other religions, such as Islam, with those who are “ignorant enough” to believe the Bible. This means the media types not only cannot recognize the Signs of the Times from Bible revelation, but they label those who can as kooks to be either ignored or actively persecuted. Often, when t.v. or movies have actors portraying a Christian, the person either turns out to be a child molester, mass murderer, or cult leader who is going to feed his followers poison Kool Aid. But this prejudice should not cause us to either ignore the fact of false prophets or keep us from identifying those who mix truth and error for their own purposes of deception. They have kept up with technology and moved into the Internet just as they have done their predatory fishing in other places. The Bible says to mark them, and we should not be dissuaded from doing that.
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