If the last chapter was one of my favourite, this one scares me a little. And rightly so. I think that we should take a look at this chapter (2 Peter 2) and take a look at the warnings.
The first 3 verses of this chapter are used quite often today, however, I don’t think that they’re used properly. Every time some person disagrees with someone else’s doctrine, these verses get thrown around. These verses are talking about people who are deliberately trying to lead people astray, not about anyone who disagrees with your theology. Let’s all try and be careful when quoting this scripture. Having said that, if someone teaches something that is not backed up by scripture, don’t go blindly believing it. We are all responsible for our own walk with God, if you blindly accept what anyone tells you without checking it against scripture, it is you own fault if they deceive you. Be responsible, but be open to learning what is scriptural.
The chapter then goes on to show us how faithful God is to ‘rescue us from our trials’. Now this in itself goes against the thinking of many Christians. People always say things like, “God has given me this trial to help me learn”. If so, why would He ‘rescue’ us from a trial that He sent? I believe that we get ourselves into trials (or we get thrown into them by the actions of others, demonic beings or because of the fall of man), God works all things for our good, rescues us and helps us to learn from it. Sometimes He calls us into difficult situations, but if we put our trust in Him (easier said than done), we’ll be victorious. Don’t start quoting me facts about the disciples been killed and all the violence against Christians, that is persecution, which is also not from God. It is however something that we will all have to endure to a lesser or greater degree.
Here is a concerning verse. The first part of verse 10, He is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire, and who despise authority. Oops. There is so much twisted sexual desire at the moment. Those of us who choose members of the opposite sex and refrain from sex until we are married, are in the vast minority. If you take a look at social media and articles about the governments of just about any country, you’ll find so much hate speech and abuse. Society in general have twisted sexual desires and despise authority. Be careful that you’re not in that category. The second half of this verse says the following, “These people are proud and arrogant, daring even to scoff at supernatural beings without so much as trembling.” Even more words of warning. Probably including even more people. So many people scoff at God, without a second thought.
Here is the interesting part, and I am no theologian, so I’ll let them explain this. In verse 12, it starts with “These false teachers..” Maybe I am wrong, but it looks to me like this whole chapter is talking about false teachers (or how we should be in contrast). This changes things. Now using this passage to condemn people with a different theology to ours, is even more ridiculous. The people spoken about here are blatantly against God. It shouldn’t be hard for us to spot them if we are walking with God as we should be. Take the responsibility of your walk with God seriously.
One last thing that I would like to look at is a bit of a shocker. Now I am not going to open up a debate about whether we are once saved always saved, or if we can ‘lose’ our salvation. There are loads of things to take into consideration, but there are two verses here that will throw a spanner in the works if you believe that you are once saved always saved. 20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. Now I am not quoting this to scare people or rock the boat. I just want to show everyone what the consequences could be if we are lead astray. Stay on top of your walk with God. Keep reading, and meditating on scripture. Pray, fast, have faith and keep your eyes on Jesus. The alternative is unthinkable.