A Missive Against False Teachers

The late Ken Silva posted the following at Apprising Ministries in 2011:

Just as in times past there were false prophets in Israel, there are now false teachers among us. They’ve cunningly introduced destructive heresies. They  even deny the Lord who, through His atonement bought them. By doing these things these false teachers will bring swift destruction on themselves!

Many are following their shameful ways and they are causing the way of truth to be mocked and ridiculed. In their greed these false teachers are exploiting  the church with stories they have made up. But, their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction is certain.

What are these false teachers thinking? Don’t they know that in the past, God did not spare angels when they sinned! God sent them to hell, and put them in chains to be held for judgment. God also did not spare the ancient world when He brought the flood on its wicked and ungodly people. God only saved Noah, a man who was a preacher of righteousness, along with seven other people. God also condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to the ground. God did this to make an example of them and clearly show us what is going to happen to wicked and ungodly people.

If all of this is true, then we can be certain that the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous in punishment until the day of judgment. This is especially true of those who follow after the corrupt desires of their sinful natures and despise and rebel against authority.

These false teachers are brazen and do anything they want. They are not even afraid to speak against angels. But these heretics are speaking against things they do not understand. They are like unthinking animals that exist only to be caught and killed. And, like dumb animals, these false teachers WILL be destroyed.

These false teachers have caused untold millions to suffer, therefore THEY WILL suffer. That will be their pay for what they have done.

These false teachers are so warped by sin they take pleasure in openly doing evil. They are warts and blemishes in the church. They delight in deceiving us while claiming to be in fellowship with us. Every time they look at a woman they do so with lusting eyes. Their desire for sin is never satisfied. Over and again, they lead weak people into the trap of sin. Their hearts are self-centered and greedy. But, God will punish them!

These false teachers have left the right road and lost their way. They have followed the way of Balaam who loved being paid for doing wrong.

These false teachers are like springs without water and clouds without rain. A place in the blackest darkness is awaiting them!

They brag with words that mean nothing. By their evil desires they lead people into the trap of sin. They promise people freedom, but they themselves are slaves to wickedness. They are slaves of the very things that God promises to destroy.

At one time, they were actually freed from evil by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But they returned to evil and evil now controls them. It is worse for them than it was before. Quite frankly, it would have been better for them to have never known the right way than to know it and to turn away from the holy teaching that was given to them. These sayings are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “After a pig is washed, it goes back and rolls in the mud.”

Note: If you think this missive sounds unloving, judgmental, unkind, out of control and doesn’t reflect Jesus’ message of love, we invite you to read 2 Peter Chapter 2. Please compare that chapter of the Bible with this missive.

Please keep in mind that 2 Peter 2 was written by the Apostle Peter under the inspiration of God, the Holy Spirit. Peter knew all about the Love of Jesus. He witnessed it with his own eyes and experienced it through the forgiveness of his sins, including the sin of denying the Lord.