|2 Peter 2:12-22 |
12 But these, like natural brute beasts, made to be captured and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they do not understand; and will utterly perish in their own corruption;
13 And will receive the reward of unrighteousness, like those who count it a pleasure to carouse in the day time. They are spots and blemishes, reveling in their own deceptions while they feast with you;
14 Having eyes full of adultery [sexual lust and love of the world], who cannot cease from sin, beguiling unstable souls. They have exercised their heart in covetous practices, they are cursed children, [The false prophets and false teachers did not have the patience to bear the cross and crucify their lusts and affections before preaching and teaching, and so they are filthy dreamers: filthy in mind and spirit and dreaming that they are saved, righteous, and capable of preaching and teaching. From the Word of the Lord within: "They are filthy dreamers;" they are filthy because their hearts are defiled with all manner of sins that they still commit with disregard to the Lord's many warnings and requirements, and they are dreaming that they are righteous. The flesh, including sexual desires and the carnal mind, which is enmity with God, must be destroyed before salvation is attained.]
15 Who have forsaken the right way and have gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness,
16 Who was rebuked for his iniquity by the dumb ass speaking with a man's voice forbidding the madness of the prophet.3
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a storm, for whom black darkness is reserved.
18 For speaking great swelling words of vanity, they lure through the lusts of the flesh and much wantonness, those who were barely escaping from those who live in error. [To live in error is to live in sin.]
19 Although these false teachers promise them liberty, they themselves are the slaves of corruption [sin, immorality]; for by whatever a man is overcome, he is enslaved.4 [The blind guides of Christianity teach the liberty of consequence-free sin and that there is no need to bear the cross; but Jesus said, "Unless you repent, all of you will perish," Luke 13:3,5; and Paul said, "The wages of sin is death," Rom 6:23. From the Word of the Lord within: "I am against the shepherds, who have prophesied a false salvation. Consequence-free sin does not exist. There are many that deny the cross and all that is necessary." There is a liberty for a crucified son of God, freed from all sin, walking in the royal law of love and fulfilling the law; but until that occurs, you will be banned from heaven when you die.]
20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in it and overcome, the latter is worse for them than the beginning. [This verse alone destroys the myth of "once saved, always saved."]
21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy command delivered to them. [Peter speaks of those who have "known the way of righteousness:" that is they had advanced far enough to be guided by the Lord in everything to do and each and every word to speak; however, they failed to follow the Lord's orders, (they turned from the holy command given to them), and went back into the pleasures and lusts of the world, which overcame them. They failed to endure, and it would be better for them if they had never begun the journey to God.]
22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, "The dog returns to his own vomit again;" and the sow that was washed returns to her wallowing in the mire.
4 speaking great swelling words of vanity, they lure through the lusts of the flesh and much wantonness, those who were barely escaping from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the slaves of corruption [sin, immorality]; for by whatever a man is overcome, he is enslaved. The ministers today will freely admit they are sinners (though don't have any idea what sin is); so if your minister sins, he is a slave to sin; says Jesus: I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34. And they tell you that you are righteous, with no need to stop sinning yourselves — saying that Jesus has paid for all your sins — so, live free in your sins — Just like Peter described 2000 years ago. And if you believe them, you are worse off being in their sect, than if you had never heard of God.