Led Away

“For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” – 2 Peter 2:18-19

Peter warns in this chapter very descriptively of the wolves in sheep’s clothing. He uses some of the exact wording used by Jude, the brother of Jesus. This would indicate that this warning was not of their own revelation but was likely something that they both heard Jesus say repeatedly.

Jesus himself warns us very clearly that there are wolves in sheep’s clothing out to deceive and devour the sheep. Therefore does He tell us that we will know them by their fruits. The true servant of God will bare the fruits of the Holy Spirit while the counterfeits will bare the fruits of the flesh, yet does 2 Peter chapter 2 and Jude chapter 1 go into more detail about the fruits that they bare and the character that they share.

However, the final warning that Peter gives concerning these failed prophets is to the individual who should be watching for them that they not be deceived by them. He tells us that they will speak things into our ear that we want to hear. They will preach easy, please me messages of vanity, working up the fleshes selfish desires, and lure men back into a state of complacence that will eventually lead them back into sinfulness. The latter end being worse for them then the beginning.

In short these men and women or selfish, attention seeking, self serving, vain, lacking a true fear of God and concern for the souls of others, who cause them to backslide in their pursuit of vain glory. Never the less, though a greater damnation awaits those who destroy the righteousness of the righteous according to scripture, so does there bare a great weight of responsibility on the person being led away themselves.

“Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” – Isaiah 5:23-24

While the devil is cunning and very deceiving, God promises to lead us into all truth is we diligently seek Him. Yet does scripture also tell us that for those who want to justify their sins, vanity, compromise, or spiritual laziness, God will turn them over to their own lust and give them the teachers and leaders that they desire.

It is a judgment to be under one who will not reprove your sin or challenge you to advance in the Kingdom. You have the option to flee from these counterfeits, false prophets, bad shepherds, and wolves in sheep’s clothing. You have the obligation to turn away from them or else you willingly partake for vain and temporal reward and will be judged with them as you backslide farther and father from the Lord. The latter end being much worse then the first. So turn away and run, or else be led away captive.

“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that physical gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” – 1 Timothy 6:3-5

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4

“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.” – James 1:14-16

“For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” – 2 Peter 2:18-19

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