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The Daily View is a five day-a-week devotional of the New Testament. It is also an ideal source for Sunday school lessons for adults, teens, and sermon ideas. Read one chapter of the New Testament each day and learn something that is taught in that chapter.


Daily Devotional in II Peter 2

Daily Nugget:
One of the most deceptive, dangerous forces hampering the growth of DishonestChristianity has always been the sinfulness of some “spiritual” leaders.  Jesus battled those that claimed to be of God, but were not.  It was even the “religious” leaders that orchestrated His death.  Paul warned of wicked leaders, and also had to battle their attacks against him and his stand for the Word of God.  Here Peter is also warning his readers of those that claim to be for God, but are not!

Peter red-flags false prophets (vss. 1-3).  They claim to be knowledgeable of God’s Word and His way, but often subtly stray from the truth and promote their own philosophies. Often their motivation is not to promote God’s way, as they advertise, but rather for their own gain (vs. 3). Many times they try to take advantage of the blessings of God on His people for their own benefit.  

Today, we see “Christian” celebrities quite often with their hand out trying to get the money that should go to supporting a local church to reach their own local community. Instead they get hold of that money and use it for their own cause.  Many, many Christians, in the last 40 years particularly, have been disappointed when they discovered the offerings they sent some radio or television preacher were absconded for personal, rather than ministerial use. Too many have deceptively made “God their belly” (Phil. 3:19).

No matter the lies the false prophets and teachers sow, and the destruction (“pernicious ways” – vs. 2)) they commit, they will not get away with it. The fallen angels did not get away with their sin (vs. 4). A godless people of the time of Noah did not get away with their sin (vs. 5). The wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrha did not continue unchecked.  An all-seeing God will only sit by for so long.  One day His judgments will fall on those that oppose Him by teaching false spiritual doctrine (vs. 9).  No one gets away with sin!

No false prophet or teacher will ever stand in their position of authority and admit, “I am teaching you false doctrines.”  They will hem and holler at any suggestions they are wrong.  They will insist that they know the truth (“presumptuous” – vs. 10), and one that is opposing them does  not know the truth as they do. 

It can be a no-win situation, if believers do not know ”thus saith the Lord”. If man would search the Scriptures for himself, like he is commanded in the Word of God (II Tim 2:15), and know and live the truth, false prophets, teachers, and other religious leaders would never have any audience for their blasphemous teachings.  The cure for false teachings inside the local church’s doors are wary, Bible-educated believers and followers. When believers shirk their individual responsibility to study the Scriptures, false teaching will prevail and grow. It is long past the time that we as a Christian people should study the Scriptures for ourselves and stand up for Its truths.

Today’s Thought: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

Today’s Reading: II Peter 2
 1 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.
 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
 3 ¶ 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.
 4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
 5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
 6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
 7 ¶ And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
 8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
 9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
 10 ¶ But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
 11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
 12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
 13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
 14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
 15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
 17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
 18 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.
 19 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.
 20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. (KJV)

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