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April 18, 2015
2 Peter 2:1-22 (Good News Translation)
God’s Hopeful Word
2 Peter 2:1-22: Christians are warned to be on guard against false teachers, against whom harsh words are directed. Today’s reading includes examples from the past of how evil was punished and how God saved those who were faithful.
Today’s Scripture: 2 Peter 2:9
And so the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials and how to keep the wicked under punishment for the Day of Judgment.
1False prophets appeared in the past among the people, and in the same way false teachers will appear among you. They will bring in destructive, untrue doctrines, and will deny the Master who redeemed them, and so they will bring upon themselves sudden destruction.2Even so, many will follow their immoral ways; and because of what they do, others will speak evil of the Way of truth.3In their greed these false teachers will make a profit out of telling you made-up stories. For a long time now their Judge has been ready, and their Destroyer has been wide awake!
4God did not spare the angels who sinned, but threw them into hell, where they are kept chained in darkness, waiting for the Day of Judgment.5 God did not spare the ancient world, but brought the flood on the world of godless people; the only ones he saved were Noah, who preached righteousness, and seven other people.6 God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, destroying them with fire, and made them an example of what will happen to the godless.7 He rescued Lot, a good man, who was distressed by the immoral conduct of lawless people.8That good man lived among them, and day after day he suffered agony as he saw and heard their evil actions.9And so the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials and how to keep the wicked under punishment for the Day of Judgment,10especially those who follow their filthy bodily lusts and despise God's authority.
These false teachers are bold and arrogant, and show no respect for the glorious beings above; instead, they insult them.11Even the angels, who are so much stronger and mightier than these false teachers, do not accuse them with insults in the presence of the Lord.12But these people act by instinct, like wild animals born to be captured and killed; they attack with insults anything they do not understand. They will be destroyed like wild animals,13and they will be paid with suffering for the suffering they have caused. Pleasure for them is to do anything in broad daylight that will satisfy their bodily appetites; they are a shame and a disgrace as they join you in your meals, all the while enjoying their deceitful ways!14They want to look for nothing but the chance to commit adultery; their appetite for sin is never satisfied. They lead weak people into a trap. Their hearts are trained to be greedy. They are under God's curse!15 They have left the straight path and have lost their way; they have followed the path taken by Balaam son of Beor, who loved the money he would get for doing wrong16and was rebuked for his sin. His donkey spoke with a human voice and stopped the prophet's insane action.
17These people are like dried-up springs, like clouds blown along by a storm; God has reserved a place for them in the deepest darkness.18They make proud and stupid statements, and use immoral bodily lusts to trap those who are just beginning to escape from among people who live in error.19They promise them freedom while they themselves are slaves of destructive habits—for we are slaves of anything that has conquered us.20If people have escaped from the corrupting forces of the world through their knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and then are again caught and conquered by them, such people are in worse condition at the end than they were at the beginning.21It would have been much better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than to know it and then turn away from the sacred command that was given them.22 What happened to them shows that the proverbs are true: “A dog goes back to what it has vomited” and “A pig that has been washed goes back to roll in the mud.”
Chapter 1 of 2 Peter ended with the writer stating that true prophetic messages that come from God are spoken by those who are under the control of the Holy Spirit. How are the false prophets and teachers described here in chapter 2? Reread verses 20-22. What is your reaction to what is being said about those who learned the “way of righteousness” but turned away from what they were taught?
Lord Jesus, help me to discern and heed your voice always so that I am not led astray by those who distort your teachings. Keep me strong in faith and guided by your word of truth. Amen.
Those who are misled by false teachings
2 Peter 3:1-18: The Lord’s return is promised.
All of this can be "Good News"
And in fact it should be good news. We are witnessing 'fulfillment' of so much.
We see the Church under assault, yet we were warned this would happen.
We also should see, we also bear some of the responsibility?
Can we hear what the Spirit is saying to the church?
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Ruach says to the assemblies.
John's revelations, many were for todays modern church. They are Bitter, yet when fully accepted , realized and we see the Truth, can again become as honey in our mouths.
The Truth can and will set us free!
You search the Scriptures, because you think you possess everlasting life in them. And these are the ones that bear witness of Me.
During a segment on his Fox Business Network show Making Money, host Charles Payne said that he thinks Obama is making ready for a big push to pay billions in slavery reparations in 2016.
During a panel segment, Payne and his crew were discussing the reparations the city of Chicago is making to the mostly black victims of Police Commander Jon Burge, a now convicted Chicago policeman who in the 1970s and ’80s engaged in a long campaign of beating suspects into confessing to crimes they did not commit.
From that subject, Payne veered off into his prediction of what Obama might try in 2016.
“The news in my mind is a glimpse of really much bigger news that is going to come from the White House, I’m saying next year, I’m leaning towards,” Payne volunteered. “I think that there’s going to be an official apology from the White House for slavery in America and then a major push to get cash, and I’m talking lots of cash.”
“Many including those closest to President Obama will push him to make this happen,” the African American host continued. “I actually think it would be a major mistake. Instead, Obama really should discuss and focus on all the progress we have made and how all Americans need to move forward for better days for all of our kids.”
Obama has in the past claimed that he is not in favor of reparations for slavery. But more recently he did favor giving black farmers $1.25 billion in reparations for alleged racial discrimination suffered under Department of Agriculture loan programs.
This isn’t the first time that it has been posited that Obama will move for slavery reparations in his second term. Some have warned that as part of Obama’s support for the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous People, he will support slave reparations as a way to satisfy the treaty.
Life Is a Gift from God
We hold from God the gift which includes all others. This gift is life — physical, intellectual, and moral life.
But life cannot maintain itself alone. The Creator of life has entrusted us with the responsibility of preserving, developing, and perfecting it. In order that we may accomplish this, He has provided us with a collection of marvelous faculties. And He has put us in the midst of a variety of natural resources. By the application of our faculties to these natural resources we convert them into products, and use them. This process is necessary in order that life may run its appointed course.
Life, faculties, production — in other words, individuality, liberty, property — this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
What Is Law?
What, then, is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.
Each of us has a natural right — from God — to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but an extension of our faculties? If every person has the right to defend even by force — his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly. Thus the principle of collective right — its reason for existing, its lawfulness — is based on individual right. And the common force that protects this collective right cannot logically have any other purpose or any other mission than that for which it acts as a substitute. Thus, since an individual cannot lawfully use force against the person, liberty, or property of another individual, then the common force — for the same reason — cannot lawfully be used to destroy the person, liberty, or property of individuals or groups.
Such a perversion of force would be, in both cases, contrary to our premise. Force has been given to us to defend our own individual rights. Who will dare to say that force has been given to us to destroy the equal rights of our brothers? Since no individual acting separately can lawfully use force to destroy the rights of others, does it not logically follow that the same principle also applies to the common force that is nothing more than the organized combination of the individual forces?
If this is true, then nothing can be more evident than this: The law is the organization of the natural right of lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liberties, and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all.
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