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The Wickedness Around Us

"For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who are living in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption" (2 Pet.2:18-19).

Chapter two of 2 Peter deals primarily with a warning about false teachers whole had infiltrated their way into the the church. Since I have dealt with this just recently, I thought I would stay on its periphery. When folks try to drag Christians back into the world, the most vulnerable to their ways are young believers. Why? The primary reason is that they have just escaped from the world, and its lures may be fresh on their minds... We have all seen enough nature shows to understand how the lion "circles around the flock..." The easiest meal is not the biggest and strongest of the flock, but rather they will pluck off the weakest of its members. Those who would raid the flock of believers have two resources at their disposal. First is that they speak boldly. The young are apt to confuse eloquence with truth and self-confidence with sincerity. The second thing is that they are willing to throw off restraint... While godly teachers always warn of sins and its consequences, the false teachers will more than likely make allowance for the flesh. Something like this; "alcohol and drugs are for fun," or "sexual desire is natural," or "there's nothing harmful with a bit of indulgence." Lets be sure to notice that Peter was writing this stuff to Christians who lived 2,000 years ago, but does the message sound eerily modern? If you think so, you are right on target because people and their temptations have changed very little over the years... It is no wonder that Peter is outright indignant. He sees the youngest and most vulnerable of the community of believers to be at risk and wants to send out a clear message to inexperienced Christians. Lets end this devotional with one final thought. If you are one of those younger Christians, don't go away thinking that you're the only ones being tempted. Just because you get older, it doesn't mean that the temptations magically go away or that with age comes immunity. We must remember the message of the Lord and His Word each and every day...." (1:19).

With that, have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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