2 Peter 2: The Perils of a False Pastor

Reposted from Pr. Ross:

(22 verses, 3:20 to read)


What I am about to READ

Peter warns against false preachers and teachers.


Peter promises swift destruction from the Lord to those who preach falsely.  They are in line with those in the Old Testament who brought calamity on themselves and others by teaching what the Lord did not command (Jer. 28: 1-18).  They shall receive the just reward for their iniquity in this life and the life to come.

Although these teachers and preachers proclaim falsehood and are not part of the true Church, they nevertheless are part of the outward fellowship in the Church.  Peter says that these teachers have even infiltrated into the fellowship of the Lord’s Supper “they are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deception…while they feast with you” (vs. 13).

One of the marks of these false teachers is the idea that one is free to do everything that one pleases.  Peter says “they promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption” (vs. 18). This “freedom” may be linked to license of the flesh, for Peter says that they teach a doctrine based in sensuality and pleasure, and explicitly makes mention of the lawlessness of Sodom and Gomorrah.   Clearly these false teachers use the gospel of the forgiveness of sins as a pretext for sinning further, a battle which is was fought also by Paul and every true pastor since.  This proper distinction of Law and Gospel is needed in this case and in all cases of pastoral care and right preaching.


Lord Jesus, you have given us the testimony of Moses that we might lament our sins and be held accountable for what we have done.  And you yourself have come into the flesh to bear the burdens that I have heaped upon myself by my sins.  You bled on the tree that I would have new life in the forgiveness of sins.  Let me hear from my pastor your words of Law and Gospel that I may know the truth about myself and what you have done for me.  Help him to preach what you have taught, that we may be strengthened for our journey home to be with you.  Amen.


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