For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 2 Peter 1:16

In 1 Peter, the apostle encourages the early church in enduring the persecution that comes on each and every believer in Christ from outside of the church. In 2 Peter, he once again addresses persecution, but this time from within the church. In 2 Peter 2, he specifically speaks of false teachers being among them, with many being decieved, and following in their destructive ways (2 Pet. 2:2). In v18, he speaks of how they "speak great swelling words, they allure through the lusts of the flesh". As an elder of that church, his concern was that the sheep would be led onto a path of destruction, and as a caring shepherd, it was his desire to point them in the more perfect direction.

 As a pastor and elder, I am often called on the carpet by well meaning brothers and sisters for "naming names" when I speak of what I see as deception in the church. There are many "pastors" within the body of Christ that speak, if not outright heresy, then certainly deceptions that lead a good number of Christians on a very dangerous path. I do not believe that teaching grace and works is necessesarily heretical, but leads a Christ loving saint on a path of depending on themselves for salvation. I do not believe teaching "warm fuzzy" sermons are heretical. In fact that is the kind of sermon most preachers prefer to preach! But a steady diet of sugar will only rot your teeth! At some point, your hand needs to be slapped when you are overdosing on ice cream! God's justice and righteousness cannot be ignored.

Certainly these things lead to spiritual immaturity, but much more dangerous are the "fables", or mythos in the Greek (where the word myth comes from). Beware of the "pastors" that teach that all roads lead to God, and that a sincere Muslim, Buddhist, atheist, etc., will all go to heaven. Or one the teaches that you can be a "good" Christian and not believe in the resurrection.

There are some people who do not find the style of Calvary Chapel Dickinson to their tastes (for the life of me I don't know why!), but I know that it is not the only true church around. Please, if not CC Dickinson, find a bible believeing/teaching church, that first and foremost believes that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Tim 3:16,17.

 

God's grace and peace be poured upon you abundantly!