II PETER A Case Study In Exposing FALSE TEACHERS

KNOW Who You Are In JESUS CHRIST

II PETER A Case Study In EXPOSING FALSE TEACHERS

II Peter is a wonderful Book of the New Testament as also I Peter! However, here The Apostle Peter is quite vehement in his need to expose the trappings of false teachers! He is quite candid and there are significant differences in the delivery of the two Epistles although similar vocabularies! Interestingly so it is the last Book submitted to be added the Canon of The New Testament Scriptures! I Peter was written to aid and comfort Christians who are suffering. II Peter is to expose false teachers! Both explicitly show that from its inception there has been inconsolable disagreements in the Lord’s Church! Of course by no fault of the Lord’s but because of that of man’s shortcomings and lack of adherence to the Word of God! Peter’s increasing concerns are evident. The Key Scripture is: “His Divine Power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who is called us by HIS own Glory and GOODNESS.”

In II Peter there is a most wonderful salutation! Peter graciously shares his enthusiasm to those who share a like Faith! As stated: Grace and Peace be yours in ABUNDANCE through the KNOWLEDGE of GOD and of JESUS OUR LORD…” Peter warns us of the internal problems and informs us of and inside attack and the evil motives of false teachers! Faith is an action word. As the Word says; “Faith without works is dead!” Knowing of God, is not the same as knowing Him through His WORD!!! It is evident that the Pharisees knew the scriptures but they could still not recognize JESUS! This should help us to know that what is important is knowing the Lord for yourself and encouraging others to do so as well! It’s about being so sure of who HE is, that nothing or no one can make you doubt who He is!

In the times in which we live loyalty is becoming increasingly vague. Many Christians have become complacent and are spiritually malnourished. They have what I call “spiritual eating disorders.” They suffer from an unhealthy consistent unbalanced diet of healthy spiritual food! Many only eat once a week! Quite often a false teacher will give just enough to fill you emotionally but not enough to sustain a person where by the FRUIT of The SPIRIT can flourish in their lives… They will also tell you what you want to hear and undermine what is clearly stated in the Word! This way one stays dependent and unable to grow spiritually… God never meant for our minds to be controlled by anyone. He allows us the freedom to choose! Guided by His Holy Spirit, Yes! False teachers attempt to control you into a group think mode which is cultic! There is often resistance to you having a different opinion. Or if you do it is quite possible you will be labeled rebellious! Although there are some wonderful small, large, mega and grand cathedrals and church buildings! We the people are “GOD’S CHURCH!!!

I am most thankful that the Lord has allowed my husband and I together as co laborers for the Lord together, to see a lot of this world that was spoken into existence through Jesus Christ! I remember that as we approached to St. Peter’s Square and entered St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome Italy what it felt like. It is a wonderful majestic cathedral. There were so many people within and without! Of a plethora of different Colors and cultures! As everyone entered they were checked to see if they were properly dressed! (Knees and shoulders must be covered) How interesting! According to history, Apostle Peter was martyred in a circus and buried here is said to be are his bones. St. Peter’s Basilica is built over his gravesite. Construction started in 1506 and was completed in around 1615! It is thought to be the largest Church in the world! What is most impressive to me is the architecture the time, natural resources and workmanship that went into erecting such a regal edifice with no modern technology! The details are fascinating simply remarkable! The dome is built by Michelangelo !

St. Peter’s Basilica is a beautiful memory of a wonderful spiritually fulfilling journey the Lord allowed us to experience! It is a symbolic reminder to me of an example that somehow in spite of all their disagreeing many people over a long period of time were able to come together and erect a monument in honor of the Lord! It is not at all so much about the building itself. It is what it represents the invaluable memories it holds! This tells me that it is humanly possible to work together and achieve a seemingly insurmountable goal … Remember this is where the Apostle Peter is buried. Despite whatever religious denominational differences many from all over the world gather here! “There is only ONE TRUE GOD!” Here stands a world recognized edifice that confirms the TRUTH of God’s WORD! Peter lived to defend His FAITH! We must continually take personal inventory and not lose sight of who we are in JESUS CHRIST!

It is important that when we proclaim or teach the Word of God we are to always give GOD HIS due honor! If ever found in error readily admit your shortcoming. You never want to lead anyone astray! One must always remember “God is a Spirit of TRUTH!” Our motives should be to enlighten others to the Lord, convict, edify, introduce them to Jesus Christ and build up the body of Christ! The Word of God is like no other! Peter actually tells us why he wrote both I & II Peter: “Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our LORD and SAVIOR through the prophets.”

We are assured in II Peter that the Lord’s return is evident! God designed time as something that we operate in. It gives us constructive boundaries in which we operate and live out life! God’s timetable is not the same as ours. “With the LORD one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years but one day. The Lord is not slow in keeping HIS PROMISE, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, But everyone to come to repentance.” It is in this passage of Scripture one discovers just how Loving , Patient and Kind the Lord really is! Take a moment and just think; we are to live as though the Lord will return at any moment! Not in fear and despair but with excitement and joyous trepidation! God knows right where each of us are!!! It really is not about what someone else thinks. It is about what GOD KNOWS! How are you living every day? Peter is aware that he is soon to shed his tent, his body and return to the Lord! Therefore he wants to be certain that we understand and are aware what to look out for!

God’s Word DOES NOT contradict itself! If you want more Grace & Peace, guess what? Know God’s Word! It is so simple it is difficult, remember it is ALIVE! Spiritual growth comes as a byproduct of applying God’s Word. Spending time alone with the Lord is good as well. Worship, giving, studying with others all enhances your spiritual growth. Trials, pain and suffering comes along with it as well. The good thing about it all you are “Never ALONE!” God is OMNIPRESENT! Timothy confirms this “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God. A worker need not be ashamed , RIGHTLY DIVIDING the WORD of TRUTH. But shun profane babblings for they will increase in more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer…” II Timothy 2

Developing Christian character is an ongoing process! To not be led astray you must commit to studying and applying God’s Word! Rest assured you can count on God’s promises! God’s Word is not for any private interpretation! When you are truly being led by the Holy Spirit know; the Lord will not lead you to do anything that goes against His WORD! This applies no matter who you are or what your position may be!

The more time we spend developing a relationship with the Lord, the better we get to know Him! Regardless as to where we are in our spiritual growth there is always so much more to learn... As long as we are in this world we will always need to ask for the infilling presence of the Holy Spirit! The need to partake in a healthy spiritual diet of the Word is a reoccurring happening! This is an excellent deterrent from being pulled in by false teachers. We should look forward to each day as an opportunity to grow and implement what we are learning! In order that “The FRUIT of HIS SPIRIT” is flourishing in our lives, anticipating that one way or the other “JESUS IS COMING SOON!” How interesting that II Peter concludes reminding us once again of the significance of God’s GRACE and being aware of and refuting the teachings of false teachers! “Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But GROW in GRACE and knowledge of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, To Him be GLORY both now and forever! Amen.”

Remember, false teachers twist the scriptures to get you to follow them instead of Jesus! “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies even denying the Lord who brought them and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways…” II Peter encourages us to get to know the Lord better and better and reassures us of the evident return of Jesus Christ! We CAN ALWAYS TRUST GOD & HIS WORD! "GOD IS MORE THAN ABLE!"

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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

DeBorrah, when I saw the announcement for this Hub come through my email, I hadda see it. Last night, I posted "How Not To Prophesy" and your Hub is a perfect confirmation. So much so that I am going to go back and kick a link over to this Hub as I deem it required reading for all Christians myself included.

You were directly on point when you stated "When you are truly being led by the Holy Spirit know; the Lord will not lead you to do anything that goes against His WORD! This applies no matter who you are or what your position may be!"

This also speaks to the validity of a vision. Validity meaning whether or not it came from God or alluded to come from God and put forth for the sole purpose of deception for an underlying self-serving purpose.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Well, you have done it again sister DeBorrah. I love the way you brought out the vital and pertinent points of 2 Peter and interweaving your spiritual journey to Italy.

"The more time we spend developing a relationship with the Lord, the better we get to know Him! Regardless as to where we are in our spiritual growth there is always so much more to learn... As long as we are in this world we will always need to ask for the infilling presence of the Holy Spirit! "

We can never think we have arrived, for if we do, surely Satan has deceived us. Our spiritual advancement continues until God calls us home.

Thank you for confronting us with God's truth and encouraging our steadfast allegiance to God. The closer we are to our Lord, the greater our spiritual discernment ability. Blessings always!

Forever His,


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

RevLady, ever notice we end up on the same Hubs? God is truly working among a select group of Hubbers.


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

DeBorrah K.-

How the Lord works! I have been working on a hub with regard to Christian unity today-and I have received the necessary inspiration to go and finish it as I was reading this wonderful hub.God Bless you.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

God Bless you sis,

I am so grateful that the elect of God are speaking out against false prophets. I continue to pray that the eyes of God's people will be opened by a word from on high. Continue to allow God to use you for his purpose in this hour, and to lead his people to all truth.

God Bless


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Lady D, for another enlightenig hub, I believe if you're in God and he in you, that he want let you be led wrong. I think we should all pray for the spirit of discenrment,to try the spirit and know the spirit. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Unchained Grace, There are some serious things going on that we need to be mindful of... Praise GOD for discernment! I pray this is helpful I will visit your hub as well. It is really important to be prayerful there is much going on to deter, prevent and derail us as God's people!

II Peter is a wonderful book that exposes false teachers and teaching! Peter tells us the importance of developing a personal relationship with the Lord~ Be encouraged !

Thank you for sharing the Lord Bless you as you continue to bring to LIGHT the TRUTH of HIS WORD! Peace & Blessings


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Rev Lady, Thank you again for taking the time to stop by and share your comments as always they are appreciated! II Peter has a fountain of wisdom on dealing with false teachers.

GOD IS REAL! For many the Bible and the people were for way back then... It is my prayer that we seek to bring EXCITEMENT FOR the MESSAGE of the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST ALL YEAR LONG! JESUS IS COMING SOON!

It is important that we seek to bring to LIGHT the TRUTH of GOD'S WORD even at the risk of being misunderstood! Peter did not compromise His dedication to the LORD!

Thank you for visiting and sharing, In His love & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Itakins, It really is marvelous how the Lord works! I am glad that you are inspired! I must say it is mutual, I thank the Lord for you because you also inspire me! I look forward to reading your hub!

Thank you for visiting and sharing your comments they are always welcome. In His Love & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

godpreacher, Blessings to you Bro! It is important that we speak forth the TRUTH of GOD'S WORD! It is becoming increasingly clear that the spiritual warfare is rampart as we look all around us! It is my desire to continuously seek to be in HIS WILL To GOD BE THE GLORY!

I pray that the LORD continues to proclaim HIS WORD through you! May those who come to Worship & Praise HIM with you increase in numbers and be inspired to grow in His Grace and knowledge! May He Bless you in ALL that you do to share and bring others to Jesus Christ! In His Love & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Creativeone, You are quite welcome! Yes I agree, you are so right! God will NEVER lead us wrong! We must be willing to submit to HIS WILL and HIS WAY! "Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world" I thank the Lord for HIS Spirit of discernment!

Thank you for stopping by to share your comments, In His Love & Blessings


peacenhim 6 years ago

Wonderfully expressed!! "The need to partake in a healthy spiritual diet of the Word is a reoccurring happening! This is an excellent deterrent from being pulled in by false teachers." Great words of wisdom and excellent Hub!! His Truth speaks through you!! Blessings and many thanks for your insight!


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Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

I have never given the book of 1 Peter a deep thought. Thanks for the inspiration. Remain blessed.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

It's really neat that those in the Spirit don't contradict each other, for when we read, we just know it's TRUTH! We should always write in such a way that our very work can be tested and tried by the Word of God and each other, for the "spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets", amen! What a sign of unity in Christ!

I love Paul's attitude toward a sorcerer, which false teachers are just as bad, if not worse ~ in Acts 13:9: "But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said, 'You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?'" A true prophet speaks the truth of God's Word and does not contradict it. A false prophet is of the devil, for he speaks lies and what's more of an abomination is to do it in the Name of the Lord!

As I wrote on brother Unchained Grace's hub, we must take rightly dividing the Word of Truth and teaching that Word seriously, for James 3:1 states, "Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment."

Truly, we are always to "test the spirits (prophets)" by the Word of God!! Our faith is under attack, and faith comes by hearing the Word of God! May we be rooted deeply in it!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Peacenhim, Thank you! Many thanks for taking the time to share and visit, Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Philipo, I am so glad that you are inspired! It is really quite interesting. You are welcome! Thank you for stopping by, Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Judah’s Daughter, I always enjoy your insight! It really is wonderful how the Holy Spirit helps us to acknowledge TRUTH! I so agree we are one through Jesus Christ! Praise God!

The WORD will always reveal what is not of God! Right again a true prophet speaks the TRUTH! Amen!

As you stated: “ we must take rightly dividing the Word of Truth and teaching that Word seriously, for James 3:1 states, "Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment."

Blessings to you my sister and may the Lord continue to use you to boldly speak His TRUTH in LOVE! May He bless you from the treasure of His Blessings as you seek His WILL and WAY above ALL others! Be encouraged He has promised to supply ALL our Needs! In His Love & Blessings!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Yet another outstanding essay, doctor! Your love of the Lord and love of Scripture surely shines through the words on this page. Your spiritual discernment is truly a great gift and how wonderful it is that you are sharing it with us on HubPages.

I have been to the Vatican and I agree with you that the architecture (and the art) are simply incredible.

Thanks for a great Hub. Lord knows, there are false teachers everywhere today. Mostly in the old main line denominations that have discarded the Word in order to be fashionable.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

James A. Watkins, I am humbled by your words. I believe that you can sense what I am attempting to relay here! Yes I truly do Love the Lord! God is Awesome! I am forever most appreciative of what He has allowed…. Our experiences good and bad are to bring us ALL just that much more closer to Him! To see Him more clearly… Yes we can appreciate what we see. Yes we can appreciate one another. Life is about continuously learning to put things in their proper perspective!

What is most important is that we get to know God and live in excited expectation of Jesus Christ and His returning!

The Vatican is truly an interesting place… I am sure that it is a most memorable experience for you as well. The workmanship is astounding and to be appreciated. The art as you mention is magnificent. It is a further illustration of the amazing wonders of the Lord! For example; Look how a skilled master artist can take the three primary colors and through tint and shade come up with a myriad of innumerable colors! Stroke after stroke a wonderful “work of Art” begins to manifest. Once a flat surface, NOW becomes visually dimensional and here emerges a painting or frescoes that depicts LIFE! Rather one realizes this or not it is a gift from God! This is what I mean when I say the history that St Peter Basilica showcases it is a remarkable .……

False teaching and teachers do not bring you closer to the Lord they often cause you to detour. The TRUTH is GOD is with us and in us. “greater is HE that is within you than he that is in the world. Peter knew then like now that there are those who lead you away from rather than to the Lord… One must always keep in mind that the WORD of God is ALIVE it is He who is meant to be worshipped! In II Peter is a wealth of knowledge to help us…. Thank you for visiting as always my brother your comments are welcomed. Know that the LORD will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. He will take you through the valley…. In His love & Blessings

To GOD Be the Glory!


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prosmentor 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

My Dear, you have done a wonderful work. I enjoyed every bit of this awesome article.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Prosmentor, Thank you for your words of encouragement! II Peter is a wonderful Epistle! I am so glad that you enjoyed this! Thank you for taking the time to visit and share, Blessings!

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