The Random House Dictionary defines deception as “the act of deceiving; the state of being deceived.” It further defines deceive as “to mislead by a false appearance or statement; delude.” It is an evil and vile thing to deceive someone. So what are we to do with those who would deceive us? How can we know we are being deceived? The Apostle Paul warned the Roman Church:
Yesterday I received an email from a young sister in Christ who has a friend who has just read Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins, and she, a professing Christian, now believes that in the end all people will go to heaven and that God uses hell to eventually convert everyone. My young sister’s concern was can a person be saved and believe lies about God. That is an excellent question.
The Lord reminded me this morning that He is in charge of justice, not me. I am to present the aletheia truth, to seek it no matter where it takes me, and to stand on it. As for the false teachers, the Bible lays out a very unpleasant future. The Apostle Peter reminds us of this in 2 Peter 2:4-11, particularly in verse 4:
“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment…”
If we have the Bible and endless commentaries, commentaries that are solid in their exegesis, then how is it that so many are led astray? How can we have a solid track record of Biblical Christianity where the truth has reigned and yet false teachers can rise up? How is it possible for a man such as Rob Bell to be the “hottest” preacher in America and to have a widely received blasphemous book? Because it is prophetic and the Apostle Peter warned us nearly two thousands years ago:
In his second epistle, the Apostle Peter is coming to the end of his life and ministry and leaves a treasure trove of wisdom to his beloved flock and for posterity. We today have the benefit of his deep wisdom. I doubt Peter realized that his two letters would end up in the New Testament, but he most certainly understood the precious gift that is Scripture: