Perverse Teaching is in The Church Because Christians Don’t Care Enough
By: Rev. Joe Kramer
(7) Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. (8) Watch yourselves so you don’t lose what we have worked for, but that you may receive a full reward. (9) Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching but goes beyond it, does not have God. The one who remains in that teaching, this one has both the Father and the Son. (10) If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home, and don’t say, “Welcome,” to him; (11) for the one who says, “Welcome,” to him shares in his evil works
-2 John 7-11 (HCSB)
(3) Dear friends, although I was eager to write you about the salvation we share, I found it necessary to write and exhort you to contend for the faith that was delivered to the saints once for all. (4) For some men, who were designated for this judgment long ago, have come in by stealth; they are ungodly, turning the grace of our God into promiscuity and denying Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord.
-Jude 3-4 (HCSB)
Christians need to get back to studying God’s Word and learning what it says so they can stay out of false teaching. Doing this will help to keep people from getting duped and leaving the church.
In verse seven of second-John, he states that many people have gone out into the church who aren’t really Christians (or those whom have corrupted Christianity).He states that these people do not confess that Jesus actually came to us in the flesh but who have come to us in some other way. But we don’t have to worry about that right? WRONG! There are many “ministers” today who deny the 100% humanity of Christ and the %100 divinity of Christ (i.e. The Dichotomy of Christ). They make Him out to be fully human or fully God. To do either is to deny what makes Jesus who He is. Another teaching some will use is to deny the Trinity of God (Please do research on this, we aren’t going into it here as I have previously written about it. See the Apologetics articles section). This is evil teaching and does lead people astray from the truth.
Verse eight is a reminder to the reader to always be on guard against false teaching. The loss here is not talking about salvation but that of reward in heaven. In other words, make sure that you don’t fall into false teaching so that you don’t lose rewards in heaven for your faith. The JFB Commentary says the following about this verse.
- …Fully consummated glory. If “which ye have wrought” be read with very old authorities, the reward meant is that of their “work (of faith) and labor of love.” There are degrees of heavenly reward proportioned to the degrees of capability of receiving heavenly blessedness. Each vessel of glory hanging on Jesus shall be fully happy. But the larger the vessel, the greater will be its capacity for receiving heavenly bliss…
Verse nine talks about the people who go beyond the simple grace that is given to us by Christ. These people, if they go beyond the Bible, are not teaching God’s Word properly. They do this by either malicious intent or because they don’t know any better. A person who doesn’t know any better will be presented with the truth, eventually. If they continue in their false teaching (usually because of their stubbornness, because they have wasted a portion of their life and mind on falsity) then they teach these things willingly out of rebellion against God.
In verse ten we are told to have nothing to do with these false teachers. The greeting here is not talking about a simple greeting but that of someone who is shown full hospitality, because in so doing they are endorsing their teaching. We are strongly warned against inviting these teachers in our midst because they will lead others astray and corrupt the minds of people; adding to grace and removing the simplicity of the message of Christ.
In Jude in verses three through four, he gives the same warning and says that we should be ready with answers to these false teachings. We should earnestly know what we believe and be ready to express it, coming against false teaching. He says that these false teachers have come into the church stealthily, mixing faith with error so that it looks good, but the end result is death. Verse four introduces us to something else we haven’t covered. Some were taking the grace of God to mean they could sin and do whatever they want and still be good-to-go(we still see this one a lot today in churches). This is falsity because if someone is truly “saved” then they won’t want to do the works of the flesh anymore, they may stumble but they don’t make it their lifestyle.
We must be discerning to recognize false teaching and we can’t do that unless we are constantly in the Word of God. We must constantly test teaching to see where it comes from, to see if it is error.
How about you today? Are you studying God’s Word to make sure you haven’t fallen into false teaching? Are where you should be in your relationship with God and His Word so you can have discernment? Are you constantly testing things and making sure they are correct? If not then maybe it is time to repent and time to start doing so. The choice is yours.