False Prophets

Harry Buis

READ : 2 Peter 2:1-3

There were false prophets in the days of the Old Testament (v. 1), men who told people what they wanted to hear. But true prophets told people what God wanted them to know, whether they liked it or not. There were false prophets in the church of the first century also. There have been false prophets in every age, including today. In a day when tolerance is extolled, the idea of condemning heresy is a thing of the past. But there is a certain intolerance to truth. To say that one plus one is three is false, and to accept such teaching will lead to a multitude of problems. So also, there is one true God who has revealed Himself in His Son Jesus Christ. God’s revelation of Himself is recorded in the Bible.

To teach something which mixes the truth of this revelation with falsehood is disastrous. Yet many teach heresy, and many believe in those heresies. We combat heresy best, not by punishing heretics (although God will certainly do this. See verses l,3), but by proclaiming the truth and giving solid reasons for such a proclamation. When a math teacher teaches little children, she or he does not keep saying that one and one is not three. The teacher constantly repeats the truth that one plus one is two. Let us constantly teach the truth with great clarity.


Father, work in many hearts that Your truth may prevail over falsehood. For the sake of Christ. Amen.