“If the gospel isn’t good news for everybody, then it isn’t good news for anybody.” Rob Bell
This quote was presented to me without context as a standalone statement. First I will address it as is. Then I will address it in context to the entire quote.
As a direct answer to this ludicrous assertion I will simply reference the mind of God revealed in His Word.
“ 18For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19For it is written,
“I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”
20Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (NASB)
To the person who is a friend of the world, the gospel is foolish, and they are enemies of God.
1What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? 2You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? 6But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” 7Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:1-10 (NASB)
Only the people being saved will appreciate the gospel. Everyone else will hate it to varying degrees. Some will seem indifferent to it, while others hate for it will be evident. If two people are looking at Christ and His gospel, and one has a new nature that desires the things of God and hates sin, and the other person is not regenerate, they are still in the world, and their fleshly passions still rule them, the first one will see Christ and His gospel as exceedingly good news to be desired above all things. He will be like the man who sells all he owns to purchase the field with the precious pearl in it. The other man will think the first is a fool, and mock him. He will spend his life a slave to his own pleasures.
Now I will address the quote in context. I had to look it up, as I do not read Rob Bell’s works as he is a heretic and outside of orthodoxy. It was from his book, “Velvet Elvis.”
“If the gospel isn’t good news for everybody, then it isn’t good news for anybody. And this is because the most powerful things happen when the church surrenders its desire to convert people and convince them to join. It is when the church gives itself away in radical acts of service and compassion, expecting nothing in return, that the way of Jesus is most vividly put on display. To do this, the church must stop thinking about everybody primarily in categories of in or out, saved or not, believer or nonbeliever. Besides the fact that these terms are offensive to those who are the “un” and “non”, they work against Jesus’ teachings about how we are to treat each other. Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor, and our neighbor can be anybody. We are all created in the image of God, and we are all sacred, valuable creations of God. Everybody matters. To treat people differently based on who believes what is to fail to respect the image of God in everyone. As the book of James says, “God shows no favoritism.” So we don’t either.” Rob Bell
Bell is attempting to relate his opening statement to a homogenous group called, “the church.” He tries to relate the two by claiming that, “the church” is wrong for, “trying to convert people and convince them to join.” He claims that instead, “It is when the church gives itself away in radical acts of service and compassion, expecting nothing in return, that the way of Jesus is most vividly put on display.”
Bell does not define what, “the church” is. His opening statement is not supported by the following sentences of the paragraph. As I demonstrated above, the Bible is clear about whom the gospel is good news to. It cannot be good news to those who are ultimately to perish outside of Christ. They will reject it, and continue on in rebellion to God. Using this statement to start his paragraph was not proper. I understand what he was attempting to say in his inaccurate use of language. First, let’s assume that when he references, “the church” that he means all of the people, past, present, and future, from all nations, and tribes, from all over the planet, who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, being brought to new life, who see how detestable their sins are, and are humbled by them in contrast to the holiness and righteousness of God, and have repented of their sins, and put their trust and faith in God incarnate, their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered the penalty of their sins on the cross of His crucifixion, paying for them completely, dying, being buried, and resurrected on the third day, conquering death and sin on behalf of His elect. He would have been more accurate to say, “The Church should demonstrate the grace, and sacrificial love of Christ to the lost world, in their words, and deeds, motivated by their new natures, and renewed minds, by the will of God the Father, and the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through them.”
Words have meanings, and the imprecise language of Rob Bell and his ilk causes much misunderstanding and confusion. If he desires to be understood properly he should be more precise.
Another statement was presented along with the first, by the individual who presented the statement to me. They wrote, “Blessed are those who are more right than others.” Said Jesus never.”
First, this statement implies that the Jesus of this statement doesn’t care about being doctrinally accurate. It also implies that to be concerned with doctrinal accuracy is to be equated with un-Christ-like attitudes.
We know from reading the progressive revelation of scripture, which is the mind of the incarnate and eternal Word, who being God Himself, in the second person of the Trinity, revealed His will for us, and to us, in the scriptures, has explained true doctrines and refuted false ones, as well as condemned those who taught false doctrines as teachers of the devil’s doctrines. He called them, children of their father the devil.
“43“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. 44“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45“But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46“Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47“He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” John 8:43-47 (NASB)
Jesus is the true and living way, and as we can see from what he said in John 8, He is definitely concerned with true doctrine about Him. If someone says they know Jesus, I would ask them questions about Jesus to see if we are talking about the same Jesus. What I know about my Savior is very important. It is the difference of knowing the true Jesus as He has expressed Himself in scripture, and knowing a cheap counterfeit that cannot save anyone. While it is true Jesus never specifically said the above quote, it is also true that contrary to the intent of the quote Jesus did always teach the truth, and require it of His followers. Don’t be fooled by slick sayings. As God said,
“4I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument. 5For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.
6Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
8See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Colossians 2:4-8 (NASB)
Shemitahs, blood moons, and apocalypse oh my.
I know some of our more charismatic friends and television sensationalists like John Hagee and Perry Stone have gone coo coo for blood moons. Waiting for the Shemitah to come and go can be nerve wrecking. If the end doesn’t come they will have to make a list of all the big bad scary things that happen during the year to prove their point. It will be the same with the blood moon. The lack of an apocalypse will have to be explained away again. That is the thing with making predictions and going further than what the text of the Bible actually says, you end up explaining things away out of necessity, or run the risk of having your followers leave you for the next doomsayer to fuel their fantasies. I encourage you all to not get, “caught up” in all of the scares. Don’t sell your house and buy a purple sweat suite with nikes and pudding just yet. Let’s just go as far as the Bible says and not make it say things it doesn’t say, mmmkay? There is a reason most credible theologians don’t write tons of commentary on Revelation, or other unfulfilled apocalyptic, prophetic, writings in the Bible. It is one thing to theorize or speculate, it is another to actually teach people that God has given you some personal revelation that makes you the false-prophet du jour. So for the love of God and His word please stop making false claims, stop getting people all upset and scared for no reason other than to profit from their fear.
Hey kids! Me again, did you know that Joseph Smith, the false prophet who founded Mormonism, fixed the Bible for us to? Don’t be surprised if you hadn’t heard. It is a little publicized thing. They like to say that they use the King James Version, but they don’t really believe it is accurate. “8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”
For not having the internet to look up Hebrew sources, for having to rely on hand copied manuscripts in the original languages and for not having discovered as many ancient manuscripts the old KJV translators did a pretty good job. I wonder what happened to Joe Smith’s translation? Well, I think we know. By this time he had already gone on paper and proclaimed many false prophecies and new doctrines and once you’ve done that without studying the Bible you have to go back and change one or the other. Can you guess which one he chose to change? I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with heretic, oh you caught me it doesn’t rhyme with heretic. That’s right he changed the Bible! What audacity! Hadn’t he heard of the Septuagint? Hadn’t he heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls? Nope, the Dead Sea Scrolls weren’t dug up until the middle part of the last century, and apparently he didn’t even bother looking at the Septuagint, which was the Bible for the true Church as early as the 3rd century B.C. The books we have in the Old Covenant were compiled and translated from Hebrew into Koine Greek, then later as the progressive revelation continued, the other books were added. So this is the Bible the Church used and the Apostles quoted, but it wasn’t good enough for Joseph Smith! Nope, he had to support all of his heresy.
So today I thought we would take a look at just a few differences in the Book of Genesis. We will also look at the consequences.
Genesis 1:1 JST “And it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, I reveal unto you concerning this heaven and this earth; write the words which I speak.”
Genesis 1:1 NASB “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Hebrew Genesis 1:1 “בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ׃” or bə-rê-šîṯ (In the beginning) bā-rā (created) ’ĕ-lō-hîm; (God) ’êṯ haš-šā-ma-yim (the heavens) wə-’êṯ (and) hā-’ā-reṣ. (the earth)
And finally the KJV that J.S. didn’t think supported his false prophecies and doctrines enough so he just changed it to make it fit better.
Genesis 1:1 KJV “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Can you see a difference yet? Pretty obvious he didn’t use any manuscripts to translate from. Matter of fact he didn’t even claim that he did. Nope, he just studied the Bible and changed it the way he claimed it was revealed to him to change. You read correctly, he used personal revelation as his means for rewriting the GOD’S WORD. Remember, the Mormons claim the Bible is not translated correctly and that is why they can just disregard it when it doesn’t support their doctrine. I would compare the first verse to the other translations, but there is no need to. It doesn’t match at all. Let’s see if it gets any better in the next few verses.
JST Genesis 1:2-8
“2 I am the Beginning and the End; the Almighty God. By mine Only Begotten I created these things.
3 Yea, in the beginning I created the heaven, and the earth upon which thou standest.
4 And the earth was without form, and void; and I caused darkness to come up upon the face of the deep.
5 And my Spirit moved upon the face of the waters, for I am God.
6 And I, God, said, Let there be light, and there was light.
7 And I, God, saw the light, and that light was good. And I, God, divided the light from the darkness.
8 And I, God, called the light day, and the darkness I called night. And this I did by the word of my power; and it was done as I spake. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
And now the NASB
2The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
6Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. 8God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
And the Hebrew,
וְהָאָ֗רֶץ הָיְתָ֥ה תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ וְחֹ֖שֶׁךְ עַל־פְּנֵ֣י תְהֹ֑ום וְר֣וּחַ אֱלֹהִ֔ים מְרַחֶ֖פֶת עַל־פְּנֵ֥י הַמָּֽיִם׃
|776 [e]||wə-hā-’ā-reṣ,||וְהָאָ֗רֶץ||And the earth||Noun|
|8414 [e]||ṯō-hū||תֹ֙הוּ֙||without form||Noun|
|922 [e]||wā-ḇō-hū,||וָבֹ֔הוּ||and void||Noun|
|2822 [e]||wə-ḥō-šeḵ||וְחֹ֖שֶׁךְ||and darkness||Noun|
|5921 [e]||‘al-||עַל־||[was] on||Prep|
|6440 [e]||pə-nê||פְּנֵ֣י||the face||Noun|
|8415 [e]||ṯə-hō-wm;||תְה֑וֹם||of the deep||Noun|
|7307 [e]||wə-rū-aḥ||וְר֣וּחַ||And the Spirit||Noun|
|430 [e]||’ĕ-lō-hîm,||אֱלֹהִ֔ים||of God||Noun|
|6440 [e]||pə-nê||פְּנֵ֥י||the face||Noun|
|4325 [e]||ham-mā-yim.||הַמָּֽיִם׃||of the waters||Noun|
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֖ים יְהִ֣י אֹ֑ור וַֽיְהִי־אֹֽור׃
|559 [e]||way-yō-mer||וַיֹּ֥אמֶר||And said||Verb|
|1961 [e]||yə-hî||יְהִ֣י||Let there be||Verb|
|1961 [e]||way-hî-||וַֽיְהִי־||and there was||Verb|
וַיַּ֧רְא אֱלֹהִ֛ים אֶת־הָאֹ֖ור כִּי־טֹ֑וב וַיַּבְדֵּ֣ל אֱלֹהִ֔ים בֵּ֥ין הָאֹ֖ור וּבֵ֥ין הַחֹֽשֶׁךְ׃
|7200 [e]||way-yar||וַיַּ֧רְא||and saw||Verb|
|216 [e]||hā-’ō-wr||הָא֖וֹר||the light||Noun|
|2896 [e]||ṭō-wḇ;||ט֑וֹב||[it was] good||Adj|
|914 [e]||way-yaḇ-dêl||וַיַּבְדֵּ֣ל||and divided||Verb|
|996 [e]||bên||בֵּ֥ין||a space between||Prep|
|216 [e]||hā-’ō-wr||הָא֖וֹר||the light||Noun|
|996 [e]||ū-ḇên||וּבֵ֥ין||and between||Prep|
|2822 [e]||ha-ḥō-šeḵ.||הַחֹֽשֶׁךְ׃||the darkness||Noun|
וַיִּקְרָ֨א אֱלֹהִ֤ים ׀ לָאֹור֙ יֹ֔ום וְלַחֹ֖שֶׁךְ קָ֣רָא לָ֑יְלָה וַֽיְהִי־עֶ֥רֶב וַֽיְהִי־בֹ֖קֶר יֹ֥ום אֶחָֽד׃ פ
|7121 [e]||way-yiq-rā||וַיִּקְרָ֨א||And called||Verb|
|430 [e]||’ĕ-lō-hîm||אֱלֹהִ֤ים ׀||God||Noun|
|216 [e]||lā-’ō-wr||לָאוֹר֙||the light||Noun|
|2822 [e]||wə-la-ḥō-šeḵ||וְלַחֹ֖שֶׁךְ||and the darkness||Noun|
|7121 [e]||qā-rā||קָ֣רָא||he called||Verb|
|1961 [e]||way-hî-||וַֽיְהִי־||And were||Verb|
|6153 [e]||‘e-reḇ||עֶ֥רֶב||the evening||Noun|
|1242 [e]||ḇō-qer||בֹ֖קֶר||the morning||Noun|
|259 [e]||’e-ḥāḏ.||אֶחָֽד׃||the first||Adj|
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֔ים יְהִ֥י רָקִ֖יעַ בְּתֹ֣וךְ הַמָּ֑יִם וִיהִ֣י מַבְדִּ֔יל בֵּ֥ין מַ֖יִם לָמָֽיִם׃
|559 [e]||way-yō-mer||וַיֹּ֣אמֶר||And said||Verb|
|1961 [e]||yə-hî||יְהִ֥י||Let there be||Verb|
|7549 [e]||rā-qî-a‘||רָקִ֖יעַ||a firmament||Noun|
|8432 [e]||bə-ṯō-wḵ||בְּת֣וֹךְ||in the midst||Noun|
|4325 [e]||ham-mā-yim;||הַמָּ֑יִם||of the waters||Noun|
|914 [e]||maḇ-dîl,||מַבְדִּ֔יל||it divide||Verb|
|996 [e]||bên||בֵּ֥ין||a space between||Prep|
|4325 [e]||ma-yim||מַ֖יִם||the waters||Noun|
|4325 [e]||lā-mā-yim.||לָמָֽיִם׃||from the waters||Noun|
וַיַּ֣עַשׂ אֱלֹהִים֮ אֶת־הָרָקִיעַ֒ וַיַּבְדֵּ֗ל בֵּ֤ין הַמַּ֙יִם֙ אֲשֶׁר֙ מִתַּ֣חַת לָרָקִ֔יעַ וּבֵ֣ין הַמַּ֔יִם אֲשֶׁ֖ר מֵעַ֣ל לָרָקִ֑יעַ וַֽיְהִי־כֵֽן׃
|6213 [e]||way-ya-‘aś||וַיַּ֣עַשׂ||And made||Verb|
|7549 [e]||hā-rā-qî-a‘||הָרָקִיעַ֒||the firmament||Noun|
|914 [e]||way-yaḇ-dêl,||וַיַּבְדֵּ֗ל||and divided||Verb|
|996 [e]||bên||בֵּ֤ין||a space between||Prep|
|4325 [e]||ham-ma-yim||הַמַּ֙יִם֙||the waters||Noun|
|8478 [e]||mit-ta-ḥaṯ||מִתַּ֣חַת||[were] under||Noun|
|7549 [e]||lā-rā-qî-a‘,||לָרָקִ֔יעַ||the firmament||Noun|
|996 [e]||ū-ḇên||וּבֵ֣ין||and from||Prep|
|4325 [e]||ham-ma-yim,||הַמַּ֔יִם||the waters||Noun|
|5921 [e]||mê-‘al||מֵעַ֣ל||[were] above||Prep|
|7549 [e]||lā-rā-qî-a‘;||לָרָקִ֑יעַ||the firmament||Noun|
|1961 [e]||way-hî-||וַֽיְהִי־||and it was||Verb|
וַיִּקְרָ֧א אֱלֹהִ֛ים לָֽרָקִ֖יעַ שָׁמָ֑יִם וַֽיְהִי־עֶ֥רֶב וַֽיְהִי־בֹ֖קֶר יֹ֥ום שֵׁנִֽי׃ פ
|7121 [e]||way-yiq-rā||וַיִּקְרָ֧א||And called||Verb|
|7549 [e]||lā-rā-qî-a‘||לָֽרָקִ֖יעַ||the firmament||Noun|
|1961 [e]||way-hî-||וַֽיְהִי־||And were||Verb|
|6153 [e]||‘e-reḇ||עֶ֥רֶב||the evening||Noun|
|1242 [e]||ḇō-qer||בֹ֖קֶר||the morning||Noun|
|8145 [e]||šê-nî.||שֵׁנִֽי׃||the second||Noun|
And now the KJV
1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The First Day: Light
3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
The Second Day: Firmament
6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above the firmament: and it was so. 8And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
So as you can see, he didn’t even care about staying true to what was originally delivered to us as the very Word of God. He did violence to the word just like the enemy of God that he was. If he was a true prophet of God his work would have been the same as the other works, but it isn’t. These works, except the KJV predate the time when Joseph Smith says the apostasy happened. Remember, the Mormons claim that after the death of the last Apostle the Church fell into complete apostasy, never mind all of the Christians who maintained their faith all over the world in the face of persecution and martyrdom. He either didn’t know that these texts were out there or predated his claims that the Church was apostate or he didn’t care. I think, he didn’t know.
So in verse 2 he lies and says that God said, “I am the Beginning and the End; the Almighty God. By mine Only Begotten I created these things.” You might ask yourself, “What is so wrong with that?” Well you’d have to understand Mormonism a little bit to get why he did this. You see Mormons believe that God the Father actually has a flesh and blood body and he is married to a Mother Goddess, who through copulation with him produced many offspring. Two of them would be the Mormon Jesus and his brother Satan. When he says, “by my only begotten I created these things.” He means that Jesus reformed matter that was already in existence. He shaped into what he wanted to make. If you notice J.S. rewrote Genesis to make it look like God was saying all these things directly to Moses. This is to support their book of Moses which is completely fiction.
It really starts to get weird in chapter three. There we see Satan and Jesus arguing over who gets to redeem mankind and protect his free agency? I’m not making this garbage up. You can read it for yourselves;
Genesis CHAPTER 3 JST
Rebellion of Satan — Man’s agency, temptation and fall.
1 And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying, That Satan whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning;
2 And he came before me, saying, Behold I, send me, I will be thy Son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore, give me thine honor.
3 But behold, my beloved Son, which was my beloved and chosen from the beginning, said unto me: Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.
4 Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him; and also that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten I caused that he should be cast down; and he became Satan.
5 Yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive, and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice.
6 And now, the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field, which I, the Lord God, had made.
7 And Satan put it into the heart of the serpent, for he had drawn away many after him; and he sought also to beguile Eve, for he knew not the mind of God; wherefore, he sought to destroy the world.
I know, right!? What the what!? Here is the real word of God;
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'” 4The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make [one] wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
There are so many changes it is hard to know where to start. If I had more ambition I’d attack his abuse of the book of Isaiah. Comparing it to the entire book of Isaiah recovered from the Dead Sea Scrolls would be fun, but lots of work. For now, I will leave you with this to ponder, why would a true prophet of God make so many false prophecies and contradict the Bible so often he would have to write his own to support it? Why would you want to believe that God was once a man who through Mormonism became an exalted man then eventually a god who only re-ordered matter to make things? Why would you not worship the one true God who has never been made because he always existed? He was never a sinful man like the Mormon god once was. The true God made everything from nothing. He transcends all other things. The Mormon god is subject to the gods that sired him and they are subject to the ones who sired them and so on and on back eternally. Does that sound like the one true God, worthy of worship to you?
1But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.2Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;3and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 2 Peter 2:1-3 NASB
Here Peter is warning that there will men who deceive people into believing they are speaking the words of God to them, and that these men will be among them. (The believers) These false prophets will teach false doctrines that are destructive in intent towards the church and towards the personage of Christ. The Gnostics were the main group that was being warned against here. They taught that all flesh material things are evil and a hindrance to the spiritual things which are good. They also taught that Christ was either a purely spiritual being who only appeared to have a body or that the body he had was just a shell to be shed at the crucifixion. Gnostic teachers would come to town and claim to be prophets. They would stay in a home and teach for the time they stayed. Usually they would find the home of a woman whose husband was away or a widow’s home. They would seduce them with lies about some deeper knowledge that could only be gained by them through sex or money. The Gnostics had no problem teaching that Christ was God, but denied His human nature. On the other had we had the Judaizers who were teaching to keep obeying the laws for righteousness instead of teaching the appropriate doctrine of grace through faith, in Christ’s work and righteousness.
Because of these false teachers, good teachers and the truth would get a bad reputation. People then didn’t know the difference just like many people now. We always hear about some Christian doing something or teaching something that is bad. When this happens people tend to lump everything with the words, “Jesus” or “Church” together, and throw the baby out with the bathwater. So the way of truth was maligned. These same teachers would stay in the household where they were guests, eat the food, do no work, and lead people down the wrong path towards mysticism or legalism much like what happens today except ours are on television, going door to door, or selling books marketed to all of the undiscerning.
The warning was needed then and it is needed now. We must be vigilant and be on the alert for false teachers and lying men (and women) who say they are speaking the words God gave them. There is some comfort in verse 3. “…Their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep…” We know that our God is true and all knowing. Nothing escapes His notice or knowledge. All of the deeds of these abusers are weighed against them and they shall surely be punished for their crimes. God is just and will punish the wicked and restore the victims. We can trust Him.