70 myths on losing salvation: Myth 30-38. Walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness; receive the reward of unrighteousness,; and exercise your heart with covetous practices.

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I am sorry for being away for so long. I am glad to continue tonight. Tonight we are going to look at myths 30-37. I will deal with myth 31 tomorrow. 

30. walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government, and die in your sins, being presumptuous and self-willed; having no fear of God to speak evil of people who are righteous. 2Pet 2:10

32. speak evil of the things you don’t understand and utterly perish in your own corruption. 2Pet 2:12

33. receive the reward of unrighteousness, like the unsaved 2Pe 2:13

34. become a Spot and a blemish, sporting yourself with your own deceivings while you feast with true brethren 2Pet 2:13

35. have eyes full of adultery that cannot cease from sin 2Pet 2:14

36. deceive other unstable souls 2Pet 2:14

37. exercise your heart with covetous practices 2Pet 2:14; Jer 6:13; Ezek 33:31; Luke 12:15; Rom 1:29

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38. Become a well without water, a cloud carried about with a tempest, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 2Pet 2:17

I decided to group the above myths together as they refer to the same passages in 2 Peter 2. I had already posted some notes on 2 Peter 2 in myth 28 nd 29: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/70-myths-of-losing-salvation-27-and-28-forsaking-the-right-way-and-loving-the-wages-of-unrighteousness-2-peter-21415/

The above myths are based on the following verses:

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell,[a] putting them in chains of darkness[b] to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an exampleof what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh[c] and despise authority.

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from[d] the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.

13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.[e] 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer,[f] who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

17 These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[g] and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

Well that’s a mouthful. How do we begin t understand this passage?

Well a clue is in the proverb “A dog returns to its vomit.” What does that mean? Peter is actually quoting:

Proverbs 26:11

New International Version (NIV)

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
    so fools repeat their folly.

So the persons “they” or these “false teachers” are people who “repeat their folly”. We are also told that these “false teachers” forsook the way of “righteousness” and turn their backs on the sacred command.

What exactly is the way of righteousness? Dear friends, it is very important for us to note here, Peter refers to Lot and Noah as righteous people. Here is the interesting question. Many consider people who are righteous to be people under law. In fact smashingidols in fact says that the righteousness is embedded in the law. ( Here is his article: http://smashingidols7.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/70-ways-a-believer-can-fall-away/)) But! Lot and Noah were never under the law. The law existed before them. In fact Noah in himself is not righteous. He had to inherit it.

Hebrews 11: By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

In fact Noah became righteous by faith not by obeying the law.

I think you are as surprised to find Peter calling Lot righteous. How did he become righteous? Same way Abraham did. By faith.

Hence the righteousness that Peter is referring to has nothing to do with the law. In fact it is the very opposite.

Paul speaks about this in Romans 3:

20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[h] Jesus Christ to all who believe.

It is totally apart from the law. This is a righteousness by faith in Christ alone.

What then is the “sacred command” then? I submit it is this.

1 John 3:23

New International Version (NIV)

23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

So these ‘teachers’ departed from a righteousness which is imputed to you by faith and returned to the law. A man who repeats his folly. A dog going back to its vomit. A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud. “15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer,[f] who loved the wages of wickedness.”

In fact if you refer to the preamble of 2 Peter, you would note that the only righteousness he recognizes is the righteousness of faith.

2 Peter 1

To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

Peter clearly distinguishes these false teachers from the believers. He calls the believers godly. Yes to Peter, even Lot is godly. See:

and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

In fact when Peter refers to those who crave after the flesh, he is actually referring to those who place their confidence in the works of the law.

See: 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh[c] and despise authority.

I have actually written an earlier blog about what sowing in the flesh means. It is simply placing your confidence in the flesh. Here is the note: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/sowing-in-the-flesh-where-we-have-gone-wrong/

Hence it is pertinent for us to note that the references that were made are not referring to believers in the grace gospel. Believers in the finished work of Jesus. Faith righteousness.

Like Lot, while we are too saved by faith and not by our works. If Lot can be righteous, who are we not to be?

Peace.

I have written other articles of how safe your salvation is in Christ: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/tag/70-ways-to-lose-your-salvation/)

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