WELLS WITHOUT WATER & CLOUDS WITHOUT RAIN
These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; (2 Peter2v17 KJV)
The second letter of Peter and also the little letter of Jude contain warnings against false teachers, their messages, and their motives.
At that time such teachers were scattered among the early churches, proclaiming their own versions of the Gospel. Throughout the ages, church history is littered with false teachings, divisions and splits, atrocities, major arguments, with people and groups becoming outcasts from the “established” denominational churches.
The letters of Peter and Jude are just as much a warning for us today as when they were originally written. False and distorted teachings still exist today and some are very subtle indeed! Sometimes at first sight some teachings appear very attractive and scriptural. However, a closer consideration shows flaws when carefully tested in proper context against the whole scriptures, Old and New Testaments.
In the past, movements have sprung up, often with some controversy and after a period faded away. The problem is that such movements leave a trail of wrongly taught Christians who sincerely believe they have found something good, or new, or a biblical principle somehow neglected or not understood by past generations.
Such modernistic “teachings” promise much, but like the false teachings in the early church, they’re like clouds promising rain but are arid. They appear as deep refreshing wells but they’re dry. Let’s not chase fleeting clouds of excitement or dig deep desert wells of pseudo-theology; but let’s be like those who searched the scriptures daily to see if the things they heard were true (Acts 17v10-11).
Today there is a plethora of often conflicting teachings from the widely varying modern expressions within and outside the denominations, Christian groupings and para-church ministries. Many claims are often exciting, the arguments convincing and the proof texts appear valid. Yet confusion and contradictions exist – and we get an inner feeling that something is wrong; our life experience, and that of others, contradicts what we are encouraged to believe.
All this brings concern and doubt to the extent that our faith can be shaken or even completely destroyed. The enemy, Satan, is subtly misleading the people of God who are not vigilant and who are ignorant of the full scope of the whole scriptures.
For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. (Psalm 119v89).
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel….. (Colossians 1v23).
God’s word and purposes never change; He is forever the same! He has declared this in His word, the scriptures, and no one has a mandate to change or distort the “once delivered faith.”
It’s time to get back to basics, to the fundamental truths of scripture, to the chief cornerstone and foundation of the once delivered faith – the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s time to center on the one true gospel and the major core truths of the whole scriptures, taken in full context and correct interpretation.