Eyes Full of Adultery

II Peter 2:13-14.

And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

Peter continues his warnings against false teachers. His words are strong and to the point, and I’m sure some will find them too harsh, offensive, and wish that Peter had spoken more gently.

I would remind you that Jesus Himself used strong, harsh language against the Pharisees (Matt. 23:27), and when He drove the moneychangers out of the temple in Jerusalem (Matt. 21:12), to name just two instances in which He spoke strongly and openly against sin. What is the reason for such sharp rebukes?

The reason is that people are led away from biblical truth by false teachers who put all the emphasis on the wrong thing: Satisfaction of the flesh. Be nice. Don’t offend anyone.

The gospel itself is a rebuke to those who deny Christ.

Peter says that such people will receive the rewards of their unrighteousness. They are like spots and blemishes (defiled, moral blemishes; blots, disgraces to decent society). They sport themselves (to live in luxury, live delicately or luxuriously, to revel in) while they enjoy rich, lavish feasts with you.

Their eyes are full of adultery. What a harsh condemnation for these false teachers, who sometimes preach and teach against the lusts of the flesh while they secretly–and sometimes openly–commit the very sins they preach against. The can’t stop sinning. Worse, they beguile (to bait, catch by a bait; to beguile by blandishments, allure, entice, deceive) weaker people with outright lies, luring them away from biblical standards of behavior.

They are covetous in their hearts, wanting honor and recognition. They love to be praised for their wisdom and understanding of spiritual things, when in fact they are cursed children (an execration, imprecation, curse). The word children, in this context, means children of the devil: those who in thought and action are prompted by the devil, and so reflect his character.

I believe the heart of God is deeply grieved when those who claim to be “called” as pastors misuse their position and influence for evil, deceiving the people they are supposed to be serving. This sin is not limited to any one creed or denomination. Some pastors use the Old Testament command to “touch not God’s anointed” (I Chron. 16:22) to teach people that they ought never, no matter what, speak ill of a pastor. The Old Testament application was to anointed priests and prophets, before the Church ever existed.

There is an abundance of biblical teaching about exposing false prophets. This is a website that quotes 100 passages about exactly that:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/exposing_false_teachers

There is also the right and biblical way to address sin in the context of the church: Matthew 18:15-18 details the steps to take when there is open sin in the church.

We must never shrink in fear of being “out of line” where sin is concerned. How else can people be taught what is biblically correct, if they can never question the supposed spiritual giant behind the pulpit?

If you have a godly, humble servant of God in your church, be thankful. Don’t take him for granted. Be wise and discerning, always ready to speak truth.

2 thoughts on “Eyes Full of Adultery

  1. Marge P

    Any pastor should encourage his congregation to be like the Bereans
    “for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so”
    .

    Liked by 1 person

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