2 Peter‬ ‭2:10-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“He is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire, and who despise authority. These people are proud and arrogant, daring even to scoff at supernatural beings without so much as trembling. But the angels, who are far greater in power and strength, do not dare to bring from the Lord a charge of blasphemy against those supernatural beings. These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed.”

2 Peter‬ ‭2:10-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In our modern way of thinking, sexuality and the lack of control over it, is considered the hugest virtue. The pursuit of every desire and curiosity is considered, not only the highest morality, but also considered to be an evil integral piece of one’s humanity. This teaching is modern, but it is not new. Admittedly, we have come to recognize such teachings, when connected to a religion to be a sure sign of cultic behavior. In fact, Peter was dealing with an influx of teachers who taught similar things. These things run counter to the nature of believers. Believers are to be self controlled. That is to say that they are to rule their passions rather than have their passions rule over them. Peter likens this to animal behavior. Animals may be magnificent, but they are not noble. When we choose to behave as animals, we choose the consequences of animals. Interestingly he notes that angels do not even do this. We had chosen the consequences of fallen angels in Eden. Behaving this way takes a step further into our descent from the intended nobility of the image of God. I can angels cannot understand the depths we are capable of within that freedom. We must be protective of who we follow, what they teach and what fruit it produces. Otherwise, the consequences could be quite disastrous. Anyone who trades God’s nobility for the lust of the flesh, trades God’s blessings with it.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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