In Second Peter, chapter two, the aged Apostle, 30 years after Pentecost and the birth of the New Testament Church, warns us in writing. He speaks of the apostate teachers that already had begun their work in the Church.
He said, they are among you, bringing damnable heresies, and many are following their harmful ways. And through covetousness make merchandise of the people they minister too. He compares their judgment with that of the angels that sinned and were cast down to hell and placed in chains of darkness, reserved unto judgment. He likens them to the people of the old world, that were destroyed by the flood because they were ungodly. Peter, associated these apostate teachers with the ungodly of Sodom and Gomorrha and how they were condemned to ashes, as an ensample to those that afterword would live the same way.
THE ELIJAH MINISTRY TODAY
Compare that with today, the Elijah ministry brought a message that restored us back to the original Apostolic teaching. William Branham was taken to his reward, nearly 60 years ago. I wonder what he would say of us today?
I wonder what the Apostle Peter, would write today seeing the condition of the church which he labored so hard to preserve. He wrote then, exalting Scriptures as our absolute against those that preach a different doctrine, "...prophecy that came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21)."
The apostle also writes to the Godly, who live today in the midst of ungodly apostate teachers; "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished (2 Peter 2:9)."
Peter, thirty years after Pentecost, writing of the false teachers in the church said; they are among you, and many are following their ways. I wonder, if today they are already among us, with many following their damnable heresies again.
OUR RESOURCE IN THE TIME OF APOSTASY
Read the Bible daily, and find hope and encouragement, while we live in a world that is reserved for judgment. I find the Bible is under attract more than I have ever seen it in my life time, and I wonder why? I think I know the reason!
"Well, every denomination is an ultimate to their believers.
But, to me, and to the ones that I hope that I'm leading to Christ, and by Christ, the Bible is our ultimate. God said, 'Let every man's word be a lie, and Mine Truth.' And I believe that the Bible is God's ultimate. No matter what anyone else says; It's the ultimate." - WMB
Pastor Bill Ivy - Living Word Tabernacle, Campbell Missouri USA - Our services are archived - www.livingwordtabernacle.com