How to Deal with Accusers

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Volume 57, Number 2
How to Deal with Accusers
Peter gave instructions to those who were about
to suffer severe persecution for their faith (1 Peter).
He gave instructions on how to deal with those who
accused them of wrongdoing (3:14-15). This can also
help us as we face detractors. Note four steps:
Do not be intimidated (14). “But even if you
should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be
blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled...”
Never allow those who oppose the truth to intimidate
you so that you cower. Rather, live in confidence of
your faith.
Sanctify Christ in your heart (15). “...but in
your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy...” The
phrase “regard as holy” could be translated
“sanctify.” The point seems to be that Christ should
be “set apart” in your heart. That is, make sure he
has the place of honor above all else in your thinking
and devotion.
Be prepared to answer (15). “...always being
prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you
for a reason for the hope that is in you...” Know what
you believe and why. Knowledge of God's word
brings the confidence needed. Put in the required
effort to know God's will.
Live right (16). “...having a good conscience, so
that, when you are slandered, those who revile your
good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” Make
sure that any charge of wrongdoing has to be a lie.
See you Sunday, ready to answer...
2 Peter: Understanding False Teachers (Chapter 2)
David South
One step in avoiding the dangers posed by false teachers is to understand them and
how they work. That seems to be the intent of 2 Peter chapter 2. The material can be
organized into four categories:
Their Conduct (1-3)
Their Condemnation (4-10a)
Their Character (10b-16)
Their Claims (17-22)
Their conduct (1-3). This appears to be a generic description of the methods used by those
who teach error. Not every teacher will use all the methods described. Peter gives six
descriptors of those methods.
1. They masquerade of as one us (1). “But false prophets also arose among the
people, just as there will be false teachers among you...” Peter had referred to the
Old Testament prophets at the end of chapter 1. He pointed out that there were also
false prophets back then. In the same way, he warned that there would be false
teachers “among” the Christians. The danger for the church is not only from without.
(See Acts 20:29-30 and 1 Jn. 2:18-19). One need not panic, but neither should one
ignore the threat. The Christian cannot accept the teacher just because he claims to
be of us. One must always put the teacher to the test of Scripture (Acts 17:11).
2. They move secretly (1). “...who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even
denying the Master who bought them...” The phrase “secretly bring in” comes from
a Greek word which literally means “bring in alongside of.” In the movies, the hero
sometimes has to sneak into the enemy's territory by hiding alongside the cattle or the
delivery truck. False teachers slip error in alongside the truth. This is part of what
makes it so dangerous. Just enough truth is usually included so as to make the heresy
hard to spot. These teachers were going so far as to deny the Lord who bought them.
This does not mean that this is the only error that was being taught; it simply is given
as an example of how far they will go. This is the sense of the word “even.”
3. They mislead many (2). “And many will follow their sensuality...” The simply
word “many” indicates the extent of their influence. This is not a small problem.
The “many” will follow the sensuality advocated by these teachers. The word
translated “sensuality” (aselgeia) is sometimes translated “lasciviousness” or
“debauchery”(Gal. 5:19; Jude 4). The word is quite broad, meaning the lack of
restraint. These teachers were trying to remove restraints. The contexts in which the
word is found in the New Testament are usually contexts of sexual sin. Thus, the
word is often understood as a lack of restraint when it comes to sexual morality.
Some teachers led many astray to a lifestyle that is unacceptable to God – all the
while claiming to serve God.
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worship, then a catered luncheon from Leonard's
Barbeque, then a brief devotional and then be dismissed
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Recently, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a
victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, CO,
was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's
subcommitee. What he said to our nation's leaders during this
special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it
received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher,
every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every
so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott
are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. The following is a
portion of the transcript:
“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good and
evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of
kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful
daughter Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and
the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood
cries out for answers.
(continued ...12 Years Later...)
“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew
his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he
used..Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The
true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be
found in Cain's heart.
“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was
amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such
as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I
do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the
NRA – because I don't believe that they are responsible for my
daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be
defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's
murder I would be their strongest opponent.
“I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a
tragedy – it was an event that should be forcing us to look at where
the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room.
Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers
themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that express my
feelings best.
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!
“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of
body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part
of our makeup, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and
hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present
within our educational systems for most of our nation's history.
Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This
is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have
refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred
and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's
tragedy occurs – politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such
as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws
that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We
do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would have been
stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop
someone who spends months planning this type of massacres. The
real villain lies within our own hearts.
“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library
and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not
hesitate to pray in school I defy any law or politician to deny them
that right! I challenge every young person in America, and around
the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High
School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the
many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move
into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that
violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those
of you who would point your finger at the NRA – I give to you a
sincere challenge...Dare to examine your own heart before casting
the first stone! My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young
people of this country will not allow that to happen!”
- Darrell Scott-