These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. 18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” – 2 Peter 2:17-22
Several years ago a member of the church I serve brought his 10 year old son to my office. The boy had a problem with lying. We talked about the importance of truth, and I used an illustration of ten pennies, saying they were ten dollars, when in fact they weren’t. No amount of my saying they were dollars would convince him otherwise. Then I asked him, “what difference does it make?” It’s just words. He looked at me wide-eyed. I hope he got the message.
Saying something is so doesn’t make it so – unless you are God. That’s the point of lying: only God can create and sustain a world by virtue of his word. When God said, “Let there be light,” there was light. When I said there were ten dollars, there were still only ten pennies.
The problem with lying is that you have to use more and more words to sustain the fake reality you have tried to create by your words. Eventually the lie falls under its own weight. Such is the nature of evil. It cannot be sustained. Ultimately those who forsake God and turn away from him will be even more lost than they were to begin with. The fall of their lives is gravely disastrous.
Some want to say that such people have never been saved in the first place. Peter seems not to say that. In fact our salvation has been won by Jesus’ death for the sins of the whole world. Our faith receives the gift already given. Sadly, we can lose our faith and our salvation.
Those who believe otherwise put themselves in grave danger of eternal destruction. That’s why it is important to gather with other believers to worship, hear God’s word, receive the Lord’s Supper, and encouragement of the brothers and sisters in Christ.
I am personally thankful for those who make a habit of worshiping; it encourages me even as I serve as a pastor. I pray that those who come to worship are edified and encouraged in their walk in faith by the power of God’s Holy Spirit, working through his people and his word.