MARCH 16, 2 Peter 1:16
Satan has infiltrated the world with many cults or faiths that have a likeness to our faith, but yet are very different. You have to be careful and watch out for them. Some are doomsday cults – predicting a particular date Jesus will return and teach that they are to stop living life as they normally do, but perhaps sell all they have, contribute to the cult, and invite others to do so.
Others may add books to the bible, saying that God’s revelation was not completed with the bible but will need other books. But God warns us against adding to or subtracting from His Word. Deuteronomy 4:2 says “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
Still others teach the need to do good works in order to go to heaven. But the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
All these false teachings are what Peter calls “cunningly devised fables”. Satan is more cunning than we think. We have to be careful of him and men who follow him for they can spin seemingly wonderful stories that sound believable. So what can we do? Keep close to God through knowing His word. We have to pay close attention when God’s Word is taught, and add to our knowledge of his Word.
Thought: May I remain faithful to Him!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach me to be wise and learn much from You, and be careful of cults that teach wrong doctrines. Thank You for Your word, and I pray I will really treasure and learn from it so that I can detect wrong doctrines and not fall for them. In Jesus’ name I pray – amen.