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Speaking of False Teachers (which aren’t lacking in our day)

June 12, 2011

By Derek Hess (taken with permission) Good fitting scripture to accompany this piece: 2 Peter 2:19b "...For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved."

A couple of days ago I asked Derek Hess on his FB page if he would mind if I used his art and commented on it, in short, he said go for it, so I will.   I think allot of his art speaks to me and causes me to think on many biblical subjects and or topics.  I like most of his art, it’s gritty, it’s raw and speaks volumes.  Sometimes I can’t even explain what I feel when I look at it, but it hits and connects somewhere.  Now, what I get from it may not be what he is trying to put out, but that’s besides the point.  The cool thing about art is that every one looks at it from a different angle and thus gets something different from it.

This piece has so many angles, you can come at it in so many different ways.  It’s dark, it speaks of someone in captivity, someone in misery.  Someone who has given up the struggle.  I see the person being enveloped by a force bigger than himself, completely overpowered.  Ensnared, trapped, without hope, exhausted. a prisoner. a slave.

The scripture that came to mind doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with a person being exhausted and wanting out, but it does speak to slavery.  The scripture passage addresses false teachers, which Peter  (the apostle) is warning the Christians against.  So, speaking of false teachers Peter writes:  These (false teachers) “are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm.  For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved.  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.  They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption.  For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.”  2 Peter 2:17-19

Opposite of this, the gospel is a proclamation of freedom.  The truth is that Jesus came to set the captives free and to bring them out of slavery.  Just as we see in the account of Moses when God uses him to bring the Israelites out of the captivity of Egypt, into the promised land so Jesus came to set us free and will eventually bring us into the promised land.  Along the way there will be those who will try to ensnare you and bring you into captivity, but turn away from them and follow Jesus who is the Savior of all of mankind.  “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved (set free) through Him.  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because  he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” – John 3:18

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  1. norma permalink
    June 12, 2011 10:53 pm

    this scripture came to mind as I read your post….
    Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? Acts 15:10

    It seems like someone ells is putting a yoke on the Disciples…we put a yoke or burden on our brothers and sisters…But the Gospel sets people free…and that should be our message.

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