Beware! There Will Be Scoffers! – Allen Nell

Originally from here.

The Apostle Peter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, knew that people in the last days would use the seeming delay of our Lord’’s return as a means by which they might scoff at the Biblical teaching of coming judgment. And thus, in the third chapter of his second epistle, Peter felt the necessity of writing to warn Christians not to be deceived by scoffers.

In 2 Peter 3:3, we read that, ““There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.”” A scoffer is someone who treats lightly that which ought to be taken seriously.

The people in Noah’’s day scoffed at the idea of a flood, and the citizens of Sodom scoffed at the possibility of fire and brimstone destroying their sinful city. In this verse, the scoffers referred to by Peter are those people who refuse to take the Bible seriously, when it speaks about Christ’’s return and the certainty of judgment.

It is apparent that there are many scoffers in the world today—: not only those who openly deny end-time events, but also those who by their ungodly lifestyles imply that the Biblical teaching concerning our Lord’’s return, and coming judgment, should not be taken seriously.

The reason why there is scoffing today is given by the Apostle Peter in verse 3: they are “walking after their own lusts.” Because people want to continue living in their sins, they scoff at the idea of judgment. Verse 5 goes on to describe them as “willingly ignorant

In other words, they don’’t want to believe what is revealed by the prophets and the apostles concerning coming judgment, because they want to continue in sin without the threat of judgment hanging over them. And so they dismiss it from their minds (“willingly ignorant”), and in addition, come up with their own arguments to console themselves, essentially saying that judgment is not coming.

Their arguments are contained in verse 4. Their first argument has to do with the delay in Christ’’s coming. “Where is the promise of His coming?” They don’’t want Christ to come because it will mean judgment for them, and thus they argue that because the promise of Christ’’s coming has not been fulfilled, there is little reason to believe that it will ever take place.

Their second argument has to do with the stability of the laws of nature and the uniformity of the processes of nature. “For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” They maintain that nothing catastrophic has happened in the past, so there is no reason to believe it will happen in the future. They argue that the laws of nature are fixed and settled. The sun rises and sets, the tides ebb and flow, and the seasons follow each other in their usual order. Thus it is impossible for an upheaval (such as the prophesied fiery judgment) to take place in a universe with such highly fixed laws…

Beware!

Peter tells us, “”Beloved…beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen”” (2 Peter 3:17-18).

Scoffing and Porn: From John Boruff

I would also like to make a connection between scoffers and pornography, because it seems that people who get caught up in this tend to scoff at God and religion. 1. Scoffers follow their own lusts, that is, pornography and casual sex (2 Peter 3:3, KJV). 2. They are willingly ignorant of the consequences of fornication and adultery (v. 5), both before God and society: they rationalize it, push it out of their minds, trying to console themselves.

Sexual immorality is like a drug. It makes you high and releases happy-pleasure chemicals in your brain like serotonin. It can become a sexual addiction, like a drug addiction. Not only that, it is a shameful, degrading thing. It demoralizes all that is wholesome and pure. Porn addicts end up that way because life gets tough; and they are seeking comfort and happiness: which they ought to find in God’s presence in a Pentecostal or charismatic church. In their opinion, immorality is the best way to feel good and be happy. They turn to their flesh to comfort their woes rather than the Holy Spirit. But it is not consistent. With churches on every corner, God’s presence in and with society, and the continuing idea of the sinfulness of adultery and fornication, the destruction such things cause to families and children, resulting in abortions, to promote divorce and prostitution, to destroy reputations, to destroy bank accounts, it is hard for the porn addict to shut these things totally out of the way. So, their happiness eludes them; God sees to it. After the orgasm, they realize its wrong. After the orgasm, they wish they could stop. After the orgasm, they would like to pray. After the orgasm, they worry about Hell. Because it is not sex within holy matrimony. It is prostitution and abomination to God! All porn lovers are probably scoffers of Christianity, in one way or another. They have to be.

My suggestion to those who struggle with outrageous sexual lusts is the same as the apostle Paul: get married (1 Cor. 7). If getting married is not enough, then keep the lines of sexual communication open with your spouse, and try to do whatever you can for each other to enhance each other’s sex lives, and improve on each other’s physical attraction (Prov. 5:19; Song of Solomon). Paul says that the wife’s body belongs to the husband and vice versa. Prostitutes, porn stars, and supermodels should not be allowed to compete for your attraction to your spouse.

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is the founder of WesleyGospel.com, a husband, father, and sometimes an open air preacher. He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and views himself as a Baptistic Pentecostal. As a Christian, he feels connected with all members of the body of Christ, but can identify the most with churches like the Assemblies of God and the Vineyard. In 2015, he released "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," which is meant to be a Bible study for open air preaching. For his other writings, search articles on this site or see the E-Books section.
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