II Peter 2:1-22 speaks to false teachers who preach doctrinal and moral apostasy, and who exploit and manipulate Christ Jesus' words for personal gain.
Through reading and dialogue, I've learned that most "liberal" and/or "new-age" pastors are much more tolerant, accommodating and accepting of false religionists, atheism, evolution, abortion and homosexuality than they are of fundamentalist Christians with a literal Biblical perspective.
Ms. Mary Sanders, pastor of Galt's Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, like her counterpart, Steven Newman of Lodi First Baptist Church, feels put off with some Christians who see God's warning and judgment in His natural phenomena like wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.
She calls this an absurd notion, but what is really absurd is that an alleged Christian pastor would teach that homosexual marriage is the newest "civil rights equality" when the Bible teaches that homosexuality is an abomination in God's eyes.
When you stop and think about it, Christ Jesus is our example, and He is judgmental, intolerant, narrow-minded and rigid about sin. By the way, Jesus' harsh words weren't just for the self-righteous religious leaders. He wasn't very happy with the money changers in the temple whom He drove from the temple and overthrew their tables and money onto the floor.
Jesus told them, "Make not my Father's house a house of merchandise (John 2:14-17)," and II Peter 2:3 warns us, "And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgments now of a long time lingers not and their damnation slumbers not."
These words aren't stones that shatter glass houses, but truth that heals and builds. Like Micah 6:8 tells us that God requires: do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God … justice, kindness and humility all require right knowledge, understanding, wisdom and discernment without which we cannot grasp truth.
Faith comes from the hearing of the Word of God … not the words of man.
My prayer is that we will hear God's truth and repent of our sin and be saved. Maybe that should be your prayer, too.
William Van Amber Fields