4. They blaspheme in matters, which they don’t understand (2:12): A Bible teacher should be sincere. While the people consider them as teachers, who know everything under the sky, they have to realize that there are human limitations. So they should keep silence on some occasions; it is better than to blaspheme and make God a laughing stock for many.
5. They are immoral and they seduce the unstable (2:14): The today’s English Version translates this as: “their appetite for sin is never satisfied”. It is a fact that the teachers of the Bible get attracted from the common public and the women faster than from the intellectuals. And due to their confidence in them as “brotherly” or “fatherly” figures women may take more freedom in their relationships too. What happens in the case of “false teachers” is they misunderstand this and some of them become immoral. This is a great and unpardonable sin.
6. They are greedy (2:14): The Bible teachers and pastors have access to the wealthy and powerful of a place. They may also get money and other gifts. This can tempt some of them to become rich and rich. What they have to remember is the fact that when they decided to become a leader of the Church their intention was not to make money. They would have got qualifications for a decent job, which would bring them more money. But their decision was to serve the Lord at first. Therefore greedy teachers blaspheme God and His Church.
7. They don’t really believe in the promises of our Lord about His second coming (3:4): This is the biggest blunder of a Bible teacher. It is quite normal that people may be skeptic towards some of the teachings of the Bible. But the teachers of the Bible are called and appointed by God and therefore they have to clear the doubts of the audience. At first they have to be convinced and only they will be able to teach. Instead of this some of them may ask like scoffers: “Where is the promise of his coming? …all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation”.
In a nutshell Peter warns his people against some of the teachers of the Bible. They will be good in speaking and they can make good impressions through their crafty speeches. Good stories and illustrations will be their attraction. But they are like “springs without water” or “clouds driven by storm” (2:17). Even angels are afraid of them, and therefore these would not blame them (2:11), but a donkey may speak against them as in the case of Balaam, the insanity of a prophet is exposed (2:16). Peter has no doubt that the false teachers will be punished, because God did not spare even the angels, who sinned (2:4). One who creates wrong theologies will definitely be punished in the Day of the Judgment; the flood during Noah’s time (2:5) or the story of Sodom and Gomorrah (2:6) are warnings for them.
Make God’s Call a Permanent Experience
As a remedy for the evils in which a Bible Teacher can involve himself Peter suggests to “make the divine call and choice a permanent experience” (1:10). One has to refresh his divine experience on a daily basis. Bible reading, devotions and meditations can help him. The Biblical instances where prophets and teachers were called by God should certainly inspire a theologian. He should realize the value of the Divine Call and tell himself that God has appointed him as a teacher of the Bible. Once this is ensured, everything else would follow. The voice of a speaker, his qualifications, his language background, his communicative skills and his physical appearance would not make him a preacher or theologian, who speaks on behalf of God. He gets that authority only through his continuous relationship with God. Every prophecy or Scripture is inspired by God (1:20) and similarly, the interpretation of the Bible is possible only with the assistance of the Holy Spirit (1:21).
Similarly, a teacher of the Scripture was asked to lead a “holy” and “dedicated” life. Peter asks him to seven virtues to their Christian faith. These are: Goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, charity and Love (1:5-7). Only when a theologian or pastor or teacher of the Church has got these basic virtues in life he can interpret the Bible as per God’s wish. More than jokes, illustrations and dramatic anecdotes what the believers need is a real “witness” of God; this will make them Partakers of the Glory and goodness of God.
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