Does this guy ever show up in your church?
He constantly complains about the state of the present-day church, he carps on the worldliness of Christians today, and he is dead-sure that modern preachers just aren’t as dedicated as they used to be. Recognize him?
One of his favorite lines goes like this: “What we need are a few New Testament churches!”
There is an answer to his hunger for a New Testament church. The fact is we have them all over the place.
The New Testament church was beset by inner struggles, doctrinal divisions, leaders on their own personal ego trips, preachers who were in it for the money, and false prophets.
Solomon was right. There is nothing new under the sun.
The troubles afflicting today’s church are not new. They’ve been a constant thorn in the flesh of God’s people from the beginning.
The second chapter of II Peter is not the only New Testament passage dealing with false prophets, but it’s about as explicit as any of them.
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.(II Peter 2:1)
In the old days, the Apostle Peter says, they had false prophets. Jeremiah 23 talks about them at length.
And in these recent days, he says, we have them too.