Bible Passage:2 Peter 2:14
Having eyes full of adultery, and that never cease from sin; enticing unstable souls; having a heart trained in greed; accursed children.
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Why does St. Peter say, not that they are adulterers, but that they have eyes full of adultery? It is as much as though he would say, 'They think continually about nothing but fornication, and can never restrain their perversion, nor be satisfied and quiet.' This is the cause of their gluttony and revelry, so far as they can push it. Enticing unstable souls. They allure and draw light-minded and unstable souls, who are without faith, to imagine that everything is spiritual; and everything is manipulated to this end, that men may think that if you follow them, every one shall have enough, and good times besides, and, moreover, that he shall reach heaven. And yet, this is all done to this purpose, that they may fill their bodies and their pocketbooks. Having a heart trained in greed. St. Peter does not say that they are greedy, but they have a heart saturated with greed, and especially trained therein. All that this class practices and pursues is simple, pure greed. Accursed children. They are subject to the curse of God, so that before God they have no favor or salvation, and only become more wicked from day to day, and continually, also, greater blasphemers of God; so that they surely fill themselves full to the brim with the wrath and terrible judgment of God.
Delay not, delay not, the hour is at hand;
The earth shall dissolve, and the heavens shall fade;
The dead, small and great, in the judgment shall stand;
What power then, O sinner, shall lend thee its aid?
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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