Bible Passage:2 Peter 2:21
For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them.
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Here Peter speaks especially of teachers, by whom the people have been shamefully mistreated. The people have, indeed, had warning enough, but they have not minded it, they did not lay hold of the Gospel, but by their lives have deserved such anger of God. It is not such a trifling matter of sport that one must laugh at it, but of such seriousness that the heart should fear and tremble on account of it. Therefore we should lay hold upon it with seriousness, and pray that God would turn away His anger and such plagues from us. For this calamity does not come unforseen, but it is sent by God as a punishment, as St. Paul says: "Since they have not received the love of the truth, that they might be saved, therefore shall God send upon them strong delusion so that they shall believe a lie" (2 Thess 2). For had the punishment gone so far only that none but the false teachers were lost, it would have been a small thing; but they have had the rule and carried all the world with them to hell. Therefore, in regard to the evil, we are to take no counsel except to regard the matter in godly fear and humility, confess our guilt, and pray God to turn away the punishment from us.
Though I have grieved Thy Spirit, Lord,
His help and comfort still afford;
And let me now come near Thy throne,
To plead the merits of Thy Son.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"
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