Brood of Vipers

Brood of Vipers

In NO CHARGE, we recapped the 5 posts covering verses 1-10 and looked in depth at verse 11. Today, we are going to look more in depth at the people that verse 1 warns about: FALSE TEACHERS.

To do so, let’s look at what verses 1-10 has already said about them:

The False Teachers

  • They will be among us – within in our assemblies

  • They will teach under false pretenses (secretly introduce and purposely mislead)

  • They will introduce destructive heresies (damning breaks in orthodoxy)

  • They will divide the assemblies – causing sects to form from within those assemblies

  • They will even deny the Master

  • They will blaspheme (insult – speak evil of) the TRUE WAY

  • They will be greedy

  • They will exploit people using false stories they make up in their own mind

  • They will continue to follow their old natures – their worldly natures

  • They will live ungodly lives – lives not centered on being Holy

  • They will crave and lust after the worldly standard instead of the godly one – the Holy one

  • They will despise the godly standards and laws by which our Master rules

  • They will be audacious (bold, daring, no respect of divine authority)

  • They will be arrogant (think too highly of themselves)

  • They will be self-pleasing (love pleasure)

  • They will not tremble or even shiver at insulting God’s messengers

This is what we have learned so far about the False Teacher in these first 10 verses of 2nd Kefa (Peter) chapter 2. Knowing basic human nature, I am going to ask a very pointed question:

What about if they only do 1 or 2 or 3 of these and not all of them?

Kefa (Peter) is not giving an exhaustive list, he is giving a thorough warning to his fellow believers so that they can be aware of, and possibly spot, people doing some or all of the things listed above. He does this so that believers can avoid them – stay away from them – not be poisoned by them. He reminds them in his letter that these people are headed to hell. That these False Teachers were prophesied about long ago. He does this in case some of them are already caught up in their nonsense. He does this so that those who are not, won’t be.

After all, why would anyone with any common sense want to follow the teaching of a teacher that is going to hell – that it was prophesied long ago would go to hell and be destroyed?

I have seen every one of these things first hand in churches and shuls that I have been involved with or belonged to. I have seen it from Rabbis and from Pastors. I have seen it is small group bible studies and in Torah studies. I have seen it on worship teams and in children’s ministries. I have seen it on television ministries and from street preachers. I have seen it in major Christian magazines and in books. I have seen it from Christian musical artists and from elders of churches.

It is all around us. There is no escaping it. It is in our face every day!

There is a lot of bank (lot of money) and power to be made from the Bible . . . especially if you twist it, pervert it, repackage it, throw in a bunch things you have made up, and then present it as THE REAL TRUTH.

History proves this to be true or there would be no Mormons, no Worldwide Church of God, no Jehovah’s Witnesses, no Oneness Pentecostal, no Islam, no Health and Wealth, no Prosperity Gospel, no Deliverance Ministries, no King James Only, no Inquisition, no Hyper Grace, no Emergent, no Westboro Baptist type assemblies, no homosexual ordaining churches, no churches with 92 different branches within one denomination . . . there would only be God’s Truth, God’s Holy word – unaltered. Without using and perverting God’s word (the bible) to further his own evil agenda, Adolf Hitler may well have had a hard time gaining the support he did.

So what does Kefa (Peter) say that he already hasn’t said about these people?

He says:

  • They act with out thinking (operating on instinct – not reason – not God’s reason)

  • They are like animals without reason (they are irrational – absurd – unreasonable)

  • They insult things about which they have no knowledge (blaspheme – insult)

  • They were born to be captured and destroyed (like animals)

  • They will be destroyed totally and perish (go to hell)

2 Peter 2:12 (CJB)
12  But these people, acting without thinking,

like animals without reason,

born to be captured and destroyed,

insult things about which they have no knowledge.

When they are destroyed, their destruction will be total —

But Kefa (Peter) doesn’t stop there. He drives the point home again and again. He says:

“They will be paid back harm as wages for the harm they are doing”

Did you notice a little nuance here? “the harm they are doing?” It is harmful to pervert and twist the word of God. Who is harmed? The hearer. In a word, YOU! With that in mind, let’s continue as Kefa (Peter) also continues to rail on these false teachers:

  • They will be dominated with lust for life’s pleasures (sex, food, wealth – the good life)

  • They won’t even try to hide their love for these effeminate, soft, luxurious, life-styles

  • They will be on the lookout for women willing to commit adultery

  • They will have eyes that never stop sinning

  • They will have a heart (mind) they have trained and exercised to be greedy (to covet)

  • They will do this so that they can seduce (entrap, lure) unstable (weak in faith) believers

2 Peter 2:14 (CJB)
14  for they have eyes always on the lookout

for a woman who will commit adultery,

eyes that never stop sinning;

and they have a heart that has exercised itself in greed;

so that they seduce unstable people…

Think this doesn’t apply to you? Do you think you are immune? Consider the following:

Everyday people watch television. On their televisions, they are continually inundated with tiny 30 second and/or 1 minute advertising about a particular product. They see these ads on the Internet. They see these ads on billboards. They see these ads in their newspapers. They see these ads in their stores. They see these ads in their emails.

In a study I read but can’t find at the moment (I believe it was a Nielson study), said that the average person sees 20,000 commercials a year. By the time they are 60, they will have seen over 2 million commercials!

Guess what the ultimate job of a commercial is? To make you covet!

You’ll be happier if . . . Women will like you better if . . . Your neighbors will envy you if . . . You’ll be more successful if . . .” you want, buy and use our product.

As the text says above, they will have a mind trained and exercised to be greedy or covetous. Commercials are just one of the things that set that stage. If you can see this in the commercial study above, then maybe you can see how this happens in our churches, shuls, bible studies and homes.  Be honest with yourselves, how many of you will have seen or read 2 million verses of scripture by the time you are 60?  Which way will and has your mind been trained already?

Kefa (Peter) ends verse 14 with a simple declaration using two important words to understand:

  1. κατάρα katara

  2. τέκνον teknon

The first word is the Greek word for curse.

Of its five instances in the New Testament we note that Paul unquestionably made the connection between a “curse” and the consequences of violating the Law

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “2641. κατάρα,” in
The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary – Zeta-Kappa, (Springfield, MO: Complete Biblical Library, 1991), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “2641. κατάρα”.

There is an important distinction here to understand. Those that are UN-godly . . . those that are UN-righteous . . . Those that are worldly (concerning themselves with the standards of man instead of the standards of God) are considered in the text to be cursed.

It could be easily said and accurately that cursed is the opposite of blessed.

The second Greek word above is the Greek word for children. The text is very clear – two paths – not both. You are either a child of the One True God or you are the child of the Adversary. This is why Kefa (Peter) ends verse 14 with the following declaration:

What a cursed brood!

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5 Responses to Brood of Vipers

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  2. countering the false says:

    some gentle souls seem to be afraid of properly exposing wayward ministries, claiming the judge not verse. Also falsely claiming that Jesus did not go around criticizing and condemning contemporary teachers and religious practices. He did! And we are to do likewise with all boldness and righteousness in Christ. Jesus did not mince words either. He called them “vipers” “whited sepulchres” “blind guides leading the blind.” People like Hinn, White, Copeland; ministries like SPADE and the churches that tolerate them and other self promoting organizations are to be called out and criticized.

    • When I read your comments,
      I saw the frustration, the hurt – the anger
      I saw some of myself in them . . .
      so I offer the following as encouragement
      not from my mouth
      bur from our Lord’s . . .

      Without a doubt, we are told in the text to expose and Paul did – even called a couple of them by name immortalizing them in the text for all time :

      Ephesians 5:11 (CJB)
      11  Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them,

      “But it also says”

      Titus 3:2-3 (CJB)
      2  to slander no one,
      to avoid quarreling,
      to be friendly,
      and to behave gently towards everyone.

      3  For at one time, we too were foolish and disobedient,
      deceived and enslaved by a variety of passions and pleasures.
      We spent our lives in evil and envy;
      people hated us,
      and we hated each other.

      “But it also says”

      2 Timothy 2:23-26 (CJB)
      23  But stay away from stupid and ignorant controversies —
      you know that they lead to fights,
      24  and a slave of the Lord shouldn’t fight.

      On the contrary,
      he should be kind to everyone,
      a good teacher,
      and not resentful when mistreated.

      25  Also he should be gentle as he corrects his opponents.

      For God may perhaps grant them
      the opportunity to turn from their sins,
      acquire full knowledge of the truth,
      26  come to their senses
      and escape the trap of the Adversary,
      after having been captured alive by him to do his will.

      Verse 25 does indeed tell us to correct, but it also tells us HOW to correct. Sometime I fail at the “gentle” part. It is always a heart issue . . . our heart towards the Lord – our heart towards the lost –

      Yeshua (Jesus) told us that the entire bible is “dependent” on loving God with all we have and loving our neighbor as ourself – – – – to understanding it, to applying it, to living it

      I fail at this at times even though I recite the command daily as I get up, as I am going down the road, as I sit down and when I lie down . . . and yet I still fail – – – I am guessing I would fail at it more often if I didn’t know the 2 most important commands by heart and recite them daily . . . .

      It is not easy to be gentile and firm – loving and steadfast – but the reason we are to be this way is clear in the text above:

      For God may perhaps grant them
      the opportunity to turn from their sins,
      acquire full knowledge of the truth,
      26  come to their senses
      and escape the trap of the Adversary,
      after having been captured alive by him to do his will.

      God gave us mercy when we were without hope and without God – to reflect His light accurately, we must have and show the same mercy while we expose – – – not an easy proposition for a sinner to call out sin . . . love is the key.

      Be blessed!

      • countering the false says:

        “When I read your comments, I saw the frustration, the hurt – the anger…”

        No offense but you seem to be a counselor-wanna be. I am addressing the issue dispassionately. Perhaps you are projecting? Regardless, there is a difference between doctrinal disagreements and wickedness in false ministries; between those who are duped, and those doing the duping for greedy gain. The one group needs mercy and prayers. The other, to be exposed and rebuked. If any in the latter group genuinely repent – wonderful. Now we can debate much on which scriptures support the best framework for rebuking. i.e, how gentle, how firm, how aggressive… In the final analysis this is between the Lord and the spirit of the servant who is being used by the Lord to counter the wickedness.

        “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent– the LORD detests them both.” Pro 17:5

        ‘Acquitting’ comes in different forms: unjust judgments from an authority position; indifference; and over-spiritualizing scripture to fit into a false-humility paradigm. When the Lord says slay it or slay them, you slay them. We are not to try and be holier than Jesus. Now of course we need to be right with the Lord, this goes without saying, but is this not rue humility, what Elijah did to the prophets of Baal ?

      • No offence taken, however that being said, when someone says “no offence” prefacing their response, well, you seem intelligent enough to understand the implications of that statement . . .

        I don’t see a need for the “counselor-wanna be” statement – that is not helpful to anyone . . . .

        I am reminded of the following:

        2 Timothy 2:14-15 (CJB)
        14 Keep reminding people of this,
        and charge them solemnly before the Lord
        not to engage in word-battles.

        They accomplish nothing useful and are a catastrophe for the hearers!

        15 Do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of his approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because he deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth.

        I assume word-battles are not the point of you post – you are welcome to clarify that if you would like

        If my statement about frustration and anger offended you, then please forgive me – it was not my intent.

        that being said, As far as judging someone, the text is quite clear –
        Adonai alone judges a man’s inner motive (his heart)
        However, on the other hand,
        we are to judge the actions of those that would call themselves believers too . . . the text is clear on that as well
        I wrote about it in the following post: ( )

        As far as the quote from Mishlei (Proverbs), I think you meant to say 17:15 – only reason I am correcting is for those that would read the comments and may not know the text well enough to find the verse you are quoting . . .

        I would give you a couple of verses in context considering how corrupt some of the judges were at this time:

        Proverbs 17:26 (CJB)
        26 To punish the innocent is not right, likewise to flog noble people for their uprightness.

        Proverbs 18:5 (CJB)
        5 It is not good to be partial to the guilty and thus deprive the innocent of justice.

        which both are rooted in 1 of the 7 things Adonai hates and detests:
        Proverbs 6:16-19 (CJB)
        16 There are six things Adonai hates, seven which he detests:
        17 a haughty look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
        18 a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet swift in running to do evil,
        19 a false witness who lies with every breath, and him who sows strife among brothers.

        Judges dispensing justice fairly was and is a big deal . . .

        Proverbs 11:1 (CJB)
        1 False scales are an abomination to Adonai, but accurate weights please him.

        Proverbs 20:23 (CJB)
        23 Adonai detests a double standard in weights, and false scales are not good.

        As far as false ministries, this very post is 1 part out of 10 about false ministries . . . I have them listed in a folder:

        as far as false humility – I don’t go there with anyone because that requires me to judge another’s intent which Adonai alone does . . .

        over-spiritualizing – that is an individual judgment call – who is to decide what is over and/or under . . . you? Me? Which paradigm do we accept? Maybe neither of ours? Group consensus . . .? That is a slippery slope that can lead many different directions – I don’t like to slip and fall so I don’t go down it

        Fact of the matter is, false teachers are going to hell – the text is clear on that. They are following the way of Balaam . . . Which ones are going to hell? Adonai alone judges their inner motives and he will decide – not me. I will not raise my countenance in an area that He alone is qualified for because pride leads to she’ol . . .

        do I believe all false teachers do it on purpose? No I do not. Some do it out of sheer ignorance. will that save them? Adonai judges their heart . . .

        If we are both honest, have we made a mistakes with the text due to our own ignorance? I have. If we compare who we are in Messiah now to who we were in Messiah 10 years ago, I would hope that we have grown and gained wisdom . . .

        Be blessed!

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