2 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. 2 Peter 2: 1-3
Let me start off giving folks a little history lesson and then I will go into my point. There was a point in history where people were not allowed to own copies of the Bible. In fact, the leaders of the Roman church practically held the scriptures hostage because they wanted power and control, including money to be given to them by the people. They wanted the people to stay ignorant of the scriptures so they didn’t realize that the things they were doing went against the word of God. Many people went along like sheep and did as they were told. However, a few people who obtained copies of the Bible did not. They fought! They knew that what the church was doing went against God’s word and they called the leaders out. They put their very lives on the line preaching the truth and waking up those who had been in a sleep. Those people did not realize they were doing anything wrong. They trusted the church leaders or for the most part, feared them and the repercussions of speaking out. My point is that they were ignorant, but we are not able to use that excuse. We don’t have to fight for a Bible in the United States, although some countries will execute/imprison you over one. We can go to a hotel/library and find one. Even so, I STILL see people posting the most ignorant memes on Facebook concerning the Bible. Memes that are either flat out lies or completely out of context. I see them get posted OVER and OVER. They even claim that a “Pastor” stood before his church and said these lies. I don’t doubt this could be true. After all, the people believed the Roman church. However, they at the very least had the threat of their life being taken. They didn’t have a system of checks and balances. Not us! We are just too flat out lazy to read. If you don’t believe in the Bible, I am not speaking to you. I am speaking to people who “claim” to read the Bible and can’t even open it up to research if the meme they are passing on is true. Stop allowing yourself to be herded along, because when you do stand before God one day, ignorance will not be an excuse. You have every opportunity to know the truth. Don’t allow others to think and talk for you.