2 Peter 2:1-3 “false prophets…false teachers…many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.”
The Bible does not state that this will be a “later day” sign. But in this day of mass communication—particularly radio and television—the ability to influence multitudes of people is much greater than in past times.
Charlatans have always been, but by necessity they have been “local” charlatans subject to scrutiny in a way that is not possible now. 1 Tim. 4:2 call these types “hypocritical liars.” 2 Tim. 4:3-4 speaks of people with itching ears who turn their ears from truth and turn aside to myths (fables). Combine people who want to be told “stories” and given promises, with preachers who will gladly oblige them and you will get a mixture of “blind leading the blind.” At least it is my opinion that many are blind, but not all—some have evil intent. Such actions do “bring the way of truth into disrepute.”
We have all heard the scoffers who love to point to the fallen Christian and make him/her the “logo” for all Christians. A true Christian is one who follows Christ and attempts to be like him in actions and attitude. “Christians” who follow man/woman as their model for behavior will be woefully awakened on Judgement Day. Jesus said many will call him Lord but their sins will keep them from him.
We laughingly tell stories of the radio preachers who say something like this, “All those who were standing outside, are making their way down the aisle” giving the impression of great crowds while it actually means the deacon, his wife, and kids are coming in.
We jokingly call it evangelisticly speaking. Inside joke for those in the “family” but in truth it is “bringing the way of truth into disrepute.”
May you be blessed by wonderful pastors who point you to Christ rather than to themselves.
Have a blessed Sunday.