Bible and Theology
Peter's Burden
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jul 10, 2018
Counting Stars in an Empty Sky

FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT

The greatest challenge the church faces today is falling victim to false teaching. This was Peter's deepest concern.

Read 2 Peter 1:12-15. Now, more than any other period in my lifetime, I am seeing mass confusion and chaos. People are no longer able to distinguish between Truth and fiction. But the tragedy of all tragedies is that fake news is preached from many a pulpit across America today.

Every day, our culture tries to influence our thinking. But it's never too late for us to take a stand.

 
My friend the late Dr. Adrian Rogers once said, "It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie." And this is precisely Peter's passion in 2 Peter 1:12-15. He determined never to stop proclaiming the Truth, unto his dying breath. His deepest concern was that the church would be firmly established on the Truth of the Scriptures. For this reason, he made every effort to ensure believers are not misled by false gospels.

Beloved, this is just as relevant for us today. Peter's burden was not that the church be financially affluent or politically correct, but that we would remember and hold fast to the true Gospel. Every day, our culture tries to influence our thinking. But it's never too late for us to take a stand. Today, don't let worldly thinking lead you to believe false gospels, which are no gospel at all. Refresh your memory. Remember the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Prayer: Jesus, there is no gospel like Your Gospel. You alone save. Only Your Gospel answers the just wrath of God against sin through Your loving sacrifice on the cross. May I, like Peter, proclaim this Good News unto my dying breath. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

"And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things" (2 Peter 1:15).