Mad Prophets and the Spirit of the Dog
For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment given them (2 Peter 2;21). But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. (2 Peter 2:21,22).
My interest in this text comes as we see today a disdain for the truth, especially through the prophetic voices that are rising up. Prophets who look swank and love the media attention enjoying the promotional visibility that the online community grants them. They have style and charisma and the undeserving and unsuspecting are sucked into their ministry. Performance prophets, who offer more hype than hope. They ridicule and scorn those who teach truth and are often competitive. They are fond of denying the relevance and importance of both the law and the true gospel in Jesus name and deny the one true God Jesus Christ, in exchange for the triune god of their own choice.
Peter in his letter first addresses both the source of such error and the characteristics of those who display them. First he reveals the certainty of the scriptures, that which they ignore (ch1-19-21) then he tackles the false teachers and how they bring heresy that lead to a man's downfall (Ch2) The first stage of their apostasy being the rejection the law. The apostasy was from "the way" (v21) First they reject law then then reject a greater law the truth as in the original gospel.
They have forsaken the right way and gone the way of Baalam (false prophets) (v15). But he was rebuked for his iniquity a dumb donkey speaking with a mans voice restrained the madness of the prophet (v16).
Prophets that have forsaken "the way." The folks who were "of the way," the faith once delivered have become apostates of another way, because its their nature to run wild and go their own route, peddling their own brand of gospel into success. They want others free yet they themselves are found to be prisoners, prisoners, having no law or gospel to guide them. God therefore assigns to them, the spirit of the ass, whose bellowing has more promise than their own, self made fake prophesying. He talks in verse 17 of "those who have escaped from error" while they as prophets, promise others liberty "they themselves are slaves of corruption" (v17). Their downfall is imminent. for it would be better had they not known the way of righteousness...
They have the madness of a donkey and the spirit of a dog"I t has happened to them a dog returns to its own vomit" (v22) ....and a sow having washed to her own wallowing in the mire (v22) So not only do they have the madness of a donkey and the spirit of a dog but they have the wallowing of a sow. They love the left overs of those who preach junk food for the soul, the scallops, leftovers, they give as fresh bread, little realising that they poison others while partaking of it themselves.
False prophets are alluded too as dogs. Dog "kelb" and means "to be furious" or to "lay hold with violence" One's who runs around without a master, unchained, on the lose. "Mad Prophets, they strut the stage, snap at the weak, demand that they be obeyed and have a haughtiness that in not like Christ .." They have a haughtiness and arrogance that stands out when they minister around folks they are demanding and bark at anyone who seems to be wary of them taking advantage of their insecurity. Arrogance in the prophets is a common trademark too. I saw one pastor online, so abnoxious that he nearly lost his temper when he asked a man if he came with his friend. The guy was hesitant "are you a friend of him... I'm talking, I'm asking!.." Â this is not a one off trait of his either, folks look fearful when he's around. Of course he is rich! just another reason Â why his congregation follows him. Of course you never see a fearful dog but you do see dogs that by their looks alone can intimidate you. Arrogance is not confidence, arrogance is not the anointing, no man is anointed with arrogance, but many can be overcome by it.
The spirit of the dog will grab at anything that looks a good prospect. Dogs go after dogs, they run with their nose down to the ground sniffing for a trail. If it smells good they chase it. Dogs lack discernment and don't care for directions. We see prophets online doing absurd things, calling out telephone numbers as if God is interested in letting them know what their telephone number is! God don't need your telephone number. The spirit of the dog, chasing the bone.
The spirit of a dog. A Prophet, reported on BBC News. One prophet who sprayed his congregational members with pesticide, believing God will heal them. He told the BBC he is using unconventional methods to heal people. (1) Another Preacher in 2015, had Facebook images showed the self-proclaimed prophet feeding his members stones which he claimed to have turned into bread. Another one, a friend sent me had a church where a prophet/pastor examined the breasts of the ladies for cancer, that was his ministry. It's what dogs do! How sick is that! Of course you may think these are one off cases and they may well be, but Just one case online has the promotional scope of a major TV company globally and can bring the church into disrepute quickly. Ministry has become entertainment thats what it is to them entertainment.
The spirit of a dog, has no boundaries, hence he hates the law. Dogs in scripture are represented by hyenas, wolves and foxes, hunters and revengers, "even the foxes have holes" said Jesus, they have more than him, and they love what they have. David said of his enemies "dogs have encompassed me" (Psalm 22;16). Those who profess to be sheep are wolves at heart, the have the nature of a dog, who man will often claim as his best friend. Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. (Psalm 41:9). The philistine said to David "Am I a dog?" (1 Sam 26:43). He sure was, no friend of David!
False prophets are like guard-dogs who have become complacent to truth and unaware of intruders that creep into the fold. . "His watchmen are blind they are all ignorant they are all dumb dogs they cannot bark, sleeping lying down they love to slumber" (Isaiah 56:10). They have fallen asleep at the door, they should be on watch as watchmen yet have fallen asleep as watch dogs.
False prophets are like foxes. A fox will invade a chickens coop at night and rampage a coop just for the sake of causing trouble. They are lawless just like the prophets who despise the law and preach so as to cause trouble. They have no other interests other than get amongst the hens. Lawlessness, just like todays, pagans. Rejection of the law is the first step to rejecting the gospel. Man needs a moral law to be saved man cannot be saved without righteousness, no matter how much they try to label the gospel and the gospel of grace yet twist its truth to say the law is over! He states,Â their end is worse than their beginning (v20).
The Spirit of the Dog are those who are mastered by their own passion and appetites.
These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swellingÂ wordsof vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh,Â through muchwantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. (2 Peter 2:17-19).
CONCLUSION: Let's kill the dog in us, the carnal man, that seeks attention promotion and pleasure out of ministry yet has no desire to serve God in sincerity and honesty. His name and glory are at stake. Hollywood is a better choice for those who love the gold the glitz and the girls. As for us, let us serve God and if we want the 3g's lets get out of the church and look for fame somewhere else. As for me, I'm serving God. How about you!
(1) BBC News Africa
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