(16) Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
(17) And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
Many are called, few are chosen.
(1) And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
(2) The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
(3) And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
(4) Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
(5) But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
(6) And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
(7) But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
(8) Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
(9) Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
(10) So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
(11) And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
(12) And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
(13) Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
(14) For many are called, but few are chosen.
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24 (NKJV)
2 Peter 2:1-9
(1) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
(2) And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
(3) And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
(4) For if G-d spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
(5) And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
(6) And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
(7) And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
(8) (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
(9) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
The word “heresies” here means “to choose” in Greek. It carries the understanding that when people decide they will believe in a false doctrine it is by their own free will. Generally, there is a conflict in their heart with the true word of G-d – something they do not wish to conform to. This opens them up spiritually to deception, because deep down they are seeking a way to avoid coming under the complete authority of G-d and His Word. This applies to the leaders as well as their followers. In describing the leaders, Peter tells us that “by covetousness they will exploit you,” and this phrase contains a Greek word that has a special meaning.
The word used here is “pleonexia”, and it means more than covetousness. It means “evil ambition,” or “the desire to have more.” It is by no means always a sin to desire more; there are many cases in which this desire can be honorable. We should desire more knowledge and wisdom. We may even have a business and want it to expand in the context of desiring to be industrious. However, pleonexia means the desire to possess that which no man has the right to desire, much less take. It is an unholy ambition which desires to not only have what other people own, but also exploit them both in the lustful sense, and in the sense that they may be controlled. The word perfectly describes the perverted ambition of cult leaders. The man or woman who has this ambition essentially desires to usurp the place of Christ in people’s lives. In this respect the leader is filled with the same unholy desires as Satan.
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