Returning to our own vomit

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Reading: 2 Peter 2:1-22; Psalms 26:1-12

READ (verses chosen for meditation)
2 Peter 2:22 “What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”

From 2 Peter 2, Peter had a harsh string of words for false teachers who led believers astray with their greed and sensuality. He also warned the believers, not to follow these teachers, for on the surface these leaders might be promising freedom but in truth, they are leading believers into deeper spiritual slavery. So believers who were undiscerning and follow such false teachers, were liken to dogs who return to their own vomit.

What Peter warned of is highly applicable to today’s context. Believers in this country are facing much temptation from false teachers. These teachers often misuse the Word of God to preach half-truths and lure believers into spiritual slavery. What these false teachers want are no different from the world and could even be worse. They crave and lust for human recognition, power and wealth. They make use of the vulnerabilities and greed of some believers into the false thinking that the Gospel is about getting things for ourselves; when the opposite is true.

Much can be said of these false teachers; yet i am encouraged that Peter did not stop there. He warned that those who choose to abide with these false teachings are like dogs returning to our vomit; because we are basically returning to our old ways or worse.

Peter treated this subject matter with such depth and intensity because it threatens the very core of who we choose to follow. Therefore he was harsh against himself and others, when it comes to false teachings. Today, this is what many people would call “tough love”; but to me it is simply true love.

As believers, i believe we can all ask ourselves: do we really care enough for the souls of our friends that we are willing to speak up against false teachings? Even if this means that we become “unpopular”; do we care and love enough to do so? Do we care enough for our family’s and our own soul that we choose to read God’s Word carefully and discern deeply into what is really the truth? As churches in Singapore, i believe we need to wake up and be watchful. We should never take false teachings lightly because i know that the wolves among us are serious about chewing us up with their heresies.

Help us Lord that as believers, we do not to return to our own vomit. Give us insights and courage to know Your truth and speak against false teachers who peddle half-truths for their own ungodly desires. Amen.