“Knowing this first, that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3,4
Preeminence is implied in the above text of Scripture. Peter is not implying numerically what must come first; but rather, what is chief in priority in a believer’s walk and faith. And Peter is writing to the church to warn them of the false report and errant teaching that had already invaded those who had been called and had been set apart by the Lord. These liars’ purpose was to steal the hope of believers, attempting to leave their faith shipwrecked on the rocks of so called intellectual superiority and foresight.
And the apostle calls these men scoffers. It’s a term that is often used to describe scoundrels in the Book of Proverbs. Solomon had written that if you remove the scoffer, strife will cease. (Proverbs 22:10) We are given adequate warning then in Peter’s second letter……that these scoffers will come. They are false teachers who attempt to destroy the hope to which the believer is to cling. Paul had written Titus that this blessed hope was anchored in the assurance of the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13)
Such ridicule of sound doctrine has prevailed through the centuries and is not targeted merely to the very last of days. The entire age of the church will be marked by saboteurs of the Christian truth and especially the hope of Christ’s return.
What better way to propagate their lies than by attempting to convince others that nothing ever changes….that all things remain as they always have from the beginning of creation. Their argument is based upon the theory of uniformitarianism. This belief says that all natural phenomena have operated uniformly since the beginning of the earth. It also teaches that God is absent from earth affairs. As such, they teach that there will be no future judgment at the end of the age and that nothing catastrophic has occurred in the past, so nothing catastrophic will occur in the future. They truly believe that there will be no divine invasion (no return of Christ), and thus, no supernatural judgment of mankind.
Beware church of the saboteurs who exist merely to fulfill their perversions and lusts which can so easily be seen by their conduct and lifestyle. Remember, everything that glitters is not gold.