2 Peter 2:17-22 (NLT)
17 These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness. 18 They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. 19 They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. 20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
The Apostle Peter talks about false teachers who lure others back into sin, while they themselves are controlled by sin. He makes it clear that those controlled by sin are not free, but slaves to the sin that holds them. He points out there are those who have heard of Christ, know about the salvation of Christ, but instead of giving themselves over to Christ they have returned to the sin that holds them.
A 2008 survey by The Barna Group asked adults which, if any, of eight behaviors with moral overtones they had engaged in during the past week. The behaviors included looking at pornography, using profanity, gambling, gossiping, engaging in sexual intercourse with someone to whom they were not married, retaliating against someone, getting drunk, and lying. Of those surveyed:
-Twenty-eight percent had used profanity.
-Twenty percent had gambled.
-Nineteen percent had viewed pornography.
-Twelve percent had gossiped.
-Twelve percent had gotten drunk.
-Eleven percent had lied.
-Nine percent had engaged in sexual intercourse with someone to whom they were not married.
-Eight percent had retaliated against someone.
The results of the survey also indicated that younger generations are twice as likely to engage in immoral behavior than Baby Boomers. Younger participants were nine times more likely to engage in sex outside of marriage, six times more likely to have lied, three times more likely to have gotten drunk, three times more likely to have gossiped, twice as likely to have viewed pornography, and twice as likely to have engaged in some form of retaliation against someone.
It seems there are false teachers among us today saying these wrong behaviors are correct to engage in. It seems Christians would see the increase in sins against God and speak out on what is right and just. How long will it be before God judges those who lead others astray as He did those in Sodom and Gommorah?