This is what is mentioned as a thing well known to all Christians, and therefore we ought to reckon upon it, that we might not be surprised and shaken, as if some strange thing happened unto us.
Now to prevent all true followers and believers from being overcome, when attacked by this group of scoffers, we are told; and today we are witnessing some of these so called leaders revealing the following.
I. The sort of individuals they are: walking after their own lusts, following the devices and desires of their own hearts, and carnal affections, not the dictates and directions of right reason and an enlightened well-informed judgment.
This they do in the course of their conversation, they live as they list, and they speak as they list; it is not only their inward minds that are evil and opposite to God, as the mind of every unrenewed sinner is (Romans 8:7), alienated from God, ignorant of him, and averse to him; but they have grown to such a height of wickedness that they proclaim openly what is in the hearts of others who are yet carnal. They say, “Our tongues are our own, and our strength, and time, and who is lord over us? Who shall contradict or control us, or ever call us to an account for what we say or do.”
None but such accomplished libertines those who ascribe and follow as have and are here described can take a seat, at least they cannot sit in the seat of the scornful.
“By this you shall know them, that you may the better be upon your guard against them”
And, as they scorn to be confined by any laws of God in their conversation, so neither will they bear that the revelation of God should dictate and prescribe to them what they are to believe As they will walk in their own way, and talk their own language, so will they also think their own thoughts, and form principles which are altogether their own: here also their own lusts alone shall be consulted by them.
Today the public has in many areas of the globe appointed this format of evil as their leaders.
Sin is filthiness it renders men odious and vile in the sight of the most holy God, and makes them (sooner or later, as penitent or as punished to extremity and without resource) vile in their own eyes, and in a while they become vile in the eyes of all about them.
These filthy dreamers dream themselves into a fool’s paradise on earth, and into a real hell at last: let their character, course, and end, be our seasonable and sufficient warning like sins will produce like punishments and miseries.
Here, I. The character of these deceivers is described:
1. They defile the flesh. The flesh or body is the immediate seat, and often the irritating occasion, of many horrid pollutions yet these, though done in and against the body, do greatly defile and grievously maim and wound the soul.
Fleshly lusts do war against the soul, 1 Peter 2:11 and in 2 Corinthians 7:1 we read of filthiness of flesh and spirit, each of which, though of different kinds, defiles the whole man
2. They despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities, are of a disturbed mind and a seditious spirit, forgetting that the powers that be are ordained of God, Romans 13:1.
God requires us to speak evil of no man (Titus 3:2) but it is a great aggravation of the sin of evil-speaking when what we say is pointed at magistrates, men whom God has set in authority over us, by blaspheming or speaking evil of whom we blaspheme God himself.
Or if we understand it, as some do, with respect to religion, which ought to have the dominion in this lower world, such evil-speakers despise the dominion of conscience, make a jest of it, and would banish it out of the world and as for the word of God, the rule of conscience, they despise it.
The revelations of the divine will go for little with them they are a rule of faith and manners, but not till they have explained them, and imposed their sense of them upon all about them.
Or, as others account for the sense of this passage, the people of God, truly and specially so, are the dignities here spoken of or referred to, according to that of the psalmist, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm, Psalms 105:15.
They speak evil, & Religion and its serious professors have been always and every where evil spoken of. Though there is nothing in religion but what is very good, and deserves our highest regards, both as it is perfective of our natures and as it is subservient to our truest and highest interests yet this sect, as its enemies are pleased to call it, is every where spoken against, Acts 28:22.
Remember, these articles are given as warnings from a humble servant as God’s Watchman bringing His warnings to the flock of impending dangers. I pray for all to be covered with Yeshua’s blessings.
Be at peace and in faith as you journey forward doing God’s calling and work. As Yeshua said, be as wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. Times are such, we all must be aware of our surroundings, and who we are sharing and dealing with. “And Yeshua through the Holy Spirit said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”