We live in a fallen, polluted world. And sometimes the biggest polluter of us . . . is us (“we” for you grammarians). How do we pollute ourselves? And what are some of the pollutants we must avoid?
I. They Don’t Know God!
First of all, these false teachers are described as “ungodly.” That’s the beginning of self-pollution — a lack of relationship with the living God.
II. They Pollute Their Own Bodies!
God cares very much what we do with our physical bodies. Romans 12:1-2 challenge the believer to present his body as a living sacrifice. Biblical Christianity is not anti-body or anti-matter. As C.S. Lewis says, “God likes matter. He created it!” And I Corinthians 3 and 6 teach that our bodies are temples in which the Holy Spirit Himself dwells!
III. They Reject Authority!
This rejecting of authority isn’t necessarily an explanation of their self-polluting, but it is an attendant sin that greatly impacts these false teachers. We presently live in an anti-authority culture. And resisting duly-elected authority is anti-God!
IV. They Abuse Angels!
How do they do this? The text doesn’t really tell us. But that category of created beings — angels — are spiritual spectators for whom there is no salvation. They are God’s servants to do His will. Those who fell are now called demons. The rest of the angelic world are “confirmed in holiness” (as theologians put it), so there will be no further angelic rebellion in heaven. We are not to worship angels. We are to be aware that Satan masquerades as an angel of light. What angels do, as Thomas Howard put it, is most of the time none of our business!
Today’s Challenge: Ask God how you may presently be self-polluting. And pray for specific help from the Holy Spirit to ingest, both physically and spiritually, what best helps you in your walk with Christ!