17 uThese are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. vFor them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. 18 For, wspeaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely xescaping from those who live in error.19 They promise them yfreedom, zbut they themselves are slaves8 of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, aafter they have escaped the defilements of the world bthrough the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, cthe last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For dit would have been better for them never to have known theway of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from ethe holy commandment delivered to them. 22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The fdog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:17-22
This Passage reminds me of 2 quotations that i have heard that have stayed with me for quite some time. The first is this: “If your faith hasn’t changed you, then your faith hasn’t saved you.”
A hard statement to swallow for those that continue on a path of repetitive sins. For through Christ, the bible states we are FREE from the entanglements that previously trapped us. Knowing this, as we continue to sin, that is fail at the same sin over and over, it is representing that we may in fact have never been saved at all. Another way to say “do not grieve the Holy Spirit.”
The second quote is this: “Never wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
Now here there is a fine line, a grey line even between the deed of evangelism to the lost and debates with the un-believer or “lost”. To this effect, a pastor I enjoyed back in Chicago would say, “if you look like a ho, smell like a ho, talk like a ho, then chances are you might be a ho.” A little rough for a Monday? Perhaps, then the same pastor had this one to share: “If you don’t see the devil going down the highway then chances are you’re traveling the same direction!”
Look , i know it is not a pretty message, but read the verse – “The fdog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”
We must not allow our previous, hell-bound life sneak back into the rearview mirror caused us to hit the brakes or even put the car in park. A friend of mine used the line, “you can’t polish a turd.” I don’t mind hearing that on occasion as i know for myself there are times that i can see myself “returning to the mire” or even “eating my own vomit.” It is very difficult to learn this on our own and even more so when it takes another brother to call us out.
The point? Avoid the mud-wrestling and more so don’t even attend the event. There are boundaries that may need to be built for you and I that will ensure we stay clean. Build them, use them, be one to others. There is no shame in holiness but there is danger in our isolation. There more time we spend in the light the less dark places we experience.