2Pe 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4 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 the creation.
We want to believe that people who scoff at believers are those who are the evil ones, those utterly Godless people who not just have no thought of God in their hearts, but are actively seeking to demean and denounce God, Jesus, and the believer. In our story of Dr. Semmelweis, it was his fellow doctors and medical professionals who scoffed at him. In the verse in 2nd Peter, It is people who know scripture who are the scoffers. What!? The scoffers are ourselves!?
The answer, it would seem, is yes. As it has been so eloquently stated, “we have seen the enemy, and it is us. Even before the first century AD was over there were people who were telling the new Gentile converts, “Yes, you are believers, but if you want to be GREAT believers, you have to do such and such! The such and such’s were varied and diverse, from circumcision to food restrictions, to marriage restrictions, to false doctrines of every sort. As you read through the Epistles you will see that, for the most part, they were written to address errors that had crept into those local churches. The seven letters to the seven churches that Jesus wrote in the Book of the Revelation had six churches needing problems addressed, from leaving the first love to a lukewarm nothingness.
Jesus warned the Apostles and His disciples, including the disciples of today, that the world would cause us trouble. Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Joh 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
The best way to avoid the scoffers is simply to NOT BE ONE OURSELVES. The way we do that is
1) read God’s word. 2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The scoffer is the one who does not 2Ti 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
2) Pray for the brothers and sisters. Jas 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
The scoffer has no peace. Jas 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Jas 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
The final way to avoid being a scoffer is to love one another.
3) Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Having Godly love exhibiting in our lives will quell the scoffer by the power of love.
1Co 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1Co 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
1Co 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
1Co 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
In God’s Love we bear no shame,
For we bear the Savior’s name!