About The Holy Apostolic Warning
"For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through
the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean
escaped from them who live in error" (2 Peter 2:18).
The holy apostle knows men better than the learned scribes for he is a
saint and an apostle. A saint and an apostle penetrate deeply into the
heart of man. About whom does the apostle speak? He speaks about the
"impure, impudent and th,e self-willed" whom he earlier called "wells
without water and clouds and mist" (2 Peter 2:17). The "impure, impudent
and self-willed" are men of many and high sounding [high falutin] words.
They speak proud and false words to men. By these proud and false words,
they both conceal and reveal their hearts concealing it for the uneducated
and for those who do not understand and revealing it for those who are
steadfast in the Faith and enlightened by Grace.
When the impure speak of their purity, by that they are declaring their
impurity; when the impudent defends his character, by that he reveals his
impudence; when the self-willed interprets the will of God, by that he
shows his self-will. Whoever attentively follows his words can sense the
stench of their bodily desires. The inattentive and uneducated cannot sense
this stench but believe and are deluded. Those "who have just begun to
escape" from the illusion of the body, the world and the devil are ensnared
by proud and false words, as a fish in an invisible net. The fish does not
know that it is in a net, until the net is pulled out on the hot sand. Then
it knows but then it is too late. O may it not be too late for those
pitiful souls of mankind who are ensnared in the net of proud and false
Brethren know that every teacher who, by his teaching, condones bodily
desires and who yields to sinners in bodily desires, is false.
Lord Jesus, Holy and All Pure, send Your Holy Angels to defend all
beginners and fledgings in Your Faith from proud and false lips.
To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.
Saint Nikolai Velimirovic