Wednesday, October 13, 2010
"Let us fly lest the baths fall in"
Image: Ruins of the ancient baths in Ephesus
From the conclusion to last Sunday’s message, A Profile of False Teachers (2 Peter 2:1-3):
There was a story told among the first Christians that is recorded by Eusebius in his history of the early church (Ecclesiastical History IV.XIV). The story goes that once the apostle John was in Ephesus, and he went into the public baths. But then a man named Cerenthus, a notorious heretic and false teacher, came into the same building, and John “sprang out of the baths without bathing calling out, ‘Let us fly lest the baths fall in, since Cerenthus, the enemy of the truth is within.’”
Help us, likewise, to flee from falsehood, as we flee toward Christ, the one who is perfect Truth.