I am again today thinking about lightning. We usually associate lightning with rain storms. However, the majority of the thunderstorms that have swept through our valley this summer have been devoid of rain. While the massive thunderclouds and lightning can certainly capture your attention, they do not bring any of the life-giving rain our drought stricken region could certainly use. Even worse, these waterless lightning storms have caused massive destruction by starting countless wildfires; some burn only a few acres but others burn millions of acres.
These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever (Jude 1:12-13).
Like these summer lightning storms, false teachers may make a lot of noise and get a lot of attention, but they only bring destruction. These false teachers may use the name of Christ to fill stadiums or gather TV audiences, but they are waterless clouds sowing destruction in their path. While their judgment is assured, I hope that you have not been caught up in that path of destruction.
And, do not fooled. Even very small churches can be led astray be false teachers. Just as those lightning storms cause both small and large fires, so to do false teachers lead astray both small and large congregations.