“Simon Peter saith unto them, “I go fishing.” They say” …:We also go with thee.” (John 21:3)
“…yea [number] seven [is] an abomination unto [H]im…he that soweth discord among brethren.” (Proverbs 6:16-19)
“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the [M]aster’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21)
The Pharisaical preacher is always prepared to scourge men the men of Scripture. Their favorite targets appear to be Elijah and St. Peter. In Peter’s case it is his denial of his Master and the fishing from our text above.
But first let us explain the purpose of the following two texts from above. Prov. 6 speaks clearly that God hates when a person causes division between brethren. We are sure we have been accused us of this very thing.
We are always prepared to point out poor behaviour in preachers (we, of course must examine ourself before we examine others) and their unsound doctrine. In 2 Timothy 2:21 Paul teaches us to purge ourselves from false teachers and if we do not he warns us with ineffectiveness in ministry and not being meet for our Master’s use.
We have actually heard pharisees use this very text to tell believers that sins will make them unfit for the Master’s use. While pleasuring in habitual and unconfessed sin will cause a division between a Christ-ian and his Master the Christian that mourns over his sinfulness is useful to his Master.
The spiritual irony in this is that while they are misappropriating this verse the verse rightfully understood speaks of the unsound preacher, himself! He is the blind leading the Biblically illiterate.
We admit to using this post to help others purge themselves from these unsound, false teachers that spew lie after lie. And if they are not knowingly lying they are then inaccurate in their understanding of Holy Writ. This would mean they are novices and have been puffed up by (s)atan. It then follows the flock are being led by a minister of (s)atan that has been transformed into a minister of light.
With all that said let us now address St. Peter and his fishing.
Many a pharisee have used Peter’s fishing to point him out as a backslider. A backslider that caused others to backslide. these pharisees call Peter’s outing as a return to his old life and profession. This is a great misappropriation of God’s Word. This is a kin to saying that a Christ-ian that turns to the Scriptures, where he first met Christ, at a time of loneliness or hardship is backsliding.
Why did Peter “go fishing?” Peter went fishing because this is where his Beloved Lord first called him to, “Follow [M]e.” They often fished together. Fishing was something they shared. The Resurrected Lord had already revealed Himself to Peter on a beach (21:1) Peter did not lead the others to backslide but to return to their “first [L]ove” which is Christ.
What is the sequel to this? “Children, have ye any meat?”….”Come and dine.” These are the inviting Words of the very Christ they longed to fish with.
Is your preacher a pharisee?…purge thyself.