Posted by: missionventureministries | January 26, 2014


2 Peter 2

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” 2 Peter 2:1-3 

Peter is warning us in these verses that: 

  • They come from a “Christian” background –“as there will be false teachers among you.”
  • They deny the biblical Lord Jesus in some way – “denying the sovereign Lord who bought them”
  • They become very popular, especially with emotionally motivated people – “Many will follow their depraved conduct.”
  • They will degrade doctrines of the Bible – “and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.”
  • They will stimulate greed to attract followers – In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories.” 

Especially in the last days, many will follow such false teachers: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear,” (2 Timothy 4:3). Today false cults, liberal churches, occult movements, and false doctrines of every sort are proliferating rapidly all over the world, all speaking in the name of “Jesus” or “the Christ”, but never of “our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 

These false teachers deny the doctrine of redemption by the blood of Christ (2 Peter 2:1); they twist the Scriptures to their own beliefs: “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21) 

They speak evil or sarcastically of true Biblical doctrine as we see in (2 Peter 2:2) and also in 2 Peter 2:12: “But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.” 

They covet money and prestige (2 Peter 2:3) and: “With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer,who loved the wages of wickedness.” (2 Peter 2:14-15) 

They are eloquent crowd-pleasers: “For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.” (2 Peter 2:18) 

They are deceitful: “They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.” (2 Peter 2:13) 

They are lustful and seductive, promoting carnality: “This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. . . With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood!” (2 Peter 2:10, 14) 

They deny Christ’s bodily second coming: “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4) 

John also warns us: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1) 

And he gives the warning to “try the spirits” because many false prophets are now here. And he states further on: “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.”  (1 John 2:18)  

Jesus told his disciples that they will perform great wonders: “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”  (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22)  

We are warned to test every one of them, and when they do not abide in the doctrine of Christ, we are to reject their teaching and not have any fellowship with them. “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.” (2 John 1:9-11) 

Because, they are dangerous and: “They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7:15) 

We need to ask the Lord for discernment, which is the ability to think clearly deciding between truth and error, right and wrong, using the Bible as the Instructor’s manual for living. This will lead us to live an uncompromising life style. Without it, Christians are at risk of being “tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.” (Ephesians 4:14)

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