In NO CHARGE, we recapped the 5 posts covering verses 1-10 and looked in depth at verse 11. Today, we are going to look more in depth at the people that verse 1 warns about: FALSE TEACHERS.
To do so, let’s look at what verses 1-10 has already said about them:
The False Teachers
They will be among us – within in our assemblies
They will teach under false pretenses (secretly introduce and purposely mislead)
They will introduce destructive heresies (damning breaks in orthodoxy)
They will divide the assemblies – causing sects to form from within those assemblies
They will even deny the Master
They will blaspheme (insult – speak evil of) the TRUE WAY
They will be greedy
They will exploit people using false stories they make up in their own mind
They will continue to follow their old natures – their worldly natures
They will live ungodly lives – lives not centered on being Holy
They will crave and lust after the worldly standard instead of the godly one – the Holy one
They will despise the godly standards and laws by which our Master rules
They will be audacious (bold, daring, no respect of divine authority)
They will be arrogant (think too highly of themselves)
They will be self-pleasing (love pleasure)
They will not tremble or even shiver at insulting God’s messengers
This is what we have learned so far about the False Teacher in these first 10 verses of 2nd Kefa (Peter) chapter 2. Knowing basic human nature, I am going to ask a very pointed question:
What about if they only do 1 or 2 or 3 of these and not all of them?
Kefa (Peter) is not giving an exhaustive list, he is giving a thorough warning to his fellow believers so that they can be aware of, and possibly spot, people doing some or all of the things listed above. He does this so that believers can avoid them – stay away from them – not be poisoned by them. He reminds them in his letter that these people are headed to hell. That these False Teachers were prophesied about long ago. He does this in case some of them are already caught up in their nonsense. He does this so that those who are not, won’t be.
After all, why would anyone with any common sense want to follow the teaching of a teacher that is going to hell – that it was prophesied long ago would go to hell and be destroyed?
I have seen every one of these things first hand in churches and shuls that I have been involved with or belonged to. I have seen it from Rabbis and from Pastors. I have seen it is small group bible studies and in Torah studies. I have seen it on worship teams and in children’s ministries. I have seen it on television ministries and from street preachers. I have seen it in major Christian magazines and in books. I have seen it from Christian musical artists and from elders of churches.
It is all around us. There is no escaping it. It is in our face every day!
There is a lot of bank (lot of money) and power to be made from the Bible . . . especially if you twist it, pervert it, repackage it, throw in a bunch things you have made up, and then present it as THE REAL TRUTH.
History proves this to be true or there would be no Mormons, no Worldwide Church of God, no Jehovah’s Witnesses, no Oneness Pentecostal, no Islam, no Health and Wealth, no Prosperity Gospel, no Deliverance Ministries, no King James Only, no Inquisition, no Hyper Grace, no Emergent, no Westboro Baptist type assemblies, no homosexual ordaining churches, no churches with 92 different branches within one denomination . . . there would only be God’s Truth, God’s Holy word – unaltered. Without using and perverting God’s word (the bible) to further his own evil agenda, Adolf Hitler may well have had a hard time gaining the support he did.
So what does Kefa (Peter) say that he already hasn’t said about these people?
They act with out thinking (operating on instinct – not reason – not God’s reason)
They are like animals without reason (they are irrational – absurd – unreasonable)
They insult things about which they have no knowledge (blaspheme – insult)
They were born to be captured and destroyed (like animals)
They will be destroyed totally and perish (go to hell)
2 Peter 2:12 (CJB)
12 But these people, acting without thinking,
like animals without reason,
born to be captured and destroyed,
insult things about which they have no knowledge.
When they are destroyed, their destruction will be total —
But Kefa (Peter) doesn’t stop there. He drives the point home again and again. He says:
“They will be paid back harm as wages for the harm they are doing”
Did you notice a little nuance here? “the harm they are doing?” It is harmful to pervert and twist the word of God. Who is harmed? The hearer. In a word, YOU! With that in mind, let’s continue as Kefa (Peter) also continues to rail on these false teachers:
They will be dominated with lust for life’s pleasures (sex, food, wealth – the good life)
They won’t even try to hide their love for these effeminate, soft, luxurious, life-styles
They will be on the lookout for women willing to commit adultery
They will have eyes that never stop sinning
They will have a heart (mind) they have trained and exercised to be greedy (to covet)
They will do this so that they can seduce (entrap, lure) unstable (weak in faith) believers
2 Peter 2:14 (CJB)
14 for they have eyes always on the lookout
for a woman who will commit adultery,
eyes that never stop sinning;
and they have a heart that has exercised itself in greed;
so that they seduce unstable people…
Think this doesn’t apply to you? Do you think you are immune? Consider the following:
Everyday people watch television. On their televisions, they are continually inundated with tiny 30 second and/or 1 minute advertising about a particular product. They see these ads on the Internet. They see these ads on billboards. They see these ads in their newspapers. They see these ads in their stores. They see these ads in their emails.
In a study I read but can’t find at the moment (I believe it was a Nielson study), said that the average person sees 20,000 commercials a year. By the time they are 60, they will have seen over 2 million commercials!
Guess what the ultimate job of a commercial is? To make you covet!
“You’ll be happier if . . . Women will like you better if . . . Your neighbors will envy you if . . . You’ll be more successful if . . .” you want, buy and use our product.
As the text says above, they will have a mind trained and exercised to be greedy or covetous. Commercials are just one of the things that set that stage. If you can see this in the commercial study above, then maybe you can see how this happens in our churches, shuls, bible studies and homes. Be honest with yourselves, how many of you will have seen or read 2 million verses of scripture by the time you are 60? Which way will and has your mind been trained already?
Kefa (Peter) ends verse 14 with a simple declaration using two important words to understand:
The first word is the Greek word for curse.
Of its five instances in the New Testament we note that Paul unquestionably made the connection between a “curse” and the consequences of violating the Law
Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “2641. κατάρα,” in The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary – Zeta-Kappa, (Springfield, MO: Complete Biblical Library, 1991), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “2641. ÎºÎ±Ï„á½±ÏÎ±”.
There is an important distinction here to understand. Those that are UN-godly . . . those that are UN-righteous . . . Those that are worldly (concerning themselves with the standards of man instead of the standards of God) are considered in the text to be cursed.
It could be easily said and accurately that cursed is the opposite of blessed.
The second Greek word above is the Greek word for children. The text is very clear – two paths – not both. You are either a child of the One True God or you are the child of the Adversary. This is why Kefa (Peter) ends verse 14 with the following declaration:
What a cursed brood!