A WORTHLE$$ Gospel . . .

Imagine that you decide to rent some dune buggies with some friends. You drive for hours and hours out to the desert with a bunch of them to find some dunes to jump. You are having a blast! In your excitement, you get separated from the group without even knowing it. Jumping dune after dune, you get father and father away. After about 5 hours of non-stop fun that has only seemed like about 15 minutes, you realize that you are low on gas. You stop the dune buggy and decide to get some water out of the back because you are extremely thirsty. When you look in the back for some of the water you brought with you, you realize that the small cooler that you had in the back holding your water is no longer there. It must of fallen out when you were jumping dunes! To your horror, you also realize that your duffel bag with your cell phone, wallet, etc must have fallen out as well because it is not their either!

As you survey your surroundings, there is nothing but sand and hills. No tire tracks are left in the sand for you to retrace your journey. You are becoming dehydrated in the hot desert sun and a little confused. You can’t tell from the sun as it starts its journey to the horizon which way North is. Or south . . . or East . . . or West . . . You are panicking. You search the horizon desperately! Wait! What is that off in the distance? Is that trees? You haven’t seen trees in the last 5 hours. Trees need water to stay alive, Right?!? Your reasoning is a call to action as you hop in the dune buggy and head for the salvation they will bring with the pedal mashed to the floor of the dune buggy.

It is not a mirage! They are really trees!!! Shelter from the intense heat! More importantly, the promise of much needed water! When you get to the trees, much to your surprise, you see a well right in the middle of them . . . you are saved!!!

You jump out of the dune buggy as it rolls to a stop sputtering from lack of gasoline. In a dead run, you head to the well and lower the bucket as fast as your hands can turn the crank. It hits the bottom with a thud! Groan . . . it is a dry well!!!

In the letter 2nd Chapter of 2nd Kefa (Peter), we continue our study as Kefa continues his assault on the false teachers. He calls them “fountains without water” or πηγή ἄνυδρος pēgai anudroi.

2 Peter 2:17 (CJB)
17  Waterless springs they are, …

Notice what Dr Craig Keener says about “barren wells” in his Bible Background Commentary:

Barren wells were worse than useless; they promised water in the arid East yet did not deliver on their promise.


Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary – New Testament, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “2 Peter 2:1-22 Damnation of Immoral Teachers”.

Dr David Stern says something simpler in his Jewish New Testament Commentary when he states:

Waterless springs promise good but are in fact useless. They falsely raise our hopes and then deliver nothing.


David H. Stern, Jewish New Testament Commentary, (Clarksville, Maryland: Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc., 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 761.

There is no denying what Kefa is implying here:

The message they give promises salvation, but does NOT deliver!

Notice what Adonai says through his prophet Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) concerning dry wells:

Jeremiah 2:13 (CJB)
13  “For my people have committed two evils:  

they have abandoned me,  the fountain of living water,  

and dug themselves cisterns,

broken cisterns,  that can hold no water!

The comparison is unmistakable. Living water vs. barren wells. Life vs. death. Living water that gives Eternal Life with the Creator of all things vs. the death and darkness of a dry well that promises salvation but leads to nowhere but hell. Is this not the point that Kefa (Peter) is trying to make? Let’s see:

2 Peter 2:17 (CJB)
17  Waterless springs they are,

mists driven by a gust of wind;

for them has been reserved the blackest darkness.

Dr Craig Keener also writes in his Bible Background Commentary:

Hell was sometimes described as outer darkness.

Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary – New Testament, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “2 Peter 2:1-22 Damnation of Immoral Teachers”.

Kefa has just told them prior to this about the insanity and madness of Balaam (the prototype false teacher) and people who wander off the straight path to follow the way Balaam. To drive the point home, he tells them they are abandoning the Living Water for empty, useless promises of water from dry wells – broken cisterns which can only bring death . . . and he tells his readers yet again, in case they are being thick in the head, that the false teacher is headed to hell . . . not just hell, but the darkest and gloomiest part of hell according the the Greek meanings of the words used!

Kefa says they are mists driven by gusts of wind . . . Ya’akov (James) called people (specifically, doubters) that are tossed here and there by waves driven by gusts of wind double-minded. He said they were unstable in all their ways:

James 1:6-8 (CJB)
6  But let him ask in trust, doubting nothing;

for the doubter is like a wave in the sea

being tossed and driven by the wind.
7  Indeed that person should not think

that he will receive anything from the Lord,
8  because he is double-minded, unstable in all his ways.

If you are listening to false teachers, you WILL be tossed here and there.

If you are listening to false teachers, you WILL abandon the Living Water for dry wells.

If you are listening to false teachers, you WILL be double-minded.

If you are listening to false teachers, you WILL have doubt and be unstable in all your ways.

Let me put it more emphatic so that there is no mistake: IF you are so easily led by the gusting winds of the false teachers and the false doctrines that they teach – the waterless spring they promise, THEN you are no different than a dumb beast being led to slaughter . . . and make no mistake,

YOU ARE BEING LED TO THE SLAUGHTER!

Sadly, if you are being led to the slaughter, you are doing so willingly! Just like Eve, you are picking the serpent’s lie over God’s truth! You are picking the dry well over the Living Water!

Brothers and Sisters, do you think Kefa (Peter) wrote this letter with these warnings just to spout off?

Maybe I should put it a different way. Do you think the false teachers preaching the prosperity gospel of today are more inept than Balaam and the false teachers teaching a prosperity message 2000+ years ago? REALLY?!?

Did Balaam have a marketing degree from a university, Internet and 5 million dollar worship centers with coffee houses? Did the false teachers of Kefa’s day have You-tube and Facebook to propel their promises of wealth? Did they have slick worship bands with rotating stages and several hundred thousand dollar sound systems? Did they have multimedia ministries putting together slick presentations on national television promising blessing if you will just give a minimum donation of $_______ dollars?!?

Sigh. Let’s continue . . .

2 Peter 2:18 (CJB)
18  Mouthing grandiosities of nothingness, …

Let’s look at a couple of words in the above excerpt from the text. First let’s look at the word grandiosities. This is a word that is only used a couple of times in the text, here and in Y’hudah (Jude). It is the Greek word ὑπέρογκος huperonkosor phonetically hoop-er’-ong-kos. It means excessive, bombastic, great swelling, something astounding . . .

The NIV calls it boastful words

The AMP calls it loud boasts

The TEV calls it proud statements

The KJV calls it swelling words

The NASB calls it arrogant words

Norlie calls it pompous oratory

PG quarterly

When Kenneth Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries located in Fort Worth, Texas who has offices in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the Ukraine, and who is one of the richest and most famous prosperity gospel teachers there is, affirms in a video with Paul Crouch that he was a “little god,” he didn’t stop with just that arrogant statement. He swelled up and boasted even further in another video by saying that: when he read in the bible where it says I AM, he just smiled to himself and said:

I AM too!

Brothers and Sisters, this is blasphemy!!! This is false teaching! “I AM like Most High” . . . ring any bells?!? This was the pride of Satan – this is why he fell . . .

When Larry Huch the senior pastor of DFW New Beginnings in Irving, Texas stated on video in a broadcast on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) that: “Jesus is NOT the only begotten son of God,” as Paula White of New Destiny Christian Church in Apopka, Florida shook her head no in the affirmative of Huch’s statement they were both committing blasphemy. You can find the videos of this on-line from time to time but they are taken down fast by Paula’s son Bradley Knight claiming copyright infringement. Here is the question that you should be asking yourself:

Why is Bradley taking them down if they are the truth and not false teaching?

When the Christian rapper Shai Linne named Paula White as a false teacher is his song “Fal$e Teacher$,” her son Bradley Knight started the rationalizations (attempts to make the unreasonable sound reasonable). He asked Shai Linne to visit churches and prisons where people could tell Shai:

the impact Paula White has had on their lives.”

Not the impact the GOSPEL of Yeshua (Jesus) has made on their lives, the impact PAULA has made on their lives . . .

You can read about it here: http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2013/04/13/paula-white-ministries-responds-to-rappers-claim-that-white-is-a-false-teacher/

Kenneth Copeland, Larry Huch and Paula White are just 3 of very many false teachers promising empty wells – dry cisterns. They promise wealth mouthing “grandiosities of nothingness.” TBN is an empty well that has followed the way of Balaam. They have abandoned the Living Water for the empty well of the prosperity gospel and they promote a plethora of others that do it as well.

Let’s look at the second word, nothingness, in Kefa’s (Peter’s) statement: “Mouthing grandiosities of nothingness.” The word translated as nothingness here in the text is the Greek word ματαιότηςataiotēs. It means futility, vanity, depravity . . . more succinctly and to the point, worthlessness!

Based upon the Greek understandings for the words used in the text here by Kefa, we could call it arrogant depravity, or better yet, prideful worthlessness. In other words, waterless springs or dry wells.

Let’s add the next part of the verse:

2 Peter 2:18 (CJB)
18  Mouthing grandiosities of nothingness,

they play on the desires of the old nature, …

The word play is a translation of the Greek word δελεάζω deleazō. It means to

entrap – lure – entice . . .

In other words, they trick people. Is this how the Gospel of Yeshua (Jesus) is to be shared? By tricking people? Is Living Water not enough? It isn’t if your message is false . . .

How do these false teachers try to trick people into following their message – into picking the dry wells and cisterns over the Living Water?

By luring and enticing them using their old nature . . . .

The nature that wants – the nature that is greedy – the nature that covets . . . the nature and human standard (worldliness) that they turned away from, escaped from, and forsook to follow Messiah and the godly standards he commands (Holiness).

They do this to seduce them. To seduce them just like a prostitute does. She promises love. She promises a good time. They are empty promises. They are empty because she is a waterless spring – and empty well.

The text says they entice them using the desires of the flesh – worldly desires – ungodly desires:

2 Peter 2:18 (CJB)
18  Mouthing grandiosities of nothingness,

they play on the desires of the old nature,

in order to seduce with debaucheries

Remember our word licentiousness in one of the earlier posts? This is the world that debaucheries is translating. It is the word that was called:

in many ways the ugliest word in the list of New Testament sins

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “760. ἀσέλγεια,” in The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary – Alpha-Gamma, (Springfield, MO: Complete Biblical Library, 1991), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “760. ἀσέλγεια”.

It is the Greek word ἀσέλγεια aselgeia and phonetically as-elg’-i-a. Barclay makes it very simple when he states:

Barclay characterizes aselgeia as “shameless greediness,”

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “760. ἀσέλγεια,” in The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary – Alpha-Gamma, (Springfield, MO: Complete Biblical Library, 1991), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “760. ἀσέλγεια”.

Entice and seduce with “shameless greediness.” This is the Prosperity gospel. This is what it preaches regardless of the rationalizations that are offered in its defense. Kefa wrote and warned about it. Who do these false teachers go after especially? Let’s add the final part to the verse in 2nd Kefa to see:

2 Peter 2:18 (CJB)
18  Mouthing grandiosities of nothingness,

they play on the desires of the old nature,

in order to seduce with debaucheries

people who have just begun to escape

from those whose way of life is wrong.

They are going after the new believers and those that don’t know the text!!!

They are wolves picking off the weakest lambs and slaughtering them! Brothers and Sisters, Kefa couldn’t be more clear! False teachers are going to hell and they are going to try to take as many of you with them as they can! Does THAT ring any bells? False teachers will set their sights on, and especially target, those who are beginning, and those that have begun, to turn from their sin and worldliness towards God.

They will promise “liberty” and “freedom”

2 Peter 2:19 (CJB)
19  They promise them freedom, …

when they do this to further entice you. Joyce Meyers is another one of the false teachers that teach prosperity and freedom through wealth. Joyce Meyers also teaches the same “little gods” doctrine that Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar and others in the prosperity gospel teach. Joyce Meyers tells you she is no longer a sinner . . .

1 John 1:8 (CJB)
8  If we claim not to have sin,

we are deceiving ourselves,

and the truth is not in us.

Based on Joyce’s own claim of no longer being a sinner, she is condemned by the very text she professes to believe – a text which says she, Joyce Meyers, is a liar. There is no rationalization that will work for her because the text calls her out on her own words! She, and others like her, have seduced and enticed a whole generation to chase their old natures – to go after wealth and prosperity. In context, there is more:

1 John 1:9-10 (CJB)
9  If we acknowledge our sins,

then, since he is trustworthy and just,

he will forgive them a

and purify us from all wrongdoing.
10  If we claim we have not been sinning,

we are making him out to be a liar,

and his Word is not in us.

I am going to remind you of something I have said several times in several different posts:

If you defend the false teacher and the false doctrines that they teach,

over the text that that refutes their doctrines and claims,

your heart is already hardened towards the Creator.

You have turned away from (apostasy) the Living God

to follow the lie of the serpent over, and instead of, His truth!

Dr Craig Keener writes the following concerning being enslaved – enticed – seduced by ones passions:

Greek philosophers often warned against being enslaved by one’s passions; the image could extend to those who exploited those passions (such as prostitutes).


Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary – New Testament, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “2 Peter 2:1-22 Damnation of Immoral Teachers”.

If false teachers are like prostitutes trying to seduce you away from the right path, then TBN would have to be in the role of being a pimp because it is TBN that promotes many of the false teachers that would lead you down the wrong path and empty well of the prosperity gospel.

If we add the rest of Kefa’s (Peter’s) thought, we see the following:

2 Peter 2:19 (CJB)
19  They promise them freedom,

but they themselves are slaves of corruption;

for a person is slave to whatever has defeated him.

The false teacher is a servant and slave to corruption just like Balaam. The false teachers have been enslaved by their own corruption and their destruction is not asleep! They were prophesied about long ago. They are waterless springs and empty cisterns that make many promises but can’t deliver. They are like prostitutes trying to lure new believers back to their old natures and worldliness. They are slaves to their old natures

Mouthing grandiosities of nothingness,

as they play on the desires of the old nature, in order to seduce with shameless greediness, specifically targeting new believers and believers without much biblical knowledge, people the text tells us, who have just begun to escape from those whose way of life is wrong.

Kefa (Peter) wrote that:

False Teachers are waterless springs and broken cisterns teaching a worthle$$ gospel . . .

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Dani'el 3:17-18 (CJB) 17 Your majesty, if our God, whom we serve, is able to save us, he will save us from the blazing hot furnace and from your power. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want you to know, your majesty, that we will neither serve your gods nor worship the gold statue which you have set up.”
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