2 Peter 2:10-19 1 minutes to read

2 Peter 2:10-19

10 and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones, 11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord. 12 But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, 13 suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you. 14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, 16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet's madness. 17 These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. 18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.

What are the earmarks of a false teacher? How would you recognize one given they are skilled in deception? Peter answers these questions in this passage.

In summary, false teachers can be identified in two ways:

  1. By their Sinful Lifestyle… False teachers defy moral living. They live inconsistent lives and boldly do so as though there is no God who will hold them accountable.
  2. By their Enticing Teaching… False teachers are driven by personal gain. They are greedy. Therefore, they tell people what they want to hear. By appealing to sinful passions, they teach others that true freedom is not being bound by so many rules. In other words, do what pleases you. However, this philosophy is actually what enslaves people to corruptive behaviors.

Reflection

Have you bought in to any false teachers or false teachings that adversely affect your walk with God and create an inconsistent lifestyle in conflict with God’s moral character?

Prayer

May I be careful whom I allow to influence me and to always check what I’m hearing to be consistent with your Word and Ways. Give me a heart to discern wrong from right that I not fall prey to teachers who have hidden motives.