Vs. 1, “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.” We should never underestimate the danger of false teachers. Please note: Keep in mind that a false teacher is not a person who teaches false doctrine out of ignorance. Throughout history, many great teachers over time have and do hold different interpretations to minor matters…but false teachers are professed believers who know the truth but who deliberately teach lies in the hope of promoting themselves or getting financial gain from their followers. But we know God will ultmately condemn them for their selfish greed. I like the fact that Peter doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to this very serious topic.
Regarding application…Sad Reality. Vs. 21, “It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.” Pastor John Vernon McGee would once say after his sermons…“Friends, if you came in here today unsaved and you walk out of here unsaved, I am the worst enemy that you have ever had, because you have heard the gospel and you can never go into the presence of God and tell Him that you have never heard the gospel. You have heard it, and it will be worse for you when God pronounces judgment than for any heathen in the darkest part of the earth today.” This reminds me of Judas Iscariot…Jesus would say it would have been better if Judas had never been born. This is different from those of us who know what is right, but the flesh is weak. These are people who deliberately strive to hurt the church and all that it has worked for. Let us be discerning children of God so we can not only keep from being duped…but also help others be able to keep from following such false teachers.