In our study of 2 Peter chapter two, we look at the dangers of false teachers and prophets as well as how we can recognize them. In chapter one, we saw how important it is to be sure of our faith and to have a solid foundation in Jesus Christ. Now, we will see some very good reasons for studying and knowing the Word of God.
"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." NIV translation
Peter reminds us that, even in his day, there were people (false prophets) that claimed to be sent by God with a message but they were not. He also tells us that there were people (false teachers) who were teaching about the things of God but, either through ignorance of the Word or by corruption, led many astray. He tells us that they "secretly introduce destructive heresies" meaning that they are not going to stand up and say that the Bible is wrong but they will just share/teach what they want you to believe. That fact demonstrates the necessity of studying and growing in the Word (the second purpose of this website). They even went so far as to deny Jesus who bought them with His own blood. One example of this happening today is Chrislam which is an attempt to blend Islam and Christianity but Islam denies the fact that Jesus is and was the Son of God.
"Many will follow their shameful ways and bring the way of truth into disrepute." NIV translation
Now, we see the effects of these false teachings and the first is that many are deceived into leading a life that does not glorify God.
The second is that people see these people pretending to be followers of Jesus but their actions not matching their words. This causes many people to stumble and not want to know more about our Lord and Savior.
"In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping." NIV translation
Here, we see the motive behind the false teachers and that is personal gain. For some it may be money and for others it may be fame but they will twist the gospel to get what they want. We may wonder why God allows it to go on but, as we see in this verse, their judgment is coming and God may be using them to sort the people.