“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” – 2 Peter 2:1
This chapter opens with a dire warning to the followers of Christ. There will be those who will come in among them as wolves in sheep’s clothing to devour the sheep. False teachers, preachers, and prophets who’s god is their own bellies. They will bring into the pure and true doctrine of Jesus Christ laid out in His Holy Word, damnable heresies of unrighteousness that will lead many astray and bring the hand of God’s wrath against them and the churches they corrupt. Let’s continue to read this very important warning given to the church from it’s very foundation.
“And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.” – 2 Peter 2:2
It continues to state that “many” will follow these false ministers who twist the grace of God into lasciviousness to the point that the many who follow them will speak evil of the few that don’t. The few that actually follow the way of truth as it is laid out for them (and all men that seek truth) in the word of God.
Though the few walk in righteousness (which is obedience to the uncompromised word of God) and speak of the only true way, they are called evil for their holiness (thought the bible states that without holiness no man will see heaven), while the sins of the wicked are justified by these false teachings and called good by the many. These wicked shepherds convince their flocks to throw aside the Holy God of the bible and create a unholy God of their own making, fits into their own logic, justifies their own desires, and serves their own lust. Therefore do they trust in their own righteousness (or what they say is right) rather then in the righteousness of God (what He says is right).
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” – Isaiah 5:20-21
These are the same that follow these false teachings planted in the church by the ministers of Satan himself, whom if not awakened to the truth, will follow their teachers, prophets, and pastor straight into hell. For these “Many” spoken of in this passage in 2 Peter that are allowing themselves to be deceived are the same “many” spoken of in Matthew 7:14 when Jesus Himself warned that the way to destruction was wide and “many” would fine it because of the wolves in sheep’s clothing (or false prophets) that the enemy would send forth to deceive and be deceived. Likewise, the few that the many speak evil of for their obedience to God’s Holy Voice (for they know their shepherd from much time in prayer and in the word of God, and an other they will not follow), these are the same few who find the narrow way that leads to life.
A bit further down in Matthew chapter 7 we see the unfortunate end that the “many” and their false teachers, prophets, and preachers will all face one day when they stand before the Lord. The many who have confessed His name with their lips but have not obeyed His voice with their actions, nor trusted His words with their very lives.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” – Matthew 7:21-27
The 2 Peter warning continues to reveal the motive behind these men who lead the many astray with their false teachings when it goes on to state:
“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” – 2 Peter 2:3
Through covetousness they have stolen of the Lords flock and claimed them as their own. They have made merchandise of you, selling your very soul to hell for prophet. Selling you a false doctrine, smooth lies, twisted truths, and flattering comfortable compromise in exchange for your tithe. Twice thieves, first of God’s flock, then of His coffers. There is a sure judgment awaiting them for a day and an hour. Though it not come swiftly, leaving time for repentance, know that without it, damnation will surely come, suddenly and unexpectedly.
Yet the warning here is not as much for them as it is for the many that are led astray by them. To show you their plot, their purpose, their plan, and the end result of it all. They seek to feed you smooth words of deceitful lies that they might build their own flock to feed on of those whom they have pulled astray from God’s flock. They call themselves shepherds of God but their god is their own belly and they serve their own wills for their own gain just as Balaam did. So then many are led astray who were once cleanse by the blood of the lamb, who once knew the truth that had set them free from the bondage of sin and death, who were once clean escaped from the filthy sinful pollutions of this world, in other words… Those who were once saved. These many followed these false teachers back into their sin as pigs returning to the mire and the latter end of them was worse then the former.
Don’t be among the many that go astray and fall away.The many that will weep and wail at judgment day. Be among the few that find the straight and narrow way, and stay, stay, stay.
“And he saith unto him. Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment (White robes of righteousness)? And he was speechless. Then said the King to the servant, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:12-14
“Full Chapter – The Warning!”
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” – 2 Peter 2:4-22