These false teachers fail the test of full disclosure. They are experts at cover-up and concealment. Perhaps Peter had Jesus' warning in mind, Matthew 7:15,
(W. Barclay) It has also been translated by the word "opinion." Someone pointed out that it came to mean "a self-designed religious opinion" or "chosen beliefs" (NBC)
So a false teacher is someone who chooses for himself what he will believe without regard for Biblical truth.
Fourthly, their denial of Lordship, verse one, "denying the Master who bought
There are two things I want to point out from this statement, the size of their following and the reason for their popularity. Their success or popularity is measured by the number of those following them. "Many will follow them." False teachers have large followings. That defines their success. It speaks of their popularity.
the wide gate. In contrast, the way that leads to eternal life, has a narrow gate and the way is hard, and few find it.
there is a relationship between mega churches and false teachers. I'm simply pointing out the obvious truth of this text with regard to false teachers. They have a great following. Both Jesus and Peter are clear on that point.
follow their own twisted sexual desire" (NLT). There is even the suggestion in the Greek here of sodomy.
for competition. Here it is used of one who trains his mind in this matter of greed for what belongs to others. In other words their greed is intentional. In fact they work at it.
They distort the truth to get your money.
a breakthrough seed for the month of July. It's a turnaround, God ordained,
demon slaying, abundance bringing seed." The pastor continued, "Not only will this seed defeat your enemies, but I believe it will bring about an unexpected abundance of miracles. Do not hesitate to follow a prophetic instruction."
12, "like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed...will also be destroyed in their destruction."