2 Peter 2:1-3
There Will Be False Teachers
But beside the prophets under the old covenant who were carried along by the Spirit of God, there were false prophets who were carried along by their own sinful desire. The false prophets would encourage the people to idolatry and immorality—the two sins that have always gone together in the Bible—for when men create their own idol, they naturally create one to accommodate their lusts (Exodus 32:6; 1 Corinthians 10:6-8).
Well, the Apostle now informs his readers that the same will happen again under the new covenant, and this we have seen throughout two-thousand years of Church history. Indeed, the Apostle Paul warned the Ephesian elders of the same (Acts 20:29-30). So, what are these heresies that Peter warns us to guard ourselves against? Peter names them.
- First, they will deny the Master who bought them. The most consequential heresies throughout the Church’s history—and those doctrines she first sought to define—dealt with who Christ is: The Second Person of the Triune God, fully human and fully divine. What are called, “Christological heresies,” generally begin by denying either the humanity or divinity of Christ—in our day usually the latter. Denying either his divine or human nature undercuts the doctrine of salvation as he must be God to save us and man to take our place. Christ is thereby reduced.
- Christological heresies invariably lead to idolatry as the Christ which is then presented is not the real Christ. The Christ that is worshiped is neither the Christ of the Bible nor of the Church but a figment of men’s imaginations.
- And idolatry inevitably leads to immorality as the god men create will always approve of their perversities. This is the primary reason why they forsook the true Christ in the first place; he cramped their style.
- And lust is always closely related to avarice as such men always want to spend your money on their pleasures.
The true Church will always have such teachers in her midst. But those born from above know the truth and will not ultimately be fooled. Brethren, abide in Him (1 John 2:26-27).