Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:00 AM

False Prophets and Heresies

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:00 AM
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:00 AM

False Prophets and Heresies

Notice in these verses that the heresy that is being spoken of is a self-willed opinion for personal preference or gain. The false teachers and their followers are not deceiving the true believer. They certainly are not tricking anyone out of their faith. Rather they are only leading those astray that want to go after teaching that follows their personal opinion, or to seek some sort of gain…maybe not money but it could be any personal gain such as adding to their pride, having a leadership position in the new group, or the ability to have their wrong declared a right. Remember, Satan is an Angel of light and the divergence from the truth will only be slight at first and then comes destruction.

2 Pe 2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Pe 2:2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 2 Pe 2:3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

HERESY : denotes (a) “a choosing, choice”; then, “that which is chosen,” and hence, “an opinion,” especially a self-willed opinion, which is substituted for submission to the power of truth, and leads to division and the formation of sects, Gal. 5:20 (marg., “parties”); such erroneous opinions are frequently the outcome of personal preference or the prospect of advantage; see 2 Pet. 2:1, where “destructive” (rv) signifies leading to ruin; some assign even this to (b); in the papyri the prevalent meaning is “choice” (Moulton and Milligan). [1] 

 “a choosing,” is translated “sect” throughout the Acts; it properly denotes a predilection either for a particular truth, or for a perversion of one, generally with the expectation of personal advantage; hence, a division and the formation of a party or “sect” in contrast to the uniting power of “the truth”.  [2]



[1] Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vol. 2: Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (303). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.

[2] Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vol. 2: Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (555–556). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.

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