“Characteristics of False Teachers”

April 23, 2023 - Sunday 10:00 AM CST

2 Peter 2:10b-15a

10b Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they blaspheme glorious ones,

11 whereas angels who are greater in strength and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.

12 But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, blaspheming where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,

13 suffering unrighteousness as the wages of their unrighteousness, considering it a pleasure to revel in the daytime—they are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they feast with you,

14 having eyes full of adultery and unceasing sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed—they are accursed children. 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray,


Referenced Scripture:

Jude 9–10

Romans 1:22

Matthew 5:27–28



“Like animals, the opponents operated on the basis of desires and feelings instead of reason. Peter considered the fate of animals that are hunted. They are born to be captured and destroyed by human beings. The false teachers were comparable to animals since the latter are bereft of rationality. The teachers believed they were reasonable, but they displayed their foolishness in criticizing what they did not comprehend.” - Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner 



“Heresy is not usually the forte of the washerwoman [common working person]; it is the occupation of the scholar and the theologian who are puffed up with knowledge and have no fear of God. Peter says that they are like stupid animals who were designed to be captured in the traps of hunters.” - Dr. R.C. Sproul