14 “They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!” (2 Peter 2:14)
We live during a time within the church’s history where fellowship with one another is prized above everything else. Including truth.
Do not misunderstand. Fellowship with other believers in Christ is important. It was one of the hallmarks of the early church (Acts 2:42-47). The Apostle John expressed in I John 4 fellowship is having a self-sacrificial love for each other (I John 4:7-11) rooted and grounded in the person and work of Jesus Christ (I John 1:1-4).
However, the church must never forsake biblical truth for the sake of harmony within the church. There will be times when disharmony will occur when truth is at stake because it is in danger of being compromised.
The Apostle Peter used strong language in his epistle when he described the character, or lack thereof, of false teachers or apostates. He did not pull any punches and he did not sugarcoat the situation. False teachers are dangerous when they are within a local church. Why?
In today’s text, continuing the tone begun in 2:1, Peter stated that false teachers “have eyes full of adultery insatiable for sin.” Peter was saying that false teachers continually engage in adulterous relationships. This kind of behavior is insatiable (ἀκατάπαυστος; akatapaustos) or never ceasing or incessant for sin (ἁμαρτία; hamartia) or evil wrongdoing.
They also “entice unsteady souls.” To entice (δελεάζω; deleazo) means to presently and actively lead people astray from the truth of God’s Word. They do this upon unsteady (ἀστήρικτος; asteriktos) people. These are people who change and wave in their views and attitudes. This is usually dependent upon who they are associating.
Additionally, they “have hearts trained in greed.” The inner soul of false teachers has been trained (γυμνάζω; gymnazo) like an athlete. In the gymnasium of sinfulness, they have been trained by the world, their own sinful natures, and the devil himself to be filled with greed. Greed (πλεονεξία; pleonexia) is avarice, covetousness and exploitation. It is the desire to acquire more and more. For them, greed is good.
The resulting conclusion by Peter is that false teachers are “accursed children.” What could be a more damnable announcement than that? They are doomed.
There is only one hope for anyone is this accursed condition. That is repentance of sin and personal, God-given faith in Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. Nothing else, and no one else, can save someone from this horrible condition.
Soli deo Gloria!