2 Peter 2
False prophets brought in heresy to the nation Israel. False teachers are the bearers of heresy and apostasy into the church. One of the marks of identification is that they deny Christ’s work of redemption for them. False followers will go after false teachers. God’s elect cannot be permanently deceived. Covetousness is another mark of a false teacher. Even some angels rebelled against God. Rebellion against God will appear in the last days. The ungodly of Noah’s day left God out of their lives, even in eating and drinking and in marriage. Gross immorality characterized Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot was a righteous man. This is enlightening. The record in Genesis does not make it clear that Lot was a righteous man. God can and will do two things, of which Lot’s experience is an illustration:
(1) “Deliver the godly out of temptations”
(2) Keep the unjust for judgment
These false teachers are total apostates, hopeless. Angels would not presume to do the things that these apostates do. These apostates are like animals. A striking, frightful, and bold description of apostates is given. Perverse apostates have head knowledge. They know he truth but have not received a love of the truth.