Just as false prophets rose up in the past among God’s people, false teachers will rise up in the future among you. They will slip in with their destructive opinions ... These false teachers will follow their greed and exploit you with their fabrications [2Peter 2:1,3 VOICE]
It is always good to remember that the presence of something false is an evidence of something true. The idea of a counterfeit three dollar bill is ludicrous because there is not a real one printed by the government. So it is with false prophets and teachers. They exist as a testimony to those who are true teachers.
That said, I think that it is helpful to point out that not everything a person teaches is entirely true or false. Being a false teacher has everything to do with the heart and not the head. With why one says something rather than what one says. False teachers use manipulation as they follow their greed. In this context we understand that false teachers will say about anything to benefit themselves and their ministries.
Keep us Lord. Help us not to be manipulated. Give us discernment concerning false teachers.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.