In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. 2 Peter 2:3
False teachers always have an angle ... that slants in their favor. The teachers Peter warned his readers about were coming into town for personal profit. The word "exploit" literally means "to sell." These teachers were all about selling themselves with winsome personalities and made-up stories.
Remember the people these teachers stood before were under a good bit of stress. Persecution was coming. The hearers were facing imprisonment, torture, confiscation of property, and death. So these teachers used deception to wedge their way into the lives and emotions of the vulnerable congregation, no doubt picking up a dollar or two along the way. Certainly their sin would catch up with them. Condemnation hung over their heads like a tornado ready to release its fury. But in the meantime many would "follow their shameful ways" and bring "the way of truth into disrepute" (2 Peter 2:2).
Believers, we have to stand firm in the truth. We have to know what we believe and why we believe it. We have to have a mental "truth screen" through which we pour everything we hear so the truth will come through and saturate our lives. Error will get caught in the screen and can be discarded. This "truth screen" is developed by the reading and studying of God's Word. So, what are you waiting for?
Lord, give me the desire and discipline to be in Your Word every day. I want to read, study, and apply Your written Word--Your love letter--to me. Help me develop a "truth screen." I don't want to fall to persuasive error. In Jesus' name. Amen.