False teachers have been and will continue to be a problem in the church. Peter uses some wondrously picturesque language to describe their teaching and its outcome: “these men are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for who the utter depths of darkness have been reserved.” These particular teachers appear to be Christians at first, even initially turning away from the lifestyle they lived before. But their true allegiance eventually shows, and they slander the name of Jesus by living lives of debauchery and greed. Their end is worse than it was before because of their dishonesty and duplicity, and Peter gives numerous examples from Genesis: fallen angels (Genesis 6:1-3), the ancient world (Genesis 6-8), Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19), and Balaam (Numbers 22-24). Not only do we need to be careful not to be taken in by these fiends, but we also need to heed Peter’s warning: “for whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved.” We’re only supposed to be enslaved to one, and that is God!
Romans 6:22 “But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life.“