“And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.”
“Follow” means to follow out to the end. These people imitate the teaching and behavior of these false teachers very closely. Their followers will follow them to the end (2 Pe 1:16; 2:15; Job 31:9; Is 56:11; Je 2:2; Am 2:4). Their followers follow them in a detailed and dependent manner, lock, stock, and barrel. These disciples conform to false teaching and lifestyle hook, line, and sinker. They are all-out followers of false teaching.
In war, some soldiers will follow their squad leader to death. Converts of false teachers will follow their teachers into hell.
their destructive ways
The Greek word for “destructive” occurs four times in the first three verses of the NKJV. “Destructive” in these occurrences means perdition or ruin. However, the critical text has another word in the place of “destructive,” which carries the idea of debauchery or filthy. “Debauchery” is unbridled lust and acting upon that lust. Often, the word “destructive” referred to a debased sexual routine. A person who enters debauchery passes the stage of concealing his sin. This person places no value on his reputation. he becomes so debased he does not care what other people think of his deformed doctrine.
A person who reaches the stage of debauchery no longer cares about his reputation.
People in debauchery do not bridle their behavior. They engage in orgies, where they conduct reckless sex. They live as they please and do not care what others think about them. Some use distorted religion to justify their behavior.
Today’s example of “debauchery” is the homosexuality and lesbianism community. With pride, they “come out of the closet.” They love to flaunt their depravity in public parades. Many use the Bible to justify their perversion.
We live in a day of latitude and permissiveness. Everyone is broad-minded now. No one believes anything for sure. We would not want a surgeon to operate on us who had that attitude. He might say, “Well, I have never been trained in this operation, but I will do my best.” I don’t know about you, but I would not want that surgeon operating on me. Yet, millions of people buy into fuzzy pluralism and relativism without understanding that those theories themselves carry presuppositions about truth.
We have lost our sense of outrage today. We no longer have an attitude of horror toward perversions in society. Television and social media now bring limitless choices of pornography right into the home. People who would never go to places of pornography now imbibe this destruction daily into their lives. Our society, in general, and Christians, in particular, have lost their sense of shame. We take what we want when we want it.