“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 followed them in a detailed and dependent manner, lock, stock, and barrel. These people conform to false teaching and lifestyle hook, line, and sinker. These are all-out followers.
In war, some soldiers will follow their squad leader into death. Converts of false teachers will follow their teaches into hell.
their destructive ways
The Greek word for “destructive” occurs four times in the first three verses in the NKJV. “Destructive” in these occurrences means perdition, ruin. However, the critical text has another word in the place of “destructive,” which carries the idea of debauchery, filthy. “Debauchery” is unbridled lust and acting upon that lust. Often, this word refers 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 does not care what other people think of his sin.
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 other people think about them.
An example of “debauchery” today would be the homosexuality and lesbianism community. With pride, they “come out of the closet.” They love to flaunt their depravity.
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 as best as I can.” 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 understanding of the temperate. Satellite and cable television, plus the internet, 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.