“By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”
they will exploit you
“Exploit” means to commercialize, buy, sell, trade. We get our English word “import” from the Greek term. False teachers import false doctrine. Then this word came to mean exploit, to exploit by deception or cheating. These people take advantage of others by implying that what they offer is better than what it actually is.
False teachers are in the business of manipulating and marketing souls.
The sad reality is that some religious leaders give people the business. They swindle their followers.
Every generation has its religious con men who come to exploit religious people for financial gain. They use religion for profit. They will buy your soul and then sell it down the river.
These people take the wonderful things of Christ and take advantage of people with them. Today these people blatantly go on TV to make their wares known. Those who have biblical discernment can see the corruption in these religious con men immediately. They can also tell who true preachers are as well.