It is a strong warning and cautionary word to all leaders and to everyone in any position of responsibility. The warning concerns those who are false and fraudulent when it comes to leadership and direction and exercising authority.
While reading and studying peter’s second letter in the New Testament, this clear note is sounded in Chapter 2, and the warning word in these opening verses is that we ought to beware of false prophets and greedy teachers.
Do not allow them to have any influence over you, because if you do that it will be an evil influence and a bad influence. Avoid that at all costs. If only this could be applied to the business world and the areas of banking and finance and commerce.
Now, onto verse 4, where we read of what will happen to those who have led others astray, and to those who have misled and deceived and duped others.
How will God deal with such people, referring to those who have misled others, and to those who have brought in things that divide and cause trouble and upheaval no matter where they go?
The heretic is the person who chooses on his own to depart from the truth. That can be applied to various areas of life, and is certainly not limited to the spiritual or theological department.
The same will happen to them as happened to the angels that fell, and as happened to the society of Noah’s day, and to those around in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.
People who teach wrong things will end up as those folks did. This can applied to every level of leadership no matter where it is and many have discovered this to be true when it might be far too late and serious damage is done.
There is no trace of Noah’s society. It was not a local flood but universal.
Sodom and Gomorrah were wiped out, and I have driven past that geographical area by the Dead Sea on a few occasions and today it is only a graveyard.
But God can also preserve.
Noah survived. He was a righteous man who preached rightly and who preached righteousness. Now, there is a word that has almost disappeared from usage.
And, out of Sodom there came a man called Lot, but his wife did not want to leave. She hung back, and she was engulfed in a fall of salt. Noah and Lot both said in their own way, “This is truth”.
God did not spare the old world with all its sin and drinking and immorality.
He saved Noah. The world of the ungodly faced and faces a tragic and disastrous outcome.
Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown to make them an example to those who live ungodly lives.
What a warning! False prophets and false teachers and ungodly people and bad bullying immoral leaders will not escape the judgement of God.