Creed of Teachers
"Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness." 2 Pet. 2:15
Way in vs. 15 is the key opening up to the reader the creed of these false teachers. The word "way" marks a course that is charted and bounded upon both sides by definite lines. There is the way that leads to life, and there is the way that leads to destruction. In this passage the two are referred to as "the right way" and "the way of Balaam." The way of Balaam was a system of thought explaining the rightness of that false prophet's conduct. This way made his conduct reasonable in his own eyes and relieved the pressure of his conscience. Those who follow this way are wells without water for those who wander in the desert; the creed is composed of a web of words which are little more than verbal nothings.