Their Danger to Believers
"And many shall follow out their destructive ways, because of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of." 2 Pet. 2:2
"Follow" in vs. 2 is the next touchstone of this passage. This word means more than at first is implied. The sense is that of following out to the ultimate conclusion. It is clear that many are deceived into following the false message to its bitter end. If that were as far as the influence would reach, it might not be so overwhelming, although even that is tremendous. However, once the process is begun it moves, gaining momentum as it goes. Hence, the way of truth is destroyed and blasphemed, and many within the folds of the professing church are defrauded of their precious heritage of faith by plastic words of these subtle seducers.