"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." 2 Pet. 2:1
Denying in vs. 1 is the first key unlocking the thought of this passage. By its appearance in the verse the extreme to which false teachers will go is marked. The divine message so infallibly recorded in the book of God stands unshaken through the years, and the maneuverings of false teachers will not so much as phase it. Yet, if they are allowed to serve as the channels of the message to the people, while conveying that message, they can cleverly corrupt it. It will then appear to the people lo say what it does not say and a denial of the truth has been accomplished. This is a stroke of strategy on the part of Satan that is carried to dangerous extremes and is matched only by the method employed to realize the end.