“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.”
What is the predominant thing about most ads? Joy, fun, beauty, and youth. The advertisement is appealing because the product is presented alongside something else so that by association, you think the product is good and will bring you those things. The devil is very clever—he deceives people exactly the same way in the realm of religion as he does with deception in other areas of life. This verse says he uses deceptive words. In Greek, that word is plastos. It’s the word we get plastic from. False prophets use plastic words. Now what is plastic? Plastic is something you can mold to fit almost any situation. It is also something that can be made to look like the real thing. You can have plastic leather that looks like real leather. It looks valuable but over time you can clearly see it is not the real thing. That’s the kind of deceptive words these people used. They are words that sound appealing but are not the truth of God. They are words that sound enticing but will ultimately lead you to destruction. The lies of the enemy are disguised with plastic words. Oh, how we need to know the Word of God to combat these wicked schemes!
Spend time in God’s Word today to help you discern truth.