Are false prophets naturally evil

God's judgment on false teachers

21But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who institute pernicious heresies and deny the Lord who bought them; they will bring about quick ruin upon themselves.

2And many will follow them in their debauchery; for their sake the way of truth will be blasphemed.

3And out of covetousness they will seek to win you with fictional words. Judgment on them has been in preparation for a long time, and their ruin never sleeps.

4For God himself did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them into hell with chains of darkness and handed them over to be held for judgment;

5And he did not spare the earlier world, but only kept Noah, the preacher of righteousness, with seven others when he brought the flood on the world of the wicked;

6And he made the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to rubble and ashes, and condemned them to ruin, setting an example for the wicked who would come afterwards;

7And he saved the righteous Lot, who was badly hurt by the shameful people in their dissolute lives.

8For the righteous who dwelt among them had to see and hear everything, and to torment his righteous soul from day to day by their wicked works.

9The Lord knows how to save the upright from temptation, but to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment to punish them.

11 where the angels, who have greater strength and power, do not bring condemnation against them before the Lord.

12But they are like the unreasonable animals that were naturally born to be captured and slaughtered; they blaspheme what they understand nothing about and will also perish in their depraved being

13and receive the wages of injustice. They consider it a pleasure to feast in the bright day, they are eyesores, indulge in their deceptions when they splurge on you,

14 have eyes full of adultery, never tired of sin, attract frivolous people, have a heart driven by greed - cursed people!

15They go astray and go astray, following the path of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of injustice.

16but received a punishment for his transgression: the mute beast of burden spoke with a human voice and repulsed the foolishness of the prophet.

17These are wells without water or clouds, driven about by the whirlwind; their lot is the darkest darkness.

18For they speak proud words, behind which there is nothing, and, by fornication, provoke those who have scarcely escaped those who lead their lives in error to carnal pleasure.

19and promise them freedom, though they themselves are slaves to perdition. For by whom someone has been overcome, he has become his servant.

For when they have escaped the filth of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but are again entangled in it and overcome by it, then in the end they have become worse than before.

21For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than for them to know it and turn away from the holy commandment that was given them.

22The truth of the proverb has been shown in them: The dog will eat again what it has spat; and: The sow rolls around in the dirt again after the wash.