A false teacher is anyone who is teaching something different than God’s word2,3,4,10,11,12,13,14. John refers to them as antichrists9, and their “different teaching” could be a “distortion”2,8,11,14, an addition10, or an “obstacle”1. Most troubling is the fact that the false teacher won’t be obvious or easy to detect6,7,11,14, but they will be “in demand” and popular13.
Their character is called out as “puffed up”4, divisive1,4,8,11, greedy4,6, “ungodly”7, and “wicked”10. But the real condemning quality is their intention to lead others from the truth/gospel1,5,6,7,8,9,11,13,14. False teachers share a special and most dubious designation similar to false prophets5,6.