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V. 6 ** What specific practice of the false teacher does Paul now describe for us?

They "enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses..."

** Why did these guys go after "weak women"?

Because they are of their father, the devil, they fully understand how vulnerable women are! Emotionally and spiritually, these women were prime targets for the false teacher's arrows.
cf. Genesis 3:1, 1Timothy 2:11-14, 1Peter 3:7

V. 7 ** How deep is the spiritual confusion within the minds of these women?

They were "always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." They would rather hear the false doctrine, which allowed them to stay in their impulsive sinful lifestyle.

V. 8 ** What does verse eight say about the preoccupation of a false teacher?

"...these men...oppose the truth..."

** Who were they acting like?

Jannes - "he who seduces"
Jambres - "he who makes rebellion"

Jewish tradition holds that they may have been the magicians in pharaoh's court who opposed Moses and later pretended to convert to Judaism in order to subvert Moses in his divine assignment to liberate Israel from Egypt. cf. Exodus 7:10-12

Note: Jannes and Jambres supernaturally opposed Moses with the power of Satan, so does the false teacher oppose the truth with Satan's lie!

** What is the mental state of false teachers?

They are "men of depraved mind". Remember we read earlier from Romans 1:28, "God gave them over..."

** How does that effect their chances of being saved by faith in Jesus Christ?

These men have been rejected as regards the faith!

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