Hymenaeus and Philetus were first century false teachers, who were previously saved:
Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. (2 Tim 2:17,18)
That alone reflects the intensity of the Christian life, for it reveals two people who once had salvation, but since wandered away from it! Somehow the devil got them to accept a lie about the resurrection. After they were deceived, they in turn spread false teaching about the resurrection. That had a destructive effect on the Christians who were not guarded and got deceived. It actually destroyed their faith! Points to remember are:
● Christians should not be listening to false teachers.
● Paul named the false teachers for the sake of Christian truth.
● Being taught certain false doctrine can destroy your faith! If one has his faith destroyed, he is no longer a Christian and is back on the road to hell again.
These show how dangerous false teachers and false doctrine can be! It is not good enough to just believe in God (as do the demons), for Hymenaeus and Philetus still did that and they had wandered from the faith.
[Dan Corner exclusively uses the Bible for his teachings. Learn more about the Christian life, the importance of the true gospel; etc. at Evangelical Outreach.]