2 Corinthians 11:11-15
2 Cor 11:11 (KJB)
Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.
Paul’s real intentions toward the church at Corinth was love and not personal gain. The critics probably had stated that if Paul really loved the Corinthians he would have treated them more kindly but Paul always stated his case straightforwardly. He states that God knows his love for the Corinthians and Paul also had a method of building a church and that was not placing any financial burden on the church which he was trying to build, in fact, in prior time Paul labored as a tentmaker so he would not be a burden to anyone. This shows a true spirit of love for the people he was trying to reach. The false teachers were only in it for the money and for recognition. The very ones who accused Paul were the ones who were performing their own accusations.
2 Cor 11:12 (KJB)
But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
I may cut off - Removing as in an amputation
Occasion - Opportunity
Paul is stating that he will continue conducting ministry as he always has done because he was doing it God’s way and had no hidden or false agenda in performing ministry. Those who had accused Paul in Corinth would now be on the defensive because Paul stated that he was going to remove their opportunity because they were always looking for opportunities to preach their false teachings and slander Paul. Their boast was in their abilities but now Paul is going to make sure that those false teachers were as he was, that is, instead of them riding high with their wealth, he would make them to become as poor as he was, that is, so poor that his own ministry could not support him. They would be abased to the point of not having a ministry and not being in demand as speakers.
2 Cor 11:13 (KJB)
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
Deceitful - Adulteration of the truth
Transforming - To change the outward figure or fashion
Here Paul is laying it right on the line. First, he states that these false teachers are nothing but false Apostles. As the Lord Jesus Christ had His Apostles, these false teachers are false apostles. The definition of the word “apostle” means one that is sent.” The one who sends them is the Lord Jesus Christ and the Lord never sends out false Apostles like these. Then Paul labels them as “deceitful workers.” A deceitful worker is one who adulterates the truth, that is, they twist the Scriptures to make it say what they want. This is why there are so many cults today and why there are so many denominations of churches, because each denomination was founded on the teachings of one man, if they weren’t, then there would be one universal church with the same doctrines. Unfortunately, today with all the false bible versions and those who have appointed themselves to church offices, we have a plethora of false teachings pervading Christianity.
Paul then goes on to state that these deceiving workers are transforming themselves into Apostles of Christ. Now the word in the Greek for “transforming” means only the outward fashion has changed, this means that the inward man with all its greed and avarice and false teachings are still there. They are just covered by a new facade. We see this in the cults when they “love bomb” somebody with the outward appearance of love but the inner man has not changed, it is still reprobate. This partial transformation has only one goal in mind that is “deception.” These false teachers desire to be lauded as great Christians but they are nothing more than unsaved deceivers. Any teacher or anyone who claims to be a Christian who adulterates the truth must be thought of as an unbeliever. Now a Christian may hold to a wrong doctrine but if they are true, they will see their error in the Bible and will change. What is in view in this verse are those who are willfully deceiving the Church.
2 Cor 11:14 (KJB)
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Marvel - Regarding with astonishment or wonder
Transformed - To change the outward figure or fashion
Angel - Messenger
Here is Satan’s method in these last days. Movies like The Exorcist muddies the waters of understanding concerning Satan’s procedures in these last days. The Bible is very clear here that Satan transforms himself into a messenger of light. The word “transform” is the same word used in verse 13. Satan comes as a friend with a gospel that is very “irenic” and cannot save anyone. Irenic theology is the theology of peace through conciliation and compromise. We would know this as the ecumenical, compromising gospel which has no more power than a dead flashlight battery. So Satan comes in the last days through his emissaries, the false teachers and we see them everywhere, in the churches, in the seminaries, in ministries, anywhere the true Gospel is being preached, there will be a false teacher to refute it. Satan transforms himself as an angel of light while retaining all the hatred and bitterness for the true Gospel. No false teacher is ever serving the Lord Jesus Christ, they are all serving Satan. (1 John 2:21 KJV) I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. So the next time you hear someone twisting the Scriptures, you will know that it is another satanic transformation and you must flee and not accept what they say.  (1 Tim 6:3-5 KJV) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; {4} He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, {5} Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
2 Cor 11:15 (KJB)
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Ministers - Servants
Be transformed - To change the outward figure or fashion
Paul continues his thread with a “therefore” which means based on the information in the previous verse that Satan outwardly transforms himself as an angel of light, therefore it is no great thing that his followers would do the same thing. All through the history of the church it has been plagued, both inside and outside, by those who are unsaved and have attempted to quash true Christianity. One only need look at the Roman Catholic Church, this institution looks like it is Christian with all the bells and whistles, but when you look deep down by comparing their doctrines and actions to Scripture, it is only a prima facie organization. It’s doctrines have caused the deaths of millions of true Christians throughout the ages, so we can safely say that here is an organization loaded with transformed servants of Satan. You can look the modern charismatic movement with all its signs and wonders plus all the satanic teachers it has with their howling like dogs, uncontrollable laughing, obsession with money, millionaire preachers who just harp on money, fake prophecies to deceive, and many other deceits. This movement is definitely loaded with transformed servants of Satan. Everybody loves Joel Osteen but he is helping people go to Hell with confidence. Did you ever hear on his “show” anybody becoming saved? Did you ever hear the true Gospel being preached on his show? I am picking on Joel because he is a hot bookseller but he is only one of the many out there who are transformed servants of Satan. Please keep the following statement in mind and you will not get snared. No preacher is true who does not preach the true Gospel.