Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved , a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15, NIV
A man I knew from one of my classes disappeared for a while, a couple of months really. He had found another teacher, and this one was teaching him what the Bible really meant.
He looked at me with glowing eyes as he asked if I knew what the exodus stood for. I had thought for years that the exodus was all about Israel leaving Egypt. In fact I still do.
Recent discovery of the burned mountain top where Moses stood and God revealed his glory have been found. Even the altar that Moses erected is there. But not so, according to this man. The whole story was symbolic. The poor people who believed it was a mere literal event were ignorant. I assumed this included me.
His manner, once humble, had been transformed. He now oozed with pride. I tell his story because it illustrates what can happen when ignorant people fall under the spell of teachers who appeal to their egos.
Some claim to have the knowledge to confer instant wealth. Others claim that they will teach you how to perform tongues. The subject, of course, is "you", not the study of God and his Word.
Some normal, regular, people feel the need to gain power and knowledge that places them in a higher order. They're tired of being what they are. Uneducated people are likely to fall into this. They believe, not in study and patient work, but in the discovery of a "secret", that will give them an advantage. I believe that a background of learning can prevent this delusion.
I have a lot of respect for those who have mastered a discipline of any kind. It can be gardening or cooking, for example. These people know that patient application (often involving many mistakes) is the key to learning, not the discovery of a promised "secret".