You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net
In the sight of any bird;
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;
For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.
For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,
But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,
Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.