Let no one deprive you of your reward by an affected humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into what he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his carnal mind;
which things indeed have a pretence to wisdom in voluntary worship, and humiliation, and bodily penance, as having no regard to the satisfying of the flesh.
Take heed least any one make a prey of you by philosophy and vain deceit, according to the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ:
desiring to be teachers of the law, though they neither understand what they say, nor what things they assert.
for there shall rise up false Christs, and false prophets, who shall shew great signs and prodigies, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature instead of the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Now to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace:
and avoid them; for such people serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by a soothing address and good words deceive the hearts of the innocent.
Because ye are still carnal: for while there is among you envy and strife and divisions, are ye not carnal, and do ye not walk as men?
Now as to things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge about them. Knowledge however puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
For though there be some that are called Gods, whether in heaven or on earth, (as there are among the heathen gods many,
Know ye not, that those, who run in a race, do all indeed run, but one only receiveth the prize? So run that ye may obtain.
Charity beareth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity is not insolent, is not puffed up,
But I fear least as the serpent seduced Eve by his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the purity that is in Christ.
For I am afraid least when I come, I should not find you such as I could wish, and I should be found to you such as ye would not: least there should be contentions, emulations, animosities, strifes, thwartings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: and least,
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, such as, adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
Let no one deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Now the Spirit expressly saith, that in latter times some shall apostatize from the faith, attending to seducing spirits,
but if ye have bitter envy and strife in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth;
Whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence? even of your carnal appetites making war in your bodies?
having eyes full of adultery, and which cannot be restrained from sin: ensnaring unstable souls, and having a heart practised in rapine; cursed people:
Beloved, believe not every Spirit, but try the spirits, whether they be of God: for many false prophets are gone out into the world.
For many deceivers are come out into the world, who disown that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. Such a one is a deceiver and an antichrist.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil and Satan, who deceiveth the whole world: he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him.
So that all who dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
by the signs which it was given him to do in the presence of the beast, telling the inhabitants of the earth to make an image to the beast, that had received the wound of the sword, and yet lived.
And I fell at his feet to worship him: and he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and a fellow-servant of thy brethren, that hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God. For the Spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus.
And I John am he who saw and heard these things: and when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel, who shewed me these things.