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 cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming.
But he must ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; be infants in evil, but in thinking be mature.
Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.
As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
I urge you, brethren, to take note of those who cause divisions and difficulties, contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; avoid them.
For we are not, like so many, peddling the word of God; but as men of sincerity, as from God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
But we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
I say this so that no one may delude you with fine-sounding arguments.
and he said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.
But do not yield to them; for more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him, having bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink until they have killed him; and now they are ready, waiting for the promise from you."
But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, but as carnal men, as infants in Christ.
You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to mute idols, however you may have been moved.
But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you by the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel
You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders,
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall into the same condemnation as the devil.
If you point out these things to the brethren, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed.
You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.
and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,
For among them are those who make their way into households and capture weak women, weighed down with sins and swayed by various impulses,
while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires,
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of God's word. You need milk, not solid food;
Look at the ships also; though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
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.
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that it might be plain that none of them were of us.
These things I have written to you about those who try to deceive you.
These are the men who are blemishes in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, uprooted;
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke like a dragon.
And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with sulfur.