that we should be no longer children, fluctuating, and carried about with every empty doctrine, by men vers'd in sleight and the crafty arts of deceit:
but let him be fully persuaded of the lawfulness of what he asks: for he that is diffident about that, is like the waves that fluctuate with the wind.
Brethren, be not childish in understanding: be as innocent as babes, but use your understanding like men.
for the mind is better improv'd by the gospel-dispensation, than by the distinctions about meats, in which some have been so uselesly vers'd.
As they departed, Jesus said to the people, speaking of John, what did ye go to see in the desert? a reed shaken with the wind?
for there shall arise false Messiahs, and false prophets, and shall shew such astonishing miracles and prodigies, as to deceive, if that can do it, the very converts themselves.
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark those who cause divisions and revolts against the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them.
for we are not like others, who adulterate the word of God; but we preach the pure gospel of Christ, as I receiv'd it from God, and as in the presence of God.
renouncing all secret dishonesty, and void of all artifice, I deliver the word of God unadulterated, and recommend my self by urging the truth home to every man's conscience, as in the presence of God.
put on the set of divine armour, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
I mention this, lest any one should deceive you by specious pretences.
and said, I declare to you, except ye lay aside your ambition, and become as children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of the Messias.
nay, among your own body some will start up to vent their intricate conceits, and draw a number of followers.
but don't believe them: for above forty of them lie in ambush, having bound themselves by oath not to eat or drink till they have kill'd him: they are already prepar'd, and only wait your answer.
However, I could not speak to you, my brethren, as to the spiritual, or as to the dispassionate, but as to novices in christianity.
when you were Gentiles, you know how you were seduced by your leaders, to the worship of dumb idols.
but I fear lest by some means or other, as Eve was beguiled by the subtilly of the serpent, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is due to Christ.
for these are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguised so as to pass for true apostles.
from me, who called you by the grace of Christ; this can be
O foolish Galatians, who hath deluded you, you that have had the crucifixion of Jesus Christ represented to your view?
you would not by any pretended revelation, by any discourse or epistle ascrib'd to us, be immediately perplex'd in your minds, or under any concern for the approach of the day of the Lord.
who by the instigation of satan will make his parade with various arts, with fallacious signs and prodigies,
nor must he be a new convert; for fear he should be elated with pride, and so involve himself in the same ruin as the devil.
If you represent these things to the brethren, you will appear to be a true minister of Jesus Christ, brought up in the institutions of faith, and the true doctrine to which you were attach'd.
You know that I have been abandon'd by all the Asiatics, by Phygellus and Hermogenes among the rest.
and their doctrine will spread like the gangrene. Hymeneus and Philetus are such:
Of this number are they, who insinuate themselves into families, to make a prey of the weaker sex, who are inveigled by their vitious suggestions, abetted by their own subtle passions,
as for these impious impostors, they will go on from bad to worse, seducing others, and deluding themselves.
for the time will come, when they will not endure sound doctrine, but get teachers of their own corrupt taste, to sooth their ears that itch for flattery:
for though by this time you ought to be capable of teaching others, you want to be instructed anew in the first principles of the divine oracles; and are in such a state as to stand in need of milk, rather than of solid nourishment.
a ship too of the greatest burthen, tho' the wind bears hard, by means of an inconsiderable helm, veers about as the hand of the pilot directs her.
As there were false prophets among the people of Israel, there will likewise be false doctors among you, who by introducing pernicious sects, and by renouncing the Lord, who bought them, will bring upon themselves swift destruction.
when their language swells with vanity, by applying to the sensual passions of the licentious, they allure those who were escap'd for a while, from such deceivers:
they went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that it might be manifest, that they were not all of us.
These things have I written to you concerning those that would seduce you.
they are a disgrace to your love-feasts, they indulge themselves at your festivals without reserve: clouds without water, transported with every wind: trees whose fruit soon withers and is useless, twice dead and rooted up:
Then I beheld another beast coming out of the earth, it had two horns like a lamb, but it spake like a dragon.
and the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles in his favour, by which he seduc'd those that had received the mark of the beast, and those that worshipped his image. these were both cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.