“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
“The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up.
But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’
“As for the message that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we are not going to listen to you!
They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain.
And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went.
therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
2 Peter 1:5
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
1 John 2:3
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
And as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities.
1 Thessalonians 3:5
For this reason, when I could endure it no longer, I also sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor would be in vain.
He who walks blamelessly will be delivered,
But he who is crooked will fall all at once.
I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot
Or your brides when they commit adultery,
For the men themselves go apart with harlots
And offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes;
So the people without understanding are ruined.
“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it.
and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.
1 John 2:19
They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.
I say to you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city.
“When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’
And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,
For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
2 Peter 2:20
For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.