I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles x contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; y avoid them.
For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but z their own appetites, and a by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
For b your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you c to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.
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1 Timothy 1:3
As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine.
1 Timothy 6:3
If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness.
2 John 1:10
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting.
Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
2 Timothy 3:4
Treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.
I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.
2 Peter 2:3
And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
"For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are 'wise' - in doing evil! But how to do good they know not."
Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.