"To those who are
called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus
Christ: Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
"Beloved, while I was very diligent to
write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary
to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith
which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men
have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this
condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into
lewdness [immorality] and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus
"Preach the word!
Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke,
exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will
come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but
according to their own desires, because they have itching ears,
they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn
their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
But you be watchful in all things..." 2
"For false christs and
false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive,
if possible, even the elect."
"...do not believe
every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God...."
1 John 4:1
"...whom we preach,
warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we
may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus."
have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted
and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught,
abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware
lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the
tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and
not according to Christ."
"Trust in the Lord
with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart
"Do not be
deceived: 'Evil company corrupts good habits.' Awake to righteousness, and do not
sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God."
1 Corinthians 15:33
"And this I pray,
that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge
and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are
excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of
be wise as serpents and harmless as doves."
"...building yourselves up on your most holy
faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the
love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto
eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,
hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power, both now and forever!
Amen." Jude 20-25
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