If all we do is hear God's Word, we become deceived (James 1:22).
We need to look at it intently, study it, and live it (James 1:25).
We recognize error only when we have a mature and growing knowledge of God.
Colossians 2:4 warns us against being deceived by arguments that are persuasive, smooth, enticing, fine-sounding, well-crafted, sounding plausible.*
How many students have been persuaded by a teacher to give up their "unscientific" creation beliefs (2 Peter 3:3-5)?
How many Christians have been convinced by our immoral culture that homosexuality is right even though God calls it wrong (Romans 1:26-27)?
How many Christians have accepted the popular secular teaching about esteeming self instead of the Biblical teaching about denying self (Matthew 16:24; 2 Timothy 3:1-5)?
Dear, Christians, there are thousands of false philosophies in our world. Let's prepare our minds for action (1 Peter 1:13).
"Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ." Colossians 2:8
* how these arguments are described in various versions of the Bible
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