God's message will be corrupted

A selection of verses showing that the apostles warn that people will turn away from the true Bible message.

The apostle Paul tells the believers at Ephesus and Colossae to resist deceptive ideas:

Ephesians 5 verse 6

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words. For because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.

Colossians 2 verse 4

4 Now I say this that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech.

Colossians 2 verse 8

8 Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ.

The apostle Paul gives several warnings that believers will encounter wrong ideas:   

1 Timothy 4 verses 1 - 2

1 But the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron,

2 Timothy 4 verses 3 - 4

3 For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn away to fables.

The apostle John tells the believers to test the spirits (ideas) they come across:

1 John 4 verse 1

1 Beloved, don’t believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

These chapters have links to this theme: