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Gnosticism laid hold especially of the female sex.

"For *of this sort*" (men who are covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, trait ors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a fo rm or godliness, but denying the power thereof).......*of this sort* .. "are the y which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led awa y with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of t he truth." (2 Tim. 3:6-7) Women it seems are especially bad to allow men who are filled with pride, lust a nd covetous into their lives and then to blindly follow their teachings. This t ype of teachers (the ones that preach and teach to those with "itching ears"..te aching false doctrine and preaching what they might want to hear but not teachin g or preaching the gospel) Gnosticism (from the word meaning "to know").... The Gnostics were a sect of philosophers that arose in the first ages of chri stianity, who pretended they were the only men who had a true knowledge of the c hristian religion. They formed for themselves a system of theology, agreeable to the philosophy o f Pythagoras and Plato, to which they accommodated their interpretations of scri pture. They held that all natures, intelligible, intellectual and material, are derived by successive emanations from the infinite fountain of deity. These emanations they called oeons. These doctrines were derived from the oriental philosophy. We still have this today, in many forms; New Age, Transindental meditation, even yoga can be a form of false worship (altho yoga can be used simply as exercise, it is most often used with meditation and relaxation techniques that are based in far eastern religions) These men are not always so easy to spot. Women, I am speaking mostly to you today. For it seems that women are the most easily deceived and led astray by men who pretend to be bringing you the truth, but inside they are raving wolves. One of the most attractive things about these philosphers is their self assuranc e and prententious righteousness. Women will often believe that these persons ( for it is NOT always men who fall into this catergory today) but women will oft en believe these persons because it is difficult to study the scripture for your own selves. It takes time and devotion. To study out a passage helps us to r econgize the false and the true. We have been given one weapon. The SWORD...the WORD OF GOD. to be prepared to use it wisely. Ladies I urge you