Many vain and stubborn people who join Gnosis usually believe that this is just another school amongst many others. Yet, such wretched people are lamentably mistaken, because Gnosis is the doctrine which gestates angels or devils; yes, this is the outstanding reality of these studies. Therefore, those who dedicate themselves to the development of powers but do not strive for sanctification, eventually transform themselves into demons. Likewise, those who want to make a business out of Gnosis transform themselves into demons.
When one enters into Gnosis, one has to die in order to live; however, proud intellectual people who have the habit of thinking in accordance to their own whims, vanities, and prejudices are not good for these gnostic studies; this is a very difficult enterprise for intellectual people, because they only want to stuff their minds with these gnostic studies, and the reality is that Gnosis is a very deep functionalism of the Consciousness. What we have to do with the mind is to kill it, and thereafter to resurrect it, totally transformed.
So, Gnosis is not apprehensible by means of reasoning or via the intellect because Gnosis is a very profound functionalism that only concerns the Consciousness. Regrettably, many gnostic devotees are filled with versatility; since quickly they are firm and determined in Gnosis and immediately weak and doubtful, they are and are not gnostic. These halfhearted Gnostics become Antichrists, because they listened to the word of Christ and thereafter fled; yes, those who have listened to Christ and thereafter return into the darkness, because the word seems too harsh for them, are the perverse traitors who go around scandalizing people.
Judas who sells Christ for thirty pieces of silver is epitomized by those lukewarm devotees that are full of faith when they listen to the word, yet, when they allow the darkness to confuse them once again, then they vociferate against the word of the Lord.
“But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it had been good for that man if he had not been born, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." -Matthew 18:6
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
“But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” -John 6:63-66
Therefore, those who flee are the lukewarm weaklings, who are and are not; they are the Judas-type, the tenebrous ones, the perverse Antichrists.
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