"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."
Just feel like breaking this down...a little word study
Captive - held, bound, controlled, no freedom to chose...stronghold
Hollow - without real or significant worth; meaningless, empty, fruitless
Deceptive - tending to deceive[bent towards it; intentional] or perceptually misleading[seems like the right way but, in reality its not]
Philosophy - a system of values by which one lives; a set of ideas or beliefs relating to a particular activity
Tradition - a continuing pattern of cultural beliefs or practices; a long established or inherited way of thinking or acting; custom, practice or habit
So-to bring in some of our definitions - for practical application sake, we could say:
~See to it that you are not bound to fruitless values, beliefs and practices that depend on continuing patterns of culture and the influence of the flesh- bent toward leading you down the wrong path; albeit subtly, taking your attention and affection away from Christ.~
Father, would you empower us to rise up and fearlessly walk in the way you have set before us as right. For your glory, fame and renown -In Jesus Name!