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HAVE I THEREFORE BECOME YOUR ENEMY BECAUSE I TELL YOU THE TRUTH…. GAL 4:16 (nkjv)

 
 

                         “Enemies of the Cross”

TEXT: Phil. 3:18

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. THE CROSS REPRESENTS FREEDOM FROM DEATH AND SIN.
 
B. IT HAS ITS ENEMIES – THOSE WHO OPPOSE ITS MESSAGE.
 
C. JESUS’ DISCIPLES MUST DEFEND THE CROSS.
 
1. Not by brute force – Peter( John 18:11 ).
 
2. Our warfare is not carnal( John 18:36; Eph. 6:12 ).
I. THE CROSS HAD ENEMIES IN PAUL’S DAY.
 
A. JUDAIZING TEACHERS( Acts 15:1; Gal. 3:1-3; 5:1-4 ).
 
B. THE JEWS THEMSELVES.
 
C. SOME DENIED THE BASICS( 1 Cor. 15:12; 1 John 4:2-3 ).
 
D. WORLDLINESS( Phil. 3:18-19 ).
II. THE CROSS HAS ENEMIES TODAY.
 
A. PAGANISM. Eastern religions, mysticism, idols, angel & devil worship, horoscope.
 
1. Salvation thru the cross depends on allegiance to one God( Eph. 4:4-6 ).
 
2. Idolatry is always condemned( Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Cor. 10:14; 1 John 5:21 ).
 
3. God will not allow such in his presence( Rom. 1:21-25; Rev. 21:8 ).
 
4. Bondage to non-existent masters( Gal. 4:8; Acts 19:26; 1 Cor. 8:4 ).
 
B. HUMAN PHILOSOPHY. New morality, evolution, humanism, modernism.
 
1. Stands in opposition to teachings of Christ( Col. 2:8 ).
 
2. In opposition to true knowledge of God and his will( 1 Cor 1:20-25 ).
 
3. Called ignorance by Paul( Eph. 4:17-19 ).
 
4. Where has the “Age of Reason” left us?( Matt. 9:36 ).
 
C. RELIGIOUS DIVISION. Denominations, sects in the church, Unity in Diversity.
 
1. Jesus prayed for unity( John 17:20-21 ). Why?
 
2. 1 Cor. 1:10-13.
 
3. Why division? How can we guard against it?( 1 Cor. 4:6 ).
 
4. Stern warning( Matt. 15:9; 2 John 9 ).
 
D. SCHISMS AND FACTIONS.
 
1. These are not desired among God’s people( 1 Cor. 12:25 ).
 
2. Nothing can defeat the cross faster than an inside job.
 
3. Such can only cause us to devour one another( Gal. 5:15 ).
 
4. They will certainly cause our worship to be vain( 1 Cor. 11:17-30 ).
 
5. Eph. 4:1-3.
 
E. HYPOCRISY IN THE CHURCH.
 
1. Our lives must be worthy of that which we profess( Phil 1:27 ).
 
2. Do we practice what we preach?( Rom. 2:21-24 ).
 
3. The language of Jesus( Matt. 23:27 ).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. POGO: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
 
B. WHAT WEAPON DO WE USE?( Eph. 6:17 ).
 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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THE APOSTASY OF ABSOLUTES; DRIFTING AND DEPARTING FROM THE FAITH IS HAPPENING EVERYWHERE, MY QUESTION IS WHY?

  “WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT DRIFTING AND DEPARTING”

                                       Heb. 2:1-3

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. “DRIFT” (asv), “SLIP” (kjv). NAUTICAL TERM, IN THE CURRENT.
 
B. NEARLY ALL DEPARTURES FROM GOD ARE GRADUAL – INADVERTENT.
 
1. Israel had a good start (Ex. 19:8).
 
2. But the forgot (Psa. 106:13; Jer. 2:32).
I. THREE MAJOR CAUSES OF DRIFTING.
 
A. IGNORANCE.
 
1. The curse of Israel (Hos. 4:6-10).
 
2. The Sadducees (Matt. 22:29).
 
3. Only the truth can make us free (John 8:32).
 
4. But we must hear and learn the truth (John 6:44-45).
 
B. INDIFFERENCE.
 
1. The Laodiceans (Rev. 3:15-16).
 
2. Warning to the Hebrews (Heb. 10:28-30).
 
3. How can we be so indifferent? Picture Jesus on the cross.
 
C. INVOLVEMENTS.
 
1. The Lord must come first (Matt. 6:24, 33).
 
2. Can we be distracted? (Matt. 13:7, 22; 2 Tim. 2:3-4).
 
D. WE MUST TAKE HEED … IT CAN HAPPEN TO ME (Heb. 4:1).
II. WHEN WE DRIFT FROM THE WORD,
WHAT ELSE DO WE DRIFT FROM?
 
A. WE DRIFT FROM THE PROPER AUTHORITY.
 
1. To please God we must accept his authority (Jer. 10:23).
 
2. How does God direct us? (Psa. 119:105).
 
3. That word is our standard of judgment (John 12:48).
 
4. The word of God is the apostle’s teaching (Luke 10:16).
 
B. WE DRIFT FROM ALL MORAL STANDARDS.
 
1. Gen. 6:5. Could this be said of our generation?
 
2. New Morality or No Morality. Situation ethics.
 
3. Rom. 1:18-32. The refusal to acknowledge God and result.
 
4. God’s plea (2 Cor. 6:17 – 7:1).
 
C. WE DRIFT FROM SOUND DOCTRINE.
 
1. Paul’s warning (2 Tim. 1:13-14; 4:3-4).
 
2. Does it make a difference what one believes? Is there an “unsound” doctrine?
 
(Matt. 15:7-9, 12-14).
 
D. WE DRIFT FROM THE GREAT SALVATION (Heb. 2:3).
 
1. Great because of its price (1 Pet. 1:18-19).
 
2. Great because of its reward (John 6:68).
 
3. No other hope (Acts 4:12).
III. WHEN WE DRIFT WHERE DO WE GO?
 
A. WE GO AFTER MATERIAL THINGS (Luke 12:15; Matt. 6:19-20; 16:24).
 
B. WE DRIFT INTO DENOMINATIONALISM.
 
1. Common perception accepts it. “Go with the flow.”
 
2. But (John 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10-13).
 
3. The “flow” is always downward (Matt. 7:13-14).
 
C. WE DRIFT INTO LIBERALISM, CONDONING AND PRACTICING ERROR.
 
1. 2 John 9. “Whosoever goeth onward.”
 
2. 2 John 10-11. “Receive him not” (Rom. 16:17-18).
 
3. You don’t drift closer (2 Tim. 2:16-18).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. IT TAKES STRENGTH NOT TO DRIFT (1 Cor. 16:13).
 
B. WE MUST TAKE HEED (Heb. 2:1).
 
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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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