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A TWO-PART LESSON ON WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT OUR BEING DECEIVED

 
 

                            DO NOT BE DECEIVED (1)

 

Intro.

 
1. Deceive: “to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid”…”synonyms beguile, mislead, delude.” (Merriam-Webster)
 
a. Deceive – implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness <tried to deceive me about the cost>.
 
b. Beguile – mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness; it “stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving <was beguiled by false promises>.”
 
c. Mislead – implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional <I was misled by the confusing sign>.
 
d. Delude – implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth <we were deluded into thinking we were safe>.
 
2. There is a clear contrast & choice before us – 2 Tim. 3:12-17.
 
3. God repeatedly warns us! Do not be deceived by…
 
 
 
I. SIN – Heb. 3:13; Rom. 7:11; Jas. 1:12-16.
 
A. That It Satisfies Our Desires (Lusts) – Titus 3:3.
 
B. That It Gives Us Lasting Pleasure – Heb. 11:25.
 
C. That It Brings No Eternal Consequences – 1 Cor. 6:9-10 (Rom. 6:23).
 
D. That It Is Not Seen & Punished By God – Gal. 6:7-8.
 
 
 
II. THE ERROR OF FALSE TEACHERS – Matt. 24:3-5 (11, 24-25); 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 Jno. 2:26.
 
-“We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.” (Samuel Johnson)
 
A. That Their Teaching Conforms To The Faith – 1 Tim. 4:1.
 
B. That Their Teaching Comes From Christ (apostles) – 2 Ths. 2:1-3
 
C. That Nobody Can Be Sure About All Truth – cf. 1 Jno. 3:7 (Jno. 16:13; Jno. 8:32).
 
D. That They (teachers of error) Are Not Deceivers – 2 Jno. 7-10; 2 Cor. 11:3-4.
 
 
 
III. HUMAN WISDOM – Col. 2:8.
 
A. Persuasive Words – Col. 2:4 (2-3 – void of divine wisdom & knowledge).
 
B. Empty Words – Eph. 5:6. (fruitless: don’t be left “empty-handed”).
 
C. Smooth Words – Rom. 16:17-18 (“good” words & polished speech).
 
 
 
IV. RELIGIOUS FERVOR WHICH LACKS DIVINE APPROVAL – Col. 2:18-19.
 
-Testimonials, visions, experiences, emotionalism – Col. 3:17.
 
 
 
V. THE INFLUENCE OF EVIL ASSOCIATIONS – 1 Cor. 15:33.
 
A. Where We Live (people we live around – cf. Lot, 2 Pet. 2:7-8).
 
B. Where We Work – cf. Titus 2:9-10 (Col. 3:22-23).
 
C. Where We Play – cf. 1 Pet. 4:2-3.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
1. Jesus warned us: “Take heed, that no one deceives you.” (Matt. 24:4).
 
2. We must heed His warning!
 
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