Paths of Deception

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Introduction: Illustration: No one likes to be deceived. Jacob deceived his father and was deceived by his father-in-law.

  • Satan is the Deceiver (Revelation 12:9; Genesis 3:1-6)
  • The lost have always been deceived (Titus 3:3; 2Corinthians 4:4)
  • The latter times will be noted for the deception of believers (2Corinthians 11:3; 2Timothy 3:13; 1Timothy 4:1-3)
    • An express revelation of the Spirit
    • A special trait of the latter times
    • A cause for some to depart from the faith – Apostasy
    • The result of spiritual warfare – seducing spirits (Ephesians 6:11)
    • An attack on pure doctrine – doctrines of devils
    • A breakdown of integrity
      • Speaking lies in hypocrisy
      • Conscience seared
    • A sample of the doctrines taught (verse 3)
      • Forbidding to marry
      • Commanding to abstain from meats

A MAN IS DECEIVED:

  1.  IF HE THINKS THE UNRIGHTEOUS WILL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD
    1. The Deception Defined (1Corinthians 6:9-11)
    2. The New Creature (2Corinthians 5:17)
    3. The Changed Life (Romans 6:1-2)
  2.  IF HE THINKS HIMSELF WISE BY THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD
    1. The Deception Defined (1Corinthians 3:18-20)
    2. The Failure of Man’s Wisdom (1Corinthians 1:18-25)
    3. The Faith Man Has in Earthly Wisdom (Psalm 49:18; Isaiah 47:10)
  3. IF HE THINKS HIMSELF TO BE SOMETHING WHEN HE IS NOTHING
    1. The Deception Defined (Galatians 6:3)
    2.  The Warning to Think Soberly (Romans 12:3)
    3. The Example of Diotrephes (3John 1:9-10)
  4. IF HE THINKS HE HAS NO SIN
    1. The Deception Defined (1John 1:8)
    2. The Impossible Claim (Proverbs 20:9); Note: many will admit in a general sense that they are sinners who will never admit to any particular sin.
  5. IF HE THINKS HE CAN BE SPIRITUAL WITH AN UNBRIDLED TONGUE
    1. The Deception Defined (James 1:26)
    2. Out of the Abundance of the Heart (Luke 6:45)
    3. The Untamed Tongue (Acts 20:30; 1Timothy 5:11-13; Titus 1:9-11)
  6. IF HE THINKS THAT CONSTANT EXPOSURE TO THE WORLD WILL HAVE NO EFFECT
    1.  The Deception Defined (1Corinthians 15:33)
    2. The Example of Lot (2Peter 2:7-8; cp. Isaiah 33:14-15)
  7. IF HE THINKS HE WILL SOW AND NOT REAP WHAT HE SOWS
    1. The Deception Defined (Galatians 6:7-9)
    2. The Sentence Delayed (Ecclesiastes 8:11)

Conclusion: The Deceiver is at work in the world today. He does not stop at deceiving the lost, but seeks also to deceive the saints. Has he deceived you?

David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 23:32

At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.