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Evil Influences. Influence. The power of persons or things to affect others Influence: a give & take experience 1 Jn.2:15-17. In world , not of world (1 John 2). 15: not mere location; the evil system Under satan’s control (5:19) Opposed to God (Jn.15:19) Jn.1:10, in world, yet sinless

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influence
Influence

The power of persons or things to affect others

Influence: a give & take experience

1 Jn.2:15-17

in world not of world 1 john 2
Inworld, notofworld(1 John 2)
  • 15: not mere location; the evil system
    • Under satan’s control (5:19)
    • Opposed to God (Jn.15:19)
    • Jn.1:10, in world, yet sinless
  • 15: love world (people), not evil (16)
  • 16: world offers forbidden desires
  • 17: we can overcome peer pressure
learn from
Learn from . . .

Pr.4:23; 5:20-23

  • Solomon, 1 K.11:3-4
  • Ahab & company, 1 K.21:25
    • Ahaziah, 1 K.22:51-52
    • Athaliah, 2 Chr.21:1-6…16-20 (ch. 22)
    • Joash, 2 Chr.23-24
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I. Evil Influences – Words Of Warning

II. Evil Influences –World Of Wickedness

u s decline
U. S. Decline

God

Heaven

Bible

Soul

Affluence: rich in money, ruined in morals

Money distracts from . . .

u s founded on biblical principles
U.S. founded on biblical principles

“Judeo – Christian ethics”

Now largely abandoned

  • Pornography. Mt.5:27-28;Ex.20:17
  • Fornication. Gn.2:21-25; Ep.5:22-33; Col.3:5 [Nu.25]
  • Abortion. Mt.5:21-22; Ex.20:13; Ps.139
  • Homosexuality. Gn.18-19
  • Humanism. First amendment…
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I. Evil Influences – Words Of Warning

II. Evil Influences – World Of Wickedness

III. Evil Influences –Way To Win

1 acknowledge power of influence
1.Acknowledge power of influence

Will my imperfect example influence others?

Will imperfect example of others influence me?

Mt.5:13-16; 17:24-27

1 acknowledge power of influence 2 avoid temptations if possible
1.Acknowledge power of influence2. Avoid temptations…if possible

Mt.6:13

  • NOT by leaving world, 1 Co.5:9-10
  • NOT by avoiding all sinners, Lk.5
  • NOT by leaving every relationship, 1 Pt.3
1 acknowledge power of influence 2 avoid temptations if possible1
1.Acknowledge power of influence2. Avoid temptations…if possible

Mt.6:13

  • CAN avoid (or limit exposure to) many evil influences
    • Pr.22:24-25, perilous pals
    • Lk.12:1, contagious con-men
    • 1 Co.5:6-8, immoral infection
    • Ga.5:7, talking terrorists
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1.Acknowledge power of influence2. Avoid temptations…if possible3. Associate with Christianswho build up

Giving

Ro.15:26

Close relationship, joint participation

1 Th.5:11

(Hb.10:24-25)

Acts 2:42

“Fellowship”

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