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  1. Innovation in Religion Colossians 2:23 “will worship” (KJV) “self-made religion” (NASV) I Kings 12:25-33

  2. Jeroboam’s Innovations • Instituted golden calves as objects of worship • Changed place of worship to Dan & Bethel • Appointed priests from tribes other than Levi • Altered time of feast to a different month

  3. Jeroboam’s Innovative Religion • Its Source: Human Wisdom • (v.33; Jer. 10:23; I Cor. 3:18-20)

  4. Jeroboam’s Innovative Religion • Its Source: Human Wisdom • Its Motive: To Keep Followers • (v.27; Ac. 20:28-30; II Pet. 2:1-3)

  5. Jeroboam’s Innovative Religion • Its Source: Human Wisdom • Its Motive: To Keep Followers • Its Appeal: Convenience • (v.28-29; II Tim. 4:3-4; Mt. 7:13-14)

  6. Jeroboam’s Innovative Religion • Its Source: Human Wisdom • Its Motive: To Keep Followers • Its Appeal: Convenience • Its Appearance: Similar to Truth • (v.32; Gal. 1:6-9; II Cor. 11:12-15)

  7. Jeroboam’s Innovative Religion • Its Source: Human Wisdom • Its Motive: To Keep Followers • Its Appeal: Convenience • Its Appearance: Similar to Truth • Its Effect: Progressive Degeneration • (II Ki. 17:9-17; II Tim. 3:13; Heb. 3:12)

  8. Jeroboam’s Innovative Religion • Its Source: Human Wisdom • Its Motive: To Keep Followers • Its Appeal: Convenience • Its Appearance: Similar to Truth • Its Effect: Progressive Degeneration • Its Result: Destruction • (II Ki. 17:18; Mt. 7:21-23; Mt. 15:13)

  9. The Plan of Salvation • Hear the Good News (Rm. 10:17) • Believe with Heart (I Th. 4:14) • Repent of Sins (Ac. 3:19) • Confess Faith in Christ (Rm. 10:9-10) • Be Baptized in Water (I Pet. 3:21) • Continue in Faith (Col. 1:23) • 2nd Law of Pardon: Repent & Pray God for Forgiveness (Ac. 8:22)