“Be Not Deceived” • 1 Cor 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. • Two Great Lies About Influence: • I will not be influenced by the people or things that surround me. • I am not accountable if I am influenced by others to sin.
“Be Not Deceived” • 1 Cor 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
“Be Not Deceived” • Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. • We can deceive others and ourselves, but God is never fooled.
Four Lies In Genesis 3 • Gen. 3:1-6 The first lie is from the serpent • He approaches woman: easier, alone, near the tree (Rom. 13:14) • Does she know God’s law (Gen. 3:1) • If she knows, how does she feel about it • Small changes in Eve’s version indicate she did not appreciate God (Matt. 26:73)
What Small Changes Reveal What God Actually Said What Eve Said God Said Gen 3:2-3 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. • Gen 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayestfreely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shaltsurely die.
Temptation Grows • When we do not appreciate blessings • When we get vague about sinning • When God is viewed as an obstacle to our having fun • When we exaggerate restrictions • When we doubt the penalty will come
The First Lie In Genesis 3 • Ye shall not surely die (Gen. 3:4-6) • He removes the penalty for disobedience • He questions God’s motives in the command • He provides positive incentive to disobey • Eve gives into the influence, persuades Adam, and they become corrupted (I Cor. 15:33)
Greatest LiesAre The Ones We Tell Ourselves • We can remedy the problem (Gen. 3:7) • The fig leaf aprons did not cover their sin nor their flesh (Gen. 3:21) • Perhaps first animal sacrifice for sin • We make our own fig leaf contraptions for removing the symptoms of sin (reinvent God, redefine sin, erase concept of hell…)
Greatest LiesAre The Ones We Tell Ourselves • We can hide from God (Gen. 3:8-11) • We push guilt away from our minds • We stay so busy we can’t face our fears • We distract ourselves with recreation • Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Greatest LiesAre The Ones We Tell Ourselves • It is not my fault (Gen. 3:12) • Adam blamed the woman (protector?) • Adam blamed God for making her • And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. I DID EAT!
“Be Not Deceived” • Eve blames the serpent Gen. 3:13 • God curses each in turn Gen. 3:14-19 • Curses remind us at birth, life, and death • 1 Cor 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: