Christian Soldier, Part 5. Be Aware Of The Con-Artist, 1. Take A Con-Artist Tour Of The Bible With DLG Samantha McLaughlin Medeiros.


October 8, 2021

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The Doctrine Of The Con-Artist.

Both Jacob and his Uncle Laban are these types of individuals who are masters at saying one thing but meaning another.

 

They can be people with a pleasing personality, — sometimes they have an attractive way about them, – and they can even give the impression of – being great believers or great spiritual leaders who seem to be successful at whatever they do.

 

If it could happen to the Lord Jesus Christ, as it did in Mat 26:47-49, it can happen to us.

Mat 26:47-49, And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up, accompanied by a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

 

MAT 26:48 Now he who was betraying Him gave

them a sign, saying, “Whomever I shall kiss, He is the one; seize Him.”

 

MAT 26:49 And immediately he went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

 

 

In Gen 12 and 20, the Pharaoh of Egypt and King Abimelech of Gerah were both “people smart” and they were deceived and conned by Abraham.

 

 

Spiritual maturity is no defense against the con-artists of this life.

 

 

2SA 13:1, Now it was after this that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar, and Amnon the son of David loved her.

 

 

2SA 13:2 And Amnon was so frustrated because of his sister Tamar that he made himself ill, for she was a virgin, and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything to her.

 

 

2SA 13:3 But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David’s brother; and Jonadab was a very shrewd man. He was a wicked man with wicked ways.

 

2SA 13:4 And he said to him, “O son of the king, why are you so depressed morning after morning? Will you not tell me?”

Then Amnon said to him, “I am in love with Tamar, the sister of my brother Absalom.”

 

 

2SA 13:5 Jonadab then said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill; when your father comes to see you, say to him, Please let my sister Tamar come and give me some food to eat, and let her prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat from her hand.”

 

2SA 13:6 So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill; when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let my sister Tamar come and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat from her hand.”

 

 

2SA 13:7 Then David sent to the house for Tamar, saying, “Go now to your brother Amnon’s house, and prepare food for him.”

 

 

2SA 13:8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house, and he was lying down.

And she took dough, kneaded it, made cakes in his sight, and baked the cakes.

 

2SA 13:9 And she took the pan and dished them out before him, but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, “Have everyone go out from me.” So everyone went out from him.

 

2SA 13:10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the bedroom, that I may eat from your hand.” So Tamar took the cakes which she had made and brought them into the bedroom to her brother Amnon.

2SA 13:11 When she brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, “Come, lie with me, my sister.”

2SA 13:12 But she answered him, “No, my brother, do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel; do not do this disgraceful thing!

 

2SA 13:13 As for me, where could I get rid of my reproach? And as for you, you will be like one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.”

 

The Law of Moses commanded against any marriage between a half-brother and half-sister (LEV18:11).

 

2SA 13:14 However, he would not listen to her; since he was stronger than she, he violated her and lay with her.

 

If a mature believer can be taken in by con-artists — then those who are immature, … how much more so?

 

 

Sometimes greatness or success in business –or in a profession — or in the spiritual life –or even in social life — are measured in terms of con-artist testing, 2Th 1:6, 1Th 4:6.

 

1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, your

sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;

 

1Th 4:4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

 

1Th 4:5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

 

1Th 4:6 and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.

 

2TH 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of

you toward one another grows ever greater;

 

2TH 1:4 therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.

 

2TH 1:5 This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.

 

 

2Th 1:6 for after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,

 

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness…Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (JAM 1:2–3, 12).

 

The very thing that makes us strong, — honor and integrity, — also makes us vulnerable and even sometimes weak, PSA 55:12-14.

 

PSA 55:12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, Then I could hide myself from him.

 

PSA 55:13 But it is you, a man my equal, My companion and my familiar friend.

PSA 55:14 We who had sweet fellowship together, Walked in the house of God in the midst of the congregation.

 

 

Being a believer in TLJC means that you’re going to get a certain number of tests in this area, — especially in the local assembly.

 

Act 5:1-2, But a certain man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, And kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife’s full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles’ feet.

 

After they saw the great generosity of Barnabas and how well he was respected, Ananias and Sapphira decided they wanted to receive the same respect.

 

 

Act 4:36-37, And Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles, And who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

 

What happen to Ananias and Sapphira is that approbation lust had entered in them when they saw what Barnabas had done.

 

Act 5:3, But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back some of the price of the land?”

 

 

Act 5:4 “While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control?

Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? you have not lied to men, but to God.”

 

This spiritual gift, called the word of knowledge, is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8.

 

1CO 12:8 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;

 

Peter clearly believed that the Holy Spirit was a Person, because one can only lie to a person.

He also believed the Holy Spirit is God.

 

 

It is too easy to be happy with the “image of spirituality” without the “reality of spiritual life”.

 

Their great “con” was rooted in pride and pride corrupts the church more quickly than anything else.

 

Act 5:5 And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last; and great fear came upon all who heard of it.

 

For many Christians in compromise, their greatest fear is not in sinning itself, but in being found out.

 

They became very jealous and covetous and entered into inordinate ambition and inordinate competition in the spiritual realm.

 

Inordinate Competition is the lust to exalt oneself over the status or level of another without the decent regard for others’ or for God’s will. It consists of self-promotion at all costs, even to the harm of others.

 

Act 5:3, But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back some of the price of the land?”

 

 

Degeneracy is the process of passing from the higher to the lower, to decline progressively.

 

Christian Degeneracy  is the decline to false or inferior standards, accompanied by loss of integrity and sinking into the subnormal status of fragmentation and reversionism.

 

They were in inordinate competition and  trying to make an impression – from the arrogance complex of the sin nature.

 

Once in cosmic one,  — believers only need rebound, 1JO 1:9, to get back in fellowship with God.

 

 

Often the worst enemies of any local church are the hypocrites and the con- artists in that church.

 

 

ACT 5:6 And the young men arose and covered him up, and after carrying him out, they buried him.

 

ACT 5:7 Now there elapsed an interval of about three hours, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.

 

ACT 5:8 And Peter responded to her, “tell me whether you sold the land for such and such a price?” and she said, “yes, that was the price.”

 

 

ACT 5:9 Then Peter said to her, “why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test?

Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they shall carry you out as well.”

 

ACT 5:10 And she fell immediately at his feet, and breathed her last; and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.

 

In these early days of the church, God takes extreme measures to show rebound is not just a nice offer He gives us but a requirement if we want to live inside of the PPOG.

 

ACT 5:11 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all who heard of these things.

 

ACT 5:14 “More than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women”

 

Proverbs 1:7 says that “fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.

 

Being a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ means that you’re going to get a certain number of tests in this area, especially in the local assembly.

 

The con-artist also uses others to fulfill his objective, sometimes it’s the victim, sometimes it’s those close to the victim, sometimes it’s just as many people as possible to make the con stick.

 

Laban used his two daughters to deceive Jacob — and Rachel was very close to Jacob as well, GEN 29.

 

The con-artist must deceive his victim, as  David did this to Uriah in 2SA 11:14-17.

 

2SA 11:6 Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David.

 

The real question for us all is: Are we prepared to face sin?

2SA 11:8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” And Uriah went out of the king’s house, and a present from the king was sent out after him.

 

 

2SA 11:9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.

 

2SA 11:10 Now when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?”

 

2SA 11:11 And Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing.”

 

“The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters,”: This shows that Uriah had a passion for the glory of God, even though he was a Hittite and not a native Jew.

 

“Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife”: This shows Uriah as a man of great integrity.

 

2SA 11:12 Then David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.

 

2SA 11:13 Now David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with his lord’s servants, but he did not go down to his house.

 

2SA 11:14 Now it came about in the morning that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

 

2SA 11:15 And he had written in the letter, saying, “Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”

 

2SA 11:16 So it was as Joab kept watch on the city, that he put Uriah at the place where he knew there were valiant men.

 

2SA 11:17 And the men of the city went out and fought against Joab, and some of the people among David’s servants fell; and Uriah the Hittite also died.

 

 

2TI 4:14, Alexander the coppersmith  did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.

 

PRO 24:29, Do not say, “thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.”

 

“I will do to him just as he has done to me”: This is what wisdom and grace tell us not to say.

 

1TH 5:15 “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek what is good for one another and for all people.”