Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery. Part 54. the deception from the god of this world.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
May 26, 2005
The first thing they think is “We must try to improve and correct our own condition” - operation fig-leaves.
It was the woman who began to “think” that God was afraid that she would become as smart as God.
Arrogance becomes the principle that holds people together so that they appear nice, sweet, loving, and kind, when in reality they live for themselves.
The one thing that makes people function in the cosmic system is arrogance.
They hold together for a short time under self-righteousness, human good and morality, but eventually they all fall apart into some form of evil thinking.
While arrogance is a temporary stabilizer, it cannot keep the person from coming to a maximum function of evil - degeneracy.
Degeneracy is too often related to the gutter, instead of as to where true degeneracy is sponsored.
He is trying very hard to bring in the Millennium.
The more the genius of Satan works toward producing a perfect world, the more the world goes into degeneracy when it follows his plan.
When the do-good society comes in, or socialism, or communism, or the welfare state, these things will destroy true success.
The welfare state is a social system based on the assumption that the state has the responsibility to take care of the social welfare of its citizens.
Socialism is an economic and political theory that advocates collective or governmental ownership of businesses or control over the products that businesses produce.
To the extent that any nation permits socialism or communism into the country, to that extent you have degeneracy developing.
1. The evil in the believer who rejects the doctrine of eternal security and God’s method of protecting us, 1PE 1:5.
One major form of evil thinking is when a believer thinks that he can do something to lose his salvation.
The saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross and the forty things you received at salvation from God are much greater than what you could ever do.
2. The believer who assumes that his works are spirituality.
JAM 2:20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
2PE 3:16 some things are hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
MAT 22:29 “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God.”
3. The evil thinking of the believer who succumbs to the pressures of suffering, adversity, and injustice.
To be completely right and unjustly treated is a very dangerous test.
For didn’t God say Himself -
EXO 21:24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot?
4. The believer under the influence of evil who depends on emotional activity such as rededication services, tongues, inspirational speakers, personal attention, etc.
Godliness - eusebeia = dedication and devotion to the PPOG.
Conceited - per-pass-ind - tuphoo = to receive a head full of smoke.
It is not because they are evil people; it is because they have been deceived by Satan, the ruler of the world, and they are now under the influence of evil.
Endure - fut-mid-ind - anechomai = to put up with, to bear with, to endure, to suffer.
Once they do that they are acted upon by the ruler of the world -
2TI 2:26 hopefully they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
Tickled - pres-mid-part - kneethoo = wanting to hear something pleasant, especially about themselves, to desire to hear what one wants to hear.
Desires - noun epithumia = lusts.
To turn -
fut-ACTIVE-ind - apostrepho = to turn away or to go back, to turn him away from allegiance to anyone, to turn in the sense of deserting.
2TI 1:15 You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away [apostrepho] from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.
“Will turn aside” -
fut-PASSIVE-ind - ektrepo = to receive the evil thinking of deflection, interference, to be led astray; to turn away from one in order to follow another.