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Self-Deception

Self Deception

This is a small extract of a larger series on deception. The complete series by Pastor Wagner on Deception is also available.

I. Self-deception

Instructing Youth About Sex and Dating Part 1

Instructing Youth About Sex and Dating
I. Christ’s minister is to hold fast and preach the whole counsel of God. ACT 20:27.
A. Scripture addresses many things that are uneasy or delicate but all profitable.
ACT 20:20 c/w 2TI 3:16.
B. There is a greater risk from avoiding necessary topics than preaching them, a risk to the
saints who need the information and a risk to the preacher for not giving it.
1CO 9:16.
C. It has been a number of years since I have specifically addressed a topic like this.

The Strait Gate and Narrow Way

The Strait Gate And Narrow Way
(Matthew 7:13-14)
1. This passage shows us that all ways are NOT equally valid.
A. There are essentially only two ways: the right way and the wrong way.
B. All of God's ways (PSA 119:15) so harmonize as to constitute only one way.
PSA 119:1, 14; JOH 14:6.
C. All of the various ways of error are so many versions of the wrong way; one may as well choose one as the other. JOS 24:14-15.
2. This passage also teaches that the right way is not popular.
3. The right way is strait and narrow.

Galatians Part 9 - Galatians 1:16-17

C. “...immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood” (v. 16).
(1) What need is there for a conference when the instruction is clear and directly from
the Source?
a. “Always drink upstream from the herd. Even the Water of Life is purest
before it has input from a corrupt creation.” (PWB)
b. Corruptible flesh and blood (1CO 15:50) had not revealed the truth to Paul:
his gospel was “...not after man...” (GAL 1:11-12) so why seek confirmation
of men?
c. NOTE: It is a general trend of our nature, when Scripture clearly commands

Galatians Part 8 - Galatians 1:15-16

vs. 15-16
1. Paul here sets forth his conversion to Christ from the Jews’ religion and the bondage of sin’s deception.
A. As a Pharisee trusting in his own righteousness to justify him before God, he would have been convinced that he was free. JOH 8:33.
B. But his overlooking of the covetousness that condemned him before God made him also overlook that he was not free. JOH 8:34.
C. “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” (J.W. von Goethe)
Galatians 1-1-17 Page 13

Galatians Part 7 - Galatians 1:14

2. Paul had profited (v. 14) in his former religion, which had a tradition of equating gain with godliness and redemption. 1PE 1:18.
A. profit: intr. To make progress; to advance, go forward; to improve, prosper, grow, increase
(in some respect). Obs.
(1) Paul had advanced in the Jews' religion, and it is a general rule that systems
promote those who further their interests, not the interests of something contrary.
a. He had been a Pharisee, “...the most straitest sect of our religion...”
(ACT 26:5). To be a Pharisee was to be the epitome of the Jews’ religion.

That Which Works Good Part 5

That Which Works Good
I. This study considers things that work good (particularly for the saint’s soul). ECC 6:3.
A. This touches on the sovereignty of God: His never-thwarted government over all things,
good and evil. PSA 76:10; PRO 16:4.
B. God is in no way the author of sin, nor is He the positive promoter of sin.
JAM 1:13-14; JER 19:5.
1. God never makes a person sin. The responsibility of sin is always attributed to the sinner. PRO 5:22; GAL 2:17-18.

That Which Works Good Part 4

That Which Works Good
I. This study considers things that work good (particularly for the saint’s soul). ECC 6:3.
A. This touches on the sovereignty of God: His never-thwarted government over all things,
good and evil. PSA 76:10; PRO 16:4.
B. God is in no way the author of sin, nor is He the positive promoter of sin.
JAM 1:13-14; JER 19:5.
1. God never makes a person sin. The responsibility of sin is always attributed to the sinner. PRO 5:22; GAL 2:17-18.

That Which Works Good Part 3

That Which Works Good
I. This study considers things that work good (particularly for the saint’s soul). ECC 6:3.
A. This touches on the sovereignty of God: His never-thwarted government over all things,
good and evil. PSA 76:10; PRO 16:4.
B. God is in no way the author of sin, nor is He the positive promoter of sin.
JAM 1:13-14; JER 19:5.
1. God never makes a person sin. The responsibility of sin is always attributed to the sinner. PRO 5:22; GAL 2:17-18.

About the Twelve Tribes

About the Twelve Tribes
Question: Do the Hebrews still exist as the historic twelve tribes?
1. This is a complex question because of subtleties of distinction and commonality in the terms, Hebrew, Jew, Israelite. Here is a short overview:
A. Abram is the first identified Hebrew (GEN 14:13) from whom Isaac, Jacob and the
twelve patriarchs came who are the heads of the twelve tribes.
DEU 27:12-13 c/w GEN 49:28.
1. This listing of twelve tribes differs from the list of the twelve tribes which would receive an allotment of land in Canaan.

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