Thursday, May 7, 2015

Slaves of Depravity

False teachers speak empty, boastful words that appeal to the sensual desires of the flesh. Words that sound good and impressive but have no real content. False doctrine results in spiritual barrenness. False teachers speak flattering lies that entice people. "For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths." (2 Timothy 4:3-4) "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him. These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage." (Jude 14b-16) 

People who are just escaping from those who live in error (of atheism or Judaism, etc.) are allured and ensnared by these false teachers who claim to be Christians. New believers/converts are easy targets for false teachers to prey on. They promise them freedom (not true Christian freedom from sin, but rather freedom to sin) but they themselves are slaves of corruption/depravity. This kind of sinful carnal liberty is attractive to their carnal lusts and interests. Sadly, they don't realize that it's indeed bondage/slavery to sin. These false teachers are still under the power and dominion of sin. They are enslaved to worldly pleasures and wickedness. They talk about freedom but they do not know/have the true freedom which can only be found in Christ. "Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?" (Romans 6;16)

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