An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 12)

John 15:18 ESV  “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.

Sometimes evil comes at us in the form of some organization. A group of people organized together to form a – monster. The world is a beast like that. The world consists of individual people and yet those individuals are formed into a “cosmos” that is of one spirit – the “god of this world.” When evil is organized like this, it becomes exponentially more evil.

Genesis 11:5-6 ESV  And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built.  (6)  And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.

One of the forms of organized evil that I have met with is organizations of churches, generally called denominations. For quite a few years myself and our church here really wanted fellowship with other local churches. We sought it in the typical way – find a denomination that we agree doctrinally with and become a formal member.

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An Appearance of Godliness: Case Studies in Evil (Part 11)

Revelation 2:12-13 ESV  “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.  (13)  “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.

A community of evil. Have you ever thought about this subject? An entire community having an appearance of godliness, yet denying its power.

I live in just such a place.

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An Appearance of Godliness – Case Studies in Evil (Part 10)

Mark 7:6-7 ESV  And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;  (7)  in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

The kind of people we are learning about and exposing in this series are, in Paul’s words, hypocrites who have an appearance of godliness. Not only are they unregenerate (not born again), but by their words and practice they actually deny the gospel by denying the necessity of being born again.

Isaiah describes them in terms of lips and hearts. They spew out words that “honor” the Lord but in fact the person they really are (their heart) hates the Lord and all who belong to Him. All of their busy, buzzing, behive activity in their “churches” are vanity. Emptiness. In fact their religion (doctrines) are the commandments of men. Man-made. Fake. Opposed to Christ. They are of the spirit therefore of the antichrist.

Let me introduce you to Larry.

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