Be Not Deceived! (4)
Raymond E. Harris
As we study this matter of deceit we find it is a problem that can spring from many sources. The Scriptures teach us to beware of false teachers who lie in wait to deceive. Likewise, the Scriptures warn that self-deception is one of mans greatest weaknesses.
And now, with this article we want to consider the deceitfulness of sin. In Hebrews 3:13, we are admonished to exhort one another "lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." In Galatians 6:7-8, Paul warns, "Be not deceived. God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap." And in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, he further warns, "Be not deceived. neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
Truly, sin is most deceptive! All sins are not alluring to all people. But everyone has his weakness. In the main, everyone sins because he wants to I Whether it be illicit sex, ill-gotten gain or whatever, people sin in what seems to be appealing to them. Some strength to overcome sin can come from the encouragement of others (Heb. 3:13). However, in the main, strength to overcome sin lies in a conscience educated by God's word and a self-control nurtured by true fellowship with God (1 John 1:3-7). David said, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart. That I might not sin against thee" (Psa. 119:11).
Yes, sin is deceptive! Sin is soul-damning! And, the consequences of sin are eternal (Matt. 25:31-46).
Guardian of Truth XXVIII: 8, p. 236