2 Corinthians 10-12

"such men are false prophets, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So, it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness."                            2 Corinthians 11:13-15, RSV 

This is one of those passages that should really convince us of our need to study the Word of God. Why? Because there are men out there, evil men, who are disguising themselves as righteous men. 

This makes sense when you think about it: After all, every trapper knows that you have to make the trap attractive to the quarry, otherwise they will never kill and skin anything.

Be sure of this: Satan wants to "kill and skin" you. He hates you and he wants you to be just as lost as he is, so he is baiting traps - enticing traps - to catch you. And some of those traps are wicked men who are disguised as good men.

That is why we need to find out from God's Word what He says saves us! There are a lot of kindly seeming men and women in this world who are either mistaken about God's plan of salvation, or who are for some selfish reason intentionally setting out to deceive you.

That's why one of the suggested topics for this study is that method of salvation referred to as either "the sinner's prayer of faith" or "the believer's prayer of faith". Have you found it yet? If so, I would like to hear from you and I promise you that I will preach on it this next Sunday.

But, until you do find this popular idea of salvation, wouldn't it be wise to carefully note what the Bible says saves you, instead of what kindly sounding men and women say saves you?

Please understand, this topic is not meant to offend you in any way - I honestly try very hard not to do that... but, there are many people who are accepting men's teachings of salvation over God's, and I would not want you to fall into that trap!

Wouldn't you admit that it's something to think about?

"I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel - not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. 

 

As we have said before, so now I say again. If any one is preaching a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:6-9, RSV