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Be Careful What You Believe (14 of 19)
Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 11:1-15
August 10, 2005
ILLUS: A young college freshman, young Nathan Zohner, urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical "dehydrogen monoxide." He had good reasons for it, since:
1. It can cause excessive sweating and vomiting;
2. It is a major component in acid rain;
3. It can cause severe burns in its gaseous state;
4. It can kill you if accidentally inhaled;
5. It contributes to erosion;
6. It decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes;
7. It has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients.
The high school freshman asked fifty people if they would support a ban of the chemical dehydrogen monoxide. 43 said yes, six were undecided, and only one knew that the chemical is more commonly called "water."
Nathan was discouraged with what his little test indicated. He said, "I was surprised that my peers were so easily misled."
1. In Chapter 11, Paul was concerned about those in the congregation who were at risk of being led astray by false teachers. The cults always prey on the vulnerable and the spiritually naïve--those who were somewhat like Nathan's 43 classmen, who were ready to sign a petition banning water because he told them it was dehydrogen monoxide.
2. He begins in (vs. 1), Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. His reference to folly means that because of the love and concern he has, he feels compelled to remind them of his of his own standing and his undertakings for the Lord. In (vs. 5), he states; "For I suppose I am not a whit [not lacking one thing] behind the very chiefest apostles. Later on in the chapter, we will see how Paul was willing to suffer as no other saint had ever suffered--not only did it demonstrate the sincerity of his apostleship, but it showed just how m ...
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