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Temptation Is a Perversion of Truth (3 of 3)
It is interesting how that most Christians are so slow to accept that someone is caught up in false doctrine because they appear to be genuine. Often those spreading false doctrine may indeed be very sincere, but sincerely wrong. Some people are intentionally deceptive and some have no intention of being malicious but the errors they communicate still cause harm to those led away by the error. For this reason, many Christians struggle to identify deception because it so closely resembles the truth. If it didn't look good, who would be deceived? In order for a Christian to be persuaded into falling for temptation they must be first convinced that the temptation is something that has greater value than righteousness.
True deception requires a willing victim. When someone is in ignorance, they are easy to deceive. This is why the Bible constantly stresses the importance of studying the word. The Bible says that God's people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge because they reject the knowledge God has provided in His word. The vast majority of false teaching would fall harmlessly on our ears if we had knowledge of the word that is available to us through scripture. Without knowledge of the word, we cannot indentify the false beliefs that masquerade as truth and we cannot properly divide the word of truth to understand it in context so that we know how to apply it to our lives.
Ignorance is the result of apathy and many who claim to know Christ do not care about His word. Jesus stated that those who love Him will keep His word and those who do not love Him will ignore His word. In once sense, ignorance of the word is a willingness to leave ourselves vulnerable to temptation for ignoring the scripture puts us in the path of failure. The scriptures also state that to know good and to not do it is a sin; therefore, if we shun our call to study, we are already sliding into a lifestyle of disobedience.
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