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An Evil Heart (4 of 7)
Series: The "7 Things God Hates"
Proverbs 6:18a, Psalm 10:1-18
INTRO: Human history is full of examples of evil hearts - and the unthinkable consequences these evil hearts brought upon mankind. It is one thing to err from time to time, another thing to have an evil heart! God hates an evil heart! Such a heart has the capacity for horrendous evil, and is calculating and cold, indifferent to anyone else's needs, obsessed with self importance and self gratification. And before we dismiss the message as not applying to me we must remember that the creation of an evil heart begins with much smaller expressions of selfishness, a process of building an evil heart over time - something that can happen to anyone!
We must be careful not to dismiss the idea of developing an evil heart. History reveals the tragic results when this happens, and the book of Revelation reveals what will happen when the world again fails to see the evil heart in the antichrist.
ILLUS: Evil is the real problem in the hearts and minds of men. It is not a problem of physics but of ethics. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man. -- Albert Einstein (1879-1955) - Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1992). Entry 3362.
It is clear that an evil heart rarely develops overnight, almost no one starts off by saying, "I think I will be an evil person." It is a process of hardening that goes on over years, with tragic results! It can be astonishing to see just how cold the human heart can become when it yields itself to evil designs.
ILLUS: One death is a tragedy. A thousand is just a statistic. -- Joseph Stalin. From the files of Leadership.
PROP. SENT: The Word of God teaches us evil is real, that God hates an evil heart because it destroys the one who has it and the pain and suffering it brings to many others as well.
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