by Andrew McQuitty

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Satan's Recruitment Strategy for Hell (10 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
Acts 5:12-42

In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that--and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison--you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you (C.S. Lewis). But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy; and they laid hands on the apostles, and put them in a public jail (Acts 5:17- 18).

Introduction: Satan's Recruitment Strategy for Hell

READ 12-17. When I see the Saducees' negative response to the miraculous power of God, my question is, were they brain-damaged, or what? Within the last two months they had been confronted with the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, the dramatic birth of the church on the Day of Pentecost, and a constant stream of healing miracles including that of a 41-year-old man healed of congenital lameness. Now even Peter's shadow was enough to heal the sick and liberate the demonized. In the face of overwhelming empirical evidence that Jesus was the living Son of God, did they join the apostles in worshipping Him? Nope. They didn't do it then and people like them don't do it now. Instead, they threw God's people in jail and censored their message.

Why such blatant disregard for truth? For the same reason that religious leaders in the sixteenth century threw Galileo in the slammer for teaching that the earth wasn't the center of the universe. They had too much prestige invested in a lie to ever acknowledge the truth! Their pride kept them in la-la land. Pride, you see, is a powerfully destructive force. It was through pride that Lucifer fell from an honored position in Heaven to be ...

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