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Converted to Perverted (2 of 6)
Series: Stumbling Blocks to Spirituality
Matthew 23:15; Luke 6:27-36; 9:51-62; Galatians 1:6-2:10
INTRO: In the early part of the previous century a young man was born who later proved to be a hard worker, made great efforts to become a good artist, loved dearly his mother whom he lived with trying to make ends meet after his father died. He was ambitious in his work, and concerned about the people of his country. He fought hard as a soldier, earning one of the highest awards for bravery. He was disciplined as a young man, neither drinking nor smoking. He had a gift for moving crowds of people when he spoke ... his name: ADOLPH HITLER!
He was a man of great passions, devoted deeply to those things he believed in, his conversion to these ideas led to a perversion of most things considered sacred! WHY? Because he was devoted to the wrong things! He was zealous ... but without knowledge! You can be sincere, and yet still be sincerely wrong! It is not enough to be devoted to something ... it must be the right thing!
Image and perception are not the ultimate goals, truth is, God's truth.
ILLUS: Let's--all of us--decide to stop trying to convince the world that Christianity is true because Jesus makes us prettier, happier, thinner, wealthier, bigger, more successful, more popular, healthier, stronger, and more influential than everyone else. Do we actually believe that the world is impressed with our fancy new churches, 12,000 in Sunday School, five services each morning, the "millions" who are watching on television, converted beauty queens and professional athletes, our book sales, or our crusades? The world is laughing at us--mocking us and the Jesus we supposedly are serving. -- Mike Yaconelli in The Door (Sept./Oct. l989). Christianity Today, Vol. 34, no. 2.
PROP. SENT: The Word of God will teach us that we are to be devoted to the Lord our God ... and to keep God's priorities in their p ...
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