Summary: We may define wrong as right, but the Father sets our standards... Ponder about the cold within? We face a re-defining of what truth is? Beware of the spirit of gradualness.
FACING THE STRONG MAN OF ERROR... WRONG AS RIGHT?
This is part one...
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
2 Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness.
2 Corinthians 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
I. SOME GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ABOUT SPIRITUAL STRONG MEN:
A. Strong men started in the seed form. They start small and grow.
B. Strong men will almost always have a SPIRIT OF GRADUALNESS, where they
slowly progress to grow from minor to major.
C. MANY STRONG MEN FEED AND SUPPORT OTHER NEGATIVE, BAD ATTITUDES.
D. Bad attitudes RE-INFORCE and open doors to other issues.
E. As we look at the ATTITUDE OF ERROR, we acknowledge the attitude takes
the appearance of: IF THIS IS WRONG I DO NOT WANT TO BE RIGHT...
F. Team mates of the STRONG MAN OF ERROR may take these forms:
Control, Stubborness, Anger, Bitterness, Depression, and a feeling of REJECTION.
G. Often times the STRONG MAN OF ERROR feeds on not listening, ignorance,
ZEAL WITHOUT WISDOM, WISDOM WITHOUT ZEAL...
All this issues are SELF-FEEDING and SELF-JUSTIFYING and a strong spirit of
DENIAL... I do not have a problem...
II. THE STRONG MAN OF ERROR WILL NOT LISTEN TO THE TRUTH, IS NOT TEACHABLE,
AND REFUSES TO BE CORRECTED... IF THIS IS WRONG, I DO NOT
NOR ACCEPT THERE IS A STANDARD OF TRUTH...
A. We live in a day that we do not want to offend anyone...
B. We do not want to elevate our values on others...
C. LET US TOLERATE AND ACCEPT EVERYTHING AS RIGHT...
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or
else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
D. IS THERE TRUTH?
John Cash had a song: WHAT IS TRUTH?
A boy goes to Sunday School and learns: THOU SHALT NOT KILL.
He graduates high school, drafted in the ARMY, given a gun and taught to go kill the VIET CON?
John 18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again
unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.
E. THE HAS TO BE A STANDARD OF TRUTH!
87* Octane? Horsepower? Measurement? Truth!
III. WANT TO DISCUSS GROSS?
THE STRONG MAN OF ERROR WILL NOT LISTEN TO THE TRUTH, IS NOT TEACHABLE,
AND REFUSES TO BE CORRECTED...
A. HOW ABOUT YOU HEART?
B. You define? I define? Society defines?
Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their
eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears,
and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
C. BLIND EYES? POOR HEARING? SENSE...
Acts 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their
eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and
understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
IV. OK, IS THE CONSCIENCE OF THE FLESH A GOOD INDICATOR I AM RIGHT?
IS IT A GODLY CONSCIENCE THAT ALIGNS WITH THE WORD OF GOD?
IS IT A SEARED CONSCIENCE...
A. I LET MY CONSEINCE BE MY GUIDE?
1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
B. YOU CAN BURN AND NUMB YOUR CONSCEINCE TO ACCEPT ANYTHING AS
V. PROMISES, PROMISES... THE STORY OF THE ATTITUDE OR SPIRIT OF ERROR...
A. I WILL NOT DO IT...
B. SURE, I WILL...
Matthew 21:28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first,
and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and
31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus
saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom
of God before you.
C. THERE ARE MANY ATTITUDES OR SPIRITS THAT A PERSON CAN DEVELOP OR
GRADUALLY DRIFT AND BECOME.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural