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      Be Not Deceived.

      Sunday, June 24, 2007




      If the Lord will and if I live, I am going to leave this entry on top for a while. The subject matter is of the most importance. Not long ago, I had no idea of a few of the things that I am going to present here. Even when I first had knowledge of the facts here, I still had the tendency to put them aside as "simply not able to be true." The fact is that I, myself was foolish and deceived serving various lusts and pleasures. (Titus 3:3) The importance of this post cannot be stressed enough. I have shared the scripture passage I am about to share with several people, and they had no idea what some of the terms mean. I had none either until I researched them some. For those of you who do not know, the original New Testament was written mostly in Koine Greek and the translations we have today such as the King James Version or the NASB are merely translations, though reliable, of the original language used. Jesus did not speak to his disciples in "thee's" and "thou's" as some may think. In fact, the first KJV was written in 1611, 1,611 years after Christ. With this said, the original Greek words have meanings just as the KJV might. For example, the term "deceive" in the KJV comes from the Greek word "planaō" which means 'to lead away from the truth, to lead into error, to deceive' so they mean basically the same thing. For these verses, I am going to give the words listed and their original Greek variation with the definition using Strong's and Thayer's Greek dictionaries to help increase the knowledge of this passage.

      This passage is of utmost importance because of the subject matter involved. When I first read this years ago, I had a hard time grasping that it could be true, but after receiving more and more of God's gift of grace, I know it to be true without a doubt. The verses I'm referring to are these:




      Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.



      -Paul the Apostle

      (1Cor 6:9-10)




      The implication of the text from the epistle written by Paul the Apostle is that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. He then gives a list of the unrighteous according to their works. Notice that there are no clauses that say, "...unless you go to church every Sunday." or "...unless you do a bunch of good things." No, the truth is only if you believe in Jesus the Messiah who is come in the flesh and who never did any of the works of the flesh and forsake your sins will you inherit the Kingdom of God. (Rom. 10:9, Prov. 28:13) Notice also that it does not say that if you are only one of the things listed here that you are alright as long as you don't do the others (ie. You may say, "Well, I'm a little covetous, but you know, I haven't fornicated with anyone or stolen anything.") The verse does not keep a score, but rather if you are one of any, you are exempt from inheriting the kingdom of God if you are without forsaking the sin and believing in the risen Christ. Understanding the validity and urgency stated in the context of these verses is of the utmost importance. Failure to do so could ultimately lead to eternal damnation. It is that serious.

      Most of the people that I have read the following verses to do not know what each of the terms mean so, Lord willing, I am going to explain each using the Greek and the definions.



      Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:

      1) neither fornicators

      Original Greek Word:

      pornos

      definition: a prostitute who prostitutes his or her's body to another's lust for hire; a person who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse; a debauchee (one who is morally unrestrained); a whoremonger (a prostitute's customer)



      2) nor idolaters

      Original Greek Word:

      eidōlolatrēs

      definition: an image worshipper; a worshipper of false gods; a covetous person who worships worldly gain



      3) nor adulterers

      Original Greek Word:

      moichos

      definition: metaphorically one who is faithless toward God, ungodly; paramour; apostate; an adulterer



      4) nor effeminate

      Original Greek Word:

      malakos

      definition: figuratively a catamite (a boy who submits to a sexual relationship with a man);
      of a male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness



      5) nor abusers of themselves with mankind

      Original Greek Word:

      arsenokoitēs

      definition: one who lies with a male as with a female; sodomite; homosexual



      6) nor thieves

      Original Greek Word:

      kleptēs

      definition: the name is transferred to false teachers, who do not care to instruct men, but abuse their confidence for their own gain; an embezzler; a pilferer; a stealer



      7) nor covetous

      Original Greek Word:

      pleonektēs

      definition: one eager to have more, especially what belongs to others; greedy of gain; avaricious



      8) nor drunkards

      Original Greek Word:

      methusos

      definition: tipsy; a sot; drunken; intoxicated



      9) nor revilers

      Original Greek Word:

      loidoros

      definition: abusive; railer (One who utters curses and lamentations, or that shouts abuse.)



      10) nor extortioners

      Original Greek Word:

      harpax

      definition: rapacious(excessively greedy and grasping, someone who is given to plundering or taking things by force); ravening





      ... shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1Co 6:9-10)




      "So what you're saying is that we're supposed to be perfect?"
      Jesus Christ says that we are:

      "You therefore be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."
      - Jesus Christ
      (Mat 5:48)


      I didn't realize that holiness is a requirment earlier in my life, and if I did, I may not have cared (I would not now apart from His Grace), but holiness is required from God:

      "He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all manner of life, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy." (1Pe 1:15-16)

      ...and...

      "Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord." (Heb. 12:14)


      Have I always cared about holiness? No. Emphatically I reply, "No." But I know the reason. It is stated in scripture:

      Gird up the loins of your mind, stay sober, put your hope fully in the grace brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves after the former lusts, as you did in your ignorance;
      (1Pe 1:13-14)

      The fact is that I was ignorant and fashioning myself according the various lusts that I have served. I am fearful and aware that many people I care deeply about are doing the same now. I am ashamed of the fact that I have sinned, but I am not ashamed of the Gospel that saves. (Rom. 1:16) My prayer is that anyone (you) who is reading this post will take what is written above from the truth of the scriptures and apply it to yourself. Check yourself against scripture to see if you are walking according to the lusts of your flesh and not after the Spirit. (Rom. 8:1) Do not be deceived. The people who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. My prayer is for your salvation, reader, not for your condemnation. (John 3:17) God commands that we love our neighbor as ourself. (Matt. 22:39) I would be disobeying God by not loving you if I were to not share the truth that God in His Grace and sovereignty has shown me.


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