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Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:10-17

Do Not Be Deceived

(Part 1)



1.  Deceive: “to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid”...“synonyms beguile, mislead, delude” (M-W).

  a.  Implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness <tried to deceive me about the cost>.

  b.  Beguile: Mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness; it “stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving <was beguiled by false promises>.”

  c.  Mislead: Implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional <I was misled by the confusing sign>.

  d.  Delude: implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth <we were deluded into thinking we were safe>.

2.  A clear contrast and choice is before us, 2 Tim. 3:10-17.

3.  God repeatedly warns us: Do not be deceived...


I.  BY SIN, Heb. 3:13; Rom. 7:11; James 1:12-16.

  A.  That Sin Satisfies our Desires (lusts), Titus 3:3.

  B.  That Sin Gives Lasting Pleasure, Heb. 11:25.

  C.  That Sin Does Not Bring Eternal Consequences, 1 Cor. 6:9-10 (Rom. 6:23).

  D.  That Sin is Not Seen & Punished by God, Gal. 6:7-8; Num. 32:23.


II.  BY THE ERROR OF FALSE TEACHERS, Matt. 24:3-5 (11, 24-25); 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 John 2:26.

   -“We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.” (Samuel Johnson)

  A.  That their Teachings Conform to the Faith, 1 Tim. 4:1.

  B.  That Their Teachings Come from Christ (apostles), 2 Thess. 2:1-3.

  C.  That No One can be Sure about All Truth, 1 John 3:7 (John 16:13; 8:32).

  D.  That they (false teachers) are Servants of Christ, not Deceivers, 2 John 7-10; 2 Cor. 11:3-4, 13-15.



  A.  Persuasive Words, Col. 2:4 (void of divine wisdom and knowledge, 2:2-3).

  B.  Empty Words, Eph. 5:6 (Fruitless: Don’t be left “empty-handed”).

  C.  Smooth Words, Rom. 16:17-18 (“good” words, polished speech).



    -Testimonials, visions, experiences, emotionalism, Col. 3:17.


V.  BY EVIL ASSOCIATIONS, 1 Cor. 15:33. (evil influences)

  A.  Where We Live (people we live around, cf. Lot, 2 Pet. 2:7-8).

  B.  Where We Work, cf. Titus 2:9-10 (Col. 3:22-23).

  C.  Where We Play, cf. 1 Pet. 4:2-3.



1.  Jesus warned us: “Take heed, that no one deceives you” (Matt. 24:4).

2.  We must heed His warning.

3.  Part 2: Deceiving Ourselves.



By: Joe R. Price

Posted June 1, 2021