Speaker: Don Guthrie
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"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."--Ephesians 6:12
"An enemy has done this."--Matthew 13:28 (echthros, "hateful or hated")
This Present Darkness, Frank Peretti, The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis
--IMITATION is His main scheme
Counterfeit, copy, corrupt the harvest
No perfect churches--Jesus had Judas, Paul had Demas
Why am I always so shocked?
--FRUSTRATION is a danger
"Do you want us to go gather up the tares?"--v. 28
The sin I see in them is also in me. (Judge not)
The commotion caused by the crusade will harm many.
"Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you will not be tempted."--Galatians 6:1
"It is actually reported that there is immorality among you. . .(and) you have not mourned." 1 Corinthians 5:1-2
Allow it--v.30 (aphiemi--to send away, to send back)
"Vengeance is Mine, I will repay."--Romans 12:19
--SEPARATION will come (Purification, Clarification)
"The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire, in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father."--Matthew 13:37-43
Did Judas know his own hypocrisy?
Ananias and Sapphira--Acts 5 "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit? . .You have not lied to men but to God."--v.3-4
"And great fear came over all the whole church, and over all who heard these things."--v. 11