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The Danger of False Doctrine--J. C. Ryle (MP3 Download) - 47:46 min

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"I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ." [2 Corinthians 11:3]

Of all the burdens, which Paul had to carry, none seems to have weighed him down so much as that to which he refers, when he writes to the Corinthians, "my concern for all the churches" (2 Corinthians 11:28).

The scanty knowledge of many early Christians, their weak faith, their shallow experience, their dim hope, their low standard of holiness--all these things made them especially liable to be led astray by false teachers, and to depart from the faith. Like little children, hardly able to walk, they must be treated with immense patience. Like exotic plants in a hothouse, they had to be given incessant care. Can we doubt that they kept their apostolic founder in a state of constant tender anxiety? No attentive reader can study the Epistles without seeing this subject repeatedly cropping up.

Our text this morning is a sample of what I mean: "I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ."

That text contains three important lessons, which I wish to call your attention to. I believe in my heart that they are lessons for the times.

I. First, the text shows us a spiritual "disease to which we are all susceptible, and which we ought to fear." That disease is corruption of our minds: "I am afraid your minds may somehow be led astray."

II. Secondly, the text shows us an "example, which we ought to remember, as a beacon:" "Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning."

III. Thirdly, the text shows us "a point about which we ought to be especially on our guard." That point is being led astray "from sincere and pure devotion to Christ."



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