- Dr. John Ojewole
- Antioch, California, United States
- John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm
Friday, August 12, 2016
When You Cretanize?
Hijacked: What’s Holding You Captive?
When You Cretanize
Memory Verse: Ephesians 4:25 (NKJV) 25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.
Text: Ephesians 4:17-25
INTRODUCTION: Titus 1:12–13; Luke 4:18–19
"Cretans are always liars."
“To Cretanize" was proverbial for to lie: as "to " was for to be dissolute. Always liars -- not merely at times, as every natural man is.”—Robert Jamieson
“Behaviour, in words or actions, which is deliberately intended to make people believe things that are not true.” -- Martin H. Manser
1. The Causes of Deception. John 8:44
A. FEAR: Genesis 18:13, 15
B. SURVIVAL: Genesis 12:11-13
C. MALICIOUSNESS: Genesis 39:14-18
D. MATERIALISM: 1 Samuel 15:1-25; 2 Ki 5:22-27
E. SHOW OFF:
F. PROTECTION FROM EXPOSURE: Matthew 26:59ff.; Acts 6:13
G. To cover up a fault. Genesis 4:9
“Truth exists; only falsehood has to be invented.”--George Braque
“Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.”--Miguel de Cervantes
H. FRAUD: Genesis 3:4-5
I: COMPETITION: Acts 4:36–5:10
J. Propaganda tactic.
“a deliberate gross distortion of the truth used especially as a propaganda tactic”—Merriam Webster Dictionary
2. The Costs of Deception.
A. DIVINE DISPLEASURE: Prov. 12:22; Prov. 6:17; Ps. 5:6
“He who lies will steal.”—My mother
B. IT IS DESTRUCTIVE: Lie destroys relationships. Proverbs 19:9
C. MISLEADS:. Gen. 12:13-20
D. LOSS OF CREDIBILITY:
Truth makes deposits to your Credibility Bank.
Deception depletes your Credibility bank.
“Show me a liar, and I will show you a thief.”-- Herbert Casson
If you lie and then tell the truth, the truth will be considered a lie.
E. YOU will be exposed: Proverbs 12:19; Proverbs 19:5; Proverbs 19:9; Psalm 5:6; Psalm 101:7; Jeremiah 23:32; Deuteronomy 18:22; Cf. Pr 19:9 See also Ps 5:6; 52:2-5; 55:23; 101:7; Jer 6:13-15; 23:32; Na 3:1; 1Ti 1:9-10; Rev 21:8,27; 22:15
F. LYING BREEDS WICKEDNESS: Proverbs 29:12
G. LYING PRODUCES EVIL ASSOCIATION AND IDENTIFICATION:
John 8:44 See also 1Jn 2:22; Rev 13:14; 20:7-10
H. LYING RESULTS IN UNGODLINESS: Proverbs 13:5
I. LYING CAN LEAD YOU TO A DEAD CONSCIENCE: 1Ti 4:1-2
J. IT IS A PROJECTION OF HATERED TO THE VICTIM OF THE DECEPTION: Proverbs 26:28; Proverbs 6:19; Proverbs 26:26
“Liars selfishly manipulate words to help themselves and harm others. They lie because they want to avoid the consequences of their sinful acts or because they want to deceitfully get something from others.”-- Jim Newheiser
K. LYING UNDERMINES JUSTICE:
Proverbs 19:28; Proverbs 19:28
L. DECEPTION MAKES SOMEONE TO HAVE A BAD REPUTATION: Prov. 17:7
3. The Cure of Deception. Ephesians 4:25
A. Guard against deception.
B. Remember your sins will find you out.
C. Live a life that is conscious of the power and presence of the holy spirit of God. Hebrews 4:13; Proverbs 5:21; Acts 5:4
D. Resist the temptation to lie. Job 27:2-5; Rev 2:2; Job 27:2–5; Revelation 2:2
E. Be in tune with the Holy Spirit. John 16:8–9
F. Remember that you are accountable to God for every one of your activities here on earth. Romans 14:12
G. Obey God’s law. Leviticus 19:11; Colossians 3:9; Exodus 20:16; Deuteronomy 5:20
H. If you want to be prosperous, you must be truthful.
I. Remember that your word is your bond.
J. Know Jesus and you will know the truth and Freedom. John 14:6; John 8:32 ; John 8:36
“I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I tolerate anyone who does.”-- The Air Force cadets’ Honor Code
Conclusion: Psalm 119:29; 1 John 1:9; John 3:16