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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Trojan Horse Enemies of the Church

Colossians 2:8, enemies infiltrating the church
According to legend, thousands of years before Christ, the Greeks ended a 10 year siege of Troy by entering the city in a giant, hollow, wooden horse. 

The Trojans, thinking the horse a gift, brought it into the city where enemy soldiers crept out at night and opened the gates for the Greek Army. What the Trojans thought was a gift was actually their destruction. 

Hence the phrase: Beware Greeks bearing gifts. 

Satan also has a Trojan horse filled with hollow philosophies that are destroying our understanding of God. And we Christians have brought this horse into the Church thinking it's a gift.

These philosophies are based on human wisdom and they appeal to our fallen human nature because they are self-focused, not God-focused. 

That's why Scripture warns us: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ." Colossians 2:8

These studies are part of this series:
Loving Self-First
Happiness
I'm a Victim


 Bible Study

1. What is Paul's charge to Timothy in the passage below? 

2 Timothy 4:1-4: In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 

2. As we'll see in future studies, many "Trojan Horse" philosophies are based on half truths and Scripture taken out of context or twisted to have a different meaning. The verse below charges us to avoid this in the only way possible. What are some practical ways you can improve your handling of God's Word? 

2 Timothy 2:15:  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

After working through this study, read my insights HERE.

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