PRIDE IS THE PRELUDE TO PERDITION by steve finnell
Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (NKJV)
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom. (NKJV)
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.(NKJV)
Pride is the prelude to believing Satan's signs and lying wonders. Why do they believe what is false? Because they do not love the truth but have pleasure in unrighteousness. God sent them a delusion only after they rejected the truth.
Romans 1:18-32 ......20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22. Professing to be wise, they became fools, [THE WISDOM OF MEN IS THE MANIFESTATION OF PRIDE] 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed beats and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves.........26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also men, leaving the natural use of women, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due......(NKJV) [ GAY PRIDE IN ACTION]
When pride comes, then comes shame.
Pride makes men believe that their teaching and what they believe is superior to God's written word. Many believe that God is speaking directly to them; therefore making their personal knowledge superior to Scripture. It has been said" When men speak to God they are religious and when God speaks to them they are psychotic."
God's View: Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)
Prides View: Water baptism is not essential to salvation.
God's View: Galatians 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.(NKJV)
Prides View: Once in grace always in grace. Eternal security.
God's View: 1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.(NKJV)
Prides View: Prophecies, tongues, and special knowledge from God have not ceased, as a matter of fact I have these supernatural gifts from God.
God's View: John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me. (NKJV)
Prides View: There are various and sundry Saviors.
Proverbs 21:24 A proud and haughty man---"Scoffer" is his name; He acts with arrogant pride. (NKJV)
Proverbs 15:12 A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, Nor will he go to the wise. (NKJV)
PRIDE IS THE PRELUDE TO PERDITION