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The Truth About Counterfeits (John 8:31-59)Tommy Boring, November 17, 2019
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The devil is the created being. He can’t be everywhere at the same time or know everything. Now if you’ve truly been born again then you’re already possessed by God. If you’re lost then yes, you can be possessed by a devil. In the beginning, God gave one simple rule, don’t touch or eat from a single tree. God will always tell you the truth because He can not lie. The devil lied and tricked Eve into eating the fruit and then Adam followed. From that time forth, the devil goes about telling a lie. Adam and Eve was then cursed to die because the devil was seeking to murder, kill them.
In our society we take the good and make it bad, take the evil and make it good. Where do you think that thought comes from? If you’re listening to anything other than God then you’re listening to a devil. Every single person has an enemy regardless who you are or where you come from.
You tell your buddies at work that you’re a Christian but is this true? Only a Christian can follow Christ without a true effort. A Christian is not perfect but they repent. We should hate the devil and abstain from anything that is from or of him. If you’re listening to yourself then it’s a lie. Anything other than God is a lie. We are as dumb as sheep. We listen to everything but God and then when we follow thru and fall, we blame God and ask why He didn’t help us.
If we asked do you want the good or the bad, each person would say the good. But the problem is, the devil is a liar and makes things look good. So in Adam and Eve’s time, the devil told her that they wouldn’t die. He twisted the truth telling them that when they eat then they would become like gods and know the difference between good and evil. While that statement was true it was twisted and brought death upon all mankind. They did not become like gods but were cursed to see their sins and caused death upon them. This same thing happens still today. The devil is telling you that this message is false. Why does he do this? Because he is trying to destroy you and others around you because he hates you.
A lot of times this is what happens. You see it, you want it, you come a pray and nothing changed. People ask if you’ve been saved or a person/preacher tells you you’ve been saved. But, there was never a change, Christ wasn’t calling you. But, you believe that lie and sit on a church bench and pretty soon they’ll go back to the world. Why? Because that the nature of the lost, they can’t live a Christian lifestyle because they are not a Christian.
So how does one know the difference between lies and the truth? We must study the truth. The truth never changes while the counterfeit always changes.
Tommy and his wife Teresa were married at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church June of 1985. His first full-time church ministry was at Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he served as their pastor for 2 years and 9 months. Tommy and Teresa have 3 sons; Christopher, Justin and Blake.
In October of 1991 Tommy was called as pastor of Edgewood Primitive Baptist Church and stayed until October of 2002 fulfilling God’s call for Edgewood.
Since January 2003, he has been the pastor of NPPBC.
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31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. 48Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? 49Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. 50And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. 51Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 52Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 53Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58Jesus said unto them, Verily,verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. (KJV)