The Cost of Deception
Delivered By
Pastor Mike Sanchez
Delivered On
June 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Central Passage
Acts 4:36 - 5:11
Acts of the Holy Spirity, the Unfinished Work of Jesus

From Pastor Mike's Good Morning message in the bulletin:

In our culture today there are so many deceptions that it’s difficult to know when someone is really being truthful. We may believe that this is a new problem, but it goes back to the beginning of time. Even Adam and Eve fell for the lies of Satan.

One summer morning in the 1920s, a Scotsman named Arthur Ferguson stood idly in London's Trafalgar Square. As he watched, an obviously well-to-do American began admiring the statue of Admiral Lord Nelson and the column it rested on. Struck with a sudden inspiration, Ferguson put his remarkable selling ability to work and "sold" Nelson's column to the American for about $30,000; lions included!

Not one to rest on his laurels, Ferguson went on from there to sell the famous clock Big Ben to another American for $5,000 and took $10,000 from yet another as down payment on Buckingham Palace. By the time justice caught up with him, Ferguson had added the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty to the list of his amazing "sales"! He spent several years in prison for his remarkable deceptions.

Deception costs whether you are the deceiver or the victim. The worst kind of deception is when we try to deceive God. We must all realize, that while it may be possible to fool one another, God is never fooled. We can’t hide our sins from Him.

Numbers 32:23 tells us, “But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” God always knows. It’s better to keep short accounts with Him because He loves us and freely forgives us.

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