“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you super add the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.” -Lord Acton, an English Catholic historian, politician, and writer.
Were going to see in this chapter how this is especially true when it comes to Politics, Government and Religion.
Ephesians 2:1 tells us that mortal man is “dead in trespasses and sins”, and a dead man is utterly incapable of willing anything. The serpent in Eden understood the nature of the natural man. From here on, we will refer to him as Satan, the name used by God in the book of Job. As the authority of the darkness of this world, he deceives mankind and sets the pattern of behavior for all those who reject God’s word. When a man or woman rejects the truth, they are influenced by their nature: 1 John 2:16 tells us: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
Jeremiah 17: 5-10 reads: “Thus saith the LORD; cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” God then tells us in Jeremiah 10:23 “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”
The bottom line is; it’s not your fault. You were born with this nature and you have no choice in the way you walk. The only choice you have is whether or not you’re going to believe the truth of God’s word. Satan knows this and has been mastering his deception since the day he first asked Eve “Hath God said”?
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