I. Introduction: Have you ever wondered why false teachers seek to separate the sin from the sinner? There is not just one answer to that question.
A. False teachers like to make the unjust, imperfect; feel good about themselves to control them (II Peter 2:17-22).
- The false teacher wants to sinfully manipulate the hearer (Jeremiah 6:13-16).
- Some false teachers see people as merchandise (II Peter 2:1-3).
- Some false brethren want to increase the boundaries of fellowship (Revelation 2:14-16).
- The righteous will be made sad while the sinner will be promised life (Ezekiel 13:22-23).
- By doing so, they gain advantage. So, understand that this is by design and is not a mistake (II Corinthians 11:12-15 and Jude 1:16).
- Since many believe the error we are going to talk about, we need to know how to answer it in the event we might rescue someone from this false doctrine. This lesson assumes we are talking about individuals in their right mind, not someone who is truly mentally ill (cf. James 4:17).
II. Body: You Are What You Do (Proverbs 20:11, Proverbs 21:8, Ezekiel 18:20-25, I John 2:29, and I John 3:7).
A. Known by what they do (Matthew 12:33-37 and Luke 6:43-44).
- You shall know them by, what… (Matthew 7:15-20)?
- Who is the face of the Lord against (I Peter 3:12)?
- What do works reveal (Titus 1:16)?
- Who is the spiritual family of Jesus (Matthew 12:46-50)?
- One that commits fornication is… (I Corinthians 5:11).
- One that commits murder is… (Revelation 22:14-15).
- One that tells a lie is… (Revelation 2:2).
- One that steals is… (John 12:1-6).
- One that worships idols or such is… (Ephesians 5:5).
- They that have done… (John 5:28-29).
- He will render to every man according to… (Romans 2:6-11).
- Don’t we have to be blameless when He returns (II Peter 3:9-14)?
- Conversion is an open opportunity (Acts 3:19).
- Such were some of you (I Corinthians 6:9-11). How did they become washed (Acts 18:8)?
- Conversion is wonderful (Colossians 3:1-17). We not only can (I Peter 4:1-2), but must cease from sin (John 8:1-11, Romans 6:1-2, II Corinthians 6:14-7:1, and II Timothy 2:19).
III. Conclusion: You cannot separate a sane person from what he or she does (I John 3:1-10).
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