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Deception (Part 01) - Deceitfulness is in Our Nature

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I. Definitions
1. Deception n. - 1. The action of deceiving or cheating.
2. Deceive v. - 1. trans. To ensnare; to take unawares by craft or guile; to overcome, overreach, or get the better of by trickery; to beguile or betray into mischief or sin; to mislead. Obs. (or arch.) 2. To cause to believe what is false; to mislead as to a matter of fact, lead into error, impose upon, delude, ‘take in’. b. absol. To use deceit, act deceitfully. c. refl. To allow oneself to be misled; to delude oneself.
3. Deceit n. - 1. The action or practice of deceiving; concealment of the truth in order to mislead; deception, fraud, cheating, false dealing.
4. The following words will also be examined and defined during this study: deceitful, subtlety, subtle, crafty, craftiness, beguile, guile, insidious, cunning, wile, delude, and sleight.

II. Deceitfulness is wicked and is natural to mankind.
1. Deceit is a characteristic of the natural man (the reprobate, the wicked) (Psa 10:7 c/w Rom 3:13-14; Psa 36:1-3 c/w Rom 3:18).
2. Deceit n. - 1. The action or practice of deceiving; concealment of the truth in order to mislead; deception, fraud, cheating, false dealing.

3. Subtilty is a characteristic of children of the devil (Act 13:10).
A. Subtlety n. - 1. Of persons, the mind, its faculties or operations: Acuteness, sagacity, penetration: in modern use chiefly with implication of delicate or keen perception of fine distinctions or nice points. 3. Craftiness, cunning, esp. of a treacherous kind; guile, treachery. 4. An ingenious contrivance; a crafty or cunning device; an artifice; freq. in unfavourable sense, a wily stratagem or trick, something craftily invented.
B. The children of this world are wiser than the children of light (Luk 16:8).

4. God hates deceitful people (Psa 5:6).
A. God takes deceivers in their own craftiness (Job 5:12-13).
i. Craftiness n. - The quality of being crafty. 1. Skilfulness, cleverness; aptitude in a handicraft. Obs. (last used in 1440) 2. Artfulness in deceiving or overreaching.
ii. Crafty adj. - 1. Strong, powerful, mighty. Obs. rare. (last used in 1340) 3. In bad sense (the current use): a. Of persons or their faculties, etc.: Skilful in devising and carrying out underhand or evil schemes; cunning, artful, wily.
B. God will cut off early deceitful men (Psa 55:23).
C. As it is with all other sinners, there is still hope for the deceitful man if He is the object of God's grace (Pro 29:13).

5. Deceit is found in our hearts by nature (Mar 7:21-23).

6. But deceit should not be found in a Christian.
A. There is no guile in the spirit of a justified man (Psa 32:1-2; Rev 14:4-5).
i. Guile n. - 1. Insidious cunning, deceit, treachery.
ii. Insidious adj. - Full of wiles or plots; lying in wait or seeking to entrap or ensnare; proceeding or operating secretly or subtly so as not to excite suspicion; sly, treacherous, deceitful, underhand, artful, cunning, crafty, wily.
B. There is no guile in a good man (Joh 1:47).
C. Jesus Christ is our example: no guile was found in His mouth (1Pe 2:22).
D. The apostles were also examples of men who used not deceit and guile (1Th 2:3).
E. When a man becomes a Christian he should lay aside all guile (1Pe 2:1).
F. If we want to live a good life we must keep our tongues from speaking guile (1Pe 3:10).
7. In a society full of deceit and guile, even church members can fall prey to it (Psa 55:11-14).
A. Deceit is a sin for which a Christian will be excluded from church membership (Rom 1:29).
B. We should not tolerate deceitful people in our house or in God's house (Psa 101:7; Psa 24:3-5).