“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3
Because the Corinthians were easily impressed with the scene created by the false teachers in Corinth, they were easily distracted from seeing the simplicity in following Christ. These false teachers used the same tactic the serpent used with Eve in the garden of complicating the clear message of God. The Corinthians had become more interested in great orators and the appearance of spiritual signs than in the simple message of the gospel, and this caused Paul to be greatly concerned for their well being.
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones nailed this issue on the head when he wrote, “As life in general becomes more and more complex, so religion tends to be affected in the same way. It seems to be assumed that if the affairs of men are difficult and complicated, the affairs of God should be still more complicated, because they are still greater. Hence there comes a tendency to increase ceremony and ritual, and to multiply organizations and activities. The argument is that it is ridiculous to assert that the vast problems of life today can be solved in an apparently simple manner suggested by those who preach the gospel in the old evangelical manner. The fact is, that as we get further away from God life becomes more complicated and involved. We see this not only in the Bible, but also in subsequent history. The Protestant Reformation simplified not only religion, but the whole of life and living in general. The truly religious life is always the simple life.”
Similar to Paul’s day, many false teachers today are complicating the message of the gospel in order to draw people to themselves. Unfortunately this draws people away from Christ. We must be careful of falling into the trap of making it more about the scene than the King.
Join us Sunday morning as we open 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 and discover what “Simplicity in Christ” really looks like. God bless you all and hope to see you there!