Masked by Imperfections

Satan loves the fact that people can’t be perfect – none of us can. One of the reasons he tempts is to encourage sin and too often he is successful.03 Imperfection veil

Another way the devil uses imperfection to his advantage is as a veil. He knows that no one can be perfect but he then encourages others to stay away from Jesus, the Gospel, and the cross because Christians aren’t perfect. Of course the devil will conveniently forget that the Christians are imperfect but are redeemed by Jesus. Still, Satan loves to encourage the thought, “I know how these people are. They talk a nice game, but they don’t live it. Why would I want to be like those hypocrites?”   Yet, those same people will then overlook and ignore their own sins.

The devil adds to the deception by discrediting the church because it is made up of imperfect people (again not mentioning that they are redeemed, imperfect people). He encourages the thought, “Why should I belong to that church? Do you know who goes there? Do you know how ungodly they are?” Those who talk that way do not want to come to honest conclusions about their own nature and their need of Jesus, so they become veiled by Satan who does not want them to come to the knowledge of their own sin and need of Jesus.

without veilWhile the next passage is directed at Christians it applies to all who are unwilling to see their own sin. 41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye (Luke 6:41,42).

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