• Bishop Keith Butler

Believing the Lies

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Colossians 2:8)


Paul begins Colossians 2:8 with a powerful word, beware. The word in Greek is blepo, and it means to look on, regard, see, or perceive with the utmost attention. Paul wanted us to understand that if we believe lies that men tell, it can cause us to fall.

The word spoil in this verse means to be seduced. That’s the goal of media: to entice you into a false sense of understanding when, in fact, you have been blinded. The world's media system will agree with science when it suits them and disagrees with science when it doesn't fit their agenda. They will tell you about deadly diseases that cause human fatalities, but if you talk to them about a sperm and an egg creating human life, even though science confirms it, they will not agree because they choose not to.


Science tells you that partaking of drugs like marijuana will kill your brain cells, yet they have made it legal. Let me tell you the truth, the world around you doesn’t believe in science, they believe in their agenda.


That’s exactly what Paul wrote. There are four areas that the world uses to spoil men.

  • Philosophy - Selfish ideals that try to say that man can fix his own problems without Christ.

  • Vain deceit – Delusions - Facts and figures that are falsely presented to fool you into believing what they say.

  • Tradition – Traditions people blindly follow that are cultural and un-biblical.

  • Rudiments of this world - Using the world for your pleasure and not God’s purpose.


Practical Application – What does the Bible say about our bodies? What does the Bible say about food? What does the Bible say about life? What does the Bible say about kingdoms and government? Find out and choose to believe what the Bible says.


Proverbs 15:2; Proverbs 19:3

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