2 Corinthians 11

2 Corinthians 11:3

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

(a) The serpent deceived Eve. Ignorance can lead to deception. We all need to know what God has said lest we be deceived by another Jesus or a different gospel (2 Cor. 11:4). Paul is not suggesting women are inferior to men. He’s saying, don’t neglect to train people. Adam neglected to teach Eve, and as a result, she fell into deception.

(b) Simplicity. The gospel is simple but religion makes it complicated. “God loves you, but…” “You are forgiven, but…” Suddenly the good news is not so good and we feel an unholy need to balance his grace with our works. The next thing you know, you need a divinity degree to be saved and you’re trusting the guy who can recognize Greek words and aorist verbs more than you’re trusting the Holy Spirit.

Further reading: “What happens to Christians who stray?

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