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2 The World as a Foe and Besetment of The New Creation

3 Overview – Two Parts Br Russells Treatment in Volume 6

4 Overview – Two Parts Br Russells Treatment in Volume 6 Specific Snares Br Russells Treatment in Volume 6 Specific Snares

5 Overview – Two Parts Br Russells Treatment in Volume 6 World Flesh Devil Br Russells Treatment in Volume 6 World Flesh Devil

6 Overview – Two Parts Br Russells Treatment in Volume 6 World Flesh Devil Nominal Church Systems Br Russells Treatment in Volume 6 World Flesh Devil Nominal Church Systems

7 Overview – Two Parts Br Russells Treatment in Volume 6 Flesh World Devil Nominal Church Systems Br Russells Treatment in Volume 6 Flesh World Devil Nominal Church Systems

8 Overview – Two Parts Br Russells Treatment in Volume 6

9 Part One – Volume 6 Everything pertaining to this present evil world is more or less out of alignment with righteousness, and hence, more or less contrary to the New Creation and its righteous standard. The law of the world might in a general way be summed up as Selfishness... The world and its spirit of pride, selfishness, etc, must be recognized as one of the chief foes of the New Creation. Vol 6 P604 Everything pertaining to this present evil world is more or less out of alignment with righteousness, and hence, more or less contrary to the New Creation and its righteous standard. The law of the world might in a general way be summed up as Selfishness... The world and its spirit of pride, selfishness, etc, must be recognized as one of the chief foes of the New Creation. Vol 6 P604

10 Part One – Volume 6 Everything pertaining to this present evil world is more or less out of alignment with righteousness, and hence, more or less contrary to the New Creation and its righteous standard. The law of the world might in a general way be summed up as Selfishness... The world and its spirit of pride, selfishness, etc, must be recognized as one of the chief foes of the New Creation. Vol 6 P604 Everything pertaining to this present evil world is more or less out of alignment with righteousness, and hence, more or less contrary to the New Creation and its righteous standard. The law of the world might in a general way be summed up as Selfishness... The world and its spirit of pride, selfishness, etc, must be recognized as one of the chief foes of the New Creation. Vol 6 P604

11 Part One – Volume 6 The whole world of mankind, operating under this general "spirit of the world," is moving in one general direction, as a great river, in some parts of which there is greater swiftness, and in other parts greater sluggishness, but all, nevertheless, following in the same general selfish direction. The New Creature, by his consecration, by the spirit of his new mind, is obligated to an adverse course, and is, therefore, opposed by all the current of popular sentiment, theory, tradition, etc., and marked as peculiar. Vol 6 P604,5 The whole world of mankind, operating under this general "spirit of the world," is moving in one general direction, as a great river, in some parts of which there is greater swiftness, and in other parts greater sluggishness, but all, nevertheless, following in the same general selfish direction. The New Creature, by his consecration, by the spirit of his new mind, is obligated to an adverse course, and is, therefore, opposed by all the current of popular sentiment, theory, tradition, etc., and marked as peculiar. Vol 6 P604,5

12 Part Two – Snares

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16 Part Two – Snares Definitions: (1) Something by which one is entangled, involved in difficulties, impeded Definitions: (1) Something by which one is entangled, involved in difficulties, impeded

17 Part Two – Snares Definitions: (1) Something by which one is entangled, involved in difficulties, impeded (2) Something deceptively attractive Definitions: (1) Something by which one is entangled, involved in difficulties, impeded (2) Something deceptively attractive BAIT

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19 A. Politics B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform D. Time Wasters A. Politics B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform D. Time Wasters

20 1. DISTRACTIONS A. Politics

21 1. DISTRACTIONS A. Politics... some, we believe, have gone to an extreme in denouncing present institutions in a manner that the Lord and the apostles neither commanded nor sanctioned, nor illustrated in their words and conduct. Simply making people discontented with their present conditions and surroundings is most unwise. On the contrary, the influence, the spirit, the disposition, of the New Creation should always be toward peace; and if we cannot commend present institutions highly, neither need we specially condemn them. A. Politics... some, we believe, have gone to an extreme in denouncing present institutions in a manner that the Lord and the apostles neither commanded nor sanctioned, nor illustrated in their words and conduct. Simply making people discontented with their present conditions and surroundings is most unwise. On the contrary, the influence, the spirit, the disposition, of the New Creation should always be toward peace; and if we cannot commend present institutions highly, neither need we specially condemn them.

22 1. DISTRACTIONS A. Politics The agitation of these matters in advance will be not only unavailing, but worse-- disadvantageous, injurious--both to the agitator and the agitated, breeding discontent. Amongst the children of this world there will be found plenty of agitators when the Lord's time shall come for these questions to be agitated. Meantime all the members of the New Creation will display wisdom in avoiding such questions as tend to strife and discontent... Vol 6 P607 A. Politics The agitation of these matters in advance will be not only unavailing, but worse-- disadvantageous, injurious--both to the agitator and the agitated, breeding discontent. Amongst the children of this world there will be found plenty of agitators when the Lord's time shall come for these questions to be agitated. Meantime all the members of the New Creation will display wisdom in avoiding such questions as tend to strife and discontent... Vol 6 P607

23 1. DISTRACTIONS A. Politics Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2 A. Politics Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2

24 1. DISTRACTIONS A. Politics Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3 A. Politics Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

25 1. DISTRACTIONS B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform

26 1. DISTRACTIONS B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform It is not for us to attempt to transform the world and revolutionize society and its methods. That herculean task the Lord has left for himself, and it will be fully accomplished in the "great day" fast approaching. B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform It is not for us to attempt to transform the world and revolutionize society and its methods. That herculean task the Lord has left for himself, and it will be fully accomplished in the "great day" fast approaching.

27 1. DISTRACTIONS B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform... the present work of the Church is shown to be the Bride making herself ready for the marriage. With such pressing calls upon them for every moment of their time, for every particle of their influence, means, etc, the New Creatures have neither love for the world, to seek to perpetuate its arrangements, institutions, etc... B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform... the present work of the Church is shown to be the Bride making herself ready for the marriage. With such pressing calls upon them for every moment of their time, for every particle of their influence, means, etc, the New Creatures have neither love for the world, to seek to perpetuate its arrangements, institutions, etc...

28 1. DISTRACTIONS B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform... nor have they the disposition to anticipate the Lord's wise, beneficent arrangement for the transformation of this present evil world into "the world to come," "wherein dwelleth righteousness." Vol 6 P608 B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform... nor have they the disposition to anticipate the Lord's wise, beneficent arrangement for the transformation of this present evil world into "the world to come," "wherein dwelleth righteousness." Vol 6 P608

29 1. DISTRACTIONS B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform... nor have they the disposition to anticipate the Lord's wise, beneficent arrangement for the transformation of this present evil world into "the world to come," "wherein dwelleth righteousness." Vol 6 P608 B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform... nor have they the disposition to anticipate the Lord's wise, beneficent arrangement for the transformation of this present evil world into "the world to come," "wherein dwelleth righteousness." Vol 6 P608

30 1. DISTRACTIONS B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Matthew 9:16,17 B. Good Social Causes C. Environmental & Social Reform No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Matthew 9:16,17

31 1. DISTRACTIONS D. Time Wasters

32 1. DISTRACTIONS D. Time Wasters List: D. Time Wasters List:

33 1. DISTRACTIONS D. Time Wasters List: Make Your Own List! D. Time Wasters List: Make Your Own List!

34 1. DISTRACTIONS D. Time Wasters List: Make Your Own List! See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15,16 D. Time Wasters List: Make Your Own List! See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15,16

35 1. DISTRACTIONS Overcome Distractions with Discipline: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13,14 Overcome Distractions with Discipline: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13,14

36 2. DECEPTIONS

37 E. Philosophical Rhetoric F. Higher Criticism G. Political Correctness E. Philosophical Rhetoric F. Higher Criticism G. Political Correctness

38 2. DECEPTIONS E. Philosophical Rhetoric Definition: The art of oratory used to influence the thought or conduct of ones hearers E. Philosophical Rhetoric Definition: The art of oratory used to influence the thought or conduct of ones hearers

39 2. DECEPTIONS PHILOSOPHICAL RHETORIC

40 2. DECEPTIONS DOUBTING OUR SPIRITUALITY

41 2. DECEPTIONS E. Philosophical Rhetoric Definition: The art of oratory used to influence the thought or conduct of ones hearers Volume 6 Pages : Sanctified by the Truth Emotion Not Sanctification Volume 5 Chapter 9 E. Philosophical Rhetoric Definition: The art of oratory used to influence the thought or conduct of ones hearers Volume 6 Pages : Sanctified by the Truth Emotion Not Sanctification Volume 5 Chapter 9

42 2. DECEPTIONS F. Higher Criticism

43 2. DECEPTIONS F. Higher Criticism THEN: Evolution F. Higher Criticism THEN: Evolution

44 2. DECEPTIONS F. Higher Criticism THEN: Evolution NOW: Big Bang Higgs Boson F. Higher Criticism THEN: Evolution NOW: Big Bang Higgs Boson

45 2. DECEPTIONS F. Higher Criticism THEN: Evolution NOW: Big Bang Higgs Boson The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God Psalm 14:1; 53:1 F. Higher Criticism THEN: Evolution NOW: Big Bang Higgs Boson The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God Psalm 14:1; 53:1

46 2. DECEPTIONS HIGHER CRITICISM: EVOLUTION

47 2. DECEPTIONS PSEUDO- SCIENCE

48 2. DECEPTIONS All scripture given by inspiration of God is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works 2Tim 3:16,17 All scripture given by inspiration of God is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works 2Tim 3:16,17 PSEUDO- SCIENCE

49 2. DECEPTIONS G. Political Correctness

50 2. DECEPTIONS G. Political Correctness Gay Rights Marriage Equality G. Political Correctness Gay Rights Marriage Equality

51 2. DECEPTIONS G. Political Correctness We ought to obey God, rather than men Acts 5:39 G. Political Correctness We ought to obey God, rather than men Acts 5:39

52 2. DECEPTIONS Labels Matter:

53 2. DECEPTIONS Labels Matter: Terrorist of Martyr? Freedom Fighter or Rebel Labels Matter: Terrorist of Martyr? Freedom Fighter or Rebel

54 2. DECEPTIONS Labels Matter: Terrorist of Martyr? Freedom Fighter or Rebel Misleading, lazy, imprecise... Labels Matter: Terrorist of Martyr? Freedom Fighter or Rebel Misleading, lazy, imprecise...

55 2. DECEPTIONS LABELLING IS JUDGING

56 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

57 H. Moral Relativism I. Gross Darkness H. Moral Relativism I. Gross Darkness

58 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS H. Moral Relativism

59 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS H. Moral Relativism There is No God No Moral Authority (Right / Wrong) H. Moral Relativism There is No God No Moral Authority (Right / Wrong)

60 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS H. Moral Relativism = SELFISHNESS There is No God No Moral Authority (Right / Wrong) H. Moral Relativism = SELFISHNESS There is No God No Moral Authority (Right / Wrong)

61 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS H. Moral Relativism = SELFISHNESS There is No God No Moral Authority (Right / Wrong)... Sin has pleasures for a season. Hebrews 11:25 H. Moral Relativism = SELFISHNESS There is No God No Moral Authority (Right / Wrong)... Sin has pleasures for a season. Hebrews 11:25

62 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS H. Moral Relativism = SELFISHNESS There is No God No Moral Authority (Right / Wrong)... Sin has pleasures for a season. Hebrews 11:25 There is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12; 16:25 H. Moral Relativism = SELFISHNESS There is No God No Moral Authority (Right / Wrong)... Sin has pleasures for a season. Hebrews 11:25 There is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12; 16:25

63 2. DECEPTIONS MORAL RELATIVISM

64 2. DECEPTIONS MY WAY IS THE BEST WAY

65 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS I. Gross Darkness

66 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS I. Gross Darkness Light = Truth / Righteousness I. Gross Darkness Light = Truth / Righteousness

67 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS I. Gross Darkness Light = Truth / Righteousness Darkness = Error / Sin I. Gross Darkness Light = Truth / Righteousness Darkness = Error / Sin

68 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS I. Gross Darkness Light = Truth / Righteousness Darkness = Error / Sin For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall rise upon thee and his glory shall be seen upon thee. Isaiah 60:2 I. Gross Darkness Light = Truth / Righteousness Darkness = Error / Sin For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall rise upon thee and his glory shall be seen upon thee. Isaiah 60:2

69 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS SIN

70 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS SIN Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Galatians 6:1

71 1. DISTRACTIONS Politics Good Social Causes Environmental & Social Reform Time Wasters 2. DECEPTIONS Philosophical Rhetoric Higher Criticism Political Correctness 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS Moral Relativism Gross Darkness 1. DISTRACTIONS Politics Good Social Causes Environmental & Social Reform Time Wasters 2. DECEPTIONS Philosophical Rhetoric Higher Criticism Political Correctness 3. UNRIGHTEOUSNESS Moral Relativism Gross Darkness

72 CLOSING SCRIPTURES

73 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the father, but is of the world. 1John 2:15,16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the father, but is of the world. 1John 2:15,16

74 CLOSING SCRIPTURES These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. I the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. I the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

75 CLOSING SCRIPTURES And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed, by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

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