sermonette: The Great Con

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
Bill Onisick
Given 19-Sep-15; Sermon #1287s; 18 minutes

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Bill Onisick, reflecting on the shrewdness and deceptiveness of con schemes, citing many examples from Soapy Jefferson wrapping worthless soap in one hundred dollar bills, George Parker selling the toll privileges for the Brooklyn Bridge, Victor Lustig 'selling' the Eifel Tower, Charles Ponzi, selling worthless investment coupons, to pop-up screens enticing people into giving private financial data, suggests that these crooked schemes are hopelessly amateurish when compared to the master traveling salesman Satan the devil, who sold Eve a phony bill of goods by appealing to her innate desire to be self-sufficient, to be like God, and to get something for nothing. All individuals who have been duped into con schemes have the same perennial weakness—to be self-sufficient and to get something for nothing. In order to avoid being taken advantage of, we have to become poor in spirit, trusting in God rather than ourselves and trusting God for all of our provisions. Only the poor in spirit will inherit God's Kingdom.

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Brooklyn Bridge scam Charles Ponzi Con artist Con Deuteronomy 6:6; 18 Ecclesiastes 7:29 Eifel Tower scam Fake websites False sense of control Genesis 2-3 George Parker Isaiah 61 Jefferson Smith (Soapy) Jeremiah King of the Kingdom Luke 4:18-21; 16 Lust Matthew 5:1-3; 18; 19 Pop-up screens Poor in spirit II Corinthians 2:11; 28:1-2; 30:16 Victor Lustig


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