sermon: Sincerity and Truth (Part Two)
A Life of Integrity
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 29-Apr-16; Sermon #1319A; 78 minutes
Richard Ritenbaugh, recalling his underwriter training course at Transamerica Insurance, in which he learned of the hundreds of billions of dollars of fraud which occur annually in auto, health, disability, welfare, and Medicare, asserts that every part of our modern Babylonian culture has been plagued by fraud and cheating, a cancerous system described in Revelation 18, which God Almighty will have to destroy. In contrast to the world's embracing of fraud and deceit, God's called-out ones are obligated to eat the bread of sincerity and truth, not only for the Days of Unleavened Bread, but for our entire lives. As the apostle Paul warned the Corinthian congregation to purge out the leaven of malice and consume the unleavened bread of sincerity (inward activities), he knew that wickedness or truth are the manifestation of these inner activities. Thought precedes behavior; sin (gossip, rape, murder, adultery) begins in the heart. A heart without guile does not allow a poisonous foreign admixture. We must live our lives from a pure motive, unalloyed virtue, having unsullied Christian character with evil purged out. The Word of God is the source of energy to turn our convictions into genuine behavior; we must be, but we must also do, marrying our profession of true faith with pure unalloyed godly conduct. Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well demonstrates the motivating power of doing God's work as ingesting food. Worshiping in spirit and truth involves dedicating our time, and attitude in developing a relationship with God.
Alethia -truth unconcealed Be and do Bread of sincerity and truth Cheating and theft Disability fraud in 20% of cases Eliakrinea Ephesians 2:20 Feast of Unleavened Bread I Corinthians 2; 5:6-8 Genuineness Graft Identity theft Injury claims Insurance fraud 120 billion dollars annually Isaiah 55:1-3 Jesus speaks to woman at the well John 1:11; 4: 9-15, 24 Krino Leviticus 23:6-8 Little leaven leavens whole lump Marcus Dodd Mark 10:14 Medicare fraud 100 billion annually O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) Revelation 18: 21 II Corinthian 1:12; 2:17 Speaking with candor Sports fraud Synergy Truth points to what is real
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