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Scripture Reading: Mark 7:14-20


Escape Corruption!



1.  Corruption: Rotten, to putrefy, decay; ruined, worthless, Jas. 5:2 (corroded, rusted).

2.  Moral defilement of the heart and conduct, Mk. 7:14-23.



  A.  Hell is Described as a Just Punishment of Eternal Corruption.

    1.  Destroyed with utter ruin, Matt. 10:28; 2 Ths. 1:9.

    2.  Righteous judgment, divine wrath producing tribulation and anguish without partiality, Rom. 2:5-11.

    3.  Life judged by word of God -- Lake of fire, Rev. 20:11-15 (10).

  B.  Where Their Worm Does Not Die, Mk. 9:43-44 ("everlasting fire", Matt. 18:8).

    1.  Gehenna: Valley of Hinnom, child sacrifices to Molech, sewer/garbage dump (fires, flies and worms constantly there).

    2.  Figure of eternal decay and utter ruin, accompanied by unending agony.

    3.  What causes one to experience this never-ending corruption?



  A.  Sin Introduced Corruption into the World, Gen. 2:17; 3:17-19; Rom. 5:12; 3:23.

    1.  Corruption is in every action against God’s commands, Deut. 9:12; 31:29.

    2.  Corruption both produces and results in “not knowing the Lord”1 Sam. 2:12.

    3.  Corruption of denying God and failing to “seek God”, Psa. 14:1-3.

  B.  Corruption Flourishes in and from Evil Hearts, Gen. 6:11-12 (5).

    1.  “Worthless” (base), Deut. 13:13.

    2.  Corrupt minds “resist the truth” and are reprobate, 2 Tim. 3:8.

  C.  The Nature of Sin's Corruption.

    1.  Corruption of flesh and spirit, 2 Pet. 1:4 ("in the world through lust"); Gal. 6:8.

    2.  Religious corruption, Col. 2:20-22 ("perish with the using").

    3.  Corruption occurs when the word of God is rejected for the will and wisdom of men.



  A.  Christians can become Corrupt, Heb. 12:12-16; 1 Tim. 4:1-3.

    1.  When we do not put off the old man, Eph. 4:22.

    2.  When corrupt speech is not eliminated, Eph. 4:29.

    3.  When Christians do not repent and stop practicing sin, 2 Cor. 12:20-21.

  B.  Churches can become Corrupt, Rev. 2:5 (Rev. 2-3).

    1.  Organization (Phil. 1:1), worship (Jno. 4:24), work (1 Tim. 3:15).

    2.  Compromise, accommodation and innovation, Gal. 1:6-7; Rev. 2:14-17, 20-23.

  C.  Church Leaders can become Corrupt.

    1.  Negligence to feed and protect the church, Acts 20:28-31.

    2.  Impure hearts and demands, 1 Pet. 5:2-3.

  D.  Civil Leaders can become Corrupt, Acts 24:24-27. (God’s servants for good, Rom. 13:4.) Prov. 14:34

    1.  When they pervert justice, Prov. 31:4-5 (bribes, 17:23).

       -To replace injustice with justice: (Prov. 16:5-9):

      a.  Pride corrupts, so be humble, 16:5.

      b.  Mercy and truth bring atonement: Fear the Lord, 16:6.

      c.  Please the Lord to find peace, 16:7.

      d.  Be content and just, not greedy, 16:8.

      e.  Plan your way by letting God's word direct you, 16:9.

    2.  When they oppress the innocent, Micah 3:8-12; Amos 5:10-15.



1.  The corruption of sin leads to eternal corruption, Mk. 9:44.

2.  The only escape from your present corruption in sin and the eternal corruption to come is Jesus through His gospel, Acts 4:12.

3.  Only Christ can change the corruption of your sin into the glory of His incorruptible image, 2 Cor. 3:18; Col. 3:10.




By: Joe R. Price

Posted: July 24, 2014