Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”Come to your senses and stop sinning, for some people are ignorant about God.I say this to your shame.1 Corinthians 15:33-34
The Apostle Paul was speaking to the Corinthian Believers, who were being influenced by FALSE TEACHERS, who had infiltrated the Church at Corinth, and were teaching a FALSE doctrine, concerning the RESURRECTION.The believers were being DECEIVED, and STRAYING from the TRUTH.
Paul’s fear, was that the minds and hearts of the believers in Corinth would be SEDUCED from a COMPLETE and PURE devotion to Christ, which would CORRUPT their GOOD morals.The sentence: “Bad company corrupts good morals,” is from the poet Menander. Yet it holds MUCH TRUTH.BAD COMPANY CAN and WILL influence an individual’s morals and attitude about things they once denounced, but may be embracing, because of the DECEPTION that is influencing their behavior.DECEPTION is one of the devil’s most effective tools.He is the master of deception.And given the opportunity he CAN and WILL destroy a BELIEVER’S witness, by DECEIVING them, and CORRUPTING their HEARTS and MINDS.
So the Apostle Paul goes on to WARN the BELIEVERS: “Come to your senses and STOP SINNING, for some people are IGNORANT about God.”They PROFESS to be WISE in the ways of God, but they are NOT.And the devil will use your weaknesses concerning the lack of your knowledge, and the lack of a CLOSE relationship that you have with God, to DECEIVE you into BELIEVING and ACCEPTING LIES instead of the TRUTH.You MUST be STRONG in your FAITH, POSSESS A CLOSE and INTIMATE relationship with God. And you MUST have KNOWLEDGE of God’s Word.And have an ACTIVE and PERSISTENT PRAYER LIFE.
If, however, you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God then you are being DECEIVED and DESTINED for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE.In order to NOT be DECEIVED, and to CHANGE your DESTINY, you must be WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and TURN AWAY FROM the BAD COMPANY and CORRUPT MORALS, and TURN TO GOD.Do this NOW, while you still can.He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!