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The Danger of Error

Spiritual Depression

A Sermon on Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (ESV)

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What robs our joy? On the topic of spiritual depression in Colossians 2:8, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones highlights error and heresy as contributors to a joyless life. In what way? These thieves demand knowledge beyond what God has revealed, and leave us empty and hollow. Listen in as the Dr. explores the ancient heresy known as gnosticism, relating it and applying it to our own day. This counterfeit religion must be fought against, and error must be avoided. Dr. Lloyd-Jones provides practical advice on how to avoid such heresy and, in doing so, highlights heresies of his own day. Certain characteristics are woven throughout religious falsehoods which, when understood, alert Christians of their error. Countering these hollow philosophies, the believer must beware of the lust of the mind and be content with what God has revealed in His Word. Anything which goes beyond the Scriptures simply puffs one’s mind instead of exalting Christ. While there is certainly an initial thrill, heresy and error leave the person joyless and empty. Our joy comes, not from philosophy, but from Christ. The fight for joy is, therefore, a fight to exalt Christ. Christ is supreme, and true religion points to Him. As Christ remains the center, heresy is eradicated and joy is restored.

Additional Scripture Translations

Colossians 2:8, New American Standard Bible

8See to it that there is no one who takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception in accordance with human tradition, in accordance with the elementary principles of the world, rather than in accordance with Christ.

Colossians 2:8, King James Version

8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.