“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” Colossians 2:8
Recently in the news was a story of a man who lost $16,000.00 in his “honest” attempt to buy a bulldozer from another party. Yes, that’s right, a bulldozer. The “other party” at first wanted $20,000.00, but after some haggling, a selling price of $16,000.00 was agreed to. Now the seller directed the buyer to another link (away from the E-Bay page) for payment directions. That was the end of that deal. The “seller” took the money and there was no bulldozer to be had. The buyer screamed at E-Bay demanding his money back, but there was nothing E-Bay could do as the buyer left the E-Bay website to make the “purchase”; therefore E-Bay was not responsible for any transactions that was made by that buyer.
First off, I can’t imagine buying a bulldozer; and I definitely can not imagine buying a bulldozer on E-bay. But have not we all had eyes bigger than our wallets, lusts bigger than our hearts and people playing a shell game with our salvation. Paul writes of the “traditions of men” . Isn’t being cheated by man one of the oldest traditions of man? In 1 Peter 2:1, Peter writes ” Therefore laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all evil speaking…In the Greek, deceit means bait.
Don’t be bait for anybody’s evil desire of you. Stay in the Lord’s word and you will not get bulldozed.