Lies Women Believe - Week 4: Lies Women Believe About Sin

With Mary Kassian

Have you ever been tricked or defrauded? Mary Kassian says you have, but there’s a solution.

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Mary Kassian

Mary Kassian

Mary Kassian is an award-winning author, an internationally renowned speaker, and a frequent guest on Revive Our Hearts. She has written more than a dozen books and Bible studies …

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"Woman at the Well"—drama that goes with sessions 4–6.

Mary: I want to tell you about an incredible financial opportunity. “I have a bridge for sale, and for you, half-price, today only. Any takers?”

The most successful con artist in the history of the United States and one of history’s most talented deceivers was the handsome and charismatic George C. Parker.

Parker is best known for his surprising successful attempts to sell landmark items like: Madison Square Garden, the Statue of Liberty, and, you guessed it, the Brooklyn Bridge.

In fact, it is reported that over a period of several years, he sold the Brooklyn Bridge at least twice a week—sometimes for $5,000, one time for $50,000, another time for just $50, what a deal!

Most of the time it was just for whatever he could you to spend, which was pretty much every penny in your pocket. How did he make the sale? He played the role of an over-stressed developer whose health was failing. He just could take it anymore. He showed forged documents that were impressive that showed that he was the bridge’s owner.

Then he’d convince his buyers it was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

They could make a fortune by setting up toll booths on the bridge. Which was all well and good . . . until the police showed up to take them down.

How is it that people could be convinced that the Brooklyn Bridge was for sale? And that the guy talking to them really owned it? And that they could buy it by handing over all the cash that they had on hand?

You might be wondering, Which part of their brains wasn’t functioning?

Have you ever been tricked by a phone call, text, or email, or by someone you met online—only to find out later that you had been scammed?

I was taken in by an email from Apple that appeared to real but turned out to be fake. I spent hours on the first day of our vacation with VISA trying to shut everything down.

Twenty-five million Americans will lose over $2.5 billion to fraud this year. When the con artist is bamboozling you with his impressive names and smooth talk and shell games and playing to your emotions, it’s extremely difficult to spot the deception.

The con in con artist is short for confidence. A con artist convinces you to put your confidence in him and his amazing promises. He plays con games, confidence games, to gain your confidence. He is high skilled at duplicity, cajolery, manipulation, and persuasion.

Now, maybe you’ve never fallen for a financial scam, but I know that you’ve fallen for a spiritual one. We all have. You see, when it comes right down to it, George C. Parker isn’t the most talented con artist in history. That distinction belongs to another trickster—Satan.

Satan is the master con artist—the master! The Bible explains in John 8:44 that the devil cannot tell the truth because "there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he a liar and the fathers of liars” (NASB).

Satan is a pathological liar. He cannot tell the truth. He is the biggest fraudster, scammer, swindler, and victimizer of all. He’s a thief that comes only to kill and to steal and to destroy. He is constantly trying to sell you a bill of goods.

Every day he tried to sell you Brooklyn Bridge through lies, all sorts of lies—especially lies about God and lies about sin.

Genesis 3:1–6 records the story about how this evil fraudster tricked Eve. This was his sales pitch. We are just going to pick out a few of the verses in this passage. The sales was:

Satan asked her, “Did God actually say that you …

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