Unfortunately, successful con men often assume a religious persona to pursue their selfish ambition. However, their narcissism and superior attitudes ultimately reveal that they masquerade as people sent by God.
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Read 2 Cor 11:13–15. Why must we be on guard for false teaching in our churches? How can we protect ourselves from falling prey to con artists and deceptive teachers?
[Related posts include Falling for Deception (2 Cor 11:3–4); Serpents in the Ancient Near East (Gen 3:1); A World-Altering Conversation (Gen 3:2–5); Succumbing to Temptation (Gen 3:6); Their Eyes Are Opened (Gen 3:7); Hiding from God (Gen 3:8); A Day of Reckoning (Gen 3:9–13); and Ancient Literature]
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Paul Barnett, The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (NICNT; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 524.
 Garland, 2 Corinthians, 484.
Ralph P. Martin, 2 Corinthians (WBC; Dallas: Word, 1998), 351.
Berlie Custis, Gary A. Anderson, and R. Layton, trans., The Life of Adam and Eve (1995), 9:1, Http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/anderson/vita/english/vita.lat.html.
 “The Apocalypse of Moses,” 17.1ff, http://www.pseudepigrapha.com/pseudepigrapha/apcmose.htm. This work also describes Satan disguising himself as an angel of light to tempt Eve and offers a detailed description of their conversation.
 Barnett, The Second Epistle to the Corinthians, 525.