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The Sin of Pride and Arrogance

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Radio transcript for the week of March 20, 2016

Ricky Berger preaches on "The Sin of Pride and Arrogance" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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  1. Proud: Signifies showing oneself above others, preeminent; it is always used in Scripture in the bad sense of arrogant, disdainful, proud (Luke 1:51; Romans 1:30; 2 Timothy 3:2; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5). Pride, Boast, Vainglory, Haughty, High-Minded. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, pg. 898.
  2. Puff (up)/Arrogant: To puff up, blow up, inflate, is used metaphorically in the New Testament, in the sense of being puffed up with pride. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, pg. 902.
  3. Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. (Proverbs 16:18-19)
  4. A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor. (Proverbs 29:23)


  1. Many people have fallen prey to the pride of life (1 John 2:16; Genesis 3:6).
  2. Pride is evil (James 4:16).
  3. Pride comes from within and defiles you (Mark 7:21-23).
  4. The devil was and is full of pride (1 Timothy 3:6).
    • Why do we magnify some sins and disregard others?
    • Why is pride, that which condemned the devil, not a "magnified sin"?
    • Furthermore, do we even consider pride as a disqualifying mark of an elder?
  5. Giving your approval to the person filled with pride is sin (Romans 1:28-32).
  6. Consider the destructive nature of pride in the theory of evolution.
  7. King Saul came from humble beginnings but, he allowed pride to take over and he lost everything as a result.
  8. Pride will destroy you:
    • It destroyed the Edomites (Obadiah 1:1-4).
    • It destroyed Pharaoh of Egypt (Exodus 5:1-2). How much pride do you have when you allow your entire nation, people, and even family to be destroyed by the "Ten Plagues"; leading to your own death by chasing God’s people into the walled Red Sea? Pride caused Pharaoh to be blinded to the salvation of the Lord (Exodus 14:13). It will blind you to the Lord’s salvation also.
    • It destroyed Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3:15; 4:28-33).
  9. God expects His family to be humble (Romans 12:3; James 4:6-10).
    • Peter showed humility (Acts 10:25-26).
    • Paul and Barnabas showed humility (Acts 14:11-15).
    • The angel in Revelation showed humility (Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9)
    • Herod was filled with pride instead of humility (Acts 12:20-23).
  10. Arrogance or being "puffed up" is the opposite of love (1 Corinthians 13:4).
  11. Arrogance is evil (James 4:16).
  12. Arrogance is a sign of a fleshly mind (Colossians 2:18).
  13. The church at Corinth was arrogant in their acceptance of sin (1 Corinthians 5:1-8).
  14. "Miraculous endowment does not make Spiritual people... there were at least nine different miraculous abilities in the church at Corinth and much problems." - Franklin Camp
  15. What was a seed of the Corinthian problems? Arrogance! (1 Corinthians 4:6, 18, 19; 5:2; 8:1; 13:4).

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