Deception is by its very nature subtle, and can happen over long periods of time, even centuries. How do we know if we, as the church, have been deceived, or can we even know? Paul expresses such a concern in II Corinthians 11:2-3, saying that "I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ" (NIV). How do we know if we have been deceived, though? What does scripture reveal to us for measuring or assessing our condition as Christ's bride at any time and place in history? This first episode of "Pleading The Case" presents the scriptural basis for being able to assess our conditon as Christ's bride in order to determine whether the church today is the bride that God desires her to be, or that she has been deceived as Eve was by the serpent."