Watch out who you’re following! ‘…if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch’. (Mt 15:14)
Jesus said, ‘Come, follow me…’ (Mt 4:19)
by Mike Ratliff
14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. John 1:14-18 (NASB)
In John 1:18 the Apostle tells us that no one has ever seen God, but the Word who became flesh and tabernacled among us, that one, explained him. What got…
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‘..Take heed that no man deceive you. For MANY shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive MANY’. (Mt 24:4-5)
Who will deceive you/me?
Not an unbeliever or non-believer;
Not a non-Bible believing person,
Not a non-Christian,
Above all, it will not be someone
Who believes in a god or a religion.
Who will deceive you/me or
Who will try to deceive you or me?
It will likely be a false believer, a counterfeit Christian,
A make-believer, an imposter,
It will be someone who masquerades as a Christian.
There are many deceivers among us!
A deceiver? Who is a deceiver?
The deceiver or deceivers are in the church.
The deceiver looks and acts like a Christian,
But is as counterfeit money;
He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,
He is indistinguishable as tares growing among the wheat.
The deceiver may call himself an apostle, prophet, evangelist;
He may be a pastor, teacher, or church leader
Or anyone who teaches unscriptural doctrines and untruth;
The deceiver compromises the Word of God and misrepresents God.
The deceiver may claim to be Christ, or even the son of God,
Or a modern day prophet
And will mislead many
With his false prophecies and lies.
Who then will be the deceived?
The deceived don’t follow Jesus, but follow the clever teachings of the deceiver;
They are often loyal followers of a smooth-talking charismatic leader;
The deceived believe false teachings they hear from the pulpit,
But don’t check things out in the Bible for themselves.
They trust man and his teachings rather than God and His Word.
Watch out for a deceiver who professes to be a Christian,
But does not follow and acknowledge God’s Word.
The deceiver often casts doubt, contradicts, or compromises the Word of God.
Like Satan, he is wise and manipulative!
Remember Satan and the demons once knew God, but they corrupted themselves and His Word.
Both the deceiver and the deceived belong to Satan, and not God!
Job 12:16 states, With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.