‘..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.
There are the true believers and make believers, wheat and tares, sheep and goats in the ‘body of Christ’. Galatians 1:8 -9 states, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” How important is Paul’s warning that he repeats himself! Do not compromise the gospel!
by Mike Ratliff
25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 (NASB)
We live in an evil time. There are large numbers of “Christian” leaders who claim to be ministers of God, but prove by their words and actions to have thrown off the authority of God. They do what is right in their own eyes while claiming that they are only following the leading of the Holy Spirit. The fact that what they say or do is unbiblical seems to trouble very few. When some point out the truth to them, they claim that God has lead them to do what they do so it must be okay and those who protest are just legalistic.
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