‘..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.
I found this post in draft on my old iPad and thought that I should finish it. It started out on the ‘lighter side’ and follows ‘A Compromiser’s Fall’ which you should read, if you haven’t yet done so. As you will see, it ends on a serious note.
2 Peter 2:16 But (Balaam) was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
In the scripture above, Peter refers to the donkey as a ‘dumb ass’ meaning that God would use this animal, a dumb ass without human speech, to speak to a human.
But the real dumb ass was not the donkey, but the wayward prophet, Balaam! Balaam was not ‘deaf and dumb’, but just plain dumb. Balaam, in this case, was the dumb ass!
Anyone who has been blessed with God’s anointing in his life and has been privileged to have had an intimate relationship with God would be wise to value his status with God. But it is also happening today where there are many servants of God who are DUMB ASSES, who would turn from listening to God and fall for the deceptive voices of Satan that beguile them to sin against God, being blinded by the lusts of their flesh and temptations of riches and rewards.
There can be only a few possible reasons why Christian leaders fall away from God- temptation is greater than the power of God’s Word in their lives, and they would confess that ‘the devil made me do it’, both reasons given in the fall of man (Gen 3:11-13).
As it turns out, the apostle Peter had no idea that ‘dumb ass’ would become a colloquial slang word that we use to label and describe people who are:
Extremely Stupid or Foolish
These words are high on the list of definitions for DUMB ASS. So happens that frequently DUMB ASSES are hard to spot initially, because they are ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’ and they look like the real stuff, but are counterfeit, false, and deceptive like their father, the devil.
In conclusion, I want to emphasize that this is a serious topic, that Satan is working overtime in the midst of the church. Some Christians are afraid of their own shadow. I exaggerate to make this point that many Christians will be deceived, will be misguided, and will lose their way because of the growing number of imposters in leadership and ministry in their churches. As an example, there are more gay ministers ‘coming out’ today and remain in their congregations. There are some who counsel homosexuals and engage in perversions with them. There are small, medium and mega-church ministers who tickle the ears of their hearers by preaching what makes people feel good, not believing that God will hold them accountable for what they’re not teaching. Hey, Folks, those are the DUMB ASSES and if they don’t repent, they will be cast into the lake of fire with Satan.
https://heulu.wordpress.com ON TAB BAR- DECEPTION HOT LINE; SHOFAR EBook- ch. 7 Watchmen on the Wall, ch. 8 The World and the Church Today.