When we think of deception, most of us think of someone who disagrees with us-after all, how can we be wrong? For this study, deception is a term that will refer to someone who goes against what scripture teaches and we have to be weary of anything that anyone teaches: “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).
A very important, and sad, lesson that I have learned is that it does not take much to deceive a lot of people. Think about how easy it is to offend so many. These people tend to be offended by everything that has nothing to do with them while not caring about the serious stuff but the softening of society is just one part in Satan’s plan. Personally, I do not think that Satan has to work very hard to achieve his plans, anymore.
There are far too many people afraid to have a real discussion because they do not like their views challenged or to have new thoughts enter into their world. However, as Christians, we need to grow. Growth is a part of who we are as we grow in our relationship with Christ and our dependence on Him but there are too many areas in society that does away with any mention of Christ or Christian principles which is one more tool of the Devil which is why we must do what is right while we have the opportunity.
Scripture teaches much about training up those to take the torch from the current generation. We are to train up children to make them into leaders of tomorrow but with the shaky ground that we currently stand on, there is no time like the present. Within the classrooms of our school buildings and the dormitories of many of our higher educational establishes resides the Devil just waiting to get his hands on them which is why we must act before they’re deceived: “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby” (Hebrews 12:11).
Over the last month, I have participated in many Bible studies and have learned a great deal including that confusion and deception run wild. Sadly, even inside many of our churches confusion is found. There is no agreement between church doctrine and the Holy Bible. Influential leaders like Pope Francis explaining that evolution is not inconsistent with creation and if you know even a little bit about the ideas surrounding the theory of evolution than you understand that evolution is not science nor does it have anything to do with faith. Further, Pope Francis explains that the Big Bang is nearly universally accepted and does not contradict the divine creation adding that it requires it.
The purpose of this article is not to cut anyone down or to try to disprove or debunk any certain doctrine. Deception is nothing new to anyone nor is anyone exempt from deception but what is obviously clear is that the Word of God is not being properly taught. Scripture tells us in James 1:22 to “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” This simply means to read and study scripture rather than just hearing it or, apply it to your lives and the only way to do this effectively is to adhere to God’s Word and read everything within context even if it makes you rethink everything you’ve been taught:
“The servants of God mean business; they do not play at preaching, but they plead with men. They do not talk for talking’s sake; but they persuade for Jesus’ sake. They are not sent into the world to tickle men’s ears, nor to make a display of elocution, nor to quote poetry: theirs is an errand of life or death to souls immortal” (Charles Spurgeon).