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The Deception of Self-Righteousness

Updated on November 18, 2017
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PlanksandNails' goal is to be a catalyst in encouraging the followers of Christ to pursue Biblical truth for themselves.

We live in a time of great deception as mainstream religion fashions realities to control the people. With the advent of modern technologies, the infiltration has increased exponentially. Satan has been deceiving from the very beginning as history attests the fallen societies of the men who have fallen for the serpent’s cunning.

And Yahweh said to me: “The prophets are prophesying LIES in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a LYING vision, WORTHLESS divination, and the DECEIT of their own minds. – Jeremiah 14:14

But I am afraid that as the serpent DECEIVED Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims ANOTHER JESUS than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a DIFFERENT SPIRIT from the one you received, or if you accept A DIFFERENT GOSPEL from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4

As the corrupt church system follows the same principles of the world, they embrace a counterfeit Gospel sowing the seeds of their tare religion. The good works of man in their traditions have replaced the work of Christ. Religious puppets parody the way of Christ following after self-appointed holy men who have replaced the headship of Christ.

Christ, the Son of God has been replaced with sons of perdition. The way of godliness has been replaced with the way of iniquity. The result is that more and more are taking the mark of the beast than becoming sealed servants of God. Searching for the deep things of God have been replaced with pursuing after the deep things of Satan.

Those in the synagogues of Satan call the ekklesia of Christ heretic for their refusal to follow after their carnal wares, traditions and agendas. Self-appointed salaried men love to promote their self-righteous works calling them movements of the Holy Spirit as the business of a counterfeit Gospel has become attractive to a sinful world.

FOR FALSE CHRISTS AND FALSE PROPHETS will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. – Matthew 24:24

Human Merit

The followers of Christ who remain on the narrow way will not fall for the falsely inspired prophets and teachers who seduce the masses to walk down the broad way that leads to destruction.

False religious men use pleasant sounding words like peace, love, unity and tolerance. These terms are flags that are lifted high, but only promote compromise to the standard of God’s word. The natural carnal man is regarded as superior to those who are crucify their flesh daily. The here and now is of utmost importance, yet the importance of eternal things are completely ignored. Human merit and the accolades of man drive the ego driven church system as they practice their righteousness (vainglory) for all to see.

Look at me, look at us, look at my pastor and look at the name we are making for ourselves is the common norm.

The advertisements don’t lie. Church politics and philosophy appeal to the old man and have replaced Kingdom principles. The devoutly religious love to promote themselves and practice their righteous deeds for all to see.

BEWARE OF PRACTICING YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS before other people IN ORDER TO BE SEEN BY THEM, for then YOU WILL HAVE NO REWARD FROM YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. “Thus, when you give to the needy, SOUND NO TRUMPET BEFORE YOU, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, THAT THEY MAY BE PRAISED BY OTHERS. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward...

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be IN SECRET. And your Father who sees IN SECRET will reward you. – Matthew 6:1-4

What perspective is your paradigm?
What perspective is your paradigm?

Making Yourself Known

The best way to give to those in need is to do it spontaneously without your left hand knowing what the right hand is doing. It is to give anonymously with the passion of meeting someone else's need, not to enhance your own image or the names of the countless man-made religious organizations out there.

There are unknown people who live in a lifestyle of volunteering (serving) their time and resources to help meet the needs of others. They do not want to be patted on the back, but desire to lift others up without receiving any worldly praise or recognition.

Kingdom principles should be the obligation of those who call themselves followers of Christ.

If you receive praise on earth, then you will have your reward on earth, but you will have missed the mark and will receive no eternal reward. Proclaiming personal piety is not a Kingdom principle. It is not about self-congratulation, but about having a peaceful and generous heart towards others that points to Christ.

How many trumpet their good deeds today?

How many ignore the words of Christ?

It is an epidemic today. The known generous patrons of the poor and needy are put on a pedestal for all to see. Religious performers love to get the applause from the audiences as they click-through slide shows of their good works desiring to feel important in front of others.

All their deeds are done FOR MEN TO SEE. They broaden their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. – Matthew 23:5

Carnal, or Divine Rewards?

The giving that pleases God is a private transaction between you and Him. We are not the benefactors as all comes from our Father in heaven. Grabbing the limelight will give praise to yourself rather than what belongs to God.

Kingdom works are about receiving your eternal reward, not drawing attention to yourself, your family, your named religious building or any other means of receiving carnal glory. Any other approach will void any divine rewards from our Father in heaven.

The carnal mind will gravitate towards the deeds of the flesh rather than the principles of the Kingdom of God. Justification by means of human merit through good works via the ways of the world is of the flesh. Scripture states that in the flesh dwells no good thing; therefore, it is the reason we must crucify it on a daily basis. When anything other than our Father through Christ gets the glory, it becomes a vain-glory endeavour. The mantra of the church system is a social agenda of cultivating the old man rather than focusing on the creation of the new man through repentance and obedience. The notion of the Gospel of universal love and peace is counterfeit substitute for the Prince of Peace.

We are in a time of great deception. Most of what is deemed truth is a lie as the counterfeit has become a slick well-oiled machine.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by DEVOTING THEMSELVES TO DECEITFUL SPIRITS AND TEACHINGS OF DEMONS – 1 Timothy 4:1

Unfortunately, many have bought into false teaching and are blind to truth. Personal religious opinions have become more important than spending time studying the word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit. Many are well grounded in their liturgy, but are completely ignorant of biblical truth because they have not tested what they are consuming.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but TEST THE SPIRITS to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. – 1 John 4:1

Recognize Them by Their Fruits

The fact is, you can go from one denominational church building to another and find that each place has been built on a different doctrine, revelation and Gospel.

Most are blind in indoctrination even when their beliefs are debunked right in front of them. Cognitive dissonance causes them to tenaciously defend their man-made dogma and traditions.

The greatest enemy to the way of Christ are those who call themselves Christian today. In the days of the apostles, it was the secular world that was the greatest opposition to the genuine faith, but today it is the counterfeit church system that has been thoroughly infiltrated with deception. What is called Christianity may sound good and make claims to the truth, but in reality is void of fruit.

How many blindly judge on words rather than by the fruit of the Spirit?

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THEM BY THEIR FRUITS...

Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THEM BY THEIR FRUITS. – Matthew 7:15-20

"Come see the glorious peacock!"
"Come see the glorious peacock!"

The 'Look at Us!' Ministries

Countless ministries parade themselves by advertising their righteous works. Behind the curtain is just another money-making scheme to gloss people’s eyes over with the intention of emptying their wallets.

How gullible can people be?

They gobble up every sacred word of the esteemed professionals whose lives revolve around mammon.

The church system makes claims to truth while at the same time undermining it with their carnal behaviours. The indoctrinated are under the delusion of seeking after carnal religious experiences created by men to be pawns for their own purposes.

The empirical criterion of Scripture does not parallel what is called Christianity in any way, shape or form today. Unfortunately, many do not study God’s word, but desire someone else to do it for them.

And with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they REFUSED TO LOVE THE TRUTH and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a STRONG DELUSION, so that they may believe what is false – 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11

Discernment, or Deception?

When people lose their love for the truth for their own subjective notions, they will never be able to discern truth from error. Many claim to follow Christ and know him, but don’t even know the words he spoke.

See to it that no one takes you captive by PHILOSOPHY AND EMPTY DECEIT, according to HUMAN TRADITION, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. – Colossians 2:8

The religious traditions today deceptively use biblical words, but define them through their own subjective reasoning that comes from a temporal humanistic viewpoint. Their ideology will not oppose sinful lifestyles, but enable them. Their version of love is tolerance in direct rebellion against a holy, just and true God.

The love of God is not concerned about making everyone feel good and comfortable with themselves, but about what is just and right. God’s love is holy, and through His Son will destroy sinful living and carnal natures. Our Father is not tolerant towards willful rebellion, disobedience and ignorance.

Many are ignorant and do not know God through His Son because they have not studied what Christ said about himself, but rather rely on ear ticklers to tell them what to believe.

What group do you belong to?

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is UNSKILLED IN THE WORD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their POWERS OF DISCERNMENT TRAINED BY CONSTANT PRACTICE to distinguish good from evil. – Hebrews 5:12-14

We live in a time where many people believe that the good works they are doing in Christ’s name are acceptable and pleasing to our Father in heaven. The harsh reality is the fact that they are an abomination to Him because they pin the name of Christ on human ambition.

Do not be deceived, but pray to God for discernment from the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and reveal that the wide pious road of good works will lead to destruction.

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy IN YOUR NAME, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you WORKERS OF LAWLESSNESS.’ - Matthew 7:21-23

News Flash! She got her temporal rewards.

Are you involved with religious people who practice their righteousness (vainglory) for all to see to promote themselves instead of what Christ has done?

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    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Michael Milec,

      You stated,

      ((She might not even be thinking religiously or self righteously . YAHWEH knows. An act of kindness might not be condemn by everyone...))

      These are the words of Yahshua:

      BEWARE OF PRACTICING YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS before other people IN ORDER TO BE SEEN BY THEM, for then YOU WILL HAVE NO REWARD FROM YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. “Thus, when you give to the needy, SOUND NO TRUMPET BEFORE YOU, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, THAT THEY MAY BE PRAISED BY OTHERS. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward, but when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be IN SECRET. And your Father who sees IN SECRET will reward you. – Matthew 6:1-4

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      Neil Braithwaite 

      2 years ago

      Aaron - This post is right on the mark.

      May I say that one of the toughest things I have had to do is embrace the true "name above all names" of our Messiah Yahshua and stop making reference to the false name "Jesus" created by man to hide his true name which literally means Yahweh's salvation.

      The Messiah came in the NAME of his Father Yahweh - not a counterfeit Greek name. As followers of the Messiah we should be proud and unapologetic about using his true name that was given to him by none other than the most high God Yahweh.

      Blessings to you in your service to Yahweh in all truth.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago


      I agree. The most important things that Jesus (Yahshua) taught were Kingdom principles that were given to him from his Father. Sadly, these things are foreign to many, but as we learn them, walk in them, being obedient to them and sharing them, hopefully more will be drawn to our Saviour, repent and become citizens of the Kingdom. Many are living in the temporal instead of longing for the Kingdom that is to come, and that is why it is urgent to get the Word out.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Michael Milec 

      2 years ago

      She might not even be thinking religiously or self righteously . YAHWEH knows. An act of kindness might not be condemn by everyone...

      God Bless.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago


      It is my belief that "church" people are the hardest people group to reach for the truth. The sad fact is that they are so sure of themselves in their man-made indoctrinated blindness.

      For those who guide this people are leading them astray; And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion. - Isaiah 9:6

      May we keep professing biblical truth because that is what exposes deception and the many who have usurped the Headship of Yahshua. Most of the religious are ignorant of Kingdom principles because they have chosen to become stillborn "church" members instead of being born again followers of Yahshua.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago


      I'm encouraged that you desire to seek truth. As you are aware, the trinity doctrine is a deception that many have fallen for. As a former trinitarian, it took the work of the Holy Spirit to unsear my mind and break me free from the bondage of that indoctrination. My hope is that more and more will be set free and their minds renewed to see Yahweh and Yahshua for who they truly are and the false man-made "church" system for what it is. Thanks for the encouragement.

      God Bless.

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      2 years ago from those of the Ecclesia

      PandN- Thank you for writing another great article. It is my deepest hope many others will take time and make the effort to read this. Being a disciple is a life long effort. To study and live a life that Christ expect of us. And to share our knowledge of the Kingdom with others as you have. And to reveal the ungodlyness of the man made church system.

      Again thanks for this article. God bless.

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      2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      another anointed 100% scriptural truth. God bless you brother

      The spiritual blindness delivered by the churches of men is such an abomination. I have said for many years that the vast majority of those referred to in the scripture " go away I never knew you" will be the modern church minsters, the self proclaimed and "churches of men " proclaimed pastors, apostles and other who are called of man and not of God and profess a ministry name to be their name. They expose themselves but we also must continue to Keep exposing them as we wait for the sheep to get tired of being fleeced. . The fruit may be small now but as times get worse more will listen. We can not make them drink but we can keep bringing them water. More and more will be getting tired of polluted still water and will then look at the pure living waters of the word. Once they actually taste it they will understand. As long as we continue to answer to the Spirit of God and not worry about upsetting man, we will see the spread of truth slowly grow. Not in the leaders of churches of men, they have chosen their path and have been sent the strong delusion, but we will see it in the lives of individuals as they " come out of her MY people" and turn to Christ and be His church as He desires. For HE alone is the head of man , and any man that usurps His place is an evil imposter.

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      Harold Clay 

      2 years ago

      Been waiting for you to put out another excellent hub! Since I've stumbled onto the hub pages I've found your article to be on point. You have a way of articulating so plainly and using scripture on every key point, it's irrefutable. I've read many articles that contradict the bible, especially when it comes to the trinity and other false practices and it concerns me how many simply cannot see the truth. You've certainly helped me with my walk to find truth. For that I thank you planks for pointing me in the right direction. excellent hub!! Please keep them coming. God bless bro


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