End-Time Deception in the Church
The Bible speaks of great deceptions that will take place in the end-times, but do you know what they are, or how to spot them? These deceptions have been the ruin of many people’s lives, even while they are unaware that they have been drawn away from God's favour. One of the biggest keys to understanding and discerning deception is to know what the truth is, and practice it.
“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” - John 8:31-32
Jesus is saying to continue in His Word, which is to abide in it, and practice what it says. Unfortunately, in most churches today, the Word is not preached, and if it is, it is not applicable to the season. It is like consuming the wrong type of food for a certain activity. Appropriate nourishment is needed in order to continue expanding the kingdom of God. To teach and preach truth requires long-suffering, because it exposes and shines light into the dark places.
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. - 2 Timothy 2:4
To be instructed, guided, and corrected by the truth of God’s Word will most likely result in ruffling feathers. Most of the time those who get angry when truth is told are the ones who are living a lie and the knowledge of it has been exposed.
You may ask, what are the lies that people are living in these end-times?
There are many, but there are some serious ones that I will attempt to emphasize in this text.
The traditions of man are masked in a false religion doctrine that rejects God’s commandments. There is a white horse that is spoken of in the book of Revelation that many believe to be Jesus Christ, but it is the deception of the false religious prophets and teachers religion who come in Jesus’ name, but deny Him with their lifestyles. Many do not have the discernment to recognize the truth from the lies; they are not abiding in the truth, and are worshipping the rider on the white horse, who is one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” - John 8:32
- Can you name, or do you know those who are false prophets and teachers?
- Do you have the fear of man in naming the deceivers to others?
- Are you aware of the pervasive symbolic pagan deceptions that are allowed to be freely accepted within the church in the name of "Jesus"?
- Have you unknowingly adapted to these deceptions?
The infiltration of propaganda in media and books are feeding off the carnalities that are in people’s hearts. Temptations with the lack of self-control are promoting lust, greed, idolatry, and immorality within the body of Christ, and a worship of a god that provides all of your earthly needs, which are to be coveted and worshiped.
The feeling of being in a position of prominence or importance has deceived those into thinking they are immune to deception; their truth is evidently summed up in their pride, vanity, and arrogance.
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. – James 4:10
When our thinking and behavior have no humility, it gives no glory to God, but to man himself.
The church has become like King Nebuchadnezzar who refused to repent, became apostate, and became like an animal.
That you be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the beasts of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle… - Daniel 4:25
Spiritual con-artists have lied to you about your tithes and offerings by pulling your heartstrings to empty your purses and wallets into their coffers, but the funds are held back to pay for their personal lavish lifestyles.
Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last; and great fear came over all who heard of it. – Acts 5:4-5
Then Peter said to her, “Why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out as well.” - Acts 5:9
Satan is the father of lies and has taken advantage of people into accepting many half-truths and lies.
The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him – 1 John 2:4
There are many testimonies of those who have seen Jesus Christ in a vision or dream, but are often iced with cliché characteristics that entice many into believing without even one thought of weighing and testing according to God’s Word.
Occult practices and tradition are right in front of our eyes and we do not recognize them for what they are. Harry Potter has been used as good example of someone with “Jesus-like” characteristics in teachings to appeal to the masses. Anything with its roots in the occult and witchcraft is an abomination to God. The evidence of God is based on personal "feel-goods" and if there are dreams, visions, and miracles, then it must be the Holy Spirit working.
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. - Revelation 13:11-14
It’s time to wake up and not believe the false prophets and teachers, but believe what is in the Bible!
When you come home from church, do not turn on American Idol, but weigh and test what went on during the service.
The truth will hurt others feelings and offend, which can often lead to grudges, bitterness, hate, spite, and persecution. Truth is not based on feelings, but Jesus Christ’s instructions.
One of the biggest opponents to faith in Jesus Christ is fear and leads to demonic deception that hardens hearts and leads to complacency that avoids truth. When we give our whole hearts to Him, and worship in spirit and truth, He provides an arsenal of spiritual knowledge and weaponry to fight against the principalities and powers of Satan’s devices. Be on guard because the Bible has foretold that the false religious system that is ramping up will influence billions of people on this earth. Stay close to the genuine and true God and absorb and engage His teachings through His Word.
“He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. – Revelation 21:7
Do you weigh and test what you see and hear in the church and base it on the standard of God's Word to find truth.
Do you know the reason or cause of why so many have become spiritually deceived within the church?
Do you have friends or relative who you know that are caught up in the deception that has infiltrated the church?
What is the biggest hurdle that you have had to, or needed to overcome in order to speak the truth?
- Church: Carnival Rides, Games and Sideshows
The church has given God a makeover to be a compromising, feel good, user friendly god.
- Tares Among Wheat
There is a false Christianity propagating within and outside of the church today. One of the deceptions of a false religion is that it “seems” right, but is actually a deceptive façade.
- What is the Purpose of the Holy Spirit?
There is a distinction between the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit and the paranormal manifestation of Satan. The Word of God makes the distinction between the two.
- What Are Signs and Wonders?
Many paranormal and supernatural things are happening in the Church arena today; what does all this mean? If you peruse YouTube, check the latest Christian conferences in your city, you will see these things are happening right now.