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God's Truth Versus Satan's Deceit
Picture in your mind a jumbled jigsaw puzzle. Slowly but surely as the pieces are fitted together the artist’s design begins to emerge. When the final piece is fitted in, the design is perfectly complete.
Such is the study of God’s Word. By piecing together bible texts, texts that fit into the same topic of truth, a pattern begins to emerge and when the final piece is fitted in, complete truth is laid before us, void of all deceit.
“These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Corinthians 2:13 (NKJV)
“’Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.’” Isaiah 28:9–10 (NKJV)
Deceptive Teachings Abound
As ardent truth seekers, exploring the biblical trail before us, we shall behold God’s truth exposing many false teachings circulating in multiple religions of the world. A marked contrast will soon be seen between God’s word of truth and Satan’s word of deceit.
For some truth seekers, our journey for truth may be a little disturbing, even shocking at times, for what we have been taught and believe is God’s truth, may in fact be deceptive error, channeled through a false gospel of lies. During his earthly ministering among the people, Jesus encountered this deceitful condition among the sect of the Pharisees, the hierarchal church leaders of the day. Exposing their hypocrisy Jesus said,
“’Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” ’ ” Matthew 15:7–9 (NKJV)
And looking forward to the latter times of our day we are forewarned:
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron… “ 1 Timothy 4:1–2 (NKJV)
Such are the perilous times we live in today.
“This I know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. “ 2 Timothy 3:1–7 (NKJV)
And behind all this charade of pretense godliness, rampant in many Christian churches today, lurks the deceitful spirit of Satan diffusing error cloaked in the garb of a little plausible truth blended with his beguiling lies. Sadly, with great spiritual fervor many church leaders preach Satan’s counterfeit gospel from their pulpits, deceiving the innocent.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13–15 (NKJV)
“I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. “ 1 John 2:21 (NKJV)
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:21 (NKJV)
Please do not be deceived by false cries billowing forth from world leaders who promise peace, and safety with future prosperity, as if they have all omnipotent power to save our crumbling world. We must be on our watch, for often Satan’s warfare is concealed, working in and through those persons who appear to have everybody’s best interests at heart. But through the lives of the worldly and the deceived, Satan works out his evil agenda, in a final attempt to annihilate the human race and utterly obliterate our world.
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1–6 (NKJV)
“…knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
2 Peter 3:3–13 (NKJV)
Posted: Mon 29 Jul 2019