Tuesday, February 10, 2015

THE PROCESS OF DECEPTION (pt 1)

DECEPTION has been defined as:
the act of making someone believe something that is not true : the act of deceiving someone
an act or statement intended to make people believe something that is not true



This definition makes it appear as if deception is a “one-off” event, and, of course, sometimes it is—as in the shell game, or a magician’s show.

For our purposes here, though, we will be talking of a process that takes place as one is slowly led to believe a lie, and thus ends up living in deception.

As stated at the very beginning of this series, “BELIEF is the key to everything about your life. Everything you say, think, or do is based upon some belief. Even what you believe is based upon a belief.

So, deception has to do with making you go in a direction of which you are not aware, because your beliefs affect and control your behavior.

The root of deception is ignorance.

Ignorance can be unwittingly acquired, or with full consent through choosing NOT to believe the truth.

Unwitting ignorance is being at the effect of what Carol Drake Wheatley calls The Lovable Antichrist 
Remember, though, that unwitting ignorance is NOT an excuse by which one may avoid the consequences of such ignorance. (Jer. 5:31)


Consider this passage from the prophet Hosea 4:1-10 (KJV)
Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.
God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Specifically, this verse is speaking of the knowledge of God; but the truth carries on into all aspects of life. For example:

  • The people of God are ignorant of the financial wisdom presented within the Bible, and they suffer from poverty, want, huge credit card debt.
  • The people of God are ignorant of proper nutrition and are overweight, in ill health, lethargic, and are dying premature and painful deaths.
  • The people of God are ignorant of what their church is supposed to be like, so they are fit food for the wolves in sheep’s clothing that minister to them.
Jesus gave us the key to understanding when He said, “…If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32)

The word “continue” is the operative for the entire thought as presented by Jesus.

  • Disciples continue.
  • Knowing the truth is dependent upon continuing.
  • Being made free is dependent upon continuing.
Continue in what? Obviously, the word of Jesus.

There is no ambiguity here. It is not possible to misconstrue this to mean “the word concerning Jesus,” as some would do. The Greek is plain and has the possessive pronoun in place before the “word.”

So, it is simply the word that belongs to Jesus.

There is a move today to focus strictly on the “red letters,” that is, the words that Jesus spoke as contained in the four Gospels.

I don’t fault that on its surface, but when it begins to lessen the importance of, or do away with the rest of the NT, then I begin to see problems.
2 Timothy 3:16—
ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (emphasis added).
One of the foundations of the Christian faith is that the Bible is the inspired word of God. 

There are plenty of modern-day attacks on the Bible, and there have been attacks on the Word since the beginning of time (Genesis 3:1).

The sad thing is that there are subtle attacks on the Word within the Body of Christ. All this is a part of the deception which I am trying to address.

James, in his epistle, explains very clearly what it means to “continue in the Word”—
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (1:22)
Plainly stated, James gives us the beginning of the process of deception for the believer—not doing the word.

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