Then if any man say unto you, Lo, here is Christ or there; Believe it not. Matthew 24:23

He said there would be earthquakes in divers or various places. There are earthquakes happening now in places that never had them up until recently. And their frequency is on the rise with a nearly 500% increase in number of major earthquakes in the past 30 years.

Jesus also warned of severe famines that would take place in the world. Over half the world is starving today, due to the inability to grow enough food to feed themselves There are, as I write this article, over 100 diseases that have no known cure and have no effective treatment. Yes, the Lord warned us of  this also.

These things look horrible, but they don’t compare with the deception that He spoke about. This deception is not whether or not the president lied to us or that congress is trying to trick us into believing their stories. “What is this deception?” you ask. The deception is, when so-called “men of God” bring in their twisted scripture teachings and put God’s people into bondage. These people are so smooth and so confident, that most don’t realize they are being deceived.

This is hardly the desire of the Lord for your life. Jesus died for us that we might obtain the freedom and liberty to know God personally for ourselves. Jesus  said  in  John  17:3, as He  Prayed to God  the  Father  in Heaven, And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent. We can see here that it is God’s desire for us to know Him and in this knowing Him we obtain eternal life.
God created us with the ability to know and experience His love and His presence in our lives. What grieves God greatly, is, when the ones who He created to have a relationship with Him, reject His love.

The biggest problem is that, few people have a real knowledge of God and what He wants for your lives. This is an open door  for someone to come in and fill you full of lies. These deceivers come in and take God’s word  and twist it around or make an entire doctrine out of one scripture and take many down the path to Hell. Beware of this happening to you!

Many of these men and women are considered to be “moral upright members of the Christian community”, or “pillars of the church.”

I am not saying every scripture quoting, Bible toting individual is a fraud. On the contrary, there are plenty of true Christians out there, who love the Lord with all their hearts. These are the type of people, who won’t deceive or be deceived. But there are many out there, who are not this way. Beware of them. Here is another quote, from the Lord Jesus Christ, concerning these men. Remember, these men will be smooth in their deception. For many shall  come in my name, saying I am Christ ; and shall deceive many. Matthew 24: 5.  They  shall  come  in and say Jesus is the Christ, and preach a lovely sounding message that is full of opinion, psychology and man’s reasoning. Some of them are pastors, who will stand in front of their congregation  and say “God told me there are five of you out there that can give $1000 and there are twenty that can give $100” and take your money for themselves and not the work of the ministry.

God didn’t tell them that, anymore than He told them to teach error. Some churches you can leave that big clunky Bible at home and just bring your checkbook. Some of them will try to convince you that God is doing a “new thing on the earth” or it’s a “new movement of the spirit” going on. This is a lie. God is not doing a new thing , but rather an old thing. He’s calling His people to repent of their sin and unbelief and to turn their hearts back to Him again.

Many have fallen prey to the “holy laughter” movement or the uncontrollable shaking and trembling that accompanies being filled with the “spirit”. These movements are not of God, but demonic.  

Do any of you picture Jesus doing these things? How about Paul or Peter, or perhaps James and John? I can’t for the life of me picture these men of God carrying on in such a manner.   This   is   hardly   the  sober and  
vigilant behavior we are  warned

You will find some of them on television or radio asking you to send  $1000 to break “the spirit of poverty” from your life. Nowhere in scripture is there ever mentioned a spirit of poverty. And if they really wanted to help you in your time of financial need, why don’t they send you $1000?  Won’t God “meet  their need”  also?

Or maybe you can have these men come and do meetings at your church. But be careful. It might cost you a large sum of money and all the offerings. It could even cost you your congregation. Many church splits have happened, in recent years, due to  their  meetings and   crusades. Do you think for a moment, that Paul and Barnabas charged the churches to come and preach. Maybe Paul charged Timothy for the two letters he wrote to him. Or maybe the church at Galatia needed to take up a collection to get Paul to write to them.

I  beseech you, brethren, that you be watchful and reject these false teachers and their polluted doctrine. Paul tells us For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall   be  turned  unto   fables.  2 Timothy 4:3,4  Paul is telling us, that  there will be people who wish to have lies preached to them to tell the what they want to hear.  

The decision to reject deception is, ultimately, our own. We need to know what God says and not accept anything less than that for our lives. Jesus tells us in John  5:39: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they that testify of me. He never wanted us to be dependant  upon psychology or theology.  He wants us to understand that He is a loving Savior and He only has our best interests in mind. And He will do for you what no one else could ever do.   If you are tired and weary from this deception, hear again what Jesus has to say. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus promises you rest and peace of mind if  you will only  
come to Him on His terms And let Him teach you His way.

If you don’t really know the Lord, you need only to ask Him to make Himself real to you and He will, guaranteed. He will forgive your sins and  give  you  a  fresh  start  with  a clean slate.  He’ll put a joy in your heart like you’ve never experienced before and show you His great love for you God  offers you  salvation,   healing and true peace of mind that no man or woman can offer. Go to Him and find out just what He has in store for you! I leave you now with a promise from the lord. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5b Remember, God never lies and He never changes. This is good news for this topsy-turvy, ever changing world we live in.

Until next time, Keep looking to Jesus, He’ll never let you down!

Just trust Him!