Deception


Galatians 6:7 warns us, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked.

I wondered if the phrase be not deceived appeared elsewhere in the Bible. Much to my surprise, I discovered that it appears five times (five is the Bible number representing grace).

God, in His mercy and grace, dictated what He wished us to beware of in His Word. He has not left us to chance – He has not left us to wonder what to do. So what are these five areas of which God wants us to take heed? Let’s take a look:

1. He warns us against deception:

Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; ~Deuteronomy 11:16

We are warned not to be conned into worshipping or serving other gods! God’s Word says that God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5) and does not want any other gods in our lives. There are many gods out there – many that most people don’t even realize are gods. Anything that you worship or put ahead of God is a god in your life. Is it a religious god, like Mary, Muhammad, Joseph Smith? Is it gambling? Is it alcohol? Is it your job? Anything that takes our eyes off the God of Glory and consumes our thoughts is a god in our lives.

2. He warns us of false Christs (anti Christs):

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. ~Luke 21:8

I can hear some saying now that we could never be deceived by false or anti-Christs. But there are some who preach a false gospel – they are just as bad. They preach just enough truth but the rest is deception. Remember, there is no need to warn someone when the false preacher teaches open and blatant heresy. It’s the cunning lies and the cunning deceptions that one must be concerned with. The false teachers will appear to be Christ. Look at Satan – he is called the “Angel of Light.” He will strive to deceive even the elect [For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. ~Matthew 24:24 ]

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is plain and simple: He is the Son of God, He came down to earth in the form of man, born of a virgin, died on the cross to pay our penalty for sin, three days later He arose from the dead, then He ascended into to Heaven and now sits at the right hand of God awaiting His return. Salvation is only through Jesus Christ and no other. We have nothing to do with salvation. It was provided by God through Christ (For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. ~Ephesians 2:8-9). Anything else that is preached is a false gospel.

3. He warns us of who won’t enter the Kingdom of God:

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor ~adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

God does not mince words nor does He sugarcoat sin – He is quite frank with us and tells us what He is against:

  • fornicators (sex before marriage)
  • idolaters (according to Noah Webster, “1. A worshiper of idols; one who pays divine honors to images, statues, or representations of any thing made by hands; one who worships as a deity that which is not God; a pagan.”)
  • adulterer (sex outside of marriage)
  • effeminate (according to Albert Barnes, “Applied to morals, as it is here, it denotes those who give themselves up to a soft, luxurious, and indolent way of living; who make self-indulgence the grand object of life; who can endure no hardship, and practice no self-denial in the cause of duty and of God” )
  • abusers of themselves with mankind (homosexuals)
  • thieves
  • covetous (Noah Webster defines it as: “greedy of gain; immoderately desirous of accumulating property; To desire inordinately; to desire that which it is unlawful to obtain or possess; in a bad sense”)
  • drunkards
  • revilers (Noah Webster defines it as: “one who treats another with contemptuous language”)
  • extortioners (Noah’s definition is: “the act or practice of wresting any thing from a person by force,duress, menaces, authority,or by any undue exercise of power; illegal exaction; illegal compulsion to pay money, or to do some other act.”)

~Therefore, you cannot say that you are saved and yet you continue to live with your girlfriend. If you are not stirred in your heart over this sin, then you fit in this group.

~You cannot say that you are saved and yet you continue to bow before statues or you place something above your relationship with God. If you are not stirred in your heart over this sin, then you fit in this group.

~You cannot say that you are saved and yet you continue in an adulterous relationship. If you are not stirred in your heart over this sin, then you fit in this group.

~You cannot say that you are saved and yet you continue to lavish yourself with anything that you desire. If you are not stirred in your heart over this sin, then you fit in this group.

~You cannot say that you are saved and yet you continue to be a homosexual. If you are not stirred in your heart over this sin, then you fit in this group.

~You cannot say that you are saved and yet you continue to steal. If you are not stirred in your heart over this sin, then you fit in this group.

~You cannot say that you are saved and yet you continue to never be satisfied and must have whatever you want at whatever expense, even illegally. If you are not stirred in your heart over this sin, then you fit in this group.

~You cannot say that you are saved and yet you continue to be a drunk. If you are not stirred in your heart over this sin, then you fit in this group.

~You cannot say that you are saved and yet you continue to treat others with hate and scornfulness. If you are not stirred in your heart over this sin, then you fit in this group.

~You cannot say that you are saved and yet you continue to swindle people out of their money or belongings. If you are not stirred in your heart over this sin, then you fit in this group.

4. He warns us from whom we should stay away:

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. ~1 Corinthians 15:33

You are who you hang around with. If your friends curse, you will too. If your friends tell dirty jokes or look at pornographic material, you will too.

5. He warns us that God is not mocked:

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. ~Galatians 6:7

You cannot fool God. You can pretend and play religion all you want. But a bad tree will not bear good fruit. If you are not truly born again, you will quite comfortably fit into one of these categories of people who will not enter the Kingdom of God.

You can follow the traditions of your church and be the best religious person you can be, however, you will not fool God. The true born-again believer will not and cannot continue in these sins and be comfortable with himself. The Holy Spirit will cause deep conviction and the believer won’t be able to stand himself. Repentance brings about a change of heart and, thus, a change of life. If our life does not change, God will chasten us the same way He did Ananius and Sapphira in Acts 5. That is the difference between the saved and the unsaved.

Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee. ~Deu 8:5 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. ~Pro 13:24 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. ~Heb 12:6 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? ~Heb 12:7

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4 Responses to Deception

  1. Bro Tim says:

    Mrs Kate that sounds something I could preach. lol. Thanks for sharing I am going to study more on this word decieved and possibly sharewith our people.

    Bro Tim

  2. Kate says:

    I love word studies, don’t you? 🙂 Glad it was a blessing! I would love to see your notes after you’re finished with it!!

  3. Cristina says:

    Hi Kate,

    What a great Post!
    We do not hear enough of this the pulpits today, Conviction!

    Cristina

  4. Kate says:

    As the Lord’s return draws nigh, we see less and less conviction. If you want to study something really interesting, compare the Corinthian church (the most carnal church in the N.T.) with the Laodecean church in Revelation. 🙂 No convictions there either.

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