The Titanic suffered shipwreck when the warning was ignored. Warnings are ignored all the time. Some would scarcely read the graphic warnings on cigarette packets, for example.
Many times we are warned in the Word. We are warned of deception. Of seducing sprits…
We must think Biblically.
Would we be so foolish as to invite a fox into the henhouse? How much more should a church guard its pulpit from spiritual foxes?
Paul warned against grievous wolves. False teachers. Their message is tainted and toxic.
Sin itself is deceitful. We are warned against …the deceitfulness of sin… Hebrews 3:13.
Many who are deceiving are themselves deceived.
The Word of God is our safeguard. It keeps us strong and faithful.
We are urged to manliness. Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
There is a great danger of compromise. If we join party with the ecumenical crowd we are supporting causes we ought not be a part of. We must stand fast resolutely for the truth. Christianity is weaker today because we have moved away form the Word of God.
Worldly care and lusts can be deceptive… Worldliness can creep up on us. Slowly but surely. And before we know it we are far, far away from where God wants us to be. We can get sidetracked in chasing after worldly things to the detriment of our spiritual life.
Some are deceived by drink. It is of the world, and the love of the world… Now more than ever we are called to be sober.
It’s been said that – “Satan puts some truth in every lie to make the lie more believable.” (Kent Crockett)
William Branham was an outright false teacher, yet he is still esteemed and revered as one of the founders of the false ‘pentecostal’ movement.
The answer to deception is constant vigilance. Our Lord says, Watch and pray.
We have to be a Biblical church. Even if we must stand alone at times. God’s Spirit will always act in accord with the Word. Simple Bible truth is our great need. The power of the scriptures. Be a student of the word. We need to stay in the Word. May the Word of God abide in you.
Be on your guard. Test everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Be sure to test before you trust. We must keep the foxes out of the hen house.
Spiritual deception is everywhere. Heed the warning while you can. Don’t trifle with the things of God. We must stand fast on the final authority of the Bible for our lives.
Streamed live at Church For You, Elizabeth Park, South Australia on 29 January 2017.