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The Perils of Deceit
by Zeal Clark
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The question is, “Why is deceit such a major issue?” Or, to express the question differently, “Why is truth so important?” Surely this question must resonate with some who feel too much attention is being given to the need for absolute truth. Perhaps the feeling is that near-truth or partial truth is close enough and since no one is perfect, no one should expect absolute truth.

But then there is the Scripture in John 14:6 where Jesus states:

6 …"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. NKJV

The answer begins with the fact that Jesus is Truth. Therefore, if Jesus lives within us, we should also have truth and the desire for truth within us. To be satisfied with no real urge to pursue truth should be an alert for us that something is wrong. We should have a continuing pressing desire for truth and we should seek it relentlessly so that we’re aligned with God’s purpose for our lives in our daily activities and for whatever is ahead. How can we expect to survive and thrive through our future experiences and whatever hardships await us if we are basing out beliefs on deceit?

But many people are actually offended by truth. Many people are intimidated by truth. Many people are angered by truth. But why? Is it because the world is filled with so much deceit and deception that their minds are controlled by the spirit of anti-Christ? The enemy is well aware that Jesus is the essence of truth and the enemy’s primary goal is to remove the power of truth from the earth.

One Scripture that addresses the intentions of the enemy as it is demonstrated by the anti-Christ in end times is found in the 8th Chapter of Daniel, 25th verse. It states:

25 "Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; NKJV

Although we have not yet entered into the Tribulation Period, it seems obvious to most that we’re rapidly nearing the end. This seems obvious even from the conditions in America and the infighting that seems to be tearing our country apart at the seams. How much of that is due to deceit and deception at the higher levels of government? So we can readily see that the spirit of anti-Christ is already alive on the earth, as Jesus stated in I John, 4th Chapter, 3rd verse:

3… And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. NKJV

This spirit of anti-Christ has the specific goal of spreading deceit and deception throughout the earth. Satan is the power behind the spirit of anti-Christ and Jesus spoke about Satan in the 8th Chapter of John, 44th verse, stating:

44… for he is a liar and the father of it. NKJV

Therefore, Satan, being the father of lies, is intent on spreading deception throughout the earth before the end. Jesus, when speaking of the end times, stated in the 24th Chapter of Matthew, 11th verse:

11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. NKJV

Because of his effectiveness in spreading deceit, Satan will have incorporated prophets into his “mission of deceit”. But it’s obvious that this proliferation of deceit has already begun. Paul, in writing to the Galatians, wrote in Galatians, 1st Chapter, verses 7 – 8:

7 … but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. NKJV

And in writing to the Ephesians, Paul wrote in the 4th Chapter of Ephesians, 14th verse:

14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting… NKJV

While the spread of deceit is not a new problem, it’s clear that it’s rapidly spreading in our present culture. We must pray that the Holy Spirit will give us clarity and enable us to see through the deceit and get to the truth.

Considering the possibility that Scriptures are being misinterpreted, we must verify that what we’re being taught is consistent with Scripture by studying not only the subject Scripture, but all relevant Scriptures. We should keep in mind that a person who has studied Scripture can easily create an interpretation to support an erroneous or false doctrine that would seem to validate or justify their misguided and self-serving philosophy. But a belief that is not supported by a reasonable interpretation of Scripture is only a philosophy. Many ministers preach Christian-flavored philosophy. But we don’t need philosophy; we need truth.

The Scripture in 2 Peter, 2nd Chapter, verses 1-3 reminds us:

1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. NKJV

And then this Scripture in Colossians, 2nd Chapter, 8th verse, advises us:

8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. NKJV

Various bible versions and concordances are readily available nowadays, even as Aps on our smart phones. We must routinely run references on what we’re being taught to verify that it’s accurate according to Scripture and that it’s not being taught in a deceitful manner.

We’ve entered a time in which if you’re not hearing from God yourself, and/or studying His Word yourself, it’s likely that in some ways you’re being led astray. That’s the extent to which deceit has become a dominant force in the end times. Let God show you the truth.


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