Deception Today!        

Contents

Introduction
What Jesus Taught
      His Chief Concern?
      1. Deception in adversity
      2. Many are Deceived; Not just Some
      3. Deception by Signs and Wonders
Other Major Deceptions
      Peace, Peace When There is No Peace
      Itching Ears and only a Form of Godliness
      Replacement Theology
      End Time Revival
      Ecumenical Unity
      Multi-Faith
      Prosperity Gospel
      Worldwide Hatred of Israel
Modern Deceptions
      Evolution Theory
      Homosexuality
      Abortion
Conclusion
Some Warning Scriptures

 
Introduction       [Contents]

Whatever we may think about the 'Last Days' it must be wise to consider what Jesus said about it. As he spoke these words some 2,000 years ago we must be nearer to this time now. Did he say just carry on your normal life? Did he say we would be part of a great world-wide revival? Are we to face 'acts of God' of Biblical proportion? Did he prophesy a technical revolution of knowledge and industry? What did he say? Who dares to say, "What does it matter anyway!?"

The following is a combination from the three synoptic gospels of what Jesus told his apostles when they asked him about the 'last days'. In it he warns them three times about the danger of being deceived.

 
What Jesus Taught       [Contents]

Math 241-25 + Mk 131-23 + Lu 215-24

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, "Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?" He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near,' and will deceive many. Do not follow them. When you hear of wars, rumours of wars and revolutions, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines, pestilences in various places and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

These are the beginning of birth pains, but the end will not come right away. You must be on your guard. For before all this, they will hand you over to the local councils and you will be flogged in the synagogues. They will persecute you and put to death. You will be hated by all nations because of me. You will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For the Holy Spirit will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

When you see 'the abomination that causes desolation' spoken of through the prophet Daniel standing where it does not belong - let the reader understand - then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. For this is the time of punishment in fulfilment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equalled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect - if that were possible. So be on your guard; see, I have told you ahead of time.

 
His Chief Concern?       [Contents]

The four apostles asked him privately "when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of your coming?" Jesus did not answer their question immediately, but proceeded to the much more important problem they would experience. He first warned them, and us, "Watch out that no one deceives you." Do we think that with 2,000 years of Christian teaching and knowledge of history we are now immune from deception? What a foolish idea. In reality such a thought says that the Son of God didn't know what he was talking about! But his warning is certainly right on target today. The purpose of this article is to reveal what Jesus tells us about the numerous ways Satan uses in his attempt to deceive us.

 
1. Deception in adversity       [Contents]

Jesus tells them about the state of the world before and at the end. Through all this time there would be an increasing severity of wars, earthquakes, famines, disease and fearful events. How would these be deceptive?

The actual events and disasters are all too real. The deception comes because some egotistic leaders claim to have the ability to by-pass them. Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he.' They would claim to be a Messiah, the deliverer, or at least have a key message from him. That under their leadership, with the power of the Holy Spirit, their followers would not have to suffer. They would be like the Israelites in Goshen during the last 7 plagues which only affected the Egyptians. But such men would be false prophets, who would never admit that Almighty God sends adversity to cause men to repent. As in the days of Amos who gave us five examples of how God sent a succession of hunger, thirst, drought and diseased crops. And each time "Yet you have not returned to me," declares the Lord.  Amos 46-11 Then, and now, false prophets say the God of love would never send tsunamis, drought, hurricanes, floods and certainly not war. They say 'just follow the Lord and all will be well'. They ignore sin and judgement; so the value of Calvary and the necessity for Christ to bear the punishment we deserve is relegated to the dustbin. This is the heart of deception that is caused by adversity. Throughout recorded history Almighty God has at times ordained disasters either as just punishment or to encourage repentance. No mere man can overturn what God has ordained. Jesus said nothing about the avoidance of suffering at the end. Indeed he said, "These are the beginning of birth pains. You must be on your guard."

Then Jesus tells the apostles, "All men will hate you because of me. ...

This promise of persecution for Christians has continued throughout the last 2,000 years - and will become more intense at the end, not less. The promise of Jesus is that he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

The Reformation martyrs are a wonderful example of how so many died with a God-enabled dignity in the flames. And this continues today under the extreme persecution by Muslims, Communists and Hindus. And increasingly by western Humanists and hedonistic people, who just want to enjoy themselves. Almighty God keeps his word. Jesus said that at the end there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equalled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.

Most men love an easy life so anyone proclaiming quick relief or a sure escape is a likely candidate for deception.

 
2. Many are Deceived; Not just Some       [Contents]

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

Note carefully that in Math 2410,11 Jesus said 'many' would turn away, there would be 'many' false prophets and 'many' would be deceived. That means it is a majority (which is likely to include me!), not just a few extremists. If taken seriously, this is a very frightening warning by Jesus. It is also a promise, though certainly not often found in a 'promise box'! May we humbly take this truth to heart, practice obedience and learn to fully trust him to keep us safe. A major part of this must be a thorough understanding of all God's Word, morning by morning. The Bible is so important and reliable; far more so than a verse with a few words of what men say about it. Learn from the example related by Paul: Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.  Act 1711,12 They came to believe the truth not only about who Jesus was, but why he came and had to die to be the propitiation for our sins.  1 Jn 410

 
3. Deception by Signs and Wonders       [Contents]

Jesus warned his apostles, "At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect - if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. So be on your guard."

Today men are still healed, delivered and protected by the hand of Almighty God. And in this we rightly rejoice. But often 'signs and wonders' have been misused to try to prove that a man's ministry is 'of God'. And accompanying this can be the encouragement to give financially to the 'minister'. Sometimes the deception is obvious, when the evidence of 'healing' is doubtful, especially in big emotional meetings. But it can also be hard to discern. Let us always be aware that Satan can also heal and work 'miracles'.

We are warned about this in Rev 133 when the satanic Beast was healed of a fatal head wound and thereby gained a significant following. Also his equally satanic false prophet who performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth.  Rev 1313,14  (see also Rev 1919,20).

Paul also warned the Thessalonians about the danger of satanic miracles: "The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders."  2 Thes 29

Some churches and missions have been guilty of 'healing' deception, especially when the congregation are specifically told not to question what the 'platform' say and do. It takes courage in such circumstances to be for ever 'on your guard'. It is much easier to just rejoice with everyone else. A basic problem arises because a greater emphasis is often placed upon signs than upon the Cross and resurrection of Christ.

Some mistakenly believe that if there were more miracles in the church then many more would be saved. But miracles are given because God has both power and compassion. In telling the story/parable of the Rich man and Lazarus, the rich man in hell pleaded that 'if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' But Abraham replied, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'  Lu 1630,31

Jesus sent 72 disciples on a missionary journey. On returning they rejoiced saying, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name." Jesus confirmed that he had seen Satan fall like lightning but then said to them, "However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."  Lu 1017-20 Jesus thus made it clear that being born again and being forgiven by God is a miracle of far greater significance than healing or deliverance.

Miracles do not of themselves produce lasting obedience, righteousness or belief in Christ for forgiveness and salvation. Consider the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to the promised land. They had all witnessed the miracle of Aaron's rod that became a snake and had eaten the rods of the Egyptian magicians that they had made become snakes. They had known the favour of God when not afflicted by the last 7/10 plagues on the rest of Egypt. They had been protected from the slaying of all the first-born by the blood of the Passover Lamb. They has seen the Red Sea divided for them to safely cross and then released to drown the whole Egyptian army. They had drunk the sweetened water at Marah. Every day they ate manna from heaven. They had pleaded for meat and the Lord sent them an abundance of quail. They had seen Moses strike the rock and water flowed out sufficient for all and their animals to drink. They had witnessed the defeat of the Amalekites by prayer and the courage of Joshua. Did all these miracles change the Israelites into a righteous people? NO! They made a golden calf idol and worshipped it. When they were about to enter the land Almighty God had promised them did the miracles help them believe that God would keep his word and enable them to defeat the Canaanites? NO! Only two men believed and trusted God - Joshua and Caleb. Sadly God had to tell them that none of them would enter the Promised Land.

History does not support the idea that miracles enable men to be saved.

When Jesus had taught the crowds all day, they were hungry. So he multiplied the 5 loaves and 2 fishes to feed 5,000. A few days later he taught them about the need to partake of the bread and wine, his body and blood. They rejected this idea. And there follows one of the saddest verses in the Bible. From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.  Jn 666

Miracles are great at revealing the compassion and power of God, but as a tool for evangelism they have a poor record. If we want revival, don't pray for miracles, pray for repentance.

 
Other Major Deceptions

Peace, Peace When There is No Peace       [Contents]

Jeremiah prophesied in 627-586 BC, when great wickedness had overtaken much of Jerusalem and Judea. False prophets were in abundance. They were false because they sought popularity and were careless of truth. Jeremiah described it: "From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace. Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush."  Jer 613-15 (and 810-12)

They were false because they did not even attempt to deal with sin, to reveal God's hatred of it or his justice that required that all sin must be punished. All these false prophets practice deceit because they said sin does not really matter. God says it does! That is why he had to send his Son to die on the Cross - the only possible effective 'dressing'. The only way God's just anger could be fully appeased.

Jeremiah cried, This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. Do not trust in deceptive words and say, "This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!"  Jer 73,4
Several popular churches today proclaim 'peace' in the same way. "Come to church and follow Jesus - 'this is the Church (Temple) of the Lord'." But Jesus began his ministry crying, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near."  Math 417

Then later he said, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  Jn 316

But what do we have to believe? Pilate believed what he wrote on the Cross, "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews." He correctly stated who Jesus was. Does that mean God granted him eternal life? No.
So what do we need to believe for God to dress the deep wound of our sin effectively?
      1. I am a sinner.
      2. The just punishment for my sin is death.
      3. I am totally unable to pay this price.
      4. Jesus alone bore the punishment that I deserve.

Christ, who died in my place, is the only way to heaven.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.  Math 713,14

Repentance and faith is not an easy way, but it is the only true way that brings real peace with God. According to Jesus, his way is not popular.

Beware of 'Mega churches' that practice popular inclusivism and discard truth..

 
Itching Ears and only a Form of Godliness       [Contents]

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.  2 Tim 31-5

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.  2 Tim 43,4

In the last days truth and sound Biblical doctrine will be rare.
Religion may still be popular in some places, but have nothing to do with them.

 
Replacement Theology       [Contents]

Replacement Theology is not about anti-Semitic hatred of anything Jewish;
      it is the deception of denying that God has any end-time plan for the Jews.
Adherents think that having rejected Christ, God has rejected the Jews - for ever.
But he hasn't : For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.  Hos 34,5

God made a covenant with Israel, an everlasting and unconditional covenant:

I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.  Gen 177,8

"Only if these decrees vanish from my sight will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me. Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done."  Jer 3136,37

Almighty God will always keep his covenant. Indeed, he cannot break it.

But the deceived world hates Israel and believes a very biassed media.
      The UN and the EU condemn Israel at every opportunity.
However those with eyes to see will observe that Almighty God remains faithful.
He is seen to be fulfilling his covenanted end-time plan for Israel.
'Israel and the Church in the Last Days'   (Use back arrow to return)

Bishop Ryle saw the truth concerning Israel and wrote the following in 1890,
      before the exiled Jews started to return to their land, the Holy Land.
And nearly 60 years before Israel was once again recognised as a nation.
"The continued existence of the Jews as a distinct nation, is undeniably a great miracle. It is one of those evidences of the truth of the Bible which the infidel can never overthrow. Without a land, without a king, without a government, scattered and dispersed over the world for eighteen hundred years, the Jews are never absorbed among the people of the countries where they live, like Frenchmen, Englishmen, and Germans, but 'dwell alone'" Nothing can account for this but the finger of God. The Jewish nation stands before the world, a crushing answer to infidelity, and a living book of evidence that the Bible is true. But we ought not to regard the Jews only as witnesses of the truth of Scripture. We should see in them a continual pledge, that the Lord Jesus is coming again one day. Like the sacrament of the Lord's supper, they witness to the reality of the second advent, as well as of the first. Let us remember this. Let us see in every wandering Jew a proof that the Bible is true, and that Christ will one day return."

If Almighty God fails to keep his covenant with the descendants of Abraham,
      what chance have we to maintain our assurance of salvation?
Our salvation is based upon God's Word being true.
      So is the salvation and inheritance of the Jews.

God's Faithfulness is proven in Judgement and in Restoration of Israel
Is 51-7 c.f. Is 621-5, 11,12
Jer 258-12 c.f. Jer 233-6 307, 12, 17
Ezek 341-6 c.f. Ezek 3411-16, 25-31
Hos 111-7 c.f. Hos 118 35 1314

Israel has fallen many times; God has punished them, but remains faithful. Replacement theology is frequently used to try to bolster the idea of Gentile revival instead of tribulation in the last days.

 
End Time Revival       [Contents]

Restorationists promote the false premise that the Church must be triumphant before Jesus returns. Although popular, this is far distant from the truth.
In telling the apostles about the end-times Jesus said, For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equalled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.  Math 2421,22

Paul wrote to Timothy, But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.  2 Tim 31-4

When Daniel earnestly asked God about the meaning of the fourth beast ... that was waging war against the saints and defeating them. ... He gave me this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. Dan 719-25
He is then told how the story ends with the return of Jesus and the establishment of the eternal kingdom of God. But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.  Dan 726

Daniel is given another dream and its interpretation: He said: "I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. ... In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power."  Dan 819-26

If such visions are read and understood, no man can continue to be deceived by the 'restoration' promise given by modern false prophets and teachers.

 
Ecumenical Unity       [Contents]

The last few decades have seen a growing popularity for uniting with Rome.
The big problem is that Rome has no intention of repenting of its many errors.
So 'unity' means accepting (or ignoring) these major errors.
Rome regrets the Reformation saying it destroyed the unity of the Church.
      This may be so, but Rome also lost very considerable power and wealth.
Rome refuses to repent of any of its errors that include Papal infallibility, transubstantiation, sale of indulgences, Maryology ...
'25 Roman Catholic Errors'   (Use back arrow to return)

Rome refuses even a hint of repentance for the murder of 288 Englishmen including Archbishop Cranmer, 4 bishops, 21 clergymen, 55 women and 4 children, who were all accused of heresy and burned at the stake during the reign of Mary, 1553-1558. 34 died in prison from deprivation and torture. There were also 63 more martyrs during Henry VIII's reign: men like William Tyndale who was strangled and burned in 1536 for translating the Bible into English.

Without repentance for these crimes there can be no forgiveness and any unity is a false deception. We should love Catholics; but hate much of their doctrine, and abhor any unification with Rome.

 
Multi-Faith       [Contents]

Believing in humanistic ecumenism and inter-faith union, the Pope said, "Christians, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists ... were unleashing profound energies in the world and bringing about a new climate of peace."

This lie can only be conceived with demonic deception.

But real peace can only come through Christ crucified; so it remains hidden from their eyes.  Lu 1941,42

 
Prosperity Gospel       [Contents]

Poverty does not assure spirituality. The modern prosperity doctrine that equates redemption with rags-to-riches is a major deception. Heralds of the gospel of success say anyone can believe and achieve, confess and possess, name it and claim it. This satanic fraud is so far removed from the earlier songs like "I surrender all", or Peter and John who said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk."  Act 36

Jesus said, "You cannot serve God and money", "Seek first the kingdom of God."

We should never 'use' such truths as "everyone who has left houses or brothers ... for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, ..."  Math 1929 to encourage giving by the hope or expectation of some greater reward. See Math 2534-40

Agur had the right balance: "Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the Lord?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonour the name of my God."  Prov 307-9  c.f. Jabez prayer in 1 Ch 410

Jesus warned us, "How hard it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
It is also hard for a Christian who later becomes a rich leader. Yet many today use the lure of success, prosperity and popularity to try to entice men to become Christians. Never forget the wisdom of our Saviour who said, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Prosperity, success and popularity are each a really rotten thermometer of godliness. Yet these goals are often boasted and thus remain a continuing challenge and compromise to true Christian maturity in any church. Let us beware of this satanic deception.

 
Worldwide Hatred of Israel       [Contents]

Lastly, at the end there will be a climax of hatred of Israel. Satan has always resisted God's choice of the children of Abraham. At every opportunity he contests God's unconditional and eternal covenant with the Jews. At the end the world will attack Jerusalem and find what a foolish, deceptive policy they adopted.  Zech 121-9 Zech 141-9  Joel 31-3

 
Modern Deceptions

Evolution Theory       [Contents]

The Theory claims:
      This makes the false claim that after the ‘Big Bang’ a simple amoeba formed
            by a chance combination of molecules.
      And then, also by chance, this amoeba came alive.
      All the species developed in steps by genetic mutation from an earlier one.
This is a simple deception, an oft-repeated lie.
See study notes on Genesis / Evolution''   (Use back arrow to return)
      Who made all the physical matter and lit the fuse for the ‘Big Bang’?
      How did the first amoeba molecule become organic and alive?
      Why are there no missing link fossils between species?
      How did any species suddenly lose or gain a pair(s) of chromosomes?
            Humans have 46, monkeys 42, gorillas and chimps 48.
      The more we learn about any species the more amazing it becomes.
            Who designed each species, each animal, bird, fish, insect, plant?
It completely denies that Almighty God designed and created the universe
      and formed this very special unique planet.

It began with Aristotle and was picked up by Darwin in Origin of Species in 1859.
Proud humanists, rejoicing in the industrial revolution, welcomed it.

But accepting the evolution theory as fact has some major consequences:
1.    God is side-lined; he has no significance for modern man.
            He can safely be ignored - and so can all his ‘restrictive’ laws.
2.    Believing such a major lie reveals how easily wicked men can be deceived.
3.    Men worship 'Mother Nature' instead of God, who designed and created it all.
            Hindus and New Age claim God is in everything and everyone.
4.    Man becomes even more arrogant and proud of his achievements.
            He thinks it is by his innate ability that he is so much superior to monkeys.
5.    "Survival of the fittest" when applied to humans leads to genocide and war.
            Basis of Nazi killing of Jews, gypsies and coloured’s.
6.    Almighty God is not impressed by man's pride, their rejection of Almighty
            God and his incredible Creation as recorded in Gen 1 and 2.

2,000 years ago God revealed to Peter what would happen at the end:
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. ... they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  2 Pe 33-5
To ‘deliberately forget’ means there is major deception of a man’s mind.

The Evolution Theory lie started to gain popularity in the 1960's. By 2014 Humanists had persuaded the UK Government to remove Creation from the official Science curriculum and had relegated it to a non-compulsory ‘Religion’. This rejection and the promotion of the Evolution Theory lie is having a disastrous effect upon our land (and on other nations that have followed a similar pattern).
In the New Testament, Almighty God has warned us that when Creation is abandoned, he removes his protection. The surprising result being homosexuality!
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonouring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonourable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.  Ro 119-28

The UK and most of the West has fallen for this deception, this Evolution lie. Almighty God has been dishonoured, if not rejected and forgotten as irrelevant. And the consequence is becoming ever more apparent.

 
Homosexuality       [Contents]

The lie here is subtle. They say that God loves homosexuals - and that is true. Just as it is also true that he loves murderers, adulterers and even child sex offenders. “God so loved the world that he sent his Son.” And the proven degree of his love was that he was willing to be crucified in order to save all sinners. But that does not stop him hating murder, adultery, the abuse of children and homosexuality. In both Old and New Testament God declares that it is an abomination.  Lev 1822 2013  Ro 128

So there is no doubt that in God’s view, revealed in the Old and News Testaments, that homosexual or lesbian activity remains a perversion.

Why is it then that Archbishops Welby and Sentamu, a large majority of the House of Bishops and the C of E General Synod repeatedly praise civil partnerships and homosexuality? Sadly these Church leaders (and many others) are deceived. They will bring a high penalty on the Church of England for so clearly saying that Almighty God is wrong!! But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.  Ro 25  They should have said from the start that homosexuality is sinful, even if that would have been unpopular. They claim the Bible is the foundation of their beliefs. But it is only the bits they like are the foundation!

As a nation we legalised homosexuality in 1967, and same-sex marriage in 2014.
And thereby set our country on a disastrous collision course with Almighty God.
I know who will win!

 
Abortion       [Contents]

By 1967 unwanted babies were becoming so numerous that the adoption societies were becoming overwhelmed. The rise of feminism gave an increasing number of women an opportunity to claim that they had complete rights over the child conceived in their womb. And that included killing it. This is normally called murder. They deny the privilege of responsibility for its creation.

The deception, the lie is told that the baby is not yet a living person. This is tragic. So many were deceived that the Government declared it legal to murder them.

Today it can truthfully be called Mass-murder because the UK total is now over 200,000 every year. The world total is a staggering 45 million/yr !

Almighty God hears their unheard cry, and he sees the extent of this national and worldwide deceit.

 
Conclusion

The glorious and gracious hand of God is easily seen throughout his creation.
But so is the satanic deception both outside and even inside the Church.
When Christ returns as king of his righteous and eternal kingdom, all deception will end.
What a wonderful relief it will be when:
      everywhere we look is truth
            and
      everything we hear is glory to the Sovereign Lord!

 
Some Warning Scriptures       [Contents]

These specially warn us of deception in the last days:

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”  Math 244,5

In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.  Dan 823-25

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.  1 Tim 41

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false.  2 Thes 29-11

Everyone deceives his neighbour, and no one speaks the truth ... Heaping oppression upon oppression, and deceit upon deceit, they refuse to know me, declares the Lord.  Jer 96

I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.  Rev 61,2

Scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. ,,, For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God.  2 Pe 33,5

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