SELF DECEPTION. The most dangerous kind of deception is self deception. I’m looking around at our society and I’m dumbfounded by the deception and delusion I see taking place. We are a nation under the judgment of God. He has removed His hands and a spirit of deception has been let loose. This is not His wrath. His wrath is being reserved for a certain appointed time.

This is judgment, God giving our nation what it wants: a nation free from Him. Man is doing what is right in his own eyes. What someone feels is more valuable than truth. I just finished watching Matt Walsh’s documentary on “What is a Woman?” and I am so grieved by the irrationality of this society and quite frankly the lack of courage. There’s absolutely no common sense.

Be aware, we are in perilous times because of this kind of deception. Scripture warns us that in the latter days, “perilous times would come”. We are here. Satan’s comes to steal, kill and destroy. But he doesn’t just come in like a wrecking ball, unless you are Job; he primarily comes in through deception. The book of Revelation reveals to us that Satan goes out to “deceive the nations”.

He is a liar and the father of lies. He only works through deceiving, lying, twisting truth, manipulation and the such. He works to mar our vision and plug our ears. He twists God’s Word and manipulates the mind. He has brought in false doctrine and a false love gospel blinding the church to the truth. This “love” gospel has deceived the masses.

Israel of old was so caught up in false interpretation of old testament scriptures that they missed Jesus completely. Their view of who Jesus would be was corrupted by their mishandling of old testament scripture. They ended up crucifying He who they sought.

Today we have a church so caught up in new testament scripture that they are missing Jesus completely. Their view of who Jesus is has been corrupted by their mishandling of new testament scripture. They call the old outdated, erased, repealed, no longer relevant. The church today would crucify the real Jesus if He walked among us again. “If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe but yourself.” Saint Augustine

Here’s why there is so much deception: because God is good and He is love, many believe He will never punish. Many believe they are blessed because we are under a time of grace. God is withholding His wrath, therefore many are deceived into thinking His mercy is His favor. Because God does not immediately punish disobedience, you believe He is pleased with you.

You believe God is blessing your path because He has not yet punished your disobedience. You think you are good in your rebellion and life of sin because you said a prayer one time when you were desperate. “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God reveals to the Church in Laodicea that the lukewarm are “wretched, miserable, poor, BLIND and naked”. God is holy and He is just. You are deceiving yourself. Many within in the church are spiritual fornicators. They want all the benefits of the Body and the fellowship of the saints without being in a committed relationship. Individual, rogue Christians are not Scriptural neither are they spiritual. They are lawless.

You are deceiving yourself. “O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—” ‭‭I Timothy‬ ‭6:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬Paul tells the young pastor to avoid profane and vain babblings. Not just concerning the law, and circumcision, which the false teachers insisted on and amused their hearers with. This was vain, empty, useless, and unprofitable talk. So the Vulgate Latin version, read, “profane newnesses of words”; or new words, which is lawless to introduce into God’s holy Word, for they not only change the Word but bring in new doctrines.

Newness of words brings in new doctrine, enter the false love gospel, the social justice gospel and CRT, white privilege, tolerance of wicked practices, redefining hate, and such. Does this not define this generation? Redefining words and definitions as to distort Jesus and Scripture.

Making hard Biblical words and laws more kinder and gentler as to not offend people and hurt their feelings. And the original lie comes full circle, “Did God really say?” It is sorcery. The form of sound words, the wholesome words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, the words which the Holy Ghost teacheth, should be held fast.

All new words should be avoided, which are contrary to the purified words of Scripture. Also, any words or definitions that weaken the words of Scripture and/or detract from His Words. Otherwise, you deceive yourself. If we have learned anything from the history of Israel, it was that they deceived themselves into believing things about God that was not true because they maintained a form of religion. They did not believe God would punish their disobedience.

The book of Jeremiah records multiple Scriptures regarding self deception and false prophets prophesying lies. Destruction was inevitable. There is nothing new under the sun. Today’s church has imagined their own Jesus and maintained their own form of religious faith that is in accordance with their emotions, wants and desires and not in agreement with Scripture. Thus forsaking the truth for a warped form of self love.

When God’s people forsake truth, deception comes as a judgment. “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”‭‭II Thessalonians‬ ‭2:9-12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬“

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to DECEIVING spirits and doctrines of demons,” I Timothy‬ ‭4:1‬ ‭*Note: this word “some” in the Greek is correctly translated as “most”. It is a very large number; “from the faith” does not imply a personal faith, but rather Scriptural truth and doctrine. “Let no one DECEIVE himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.”‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?

Do not be DECEIVED. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” I Corinthians‬ ‭6:9-10‬ ‭“Do not be DECEIVED: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” I Corinthians‬ ‭15:33‬ ‭“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one DECEIVES you.” Matthew‬ ‭24:4‬“Do not be DECEIVED, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7“Let no one DECEIVE you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” Ephesians‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭“Little children, let no one DECEIVE you.

He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who (continues a life of) sin is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” I John‬ ‭3:7-8The original lie: “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen‬ ‭3:4-5‬)

Ever since Eden, Satan has worked at deceiving humanity into believing that we can be like God, we can make our own choices and do our own thing. You can believe in God, you can pray and even read Scripture, Israel did all this and more; but if you are not submitted to Him and to all His Word; you have deceived yourself into believing you can live life on your own terms. #runyourrace

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