There is an old saying “a lie told often enough becomes the truth”. Basically what this means is that if someone tells you the same lie over and over again then you believe it is true. Unfortunately this tactic has been used against humanity continually for a long long time. In fact it is fair to say that precious little of what most of us believe to be true actually is!
For me truth is important....I want to know the truth even if it challenges some of my core beliefs. I am willing to look at the evidence and think it through for myself.
This is something that few people are truly willing to do! I find this very disturbing!
AND it is a very deadly mind set that will result in the destruction of a great many people!
Deception is everywhere including most churches! Yet it seems that people are more willing to believe their pastor than their own Bible! And pastors are just as human and fallible as anyone else!
Here's an example:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
So why then do so many churches teach this bogus prosperity message that if you go to church regularly and tithe large sums of your hard earned money to the church you will gain wealth and prosperity? NO WHERE did Jesus say follow me and I will make you rich! Let's be honest if he had truly said that everyone would be a Christian!
But he didn't say that! He plainly said not to lay up treasures on earth....how clear does this need to be? Yet multitudes of people follow this teaching! Why? Because it is the message that they want to hear so it becomes their truth!
I have found that when you confront some of these people with the authority of this truth they will flee from it!
Every single day I hear someone repeat a lie that they believe to be true, this is how it works if you believe the lie then you will spread it on... and make no mistake the deceivers know this very well!
The thing that is most disturbing about this fact is how few people are willing to do any research to verify the facts! For example schools these days are teaching that Islam is a religion of peace and many people blindly believe this yet some quick web searches will reveal that there are many people out there with very different stories to tell yet no one will even bother to look! Just as an example has anyone ever looked up the Muslim practice of female circumcision? This fact alone should shake people out of their lemming mindset yet nobody even bothers to look! I just did a quick youtube search of “is Islam a religion of peace?” and “female circumcision” and got some very scary and realistic results yet no one will even look! Perhaps this is why people are calling the younger generation....the lost generation!
I personally choose not to believe that this is true I prefer to believe that there is still hope at least for some of these young people.
I have spoken of the deceptions of our time in other articles so I won't get into a lot of detail here.
I want to focus on truth, what is the truth and how can we trust this truth if there is so much deception in our world today?
The word of God is the truth and Jesus is the word of God! Although there has been some tampering with the King James and other Bibles (I am sure that this statement will upset many) As well as just plain old mistranslations, I genuinely believe that there is only so much tampering that God will allow when it comes to his word. That being said I believe that it is important to seek out other translations as well as apocryphal books such as the books of Enoch and Jasher etc, for a more complete and accurate picture of these end days.
The Bible says repeatedly that we are to seek knowledge! If you don't believe this then get into a good concordance and look up the word “knowledge”! 'Bible Gateway' online is a good one.
We are to seek out the truth....to seek out knowledge! Not simply allow other to do our thinking and searching for us!
If you allow others to lead you then you have an excellent chance of being deceived and you alone are responsible for knowing the truth! When you stand before the Lord you will not have the excuse of saying that someone deceived you because God's word is very clear on this subject!
I personally have the gift of discernment, I often see what others cannot. I see Satanic messages in movies (including many so-called Christian movies) television programs and even cartoons that for some reason others seem oblivious to. And I also see some very un-Biblical teachings in many Christian churches!
I understand that a major part of the spiritual battle of these end days is the Satanic infiltration of the Christian church but why do so many professing Christians seem totally oblivious to what is going on around them?
I personally find it extremely frustrating that people refuse to even consider what the Bible really says about the world of these end days!
I am just one of many who are fighting an uphill battle to awaken people to the truth and it is a very hard calling!
I keep asking God why so very few people are willing to open their eyes and ears to everything that is going on around them, the answer I got was that people don't really want to know! People want their ears tickled.....not the truth!
The Bible says:
2 Thessalonians 2:3
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
I believe that this is well under way right now!
People are falling away from the truth! Even though many of these people call themselves Christian many will fall away rather than stand on the word of God!
This falling away is not a new thing either it has in fact been happening from the beginning and it happened within the followers of Jesus Christ himself:
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Many of those who followed Jesus Christ turned away from him even though this statement wasn't about cannibalism they simply could not accept that they had to fully accept the word of God as their way of life................the same is true today!
I find these false teachings within the church troubling and I often wonder what happens to the people who are following these teachings?
For example when the believers in the pre-trib rapture see the anti-Christ enter the scene and realize that they will be faced with losing everything as a result of refusing take the mark what will happen to their faith?
You cannot take the mark of the beast...period!
Even though there are churches teaching that you can take the mark and still go to heaven the Bible says otherwise! The Bible says that anyone who takes the mark will have their place in the lake of fire!
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Folks this clearly says that people will be deceived into taking the mark and it is clearly not necessarily connected to the worship of the beast!
The Bottom Line
So here is the bottom line: Will you choose to follow the word of God....Jesus Christ? Or will you choose to believe what feels good to you?
Following Christ is NOT easy, especially now, and it is going to get much harder!
You will literally have to make the conscious choice to put God first in your life ahead of EVERYTHING else! He must come ahead of your family, your home, your bank account.......everything!
Jesus said that if you are not willing to do this that you are not worthy of him!
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
If you are unwilling to do this you will not make it to the end!
I should mention here however that God does honor those who do! I know this from personal experience! Though it is not easy it is worth it!
So what will you do? Will you choose to take up your cross and follow Christ even if it means personal sacrifice? Or do you choose to believe lies and ignore those who try to guide you to the truth?
The choice is yours but remember you will have no excuse when you stand before the Lord on judgment day!