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Donít Be Deceived

Deception is the poison of the Church!

Iím sure you know that Jesus explicitly warned the first disciples Ė and all others, by extension Ė NOT to be deceived (Matt 24:4,11,24). Many Christians are!

You try telling them about something they have got wrong, and they either resent you for it or think you are the one very much mistaken!

One of the dreams I had last night was this:

21st February 2008. M. 2) 2nd-hand teachings.

A large lorry was dragging a load of 2nd-hand timber along the road. It wasnít ON the vehicle, but being dragged behind it on the ground. It was full of nails, and was highly dangerous. It was tearing the road apart, which was rough enough already!

I was wanting to drive at speed along this road, trying to avoid getting a puncture. There was a small car in front, hogging the road, blocking the way. It was a nuisance.

Meaning: An allegory of the mess created by second- hand Church teachings that large ministries Ė like Reinhard Bonnkeís, Benny Hinnís, and Morris Cerulloís; and the major denominations Ė drag behind them. They are a mixture and contain dangerous man-made elements (of falsity) that were used in the past to hold things together.

The small car represents another ministry I contacted recently, who failed to move on with the truth I presented. By failing to move on, or move out of the way, they block what God is doing.

It is very ingenious how God portrays, in allegory, the folly of human behaviour.

Would you be fool enough to drag a great big load of timber along the road, instead of loading it ON the vehicle? Would you leave dangerous nails sticking out of it where they could inflict serious harm on people nearby?

Yet this is what church leaders, ministry leaders and theologians are doing by dragging along all the old theological hand-me-downs that are not biblical. They donít even see what they are doing. The load of Ďcrapí Ė nonsense, rubbish, junk Ė follows them.

In Wielding The Divine Axe I present eleven major areas where Church teaching is in error:

1.   Teaching about the Sabbath.
2.   Church authority.
3.   The prosperity gospel.
4.   Antinomianism.
5.   Spiritual manifestations.
6.   Womenís place in the Church.
7.   The Trinity.
8.   The Rapture.
9.   Judgement.
10. Witnessing For Christ.
11. Elevation and exaltation of leaders.

And, each matter is covered in detail by specific MM publications, restoring the purer biblical truths.

So, there is no excuse now to people to whom we have gone and offered these truths. God now holds them accountable and they will come under Godís judgement for refusal to investigate them.

Godís Judgement

Christians assume that they are exempt from Godís judgement. They assume that they are Romans 8:1 candidates Ė that there is no condemnation against them because they have Ďacceptedí Christ. But they overlook the second part of that verse.

Most canít see where they are still in rebellion against God. The subtleties of human psychology blind them to spiritual reality. So they are deceived.

In this state of false security, they carry on down their own self-willed route, with Jesus merely an appendage to their minds which are centred on self. Judgement inevitably follows to try to wake them up.

In the conflict in Kenya recently I have received some desperate mail from people begging for help. These people all had the truth. I had sent them MM literature, which explains how to put your trust in God, how to build faith, and receive help when you need it. But they didnít listen. They went their own way.

They werenít living what they were reading Ė if they even read it properly in the first place! I hadnít heard from them for years. Then, out of the blue, they write to say that they have lost everything Ė their homes, wives, children Ė all! They beg for money.

Theyíre begging the wrong person. God is the One whom they should beg, not me. He supported Elijah in the wilderness (1 Ki 17:5); and some in our day have had angel visitations bringing sustenance.

When trouble befalls the wicked, itís a fulfilment of Proverbs 1:20-32. God mocks them in their calamity because they didnít care about what God cares about. God is not cold, but He is very just. They rejected what HE asked of them, so He reciprocates.

Therefore take heed how you hear, for whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him (Luke 8:18).

All things work together for good to those who love God... (Rom 8:28).

They donít work together for good to those who donít love God; who love themselves!

The Greatest Deceptions

I explain in Apostasy in Godís Church! that the greatest deception is one which causes the love of God in you to be quenched, or grow cold.

Hence the need for introspection (1 Cor 11:28).

For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged (1 Cor 11:31).

You canít afford to be complacent!

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall (1 Cor 10:12).

However, the signs of the times are inseparable from selfish pursuit and complacency. Such sins lead to spiritual blindness...

Which brings us to another massive deception Ė SELF-deception.

How many times have you read in the Word:

Be not deceived...?

Why do you think those words are there? Because people ARE easily misled! And the person who so easily misleads them is Mr Self or Miss Self.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life (Gal 6:7,8).

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, DECEIVING YOURSELVES (Jas 1:21,22).

People who hear the truth THINK that they are living the truth, very often when they are not. Because it is in your head, you can tend to deceive yourself that you have done what God said.

A man stayed with us once while he was on his travels. He mouthed support for our work and made effusive promises of big financial support, so that we could achieve much more. It turned out to be mere hype. He walked away from us and from the truth God has commissioned us to promote. His life was all bound up in self. So, self deceived him.

Psychologists have fancy terms for such psychological conditions. Gross Delusional Syndrome may be one. The source is, of course, demons. When you pander to yourself overmuch, you are giving heed to seducing spirits.

He had delusions of self-importance, which led to other deceptions in his mind. And, I believe he even thought he HAD given us money simply because he had promised it. He was that deceived!

Itís a common strategy of the devil to distract people, so that they forget about, or neglect giving us the money or support that we deserve for ministering to them, and need, to provide them with MM literature.

Another man wrote to me, asking for the bank coordinates so he could send money into our account to reimburse us for the literature we had sent him. Months passed, but no money arrived.

I guess he deceived himself that he had assuaged his conscience by the offer. He convinced himself that he meant well, and thatís all that mattered to him. He observed his natural face in the mirror, and then went away, immediately forgetting what manner of man he is inside (Jas 1:24).

They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  What have you failed to do that you should have done?

Itís not just a question of money. That is merely one symptom of where your heart is. There are others. The main root of all is self-will Ė doing what you want instead of what God wants.

Take a look at the article Bless The Lord, O My Soul to see eight areas in which God wants you to train your spirit, and Do You Confront Evil, Or Do You Tolerate It? in Newsletter 33. God requires change.

People who are self-willed deceive themselves that they are pleasing to God, that they are OK, when they are not. They are content to stay the way they are, but God isnít! He wants your improvement.

Believers Whom God Vomits Out

Several times in Revelation 2 and 3, God adjures His chosen ones to repent, or, if they will not, they will forfeit what they donít want to lose.

The lukewarm church Ė the prevalent syndrome today Ė thinks she is OK before God. But she makes Him vomit! (Rev 3:16.)

Because you say, ďI am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothingĒ Ė and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked (Rev 3:17).

Why are these people blind? Because they are self-satisfied. Theyíve got what they want. They donít want more of God.

When you challenge them on points of further truth, on aspects of teaching or practice in their part of the Church, or on areas of their conduct that need upgrading, they just tune you out. God will tune them out, for their contempt for righteous purity.

He wants a holy Church, a Bride without spot or wrinkle (Eph 5:27), not a compromising lukewarm lot.

People who are full of themselves are devoid of the things of God. They are not poor in spirit (humble); not meek (teachable); they donít hunger and thirst for righteousness; they donít care for more of God, except the nice Ďbitsí that please themselves.

We are all called to lay down our lives, so that we can accept His. But for too many believers, their own pride and self-will keep Him distant. They donít love Him with all their heart, soul and mind. They deceive themselves that they are good enough the way they are, with all their sins and imperfections, and while they adhere to convenient false teachings.

If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy Him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. Let no one deceive himself... (1 Cor 3:17,18).

Malcolm B Heap, Feb 2008

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