Four things are little on the earth,
but they are exceedingly important
There are four things
which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise
Then he went on to extract moral
lessons from the behaviour of four creatures God has made.
In like manner I would like to point
There are four things
which seem insignificant, but they are exceedingly
1) The transition from true to false can be ever so slight.
Some time ago, as I was writing I
made a slip. (I do all my own typing onto the PC. I learned to touch
type when 22, and itís efficient to do most things one- self if you
can. So I do. This is a do-it-yourself ministry! We donít have other
people do things for us. We do most everything ourselves.)
I noticed as I typed in the word
immortality that I left one letter out. It was the letter ĎTí. So,
instead of immortality, I had inadvertently written
It totally changed the meaning and
tone of what I had written. Itís just as well I noticed it, because
a computer spell-check would have not picked up the mistake. It was
so slight as to be almost unnoticeable. Yet the consequences of
leaving it uncorrected would have been hugely significant and highly
damaging. Everyone would have read a wrong meaning out of what I had
meant to write!
Think of it. If it had gone to press
and several thousand copies had been printed, how devastating the
results could have been!
Deception is like that. The devil
just slightly twists the truth. He changes something Ė almost
imperceptibly Ė so that what is wrong still looks right. That way,
most people donít see that they have accepted a lie. He can hook the
majority like that. And he does.
A) Look at the Sabbath. God
ordained it to be the 7th day of the week, Saturday, but the devil
has got most fooled to think that itís either Sunday (for most
Christians), or Friday (for Moslems). He didnít try and fool them
that it was Wednesday. Heís not stupid. He knows that he has to keep
the error as close to the real thing to deceive the majority.
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B) Then there are festivals. God ordained seven (Lev 23) and
gave them to Israel to preserve. But the devil got in there, too. By
misleading the minds of Jewish Ďscholarsí, he convinced them that
Passover is not to be observed on the 14th of the first month (even
though it is categorically stated that it is, in Lev 23:5, Num
9:3,5, etc.), and misled them to think that it is to be kept at the
beginning of the 15th.
Itís just a slight movement one way Ė
enough to ensure that the devil has got them enacting an error.
And, of course, itís not just Jews
who are hood- winked. Look at the majority of Christians. They keep
festival days that are nowhere found in the Bible Ė Christmas,
Easter, and some others. They were borrowed from pagan antiquity.
Instead of using them to worship the sun god, they use them to
worship the Son of God. Just a slight twist, so many say, ďWho
cares? What does it matter?Ē
It matters a lot. Error is error, no
matter how close you think it might be to the truth.
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C) Then thereís the matter of the Holy Spirit. Most
Christians would stake their lives on it being the Third Person of a
Trinity. Itís what they have been told authoritatively by countless
churchmen for as long as we can all remember. Itís so accepted, that
such a concept doesnít warrant questioning.
But how you squeeze three Gods into
one, and call Ďthemí (sorry, ĎHimí) One God, defies rational
explanation! Itís just a slight twist from the truth that the Bible
reveals (or actually conceals from most). God reveals He is one
(Deut 6:4), but churchmen and theologians donít believe that. They
believe the tradition passed on down by their church that He is
I have a can of Three In One
oil in our shed. Itís lubricating oil for many mechanical uses. But
itís not composed of three different things. Itís one substance able
to serve three functions. It lubricates, cleans, and preserves from
rust. So it is with God. He is not Three distinct Spirit Beings. He
is One, but serving three functions Ė as Father, Son, and Holy
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D) Take the issue of church government. It is commonly taught
that you are to:
Obey those who rule over
you and be submissive... (Heb 13:17).
However, the word translated Ďruleí
is from the Greek hegeomai which means to lead or guide, not
rule. It is not in the same league as exousiaso, found in
Matt 20:25, where it means to wield full power over. There is a
slight but very profound difference between a minister who acts as
an overseer and one who acts as an overlord! The difference is one
of exercising Godís love, or not.
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E) Deception goes far deeper than intellectual appraisals, of
course. The devil wants to deceive you about the nature of Godís
love Ė which occurs by slightly twisting the true teaching on
law and grace.
Godís love or forgiveness is NOT
unconditional, as most preachers claim. There is a condition for
receiving forgiveness, as with any spiritual promise. Itís called
repentance. You must want to obey Him.
Then thereís the small twist put on
Romans 13 by Kenneth Hagin and others of the same ilk, who say that
if we Ďloveí we fulfil the law (Rom 13:8-10). They mean that if you
show kindness and other traits that people consider as showing love,
such behaviour is a replacement for keeping the Commandments. This
is subtle antinomianism, Ďsupportedí by Scripture! Many fall for the
lie, because itís such a slight twist.
There are numerous similar heresies
that seem trivial, yet are not. They undermine the heart and core of
what being a disciple of Jesus is all about. Itís to obey God in
every respect; to shun sin and overcome all the works of the devil.
They Ďforgetí why Jesus died! They
Ďforgetí the price of sin. They Ďforgetí that obedience is the
bottom line of righteousness. All this is fundamental to why Jesus
died Ė in order to pay the awful price of sins that we incurred. How
did He pay that price? He was nailed to a cross. It was terrible!
What is the shape of a cross? A ĎTí.
And what was the letter that I nearly left out of Ďimmortalityí?
There is a moral lesson to be learned from this. One little omission
can change the course of your destiny.
Never forget the cross!
2) Why God allows deception
Itís simple, but profound Ė to humble
people. When you are proud, He lets you be deceived. In the process
of time you learn what a Wally you have been and repent of your
We are all like foolish sheep, going
astray. All are deceived, and God is able to deliver us from the
misconceptions we have accepted, according to our willingness to
humble ourselves or to be humbled by Him. Often He has to initiate
the humbling process, because no one voluntarily humbles himself
For many people, the process cannot
be fully achieved in this life. It is hugely humbling meeting God
after death! Then a person sees all! (1 Cor 13:12.)
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3) Going it alone
To the natural human mind, there
seems nothing wrong with relying upon yourself in every way. What
could be wrong with that?
But Paul wrote about what very few
consider: walking in the Spirit (Gal 5).
I remember a lecturer at College
years ago. (I attended Bible College for four years.) He was
a capable man; a macho type; very self-reliant. He said something I
have never forgotten, because it struck me as so wrong at the time.
He declared, ďYou can do it all on your own, but donít!Ē He may have
meant well, but his statement belied his own weakness.
The truth is, you canít go it alone.
You need God to go with you. Doing the work of God is impossible by
yourself. Jesus stated:
I can of Myself do nothing
How much less can we!?
The problem with the college lecturer
was that he had a human approach. He relied on his intellect. He
thought he was relying on God, but actually he was relying upon
himself. He was deceived because he had a substantial load of pride
The one led by the Spirit is the one
who knows his need for God because he has been humbled. He knows he
desperately needs Godís help, otherwise heís finished! He is deeply
aware of his inadequacies.
If you feel adequate and very
confident, cocky, or self-reliant, youíre walking on very thin ice.
Sure, you may be able to do a lot, humanly speaking. But you wonít
know the closeness of God, which is only available to one category
of person (Is 57:15; 66:2).
What does it mean to walk in the
Spirit? In two words: Pray continually (1 Thes
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4) Listening to God
Some years ago God told us to get
into the car and travel 200 miles to see a minister we knew in
Cheshire. We did as we were told without delay. It took us about 5
minutes to depart.
When we arrived, Jonathan had just
returned from a 3-day ministerial conference of the church which
employed him. He was amazed at our timing! He had only been home a
few minutes. How could we know when he would be home?! He didnít
believe in God speaking to people today, least of all, to prophets!
We challenged him on some other
aspects of his lack of spirituality before going back home. Itís a
pity people donít listen to prophets, and donít listen enough to
God. Heís still stuck in that church, drifting downstream, not
knowing the wonder of Godís voice.
A year or so later, we were helping a
woman who was once in his congregation. She had serious demonic
problems. Jonathan didnít believe we could help her, but we could
and we did, because God had spoken to us about her.
I often wonder how many Ďministersí
there are like him, who donít listen to the Spirit because they are
too self-reliant, too capable, too lifted up by their Ďpositioní,
and too dependent upon their church!
Listening To God (£2.00).
Malcolm B Heap