The greatest spiritual war of all time, which has raged continuously since creation and which is coming to its climax in these last days, is TRUTH vs. DECEPTION. Satan’s first sin was lying to Eve. This initiated the fall of mankind, and consequently the death of all mankind. This is why Jesus called Satan both the father of lies and a murderer from the beginning. “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (Jn. 8:44 NKJ).
All of the horrible consequences that have plagued mankind ever since the fall of man and curse upon creation, which Scripture refers to as “the casting-down of the world” (καταβολῆς κόσμου – see blog post by this title), are the result of Satan’s lies, Eve’s being deceived, and Adam’s failure to stand for God’s Truth regardless of the cost (Gen. 3:13-19). The lies and deceptions have been compounding ever since, as is mankind’s resistance to God’s Truth. Because of this, the final outcome for the vast majority of mankind is to be destroyed in the Lake of Fire since they willingly believed lies and lived by them, or were willfully ignorant, thus turning a blind eye to God’s Truth. The fate of the vast majority of mankind has already been declared by God, permanent destruction (Psalm 37; 2 Thess. 1:9-10; Rev. 20:12-15).
Of course, Christians, who said the “sinners’ prayer” and attend some church think they are immune from deception and that they are fine. Yet Jesus warned that many or perhaps most of His own followers will fall away in the last days and be condemned, in large part due to deception (Matt. 24:9-13). The parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:1-12) seems to indicate that perhaps half of the Christian population will not inherit the Kingdom of God, since five were wise and five were foolish. Which category do you fit into? How do you know? Those who are wise in their own eyes will find themselves among the foolish who had no oil (Prov. 12:15; Prov. 16:2; Prov. 21:2; Prov. 26:12; Prov. 30:12; Isa. 5:21).
The fact that there are so many different Christian denominations, with the leaders and members of each thinking that their church has the correct version of Christianity and all others are deceived, ought to concern any perceptive Christian who has an ounce of common sense. What if some other denomination is right and yours has a great deal of its important teachings wrong? This alone proves that most of the Christian world is deceived on many important points of doctrine.
Deception is the singular enemy which we as Christians must resist and defeat if we expect to be among the “overcomers” of Revelation who will inherit the promises in the seven letters and avoid the doom of the vast majority of mankind. We are heading into the last days; there is tribulation coming which both Daniel and Jesus said will far surpass anything in history (Dan. 12:1-2; Matt. 24:21-22). Relying on your church and your pastor is going to get you nowhere because most of them are the ones who are unknowingly parroting many of the deceptions.
If you do not want to be among the “foolish virgins,” the solution starts with self-examination, honestly and humbly seeking to discover if you are deceived on very important things which perhaps might mean the difference between being an overcomer or becoming like those in Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV). “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
So who are the Christians most susceptible to lies and deceptions?
- The lazy and willfully ignorant who do not bother to pursue truth
- The proud who are wise in their own eyes
- Those ensnared in sin and seeking to justify themselves
- Those pursuing the things of this world
Go to: 2. The Testing of Your Faith