James 5:1 (KJV) Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Beware of Spiritual Deception

I was recently researching a subject and came across a website with tons of information, so I began reading. The writer was beautifully articulate and I was enjoying my find. He had many links embedded in the article, so I began to click on links as I went.

Very shortly I came upon a severe doctrinal error. I couldn't believe my eyes, so I thought: "Well, he's off on this one point." I kept reading.

Soon I ran into another, and then another error, so I started thinking to myself, "Well, this guy is a theosophist...(new age religion)...or worse. I tried to find something stating his name, his affiliations, or something that would give me a clue. Nothing.

I went back to the Home Page and discovered that he recommended three particular books "to help the reader" understand where he was coming from. All three books were by the same author, a heretic. I couldn't read any more because he was just too mixed up. I think perhaps he was onto his own new religion.

I was highly disappointed because he was a skillful writer. It served to point out how alert and careful we must be when reading the works of people who call themselves Christian, which he did.

Unless a person is extremely well-versed in the Bible, it is very dangerous to just go reading willy-nilly these days. There are very many more people who have erroneous beliefs than there are those who are doctrinally correct.

The point which ended my reading session on his site was when he began mixing God, the creator of all things, with idol gods. There are many gods, but only one God.

"To you it was shown that you might know that the LORD, He is God; there is no other besides Him....Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other." Deut 4:35,39

"I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God." Isaiah 45:5

"Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me..." Isaiah 46:9

"'Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.'" Isaiah 44:8

"For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him." 1 Cor 8:5,6

A Christian needs to be certain he spends more time in God's Word - the Bible - than in any other book. That is your armor that enables you to spot error the minute you see it.

This experience was another example of brilliantly conceived and executed deception by the adversary.

I guess that's what they mean when they say: "Give the devil his due."

Royal Heir