Did it ever occur to you that you may be deceived?
Apart from God, you can not know when you are deceived!
the things you have been taught in your church
since you were a little child true?
you are deceived, would you know it?"
The answer is NO!
No one who is deceived knows or believes he is deceived,
is the definition of the word deceive;
"to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid".
you ever known anyone to say,
"Hi friend, Guess what? I'm deceived."
they did you would ask,
"How do you know?"
he would reply,
"Because what I believe to be true is actually false."
"If you know it's false then you can't believe it is true, can you?
So you are not deceived."
I'm trying to say is,
you cannot know that you are deceived.
you have been taught, and/or think you know, may indeed be false,
but you don't know they're false.
on where or how you learned those things,
you don't want to think they could be false.
But, you can (and should) assume that you are or might be deceived.
Jesus Christ warned us when talking about the end times, the times we now live in:
Matthew 24:3 And as He sat upon the mount of Olives,
the disciples came unto him privately, saying,
Tell us, when shall these things be?
and what shall be the sign of thy coming,
and of the end of the world?
 And Jesus answered and said unto them,
Take heed that no man deceive you.
 For many shall come in my name,
saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
name is Jesus Christ and they come representing Him,
as His ministers, saying,
"Yep, Jesus is the Christ,
and people then believe the rest of what they say as if their authority comes from God.
bad are we deceived?
In Rev. 12:7-9 we are told right from the Word of God,
that when Satan shows up as the false messiah
the whole world will believe he is Jesus.
means they must already be mentally and spiritually prepared to accept
Yes, they are already deceived.
you is still trying to figure out what the "Mark of the Beast" is,
you already have it and don't know it!
Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out,
that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,
which deceiveth the whole world:
he was cast out into the earth,
and his angels were cast out with him.
Note: The phrase "the whole world"
is a generalization and means "the majority of the whole",
which leaves room for some exception.
It is written that God's very elect,
a minority of people indeed,
will not be deceived even for a moment.
I would say the chance that you are not deceived in this final generation is pretty slim.
you stake your eternal salvation on what someone has told you?
Whether he be a Minister, a Deacon or a Sunday School Teacher.
No matter how well meaning they are and believe it themselves.
You think not!
Then "take heed" as Jesus warned!
careful, consider this,
many times, even when people are taught to understand what deception is,
they don't think it applies to them
and they still believe that what they believe is true,
instance, people know they are going to die.
They intellectually know that is true,
but they don't think or sense that it applies to them,
at least not for today.
The same holds true when tomorrow becomes today!
thing to consider about deception is
that if a person has believed a falsehood for a long time,
in many cases, most of their life,
when they hear something that contradicts that belief,
though it may be the "gospel truth",
they dismiss it as being odd or cultist or whacko,
even when the evidence showing it to be deception is unquestionable.
course there are many who will aid them in their rejection of truth as
It takes a man or woman of courage to seek the truth
and even greater courage to accept that truth,
especially if it is not the majority or even a popular view.
wants to be alone and take a stand
like Noah or Elijah or David or Daniel or Jesus Christ?
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