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2 Timothy 3:13 - But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

The Bible tells us that Satan is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:44–45 (AMP) - You are of your father the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths. 45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me [and continue in your unbelief].

Satan is the exact opposite of Jesus.

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Right now, we all have a sense that we are being lied to about everything.

It is hard to trust almost anything that anyone says.

You and I are being lied to on a regular basis. In fact, our entire culture is riddled with deception.

We have governmental agencies like the (Food and Drug Administration) to oversee the ridiculous claims made by advertisers and retailers.

We have social media claiming to “monitor the truth” in our news so that we are not lied to as they manipulate what they want us to see and hear.

Our Government opened and closed what it called an office of truth that was so close to the Nazi’s ministry of truth that it could not hold up to the back lash it was so obviously wrong.

The Bible tells us that in the last days people lying and deceiving will grow worse and worse. That people will be deceiving others and being deceived themselves.

We are in those times.

The Bible tells us that in the last days even the very elect or God’s Chosen ones will be deceived if it is possible.

Matthew 24:24 - For false Christ’s and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

That is a powerful statement. If possible. – The truth is that those who are walking in the Holy Spirit will have discernment. Most of God’s elect won’t be fooled. They will be lied to but will be able to see through the lies.

But some who are not paying attention and some who just don’t really want to know will be deceived.

Satan uses every sort of duplicity to lead people away from Truth and into the tangled and confusing realm of Deception. Truth has been outrageously violated in every area of society.

Deception is when you are lied to and you believe it.

Some other words that describe it – Misinformation, disinformation exaggeration, subterfuge, sleight of hand, fake news, distraction, counterfeit, camouflage.

2 Corinthians 11:14 - And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

The word deception could be defined as communication or behavior that is meant to leave others with a false impression. 

Here are some ways that deception is being sown in our culture today:

• Disinformation: deliberately misleading or biased information; manipulated narrative or facts; propaganda.”

• Doublespeak: evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse.

 • Duplicity: deceitfulness in speech or conduct, as by speaking or acting in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter; double-dealing.

• Fabrication: to make up a story or facts for the purpose of deception.

 • Falsehood: Contrary to fact or truth.

 • Fraud: deceit [or] trickery… perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.

 • Half-truth: a statement that fails to divulge the whole truth… or using a portion of truthful information to make a lie seem more trustworthy.

• Hypocrisy: a concealment of one’s real character or motives… a deceitful show of a good character, in morals or religion; a counterfeiting of religion.” Actor – To pretend to be something or someone that you are not.

 • Lie: a falsehood uttered for the purpose of deception; an intentional violation of truth.

 • Scam: a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.

 • Subterfuge: a cleverly disguised way or strategy used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something. Deceit used in order to achieve one's goal.

Deception has become a part of our culture.

2 Timothy 3:7 - always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Lying has become so common place that we almost expect it and are shocked when people are actually honest.

Lying has become ubiquitous in our culture. We expect that every time a politician opens their mouth that they are lying.

When news is dispensed, we are confident that it is no longer being reported accurately but with the slant and stats manipulated to make them say what they want us to hear so that we will believe what they think is best.

Law has become so nuanced that no one really understands what a lawyer is saying except other lawyers.
The disciples asked Jesus what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the world and the first thing He told them was deception.

Matthew 24:3-5 - Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives youFor many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.

Jesus gave many signs, but the first sign Jesus told them about contained a clear warning of a wide-scale deception that would emerge in the last part of the last days — and the need for people to prepare and guard against it. Jesus said, “…Take heed that no man deceives you.”

Take Heed – Pay attention, Live with your eyes wide open, have your Spirit in step with the Spirit of God. – Be decerning.

The word “deceive” is used to depict this period when it will look as if delusion is taking over the world.

It is the Greek word which means to lead astray or to wander off course. This word “deceive” could depict a single individual who has wandered far off course, or it could describe a whole nation or nations that have morally veered from the position once held to be true.

That describes today. – In many ways our world is delusional.

~ Someone said – “Human beings are willing to believe anything, as long as it caters to what they want.”

Satan understands this and has developed philosophies, religions and belief systems that sound so reasonable that they keep us from God because they tell us exactly what we want to hear.

2 Timothy 4:3 (AMP) - For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold,

We often think this just means religious teachers and pastors. This goes far beyond that. This includes actual educators (Children and Collegiate), entertainers and so-called experts.

~ Rick Renner – People in the last days will become supernaturally hoodwinked — that is, they will be ensnared by an unparalleled period of deception on every front. This period of deceitfulness will be so intense that people will believe what is false over what is obviously true, even denying facts and truths that are common sense and that nature itself teaches. It will mark a time when wrong belief and delusion will pervade every realm of society. This is the clear teaching of prophetic Scripture about developments that will occur at the conclusion of this age.

I believe that Christians should be the most discerning, wise and aware people in the world.

Why? Because we are people of the Word and people of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Wisdom and discernment.

If anyone can spot and know the difference between the truth and a lie it will be a Christian who walks in the Spirit and who lives by Faith.

This month we are going to unpack this in a big way.

Continue to walk and live in the Truth. You will be of those who know the difference and do not walk in description, Spiritual or otherwise.

Remember you are dearly Loved,
Pastor Marvin and Dawn

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Romans 1:22-25 - Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For some time now I have been hearing God call me to preach a strong prophetic message concerning our days.

The truth is it seems like the entire world has gone mad.  Today what was once evil is now good. What once was considered good is now considered evil, outdated, small minded and scoffed at.

People believe that male is female, and female is male and anything else that you want it to be.

Today it is clear that people have exchanged the truth of God’s Word for the lies offered by the devil.

Romans chapter one shows us what a society without God will look like.

Today we are watching the collapse of society all around us. While we stand here in awe and unbelief at what we see going on - it has all happened before. Once mighty empires that people thought would never collapse have. The Romans, the Incas, the Aztecs, the Persians, the Babylonians. All of these were once mighty places that believed the lies of the devil and they are no more. They are no longer with us.

America and many places in the world have allowed the lies of the devil to become their truth. It is causing confusion, crime, and the perversion of so many things that it is leaving the heads of even the unsaved spinning. It is obvious that the world is not in a good place.

There are some things that we need to understand about lies.

These lies are what the devil tells us about God – Like he did with Adam and Eve.

It could be lies that we believe about ourselves. Either how good we think we are, which is pride, or how bad that we think we are. We now live defeated, depressed, and dejected.

We must remember that Satan is the Father of lies and that lies are his native language.

John 8:43-45 (NLT) - Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! 44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me!

Satan thrives on deception by presenting misinformation to promote a hidden agenda. His plan has been to control people through misdirection, deception, and intimidation.

The problem with deceiving is that it …. Does in fact deceive.

The Bible warns us that in the last days people will not put up with truth and sound doctrine but will gather teachers and preachers around them that will tell them lies and what they want to hear. They will scratch any itch that they want to believe.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 - For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables.

Deception is a huge problem because people who are deceived are absolutely sure that they are correct, that they are accurate and on the side of truth.

In reality they are not correct. They are living and assuming a false reality. This is why deception is so scary and so effective.

It begins by not staying committed to truly Biblical teaching and believing.

The Bible says that people are drawn away by their own desires and they will turn from the truth and embrace fables. Another word for fable is myth… a widely held but false belief or idea. What gives power to the lie is that there are many people who believe it or…. want to believe it… so they do.

The Bible tells us that many in our day will gravitate toward doctrine that is “Culturally” Acceptable. Even if it does not align with God’s Word. This is called selective hearing.

People with selective hearing drift from the truth and gravitate towards those who tell them what they want to hear. This in turn reinforces what they want to believe which governs the way that they live.   This leads to a life of true confusion. They actually believe that good is evil and that evil is good. That light is darkness, and that darkness is light; and that male and female are interchangeable or redefinable.

It is important to understand that deception leads to confusion and confusion leads to delusion which is believing that the truth is a lie and that the lie is the truth. In these days, the Bible speaks about God allowing people to fall into a strong delusion.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-11- The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 

11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,

I hear people ask today when they see the lies that people are believing – “Don’t these people know that they are delusional?”  No, they do not because they are deceived.

The Apostle Paul delt with that in his day.

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 - But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

This is something that concerns me as a pastor in our day. People are embracing and putting up with another gospel.

The same deception that deceived Eve is deceiving people today. It has crept into the church and has been cleverly packaged to appeal to the desires of the flesh.

If we leave this problem unaddressed it will continue to weaken the church and allow Satan unfettered control of the world.

We cannot remain silent and we need to grasp the severity of this issue.

We need the discernment of God that will keep us from becoming confused and deceived.

Silence is not an option. We must declare the truth and declare it often so that it counteracts the lies and propaganda that are being told.

Silence communicates agreement and agreement grants permission. We enable deception when we refuse to confront lies.

The Bible says that in the last days because people will not retain God in their knowledge that He will give them over to a debased mind. Different versions say God gave them over to a debased mind, a reprobate mind or foolish thinking. If you're not familiar with the term reprobate, the literal definition in the Greek is failing to pass the test, unapproved, counterfeit.

People today aren’t crazy they are debased. They do not think straight, correctly or in truth. This is rampant in our society at all levels of education and financial spectrums.

The Good news is that we are not crazy either. We are walking in the light of God’s truth.

So, in light of this what are we to do?

Understand the times we are living in. Refuse to compromise ourselves and stay IN the TRUTH. We must refuse to be silent – we must preach and Declare the truth. We must call people individually and our communities and nation – corporately to repentance. If we are in sin We must turn from our wicked ways.

 – We must pray and stand in the gap for our nation.

There will be a lot more to unpack when I preach this message. Listen, God is still on the throne. We are still saved and He is coming back soon. In all the turmoil of the World one thing has remained constant. God is still the same – Yesterday, Today and Forever! -  You are dearly Loved.

Pastor Marvin and Dawn

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