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Open Doors to Deception

Believe it or not, some Christians are deceived because they have openings to the occult in their lives.  I discussed this at greater length in one of my previous posts, What Well Are You Dipping From?  If we have not repented of and renounced past occult dealings, there can be a door ajar in our lives for deception to sneak through.  I have known prophetic people who were so eager for revelation that they were not fussy about where it came from, as long as they got it.  We must not desire knowledge at any price.  Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent with illicit knowledge, and the result of them caving in to that temptation was deception and death (Genesis 3).  Deception always results in some form of death.

Pride is a huge entrance for deception in our lives.  Obadiah 1:3 says, “The pride of your heart has deceived you.”  The devil’s rebellion against God was brought about by his pride: I will ascend … I will exalt my throne … I will sit … I will be like the Most High” (see Isaiah 14:12-15).  His pride deceived him into thinking he could actually depose God Almighty and usurp His throne.  He didn’t stand a chance! – but he was so deceived that he didn’t know it.

We must be humble, teachable, and accountable if we are to stay clean of deception (or get free from it).  We must be willing to receive correction.

Feeding on things written or spoken by those who make it their “ministry” to criticize and “expose” other Christians opens us up to deception, because the spirit of the accuser of the brethren is behind these materials.  The authors of them follow in the footsteps of the one who “accused them [God’s saints] before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10).

There is a valid place for apologists who inform us about cults.  Unfortunately, there are many who cry “cult” and “heretic” about everyone who does not interpret Scripture from the same viewpoint as theirs.  How do we identify those who are accusers and differentiate them from true ministries?

1.)  They are consistently critical, not only pointing out error, but trashing the person, rather than exposing a spirit.

2.)  They want to talk about negatives, but don’t have positives to offer.  Yelling, “It’s dark in there!” doesn’t do anything to dispel the darkness.  You have to turn on the light.  God wants us to spread light to the lost and live in Christ-likeness, not grouse about how bad other Christians are.

3.)  There is no spirit of love, grace, and mercy.

4.)  There is an attitude of mocking, scoffing, and sarcasm.

Fearing deception opens us up to it.  Fear it and you will find it.  The fear of error can so paralyze us that we are unable to walk in God’s truth.  God is able to keep us from deception if we trust Him to do so.  More on this when we get to the post on antidotes to deception.

Second-guessing words or impressions we receive from the Lord brings confusion and an inability to hear God rightly.  He has promised to speak to us and to help us recognize His voice.  Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Read John 10:1-29 for a fuller understanding of this promise.

Allowing oneself to think and say what does not line up with truth and God’s Word is a surefire way to succumb to deception.  Doing this brings destruction in many lives.  “God doesn’t love me.”  “I can’t do that!” (when God has given you a gift or task).  “I am not as good as so-and-so.”  “God doesn’t want to heal me.”  “God may do things for others, but He won’t do them for me.”  Please stop that!  If you keep saying it, you will believe it and thereby neutralize your destiny.  It is not the truth.  It is deception.

Refusal to acknowledge, confess, repent of, and renounce sin in our lives flings the door wide open to deception.  “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). 

Unforgiveness, bitterness, and lack of love for others will always lead to deception as well.  “He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now.  He who loves his brother dwells in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.  But he who hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because darkness has blinded his eyes” (1 John 2:9-11).

We need to regularly ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts for any hidden sin or unforgiveness issues, and to reveal these areas to us so that we can repent and be clean.

Next time we will talk about some antidotes to deception.

Previous: Deceived or Not Deceived? (Part 2)
Next: Antidotes to Deception (Part 4) 

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Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

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Of What Spirit Are We?

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…When the time was come that [Jesus] should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before him. The messengers went, and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.  But the Samaritans did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did?”  But Jesus turned, and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.  For the Son of man has not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”   — Luke 9:51-56

For some time, I’ve been troubled at the number of websites and blogs devoted solely to criticizing various brothers and sisters in the Christian apostolic/prophetic community.  Google the name of any well-known prophet, apostle, or revivalist, and you’ll find that the top ten sites are primarily run by people who feel their God-given mission in life is to expose the “heresy” of others.  Some are so obsessed with harassing and discrediting a particular person that it almost smacks of stalking.  Talk about having a “ministry” specialty! 

As I’ve said before, apostolic/prophetic Christianity is my particular circle.  I see the problems too, and there are times I get pretty perturbed.  Yes, some are teaching things that are not biblically supportable.  Yes, some are hiding sin.  A lot of housecleaning is needed, and I believe God is in the process of doing that.  He wants a pure and spotless Bride. 

But there is something more disturbing to me than doctrinal aberrations and high-profile sin.  It is the hardness of heart that causes Christians to think they can mock and curse other believers and not have a twinge of conscience in doing so.  It doesn’t matter if we agree with someone’s doctrine and mode of ministry or not.  The Lord Jesus has not given us permission to tear members of the Body of Christ apart.  Pointing the finger and screaming, “Heretic!” or licking our chops over the latest one to fall aligns us with an entirely different spirit than the Holy Spirit.  Revelation 12:10 describes Satan as “the accuser of our brethren … which accused them before our God day and night.” 

I’m not saying we should whitewash sin and doctrinal error.  They are a shame and a blot on the Body of Christ.  I am asking what spirit we are of — the spirit of hatred, anger, and criticalness? Or the spirit of mercy, humility, and godly sorrow when a brother sins?  Jesus was grieved with the Pharisees of His day for their lack of mercy and their prideful delusion that they were several notches above other people.  The Pharisaical spirit is alive and well in the Church today.  It is a spirit totally aligned with hell, not the righteous purity of the Holy Spirit. 

There is a better way to address the problems in Christianity today.  For those of us who teach, we can continue to patiently lay down biblical foundations and warn against pitfalls, so that those who truly want to do right can learn to move in life-giving, Spirit-filled patterns.  We don’t need to point fingers and name names in the process of bringing God’s people into maturity.  Let’s teach the principles, so that people can learn to discern between the good and the bad, while keeping our fingers to ourselves. 

And all of us can learn to mind our own business — spending our time in sober prayer and fasting, rather than wasting precious hours at Internet forums, blogs, and chat rooms, talking, talking, always talking, about the latest ministry flap or failure. 

Let’s encourage and build up one another, lifting each other out of the muck if any of us should fall.  The devil doesn’t need our help in beating up on the Body– but he’s more than happy to let us join hands with him if we want to.

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All-Surpassing Peace in a Shaking World, by Lee Ann Rubsam