How do we keep from being deceived?

How do we Keep From Being Deceived?: 

“But I fear that somehow you will be led away from your pure and simple devotion to Christ, just as Eve was deceived by the serpent. You seem to believe whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach about a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).

“Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ.” (Col. 2:8).

There are so many different religions and denominations in the world today. How do we know which one is right? How do we keep from being led astray? The Bible says, “According to some people, there are many so-called gods and many lords, both in heaven and on earth. But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we exist for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life.” (1 Corinthians 8:5-6). Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).

The Bible – which is the inspired, infallible Word of God – declares that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything. It also says that there is only one way to Heaven, and that is through His Son Jesus Christ. The reason I brought up this topic is because I have seen many people who have been deceived by false religions because they didn’t know the truth about the Bible. This is more than just a lesson in philosophy or religion. I share this with you because I don’t want to see YOU get deceived. The false teachings of Buddha, Mohammed, Mormonism, the Jehovah’s Witnesses – and every other sort of doctrine of devils – will damn your soul to hell, if you will let it. There’s only one way to Heaven – through Jesus. That’s why the Bible warns us not to let anyone lead us astray. How do we keep from being deceived? The answer to that question can be found in a story in the book of Acts.

“Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed.” (Acts 17:10-12).

The Bereans are a great example for us in how we can keep from being deceived. When they listened to God’s Word being preached, they received the Word with all readiness (it’s good to receive God’s Word with an open heart). But it also says that they searched the Scriptures daily to find out if what Paul and Silas were saying was true. As a result of this, many of them put their faith in Jesus Christ, and were saved from their sins. If more people would read their Bibles for themselves, I believe we would have less people being led astray by false teachings. God’s Word is the only source of ultimate truth – it reveals to us the only way to Heaven, and that is through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no other way. “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14). Search the Scriptures – read your Bibles – and find the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ that God the Father freely offers to all who will believe.

Pastor Chris Jordan

www.beausejourchurch.ca

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About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. Guidance Counsellor. High School Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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8 Responses to How do we keep from being deceived?

  1. Brad Stanton says:

    Great post! Feel free to come to my blog and leave a link to your blog in comments on any of my posts, it will help u raise traffic. http://www.bradstanton.com My blog is Christian too, but I put secular stuff on it as well. Today’s post is really gross (at my site, I mean)

  2. Vic says:

    Pastor Chris, thank you for reminding us of this important discipline to always check with Holy Scripture to confirm what we received is of God.

    On another note, if I may ask – Could you please blog about your view on the Evolution / Creation issue. I believe this is another major reason why people fail to believe and put their trust in Jesus.

    God bless!

  3. We avoid being deceived by constantly humbling ourself before God and asking the Holy Spirit to teach us the truth and give us spiritual discernment! May you be blessed!

  4. 1 John 4 :1-3 “Test the Spirits”
    ” Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God”
    The Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible based religion has a central creed of Jesus return or second coming ‘invisibly’ in the month of October 1914.The entire evolution of their intricacies of doctrine is based on this false belief.
    The New York city based Watchtower is oppressive cult-like with severe shunning and break-up of families for those who dissent over doctrine.
    They have a complex prohibition of ‘whole’ blood transfusion that gets men,women,children killed.
    Moreover,the Watchtower is fabulously bloated with wealth with virtually NO public charity to compensate for their tax free status.
    Be informed about this group when they knock on your door.

    Danny Haszard FMI dannyhaszard(dot)com

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