The Bible warns over and over about false teachers and false prophets and those who will claim to be Christ. They will deceive many with powers and signs and wonders.
Mark 13:22 “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew SIGNS AND WONDERS, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.”
It warns that the Antichrist that will come in the end times will deceive with signs and wonders.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan WITH ALL POWER AND SIGNS AND LYING WONDERS,”
It may seem hard to imagine that people will be so deceived. No one wants to be deceived, or to think of themselves as easily fooled. But just look for a moment at some of the signs and lies already being accepted by many that claim to be bible-believing Christians (inspite of clear teaching within the bible.)
DECEPTION: Slain in the Spirit-a Christian falls down and shakes or thrashes around uncontrollably, or even “drunken in the spirit” and these SIGNS are attributed to the Holy Spirit.
TRUTH: The bible nowhere records any believers behaving this way and actually attributes this sort of behavior to Demon-possession. A believer is told to be sober, and of good behavior, and things within the church are to be done decently and in order, not disorder and losing all self control. (Matthew 17:14-18, Mark 5:2-5 )
DECEPTION: Word/faith heresy- This is the claim that believers have the POWER to speak things into existence, either good or bad, as though they are little gods, thus glorifying man.
TRUTH: God ALONE has the power to speak things into existence. We are to look to him ALONE for all our needs, and to him ALONE is the glory. (John 1:1-3, Psalms 136:4, Isaiah 2:17)
DECEPTION: Female Pastors- the teaching that God ordains women to teach and have authority over men within the Church.
TRUTH: God commands women to be silent within the church, NOT to teach nor to usurp authority over a man, and even to learn from her own husband at home. (1 Timothy 2:11, 1 Timothy 2:12, 1 Corinthians 14:34-35)
DECEPTION: Physical healing of disease promised to all believers in the atonement.
TRUTH: Through the atonement, the condemnation of sin is removed, and the Holy Spirit brings new life to the believer, but within the flesh, sin still remains, along with its effects: the corruption and vulnerability to sickness, disease and eventually physical death. True physical healing is not promised until this corruptible puts on incorruptions at the resurrection. Only then will we be free from sickness and disease.( 1 Corinthians 15:53 , 1 Corinthians 15:50)
DECPETION: Believers are to SEEK after an experience from God. Believers exalt the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, elevating him above the word and above the Lord Jesus Christ.
TRUTH: The Holy Spirit will never exalt himself or speak of himself but will glorify Jesus through the word of God.( John 16:13, Psalms 138:2 “…thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”)
The bible makes it painfully clear why people are deceived. It tells us that it is because “ RECEIVED NOT A LOVE OF THE TRUTH.” They didn’t love the truth of the word as much as they loved the signs and wonders of their “RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE.”
2 Thessalonians 2:10 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
1 John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”
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is a Fundamental, Bible Believing Christian with a passion for His word and a desire to earnestly contend for the faith.