Enticed By Lies

Friends,
Has anyone noticed this verse lately? “Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you…” (Deut. 11:16,17) This speaks of turning away from worshiping the true God, the LORD Most High.

Compare that verse with Jesus’ warning in Matt. 24:10 where He says, “At that time many will turn away from the faith…” What time? Well, Jesus was answering the question concerning signs surrounding His “coming and of the end of the age.” (v. 3)

And WHO will turn away? Jesus says in the proceeding verse, “you” who will be “persecuted and put to death” and “hated by all nations because of Me.” This, then, clearly means Christ-followers. Throughout the entire chapter, Jesus warns BELIEVERS to “watch out”, “let no one deceive you”, “keep watch”, “be ready”, be “faithful and wise servants”… In verse 44 He says, “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man [He, Jesus] will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”

Now compare all of the above verses with 1 Cor. 6:9-11. “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor IDOLATERS nor… will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you WERE.” That tense is past-tense. So if those descriptions presently fit anyone, even a “believer”, they will be vomited out of God’s mouth. (Rev. 3:16) Unless they repent. (Luke 13:3) Now add Rev. 21:8. “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the IDOLATERS and all liars — their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.”

Jesus warns in Rev. 3:1,2, “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is ABOUT TO DIE, for I have not found your deeds complete…” Again, He is speaking to believers, but they are no better off than the lukewarm, for only “he who OVERCOMES will… I [Jesus] never erase his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before My Father and His angels.” (v. 5) If this does not happen, dear friend, those believers (and gospel ministers) will be told to depart. (Matt. 7:23) That is why Jesus says in Matt. 24:13, “But he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

So, can someone turn away from following Christ? Anyone who denies we can, has not been studying the Bible. Heb. 3:12 admonishes us, “See to it, brothers [that’s Christians], that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.” Why might someone turn away? Verse 13 tells us that it is sin’s deceitfulness that hardens. Or as Jesus says in Luke 8:13, “They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.”

And what do people fall away TO? When someone turns back from following Jesus, they are turning from the worship of the true God to the worship of false gods. “False gods” in Scripture can often be translated “lies”, such as in Amos 2:4. “I will not turn back my wrath… because they have been led astray by false gods / lies…” Compare this verse with the first verse I quoted above.

Dear friends, God’s wrath IS coming. And it is coming first upon the spiritually adulterous church. (1 Peter 4:17) And for those who refuse to repent, but continue to sin as if grace gives them a license to do so, “no sacrifice for sins is left but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” (Heb. 10:26,27) For judgment “will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels. He will punish those who do not KNOW God and do not OBEY the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord…” (2 Thes. 1:7-9)

Therefore, when sinning, lukewarm believers try to entice you to follow or marvel at or read lies, or participate in or worship or give glory to idols (such as pleasure), and you engage with them in their practices, you bring yourself directly under their same fate. Do not be deceived into thinking that you can marvel at (worship) and give your time, energy, money, and attention to other gods, keep worshiping the true God, and be okay. No, for “anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)

Look at 2 Kings 17:33 where it says, “They worshiped the Lord, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought.” Kind of like Christians, who in mass, are falling for this unity / tolerance / ecumenicalism… joining the “conversation” with those who do not esteem the Bible as being inerrant, and joining the spiritual practices of Eastern Religions –which are full of the occult, though sometimes disguised in Christian jargon.

Will these compromised Christians escape God’s wrath? Look at the next two verses of 2 Kings 17. “…They neither worship the LORD nor adhere to [His commands such as]… ‘Do not worship any other gods or bow down to them, serve them or sacrifice to them.'” (v. 34,35)

How many Christians do you know who sacrifice their time, energy, money, and attention to anything and everything ABOVE God? I know many.

Sadly, they break the First Commandment… To their own peril.

Sincerely,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on October 5, 2009.

 
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