By Cedric Fisher
In Matthew 24:24, Christ warned about an end time deception that would be very effective, even against the believers, if that were possible. His and other biblical warnings are seldom mentioned the circles of heretics. It is like a corporate moratorium has been declared against confronting heresy. That has at least two effects on discernment. First, it opens the gates wide so that anything can come in. I say “anything,” but I mean it is actually anything but truth. Second, it nearly annihilates any quest for truth.
Heresy has replaced truth as most desirable by professing Christians. It has become so clever that it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference. The heretics use, and teach their deluded subjects to use, Christian terms. In fact, it is nearly impossible to discern between people with the form of godliness, and the ones with true godliness. The former deny the power of godliness, and the latter embrace it. Further, the former involve the flesh in everything religious. The latter involve the Holy Spirit.
Godliness in the Greek, is eusebia, which means, “reverence, respect, and piety toward God.” The mark of most heretics and their subjects is that they do not possess these qualities. Consider the way they carelessly handle the word of God, adding words, or leaving words out, to force it to their particular conclusion. They misinterpret clear verses, misquote God’s word, and then defend the misquote as if it were truth. The major error is, taking God’s word out of context. This shows an irreverence and disrespect for God’s word. If they do not reverence and respect His word, how can they reverence and respect God? Further, how can they love Him?
The apostle Paul also prophesied a coming great deception, delusion, and apostasy. Consider very carefully his words. This is essential to understanding what is happening today. Click here to continue reading.