Eve not excused for being deceived

After Adam and Eve sinned, the Lord came looking for them in the garden. In his conversation with the two, he asked Eve what she had done. She tried blaming the serpent.

“Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate'” Gen 3.13 NIV.

It is notable here that Eve was not excused for being deceived. She had been given a clear commandment. Her conversation with the serpent showed that she understood the commandment. No one twisted her arm. She let herself be deceived.

She allowed the conversation with the serpent to lead her away from the word of God. Continue reading

#deception, #eve, #personal-responsibility

18 ways Christians deceive others

deceptionJerry Joseph, with the St. Peters MO congregation, wrote about deception in today’s issue of “St. Peters Proclaimer” and shared a list of deceptive ways that merit study. This list applies to everyone, not just Christians, but he mentions some deceptive ways that saints might use as well, hence the title.

1. Slander (Psalms 101:5; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).

2. Stating a falsehood (Proverbs 19:5, 9).

3. Stating the truth in such a manner that a false impression is left. We can state words that are true, yet at the same time be lying, if such words are stated to deceive, to leave a false impression. Continue reading

#deception, #lying

“Universal” Blindness to the Blasphemy

The Catholic Church prides itself on being the “universal” church, but the only universal thing they own is error. I do not feel bad for the deceivers, but I do feel bad for the Catholics who have been deceived into thinking that Rome has their best interest in mind. Rome has Rome’s best interest in mind and nothing more. Rome is not interested in listening to Heaven’s word because Rome thinks their word is on equal authority with Heaven’s. They are blind to their own blasphemy and to the blasphemy which they cause others to commit.

In fewer areas is the blasphemy of Rome more apparent than in its doctrine of exalting Mary above that which a person should be exalted (1 Corinthians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 12:6). Not only does Rome itself fall before Mary in false and idol worship, but it urges, no, it wickedly compels those who have been deceived into doing to the same. Many people who refer to themselves as Catholics are ignorant of the dangers that the Catholic Church promotes when it comes to Mary. Through deceiving leadership, many individuals, my mother’s side of my own family included, have been led toward the pits of Hell through a make-believe Mary who cannot be substantiated by the word of God. Make no mistake, Mary the servant of God whom we see in the scriptures as Jesus’ mother is not the same Mary the “Queen” of Heaven found in the catechisms of Rome.

From time to time there are some who think that Rome doesn’t really teach the things concerning Mary that it is accused of teaching. If the truth were told, people have no idea just how entrenched the Catholic Church is in idol worship and blasphemy. You don’t have to take my word for it though, take the word of Rome itself:

It has always been the habit of Catholics in danger and in troublous times to fly for refuge to Mary, and to seek for peace in her aternal goodness; showing that the Catholic Church has always, and with justice, put all her hope and trust in the Mother of God.” (Pope Leo VIII – Supremi Apostolatus)

O Virgin most holy, none abounds in the knowledge of God except through thee; none, O Mother of God, attains salvation except through thee; none receives a gift from the throne of mercy except through thee.” (Pope Leo XIII – ADIUTRICEM)

As she suffered and almost died together with her suffering and dying Son, so she surrendered her mother’s rights over her Son for the salvation of the human race. And to satisfy the justice of God she sacrificed her Son, as well as she could, so that it may justly be said that she together with Christ has redeemed the human race.” (Pope Benedict XV  – INTER SODALICIA)

From our earliest years nothing has ever been closer to Our heart than devotion-filial, profound, and wholehearted-to the most blessed Virgin Mary. Always have We endeavored to do everything that would redound to the greater glory of the Blessed Virgin, promote her honor, and encourage devotion to her.” … “For, God has committed to Mary the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation.” (Pope Pius – IX UBI PREMUM)

It is impossible to measure the power and scope of her offices since the day she was taken up to that height of heavenly glory in the company of her Son, to which the dignity and luster of her merits entitle her. From her heavenly abode she began, by God’s decree, to watch over the Church, to assist and befriend us as our Mother; so that she who was so intimately associated with the mystery of human salvation is just as closely associated with the distribution of the graces which for all time will flow from the Redemption.” (St. Germ. Constantinop – Orat. 11, in Dortnitione B.M.V.)

How much clearer can it be? Catholics can deny that Rome teaches people to worship Mary, but they can only make that claim if they have never heard or do not understand what Rome is teaching to begin with.

If you ask a devout/practicing Catholic to explain or defend the above views with the Bible they cannot, for the Bible condemns such teachings and behavior (Acts 10:25-26; Revelation 22:8-9; 1 John 5:21). God alone is the church’s Savior. God alone redeemed the souls of the lost. God alone deserves glory and praise from the church. God alone is the church’s refuge. God alone satisfied His justice. God Himself gives gifts of mercy from Heaven. Mary never asked to be exalted, and the Bible never tells anyone to do such a thing. She was as dependent upon God for her salvation as any other person ever was. She was and is no more holy than any of God’s people who have been cleansed by the blood (1 Peter 2:9).

Sadly, because of Rome’s darkness many eyes have been closed to the light of Jesus’ glorious gospel that leads to life and immortality (2 Timothy 1:10) never to be opened again; but if you are a member of the Catholic Church please don’t stand idle, leave the path of idol worship while you have the time and opportunity. Trade in catholicism for Christianity. Come to God through His Son alone. No other word, no other path and no other person is needed (John 14:6). Leave the church that began in Rome for the church that began in Jerusalem (Acts 2:47). While all roads may lead to Rome, the roads of Rome do not lead to Heaven. You can escape the “universal” blindness of blasphemy by receiving the sight of God’s grace found in His word (Acts 20:32; 1 Peter 1:22-23).

Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” (Eph. 5:14)

And Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.'” (Luke 1:46-47)

Who will not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name, because you alone are holy?…” (Revelation 15:4)

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Deny, Deny, Deny?

Denying our problems only denies the solution.

Running from our problems will leave us with one of two results:

1) Our problems eventually catch us after we’re miserably worn down

2) We run so far we’re never the same

Deceiving others is possible, while it will only last so long – but deceiving ourselves can be a harder situation to overcome. Humility is the medicine for the soul. Pride is allergic to humility. Humility, in its humble way, takes up all the available room that pride and its friends self-centeredness, lust, greed, envy, anger and the past tries to lay claim too.

Overcoming our shortcomings can be a long journey at times. Standing strong in the Lord and in the power of his strength helps to not only overcome the world, but also our self when we get in the way. When we’re covered in the spiritual armor and carrying a shield in one hand and a sword in the other, it becomes impossible to hold on to the weights and sin that so easily ensnare us from time to time (Ephesians 6:13-18, Hebrews 12:1-3).

The policy of the world is deny, deny, deny; while the policy of the Christian must be confess, confess, confess.

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

(1 John 1:5-10 – NKJV)

#confession, #deception, #gospel-armor, #humility, #pride, #sin

Jesus Knows His Sheep

I was the victim of a spam attack that emanated from my email. Many of you may have fallen victim to this nefarious scheme to lure unsuspecting people into the spammer’s web of deceit. Likewise, identity theft is a scourge in our land.

The comforting thing is that our Savior knows His own sheep.  The Savior said, “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own” (John 10:14).  Gladly, no one can deceive Jesus (Colossians 2:3). When He returns to take His own to heaven, no one will be left behind or travel as someone else (John 14:1-6).

Everyone will be judged by their one works (Revelation 20:13; Ezekiel 18:19-20). No one will be able to  slip through in  disguise because God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7).

We can relax and realize that no matter what man does to us, God will always be there (Hebrews 13:5). In our age, we can include thieves, criminals and spammers in the promise of God:

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).

What can man do to us? We have the Almighty God on our side! Praise be to God!

#deception, #identity, #sheep, #shepherd, #spam

Deception in marrige, suffering and prayer etc.

From my blog post today:

Not a few young brides and husbands say of their disappointment in marriage that their mate “deceived” them. That’s possible, I suppose. More likely, however, there was a rush to the altar with no time to really know the other, or romantic blinders kept them from seeing the obvious, or they told themselves that they could change their mate after the vows. “All young women begin by believing they can change and reform the men they marry. They can’t,” said George Bernard Shaw.

Eight items, in all, right HERE.

#deception, #expectations, #marriage

Deception

Stan Mitchell wonders if we would deceive others to make more money or gain an advantage. Read more.

#deception, #forthright, #honesty, #truth