The apostle Paul warns every Christian.
Eph 4:11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, Eph 4:12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, Eph 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, Eph 4:14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
At the end of Ephesians 4.14, Paul tells you why he is warning you—so you would not be deceived “by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” Deception is a part of the “world system.” Make no mistake; this deception is powerful. You will need help, and God is waiting.
Christians underestimate Satan’s ability to deceive them. We live in a world of great discovery, and we are deceived into thinking we are smarter than we are. This is a deception in and of itself.
Let me show you how the Bible depicts truth and error. There is light and darkness. Nowhere in the Bible is there any teaching of shadows. Too often Christians and, therefore, Christian children believe they can operate in shadows. The choice is clear. The spirit of error is a friend of the world and an enemy of God.
There is the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
1 Jn 4:6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
The spirit of error is “every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” that “delude you with plausible arguments.”
Published on Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 10:28 AM CDT