Do Not Be Deceived

Stay in the Word of God daily and ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding of His Word and discernment of false or bad teachings. The world is heading into the time of great tribulation that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24. There are many false teachings in the world. The only way to know the truth is through faith in Jesus Christ and the knowledge of God’s Word. When we put our faith in Jesus we are born again (John 3, 1 Peter 1). If we are not born again, we do not know God and will not go to Heaven. Is your heart right with the Living God through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus?

Because we are in the last days, there are many false christs and false prophets. The Mormon “jesus” is not the Jesus of the Bible. They do not believe Jesus is God, but a spirit brother of Satan. The Mormon “god” is not the eternal Creator of the universe, but just the god of this planet who at one time was just a man. Mormons get these ideas from false teachings by false prophets who started or were part of their false religion throughout their history. They say they believe in the Bible, but their writings contradict the Bible in the most important areas. Jehovah’s Witnesses are also outside of biblical teachings about Jesus, God and salvation. New age teachings, the Catholic Church and even many churches claiming to be biblical and Christian teach falsehoods that are leading many astray or even to hell.

So, how can we know the truth? First, we must fully give our hearts and lives to Jesus, placing our faith in Him for eternal life.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

We must do as the Bible says: “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe the good news.”

Do you know what the Bible says? Can you discern true Christianity from false? Be sure you have repented of sin and have placed your faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Jesus is God, who became a man to take our sin upon Himself on the cross so that all who come to Him for forgiveness of sin and entrust their lives to Him will receive eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

If you have made Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life, then draw near to Him daily in prayer and in the Bible, which is the very Word of God. The Bible lays out the truth for us so that we will not be deceived and lead away by false prophets, false christs and false teachings. If you know the Bible well and are born again by the Spirit of God through faith in Jesus, you will not be lead astray. If you have not spent much time in the Bible or are a new Christian, you are in danger of being deceived, even if you think you are a Christian. Jesus said, “Be very careful that no one deceives you.” (Matthew 24:4)

If you have not spent much time in the Bible or are a new Christian, some great books of the Bible to read carefully and pray over are:

The Gospel of John, Romans, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Peter, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Ephesians, The Psalms, Luke & Acts, and 1 & 2 Corinthians. These are great books of the Bible to start with to gain a solid foundation for what God says and how to live the true Christian life daily. We are all sinners and will all fail, but we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus alone, who He truly is and what He did for us on the cross (Ephesians 2 & Romans 8).

The Lord Jesus Himself bless you and keep you as you continue walking with Jesus daily, in prayer, in fellowship and in His Word.

Note: Blue Letter Bible is a solid, free resource with several versions of the Bible and Bible helps.