The Word tells us that in the last days that deception will increase - in the world and in the church.
In the church, folk will gather for themselves teachers that tickle their ears. They will not seek the Word of the Lord. Rather, they will seek the wisdom of man.
Such is occurring at an accelerated pass. Here is an example.
Most will likely have heard of “Dr. Oz”. Dr. Mehmet Oz was “discovered” by Oprah...that tells us something. He is a “world-class” cardiac surgeon. He host the “Dr. Oz Show”. Recently he had a guest - John Edward.
Not “John Edwards” the slimy, former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate.
John Edward - the “famed psychic medium.” He hosts the program “Crossing Over”.
He is known for his precise insight into people’s lives. He hears voices, then communicates what he hears.
Often people think that Edward’s abilities are fraudulent. They are not. They are real.
Dr. Oz states that his time with Edward “changed my life.” He goes on to say that “...what John Edward does can also open up a whole new vista of healing opportunities. Again, I don't understand it. It's completely weird to me. But it's also very, very exciting. And I want to know more.”
What does this have to do with the church being deceived?
“Pastor” Rick Warren of Saddleback Church has teamed with Dr. Oz and other worldly credentialed men to develop what they call “The Daniel Plan”...a system of weight loss/enhanced health.
A prominent leader within the Body of Christ knowingly seeks the wisdom of the world thereby denying the faith.
It gets worse.
I said that what Edward does is real.
When Edward hears voices they are voices of demons, the minions of the evil one. These demons are communicating with the demons of the individuals to whom Edwards is “helping.” The information they communicate can be highly accurate.
Now, I know some folk do not believe that such exists.
If is does not, then why did the Lord tell us not to participate in such?
31 'Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.
6 'As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.
10 "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
12 "For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you.
We are to have nothing to do with such.
I do hope that Warren is explaining to Dr. Oz that what is “real and accurate” arises from the evil one.
I do hope that Warren will reconsider his association with varied folk…(Dr. Keith Ablow, psychiatrist and member of FoxNews “Medical A Team”, is also involved with this...co-writing books, etc.)
2 Corinthians 6
13 Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
Allow me to take this a step further.
One of the reasons that the church is open to this type of deception is that a large portion of the church has rejected the Truth of the Lord.
They have rejected the gifts of the Spirit.
They reject the empowering work of the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
Much of the church has rejected the gifts of the Spirit related to word of wisdom, words of knowledge, discerning of spirits and healing. In rejecting these, we allow the evil one to present a false emulation to the world.
I believe that if we were to live as we see in 1 Corinthians 12, the world would flock to the Lord.
But, most do this...they say 1 Cor. 12 is not for today, 1 Cor. 13 is for today (“love” chapter), 1 Cor. 14 is not for today (tongues/prophecy), 1 Cor. 15 is (resurrection).
The Word can not be rightly handled in this manner.
Because of this, many within the church have no defense for what is happening. They are living without the power of the Spirit.
So, what do we do?
Know the Word.
Believe the Word.
Live according to the Word.
Allow the Spirit to move within you as He desires.
Be not deceived.
See to it that no one deceives you.