Can Christians Be Deceived
People many times start criticizing Eve. Yes, Eve was deceived but remember it was Adam God told not to touch the tree and Eve wasn’t even created yet see Genesis 2:15-17 where God told Adam and then God created Eve, see verse 21-23. Adam knew what God told him and he chose to disobey. Did Adam ever inform Eve about the tree? We don’t know.
Deception is not fun. Did you ever buy a car that was a lemon? Did the seller tell you it was a lemon? People are deceived over false advertising, products and services, even over what their employer promises. The goal? To get your money or cheap labour. Then you have deception in love. Someone promises to love you and stick with you “till death do us part” and sometimes months or years later, they tell you they don’t love you any more and they just leave and you never hear from them again. (I have experience in this area). Did they set out to deceive you in love? I think not but something or someone got to their heart and mind to convince them to leave you.
Deception can affect our body, our flesh, but mainly deception affects our soul, our mind, will and emotions. Deception is trying to convince someone that a lie is truth. That’s what Satan did to Eve. God can not lie so God can not deceive. But Satan is a deceiver and not just a deceiver but THE DECEIVER. Many times God warns of areas to pay attention to so we are not deceived.
Don’t be deceived – everyone is not going to heaven – 1 Corinthians 6:9
Don’t be deceived – evil communications corrupt good manners 1 Corinthians 15:33 so listening, watching or speaking evil or ungodly things will corrupt your children, your family and even you.
Don’t be deceived – with vain words Ephesians 5:5-14
Don’t be deceived – there will be a falling away from the faith before the Antichrist comes 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4
Jacob tells Rachel and Leah, his wives, their father Laban deceived him Genesis 31:4-7 What was the deception? Laban deceived him on what daughter he was marrying and then he deceived Jacob again by changing his wages 10 times.
Joshua 2:1-24; 6:22-25. Rahab, a harlot, gave shelter to 2 spies sent by Joshua. Rahab deceived the king of Jericho and his men to save the 2 spies and God saved everyone in Rahab’s house.
Saul’s daughter deceived Saul by helping King David escape in 1 Samuel 19:17
Jesus warned the people not to be deceived when ” many ” shall say they are the Messiah in Luke 21:8.
Sin deceives people and kills them – Romans 7:11
Don’t be deceived, whatever you sow you will reap Galatians 6:7,8
Evil men and seducers will deceive 2 Timothy 3:13
And we are told in Revelation 18:23 that nations are going to be deceived and not a few but all nations are going to be deceived by sorceries. Is it a wonder we see the rise of sorcery and the occult lately? Have you looked at the names of the TV programs lately?
Even the false prophet (religious leader) deceives people who receive the mark of the beast. How does this false prophet, this religious leader deceive, by doing miracles, see Revelation 19:20.
Who is the deceiver? The devil, Satan. See Revelation 20:10, the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire.
There are many deceivers in this world and their goal is to convince you their lie is truth, but their lie is not truth but a well thought out plan to hook you and reel you into their deception.
Titus 1:10-16 KJV
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind (soul) and conscience (attribute of the soul) is defiled.
 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him , being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
John tells us to try the spirits in 1 John 4:1. Notice he did not say try their body or flesh, but it is a spirit. And John tells us in 2 John 7-10, if you ask, Do you confess that Jesus Christ coming in the flesh is of God and Jesus Christ is Lord of lords and King of kings? If the person you are speaking to does not, then 2 John verse 10,11 stay away from them.
We have to learn to take everything to God first through prayer or just talking to God. Then we need to research God’s word about what someone is trying to say or teach. Even this blog, I don’t have all the answers and there is a lot I do not understand but I know God promised the Holy Spirit would guide me into all truth and I believe God.
When we try to lead others to Christ we know they are not believers initially but, we try to show them truth from God’s word and we pray for God to help them see truth. We can not save anyone, only God saves souls. We show people the way to be saved and it is their choice if they believe or not. Even believers can be deceived. It is spiritual warfare. Until next time my friends. God bless, strengthen and encourage you.