Take Heed That You Do Not Be Deceived

● Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. Ref: Matthew 24:4, 5.......click.

Lord Jesus clearly warns Christians that they need to be careful to avoid becoming deceived. Many deceivers are already on the scene and for centuries there have been false teachers and false prophets saying that they are Christian and that they are servants of Lord Jesus. However, they preach and teach about a different Jesus and not about the Lord Jesus whose words are in the Holy Bible.....click.

When people receive and follow a doctrine of another Jesus, they receive a different spirit and are thus deceived by a deceiving spirit that preaches and teaches falsehood while these false teachers and false Christians say that they are part of the body of Christ. The following mixture of incomplete and false doctrine was taken from an article titled, "So, You're a New Christian. Now What? Part 1 Salvation - How to Be Absolutely Sure," by Steven J. Lawson, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

S.J. Lawson: The Bible teaches that the assurance of salvation rests securely upon four unshakable pillars: Pillar #1 God Cannot Lie!
First, assurance is based on the absolute trustworthiness of Scripture. Throughout the New Testament, we read God's promises to save all who will believe upon His Son. The Bible says, "Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved." This is a promise! All who have committed their lives to Jesus Christ may have the firm confidence of salvation based upon the infallibility of God's Word.

Jesus said, "The one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out." If you come to Jesus with genuine repentance and faith, He promises that He will save you. We can know Jesus has received us because, quite simply, He said so! When the Bible speaks, God speaks. And what God said, He will surely do. He will save all who call upon Jesus Christ. You have His word on it.

T. Loftus: It is true that the Lord Jesus speaks total truth and is the truth and does not lie; however, He did allow King Ahab to be deceived by a deceiving spirit. King Ahab rejected the truthful prophecy of Micaiah the prophet of Lord Jesus, and Ahab then waged war against another nation and was defeated and killed. Ref: 2 Chronicles 18.

Lord Jesus will also send strong delusion to truth-resistant professing Christians so that they actually believe a lying spirit or lying spirits and be led by them all the way to hell fire for eternity. This will be their reward for choosing Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS) teaching and belief or other false teaching and for following or teaching those false doctrines while not accepting the truthful message given through loyal messengers of Lord Jesus. Ref: 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12.

True Christians must persevere in their faith in Lord Jesus' words and suffer on the earth as Lord Jesus' honest servants surrounded by a world of unbelievers. If Christians do not continue following Lord Jesus, He will depart from them and not let them into heaven.......Philippians 1:29, Matthew 7:22, 23.

S.J. Lawson: Pillar #2: Jesus Paid It All
Second, assurance rests on the finished work of Jesus Christ. When Jesus died on the cross, He bore our iniquities, enduring God's wrath, and cried out, "It is finished!" By this, He meant that the full atonement for all our sins - past, present and future - has been made. His work of redemption now completed, our entire sin debt is paid in full.

Just as salvation comes from believing in Christ alone, so does assurance. As we trust in Christ's perfect sacrifice for our sins, the certainty of eternal life floods our hearts. No matter how great your sin, God's grace is greater still. The Bible says, "Come now, and let us reason together...Though your sins are scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool." Isaiah 1:18.

T. Loftus: It is true that Lord Jesus provided atonement for truly repentant people's sins so that their past and present sins that they have actually sincerely repented of would be forgiven. As for their future sins, here is what Lord Jesus says:

For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: of how much sorer punishment suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy who hath trodden under foot the Son of God and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified an unholy thing and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, 'Vengeance belongeth unto me. I will recompense,' saith the Lord. And again, 'The Lord shall judge his people.' It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.......Hebrews 10:26-31.

Lord Jesus also says this about people's sins:
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 1:8-10.

● Commentary: If Christians continue to live in deliberate and known sin and do not repent, they will be judged as worse than unbelievers that never chose to follow Lord Jesus. Such unrepentant sinners will suffer eternal living pain and torment in hell, which they will be fully conscious about because the spirits of all people live forever, and both saved and unsaved will rise from the dead before they spend their eternal future in heaven or hell. Those who practice willful sins will be utterly destroyed by Lord Jesus, who is the head of all principalities and powers......Acts 3:23.

On the other hand, Christians that find out they have sinned and repent of their sins will be forgiven if they confess their sins to Lord Jesus and are truly sorry and willing to then please Lord Jesus by obeying His New Testament teaching, hence forsaking that sin.

The grace of Lord Jesus is surely great but that does not mean that He will show mercy to unrepentant sinners. Instead, He will destroy them. However, He will show His mercy to people who do not teach, follow or promote OSAS teaching or other false teaching but who love Him and keep His commandments. Ref: Exodus 20:6 and Hebrews 5:9.

S.J. Lawson: Pillar #3 The Great Convincer
Third, assurance comes through the inward witness of the Holy Spirit. A divinely produced gift, assurance is bestowed by God's Spirit to all true believers. It is the Holy Spirit's ministry to convince our hearts of our salvation. In actuality, no preacher, evangelist, parent or friend can give us assurance. Neither can we work it up within ourselves. Only the Holy Spirit Himself can give us the absolute certainty of our eternal salvation.

The Bible says, "We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us." 1 John 3:24. "By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit." 1 John 4:13. "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God." Romans 8:16. This means, the Holy Spirit who convicted, called and converted us also convinces us that we belong to Christ. It is the Spirit's inward witness that persuades us of the genuineness of our salvation.

T. Loftus: Mr. Lawson did not write the full Scripture of 1 John 3:24. He left out the words. 'Now he who keeps His/Lord Jesus' commandments abides in Him, and He in him.' That may not bother some professing Christians who choose to make themselves too busy and who rarely read and/or do the Holy Bible. Lawson also tells says that holy spirit convicts, calls and converts, while the Bible says Father calls, the word/Jesus converts and holy spirit convicts.

A deceiving spirit or deceiving spirits including spirits of deceitful people convince false Christians that they are already saved and that they no longer need to do anything except go to church and pay their tithes and come to the religious camps or con men conferences from time to time. That is not the gospel of Lord Jesus. No born again disciples of Lord Jesus are obliged to spend more time than necessary with other Christians, and they are not asked to pay tithes, but they may give what they want to give to a true Holy Spirit led ministry. With no unbiblical denominations, cults or Christendom churches receiving any hard-earned cash of working disciples of Lord Jesus. However, true Christian disciples are required to redeem the time because the days are evil, and the Devil and his multitude of ministers are very, very busy deceiving the nations......click.

Moreover, the Holy Spirit only 'abides', remains in true disciples of Lord Jesus and not in every human on earth that calls themselves, 'Christian.' Ref: Acts 5:32, John 14:23. It is true that the Holy Spirit teaches people and assures obedient saints about their eternal salvation, but saints/true Christians must follow the leading of the Holy Spirit by obeying Lord Jesus' New Testament commandments. Saints must work out their own salvation with fear and trembling and be diligent to present themselves approved to Lord Jesus or else they can forget about spending their eternity in heaven. The un-repentant willful sinners that profess to be Christians will spend their eternal futures in hell, with all other sinners, traitors and apostates inclusive.

Though some pretend Christians may think that we, being true Christians are working our way to heaven, I will point out that our job is to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit and to do only the works that we are called by Lord Jesus to do. Most importantly, we must do the works of obedience, which is simply an essential labor of love. We are saved by grace through faith, but we are still taught to maintain good works. We prove our faith in Lord Jesus by obeying Him, which glorifies Him before the people around us. Ref: Leviticus 10:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, Titus 3:8, Titus 1:16.

S.J. Lawson: Pillar #4 New Life in Christ
Fourth, assurance comes through the evidence of a changed life. Ultimately, assurance is confirmed within us as we see God conforming us into the image of Jesus Christ. All who have been born again will see clear evidence of a new life in Christ. While we will never be perfect in this life, we will, nevertheless, experience a changed life. It is this inward transformation that provides strong confirmation of our salvation.

The book of First John details what are the vital signs of our new life in Christ. The Apostle John writes, "We know that we have to know Him, if we keep His commandments." 1 John 2:3. In other words, we may be certain that we know Christ as we see within us a desired and willing obedience to God's Word. Likewise, John writes, other vital signs will follow: Love for other people, (! John 2:9-11), love for God (1 John 2:12-14), refusing the world (1 John 2:15-17), understanding biblical truth (1 John 2:20-27), righteous behaviour (1 John 3:4-6), opposition from the world (1 John 3:13) and answered prayer (1 John 3:22-24). As we see this spiritual fruit produced in our lives, we may be confident that Christ lives within us.........(sample of article only).

T. Loftus: Again, some of what Mr. Lawson wrote was true, but it is still not Lord Jesus' full counsel/doctrine. True Christians need to be found by Lord Jesus without spot, blemish or any such thing. Christians may physically have plenty of spots, freckles, pimples or blemishes, but we need to be found with a clean heart free from un-repented known sins. Lord Jesus wants the bride, the church, which means His true followers to be perfect up to the knowledge and understanding they have of Lord Jesus' exclusive teaching.

By saying to people, 'No body is perfect you know!' Or, 'You will  not find a perfect church' it is deceiving because it does not inform people about the need of saints to be perfect in their Lord Jesus' sight up to the understanding they have of His teaching.....click.

Ananias and Sapphira experienced a 'changed life,' as did the apostle Judas Iscariot for a time, but they did not continue to follow Lord Jesus. They did not keep themselves in His love because they disobeyed His commandments. A good example is John 6:60-71.

We must test the spirits and also judge our own hearts (by scripture) so that we ensure that we live a life of truth by learning and obeying Lord Jesus' complete and exclusive teaching, which is clearly not the teaching of Baptists and Christendom, (Ecumenical One World Church)......click.

Mr. Lawson's message is void of a vital message of warning. Christians need to be warned, and they need to be chastened by Lord Jesus. We require rebuke and correcting so that we do not go astray and be led off with the error of wicked Christendom, which is the church of Satan cleverly disguised as the church of God. The doctrine of Christendom is still proven to be apostate because it is false, incomplete or both. We must test the spirits and also judge our own hearts.

I have learned from Pastor Paul Sheehan, a prophet in Australia loyal to the Lord Jesus that when Jesus says that many will come in His name and say, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many, that He means they will say, 'Jesus is the Christ.' In Matthew 24:5, it does not read that many will come and say that 'they' are the Christ, but the writing means that they will say, 'Jesus is the Christ.'.......click.

The Roman Catholics, Baptists and many others say that Jesus Christ is God, Jesus is Lord or that Jesus is the Christ. And even Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons say that Jesus is the Christ, though Jehovah Witnesses do not believe He is God Almighty and the Lord of the Mormons is Joseph Smith (deceased), and his followers are dead to the truth of Lord Jesus. The truth is that Lord Jesus is not the Lord of all these religious peoples while they are following a teaching that is contrary to His exclusive teaching. These religious people also spread their false teaching abroad and throughout nations, and it is spreading like cancer. However such false teaching is clearly worse than cancer because cancer can only kill a person's body and end their temporary life on earth, but false and incomplete teaching of demons and of Satan's so called 'Christian' church leads multitudes of people on the road to eternal hell. Once people go to hell, they can never escape. Do you care, aren't you supposed to be your brothers keeper?......Genesis 4:9.

● Take heed. You take the responsibility of testing for yourselves the things you have learned so that you do not get deceived and end up in hell forever.

Brother Thomas Loftus, unprofitable servant of Lord Jesus.
March 2009
Jesus the Christ Ministries/China