“If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:” Deuteronomy 13:6-8
“Then came to Him His mother and His brethren, and could not come at Him for the press. And it was told Him by certain which said, Thy mother and Thy brethren stand without, desiring to see Thee. And He answered and said unto them, My mother and My brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.” Luke 8:19-21
“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come , except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3
“As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia. Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth. But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:10-15
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17-18
I pray that the Holy Spirit open the eyes of the true children of God to the deception happening within their midst. There is already an apostasy taking place within the church. Many are no longer preaching and teaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. So many have been pulled away from their first Love, only to be tricked into serving themselves by false teachers. God told Moses that those who would try to pull us away from serving The Lord were to be killed, even if they were family!
Well, Jesus said that we are His family, which means we are all made one another’s family through Him. Therefore, it is clear that deception can and will come from within the Body. Make no mistake, there will be believers who leave by choice, having their ears tickled by those who tell them what they have always wanted to hear as the truth, yet is not true. May we not be those people!
Always, always, always! Compare what someone preaches and teaches to the Word of God and study it out. This will prove us worthy of our calling and strengthen our faith, while weeding out the wolves who seek to destroy us.
We cannot kill them, for we no longer live under the Law, but we live by grace through faith. We need to correct them, avoid them, and then pray for them, for though they are misled and, in turn, mislead the weak, until they are actually dead, they may be saved in Truth. But we need to expose them for what they are doing and what they are falsely teaching, while guarding our own hearts with the scriptures and the gospel of peace through Christ Jesus crucified. Let us follow only the Voice of True Shephard.