“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.” 2 Timothy 4:3 (NASB)
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.” 2 Peter 2:1 (NASB)
Deception is on the rise within the Christian church and we ignore it to our peril.
Sometimes it is difficult–even for a Christian–to recognize the deceivers. Jesus spoke of false prophets who “perform great signs and miracles to deceive the elect.”…
Satan does not want to build a church and call it “The First Church of Satan.” He is far too clever for that. He invades the Sunday School, the youth department, the Christian education program, the pulpit and the seminary classroom.
The Apostle Paul warned that many will follow false teachers, not knowing that in feeding upon what these people say they are taking the devil’s poison into their own lives. Thousands of uninstructed Christians are being deceived today. False teachers use high-sounding words that seem like the height of logic, scholarship and culture. They are intellectually clever and crafty in their sophistry. They are adept at beguiling thoughtless, untaught men and women….
The best advice against deception that I can give is to urge you to spend your time looking at the real Christ. Then, when a counterfeit appears, you’ll have less trouble spotting him. Billy Graham
“Listen to another parable: There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. He leased it to tenant farmers and went away. When the grape harvest drew near, he sent his slaves to the farmers to collect his fruit, But the farmers took his slaves, beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Again, he sent other slaves, more than the first group, and they did the same to them. Finally, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
But when the tenant farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and take his inheritance!’ So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do with those farmers?
He will completely destroy those terrible men, and lease his vineyard to other farmers who will give him his produce at the harvest.”
Matthew 21:33-41 (HCSB)