Yesterday our focus was on deception and lawlessness in our world, and how it points to the last days as foretold by Jesus, Paul and others. We’ll continue that focus today, but will go a bit further into today’s culture.
Deception seems to be an important pilar in Satan’s game plan. He loves to deceive and he is chief among liars! (John 8:44) He deceived in the Garden (Genesis 3:13), he put deceit in the heart of others (Genesis 29:25, 1 Samuel 28:12, 2 Samuel 19:26, among others), he accused God of it (2 Kings 19:10, Jeremiah 4:10), and Scripture even warns us that we can deceive ourselves! (Galatians 6:3-7)
Though it is not a new ploy, do you agree we live in a hyper-deceptive world today? Without an anchor to truth, it is becoming increasingly difficult to discern truth from lies. Need an example? What about the “Me Too” movement. There is no doubt women are, at times, taken advantage of. So, the movement emboldened women to “speak up,” and suddenly women came out of the woodwork, alleging sexual abuse of some kind. We have since learned that, though there are legitimate accusations, there are also many false allegations. Deception. Make up a scenario, speak it (or act it out) forcefully, and suddenly you have a following. (Social media has played a huge role in that.)
I recently heard a discussion between Charlie Kirk and Candace Owen, in which they were discussing deception in society and how it escalates. They identified a developed pattern and I think it is worth considering, in light of Biblical doctrine regarding deception. Here it is:
Let’s consider the “gay movement” for example. Remember the days when the mantra revolved around “live and let live?” Tolerance was a buzz word at the time. “We just need to be more tolerant of others’ lifestyles.” A push for gay marriage was successful, primarily because those with Biblical and/or moral foundation chose the “tolerant” route at ballot boxes. “What other’s choose to do behind closed doors is none of my business.” Tolerance won the day (and those closed doors suddenly sprang open).
Not long after that, “acceptance” became the buzz word. It wasn’t enough to tolerate the sinful lifestyle, but it became important that we “love and accept people for who they are.” To be clear, we SHOULD love sinners. After all, “we are one!” But loving and accepting are two totally different things. Slowly, the Christian world began to accept sinful lifestyles being foisted upon society. (BTW, the exact same game plan was used regarding adultery, so I’m not just picking on a single sinful lifestyle. One is no more sinful than the other.) Not only did we tolerate sinfulness, but we accepted it as part of the norm in America (and around the world), and acceptance won the day.
So, a gay person is able to marry who they want and live out their lifestyle freely. In fact, anyone who makes the slightest mention of immoral lifestyle is now in jeopardy of “hate speech.” We are told we MUST accept and even approve of the lifestyle. You must “celebrate” it! Give it a cheer, support pride day, “affirm” their identity…otherwise you are homophobic or hateful. It is perfectly okay…in fact, commanded under some leadership…to fly gay flags on government buildings and turn the White House into a house of many colors. And oh, by the way, let’s designate an entire month to “celebrate” gay pride, turn our company logos into gay pride symbols and fill every American city with a throng of people demonstrating “gayness.” Celebration has won the day.
Finally, according to the game plan, we must participate! Let’s confuse kids with gender identity, cause them to wonder which of the hundreds of “genders” they are, convince them they can “transition” to a different gender than that of which they were born, and let’s teach 3rd graders about lesbian sex. Come on…let’s all join the party! “After all,” they say, “kids will commit suicide if they lack the freedom to choose!” (Sadly, a recent survey indicated that over 35% of junior high kids identify as something other than the gender in which they were born. Shocking!)
For some, we have likely hit a nerve, but you’ve made it this far, so please continue to read. God’s Word is very clear:
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”~Genesis 1:27-28
We must not tolerate, accept, or celebrate sin; and we are wise not to participate in it. God created male and female….two, and only two, genders…and He commanded them to be fruitful and multiply. Only a man and a woman can do that. It is deception that brings a person to believe anything different than that…and it is God’s grace and mercy toward us that either keeps us from deception or rescues us from it.
Understand this: We are to love those who God created (all of us!), whether or not we like them or what they do. Whether or not they engage in sin. The Bible is also clear that ALL of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) We need Jesus every bit as much when we live morally as when we live immorally, for it is He who empowers us to say no to sin! We have a sin problem that ONLY Jesus can fix, and He did that when He died in our place as a sacrifice for our sins.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.~2 Corinthians 5:21 (One of the most amazing verses in the entire Bible!)
He died for all, because it took a perfect sacrifice to forgive us of sin. The only difference between a person living in sin (as a lifestyle) and another living in freedom from sin (not sinless, but forgiven) is the saving power of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection to new life.
If you are reading this and want to be set free from the deception that leads only to sin and destruction, you need Jesus. “Your sin” may not be deviant sexual immorality. In your mind, it may be worse or better. It may be subtle. Just know that God does not grade on a curve. Sin is sin, and to die without God’s forgiveness results in eternal hell.
So, turn from sin and deception. Turn to Jesus.