Don’t Be Deceived

As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.” (Matthew 24:3–4, NASB95)

In a recent Washington Times article dated October 16, 2020, entitled “WOKE, Church leaders described as selling their souls to the Democratic Party,” the author expresses a transition of many evangelical pastors and leaders as rejecting biblical principles by adopting a “WOKE” agenda such as Critical Race Theory, unbiblical views on marriage, rejecting the inerrancy of the Bible, and denying the sanctity of human life. According to the research, 52 percent of evangelicals now say they do not believe in objective moral truth, and 75% say people are basically good and not sinful. Under the new world order, the author declares that the church is being “de-formed” rather than reformed, and 2000 years of discipleship is being dumbed down to a social gospel-driven by culture.[1]

Jesus warned His followers that the first of the preliminary events that will take place prior to the end was deception. Jesus said, “See to it that no one misleads you.” Deception is Satan’s primary tool used in destroying faith. In the Garden of Eden, Satan questioned the inerrancy of God’s Word, “Indeed, has God said…” and from that seed of doubting God’s Word, sin was born.

Jesus would spend the rest of Matthew 24 describing the preliminary events that would preempt the end of days. Deceivers will come and mislead many (vs5), wars and rumors of wars (vs6), nation against nation, famine, and earthquakes in various places (vs7). Believers will be persecuted, hated, and killed for His name’s sake (vs9). A great apostasy will take place, and the love of many will grow cold (vs10-12). All this we see happening at an accelerated rate in the world today, and yet the exhortation to the believer is “See to it that no one misleads you.”

Christ-followers must guard their hearts and minds, holding on to the promise “the one who endures to the end, he will be saved (vs13).” It is imperative that we hold on to the truth found in the Word of God and refuse the lies of the Devil. Keep preaching the true Gospel, the whole Gospel, until the end.


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