Deception

It is not without reason that the Bible talks extensively about deception. Consider:

  • Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1 v22
  • If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1 v8
  • Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 1 Corinthians 3 v18
  • Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6 v7
  • Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Ephesians 5 v6
  • I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. Colossians 2 v4
  • Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 2 Thessalonians 2 v3
  • Deception is both a powerful and subtle spirit. Often when we consider deception our minds drift to other people, perhaps egregious examples such as the flat-earth society etc. Subconsciously we flatter ourselves that we could never be deceived, we are too sensible and have our head screwed on right. Other people, well – who knows, but us? Unlikely, we opine.

    Of course, as we do this we ignore the many words written in the Bible warning us of just this attitude – pride in our own abilities and level-headedness. Notice that so many of the passages warn against deceiving ourselves. I know from experience that there is nothing that causes quite such blindness as self-deception. We think we’ve ‘got it’, when nothing is further from the truth.

    How then do we guard against this? There is no simple answer, for it is no simple question. One thing to be careful of is the ‘go it alone’ syndrome – I need no fellowship, I can be a Christian, just me and God. Such a position and attitude is dangerous, ignoring as it does the scriptural injunction to be the body of Christ – together – having the mutual accountability and submission in love one to another.

    Related to this is the attitude of pride, puffed up and independent. It is easy to fool a man who is wise in his own eyes, less easy to fool the one who follows the counsel of Micah 6 v8:

    He has showed you, O man, what is good.
    And what does the LORD require of you?
    To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

    Walking humbly with your God is an antidote to much pride and deception. Realise that you cannot go it alone, nor can you, by your own efforts, remain free from deception. There is a way that seems good to a man….but we know how that ends. Better to submit in humility to Christ and to fellow Christians than to follow the devil in all his pride and arrogance.

    Be aware that God is everything, absolutely everything – and nothing is outside him. Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. We can do nothing on our own. Like sheep we have all strayed. Everything is in Him, and of our own we are powerless.

    I believe this is something of critical importance at this time. In our recent prophetic group meeting we were led to pray against just that spirit – for there comes times when so many will be deceived – in their prideful, willful stubborn disobedience they will be led astray. Do not imagine that the church will be exempt.

    The times are sagging, rotted, corroded, the bar of restraint ready to fall away. If you do not get right with your God NOW – there will be no time later, when the tide will sweep many to their destruction. Put yourself aside, and submit to the One who holds all things in His balance.

    Do not be deceived. But do not be afraid, either. You cannot stand without Him. But with Him, you cannot fall.

    I’d like to close with a word given some time ago.

    The 1965 PROPHECY
    -Stanley Frodisham.

    Great Judgements

    “With great judgements will I plead with the population of this country. Great darkness is coming upon the countries that have heard My gospel but no longer walk in it. My wrath shall come upon them. The darkness shall be so great and the anguish so sore that men shall cry out for death and shall not find it. There shall be a lingering death, famine and great catastrophes.

    My wrath shall be manifested against all ungodliness. It shall come with great intensity. You have known my love but have not experienced My wrath or My severity. My judgements are literal and not a thing to be passed over lightly. Realise the severity of My judgements and My intense anger against the sin in My Household. My judgements shall begin in My House, for I will cleanse My House that it be not a partaker of My wrath against the iniquities of the cities. Before I visit the nations in judgement I will begin at My House. When I do cause My wrath to come upon the cities of the world My people shall be separate. I desire a people without spot or wrinkle and such will be preserved by Me in the time of My wrath, which will be coming upon all iniquity and unrighteousness.

    I am going to prepare you for the coming days by a hard path that will cause many to cry out continually unto Me. For when the going is easy men do not seek Me, but rejoice in a temporary blessing. And when that blessing is removed they so often turn this way and that way but do not come to Me. I am showing you these things in order that you may seek Me continually and with great diligence. As you seek Me I will open up truths to you that you have not seen before, and these very truths will be such that will enable you to stand in these last days. As you are persecuted, reviled and rejected by your brethren then you will turn unto Me with all your heart and seek Me for that spiritual life that you need. So that when the tribulation comes you will have that which will enable you to stand. For many will be tossed to and fro, men’s hearts shall fail them because of trouble on every hand. These days shall be very terrible the likes of which have never been seen before..

    Coming Glory – and – Deceiving Spirits

    When I visit My people in mighty revival power, it is to prepare them for the darkness ahead. With the Glory shall come great darkness, for the Glory is to prepare My people for the darkness. I will enable My people to go through the darkness because of the visitation of My Spirit. Take heed to yourselves lest you be puffed up and think that you have arrived. Many shall be puffed up as in the olden days, for then, many received My message but they did not continue in it. Did I anoint Jehu? Yet the things that I desired were not accomplished in his life. Listen to the messengers, but do not hold men’s persons in admiration or adulation. For many whom I shall anoint mightily with signs and miracles shall become lifted up and shall fall by the wayside. I do not this willingly for I have made provision that they might stand. I call many into this ministry and equip them, but remember that many shall fall. They shall be like bright lights and the people shall delight in them. But they shall be taken over by deceiving spirits and shall lead many of My people astray. Hearken diligently concerning these things, for in the last days shall come seducing spirits. They shall turn many of My anointed ones away, many shall fall through diverse lusts and because of ‘sin abounding’.

    But if you will seek Me diligently I will put My Spirit within you so that when one shall turn to the right hand or to the left hand you shall not turn with them, but instead you will keep your eyes fixed wholly on your Lord. The coming days are going to be most dangerous, difficult and dark for there shall be a mighty outpouring of My Spirit in judgement upon many cities and many shall be destroyed. My people must be diligently warned concerning the days ahead. Many shall turn after seducing spirits and already many are seducing My people. It is those who ‘Do Righteousness’ that are righteous. Many cover their sins by great theological words. But I warn you of seducing spirits who instruct my people in an evil way. Many of these I will anoint that they in turn may purify and sift My people, for I will have a holy people. When I come I shall not find faith upon the earth but in a few, for when the time of testing comes many will depart from their Lord.

    Many shall come with seducing spirits and hold out lustful enticements. You will find that after I have visited My people again the way will become more and more narrow, and fewer shall walk therein. Be not deceived, the ways of righteousness are My ways. For though Satan come as an angel of light hearken not to him; for those who perform miracles and speak not righteousness are not of Me. I warn you with great intensity that I am going to judge My House and have a church without spot or wrinkle when I come. I desire to open your eyes and give you spiritual understanding, that you may not be deceived but may walk with uprightness of heart before Me, loving righteousness and hating every evil way. Look unto Me and I will make you to perceive with the eyes of the Spirit the things that lurk in darkness, that are not visible to the human eye. Let Me lead you in this way, that you may perceive the powers of darkness and battle against them. It is not a battle against flesh and blood, for if you battle in that way you accomplish nothing. But if you let Me take over and battle against the powers of darkness then they are defeated, and then liberation is brought to My people.

    The Ways of Deceivers

    I warn you to search the Scriptures diligently concerning these last days. For the things that are written shall indeed be made manifest. There shall come deceivers among My people in increasing numbers, who shall speak forth the truth and shall gain the favour of the people. For the people shall examine the Scriptures and say, ‘What these men say is true’. Then when they have gained the hearts of the people, then and then only shall they bring out their wrong doctrines. Therefore I say that you should not give your hearts to men, nor hold people’s persons in admiration or adulation. For by these very persons Satan shall gain entry into My people. Watch for seducers! Do you think a seducer will brandish a heresy and flaunt it before the people? He will speak words of righteousness and truth and will appear as a minister of light, declaring the Word. The people’s hearts shall be won. Then when the hearts are won, they will bring out their doctrines and the people shall be deceived. The people shall say ‘Did he not speak thus and thus’? ‘And did we not examine it from the Word’? ‘Therefore he is a minister of righteousness. This that he has now spoken we do not see in the Word but it must be right, for the other things he spoke were true’.

    Be not deceived. For the deceiver will first work to gain the hearts of many, and then shall bring forth his insidious doctrines. You can not discern those who are of Me and those who are not of Me when they start to preach. But seek Me constantly, and when these doctrines are brought out you shall have a witness in your heart that these are not of Me. Fear not, for I have warned you. It is possible that the very elect may be deceived. But it is not possible if you walk in holiness and uprightness before the Lord, for then your eyes shall be open and the Lord will protect you. If you will constantly look unto the Lord you will know when the doctrine changes, and will not be brought into it. If your heart is right I will keep you, if you will look constantly to Me, I will uphold you.

    The minister of righteousness shall be on this wise — his life shall agree with the word, and his lips shall give forth that which is wholly true, there will be no mixture. When the mixture appears then you will know he is not a minister of righteousness. The deceivers speak first the truth and then error, to cover their own sins which they love. Therefore I exhort and command you to study the Scriptures relative to seducing spirits, for this is one of the great dangers of these last days.

    I desire you to be firmly established in My word and not in the personalities of men, that you will not be moved as so many shall be moved. I would keep you in the paths of righteousness. Take heed to yourselves and follow not the seducing spirits that are already manifesting themselves. Diligently inquire of Me when you hear something that you have not seen in the word, and do not hold people’s persons in admiration, for it is by this very method that Satan will hold many of My people.

    The Way of Triumph

    I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly, that you may triumph where I triumphed. On the cross I triumphed over all the powers of Satan and I have called you to walk in the same path. It is when your life is on the cross that you shall know the victory that I have experienced. As you are on the cross, seated in Me, then you shall know the power of the resurrection. When I come in My Glory the principalities and powers in the heavenly places shall be utterly broken. Fear not, for I have given you the power whereby you may tread down the powers of darkness, and come forth victorious through every trial. As you are on the cross then you are victorious. It was on the cross that I triumphed over all the powers of the enemy. My life shall flow through as you enter into these precious truths. Look unto Me and appropriate My life. As your eyes and desires are toward Me and you know what it is to be crucified with Me, then you shall live and your anointing shall increase. It was not in My life as I walked upon the earth but rather it was in My life as I hung upon the cross that I openly spoiled principalities and powers.

    I am showing you truth that shall cause you to overcome, to have power over the wicked one, this is the truth that will liberate you and those around you. You shall know also the fellowship of My sufferings. There is no other way whereby you may partake of this heavenly glory and to reign with Me. My word says that If we suffer with Him we shall reign with Him. I desire to make these truths real within you. As you keep them before you, you will in turn liberate many who are in bondage. You will have revelation of those who are in darkness and will have the keys to liberate the captives. Many seek to liberate but do not have the keys. Upon the cross continually you will know the power of My resurrection.

    If you will indeed judge yourself you shall not be judged. As you seek My face and desire to be cleansed by Me in all truth and sincerity of heart, I will judge you in the secret place, and the things that are in the secret place of your heart shall not be made manifest to others. I will do it in the secret place and no man will know it. The shame that will be seen on many faces shal l not be seen on your face. Therefore in mercy and love I am instructing you in order that you may partake of My Glory. As you are willing to walk with Me and rejoice in your sufferings, you shall in turn partake of My Glory. Look unto Me for you have need of power to overcome the wicked one and the bondages in other’s lives.

    I said that if a man will judge himself he shall not be judged. It is not My good pleasure that the shame of My people be seen by all. How can I judge the world if I judge not first My own house? Hearken unto these things that I am telling you, for if you will not hearken unto Me thy shame shall be evident to all.

    God’s Part and Our Part

    I would have you consider My life on earth — the anointing upon Me was great and yet the temptations were great on every side; they came in one form and then in another, offering Me first the glory of the kingdoms of the earth and then in the form of reviling and persecution. There will be great glory given to My people but also the temptations will be intensified on every side. Think not that with the glory there shall be no temptations or persecutions. The glory to My church shall be great and so also the temptations from the enemy to turn My people from My paths. I warn you again that when the glory shall be manifested the temptations shall be great until very few that started shall finish the course. First of all they shall be offered great worldly possessions and then will come great revilings and unbelief.

    Consider your Lord, that as He walked so it shall be for you. There shall be need of great intensity of purpose. At times it will seem that everyone is rising up against you, trying to turn you from the course that I have set for you. It is written of Me that I set my face as flint to go in the direction that My Father had prescribed for Me. If you will finish the course the Lord has laid down for you, you too will have to set your face as a flint. With great determination you must walk in the course laid down for you. Many of your loved ones and those who follow with you will seek to persuade you and try to turn you from the course. With many words that seem right in the natural they will speak to you. Did not Christ rebuke Peter who would turn Him from the course God had prescribed?

    Understand these two things and meditate upon them solemnly — the persecution and the darkness shall be as great as the glory in order to try to turn the elect and the anointed ones from the path the Lord has laid down for them. Many shall start but few shall be able to finish because of the greatness of grace that shall be needed to be able to endure unto the end. The temptation and the persecution of your Lord was continuous. He was tempted by Satan in many forms throughout His entire life and even to the cross where the ungodly cried out ‘if thou be the Christ come down from the cross’. Think not that there will be a time of no persecution, for it shall be from the time of your anointing until the end. Difficulties and great persecution will go on to the end. The Lord must prepare you to be an overcomer in all things, that you may be able to finish the course. The persecution shall increase even as the anointing shall increase.

    In paths of judgement and righteousness shall the Lord God lead His people and bring them into that place which He has chosen for them. The Lord has chosen a place for His people, a place of righteousness and holiness where He shall encamp around them. All who will be led of the Lord will be brought into this holy place. For the Lord delights to dwell in His people and to manifest Himself through His people. The holiness of the Lord will be manifested through His people. Let the Lord lead you and He will lead you in the difficult places. He led His people of old through a place where no man dwelt, where no man passed through, in a place of great danger and in the shadow of death. The Lord will indeed lead His people again through such places, and at the same time will bring them out into a place of great glory. Understand that the way toward the glory is fraught with great danger and many shall fall to the right or the left, many shall camp on lesser ground. But the Lord has a place of holiness and no unclean thing shall dwell among His people.

    Put your trust in Him and He will bring you into a place of holiness. He desires to bring His people into a great glory — the likes of which has never been seen, for this is what the Lord will do for those who put their trust in Him. It is a place of darkness and great danger and it will separate His people into the place where He would have them walk. He will protect them from the voices that would turn them from His path. He will bring them through the dark places and treacherous paths and lead them out into the light of His glory. He will rejoice greatly over His beloved and cause them to be filled with joy unspeakable. He seeks to lead His people into a new place of grace and glory where He will indeed encamp among them. Put your trust in Him and He will surely bring you into this new place.

    Fear not the days to come, but fear this only — that you shall walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord. In this time I am ordering and setting up My church and it shall indeed be pure, without spot or wrinkle. I will do a work in My beloved that has not been seen since the foundation of the world. I have shown you these things that you may seek the Lord diligently with all your heart, and that you may be a preserver of His people.

    Run not to this one or that one for the Lord has so ordained that salvation is in Him and in Him alone. You shall not turn to this shepherd or to that one, for there shall be a great scattering upon the earth. Therefore look unto Him for He will indeed make these things clear to you. You shall not look here or there, for His Wells shall increase your strength and your faith as He prepares you for the times that are coming.

    The truths that I have revealed to you must become a part of you — not just an experience, but a part of your very nature. Is it not written that I demand truth in the inward parts? It is the truth of the Lord expressed in your very being that shall hold you. Many shall experience the truth but the truth must become a part of you, your very life. As men and women look upon you they will hear not only the voice but see the expression of the truth. Many shall be overcome because they are not constant in My ways and because they have not permitted the truths to become a part of them. I am
    showing you these things that you may be prepared, and having done all, to stand. “

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    12 Responses to Deception

    1. Warren says:

      Your words about deception are well spoken.

      Without commenting specifically on Frodisham’s prophecy (which I may do later), I would like to offer a perspective that many who visit this blog may not have. I grew up in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC), and both my parents were PAOC bible school graduates. Wigglesworth was a name I heard often while I was growing up in the 60s, and prophecies were often spoken in my church (some by my mother). As jarring as Frodisham’s words sound in our day, and as much as they seem out of step with the likes of Warren, Hybels, Osteen, and any number of Charismatic kooks, they would not have sounded as nearly out of place in 1965 in Pentecostal circles. Although I was only 6 in 1965, I have vague recollections of hearing similar types of prophecy in my church

    2. Dan says:

      This is very interesting; Peter, your words are deep and wise. I was wondering if youhad read or heard David Wilkerson’s prophecy from 1973, in which he predicts the acceptance of homosexuality in the church, disappearing civility and morals, criminalization of Christianity, and of a massive economic depression? I heard it a couple of weeks ago online and it is absolutely chilling hearing words from 1973 describe our time. It complements the above referenced prophecy, but it is much more detail oriented. The main thrust of all the prophetic material that I’ve examined [that I trust as valid] says essentially the same message of prayer and repentance and being rooted in the Word rather than the Babylon system all around us.

    3. Peter says:

      Thanks Warren. I’d be interested to know what you think of Frodishams prophecy. Also I’d observe that the jarring nature of the prophecy may speak more about us than the nature of the prophecies spoken in the 60s!

      Thank you too Dan, I hope this is a warning and an exhortation we can all take to heart. I have heard a lot of David Wilkersons’ stuff and I respect him greatly. I don’t know if I’ve come across that particular word so I’ll have to look it up (unless you have a link?)

    4. Dan says:

      Peter, you should find the prophecy at http://www.sermonindex.NET [or]

      SermonIndex.net audio sermons: The Vision, David Wilkerson

    5. Warren says:

      Peter, just remember you invited the response.

      – In light of your comments on deception, would it not be reasonable to expect a Berean-like approach to Frodisham’s prophecy? Should it not be analyzed sentence-by-sentence in light of scripture before any applause is given?

      – If the gift of prophecy is still active today, would it not be reasonable to apply the same hermeneutic to modern prophecies as to those of the OT? I would suggest that the context in which Frodisham’s prophecy was given, and its meaning to the audience who received it, should be properly understood before any attempt is made to apply it to our day or to us as individuals.

      – At a superficial level, it would seem that little in Frodisham’s prophecy has come to pass. Mega churches have flourished even though the gospel has often been compromised. America has continued to prosper and dominate the globe despite a steady decay in moral values and an increasing rejection of anything Christian (in light of the big picture, 9/11 was just a minor speed bump).

      – Taken at first glance, much of Frodisham’s prophecy seems to be little more than a repackaging of Scripture (which is a good thing in my books). At the time it was given, I suspect that many preachers were preaching a similar message from the pulpit.

      What think ye?

    6. Peter says:

      What think I? Hmm. Remember Amos? Twas a few years before what he said came to pass. Also, a good 40 years before the stones of the temple were thrown down.

      It seems also that Israel in OT times became increasingly rich as they became corrupt and despotic. History tells us this isn’t something just applied to Israel either. So prospering, yes, a little like a balloon growing in size before it gets popped. If the foundations are removed, the house will fall – only it may take time as the layers collapse. Mind you, you might also like to consider what is really prospering.

      I’d unpack this further, but a bed calls….maybe next time!

    7. Warren says:

      You’re right about Amos. Of course, his prophecy is the focus of a book in the Bible.

      Frodisham’s prophecy may come true. It is sufficiently vague and biblical in its orientation that I don’t think anyone will ever really know. On the other hand, there have been some well publicized end times prophecies over the past 40 that, in my opinion, clearly have not come true. But the “prophets” never seem to be called on that. They just “tweak” their prophecy and write another book.

      A big part of why I don’t want to go back to the PAOC or a charismatic church is because of the lack of discipline on the part of church leaders concerning certain spiritual gifts. The most obvious is speaking in tongues, but I don’t ever recall concern being expressed (at least not publicly so that others could profit) that some prophecies may not be of God – even though I’m sure that some were not. After the mandatory time of post-prophecy vocal praise, the service would just carry on as though nothing had happened. I don’t recall a time when a pastor ever made reference to a prophecy that had been given in a previous service.

      I am not a cessationist, and I believe that God still uses prophecy, but I openly admit to being cynical about the lack of discernment on the part of many in this area. If most believers were well grounded in the Word, there wouldn’t be a large danger, but the level of Bible knowledge for most modern evangelicals and pentecostals/charismatics is such that they can easily be deceived. I think the Lakeland “revival” is a current example of this. Accordingly, I think your main point in this post is a good one.

      Is any reader of this post who is in strong agreement with Frodisham’s prophecy willing to do the Berean thing and analyze it carefully in light of God’s Word? It could make for an interesting study (although not one I’m motivated to do personally).

    8. Peter says:

      Discernment and the need to be under authority can often be lacking in prophetic circles, hence the abuse. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to the baby being thrown out with the bathwater….

    9. Warren says:

      Peter, it looks like my attempt to “bait the hook” and get some discussion going about the nature of prophecy in our day and age has failed. So, I’ll cut bait.

      Although I enjoy vigorous discussion and like to challenge people to think below the surface, I don’t want to be a pest. If you ever think I’m becoming one, feel free to say so and I’ll back off. It’s your blog and I want to respect that.

      I’ll leave this thread with a question. I generally don’t visit prophecy websites, but how often have you seen a prophecy that challenges the veracity of another prophecy? Are true prophets willing and ready to expose false prophets, or do prophets stick together like birds of a feather?

    10. Peter says:

      Oops I didn’t reply. No you’re fine Warren, more than happy to host discussion here!

      To answer your question – yes, I believe they are willing to expose. Check out my prophecy website review! Look at GAFCON if you like, that’s exposing the false ‘prophetic’ worldliness (and the latter has been claimed to be prophetic too).

    11. code says:

      Hi Peter. I read this when you first posted this. I thought it was really great and even convicting b/c we do oftentimes think of others who are being deceived not considering ourselves of possibly one of them…. i’m tired. my english is suffering right now… 😮

    12. Peter says:

      Thanks code 🙂

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