Can the Believer Be Deceived?

DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH: Do not be deceived.

Can a believer be deceived?

This was a question which has surfaced from time to time over the years–both as a heathen and as a believer.

FIRST, as a heathen, the answer would have to be “Yes, of course the believer can be deceived.  The believer is man and man is a very tempting target for the deception of others.”

BUT, this is most likely what ALL non-believers would say: after all, they have NO experience with God’s Holy Spirit, which Jesus said leads the believer into ALL truth.

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
–John 16:13

There once was a new believer who was deceived for a VERY SHORT while.  Afterwards, this believer wondered, “How did that happen?  The Holy Spirit is supposed to guide me into all truth?!!?”

Later, the person realized that Jesus said the Holy Spirit would “guide you into all truth.”

Jesus did NOT say, “The Holy Spirit will FORCE you into all truth.”

The believer has to learn to LISTEN to the Spirit.  IF the Spirit guides the believer to the truth and the believer do NOT accept that truth–OR has his OWN ideas what the truth is–then there may be some short-term deception UNTIL the believer learns to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, there will be NO lasting deception.

God’s Holy Spirit is VERY insistent and His guidance keeps getting louder and louder–until the believer can no longer ignore the truth.

So, having the Holy Spirit as a promise of God will almost certainly prevent the believer from running astray FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME.

ALSO in the believer’s favor are TWO Bible verses.

The first is John 16:13 (which has already been addressed).

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
–John 16:13

The second is Matthew 24:24.

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

Though MANY false teachers have done their best to corrupt Matthew 24:24, the meaning of the verse is CLEAR: it is not possible to deceive the very elect of God.

False prophets (including the man of sin) shall do GREAT WONDERS and SIGNS.

The false ones will operate under a GREAT cloud of deception.

False Christs (including the man of sin) will deceive the WHOLE WORLD–except for those who are believers.

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”True believers: followers of Jesus Christ.
–Revelation 13:8

Who is it that is written in the Lamb’s book of life?

True believers: followers of Jesus Christ.

In addition, there are a NUMBER of Bible verses informing the reader that God will protect the believer from SIN WHICH WOULD CONDEMN HIM.

And God’s protection is a sure thing.

One last thing: Jesus Himself said that all (the followers) that the Father gave Him, He (Jesus) would not lose ANY.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
–John 10:27-28

Did the reader catch that?

Jesus said the His believers/followers would NEVER perish.

SO, no, the believer cannot be deceived.

Particularly AFTER the believer learns to listen to God’s Holy Spirit within.

HAS the reader EVER thought about deception and where that usually leads a person?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: June 16, 2021.]

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