For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:24)
These days, there seems to be a lot of emphasis on ‘signs and wonders’. It is as if we take it as a validation for a persons credentials. However we seem to conveniently not read the above passage. That false teachers will be doing exactly the same. You only have to read Exodus 7:8-13 to see an example of this.
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
So how do we determine who is false and who is not? Simple. Jesus said by their fruits you will know them. And how can you discern if it is good fruit or bad fruit? Simple again. By their doctrine. And you can only know sound doctrine if you take time to study it for yourself. Check out my previous post ‘How important is doctrine?’
A lot of people get so hung up on seeing people getting ‘slain in the sprit’ (thats another post all by itself) and getting ‘healed’ at crusades, that doctrine flies out the window. Do I believe that God performs miracles today? Yes I do but not in the way we see most tele-evangelists do it today
Here is an example
How do these people get away with this? Because they prey on your ignorance of the word. Some signs and wonders are fake and staged but some of them are very real. Ask those who are involved in the occult. Jesus says that they will show GREAT signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. That is how strong the delusion is and will be. The sad thing is many people are being deceived by these teachers which leads me to believe that they are not part of the elect.
Remember to pray for these teachers
To be continued……