Many people have been scammed at one time or another. My worst experience was when my brother and I sunk money into a “too good to be true” Asian investment. In the end, the money was lost to what we discovered was a Ponzi scheme. At fault was our greed.
Deceptions like these abound, but they’re not limited to money. Deception is also at the heart of many beliefs and practices of people in the church.
Some of the great deceptions in the Scriptures are these:
- “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1)
- “You will not certainly die…” (Genesis 3:4)
- “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:9)
A “good” deception always mixes enough truth to get you hooked and then it takes you in a completely different direction away from the truth. Satan, the master of this kind of deception, was the source of each of the above examples and even though he may not come to us as directly as these, he is still behind them all, seeking to lead us away from the truth.
This week we explore the deceptions Israel was under and face some of our own.
– Pastor Tim
- Agape Feast (Potluck and Lord’s Supper) – Maundy Thursday, April 17 @ 6:30 pm