But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that person be condemned! What we have told you in the past I am now telling you again: If anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that person be condemned! (Gal 1:8,9 [ISV])

There are people who have their ears tuned to anything new. They get excited when they get new information and are quick to believe and take it as gospel truth. These are susceptible to great deception; they would easily fall victims of devils misleading, would easily begin wavering in their faith. A mixture of truth and deception may appear attractive for such people because there are not cautious about what they receive before they test them against the truth. Such people are in danger because they do not weigh the truth received earlier with the new information.

These type of people existed in the times of Paul as you can find in the text above, it sounds serious and appears to have been a reason for deep concern. Why would one receive whole heartedly the truth today and tomorrow accept something contrary? Is this a sign of immaturity, or weak faith? Do we have this situation today? By that I mean, do we have people who embraced Christian faith today and a little while later embrace different faith? I met recently, a young lady who confessed she used to be an active Pathfinder in the past; she attended the Seventh day Adventist Church then, but now she is with the Pentecostal church. I grilled her with lots of questions to understand what was wrong with her first faith; what new truth could she have found in her new place.

I find a common response many provide for being where they are, resound a deeper understanding of the deception at play. “It is the same God we worship” or “We all believe the same thing” or “It is not about the place, church or doctrines”. The one serious question that needs to be answered in faith is; if God is one, and Jesus is “the truth and the way” why do we have variations today. Why am I standing here and you, there? Is all that is said in all faiths, amounts to the same thing? Is there a snare camouflaged in truth? These must be addressed otherwise we would fall victims of the master deceiver. I concure with Niccolo Machiavelli who said, “Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.”

We must be aware that, we can find all the information we get confusing and tempting to believe and follow but there is always a catch. It is always meant to take people captive. The solution is to understand. Must have reasons to believe and link that faith with the revealed will of God. “The rejection of light and truth leaves men captives, and subjects of Satan’s deception. The greater the light they reject, the greater will be the power of deception and darkness which will come upon them.”  –Review and Herald, May 13, 1862 par. 14

 -By A. Eliamani


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