Our world is full of lies, and many are ignorant of just how much deceit is out there. The best way to resist deception is being convicted of the truth.
The Bible frequently warns against deception because all are susceptible. Recognizing one lie does not mean that we are immune to all others.
Satan is capable of much greater complexity than man is. Still, we can envision how Satan deceives by considering some of the strategies in the world around us.
Our vulnerability to deception has been increased with the exponential explosion of information, via Facebook, Twitter, and other internet sources.
A new lie alleges that a tomb has been found with the remains of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and their alleged son Judah. It may undermine the faith of many.
How are we different from those who have fallen away from the truth? How do we know that we will not also follow a path of deception and eventual apostasy?
Antichrists manifest several characteristics, including fostering deception and confusion, preventing fellowship, and creating intense spiritual conflict.
In our relationship with God, we must emphasize principle over pragmatism. If we are led into deception, it is because our carnal nature wanted it that way.
Religious hucksters use the bait of self-gratification, selling non-essential or even heretical ideas. The elect resist deception by knowing the real article.
Those who are obeying Christ's command to 'watch therefore, and pray always' should not be so naïve as to trust any one source for news of the world.
I heard two different people—in the same week—say, 'Truth is relative.' Many people think 'truth' depends on the situation, what is at stake, and who they are.
Joe Baity cautions us that we are in the middle of a continual media warfare in which God's truth is challenged with Satan's lies, forcing us, as God's called-out ones, to develop spiritual discernment to penetrate the widespread fog of disinformation perpetrated by Satan's society. Satan has been able to artfully blend lies …
Paul reveals the dividing line between the saved and the unsaved, the undeceived and the deceived: Those who do not have the 'love of the truth' will die.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the cliché "Let the Buyer Beware," suggests that the American people have become desensitized to the perils of the snake oil salesman. Previously, when political leaders lied, public sentiment would retaliate, as in the Watergate Affair. Since that time, several smooth snake oil salesmen …
Two articles, 'Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways,' and 'Why Do We Lie?' both proclaim that lying is expedient, therapeutic, and beneficial.
Christ warned that many would be deceived, though no one ever admits to being deceived. The Bible warns of deceptions from within and without the church.
John Ritenbaugh, having been alerted by a listener that an article he had quoted was falsely attributed to Walter Williams, cautions us to be careful about processing information we receive, indicating that much pernicious fraud exists on the Web, as well as the rest of the media. Sometimes, the names of respectable individuals …
Though we are not to become involved in politics, we need to be aware that enslaving lies are everywhere, generated in the mind of the father of lies, Satan.
John Ritenbaugh, in this annual "Handwriting on the Wall" message, reflecting on the upcoming election, focuses upon the critical condition of a badly mishandled economy, having produced a future looking far worse than the immediate past. The current administration has been lying to this country for the past four years …
Richard Ritenbaugh, cuing in on the "What is truth?" episode in John 18:32-37, suggests that John wants us to ask that question of ourselves. Pilate seemed to believe that all the charges against Jesus were built up on lies and trumped-up charges. Jesus, conversely, was the perfect witness and embodiment of the …
John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon Proverbs 15:23 and Proverbs 25:11, referring to the timing and purpose of words, suggests that the principles could also be applied to evil communications. Satan's few lying words motivated Adam and Eve to sin, acts which have impacted all of humanity until now (except for Jesus Christ). The …
John Ritenbaugh,identifying Satan the devil as the father of liars, the arch deceiver who speaks from his own resources, examines the modus operandi of our current President, who has seemingly woven a three year plus web of deceit, lying or covering up information about his birth place, his academic records, his ethnicity, his …
John Ritenbaugh, commenting on some euphemisms appearing in the news this week concerning President Obama's birth certificate, quotes a Hawaiian Congressman who accuses Barak Obama of "fibbing," softening the effects of this deliberate deception. If we soften the effects of our sins through euphemisms and equivocation, …
John Ritenbaugh, asking us if we recognize truths, especially in the current milieu when a high percentage of mainstream media has become infected with a sinister, politically driven fake news narrative, points out that God's Word is the only verifiable source of legitimate truth. The cynicism of Pontius Pilate concerning the …
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the massive deceptions blinding our citizenry from the true dangers of the economic and cultural wars which threaten our quality of life, questions whether advanced technology is an acceptable tradeoff for eroded morality. Our technology has made possible annihilation of millions rather than …
The Gibeonites fashioned masterful disguises and played their parts exactly right to achieve their goal. God warns us about deception because it works!
Increasing knowledge and other modern factors lend themselves to deception, yet this is one of the primary end-time trends that Jesus warns us against.
Michael Crichton predicted the disinformation age we are living through right now, warning that it would be difficult to separate reality from fantasy.
The world is so full of lying and other forms of deceit that 'bearing false witness' has become a way of life for the vast majority of humanity.
A major clue for discerning false gospels is that any teaching attempting to change the nature of God or Christ or their doctrines is anti-Christ and false.
Our only antidote to the barrage of lies is to stay close to God's Word, trusting in His providence and His promises to protect us as we obey Him.
Scripture warns about end-time deceivers who will seduce church members to ungodly beliefs and ways. We must make righteous judgments to reject what is false.
Martin Collins asserts that American Presidents have had a long history of lying to their electorates. The Apostle Paul, as he tells us to put off the old man, says we must put away lying, adding that we must always apply the truth, and that the only way we can understand the truth is to apply the truth, putting on the New Man. …
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a Der Spiegel article in which it was reported that 40 wayside chapels have been built along the Autobahn, allowing harried travelers a cursive in-out relationship with God, expresses concern that respect for God seems to be declining all over the world. Fifty years ago, blue laws would force …
We cannot measure how much evil the tongue has perpetrated, for falsehoods disguised as truth have destroyed reputations and even nations.
Jesus desires our total commitment to the truth and to Him. Hypocrites will find themselves among those to whom Christ will say, 'I never knew you.'
As Moses had to veil his luminous face, so, metaphorically, the God of this age mercifully blinds carnal individual for now because light hurts their eyes.
The process of being taken over by sin usually takes place over a lengthy period of time as we allow Satan's deceptive words to corrode our attitudes.
Christ cautions the Pergamos congregation to shun the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. The Church suffers when it harbors those who compromise and offend.
John Ritenbaugh, citing a recent Whistleblower article noting that our society is suffering from mass delusion, a destructive tsunami triggered by the 'progressive' far-left, defines the noun delusion as a false fixed belief held with dogged persistence despite evidence to the contrary. Some mass delusions have produced …
We frequently hear our culture labeled as postmodern. What is postmodernism? How is it related to relativism? Richard Ritenbaugh explains these terms and shows examples of them in politics, music and advertising — and gives God's opinion of it.
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on Scott Pruitt, President Trump's appointee for the Environmental Protection Agency, explains that Pruitt welcomes a healthy debate on climate concerns, but denies there is any "consensus" on the alleged man-made "Global Warming" "Global Cooling" or "Climate …
John Ritenbaugh, reporting on an exposé article regarding excessive use of vitamins, claimed that Big Pharma actually was behind the articles in order to sell more vitamins via doctor's prescriptions because they would earn more money from those sales. Similar distortions of the truth occurred in articles which attempted to sell …
A community can only be established upon a foundation of stability and truth. Our relationships must be based upon God's truth, producing faithfulness.
False prophets—including the great False Prophet of Revelation—claim to speak for God, yet reveal themselves in predictable ways. Here is what to look for.
Technology, because of the spin it puts on expectations, can be a great source of disillusionment when compared to God's seemingly slow work.
Satan uses lies and disinformation to promote self-satisfaction over obedience to God. The way to the kingdom is through self-denial, even suffering unjustly.
Spiritual discernment is a gift from God, enabling us to judge between good and evil, comparing things with God's Word to see if they align with His standards.
Most of ancient Israel, because of their hardened hearts, did not please God. We must reflect on the the ways they stumbled so we can walk differently.
God never accepts worship that comes from human reasoning and the traditions of man. The starting point for worship must always be God and His revelation.
Like the cycles of the seasons, the events of prophecy follow natural progressions. God has given ample warnings to His prophets to prepare His people.
John Ritenbaugh, continuing in the series "Why liberals love illegals," reiterates that demonic influence seems to be guiding the ill-conceived decisions courting the favor of Islamic extremists, with the Attorney General Holder absolutely forbidding "profiling" of radical Islam, totally ignoring the …
In Revelation 21:8, Christ lists three spiritual conditions and four behaviors, all of which He links to deceit and which will lead to the Lake of Fire.
Dan Brown says that Mary Magdalene was Christ's wife, allegedly 'the disciple whom Jesus loved.' Scripture never hints at personal intimacy between them.
The Gibeonites' pretense of coming from a distant land resulted in their slavery. Yet, through their influence, they contributed to Israel's destruction.