Matthew 24: 4-5. “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My Name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
In verse three, the disciples had asked Jesus for signs of His coming, and of the end of the world. The first answer He gave them was that there would be many who would claim to be Christ; that they (we) need to all beware of deceivers.
So how can we know who is telling the truth, and who is deceiving the people?
We have to know what the Bible says about all these things. We have to sift everything we see and hear from pulpits, on the radio, on television, on the internet. We have to be discerning, to know whether or not truth is being spoken.
Never trust the person who demands absolute loyalty, unquestioning allegiance. There is NO biblical basis for such blind followship. Just as the Bereans searched the scriptures daily, so must we. The only way we can detect the lie is to know the truth.
An example I’ve used before is the training of a bank teller. In order to identify counterfeit money, the trainee is given the real thing to handle, to examine by touch, by sight, even by smell. The trainee is taught exactly what a real bill looks like, what is printed on it, and the fibers of which it is made.
It is very hard to fool someone who is completely familiar with the truth.
The other day, one of my sons posted a picture of my husband’s hands. I would have known they were his hands without any caption or explanation. I’ve known those hands for over 45 years. I know without doubt that I could tell his hands from all others even if I were blindfolded. His hands are as familiar to me as my own.
If I love my husband’s hands that much, I can’t be fooled. If I love the Word of God even more, I’m even harder for the deceivers to fool. Study, Learn. Question. Research. Anyone who tells you that you must not question him, ever, is a deceiver. No true man of God resists having his message sifted through the Word.