Cunning Craftiness

Ephesians 4:14. “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive:”

Do you ever just shake your head in amazement at how easily Christians are pulled into the latest “new” religious fad?  Have you ever been sucked in yourself, only to realize later that it was all smoke and mirrors?

I’m old enough to remember several religious fads that swept our nation and sometimes the whole world.  I’m not going to name them here, but if you lived through the 60’s, 70’s and beyond, you’ll remember how some people came to prominence and were then discovered to have feet of clay.

I don’t know why this surprises us.  We are warned over and over to search the scriptures, to watch out for wolves in sheep’s clothing, to try every word we hear by the Word we can trust. And still today, we are pulled in by glitzy, shiny “new” teaching that promises us things God never, ever promised us.  We are told we can name it and claim it; that we can experience eternal bliss right here on earth before we ever get to heaven. And we fall for it.

Why?  Because we are like little babies, clutching at any offering of food we can stuff into our mouths.  Sometimes we just never get past the sincere milk of the Word, and we are deceived easily because our appetite for instant gratification must be satisfied. We refuse to accept any hint of suffering because we’ve been taught to believe that God promises us nothing but ease in this life. We are like little toy boats being tossed around on a turbulent ocean of deception because we are not anchored to the Rock!

Study God’s Word!

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