In the Garden of Eden, The Serpent began the Fake News industry. He told Eve that God said something different from what He said (Genesis 3:1-4).
After that, Cain tried to deflect the truth of what happened to Abel. Deception became commonplace.
Do you remember how Jacob deceived Isaac, his father? He disguised himself as his brother and lied.
Fake News again emerged when Jezebel conspired with Men of Belial to convict Naboth wrongly. She used Fake News to seize Naboth’s vineyard and give it to her husband, King Ahab. You can read about that incident in 1 Kings chapter 21.
To this day, evil men and women use Fake News to impugn the innocent.
Right now, I can’t tell you about all the examples of deception in the Old Testament.
I want to use these examples to encourage you to be aware of the possibility of deception. Before you believe anything, ask yourself the following question:
Is it fake?
Deception continues into the New Testament scripture. Jesus warns about fake Christs.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.Matthew 24:5
Other fake things in the New Testament include:
Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.1 John 4:1
In the world, religious messaging can promote
Fake Jesuses and fake gospels.
Apostle Paul feared the repercussions if
He that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted…2 Corinthians 11:4
The Bible also warns us to beware of…
Those who hated born again Christians tried to drown out the preaching of the Gospel. They…
All with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
You might say that you’d never worship the goddess Diana. I understand. However, the Bible says that before we came to know the true God, we…
Did service unto them which by nature are no gods.Galatians 4:8
You need to Know that many false gods exist.
There be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)1 Corinthians 8:5
Needless to say, if false gods are in the world, you need to be aware of…
Fake miracles and fake prophets
The coming Anti Christ will do amazing things,
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders2 Thessalonians 2:9
Also, I Matthew chapter 24, Jesus says,
Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.Matthew 24:11
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.Matthew 24:24
If fake miracles, signs and wonders aren’t enough, Satan also has…
…at his disposal.
Evolution, manmade climate change, virus hysteria, 57 genders, renewable energy, and the so-called “Green New Deal” all have one thing in common: Their adherents market and promote their deception under the label, “Science.”
I can’t list every topic of Fake Science here. I’ve mentioned just a few examples to illustrate my point.
I want you to know that the existence of Fake Science is just as real as Fake News.
I also want you to know that Fake Science can keep people from God and destroy your faith.
Like Fake News, Fake Science is nothing new. Apostle Paul warns about it in his first epistle to Timothy.
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:1 Timothy 6:20
Paul also exposes the danger of Fake Science:
Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.1 Timothy 6:21
Genuine science comes with healthy skepticism. Modern fake “science,” however, comes with absolutes that contradict both nature and common sense.
Beware of those who manipulate you by speaking of scientific “consensus.” When people politicize so-called “science” to force their views on (and control) others, don’t fall for their lies.
When people use “science” to stifle debate rather than encourage it, watch out! Don’t let Fake Science send you to Hell. Don’t let Fake Science prevent you from enjoying God’s best for your life.
The Bible also talks about…
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.2 Corinthians 11:3
We also have…
No doubt exists that Satan is in the religion business. Here’s what Second Corinthians chapter 11 says:
It is no great thing if his [Satan’s] ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.2 Corinthians 11:15
In addition to ministers, Satan has…
…who don’t come from God. They teach what people want to hear, not what God says.
Apostle Paul tells us, in 2 Timothy chapter three:
The time will come when they [the people] will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;2 Timothy 4:3
Although these teachers sound good, they don’t come to a good end.l, according to 2 Peter chapter two:
There were false prophets also among the people [in the Old Testament], even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.2 Peter 2:1
Before I go, I also want to warn you about.
Jesus condemns the Synagogue of Satan, an assembly of fake believers pretending to be the real thing. Here’s what He says in The Revelation chapter number two:
I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.Revelation 2:9
The word synagogue here refers to a congregation or local assembly. He is speaking to the church about false churches.
Satan operates many religious organizations. He staffs them with
Deceived believers and unbelievers alike follow them.
Jesus says in Matthew chapter 15:
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.Matthew 15:8
Scripture speaks further of false believers saying,
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobateTitus 1:16
Fake churches and fake Christians can easily impress you, because they have
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.Matthew 23:27-28
Yes, in the church, fake righteousness exists. You see people who look holy, but they really aren’t holy.
(To learn more about holiness, read my answer to the question, “How can I be holy?“.)
Scripture also reveals the existence of…
Jesus condemns fake worship saying, of the worshipers,
In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.Matthew 15:9
In Colossians, Apostle Paul spoke of people who do such things as…
A shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body…Colossians 2:23
Notice the contrast between true and false worship:
Jesus tells us that
True worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.John 4:23
I’m asking you to
Avoid the fake.
Although the things I’ve just mentioned are in the Bible, they are just as prevalent today as is Fake News.
If you’re born again, you’re accepted by God based on Jesus’ sacrifice. You have the responsibility to worship and serve Him truthfully.
I’m asking you to ask yourself one question before you receive or believe anything. Ask yourself, “Is it fake?”
Take sides against Satan’s lies. Stand up for truth.
I want you to
to this message by exercising discernment.
Satan operates a counterfeit religious system that, in some ways, simulates God’s Way.
Today, start paying attention to what’s going on in God’s name. In the words of the prophet Malachi, God wants you to…
Discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.Malachi 3:18
He wants us to…
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.1 Thessalonians 5:21
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.2 Corinthians 2:11