No one wants to be caught in web of deception.

When my children were little, we had met a couple in our church who targeted us to help them. They wanted to start a new church In our area, and they thought we’d make good partners.

Over a period of several months we considered working with them because we liked them. We shared the same faith, and God had gifted them in several areas.

However, we knew potential problems. We prayed about the situation and even talked to my husband’s mentor to get his opinion of the couple. God showed us some very glaring problems with the way this couple interacted with each other and with other believers.

We finally chose not to partner with them.

Here’s the key to avoiding deception.

I John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

This verse lets us know we can’t trust everybody just because they come to our church.

False prophets can be very charming and sneak in false doctrine after they have managed to get your trust. Not only do they teach things that aren’t true, they often abuse the flock.

Someone coined the statement, “The shepherd shouldn’t eat the sheep.” And I totally agree. So that means we must discern truth from falsehood.

Part of this discernment comes with maturing.

Hebrews 5:14 says “Sold food is for the mature, for those who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good from evil.”

Children can’t drink only milk. They need solid food to be healthy. The same is true of believers. When we rely on Scripture, we know God’s truth. We have to learn the word, so we have to tools to discern good from evil. Because  false teachers are very subtle and nice.

Today Rebecca Price Janney is my guest. She has written, Morning Glory, a story about the Great Awakening that came in colonial days.

Many people, however, didn’t like the preaching of the revivalists. And we are going to learn more about the time and find out how someone might avoid deception whenever they heard a new preacher.

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