Satan’s deception in the church!
Scripture reading for September 9th: 2nd Corinthians 11:1-15
The church at Corinth had been infiltrated by false teachers claiming to be ‘apostles of Jesus Christ’. (2nd Corinthians 11:13) These teachers had maligned Paul and promoted themselves and their ‘ministry’. Their disguise was a direct counterfeit to the true apostles. They were deceiving the church and dividing off the members.
“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2nd Corinthians 11:2-4)
Satan was using these false teachers to lead the church members astray. They preached another gospel that had no power to save! They used the name of Jesus Christ, but their Jesus was also a counterfeit. He was not the Son of God, crucified for the sins of the world and raised from the dead! They also had a spirit working with them but it was not the Holy Spirit of God, sent to mark the heirs of salvation.
An effective counterfeit has to resemble the truth. These false apostles tried to imitate Paul in their language, terminology, and effects. They were good talkers, but were out for gain. (2nd Corinthians 11:5-7) Paul had come preaching the true Gospel but was not an eloquent speaker. The false apostles made fun of him because he did not charge great fees, but sought to work with his hands to provide for himself. But Paul would continue in his ways and trust God to expose these counterfeits. (2nd Corinthians 11:12)
Satan loves deception because he can only lie! (John 8:44) He still uses ‘false apostles’, ‘false prophets’, and ‘false teachers’. Many appear as ‘angels of light’ and deceive many from the ways of truth. Be sure and check out those who you are following and allowing to feed you . Use the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit for discernment. (2nd Peter 3:17) This kind of deception is increasing in the last days before Jesus returns.