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Summary: Let us not be deceived by false prophets

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The rise and fall of false Prophets

Have any of you ever been deceived? I mean, there are people all over the world that would just as soon lie as to tell the truth.

Many times people will deceive others just to get what they want.

We have seen time and time again how people will deceive others to get money. Scams and schemes seem to be the normal thing in our society now days.

And the people that run these scams are only interested in themselves, they do not care who they hurt to get what they want.

I remember when Denise and I bought our first house. It was in Tupelo Mississippi.

We were looking for a specific house; we wanted a four-bedroom house.

Well, we had contacted a real estate agent that said she was willing to help us. I had come across an ad for a house that was out in the country, we like being in the country, and I asked her about that house. It was a two story four bedroom house on three acres of land out in the country. I had always wanted a two story house, But I did not know where it was located, so I asked the agent about it and she said, oh, that is at least a thirty minute drive. So, based on her comment, we did not even go look at the house. I figured if we were moving so I could be closer to work, I needed to be pretty close to work.

She showed us a house or two but then showed us the one we finally purchased. It was right in the middle of town.

She then told us that there were no more four-bedroom houses in Tupelo in our price range.

We were deceived.

After we purchased the house, we came across four bedroom houses all over the place.

Also, by the time I went through the city traffic, it took anywhere from 20 to thirty minuets to get home even though I was only a short distance away from work.

And then, my brother in law moved closer to tupelo, and while we were helping him move, I came across that big two story four bedroom house out in the country. It was only about a fifteen-minute drive from where I worked.

The house was so beautiful on the outside that I got sick at my stomach.

It had four huge columns out front that went all the way up the height of the entire house.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I did like the house we had, but it was not a two-story four-bedroom house out in the country.

I also found out that the sales lady made more money by selling us the house she sold us, for one reason it was more expensive, and for another, it was listed by her company. She made her comments and remarks to us and pointed out the houses that would make her more money. We were deceived.

Now, the thing that I notice is that we allow ourselves to be deceived. We wanted a four-bedroom house within a certain price range and we were willing to listen to this lady to get what we wanted.

Most people that are ripped off by scams are taken because they want something like a quick way to get rich, a cheap house repair, a free gift that they only have to pay shipping and handling for.

They allow themselves to be deceived.

Now, a question for this morning is….Can people be deceived spiritually?

Can people die and go to hell by placing their allegiance in the wrong place?

Can even Christians allow themselves to be deceived?

Paul was in prison when he wrote the letter to the Church at Philippi.

Philip. 1:14-17

Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.

[15] It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. [16] The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. [17] The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.

We even have people who preach the Gospel, they preach from the Word of God and they do it out of their own ambition.

There are people that get rich by preaching. Now, I am not against anyone being rich if that is what God has in store for their lives, but when they have mansions and more cars then they can count, they have so much money they will not keep it all in one bank, and when they are making all this money from people that are for the most part poor, I do not think it all goes along with what we are taught in the Word of God.

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