Posted by: judy | May 5, 2009

Saved or Deceived?

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads blindfoldedto destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow tht leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Matthew 7:13-14

John MacArthur flushes out perhaps satan’s greatest deception . . . pause a moment and consider what it might be . . .

satan’s greatest deception is to deceive people into believing they are saved. They still have the same problem but are no longer looking for the solution.

There is a problem in the visible church when elders cannot remain in a Sunday School class with a curriculum that examines the much warned about deception in the church and the culture. They couldn’t even sit through it, explore it in Scripture, or even consider the possibilities and ramifications.

Defending. Contending. posts 2 short and mighty YouTube recordings of John MacArthur addressing the subject of Saved or Deceived.

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  1. Recently, I was listening to a teaching from Pastor Dick Fisher, of PFO, where he spoke of people being ‘invested in deception’.

    My understanding of his teaching is that if people have spent their time and money (their investment) in churches that teach falsely, then the deception becomes theirs, too. They become ‘owners’ of that deception, if you will.

    If these deceived people admit they have been deceived then that means that they have to admit they have been wrong all along; that they have invested unwisely. At that point, pride becomes an issue. If they admit they are wrong then it reflects badly on their investment they have made; their investment of time and money AND on them as ‘owners’ of that deception.

    Also, they may have to admit that they may not be saved after all. That’s a tough place to be if you’re an elder of a church!

    I suspect this is the case with many in today’s churches.

    ~Yvonne

  2. It’s also the case with so many people who get invested in particular teachers to the point that they lose objectivity when assessing the teachings. Case in point would be the many women invested in Beth Moore’s teachings who refuse to look at her objectively and will fight tooth and nail against anyone critical of Moore. They are invested by deception, and cannot agree there is error.

  3. Anohter good example are those who follow men like R.C. Sproul and John McArthur while forgetting that even they see through a glass dimly.


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