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The war between good and evil has apparently been raging since the beginning of time. Deception has been a tool used by those who would employ evil to achieve evil goals since the serpent deceived Eve and tricked her into eating the “forbidden fruit” in the Garden of Eden.

During earlier times, deception was practiced by individuals on individuals or relatively small groups. But now, in the electronic age, deception has become a “science” practiced routinely by corporations, media moguls and governments on entire racial, religious, economic or political groups. Deception has become a tool for achieving wealth and power over others.

Not many years ago we observed deception on a small scale. Through the years, techniques have been developed, tested and improved that in the hands of trained professional deceivers can be extremely effective and in the words of Jesus Christ in the Holy Bible, will deceive the “very elect.”

On the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked what would be the signs of the second coming of Christ and the end of the world. Part of the response in Matthew 24:24 states: “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.”

No man knows when the end shall come or when Christ shall return, but one thing is for certain, deception is rampant in the world today and many supposedly well-educated, intelligent people are easily deceived.

It is quite apparent that deception has a spiritual dimension. How else could one explain the deception of thousands of people by the words or appearance of a single individual?  Could it not be that their minds have been dulled or blocked from hearing the truth; therefore they readily believe and act on the basis of falsehoods.

I am not alone in believing that there is massive spiritual warfare taking place between good and evil that cannot be seen with the natural eye, nor is it understood by the natural man, because such things are spiritually discerned.

Deception by government in the United States is not new, however it has been increasing in intensity in recent years. Currently the White House and both houses of Congress are engaged in deception in order to pass legislation and implement rules that, when asked, the majority of people oppose.

Passage of the national health care legislation being considered by Congress is dependent on massive, cruel deception. The Cap and Trade legislation that is based on the theory that carbon dioxide is a poisonous gas and that man can replace God and save the earth from destruction by reducing the amount of CO2 generated is based on false data and deception by those who intend to profit from the imposition of the theory on the American people.

If deception is a tool of the forces of evil and Christians have the ability to test the spirits and discern good from evil, why do many who call themselves Christian fall for the hoax?

A recent poll may provide a key to the answer to the   question of Christians being easily deceived. The poll revealed that some 50 percent of those who refer to themselves as Christians are mixing Christianity and eastern religions, now popularly referred to as New Age. New Age has been described by some Christian scholars as the old Pagan religions in a new modern attractive package.

Jesus answers this question in the third chapter of Mark, verses 24 and 25:

“And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

Many Americans are arming themselves with guns and ammunition for uncertain times ahead. Should we not also arm ourselves appropriately for spiritual warfare?

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