Proverbs 14:12 - There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
No man can know God or His will except He reveal Himself to the man. God and His will can only be known by divine revelation. Many men have studied the Bible and expressed their beliefs based upon the theories of their own intellectual analysis and deductions. This human exercise, although often sincere, is generally faulty and full of error.
Satan has some people who willingly and knowingly teach doctrine which is contrary to the truth of the Holy Scriptures. They are enemies of Christ and His church.
Jude v.4 - For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
There have always been evil men and there always will be evil in this world. Satan plants them in congregations to turn people out of the truth and into the way of destruction.
1 John 4:6 - We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
People who love God will be able to have fellowship with others who love God. If you do not have enough grace to be longsuffering, gentle, courteous, respectful and loving to a person who is walking in all the light of truth which has been revealed to him, then you need to check your own salvation and sanctification.
2 Peter 3:17 - Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
You can be tempted to stray away from the truth. Satan works little by little to deceive and turn aside the child of God from the way of truth. Many wicked people use fancy words and enticing speeches to lead you from truth into error.
James 5:20 - Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
A sinner commits sin. A saint lives holy, pure, free from sin. If by your chaste conversation and holy example, you can turn someone from the error of their way and into the way of truth, you will have done the will of God.
Revelation 16:13 - And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
The “three unclean spirits like frogs” are the spirits of the three beasts, which are Heathenism (Dragon), Catholicism (Leopard like beast) and Protestantism (Lamb like beast). These false religions are the instruments of Satan as he works confusion and error in the minds of the people.
Revelation 19:20 - And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
All these religious systems will be cast in an eternal hell, the lake of fire which burns night and day with brimstone. If you follow the counsel of these religious systems, then you also will be cast into the Lake of Fire.
Revelation 20:10 - And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Satan is not just “a devil” he is “the devil” which is cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone.
Matthew 7:15 - Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
False prophets teach erroneous religious doctrines. They are often very educated and diligent students of the Bible. They wrestle and twist the scriptures to seem to say what they teach.
Matthew 24:11 - And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Are there few or many false prophets? This scripture tells us that there are many false prophets and consequently there are many deceived. Are you deceived by some false prophet?
Matthew 24:24 - 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.
Are miracles a sure sign that someone has power with God? NO! Does Satan have power to work miracles? Yes. Satan has the liberty and ability to perform supernatural works. If a minister is not living a holy life, free from all willful sin, then do not follow him nor believe what he teaches, regardless of the works which seem to indicate that God is answering his prayers. God will not put His glory on a sinner, nor use the sinner to be a testimony of His divine power.
Mark 13:22 - For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
We, the elect children of God, are warned to be alert and watchful lest the false prophets deceive us with their false christs which they say will accept you as a child of God while still living a sinful life.
Acts 13:6 - And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:
Don’t think that all of the false prophets are historical. We have many false prophets teaching millions in congregations all over the world.
2 Corinthians 11:13 - For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
If a false prophet transforms himself into what seems to be an apostle of Christ, will you be able to recognize him for the deceitful person he is?
2 Corinthians 11:26 - In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
False brethren are a peril to your soul. They will accuse, condemn, criticize and persecute you for your stand for holiness.
3 John v.9 - I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
The gentle, loving apostle John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, identified a false prophet by name. He recorded his name in this epistle which has been published to all the world. Sometimes God will have us mark certain men who cause division and hurt to the church of God.
3 John v.10 - Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
The apostle John warns those who falsely accuse and cause division in the congregation. There will be judgment and chastisement against those who do these wicked works.
Are you walking in the way of error?
Are you walking in the way of truth?
Someday you will give an account for how you have lived your life.
Are you ready to meet Jesus with your record?