What would you think of me, if I , the Gluten Free wonder of the world, writing and selling GF cookbooks, and writing my gluten free blog and teaching other s about GF living, actually did not believe wheat to be a problem, and ate wheat all the time, on purpose? What if you found out I only did the gluten free stuff because I found it to be a lucrative deal.
What would you think of me, if you found that I supported abortion clinics with monthly checks? After your knowing my adoption story and my knowing of my only being here is because abortions were illegal in 1963?
I hope you would think me to be a liar. A deceiver. Someone of no character, no integrity. Someone not to be trusted. It’s ok, I would think the same.
2 Peter 2:1
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words;13b They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you,
‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.
For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple
For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Now what if I don’t confess each time I have chosen to eat an apple or my trips to Nikki’s for fat-free sugar-free (but fructose full) yogurt while ‘on’ the Dukan diet? Am I lying? I think not, my diet and how I adhere to it is my choice, and has no consequence on you. UNLESS, you ask me “ So do you ever eat anything but meat and vegetables and no fat milk products?” Then I should tell you that I have chosen to do otherwise. Correct?
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, For would you deceive with your lips?
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
I don’t go around confessing all my sins and failures to everyone in order to stay honest. But I do ‘tell on myself’ if the opportunity arises. My kids know of my failures, my stupid decisions, of my youth and beyond. When I told them of the dangers of, or wrongness of ,doing something, and I, myself did it, I had to tell them I was stupid enough to have tried that and lucky enough to have survived. I do the same when I disciple, I feel if I ‘preach’ something I must practice it.If in the past I have not practiced what I preach today, then they need to know that I now speak from experience of how NOT to do it. I must tell, I am here today, a survivor of all the idiocy and wrong choices I made only because God has me here, so I must humble myself, embarrass myself, humiliate myself, if it helps someone else not go there. The only reason not to tell others of my ‘sins’ would be to protect myself from their judgment, to manipulate others perception of me. Galatians 1:1010 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
Is it deception to believe in, on, of something, to KNOW, yet state or present yourself differently? Is it deception to not oppose or reveal the lies and deception of those you associate with? Society seems to accept the ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ or ‘what they don’t know won’t hurt them’. Why? Do we not want to rock the boat? Maybe we have too much to lose (worldly) if we reveal the truth. What will people think of us? Will we lose our job? Maybe someone will oppose us? What if they don’t listen?
1 John 2:4
He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him
For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue;
2 Corinthians 11…3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity[a] that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it
2 John 1:7
For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it
1 John 2:22
Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
We have become more accepting of twisted truth. If there is a little truth in a statement then we accept it as THE truth. Forget about the lies it is wrapped around. If I put a cow patties in gluten-free burger buns, with mustard, lettuce and tomatoes and pickles, is it a gluten-free hamburger? Well, it is gluten-free.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
1 Corinthians 3:18
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
2 Timothy 2:12
If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
I have to admit this has not been the easiest to write. I have been working on this for days and days and days. Today, as I had to stop another time because I had not finished and still had not closing for this, I heard a whisper. Am I ALWAYS honest? Never lie? Commit no deception, ever? No.
I tell Keith the cat just got in the house, when I let her in. I spend my time unwisely and am late and make excuses, like traffic (Really chic? this is Midland Texas!! No one said I was a good liar) I forget dates and the returning of things, but instead of saying I forgot, I come up with another excuse. My lies are to cover my butt usually. So I won’t be judged, or held accountable, for fear of rejection. But they are still deception.
1 John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
1 John 1:6
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us
1 John 5:10
He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.