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Brain Stopper No. 4: ‘God Won’t Let You Be Deceived’

[This post is No. 4 in a series about “Brain Stoppers.” Brain stoppers is my term for a variety of tactics NAR apostles and prophets use to get their followers to shut off their minds so they don’t critically evaluate NAR teachings. See No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3].

denialLeaders in the New Apostolic Reformation movement like to downplay the threat of false prophets.

In my last post I pointed out one way they do this: They claim that the number of false prophets operating in churches is actually very few.

That’s not what the apostle John or Jesus said about the number of false prophets– hint: they said there would be “many.” But I digress.

Yet there is another way NAR leaders like to downplay the threat of false prophets. To dispel people’s fears of being deceived by false prophets, they often recite a popular NAR catch phrase: “You should trust God’s ability to protect you from being deceived more than you trust Satan’s ability to deceive you.”

In other words, you don’t need to worry about being deceived because God can keep you from being deceived.

This statement sounds biblical. I don’t think any Christian would disagree that God is able to protect us from being deceived. Of course, He is able.

The problem is not that God is unable. The problem is that we have a responsibility to use the tools He has given us to protect ourselves from false prophets. These tools include Scripture, sound teaching, and the use of our intellect.

God is able to protect you from deception. But are you doing your part?

Read “Brain Stopper No. 5: Bill Johnson’s Book Ban.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Brain Stopper No. 4: ‘God Won’t Let You Be Deceived’”

  1. SAM Says:

    The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, Matthew 26:41

    John 10:4,5,27 My sheep follow my voice…

    SAM

  2. Nathan Says:

    Wow! If only Paul had known, he could have saved all that time and ink. Warning over and again about false prophets and false teachers. Then there’s Peter, John, James… (let’s not forget Jesus) like a quarter of the New Testament.
    So glad we have such gifted modern “prophets” to set us straight. Otherwise we could waste so much time reading the Bible. Like it’s … I dunno… The Word of God!

    Ok. Rant over… sorry.

  3. Chris Says:

    They’re not studying their scriptures very carefully.  In 2 Thessalonians 2:10 – 12, it says that God Himself will send a deluding influence upon those who do not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.  So with Satan against us and our flesh against us, who wants God Himself to deceive us!?  For me, I’m trying to seek, internalize and practice the truth with all my heart.

  4. Jonathan Says:

    Wow, given that Paul, John and Jesus clearly didn’t know what they were talking about when they warned us of false prophets it’s just as well we’ve got these modern day profits – er, I mean prophets – to set the record straight.

    Life is so much more convenient when we can just close our eyes and put one foot in front of the other, confident that we serve a God so mighty he will protect us from harm. I assume God is able to protect me from stepping into the road when a big truck is coming. I certainly hope so, the roads near my house are pretty busy,

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