2 Corinthians 13:8 “For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.”

     The truth is a power to be reckoned with.  Deception is the easy way that appeals to many a corrupted person.  But to choose deception over truth is to empty your ministry of His authority and power.   One commentary paraphrases Paul on the point by saying; “Our apostolic power is given us that we may use it not against, but for the furtherance of, the truth. Where you are free from fault, there is no scope for its exercise: and this I desire. Far be it from me to use it against the innocent, merely in order to increase my own power (II Corinthians 13:10).”

     Sadly, when the use of deception is boasted on in a church and rationalized on the basis of ‘best intentions’ with no repentance there is little room available for the Holy Spirit to work; “As we are the apostles of God, we cannot bring to you any false doctrine; and, as we profess to be under the influence of God’ s Spirit, we cannot do any thing that is opposed to that truth, or which might be prejudicial to it.” (Adam Clarke Commentary)  When we combine lying preachers with congregations that are unable or unwilling to confront sin in their leaders a toxic brew of abuse grows and fouls the ministry.

     As always those who take the easy way of deception and sin will howl and snarl victory over those that struggle to follow Jesus and adhere to His truth.  Jesus assures us; “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)  Jesus was very clear about who His followers are:  “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46)  When sin is left unchecked and there is no repentance a spiritual disease progresses much like addiction does, until those who revel in it succumb totally to it.

     Deception leads to death.  Jesus confronted the false priests about their choices; “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44) Jesus calls out to us; “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

     Jesus tells us plainly: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13,14)

     Which way will you choose?  The easy way of deception or His way?

     Praise the Lord!