I don’t particularly like being lied to. Especially not when the lies come out of the mouths of my own leaders. A North Korean has to put up with it of course; but maybe the poor souls in that country think they are not being deceived. Children’s lies are to be expected as they try to cover something up and keep it from parents and we (in a way) learn to deal with those lies and try to teach truthfulness. Politician’s words should never be relied on by anyone, Christian or otherwise.
But when obfuscation and lies come straight out the mouths of certain adults, and when those adults happen to be our church leaders, our national leaders, our community leaders and others with influence, it deserves a response.
Christians of today should be more and more aware that we are being lied to by most of our leaders. This is in the spirit of antichrist as foretold by Jesus, Paul and the other apostles. Paul warned the generation of the last days:
“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way …” (2 Thess. 2:3)
Jesus warned His disciples to be:
” … shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matt 10:16)
He also told them to:
“Be on your guard against men …” (Matt 10:17).
Right now we in Australia and probably the whole of the western world are struggling through the latest round of deception. At a time when everyone knows the identity, the motives and the origin of most terrorism, whether lone-wolf or organisation-based, most leaders deny it.
Everyone knows it is the terrorism engendered by Islam which has brought about the current chaos and anti-Christian violence in Iraq and Syria, not to mention Pakistan, north Africa and other places. In Australia the recent murders in Sydney are a local example.
The muslims involved have only been following the dictates of their founder Mohammed who encouraged murder, hatred and genocide. A read through the Koran will show anyone that this is what that religion teaches, and a knowledge of history reinforces our understanding that Islamic expansion over the centuries has always taken place by coercion and the sword rather than by evangelism.
This is NOT a religion of peace, nor of human co-operation, love or respect for women. In fact it is a religion directly opposed to all the principles of Christianity.
But what do we have from the Pope? He says the current chaos is not about Islam. Now I have come to realise that very little we hear from the Pope is correct anyway, but this is ridiculous.
What do we have from Australia’s Prime Minister and Opposition leader? “It’s not about Islam.” And from the state Police Superintendents? “It’s not about Islam” when two police officers were recently stabbed in Melbourne.
I know that Winston Churchill and the Australian Prime Minister hid some unpleasant facts from the public in the second World War, but at least Churchill was honest enough to try and give explanatory reasons for his actions.
Recently US President Obama said: “It’s nothing to do with Islam” when lone wolves attacked police in USA. He must think it’s just coincidental the murderers were Islamic and that this didn’t influence their mindset.
The hardest for me to take is to hear the same words from protestant Church leaders. Tim Costello of World Vision stubbornly refuses to condemn Islamic violence, preferring to skirt around the cause of the problem:
Other Church leaders and even those of lesser standing have been heard to parrot the obvious lie.
There are several lessons Christians today can learn from all this:
1. The Bible was right and its prophecies are accurate.
2. Most of our leaders are deceived or are deceiving.
3. We are living in dangerous and exciting times where discernment is a MUST, not an option. This discernment must be based on Bible study.
4. We must expect more and continual lies right up until the time the ultimate antichrist shows himself.
5. Many of our friends, family and neighbours will fall for the antichrist’s ultimate ploy of speaking in the place of Christ, but we must:
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (I Pet 5:8-9)
As Jesus said: “Watch and pray.”