Two Thousand Years of Deception and Error, Part 1 The First Century AD

Deception has been around since Satan tempted Eve in the garden. But my next six or so blogs will concentrate on the last 2000 years of deception of/in the church, with the goal of showing how the errors/wrong doctrine through the centuries are still with us and affect us today. Hence we are vulnerable to the agendas, influence, and control of the kingdom of darkness from sources that say they are Christian, but their doctrine is not of God.

This post will present some verses from God’s Word that show both the truth and error that was around in the first century. I didn’t realize until I started looking up verses just how many there are which talk both about the deception that was happening in the first century and the deception that would happen in years to come. Hopefully, this will challenge you to check out God’s Word for the many other passages which instruct in discerning truth and error.

From The BOOK

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins…
—1 John 4:10

“…But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.“—Galatians 1:3–8

“I say then, Hath God cast away his people [Israel]? God forbid…God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.”—Romans 1:1, 2

“…ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ…and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.”—Jude 4, 16

“…Keep yourselves in the love of God…”—Jude 21

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling…To the only wise God our Saviour…”—Jude 24, 25

“…they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures…”—2 Peter 3:16

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.”
—1 John 2:15

“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”
—1 John 2:22, 23

“...try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”—1 John 4:1

“…Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.“—1 John 4:2, 3

Church of Ephesus: “…thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”—Revelation 2:1–6

[“Nicolaitans” means “victors over the people.” So their deeds or doctrine possibly refer to a religious hierarchal system that controls the laity/common people.]

Church in Pergamos: “…I know…where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is…thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam…”—Revelation 2:12–16

Church in Thyatira: “…thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols…”—Revelation 2:20

Church in Philadelphia: “…hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name…”—Revelation 3:7–10

Church of the Laodiceans: “…I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot...I will spue thee out of my mouth…”
—Revelation 3:14, 16

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