In 2016, we added this webpage to remind our readers to be watchful in this perverted and wicked world. Do not be a victim to so many traps of this lustful world. Rather, keep our focus on our merciful and almighty Lord Jesus Christ and serve Him faithfully each day.
* How to be deceived (Part 1)- Wallet/purse being stolen
* How to be deceived (Part 2)- Religion Deception
* How to be deceived (Part 3)- Main Stream Media Bias against Christ
* How to be deceived (Part 4)- Entertainment (9/2016 )
* 如何被欺騙(part 1)- 錢包/皮包被盜
* 如何被欺騙(part 2)- 宗教的欺騙
* 如何被欺騙 (Part 3)- 主流媒體反對基督的偏見
* 如何被欺騙（第四部分） - 娛樂 (New)
You may wonder why we titled this article this way. Normally, we would title how not to be deceived. But since most of us are more likely in this perverted and wicked world to be deceived, we titled the article this way to bring to your attention how bad we are in multitude of deceptions in this world. In our world, deceptions rampage and wickedness seems to be a norm rather than an exception in our era.
I was deeply impressed by this story. In the story, a man came to a tavern asking for a drink. The bar tender could tell that this man was in some sort of shocks. So he asked the man “ Are you OK? What happened ?” After gobbling down the drink in one shot, the man began to say “ You won’t believe what I just saw a few minutes ago. You know. I just returned from a long trip. On the way here, I met a few people and saw that they can turn their heads 360 degrees. Isn’t this very shocking indeed?” The bar tender said, “ O, it is nothing, I can do that as well and he turns his head 360 degrees ”. The story ends there and it does not tell us what happens to the man. When odds become the norm, we need to wake up. An example of 360 degree turning head is the spinning of truth by media pundits.
Let us examine a few examples.
Example 1- Why we fell to be a victim of pocket pickers or purse snappers? If you ever being a victim to this crime, you would know the following:
* Wallet/purse being stolen is not a random event. Rather, you were being followed and targeted for awhile for that event.
* Typically, there was a group of pocket pickers working together to target you by surrounding you and separating you from your group. Just
like the wild dogs in Africa chasing a deer to separate the deer from the herd for the kill. So beware that you are targeted not by one, not by two, but by a group of wicked persons, including young
* There is a Russian proverb— “You can’t lick your elbows” which means the dangers are so near yet you could not do anything about it.
So beware of your situation always.
* We are all very careful ,yet due to a few moments of distractions, our purses or wallets are gone.
So what can you do. All the Monday morning quarterback advices are useless after your purse was snapped. The following are a few things for your consideration in your trip:
1. Keep your passport in the safe in your hotel. Keep a photo copy of the passport with you.
2. You can’t lose it if you don’t have it with you. Only take one or two credit cards with you.
3. If you think that you may spend 300 dollars for that day, then just carry three hundred dollars and separate the money in several places
in your pockets. A front pocket is better than a back pocket. Inner pocket is better than outside pocket. Why carry more than your need to be stolen or worst to be robbed.
4. There criminals are so sophisticated and well trained. Some of them invite themselves to a wedding reception to steal purses. Some of them buy a short domestic flight ticket to steal purses in the flight. In a cafeteria, your purse will be gone if you leave it at the table to get your food, even abroad a cruise ship! Just remember that criminals know when and where to strike you and you do not know them. Someone says that there are but tourists and thieves in a few tourist attraction places— A sad comment indeed.
We’ll cover more examples in next article. In the mean time, please meditate the following:
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Example 2, Religious deceptions
Whenever there are public needs, con artists will appear with various schemes to deceive the public. The con artists in the religious deceptions are after money, power, sex, and fame. Through human history, there were no lack of such false messiahs, false elders, and false prophets. From time to time, there were even anti-Christs appeared to deceive.
Where is the source of all the deceptions. It is from the Devil. the Prince of this world. It is very important to point it out that our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world two thousand years ago to save the lost mankind.
1 John 3:6-9
6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
So according to the Scripture, the Son of God appeared to destroy the works of the Devil. We also are told that the Devil has sinned from the beginning and is
the father of lies because he lied from the beginning. In the dark kingdom of the Devil, lies and deceptions are the norm. All occults, all deceivers, and all false religions are the products of this
dark kingdom of the Deceiver Devil.
Just look at the religions of the world throughout human history. Indeed, we may wonder: how many millions were misled into the bottomless pit! Every time, I saw two of the cult religion people walking door to door in my neighborhood. I have the following two thoughts:
1. The devil and his cohorts are looking for people to devour
1 Peter 5:8
8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
2. In general, I would see that the cult team consists of two persons i.e., a senior oversees a junior. That is, “controlling” is the scheme of the deceivers. That is why it is so hard to get out of any slavery organizations. Actually, the two are deceivers and themselves are also deceived by the Devil.
So one may ask, with so many deceptions, how do you know the truth?
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Most of religions are old. Their holy writings were written in the ancient time as the results of the revelations by their gods. Now if the religion were true
and their gods were true, then they would have revealed the Cosmo in a way consisting with what we know today in astronomy. If not, you can toss their writings out.
Another way you can tell is how they treat female. Is she a co-heir of the heavenly kingdom or otherwise?
See 1 Peter 3:7
7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
Perhaps, a brief comment on a current phenomenon is warranty. If one were filled with the Deceiver’s spirit, one could even claim to be the Christ in
this world and would be able to deceive many people. Perhaps, even establishes a false religion. This actually happened in 20th century in China and in South Korea; one claimed to be the returned
Christ in female gender in China and the other in male gender in South Korea. Since both claimed to be the returned Christ, a simple comparison of what they claimed against each other will manifest
their falsehoods. The sad thing is that even after the one claimed to be the Christ died as in the case of South Korea, their followers still hanged on. They all claimed to believe the Bible.
But the Bible never says that the returned Christ will die and the Bible also indicates the way Christ will return in His second coming. Please ask yourself how can people be so ignorant to be
deceived. Yet, the sad truth is that it has been so throughout the ages.
The following verses are great for our meditation.
(1) Be alert and sober
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober
(2) Know the Time of our era
11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed
(3) Know the anti-Christ are in the world
2 John 6-7
6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
(4) Put on the full armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
Ever since the sexual revolution liberalism of the 1960’s, the social and moral environment in western societies has continuously shifted towards anti-Bible and anti Christian settings. All main stream media have reflected this trend. Thus, the information/data/reporting in the media has carried this bias. In other word, Christian values and moral standard are no longer the main stream values. On the contrary, all Christian values are marginalized. Some of the liberal media have even characterized Christians as narrow minded bigots.
For Christians, you need to recognize this trend and bias. Thus, most of the programs on TV or things reported in the newspapers are filtered in such a way that there is no trace of biblical values in them. If you are a Christian, don’t take all these junks into your heart. Post modernism and new age movement are detrimental to your spiritual growth in Christ. A key ingredient of the current trend is to tolerate any or all fads whether they are against anything or for everything.
So beware of this bias and the schemes that blind your eyes from seeing the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you want to keep your sanity and avoid all the things feeding you day and night by the conglomerates of “me, me, me” businesses. Our societies have undergone transformation to an “everything goes” madness.
Do take time and great effort to protect your marriage, your kids, and your family. Focus yourself on the Bible and do pray that God has mercy on our leaders and our societies. We need to heed the following dire warning!
2 Peter 2:4-9
Doom of False Teachers
4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
Beware! My brothers and sisters in the Lord, don’t be deceived by the media bias.
In a very busy and hectic life pace, people seek entertainment to escape the reality for a short period of time and to rejuvenate mind and body. In the world, there are various entertainments including video games, musics, movies, sports, hobbies, and outdoor activities. There are also adult entertainment including illicit sex, pornography, illegal drugs, and gamble activities.
In a post modern era, our civilization does not have wrong and right in entertainment as far as it is legal or consensual. From Christian perspective, entertainment area is the area that Christians are easily led into temptation and away from edification.
15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
I used to wonder why making the most of my time has to do with “because the days are evil”. There is no question that the days are evil in our time. I began to understand this truth once I take a close look at the modern entertainment world. Just look at a few examples.
Example 1- Video Games
There are many kids playing all kind of video games day in and day out. Most of the activities are not profitable. In other word, many kids waste so much time in the video games that they do not have time for their studies and that they do not have enough time for sleeping. Video games cause addictions to many people including kids, teen agers, and even adults. Actually, video games are a very big business. Even adults are spending many hours in video games and choose to live in a fantasy world.
Example 2 - Gambling
Same thing happens in the gambling business. It is a multi-billion business. People spend time and money in contributing to the gambling entertainment. We can say the same things about illegal drugs, illicit sex, and pornography.
例2 - 賭博
Many Christians waste much time in entertainment. We would like to point out the following:
1. What is temptation? Temptation in the Christian perspective is the state of getting into sins if we fail the test of
Temptations in the world consist of “lust of eyes”, “lust of the flesh”, and “the pride of this life”. None of the temptations are harmless as some of the liberals want us to believe or want us to rationalize as adult entertainment. There are always evils involved in temptations. Take the pornography business as an example. This multi-billion business has vast evil infrastructures including human trafficking, prostitution. videos, adult websites, illegal escort ,illegal massage activities, etc. These evils destroy family, marriage, and societal stabilities. They also destroy children normal cares, family relationship, and love. The human tolls are countless and sufferings are indeed tragic and heart- broken!
2. If you love the world, you will love the adult entertainment. If you love the world, you will have no time and no heart for loving God. If you really love God, you will hate the evils of the world. In other word, you will hate sins including things that take your time, your love, and your mind away from God.
3. Why it is very easy to be led away by entertainment?. In other word, why Christians are easily led astray by the world entertainment. Just call it adult entertainment does not make it not evil, let alone sinful. Our Lord Jesus Christ indeed warned us that flesh is not profitable. The Bible indeed warns us that if you love the world then you do not love the Father.
So beware of the traps and beware that you are targeted by multiple deceiving ways by the so- called adult entertainment including sport etc. You may argue that movies and sport are not necessarily evil. Indeed, you are absolutely right. The Bible does not prohibit us from sport and movies. But when we do not heed Ephesians 5:15-17 that we need to watch where and how much we spend our time, we could easily rationalize ourselves into various entertainment activities because the days are evil.
It is also true that we will be led into the world entertainment activities if we do not content with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Not to sin is not in our head through rationalization but in our heart through our love toward our wonderful God because He loves us first without bounds.
So once more beware of your time. Beware of your heart! Beware of your rationalization! And most of all beware of your love toward our Lord Jesus Christ who loves us to the end!
Finally, let us ponder the teaching of the following precious verses:
Hate evil, you who love the Lord,
Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown like seed for the righteous
And gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Be glad in the Lord, you righteous ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.
以色列阿，你要聽！耶和華 ─ 我們神是獨一的主。
萬物都是藉著他有的, 我們也是藉著他有的。(歌林多前書 8:6)
Supremacy of Jesus Christ our Lord - Phil 2:9-11; Col 1:15-20
主耶穌的絕對優越性—無不口稱耶穌為主 (西 1:15-20)
Inerrancy of Holy Scripture - Psalm 19:7-9, Matt 5:18
Glorious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ which demonstrates the love of God - John 3:16-18
Obedience to God is much better than offering sacrifices - Hos 6:6
For I delight in loyalty
rather than sacrifice.
And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
The righteous shall live by faith alone - Habbakuk 2:4
Self-denial and be patient in enduring afflictions are the God's ways for us in following Jesus Christ our Lord - Matthew 16:24