The Judgment of Deception

by Mike Ratliff

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5 ESV)

Idolatry, as I have been teaching you for these last many years, always produces spiritual blindness. It also brings God’s judgment. As we see in Romans 1:26, God “gave over,” or παρέδωκεν the unrighteous to the their own lusts as an act of judgment. Carefully read the passage I placed at the top of this post from 2 Timothy. This accumulating for themselves of teachers to suit their own passions by those who will not endure sound teaching, but have itching ears is the very same thing. God has given them over to their false gods, to their idols. Their deception is willing. Think of all those people lining up to to become incarnational, missional servants in the big push of dominionism by these false prophets with their false gospel of works righteousness which preys upon the post modern’s inability to think critically about anything.

There are some who still want to go back to “church as we used to know it” as it was 50 years ago or so, but we can forget that. This downgrade has been going on for a lot longer than that. What is known as Evangelicalism has becoming more and more apostate until it is just a relic of what it once stood for. When I first started this ministry my goal was revival and recovery of the Gospel and I think both are still worthy goals, but God has allowed things to go a different way.

A friend sent me an email this morning to encourage me. In it she shared how she read Jeremiah 24 and God’s analogy of the two baskets of figs. One basket held good figs while the other held bad figs that could not be eaten. The good figs represented those Jews who went into exile in Babylon. They were told to settle there and live quiet godly lives while God’s judgment would fall on those who remained in Judah which represented the bad figs. In any case, she believed, and I agree with her, that those of us who have been rooted out of our churches by the apostasy and are now able to see the evil that is happening in the visible Church all around us are the good figs. We are to simply be good Christians and obey the Lord where He has us. His judgment has already begun in the spiritual blindness and apostasy against the bad figs, but the final judgment is coming.

Another friend sent me the link to the video below. I recommend you watch it to completion my brethren for Paul Washer does indeed explain very well here what I have been attempting to say to you through these last several posts about deception.

If you are still in a good biblical church that has not apostatized then praise God! However, if you are reading this and you know things are just not right there then you must take it to God, seek His face and obey Him and what He wants you to do. I can tell you that it is never His will for you to sit at the feet of false teachers my brethren. Those who tell you different have been deceived and are part of the problem.

Soli Deo Gloria!

19 thoughts on “The Judgment of Deception

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  2. Thanks for all your post Mike. You are a solid and trustworthy brother and I have been immensely blessed by your biblically grounded study of the word of God.
    Your brother in Christ Jesus


  3. Praise God for this Post!

    My husband and I prayed about leaving a pentacostal church because we knew by the scriptures not everything preached there was the truth. The church services were very entertaining, loud music, theatre seating, very bring as many street people in as possible. The evening services were the worste they brought bus loads of unsaved in. The problem was the services were so disruptive the music team would amp up the music and the loose dancing began. My husband and I would pray thru those services and go home very discouraged.

    The Pastor eventually recognized the services getting out of control and have now a seperate service for the drug addicted in a different room during the evenings.

    We still felt strongly to leave that church and attend a very biblically sound Baptist church and God has blessed us for being obedient.


  4. This is a great article, thank you so much!
    I believe most people who have been in church their entire lives have a hard time leaving a church with no where else to go. The guilt trip placed upon you is so great that most will go to any church for the sake of “going to church”, and they are offering up their children to the fire of Molech.

    I’ve heard the Paul Washer video many times, but it is still really good and so very pertinent!

    God help us!

    Come quickly, Lord Jesus!!


  5. many members of the one body of jesus His precious bride are coming out from among them there is no better shepherd than the true Shepherd and His Holy Spirit will guide us and lead us into all truth. I thank the Lord for discerners of the truth such as yourself, paul washer, steve lumbley, berit kjos, and many others. we need to be bereans in this time of lawlessness within and without the church of Jesus Christ! Amen?


  6. Hi Mike,
    May God bless you for this. I have been thinking about friends and family members who sit under false teachers, and when I point the errors out to them, they show no interest in discussing or investigating for themselves…but they defend it.
    “Their deception is willing.” That statement brings much sadness, doesn’t it. Although I don’t want to believe it and instead wish to believe that it is only just a big bad mistake on their part and if they only knew the truth they would all jump at the chance to get out of there…I know that is not the case. They are following their hearts and believe they are right and their goal in view is what their teachers say they can have. I pray our only goal in view would be the cross of Jesus Christ.


  7. Hi Mike 😀 Wonderful post – Praise God
    Berean Gal said something so pertinent,
    ” I believe most people who have been in church their entire lives have a hard time leaving a church with no where else to go. The guilt trip placed upon you is so great that most will go to any church for the sake of “going to church”, and they are offering up their children to the fire of Molech.”

    That is very much often the problem, but once you have a clear leading from the Lord, and you can see that you simply put Him ahead of your own feelings, and walk His way straight out of wherever it is you are called to leave, the reward is immense.

    I was in this place a few years ago and have gone through the humanistic emotion of feeling afraid of causing offense to people. The Lord does call you to stand in the face of everything you are being told/manipulated to do by others. It is tough going against all the folks around you and you can do it in a gentle manner, but obey Him once and you know that voice thereafter and can move much easier next time.

    It comes with asking the Lord to give you a Christ consciousness instead of a self consciousness.


  8. Thanks Steph! Yes, amen, been there too. The pressure to conform and not make waves is enormous. We will be held accountable when we stand before our Lord at how we handle these things…


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