Things Are Not Always As They Seem
I enjoy a good illusionist. I enjoy watching someone appear to saw someone in half or make someone disappear. I know that no one can really do those things but, things are not always as they seem. In 2 Corinthians 11 the apostle Paul reminds us that this truth is valid as it relates to people as well. Here is what he writes: 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. No doubt that Paul had run into his fair share of false apostles, men who claimed to be disciples of Jesus or followers of God but who were in fact, ministers of Satan.
It is often difficult to see whether a leader is truly following Christ. Obviously, no one is perfect, so sin doesn’t necessarily disqualify someone or make him/her a minister of Satan. Rather, I believe a longer term approach is needed for this evaluation. Listen to what is being taught. Listen to how people are being exhorted to live. Compare what is being said to the words of God from the Bible. Be cautious. Not all who say they are of God are truly of God. Unfortunately I believe there are many people who are disguising themselves as ministers of righteousness. Avoid those people. Mark them in your minds. Pray for them but don’t follow them. Their end will be according to their works but they don’t have to take you down the wrong path with them. Go a different way.