I think God allows stuff like the myriad of Jokester pretend ministers to continue on their merry way as His way of filtering out those who do not love the truth.
So-called ministers like this are what I call “Stupid Magnets.”
These “stupid magnets” attract unsuspecting victims in droves and bilk them not only of their money $$$, but possibly out of their opportunity to receive eternal life.
This is serious stuff and is also an admonition to keep our eyes and allegiance focused on our Lord Jesus Christ who is “The Boss!”
The following of mere men who claim to be Men or Women of God (MOG), may cause one to be led astray and away from Christ into a dangerous Cult
MOGGIE MEN or WOMEN are certain so-called leaders who claim to be Men or Women of God. They claim to know and represent God, when in reality they are deceived and are habitually deceiving others by their pernicious ways.
A cult is a closed off culture from society. A cult is usually built around an individual who is charismatic and an excellent communicator. They promise great things but in reality they are nothing more than “bait and switch” promulgators of deception; These hucksters are really out for their own gain who with smooth words condition and indoctrinate their victims to become as remote controlled robots who obey the every wish of the “MOGGIE MEN or WOMEN.”
Some examples of extreme cult leaders are Jim Jones and Charles Manson to name a few. Most of thiese cult leader’s use tried and proven methods of mind control or behavioral modification techniques that are quite subtle and very effective.
The longer an individual is subjected to these mind altering techniques, the more the victims’ ability to think for themselves diminishes. A sign of this condition is when you hear people trying to articulate an idea by only using short phrases they learned from the cults indoctrination program.
Cults have their own “jargon” which their victims usually adopt to communicate to others, such as certain words or phrases which are usually used and are unique to various cults.
Beware! As these charismatic cults may seem benign, but may quickly turn into a scary situation for the victims.
Cults of any type are dangerous! Cult leaders not only desire to control your mind but they also want to control your life, and finances. If given the opportunity these deceivers will bilk an individual of all they have, including their souls.
Now let’s go to scripture to read what God declares about being deluded. The following is strong truth for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear it:
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)
9 The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels—[all of them] lying wonders—
10 And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved.
11 Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false,
12 In order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely on] the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness.
Being a child of the 70’s, a strong delusion to me is similar to someone taking LSD and thinking they can fly. We all know that for a human to fly like a bird is impossible. In a similar manner these deluded souls are drawn away from the truth by these Hucksters and are deceived to think they are loving and worshipping God, when in reality their allegiance is to the men they follow.
The truth is people who do not love the truth of a loving God continually live a life of delusion that is actually sent by God. You may think this statement to be untrue, but the scriptures verify its authenticity.
So then most cults are dangerous, but any religious cults are really dangerous and fanatical! This is obvious today when we see the recruiting of young men and women from around the worlds into ISIS or some other radical Islamic faction.
This is the reason why it is imperative to be aware of the deceptive techniques and methods used by these cults to recruit innocent minds, not only for ourselves but our loved ones.
However, Christ is compassionately understanding for all who will come to Him and learn His ways of living life.
Christ is not a taker of life, but a giver of life! I
In Christ there is given eternal life and absolute forgiveness through His grace and mercy.
In conclusion, when an individual decides to follow Christ, and not MOGGIE MEN or WOMEN one will never be disappointed in their expectations of Christ or of His Kingdom.
What is the alternative to being deluded?
The answer is simple, but may not be easy for some to accept. The answer is by continuing to focus our attention on developing a personal relationship with Christ He will give us Love, Joy, and Peace.