Today’s Bible Teaching and the song is part two of a three-part series on persecution. Today we will look at the lies or “DISINFORMATION” that Satan who is the father of lies has inserted in our schools, our government and even in many of the churches that are lead by false teachers like Joel Olsteen, T.D. Jakes and others, Satan has also inserted his lies in bibles like the TNIV which is a gender-neutral, John 8:44 says “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

 

Many ear-tickling “Christians” have been deceived by Satan and are believing the lie instead of the truth,  2 Timothy 4:3 (EXB) says  “because the time will come when people will not ·listen to [put up with; endure] the ·true [sound; healthy] teaching but will ·find many more [gather around themselves; accumulate] teachers who ·please them [meet their needs/desires] by saying the things ·they want to hear [their ears itch for].”

 

As true followers of Jesus, we need to stand in the TRUTH of His Word (Bible) and be the ambassadors that He has called us to be no matter what others may say or do. Billy Graham said, “True faith and suffering frequently go hand-in-hand … Living for Christ, walking in His way, will not be an easy path.” Jesus also said in Matthew 10:22 (NKJV) “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

 

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 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. 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.” Ephesians 6:10-13

 

By Norman Watson

 

 

 

keith green no one believes in me anymore

 

Oh, my job keeps getting easier

As time keeps slippin’ away

I can imitate the brightest light

And make the night look just like day

 

I put some truth in every lie

To tickle itchin’ ears

You know, I’m drawing people just like flies

‘Cause they like what they hear

 

I’m gaining power by the hour

They’re falling by the score

You know it’s getting very simple now

‘Cause no one believes in me anymore!

 

Oh, heaven’s just a state of mind

My book read on your shelf

Oh, have you heard that God is dead?

I made that one up myself

 

They’re dabbling with magic spells

They get their fortunes read

You know, they heard the truth but turned away

And then followed me instead

 

I used to have to sneak around

But now they just open their doors

No one is watching for my trick

Since no one believes in me anymore!

 

Everyone likes a winner

With my help, you’re guaranteed to win

Hey man, you ain’t no sinner

No, you’ve got the truth within

 

And as your life slips by you believe the lie

That you did it on your own but don’t worry

I’ll be there to help you share

A dark eternal home, a dark eternal home

 

Oh, my job keeps getting easier

As day slips into day

The magazines, the newspapers

Print every word I say

 

This world is just my spinning top

It’s all like child’s play

You know, I dream that it would never stop

But I know it’s not that way

 

Still my work goes on and on

Always stronger than before

I’m gonna make it dark before the dawn

Since no one believes in me anymore!

 

Well, I used to have to sneak around

But now they just open their doors

You know, no one is

 

 

THE PROCESS OF PERSECUTION–2: DISINFORMATION

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks.

 

 

 

 

 

Blessed are you when people…falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Matthew 5:11

 

 

This stage of persecution is characterized by unchecked ridicule and disinformation against a targeted group (Christian or others) most

 

often spread through media. In this stage Christians are robbed of their good reputation and the right to answer the accusations made

 

against them. Media, politics, entertainment, publications and schools are most often the avenues used to spread such insinuations or

 

lies.

 

If disinformation about any group is disseminated long enough, no one will help in later stages because of this negative brain-washing

 

about them. It essentially dehumanizes the person and is a pattern of thinking that may make it easier for milder wrongs to ignite a

 

chain reaction of events. It creates an “us-versus-them” mentality.

 

A classic historic example is the gross disinformation the German Nazis spread about the Jews which then developed into a literal

 

negative symbol when Jewish homes and businesses were marked with Stars of David and then targeted.

 

This also can result in verbal stereotyping. In the Rwanda genocide, the term “cockroach” became a negative classification of all Tutsi

 

as conspirators against the government.

 

There are many significant global examples of disinformation used against our Christian brothers and sisters. The influence and impact

 

of negative television programs against Protestant Christians in an autonomous region in Central Asia is very strong. A local pastor was

 

shown on TV and, without reference to any evidence, labelled “an enemy of the state.” His family members’ pictures were also shown at

 

the same time causing them to be despised by their community.

 

Recently a Christian woman who was shown on TV was not able to continue her work in a kiosk in the market. Other vendors forced her

 

to leave the bazaar.

 

One local pastor says, “Since the program is shown regularly on TV, persecution has become worse. Some people have left the church

 

out of fear. When you start to preach (to the public), people close up and say, we have heard about you, we don’t want to listen.”

 

In North Korea, the entire society is controlled by propaganda and disinformation. Persecution is so severe that in many Christian

 

families, children are not even told about the family’s faith in Jesus until they are young adults because they are encouraged and

 

expected to inform on their parents while in their school years. Christians are considered enemies of the state and the disinformation

 

about this is wide spread.

 

Similarly, in countries like Laos, the government disinformation is that Christianity is an American religion being used to infiltrate their

 

country rather than the former military methods. All Christians are thus portrayed as being traitors and working for America.

 

 

 

RESPONSE: Today I will work for truth and quash all attempts at disinformation against followers of Jesus everywhere.

 

PRAYER: Lord, grant Your blessing today on Your followers suffering from lies and untruths.