1.10 The Word "Deceived"
the Description of Every Unregenerate Man


Chapter 1: A Biblical Survey
of Satanic Deception

from War On the Saints
by Jesse Penn-Lewis

Scriptures Referenced in This Section:
          (Follow the Scripture links if you want to study the Scriptures for yourself.)
Isa. 44:20 π Jer. 17:9 π 1 Cor. 3:18 π 1 Cor. 6:9 π 1 Cor. 15:33 π 2 Cor. 4:4 π Gal. 6:3 π Gal. 6:7 π Phlp. 3:6 π Tit. 3:3 π Heb. 3:13 π Jas. 1:22 π Jas. 1:26 π 1 Jn. 1:8

The word "deceived" is, according to the Scripture, the description of every unregenerate human being, without distinction of persons, race, culture, or sex. "We also were...deceived" ( Tit. 3:3 ), said Paul the Apostle, although in his "deceived" condition he was a religious man, walking according to the righteousness of the law, blameless. ( Phlp. 3:6; top )

Every unregenerate man first of all is deceived by his own deceitful heart ( Jer. 17:9 ; Isa. 44:20 ) and deceived by sin ( Heb. 3:13 ); the god of this world adding the "blinding of the mind" lest the light of the gospel of Christ should dispel the darkness. ( 2 Cor. 4:4; top ) And the deception of the evil one does not end when the regenerating life of God reaches the man, for the blinding of the mind is only removed just so far as the deceptive lies of Satan are dislodged by the light of truth.

Even though the heart is renewed, and the will has turned to God, yet the deeply ingrained disposition to self-deception, and the presence, in some measure, of the blinding power of the deceiver on the mind, betrays itself in many forms, as the following statements from Scripture show:

Deceived! How the word repels, and how involuntarily every human being resents it as applied to himself, not knowing that the very repulsion is the work of the deceiver, for the purpose of keeping the deceived ones from knowing the truth, and being set free from deception. If men can be so easily deceived by the deception arising from their own fallen nature, how eagerly will the forces of Satan seek to add to it and not diminish it by one iota. How keenly will they work to keep men in bondage to the old creation, out of which will spring multitudinous forms of self-deception, enabling them the more readily to carry on their deceiving work. Their methods of deception are old and new, adapted to suit the nature, state, and circumstances of the victim. Instigated by hatred, malice, and bitter ill-will towards mankind and all goodness, the emissaries of Satan do not fail to execute their plans, with a perseverance worthy to be imitated by him who fain would reach his goal.

[1.9] World-wide Deception Disclosed in the Apocalypse
[1.11] Satan the Deceiver Also of the Children of God
1. A Biblical Survey
of Satanic Deception - Table of Contents
Table of Contents π Topical Index

I'd love to hear comments and/or questions from you! Email me!

Site Panel π Home π MNQs π New Posts π Books π Series π Articles
Authors π Subjects π Titles π Top 50 Writings π Twisted Scriptures π Bible Bullets
Scriptures π Top 25 Scriptures π Needs π Links π Donations π Correspondence