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Resource Sheet 10 - Causes of Deception

(From Urquhart, Colin, Explaining deception, pages 43-50, 57-59)

  1. Pride
    The pride of your heart has deceived you. (Obadiah v.3)

  2. Self-dependence
    Apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

  3. Trusting in worthless things
    Let not him deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return. (Job 15:31)

  4. Trusting what you want to believe
    This is what the Lord says: do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians will surely leave us.' They will not. (Jeremiah 37:9)

  5. Unwilling to listen to God or be taught
    These are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord's instruction. (Isaiah 30:9)

  6. Trusting in your own 'wisdom'
    Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. (1 Corinthians 3:18)

  7. Listening to God, but not doing what He says
    Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22)

  8. Blindness to your sin
    If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)

  9. False ideas about yourself
    If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. (Galatians 6:3)

  10. Speaking negatively
    If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. (James 1:26)

  11. Believing 'revelations' about the Second Coming of Jesus
    Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

  12. Tolerance of sin
    Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

  13. Believing in another Jesus
    But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)

  14. Blaming others for your temptation
    When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. (James 1:13-18)

  15. Believing everyone will go to heaven
    Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. (Revelation 21:27)

  16. Believing false prophets
    Watch out that no-one deceived you. (Matthew 24:4)

  17. Sin deceives
    But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13)

  18. Those who are deceived will deceive others
    Evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:13)

  19. Unbelievers are deceived
    At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. (Titus 3:3)

  20. Wealth can deceive
    The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22)

Finding Freedom from Deception by Living in the Truth

  1. Ask Jesus to forgive you for your ignorance of the Words of scripture.

  2. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you areas of your thinking and believing where you have been deceived.

  3. Confess these areas of deception and sin and ask the Lord for His forgiveness.

  4. Check yourself against the list of ways Christians can be deceived.

  5. Renounce all previous contact with occult activity.

  6. Destroy all charms, fetishes or insignia connect with the occult.

  7. Renounce any involvement with spiritism or any other false religion or cult.

  8. Renounce any involvement with freemasonry.

  9. Ask for the Lord's forgiveness if you constantly focus attention on yourself and your problems.

  10. Forgive any who have ever wronged you.

  11. Forgive any who have taught you incorrectly.

  12. Renounce any involvement with meditation techniques that have their roots in eastern mysticism.

  13. Renounce any involvement with alternative medicines that have occult origins.

  14. Repent of believing any unbalanced, unscriptural deliverance teaching that blames demons for everything that goes wrong in your life, or suggests that deliverance is the answer to every problem.

  15. Renounce any way in which you have allowed other people or activities to become more important to you than Jesus.

  16. Ask forgiveness for any way in which you are being deceived because you do not want to face the demands of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.

  17. Make a fresh surrender of your heart and life to Jesus.

  18. Praise Jesus for His love, grace and mercy. Thank Him for the truth that sets you free.