by Bill McPherson  (Published by Permission)

Below are a few words for curious and inquiring minds, the pith of which few have ever considered. You will read religious sounding words, but this is far from what you may expect. Try to read with an open mind, not attaching sentiment or emotion, rather with intellect and common sense.

It appears evident from the words of Jesus Christ himself that many people are deceived and worship Him in vain. How can this be and where are these “many”? One would think that “many” people could be identified – that they are ubiquitous.

Notice these words:

Matthew 24:5 “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” These are not people claiming themselves to be the Christ, but that Jesus is the Christ. Notice again in context Matthew 24:11 “and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.”


Jesus Christ also said it is possible to worship Him in vain and that “many” would be doing that. It sounds like these “many” are well intentioned people yet going about their worship incorrectly. Is it possible to incorrectly worship God?

Look at :

Matthew 15:8,9 “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.”


Notice again in…

Mark 7:6,7 “He replied, Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 In vain (fruitlessly and without profit) do they worship Me, ordering and teaching [to be obeyed] as doctrines the commandments and precepts of men.”


Webster’s dictionary defines “deceive” as: “to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid.” Deceived people generally do not know they are deceived. Who would admit they willfully accept being deceived? Exploring the possibilities of this deception is quite fascinating and is set forth in the following.

Consider how many words and phrases, generally thought to be valid by the “Christian” world, cannot be found in the Bible – the source from which “Christians” base their beliefs, customs, traditions, etc. First, there are the myriad denominations: Church of Christ, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Quaker, Mormon, Presbyterian, Catholic, Pentecostal, Episcopal, etc., etc.

These are essentially inventions of men. Each of these denominations and countless others found their origin at some point in history, most of which during the past 500 years. Even the Roman Catholic organization wasn’t founded until over 300 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Given the often radical differences within these denominations, one would wonder how they all could represent the true organization mentioned in the scripture, for Jesus Christ did say He would build a Church (organization of people). One would have to have quite the imagination to reason that all these denominations represent God’s best effort. The point is that none of these organizations are mentioned in scripture; they are the inventions of men.

Other words and phrases not found in scripture are also universally accepted: trinity, rapture, lent, rosary, sacrament, purgatory, easter, christmas, palm sunday, mass, etc. Myriad professing Christians have deep emotions about these although there is no biblical reference for them. The origins of these false concepts are often founded in Pagan ritual. Indeed, the Sunday – first day of the week – observance has a pagan origin from the 3rd Century. Many people are deceived into what they’ve been taught by man rather than by God Himself. Evidence of this is easy to unearth.

According to Jesus Christ, many will have thought they were worshiping Him correctly:

Matthew 7:22,23 Many shall say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied through “your” name, and through “your” name cast out demons, and through “your” name done many works of power? 23 and then will I avow unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me, workers of lawlessness.


Have the “many” who are deceived been identified? Certainly, many people are involved in and believe in the litany of unscriptural “Christian” jargon, pagan rituals and traditions passed down through time. One could easily reverse this deception by researching the origins and searching the scriptures. Of course, this takes considerable effort and who would make a concerted effort to disprove what they so strongly believe? But, the fact is unless one tries to disprove a belief how can they have confidence what they believe is true?

One final point: One might ask, “how could all these denominations be wrong? After all millions, no billions, of professing Christians are associated with them. The Bible refers to Christians as being a “little flock” and few in number as clearly stated in the following. All this confusion could easily be cleared up by researching the validity of dearly held beliefs we’ve assumed since childhood.

Matthew 7: 13,14

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.



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