Do you remember the old adage If you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all? With this world of the internet and anonymity, the saying seems to have come to be more like If you don’t have anything nice to say, say it anonymously.

People have discovered a way of being mean with the simple name Anonymous. He seems to know a lot gossip2of information. I hear him on the news – anonymous source or source which wishes to remain anonymous. Then there are those who respond to blogs that refuse to put their names. Just who is this Anonymous and why doesn’t he just shut up? I for one don’t want to hear what he has to say anymore.

Unfortunately others seem to thrive on hearing what Mr. Anonymous has to say.

Psalm 18:21 reads, The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Too many people, including Christians, have a tendency to say things behind someone’s back that they’d never say to their face. And then when it comes around to bite them in the behind, they go so far as to deny it. My philosophy is I won’t say it behind your back that I won’t say to you personally.

And in this day and age of social media, if I won’t put my name to it, I won’t post it.

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Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. – Desmond Tutu

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Kindness seems to have gone out the window along with manners. It’s time we bring it back.

The power of the tongue and the type written word can make a difference in someone’s life. Before you The-Power-Of-The-Tonguepost anything, ask yourself if this will be beneficial or just bring pain. Anything hurtful should never be posted. And if it’s something you feel the person truly needs to hear, discuss it with them in private.

And sign your name to anything you’re willing to put on the internet. Being anonymous or using a pseudonym only shows you don’t have real faith in what you’re saying.

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Please welcome my guest today: Nancy LaPointe, author and writer extraordinaire.

 Could you be deceived?

How confident are you that you are in sync with the truth? Daily we see posts on social media sites with arguing, debating and insulting comments because people are willing to speak out for what they believe. It’s interesting because each person believes they have the truth. And yet, their views are diametrically opposed. People choose where to get their news, who to follow on networking sites, which authors’ books to purchase and share, and so on. Naturally, each chooses those according to sources which agree with their own principles and philosophies.

I find that most people would never even stop to consider that they could be deceived at any level. If so-and-so said it or reported it, it has to be true. We all know that the media doesn’t always tell the truth. Nancy(Don’t we all know that?) There is an emotional current that runs hard and deep to the point that even longtime neighbors or co-workers cannot have a calm, mature discussion over an issue. Our country has become a place of division and dissention like never before in history.

I’m amazed at the way people can write, report, publish absolutely anything they please online and it is accepted as pure truth. We need to wake up! If we are discerning intercessors, we will learn to pray over every report we hear and not take as fact everything that is put out there.

The Bible teaches us that in the last days we will be bombarded with deception. Many agree we’re in the last days, but refuse to admit to any possibility of being deceived. Isn’t that a bit arrogant, and frightening—to think that you could never be deceived?

We can all be deceived if we are not walking in the Spirit, led and counseled by the Holy Spirit daily. We hear teachers in churches or on TV who use a couple of scriptures and proceed to distort the Word of God horribly, and the people in the pews are nodding and saying amen because they have no clue they’re hearing an out-of-context, perversion of the truth, which is just fitting an agenda that’s being presented. If it’s performed in an enticing way, and has a few verses thrown in, it’s convincing enough for most folks.

I have no need to stir up controversy but feel the Lord is pressing me to speak out. Your political party is not your saviour (or the saviour of the world) and both parties are full of deception. Many pastoral leaders are following a path to the one world religion which, I might add here, is not pleasing to God, but is in prophecy as a precursor to the antichrist system. Why would Bible believing Christians support universalists and those who push for one religion for all, when that religion contradicts God’s Word and is blasphemous?  The answer to that is that basically they don’t know what God teaches. It just sounds wonderful to have everyone agreeing and coming together in peace. It is a compromise with deadly consequences. Deception masquerades as an angel of light.

I believe the Lord is trying to open our eyes to many truths that are painful. All I ask of you, readers and friends, is that you would take the time to stop and pray and think about your adamant beliefs and how they line up with scripture. Stop and pray about who you are following. I was very surprised when God opened my eyes to some leaders who were not what I thought they were. I have no plans or desires to bash anyone at all. I only want to encourage people to wake up and smell the cappuccino before it’s too late. I assure you that God is serious about our responsibility to know His Word and to know what is false. As we humble ourselves before Him, He will lift us up.

1 Tim 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

Matt 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect– if that were possible.

 

LivingNancy LaPointe is a retired pastoral counselor and ordained pastor. She has written for newspapers, newsletters, blogs, and magazines for about twenty years, always with a focus on the power of God’s healing. Leading women’s retreats and Bible studies, she is passionate about helping people find emotional healing and learning to walk in freedom. Nancy enjoys living with her family in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
Visit Nancy LaPointe’s website: www.nancysview.com

Living in God’s Rest…At Peace in a Chaotic World and Masked in Deceit, a mystery suspense novel, both available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CVDIZ60

 

 

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