The great "con"
The world is full of hungry people. Economics have helped a few get wealthy at the expense of others.
That is not the message of the Scriptures.
Each time I read the news, I see a barrage of events, some related violence, but many related to poverty. Injustice permeates our world, yet as believers we often turn a blind eye to the suffering of others for “more important” work like praying, preaching, and teaching. While these are essential in your walk with the Father, the Messiah and the prophets (especially Amos) reminds us that our belief is hollow when we don’t love and serve others in our own lives or we do not develop a relationship with him. The parable of the good Samaritan carried this message to us.
Our Father has called believers not only to be in relationship with Him but also to be in relationships with others. Yet how many believers and for that matter, denominations, practice one without the other?
Some of you may remember a film called “the Sting”. It was a 1973 film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional con artists (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) who set out to cheat a mob boss (Robert Shaw) of money. The story was inspired by real-life cons documented by David Maurer in his 1940 book “The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man”. Confidence men (cons) work by getting into the confidence of a victim, and then through deception and lies create a false view of reality, bending and restricting access to the truth, or providing false interpretations sufficient to appear credible. Cons seek to get money, possessions, control or whatever else they are seeking from the victim.
The title phrase “the Sting” refers to the moment when a con finish the "play" and takes the victims money or possessions. If a con is successful, the victim does not realise he has been cheated until the con men are long gone, if the victim ever realises at all. The key issue is that the victim is not aware until it is too late.
We have all heard similar stories where people are lied to or conned into believing something that is close to the truth but is not the truth. Although we have Laws and Regulations to help people from being “conned”, most cons are completed before legal assistance can be obtained.
Common cons include on-line relationships, data hacking, drug carriers, gambling, to name a few. Cons are able to exert control by limiting the information that the victim has access to, or persuading that party to believe something else apart from the blatant truth (perhaps a deliberate misinterpretation of facts….), without the victim realising it.
Spiritually, we face exactly the same issue, our enemy is conning the world by restricting economics, education and information, presenting credible alternatives to the truth. Cons are all over the internet and are also through most church doctrine. The con here is ensuring that people do not see the Fathers Salvation Plan or the truth in the Scriptures. The end point is to deliver your soul to your enemy – something you do not realise while it is happening – you are being conned!
In many cases we are lied to by, teachers, pastors, web presenters, writers, and even governments. “Because someone told me so” will not be a valid reason when you stand before the Father to give an account for your life. If something seems incorrect read the Scriptures and pray yourself, be careful who you rely on especially if that person is getting a benefit from you following a certain action – for instance following a doctrine set out in a denomination and not supported by the Scriptures. The coercive effect in this con is that unless you conform you will be ousted – you will lose friends and family. However, the Set Apart Spirit will guide you if your attitude is correct for the Father, and seek the Father with truth and honesty.
The real world is very different to the conned world that non-believers see. Unless your spiritual eyes are opened through the Messiah, you are spiritually and intellectually blind without knowing it. Consider the file “the Matrix” where everyone lives in a virtual reality without knowing it – this is how those with blinded minds live, as they cannot see the truth of what surrounds them.
2 Corinthians 4:4 in whom the mighty one of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so that the enlightening of the Good News of the esteem of Messiah, who is the likeness of Elohim, does not shine on them.
The cons seek to hide salvation from mankind by masking the world and the Scriptures from you, they seek to take from you everything that has meaning. The prize these cons seek is robbing people of their salvation – and they seem to be very good at it.
There are many examples in the Scriptures of cons, where people listen to and heed the wrong source of information. Consider the Israelites when they initially came to the promised land. The people sent spies into the promised land who returned with stories of giants. The Israelites changed their focus from the Father who had performed miracles to enable the exodus, and believed the spies when they said that the giants were too big for them and forgot what the Father had promised them. How different life would have been had they placed their faith in the Father, and not rely on the wrong source of information. As a result, the Israelites were “conned” and the price was 40 years of wandering in the desert.
Spiritual cons abound, our enemy benefits from diverting people from the truth. It is unfortunate that our economic, education and now political systems discourage people from exploring the Fathers Salvation plan. Consider for instance how many doctrines there are, all with their own translation of the same Scripture. Some dive into deep spiritual truths that do not exist, while others provide a superficial view. Many modern denominations are like a supermarket, shop for the product that suits your own ideals and lifestyle.
Take for example the merging of pagan practices into nearly all denominations e-a-s-t-e-r and c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s, you don’t need to keep the Sabbath, the Feasts are gone – in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. But this is all lies, for instance the Sabbath is the Sabbath, the Messiah kept it and told everyone that it was made for man. The Feasts continue on even in the millennium, as noted in Zechariah 14, the Feast of Tabernacle continues in the millennium:
Zechariah 14:16 And it shall be that all who are left from all the nations which came up against Jerusalem, shall go up from year to year to bow themselves to the Sovereign, Yahuah of hosts, and to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. 17 And it shall be, that if anyone of the clans of the earth does not come up to Jerusalem to bow himself to the Sovereign, Yahuah of hosts, on them there is to be no rain. 18 And if the clan of Egypt does not come up and enter in, then there is no rain. On them is the plague with which Yahuah plagues the nations who do not come up to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. 19 This is the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot.
The “sting” in this case is when you pass from this world without establishing a relationship with the Father through the Messiah. The Messiah spoke about this in Matthew 7
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. 22 “Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ 23 “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’
This is a warning to you, don't be one of the victims. There is one Father, one Messiah, and one Set Apart Spirit. There is only the one set of Scriptures and only a single truth that give you many warnings. Don’t be conned out of your salvation, get your life straight and your eyes and mind spiritually open while you can.