The definition of moral equivalence is, according to Wikipedia, “a term used in political debate, usually to deny that a moral comparison can be made of two sides in a conflict, or in the actions or tactics of two sides.” For example, the despotism of communism is not morally equivalent to the freedom of a Constitutional republic or democracy. Comparing apples and oranges might be a way my grandfather would have described it, except that one is evil and the other is not. So now, Christians are challenged everyday by the argument over moral equivalence, especially when it comes to our current President, Donald Trump. My purpose here is not to offend you, but to prepare and equip you.
Hillary Clinton is a most vile person. She, as my son said, enriched herself off the backs of the taxpayers like a third-world dictator. She established what many consider an organized crime network in a pay to play scheme of extracting money for influence, laundering it through the Clinton Foundation. She and her husband enriched themselves off of a strategic uranium deal with Russia. She lied about Benghazi where Americans were killed, and infamously asked “what difference does it make” when questioned about the narrative surrounding their deaths. She is a proponent of abortion. She allowed classified information to fall into the hands of America’s enemies—the line by line list is as long as a roll of toilet paper.
Enter Donald Trump. Trump made billions as a real estate mogul. He has been married three times. He allegedly has had affairs with porn stars while being married. He tweets some of the most nasty words and behaves very un-presidential. He has further alienated cultural and racial demographics in our country through his crass words and insults. The words he used in the past describing women are demeaning. The news media dislikes Trump so much that they look for ways to undermine him, publishing and broadcasting blatant lies as told by the opposition party’s leaders. The media believes they are doing the right thing by exposing Trump to the people, although they did little to nothing about Clinton’s shenanigans.
The dilemma for Christians is how do we support a man like Trump when he obviously goes against the teachings of the Holy Scriptures? Many justify giving Trump a pass, saying that since he has become a Christian, he is a work in progress. Grace should be granted. Others say neither Clinton nor Trump were good choices. But is there moral equivalence? Can we excuse Trump’s behavior because Clinton was far worse? As Christ said in Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” The judgment is reserved for God. We have heard and will continue to hear bad things about Trump. Some of it is true. We cannot excuse it. We can only pray for repentance and transformation, but there is no moral equivalence to the alternative.
The Facebook spy issue
Breezing through the news cycle pretty quickly is Facebook. Facebook was part and parcel to a data mining (sic spying) application developed and used by the immediate past “president.” The working model collected information on Facebook users that would be valuable to the “president’s” election campaign. In 2012, Facebook even expressed surprise that the “president’s” campaign was “able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized what we were doing…because they were on our side,” the campaign’s director of media analytics, Carol Davidson, tweeted with a link to a talk she gave on how Facebook allowed the campaign to harvest data across friends networks.
The App took information given in response to how users set up their Facebook account and whether they allowed Facebook to share individual friends. The App recorded, analyzed and utilized the information in messaging, categorizing voters, and reaching specific demographics. Prior to vehicles such as Facebook, campaigns did this by calling people on the phone and asking them questions. That method of polling, however, wasn’t sneaky or spy-like because the voter gave permission up front to take the survey. Facebook allowed itself to be used by the Democratic “president” because it was a business that supported the policies of his administration. So rather than keep the public trust, Facebook sold out to its collective political beliefs.
And, in the meantime, Russian operatives were also using Facebook to propagate false stories about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Facebook was suppressing the bad stuff about Clinton, and allowing the negatives on Trump. The New York Times reported that Facebook’s Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos was actually tracking down the Russian trolls and trying to uncover them. The Times reported that Facebook Chief Operations Officer Sheryl Sandberg opposed Stamos’s work and tried to cover up his exposure of the Russian’s election shenanigans. According to Law&crime.com, Facebook pressured the Times to remove the cover up language in its online stories. Stamos also has been reassigned to another job. Antitrust and collusion questions are now being raised between the Times and Facebook.
Also, the Trump campaign hired Cambridge Analytics to collect information from Facebook users through surveys, unlike the previous “president” who developed an App for this data mining. But since it's a Trump-hired organization, Facebook is now feigning that the Trump campaign spied on Americans using Facebook. Democratic lawmakers are saying the Trump campaign used Facebook data wrongly, despite the clear fact that the Democratic Party, the New York Times, and Facebook colluded in a dark web data-mining scheme and cover up. This is just another example of people accusing others of exactly what the accuser has done. As Ephesians 5:12 says of these unfruitful works of darkness, “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” May they all be exposed to the light.
Reflections in the mirror of life
Is our home, our community, our state, our nation a reflection of ourselves? It makes sense that in a nation where we have a choice of how we are governed, that the political, social and moral elements of society reflect the people. We read the headlines and are appalled. We watch television programs and we are repulsed. We see the condition of those around us and it often looks like the bar room scene in Star Wars. It is foreign to how many of us were raised. It is very different than most of our values. We try to make sense of it, but the problem is that we just cannot relate. There is a disconnect. Many just throw in the towel and say all is lost. Can we afford to do that? What would the Lord have us do?
At the time of Christ, the Romans ruled over the Jews and Gentiles alike. There was no choice of government. Nevertheless, disciples of Christ were encouraged to overcome evil with good. Jesus told the masses gathered at the Sermon on the Mount, “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under the foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:13-16).”
The Apostle Paul says in Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” He goes on to say that we each have different gifts—some teach, some exhort, some rule—and we are to exercise our gifts with simplicity, diligence, mercy and cheerfulness. These are focused on showing Christ, glorifying the Father in heaven, through our acts, by using our gifts to “Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”
Ephesians 2:8-10 tells us, “For by grace are you saved thought faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” So when we see the darkness around us, is it a reflection of our faith, of our work? In some ways it may be, especially considering how the “church” has disengaged and withdrawn into its four walls with all sorts of crazy ideas about not engaging with government, the world, etc. It is not your fault that the world is dark and dying—the word promises that it’s going to get worse before the Lord returns. But we as disciples of Christ are to be salt and light to a dark and dying world. Does our reflection in that mirror of life look like Christ or the world?
Corruption, strife and contention
The book of Habakkuk opens with the prophet saying, “O Lord, how long shall I cry and you will not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and you will not save! Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? For spoiling and violence are before me: and there are strife and contention that rise up. Therefore the law is ignored, and judgment does never go forth: for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverted judgment proceeds.” This plea to the Lord is on the lips of many countrymen as they view the corruption around the nation. It is deep and wide among those who seek to destroy our freedom, our rights, our ability to speak and worship freely.
Everywhere we turn, we hear, see and experience the negativity and lies. The corruption surrounds us and strife and contention have arisen because of it. The law has been ignored. There are many who are above the law. There are those who are twisting the law. There are those who are institutionalizing organized crime within our federal and state governments to enrich themselves with money and power. These were the very things that the Founding Fathers sought to avoid by establishing a nation governed by the rule of law. Here we are 242 years later and we have become a nation of contention and strife. The people have forgotten their common interests and have been divided by lies.
Many have defeatist attitudes and discourage others by saying that we have no country, that it is doomed. They take a cynical glee in degrading what we have become rather than encouraging others to stand for what is right. There are those who say that Christians should not be concerned with the country or the government because ours is a higher calling to the kingdom of God. To that I say, God is consistent in his word that it is not an either/or situation. He chooses to work through his people and we are instructed to overcome evil with good, to let our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven. We are called to be the light of Christ to those around us.
2 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Verse 12 exhorts: “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas, they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” With some 75% of the people in this nation claiming to be Christian, our nation would not be so corrupt, strife-filled, and contentious if we were doing what we are called to do. The nation is a reflection of our faith because we are still the vast majority. Notwithstanding, 12 men turned the world upside-down. If they could do it, so can we by walking in faith, trusting in the Lord, and being doers of the word.
The disengaged political force
George Barna of the American Culture and Faith Institute (ACFI) has conducted a recent study that shows there are three types of people impacting the social landscape in America—the liberals, the conservatives, and the disengaged. Barna believes the disengaged sector are the greatest threat to America because they just don’t care about whether the country is headed in the right or wrong direction. Barna writes, “But another crucial component of our national stalemate is the large share of the voting-age population that is disengaged from the multifaceted battle of worldviews. These people are the tiebreakers. But they refuse to show up.”
Barna says there are two key segments of the disengaged. He says, “The first is those who have moderate views–i.e., obstinate ambivalence–on both politics and theology (31% of the adult population). They will not take stands on the important issues of the day, from immigration to abortion, from the veracity of the Bible to the role of Jesus Christ in modern life. The second segment is people who are not registered to vote and pay little attention to political news and information (21%). There are times when all of us get frustrated with the political system and its players, and harbor ill-will toward the biased media. But rather than work through the garbage and distortions in the pipeline, the disengaged retire from the game altogether.”
ACFI studies reveal that irrespective of whether people are conservative or liberal, Christian or non-Christian, Millennial or Boomer, or whether a person of color, Americans are eager to improve America because they have a healthy distrust of government. Barna says, “Six out of ten Americans are angry about the state of the nation. Two out of three contend that the government cannot be trusted to do what is in the best interests of the country. Seventy percent say that government has too much control over our lives. Huge majorities of the people argue that the United States is moving in the wrong direction on at least three important fronts: politically, morally, and culturally.”
Barna wrote that when asked to make a choice between capitalism and socialism, a majority of the disengaged (56%) said they had no preference. He says, “Part of the challenge may be their lack of information. Whereas two-thirds of the engaged population follows news about politics and governance “a lot” or “quite a bit”, few of those who are Disengaged pay attention to such information. These are the people who don’t know and don’t care. Their failure to participate in the battle for the nation’s future is paralyzing us all.” This is why The Daily Jot informs readers with an eye toward equipping and encouraging action. Christ said in Matthew 28:19, “Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Don’t feel comfortable in the four walls of your church. Get engaged. Be salt and light.
A testimony of our government schools
Wednesday, March 14 was a testimony to the nation’s government school system in so many ways. We had kids across the nation participating in some sort of protest about guns. In New York City, the mayor, a gun control advocate, encouraged kids to leave school for the protest. Teachers and administrators also encouraged the kids to protest. They want to ban guns. So they are using their First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly to call for the government to take away their 2nd Amendment rights that were put in place to guarantee that the government wouldn't take away their First Amendment rights. Sounds pretty stupid, right? Well, that’s a testimony to our government schools.
New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo participated with students in a “Die In” protest against guns. But testifying even further than his political statement were the presence of his armed security guards not far in the background. In fact, there are many pointing fingers at the leftist Democrat Party apparatus for organizing the protests and manipulating students. When you have celebrities, teachers, school administrators and even governors of states who are all part of the Democratic Party encouraging students to walk out of school to protest gun ownership, it begs the question who is behind this and what the real reason is. Is it to protect students in schools, or deconstruct the Constitution?
Moreover, the House of Representatives passed window-dressing legislation 407-10. FOX News reports, “The STOP School Violence Act will offer $50 million annually to states to help train students, teachers and law enforcement to prevent violence and suicides in schools. The program would train students, school personnel and local police on how to identify warning signs and intervene to stop violence and suicide. It would also help develop and implement anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence.” President Donald Trump’s White House announced plans to train teachers for carrying handguns, add more armed officers to the schools, and seizing guns from “potentially dangerous individuals.”
Here is what you have: Socialists, anarchists and communists manipulating students into using their First Amendment rights to demand their Second Amendment rights be taken away; Politicians, thinking they need to do something to appease voters ahead of mid-term elections, passing bills that only expand federal authority over government schools, spend more tax money, but do little to fix the problem; and a true testimony to the lack of historic context in our schools. Did anyone ever think about practical solutions? No, it’s all about manipulation and political gamesmanship. These are matters of the heart and Proverb 22:6 stands: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” If America had not departed from the ways of training up moral, just, and honest citizens, we may not be having this debate.
Federal authority over education
The framers of the US Constitution had a healthy distaste for federal government in the sense that they placed many checks and balances in the Constitution to prevent government from trampling the rights of citizens. They also didn't want government to become tyrannical due to brainwashing generations of Americans toward a certain “governmental” philosophy. Hence, the 10th Amendment, which says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Education was most certainly one of those powers that were reserved to the state and to the people. So what changed?
The federal government began issuing policy requirements during Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. During the Carter Administration, the Department of Education was created in 1979. According to the Department of Education’s website, its mission is to establish policies related to federal education funding, administer distribution of funds and monitor their use; collect data and oversee research on America’s schools; identify major issues in education and focus national attention on them; and enforce federal laws prohibiting discrimination in programs that receive federal funds. Herein, is where the federal government weaseled it’s philosophies on liberalism, teaching things outside of reading, writing and arithmetic, and ruining generations of young American’s worldview on the country, its history, and their role as citizens.
All education was intended by the Founding Fathers to be administered, funded and taught locally in partnership with the respective state government to ensure uniformity across rural and urban areas in the state. But the federal government under the direction of liberals began pushing its programs onto the states and localities using the carrot of money. If states and school districts wanted funding from the federal government, they needed to comply with what the federal government wanted taught. State curricula began to be influenced heavily by federal government. The Department of Education publishes recommended teaching strategies and materials. This is something that should have never happened.
So let’s fast forward to today where we have a society of dumbed-down youth who are more politically influenced and historically ignorant than any generation before it. They have little or no understanding of the Bill of Rights, except where it pertains to deconstructing what they consider a white supremacy society that trolls every minority on purpose. They will be protesting the 2nd Amendment right of gun possession and the school personnel support that protest. They can’t be led in Christian prayer in school, but they must study Islam. They can’t balance a checkbook, but they know how to use a condom. It’s messed up. And we need to take back local control instead of using schools as a glorified tax-supported baby sitter. As Proverb 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Hmmm.
The Democrat’s Farrakhan problem
The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) is calling for seven Democratic Members of Congress to resign. They include radical Islamist Congressman and Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Hakim Mohammed (aka Keith Ellison), Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Danny Davis, Andre Carson, Gregory Meeks, and Al Green. RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, “(Nation of Islam leader Louis) Farrakhan is the moral equivalent of a leader of the KKK. If it was discovered that members of Congress had met with the leader of the KKK, they would need to resign. In this case, for meeting with, and embracing, Louis Farrakhan, nothing short of resignation is acceptable from these seven Democrats.”
In response, the Nation of Islam’s Executive Council wrote an open letter proving the RJC’s point, saying that the RJC represented “White supremacy and the continuing effort to destroy our community… Remember, it was the same Satanic Jews of yesterday that conspired against Jesus and had him killed by the ruling authority of the Roman Empire.” The Nation of Islam’s website says, “We believe we are people of God’s choice.” It also declares: “We believe in the truth of the Bible, but we believe that it has been tampered with and must be reinterpreted so that mankind will not be snared by the falsehoods that have been added to it.” Yet, the Nation of Islam believes in only one God, allah, who has no son.
The Nation of Islam website also calls for: The United States to be divided between Blacks and Whites; all black Believers of Islam to be freed from all prisons; a new nation free from “white courts”; an exemption of black Believers of Islam from all taxation; Free education, including the freedom of Muslim teachers to teach and train their people in their ways; a prohibition on intermarriage or race mixing; Black Believers of Islam not fighting in any American war; and that Master W. Fard Muhammad is “the long-awaited “Messiah” of the Christians and the “Mahdi” of the Muslims.” Fard is considered a co-founder of the Nation of Islam and its messiah. Farrakhan also once referred to the immediate ex-“president” as God.
The support of Farrakhan by these Members of Congress is the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan and they should resign. Much of the Democratic Party leadership is fine with Farrakhan otherwise Keith Ellison would not have been elected as the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee. It’s also fair to note that history documents incredible ties between the KKK and the Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party’s resistance to ending slavery and efforts to resist to the civil rights movement. When people call for the deconstruction of anti-Semitism and racism, a good place to start is the stronghold of political parties. How often are the accusers doing exactly what they accuse others of doing? As Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Anti-Semitism and racism have no place in our society.
The wicked heart and encouragement
There is consistency in what is written in the Bible about the heart of man. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” In Mark 7:21-23, Christ says, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Christ also said in Matthew 12:35, “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” The hearts of America’s citizens define much of our society.
If wickedness prevails in the heart, what then can good men do to legislate good? There is no end to the evil men do to one another. School shootings, nursing home killings, abortions, murders, racism, bigotry, sexual crimes and domestic violence are commonplace in our society. Politicians try to solve the problems with symbolic window dressing, but no matter their intentions, the problems remain. All we have to do to see where things stand is turn on the big three television networks in prime time. Sexual innuendo, violence, crime, gunplay is about all you see unless you are watching reality programs that also promote deceit, sexual immorality, coarse humor and human turmoil.
You see, we live in a society that has become very dark. But what did Christ say about our responsibility as his disciples? He said in Matthew 5:13-16, “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Ephesians 5:1 says, “Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children.” Verses 8-10 say, “For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light: For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” In quoting these scriptures, I want you to see that though the heart is wicked and the world is a dark and evil place, light overcomes darkness. You heart, words and actions are examples for others to have a change of heart, to accept the gift of salvation. In a sense, we are the warriors of heart to heart combat that others might have eternal life and also become a light unto the world.
Trump to open talks with N Korea
While not specifically mentioned in the Bible, Russia, China and N Korea have a long history of arming Islamic regimes hostile to Israel. It appears that the tough negotiating posture taken by President Donald Trump has brought the N Korean dictatorship to agree to talks with the US, a temporary freeze on nuclear and missile tests, and the hope that this drawn out drama on the world stage will end. The South Korean government served as the intermediary to broker the talks. Trump has done what other presidents failed to do. History documents that President Bill Clinton originally gave N Korea nuclear technology, a reckless action that may have accelerated prophecy by aiding the principalities of darkness.
President Clinton’s long-held belief on nuclear weapons was that if everyone had them, nobody would use them and the world would be a safer place. On June 11, 1993, the US agreed to not use force or nuclear weapons against North Korea if it remained in the nonproliferation treaty. North Korea continued to develop its nuclear weapons program. On October 18, 1994, after 17 months of negotiations, Clinton signed a deal to give North Korea light water reactor nuclear technology if it stopped building nuclear weapons, saying, “Today all Americans should know that as a result of this achievement on Korea, our Nation will be safer and the future of our people more secure.”
In his commitment to communist North Korea, Clinton is quoted as saying, “This US-North Korean agreement will help to achieve a long-standing and vital American objective: an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean peninsula." Heritage Foundation archives document in an October 20 letter to North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il, (father of current dictator Kim Jong Un) Clinton vastly expanded America's commitments under the formal agreement to finance fuel shipments and reactors, ease its long-standing trade embargo and move toward first-ever diplomatic relations with North Korea. North Korea went on to develop nuclear weapons and to assist Iran in its nuclear weapons program.
Instead of having a safer future, the world is far more dangerous because of Clinton’s reckless shenanigans. Thanks to Clinton, North Korea has lethal power, presenting a future that threatens many lives. Romans 12:18 says, “If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.” Peace is a two-way street, especially when millions of lives are at stake. While no American president has ever met with a N Korean leader, Trump is taking a shot at ending what Clinton foolishly began. Sadly, the immediate past “president” also opened the door for a traditional enemy of Israel to attain nuclear weapons—Iran. Trump may also have to deal with that threat to mankind as well.
The public narrative of deception
The 24/7/365 news cycle has resulted in a constant harangue of in-your-face weaponized propaganda hitting the American public with impunity. There is what appears to be a conspiratorial effort between the news media, the entertainment industry and the radical left, which is representative of the Democratic Party, to establish a political narrative as undeniable fact. Those who dare challenge it are then labeled as racist, homophobe, Islamaphobe, bigots, white supremacists, misogynists, extreme radical right-wingers, and so on. The trend is: make an outlandish statement and then shame anybody who questions it by labeling them something bad.
There was a story about how the ex-“president” said that it breaks his heart that there were 18 school shootings so far this year. He apparently was repeating a “fact” presented by Everytown for Gun Safety, funded by former New York mayor and anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg. Trouble is, the narrative is completely false. Not to allow a good lie to go to waste, the former “president” and the media repeated these false “facts” at will, trying to make people believe that school shootings are rampant. This segues to claims that the National Rifle Association is a terrorist organizations (Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy), and that Republicans and NRA supporters are complicit in mass murders (I’m not making this up).
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being ostracized because he seeks to enforce US immigration law by cracking down on California’s illegal sanctuary cities and suing the state for housing illegals. The news media, the entertainment industry and the communist politicians holding office from California are attacking Sessions for unfairly singling out Latinas. Governor Jerry Brown says the Trump Administration is going to war against California. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says it’s “brazen aggression.” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, another socialist Democrat, called Sessions and President Trump racists for claiming “undocumented immigrants” were criminals. I guess she hasn’t considered that if you come to America illegally, you have broken the law—a definition of a criminal is “one who has committed a crime.”
Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) calls President Trump’s “dangerous rhetoric” a “crisis” in American government. Who is supplying the rhetoric? And who is amplifying it?--The radical left and its lapdog media. It is a created crisis by those who seek to establish socialism and humanism as America’s government. These outrageous claims made about gun control and illegal immigration are just examples of how emotional, inflammatory, and hateful remarks are being made and the news media is complicit in amplifying them without a whimper of a challenge. As Paul wrote about the end times in 2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” The prophetic lives we live in prophetic times. As Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”