Deception has many faces.
It may be a lie.
It may be to lead someone to do something wrong or inappropriate. It may be to cause someone to do something foolish.
It may be take the wrong turn or to make a wrong decision.
Deception is never helpful but always leads to a harmful end. Someone suffers.
Deception is Satan’s tool to destroy the good.
The Bible clearly labels Satan, who is also known as the devil, a liar.
Listen to John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do.
He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own for he is a liar and the father of it.”
Whenever he speaks it is a lie.
The Bible clearly states in Colossians 3:9 “Lie not to one another.” It should have no part in our thoughts and speech.
We are discovering, day by day, that in our culture, lying is playing a larger role.
In situation ethics the thought is, if someone reaps some benefit from it, it is alright to lie.
Wrong. God’s standard is to always speak the truth.
There are many scams that prosper because of lies.
We never expect to ever be subject to one. But I was and I want to share the story with you. This is a true account.
He been in a car accident late at night.
The car ahead of him suddenly braked and he braked in time, but another car rear-ended him and pushed him into the car ahead of him suffering much damage.
The last car was a hit and run guy and fled the scene.
My grandson was in court the next morning and they demanded $5,000 dollars now (that’s a lot of money and I wondered at it).
My grandson had a friend by the name of Adam Riley who was helping him.
I tried to get the address of his friend but he wouldn’t give it.
My grandson didn’t want his name used lest it affect his insurance.
He said I would receive my money back by Friday.
Grandpa can you send it within an hour I said no it would need two hours
Then he asked if I had a debit card and I said no. Then I must have the money in cash.
I was to go to Wal-Mart and contact Western Union and they would wire it to Toronto but he didn’t give me any address as to which Western Union or to whom it was to go.
Being a good grandpa, I went to the bank and got the cash, but instead of going to Wal-Mart, I went home to check the phone number and it was a number I never saw before.
By then I felt I didn’t have sufficient information to send the money.
So I went to the police and shared the story with them.
They were unable to help me but suggested I call my grandson’s mother that evening.
Already I had made up my mind not to send any money until I got more information.
Chad was to phone back about 3 p.m. Finally, he phoned calling me grandpa and asked if I had sent the money.
I said no, not until I get more information.
“Well, grandpa I thought you would help your grandson right away.”
I insisted no until; I got more information.
He got real mad and said many nasty things, which were untrue. I hung up.
I called his mother and related the story, She said Chad had been home with her all day and that he didn’t have an accident — so then I was convinced it was a scam.
The next morning I took a friend with me and deposited the money in the bank.
If I had followed his directions, I would never see my money again.
I just thank the Lord for His help to make the right decisions
I have shared this story with you so that hopefully it will never happen to you and if it does, don’t rush — take your time to search it out carefully.
I am glad I did. Do not be deceived as this fellow in Toronto tried to do to me.
Bill Annett was the pastor at Oriole Park Missionary Church (now known as Crossroads Church). He and other members of the Red Deer Ministerial Association share their personal views on Sundays and Mondays in Red Deer LIFE and Central Alberta LIFE, and encourage comments and questions from readers. These can be sent to LIFE.