Sleight of hand – in the church.

“13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight* of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:13-16
Have a look at verse 14 in particular. We heard this verse in the car today and it really stuck out to me with what it says, so I thought I’d do a bit of a word study on it.
*Sleight – Strong’s #2940 – artifice, fraud.
Webster’s 1828 dictionary – sleight – “1. An artful trick; sly artifice; a trictrickk or feat so dexterously performed that the manner of performance escapes observation; as sleight of hand.
Webster’s 1828 dictionary – “ARTIFICE, noun [Latin artificium, from ars, art, and facio, to make.] 1. Stratagem; an artful or ingenious device, in a good or bad sense. In a bad sense, it corresponds with trick, or fraud.”
As you can see here, artifice means a (deliberate) strategy to dupe someone.
This all suggests to me that these men in verse 14 have practiced and perfected trickery and deceit in order to deliberately deceive people.
It’s kind of like an illusionist who does the most amazing tricks, but that’s all they are, tricks. The good, successful illusionist has practised and perfected his craft so that nobody can tell what he’s doing.
The people who watch are tricked into believing it is magic, amazing and astounding. They are meant to dazzle and amaze people, but in reality it’s nothing more than careful planning and props that fool people.
So don’t be fooled. Satan has set people up in churches, on facebook, in blogs, in friends, in publishing Bible versions, in music, movies etc to deliberately deceive and divert people away from God’s saving truths.
Those who love truth will seek it, but those who don’t will be swayed by anything and anyone.
This is why we need to warn others, so that they will not be the ones who are tricked. Too many people are putting their trust in the wrong people, in the wolves in sheep’s clothing, and they need to be warned.

“And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” Jude 1:22,23

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14




Playing cards – a tool for divination.

I know this may seem a little “out there” or far fetched to many of you, but as I was replying to a comment on this (I shared this on facebook and was replying to someone’s comment), a memory came back to me.
It was when I was a young girl and my grandpa (who by the way was a Druid, which I found out after he died) used to do this ‘game’  where he would draw 4 cards and depending on how they turned up (either upside down or not) and what number it was, was the meaning of the draw. It was a form if divination. For example, the ace of spades pointing towards you meant a death, or the same card pointing away from you meant pregnancy or birth. Or if the 9 of hearts was drawn it meant, if I recall correctly, love or marriage. Think of tarot cards, which are a tool for divination, or telling the future, which is of course an abomination to God.

Now that I think of it, it could be one of the things that drew me into the occult when I got older. (I was involved in witchcraft or wicca, which is supposedly white magic, which is still magic and therefore still an abomination to God. I was also into horoscopes, psychics, tarot cards etc.) There could very well have been a spirit attached to him doing the divination of them which ‘attached’ itself to me. If you don’t think there is such a thing, then you need to read Acts 16:16: “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:”

So in saying all this, please read this quote below prayerfully and with an open mind to realising that playing cards could go against God’s word and be a sin. If you are convicted through this post, please don’t ignore it. It is something you will have to repent of and stop doing, because it has a spiritual, for want of a better word, attachment.
If playing cards were originally created to be used for divination, do you really want them in your home? (See verses below.)cardss.jpg

“Hidden Meanings of Playing Cards

Don’t take those playing cards for granted. Take a break from blackjack and baccarat and learn a bit of playing cards’ history below.
Playing Cards, the Suits and the Four Elements

As you know, a single deck is divided into four suits: spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds. These four suits are known as swords, cups, wands and pentacles. They correspond to the four elements: fire, water, air and earth. These have hidden meanings that some people believe in.

Here are the correspondences of the playing cards’ suits:

Spades Swords Fire Hearts Cups Water Clubs Wands Air Diamonds Pentacles Earth

Meanings of the Suits and Elements

The four elements were believed to be the creator of the universe. Everything was said to have come from the activities of the elements. Fire came first, and then water, air and finally earth.
The four elements were connected to the “humors” by the ancients. These humors have meanings related to the human personality.

*Fire / Swords / Spades symbolize willpower, courage, strength and other masculine qualities.
*Water / Cups / Hearts stand for love, emotions, imagination and the subconscious. These are feminine qualities.
*Air / Wands / Clubs represent mind, speech and words. These are neutral qualities.
*Earth / Pentacles / Diamonds signify wealth and matter.

The face cards also carry the traits of their elements. Court cards of the fire element signify men and women of action; those of water are sensitive and benevolent people and so on.

Numbers on the Playing Cards
Even numbers have meanings ascribed to them.

Number One or Ace represents beginnings, fresh ideas, new ventures, etc.
Number Two is duality, love and partnership.
Numbers Three is the number of fate and “karma” and the planet Saturn.
Number Four is completion and the material world, of wisdom and of Jupiter.
Number Five is said to be the number of man (half of ten, number of the universe) and Mars.
Number Six is a number of the divine and the Sun.
Number Seven is the number of love and Venus.
Number Eight is the number of intellect. Eight is also double the number four, meaning the positive and negative qualities of the four elements. Mercury rules this number.
Number Nine is the number of the soul and the Moon.
Number Ten is the number of the whole world, of Earth.
When a card’s number is combined with its suit, it takes on a unique meaning used in divination. Divination is the art of obtaining answers from some method such as drawing from playing cards.

This is a brief survey of the mystical significance of playing cards that some people believe in. While it is not useful for gambling, it is good to know the history and origin of the playing cards we now use and enjoy.” [end quote]

Just because these verses are in the Old Testament it doesn’t mean that God has changed how He feels about them. They are still an abomination to Him.
“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times,or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.” Deuteronomy 8:9-11

“Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.” Deuteronomy 7:26


Are you yoking yourself with unbelievers? (You may be and not realise it.)

“Be ye not *unequally yoked* together with unbelievers*: for what fellowship* hath righteousness with unrighteousness*? and what communion* hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14yoked
In my Bible this is the first verse under the heading “Paul’s Appeal for Separation from Unbelievers”.
There are several key words that I can see that really stick out to me.I will go into detail in order as they appear in the verse.
     1 – unequally yoked – Strong’s #2086 – to yoke up differently, to associate discordantly, unequally yoke together with.
Think of it like this, you get two professional sports players, one who plays golf and the other who plays chess. Do you think they will both be able to play the other person’s sport equally? No, they won’t because they are specialised in their own sport. If you try to pair them up to play together it just won’t work.
Or if you try to pair up an accountant with a gym instructor, or a mechanic and a marine biologist. They just won’t work.
The same goes for (spiritually) born again Christians and unbelievers, which I will go into next.
     2 – unbelievers – Strong’s #571 – disbelieving, ie without Christian faith, a heathen, untrustworthy person, they that believe not, faithless, infidel..
From the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary – An incredulous person; one who does not believe.  An infidel; one who discredits revelation, or the mission, character and doctrines of Christ.
This is an important one because many who profess to be Christians really aren’t.
There are different forms of ‘unbelievers’, be they a professing Christian who denies the true Jesus Christ by false teaching/false doctrine/false gospel, or someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus at all. The ones who profess Christ yet deny him through false doctrine and a false gospel are the ones to be on the lookout for.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17,18
      3 – fellowship – Strong’s # 3352 – participation. If we are a born again Christian we should not be partaking in the same things as unbelievers do. Think of it in the sporting context. When a team is playing a sport, say football, they are all playing for a common goal and with the same rules. Christians do not have the same goals nor the same (for want of a better term) rules as those who are not saved.
Yes, Jesus associated with sinners but He did not participate in their sins in order to be like them to be approachable or for those people to be able to relate to Him.

     4 – unrighteousness – Strong’s #458 – violation of law, wickedness, illegality. It’s like a (non corrupt) police officer being best friends with a hard core criminal.

     5 – communion – Strong’s #2842 – partnership, participation, social intercourse.
Another word is fellowship. This ties in with #3.
From my understanding this can be applied to both those who are unsaved, and also the false teachers that are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
In the context of those who aren’t in the faith I think it’s pretty clear. But when we look at it in the context of false teachers it may not be quite so clear.
I think of it this way: I live in a town where there are only two denominations of churches, both of which are false, ie false Jesus which equals a false gospel, which equals false doctrines, therefore false teachings. I’ve been told I should just attend either one of them anyway because at least it’s fellowship and teaching. If I were to attend either of these denominations it would suggest that I agree with and accept their (false) teachings, which would mean that I would be unequally yoked with them. And as you can hopefully see, that is opposite of what the Bible teaches.
I don’t think people take these scriptures seriously enough.
Why do this when we are specifically told to stay away from friendship with people that are not in the faith and false teachers and false teachings?!
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4
“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:10,11
If we follow false teachers there are serious consequences, ie partaking, or participating in their evil deeds. And just one more quick note. Don’t you find it interesting that the book of Jude, a book about false teachers, false teachings and apostasy is the book immediately before the book Revelation?! Just think about that for a moment and let it sink in.