I recently obtained the following transcript of a Bible Study/preaching outline authored by Mark T. Barclay. The subject is clear from its title: Are You Being Seduced or Deceived? What better way to evaluate the doctrine of a minister than to study their own writings and teachings. This outline/Bible study remains unedited except for some minor formatting tweaks I have performed in order to accommodate this blog. Judge for yourself, but once again, Barclay seems intent on teaching others how to avoid sin and deception.
Are You Being Seduced or Deceived?
by Dr. Mark T. Barclay
1 Timothy 4:1-2:
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron . . .
This set of verses tells us there will be this kind of activity throughout the end times and that many will fall prey to it. Why would anyone depart from Christianity? Because they give heed to these seducing spirits.
Are you being seduced or deceived? I suppose every Christian would answer no—emphatically no! No, I am not deceived, and no, I am not being seduced. No one has to give heed to seducing and deceiving spirits.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Deception vs. Seduction
There is a difference between seduction and deception, but both lead to the same place—disaster.
Deception is when an outside force tricks you or fools you into thinking you are right. When you act, you are wrong; but you are convinced you are right. Once you realize the truth about the matter, you fix yourself and don’t allow it to repeat in your life. You were fooled—but not anymore.
Seduction is when an outside force persuades you into activity that you know is wrong at the time, but you fall prey to this influence anyway. You are being seduced. You know all the time you are doing something that it is wrong. You are not fooled or tricked. You simply give in to the influence and act upon it.
These spirits are demons, but they are also humans. What do I mean by that? Humans are a spirit, though they have a soul and live in a body. Many people will not give heed to demon spirits but will give in to a human with the same spirit. They say no to demons, but they seldom say no to humans. If the devil can’t get you to be indoctrinated by a demon, he will send a human into your life who has the same demonic influence.