The arrogant CON-ARTIST likes to manipulate those who are predictable, stable and reliable. He will use God’s Word and seem very spiritual. He does that because he knows that true Christians operate under a certain principle that he takes advantage of. For example, if they operate under the principle of 1 Corinthians 13:7 that love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, then the CON-ARTIST takes advantage of the fact that the believer thinks like this. Or if the victim operates under the principle of 1 Peter 4:8… Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
The CON-ARTIST knows that his sins will not be exposed by the victim if he cons the victim.
Honorable people are always much more vulnerable to duplicity than dishonorable people. You see it takes one to know one so the dishonorable person recognizes the dishonorable person. Honorable people, people with integrity, are much more vulnerable to duplicity than the dishonorable. Honorable people assume that everyone else has as much integrity as they do and therefore such honorable persons are easily deceived victims of both manipulation and duplicity.
The CON-ARTIST will say the right things, even have the vocabulary down and he uses truth to gain his evil ends, Philippians 1:15-18, “Certain ones, on the one hand, are proclaiming the Christ even from jealousy and strife or discord, but, certain ones, on the other hand, because of good motivation, the latter category out of the motivation of love, fully convinced that I am appointed for the defense of the good news; the former category from the motivation of divisive self-promotion proclaim Christ, not from pure motives, since they presume to arouse mental distress with regard to my imprisonment. What is my conclusion? Only that in every way, whether in false motivation or in true, Christ is being proclaimed; and in this I am happy, not only at this time, but I will continue being happy.”
A good CON-ARTIST knows that it’s always better to use truth to deceive than a lie because once they are caught in their lies, their con becomes weak. Therefore the con-artist always says to themselves “Use the truth as much as possible so that when you deceive people with the truth then they can’t come back and say you’re a liar!”
And all CON-ARTISTS are liars. A CON-ARTIST is a pathological liar.
The only reason a CON-ARTIST tells the truth is because you can deceive better with the truth than with a lie. The greatest deceivers always use the truth. Remember Satan is an “angel of light” and so are his ministers. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
Every CON-ARTIST has a limit and when he goes over the limit he exposes himself. That’s where you always can get the con-artist, if you’re smart enough to listen to what they say!
The CON-ARTIST loves to gain favor by destroying the reputation of someone else. He loves to destroy the reputation of anyone that he knows is respected more and accepted more in the area he seeks to attain.
Forgive these people. Cut them off. Let God handle them. Vengeance is His. Protect yourself. Warn others. File a police report if you need to.
“This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering. For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire,…” 2 Thess 1: 5-7
We live in a DEVASTATING generation of “Christians” who have a problem with “Christianity 101”. Such as: Stop lying, don’t party, don’t have sex outside of marriage, don’t read your horoscope or dabble in the occult, don’t go to rated R movies, don’t gamble, don’t do drugs, don’t look at porn, don’t date an unbeliever, read your Bible, stop cussing, go to church, forgive others, stop going to bars/nightclubs, stop getting drunk/drinking, etc. These are the “basics” of Christianity. Why is everyone having a problem with the basics? When you truly get saved…the Holy Spirit WILL convict you. Are you truly saved??? #TRUTH
“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.” Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
-Hebrews 10: 26-31
Integrating any form of pagan spirituality into the Christian lifestyle is a form of evil and considered by God to be an abomination. Simply “re-labeling” or “re-defining” pagan spirituality and practices for Christians does not make it Christian or Biblical. Call it “centering prayer”, “Christian yoga”, “Christian mantras”, “visualizing Jesus”, “Eucharistic adoration”, etc., it is simply pagan spirituality lightly sprayed with Christian terminology. People too often forget that one of Satan’s goals is to bring mysticism and occultism into the church in order to deceive people into thinking they are “communing with the Divine”, with “angels”, with “Ascended Masters”, with alleged “departed loved ones” (demons), and the like (Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 Samuel 15:23-24).
Don’t FRET over the people and loved ones you have been praying for to get saved. Keep praying. Keep believing. But remember…cast your cares upon Him. His kingdom is not of this world. You may be distraught that someone you loved died without Jesus. Maybe you are afraid they are alive and will never get saved and make it into heaven. Remember that He is a God of justice and mercy. We agonize over this here on earth because we have our human nature. In heaven…the former things will be forgotten. He will make all things new. We will not be agonizing over the loss of our loved ones but praising Him. Let’s put our eyes back on things above. Let’s be Kingdom minded. We do not belong to this world’s kingdom, but to God’s Kingdom. People don’t belong to us. They are in God’s hands. He will do everything He can to get their attention. HE IS FAITHFUL AND TRUE. He ultimately knows who will choose Him. God is just:
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me,“Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” -Revelation 21:1-5