To delude is: to impose a misleading belief upon (someone); to deceive; to fool someone.

To be delusional, according to psychiatry, is to hold a belief in the face of evidence to the contrary - that is resistant to all reason.

For example:  I am telling you now that God still heals people in the name of Jesus Christ.

If I was to tell you this without providing any evidence, I could be accused and convicted of deluding you.

On the other hand, if I was to provide you clear evidence that God still heals people in the name of Jesus Christ...

And, in the face of this evidence, you still didn't believe...

What would that make you?



The following is clear evidence that God still heals people in the name of Jesus Christ...

     God Heals ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)


     Does God Ever Heal? by John G. Lake

Do you believe?


"He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him."
(1 John 2:10 KJV)
How much is "none?"

Yes, The Word of God says "there is NONE occasion of stumbling" in the person who "loves his brother."  Therefore, if you are experiencing a stumbling problem, it's a great idea to search your heart and let go of any grudge, hatred, or anything else that you are holding against your brother.  According to The Word of God, this will bring light into the situation and keep you from stumbling.

"He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes."
(1 John 2:9-11 KJV)
Don't allow darkness to blind your eyes.

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
(1 John 1:5-7 KJV)
How much is "all?"

Yes, "if we walk in the light... the blood of Jesus... cleanseth us from ALL sin."

"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."
(Matthew 18:21-35 KJV)

Ref. Matthew 5:20-24, 1 John 2:1-10, and Matthew 16:19.

GOD bless you!


Romans 1:9
"But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by OUR GOSPEL, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 KJV)


"... OUR GOSPEL came not unto you IN WORD only, but also IN POWER, and IN THE HOLY GHOST, and IN MUCH ASSURANCE; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake [excellent character - hard working - trustworthy (see 2 Thess. 2:15, 3:6) good traditions of the orderly - not disorderly]. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord [worthy to follow], having received the word IN MUCH AFFLICTION [pressure, tribulation, persecution], WITH JOY OF THE HOLY GHOST [see James 1:2-3, Acts 5:41, and Matthew 10:16-25]. So that ye were ENSAMPLES [the believers as examples, "living epistles" (see 2 Corinthians 3:1-3)] to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord [TESTIMONY - PREACHING -SHARING OF THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH - SHARING OF FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS] not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also IN EVERY PLACE your faith to God-ward is spread abroad [SPREADING OF FAITH]; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you [READILY OBVIOUS], and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God [CHANGED LIVES]; And to wait for his Son from heaven [PATIENTLY - LOOKING FOR], whom he raised from the dead, even JESUS, which delivered us [NOW DELIVERED - ACTIVE - NOW FAITH (see Hebrews 11:1-40 and Matthew 6:10) actively delivered now] from the wrath to come.
(1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 KJV)

This is "OUR GOSPEL."

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)

The Wonderful Powerful Gospel of Jesus Christ

A one-page printable PDF of this content is located HERE.

False Convert?

"Barnes and his Fellow-Prisoners Seeking Forgiveness",
from an 1887 edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs,
illustrated by Kronheim.
Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ,

This letter is in regard to the subject of "false conversions" in the church. Several have written on the topic and some consider "false conversions" to be part of an "Epidemic in the Modern Church." This letter approaches the concern from a slightly different angle and offers a reconciled conclusion. Quickly grab a pen and a piece of paper. Let us work through this together in Christ.

CONFESSION ONE: I believe that I have never encountered a "false convert."

Have you?

Can you picture one of the "false converts" that you have met?

Does He or She have a name?

If He or She does have a name, please write it down.

Now, let us consider.

How do you know, for sure (without a shadow of a doubt), that this person was (or is) a "false convert?"

When were they converted? Were you there? Are you witness to their conversion?

What is their personal testimony of salvation?

What made (or makes) them "false" in your eyes?

Is there any hope remaining for them -or- are they doomed to be lost forever?

Please write down your answers to the above questions.

If you were able to answer ALL of the above questions, I would love to hear from you. My email address is, please drop me a note about your experience.

However, I do not expect to hear from many of you on this matter.


Because many believers don't know that much about each other.

However, before we go too far into our personal experiences, let us consider the following fact...

The term "false convert" does not appear in the Bible.

Selah (pause and think of this).

CONFESSION TWO: I believe that I have encountered all of the following in scripture.

I have encountered carnally-minded believers (1 Corinthians 3:1-4, Romans 8:6-7).

I have encountered believers who, for a moment (or many moments), have taken on the nature of the flesh (Galatians 5:1-26).

I have encountered believers (converts) who have fallen into sin (Galatians 6:1, Matthew 18:15-20).

I have encountered anti-Christ (unbelievers) - unconverted people - who do not believe that Jesus Christ has come "in the flesh" (1 John 4:1-21).

I have encountered certain ungodly men that believed not, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ (Jude 1:4-5).

I have encountered men with an unclean spirits (Mark 5:1-20).

I have encountered the unsaved delusional that believe a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).

I have encountered sons of God, who have walked in disobedience (Luke 15:11-32).

I have encountered disorderly believers (2 Thessalonians 3:11-15).

I have encountered believers of all four types of soil (Mark 4:1-41).

I have encountered the unprofitable servant - both the good kind (Luke 17:1-10) and the bad kind (Matthew 25:14-30).

I have encountered false prophets, ravening wolves who are recognized by their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20).

I have encountered murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. (Jude 1:16)

I have encountered many of them! for they have gone in the way of Cain [envy and murder], and ran greedily after the error of Balaam [the love of money] for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core [rebellion against established authorities - insurrectionists] (Jude 1:11).

Yes, all of these cases exist (the carnally-minded, the sinful of the flesh, the anti-Christ, the unclean, the unsaved delusional, the disobedient sons, the disorderly, the four types of soil, the unprofitable servant, the false prophets, the murmurers, the judgmental, the murderers, the money hungry, and the insurrectionist). All of these cases are present in the Bible with solid scriptural understanding. Note that Biblical references are provided for each of the above.

But what about the "false-convert?"

Where is the Biblical example of the "false-convert" in the Bible before or after the cross of Jesus Christ? Who has falsely received the Holy Spirit of God? Who has falsely been changed into a new creation in Christ? Does God change people and then change them back? Or, is the new creation forever changed by God? (ref. 2 Corinthians 5:17)

Selah (pause and think of this).

Note: Some hold up Simon the Sorcerer as an example of a "false-convert" or even "the first false-convert" (Acts 8:9-25). Others explain that Simon was a believer in Christ that was caught up in sin and confronted directly about it - as should be. The ultimate outcome of Simon the Sorcerer is not revealed completely in scripture. Who but Christ Jesus can prove if Simon the Sorcerer was saved or lost forever?

THINK AGAIN: Where is the example of the "false convert" in scripture?

Where does the idea of "false conversion" originate?

Who coined the term?

Since it is not in scripture, where can one find the earliest use of this phrase?


Since the idea of "false conversion" doesn't appear in the word of God, what would lead me to think that the idea of "false conversion" is from the mind of Christ?

Selah (pause and think of this).


What if the idea of "false conversion" it is a doctrine of man - a work of the flesh according to Galatians 5?

The idea of "false conversion" certainly has the traits and the fruit of the flesh - it implants doubt, it leaves no hope, it condemns, and it divides.

That kind of fruit is rotten to the core.

As a result of this study, I now believe that the entire idea of "false conversion" it is a doctrine of man - a work of the flesh according to Galatians 5.

I believe that the idea of the "false convert" is not a teaching of Christ Jesus.


The idea of the "false convert" judges and condemns.

Jesus didn't come to condemn the world (John 3:17, John 12:47). He came to save the world.

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
~ Jesus of Nazareth (John 3:17)

"And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world."
~ Jesus of Nazareth (John 12:47)

The idea of the "false convert" casts doubt, confuses, and removes hope.

Jesus is hope (1 Peter 1:3-6, Matthew 12:21). Faith is the substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1). The Spirit of God is of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

Jesus can't deny who He is. Jesus is full of faith, hope, power, love, and is of a completely sound mind.

The idea of the "false convert" casts doubt upon the power of God. It says things like: "You didn't do it right, so it wasn't done."

The idea of the "false convert" denies the Word of God. The idea places more faith in what it sees, than in what it can't see. It places more faith in the actions of man than in the faith of God. The idea of the "false convert" is contrary to the faith in Christ Jesus.

Additional references: 2 Corinthians 5:7, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 10:9-13, Acts 16:31, Mark 16:16

CONFESSION FOUR: As a result of this study, I now believe that there is no such thing as a "false convert" in the body of Christ.


There is no legitimate (proven) example of a "false convert" in scripture.

There is no legitimate (proven) example of a "false convert" in practice.

The idea of the "false convert" it is a doctrine (an idea) of man that divides the body of Christ.

Jesus did not pray for His body to be divided.

"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
~ Jesus of Nazareth (John 17:20-23)

If a person is in the body of Christ, then the person is truly in the body - not "falsely" in the body.

CONFESSION FIVE: I do not expect this letter to be well received by everyone.


Because it is contrary to the traditional teachings of man.

The following are answers and exhortations in regard to foreseen objections...

It is true that Jesus (the Word) comes with a double-edged sword (ref. Matthew 10:34 and Hebrews 4:12). It is true that The Lord shall divide the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31–46). It is true that The Lord's angels shall separate the wheat from the tares (Matthew 13:24-30 explained in Matthew 13:36-43). It is true that not everyone that says unto Jesus, "Lord, Lord," shall enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21-23).


Brothers and sisters in Christ: Let us consider our positions carefully. Let us ask ourselves often. "When did I become an angel of The Lord to separate?" "When did I become The Lord Himself to divide the sheep from the goats?" Let us be mindful of our positions - always. Jesus is the Lord!

"Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." (1 Corinthians 12:3)

Today, it is the Holy Spirit of God who abides in the believer that comforts and convicts (John 14:26, John 16:7-8).

It is the believer in Christ that plants and waters the good seed ... And God shall bring the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).

The Lord God is faithful!

Brothers and sisters in Christ: Make sure that your fruit is of The Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:1-26, Matthew 5-7).

"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
~ Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 7:20-27)

It is true that judgment should begin in the house of The Lord (1 Peter 4:17).

However, brothers and sisters in Christ: Beware of ministering, living, and preaching out of the flesh. The flesh profits nothing.

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63)

"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." (Romans 8:6)

Clear instructions are already given the body of Christ in regard to judgment and discipline.


For example, exact instructions are given in the word of God for the handling and treatment of a disorderly believer.

"...we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly ... if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him AS A BROTHER." (2 Thessalonians 3:11-15 KJV)

This person, the disorderly, should be treated "AS A BROTHER."


CONFESSION SIX: I believe that the idea of the "false convert" is a temptation that causes brothers to treat each other not as brothers and even less than neighbors.

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these... If ye love me, keep my commandments."
~ Jesus of Nazareth (Mark 12:30-31, John 14:15-31)

CONCLUSION: The idea of the "false convert" is error and it should be found in the mouths of the brethren.

"Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, THESE THINGS OUGHT NOT SO TO BE. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." James 3:10-17 KJV

God bless you brothers and sisters in Christ.


Matthew Foutch (


If any doctrine (or idea, or tradition) causes one to suspect or believe that any man or woman is a devil (anything less than a man) and that the person shouldn't be loved and/or prayed for ... that doctrine (or idea, or tradition) is not from Christ Jesus.

For Christ Jesus teaches us even to love our enemies and pray for those who despitefully use and persecute us. How much more in Christ are we to love our brother and our neighbor?
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
~ Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 5:44-45 KJV)
Who is it you know that isn't your brother, or isn't you neighbor, or isn't your enemy?

That list surely includes everyone who you will ever encounter in your life.


Now we have rulers, authorities, laws, forces, and prisons to deal with people who are a danger to one another. People who are dangerous and/or abusive should be dealt with according to the authorities. There is no argument about that according to Romans 13.

However, notice also in the text of Romans 13 that it says: "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law" (Romans 13:8 KJV).

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
~Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34-35 KJV)
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
(Matthew 22:37-40 KJV)
"If ye love me, keep my commandments." ~Jesus of Nazareth (John 14:15 KJV)
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." ~ Jesus of Nazareth (John 14:21 KJV)
Love and pray for your brother, your neighbor, and your enemy. Love and pray for ALL.

Contend for the faith! Don't allow any doctrine (or idea, or tradition) to separate you from the love and will and commandment of Christ Jesus.
"Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. If you [only] love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same... But love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; for your reward will be great (rich, abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High; because He Himself is kind and gracious and good to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful (responsive, compassionate, tender) just as your [heavenly] Father is merciful."
~ Jesus of Nazareth (Luke 6:31-36 AMP)
"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:23 KJV)
What doctrine (or idea, or tradition) is greater than the love of Christ Jesus?


Notice, however, that loving and praying for all is different than receiving all.  For example, it would be foolish for a woman with children to receive a deceiver to stay in her house.  There is at least one specific warning about this in scripture...
"... unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth ... many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 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 1:1-13)
Loving and praying for all does not at all mean to submit to all.  Loving and praying for all does not at all mean to partake with all.  This is wisdom that is made clear in the full counsel of God which includes (Romans 13:1-14 and 2 John 1:1-13).  God has given us authorities for a good reason.  God has given us wisdom for a good reason.

Remember this:  God changes people through prayer.  

In a most perfect example, first, Jesus Christ taught his disciples to "pray for them who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44-45).  Then along came Saul of Tarsus, persecuting the disciples of Jesus Christ (Acts 7:58-60, 1 Corinthians 15:9).  Stephen, a disciple of Christ Jesus, (Acts 6:1-7) was the first to be persecuted to death in the sight of Saul.  It is written that Stephen prayed for his persecutors when he was stoned (Acts 7:58-60) and it is written that Jesus witnessed this act and the prayers of his disciple Stephen (Acts 7:55-56).  Yes.  "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good" (Proverbs 15:3).  God saw that Saul was among the group of those persecutors that received Stephen's prayers (Acts 7:58-60).  But Saul's behavior didn't change exactly at that moment.  Saul continued to persecute.  "Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison" (Acts 8:3). But Stephen, remembering the teachings of Jesus, had prayed for Saul and the persecutors; "Lord, do not hold this sin against them" (Acts 7:60).  It is likely also that other disciples, remembering the words of Jesus, prayed for Saul who persecuted them.  

Did prayer make a difference with Saul?
"And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do." (Acts 9:1-6)
Yes!  God heard and answered the prayer of His faithful, the way of prayer that He Himself taught, to change Saul of Tarsus (a persecutor of Christ) into Paul the Apostle.  Then Jesus taught Paul the Apostle as the rest of his disciples to "pray for them who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44-45).  Paul, as a disciple of Jesus, writes that "... prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made FOR ALL MEN ..." (1 Timothy 2:1-15).
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
~ Paul the Apostle - formerly Saul of Tarsus - forever changed by Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:1-6)

All things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26).