By Gene Vincent Pastor, Flat Rock Fellowship Baptist Church

The term Masquerade is defined as:

A : a social gathering of persons wearing masks and often fantastic costume, a costume for wear at such a gathering

B : an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show

Our world is full of people and groups playing Masquerade. One of the main areas in which this is taking place is in the realm of NEWS. We are bombarded with a constant debate for what is Real News and what is Fake News. The Masquerade game however is not just going on in the News Media but also the Social Media. It is hard, and sometimes almost impossible to distinguish what is the TRUTH.

While we may find ourselves surrounded by people playing Masquerade -- understand it has been going on since the beginning of time. In Genesis, chapters 2 & 3, we are told of how Satan appeared as a beautiful creature that enticed and tempted Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit. Satan was playing games with the TRUTH. And while he may have felt good that day for winning one battle, he will loose the war!

Within the writings of Paul to the Church of Corinth, one of the issues that he dealt with was the Fake News and False Teachers. Paul was facing the players of the Game of Spiritual Masquerade. He said in 2 Corinthians 11:13-14, "... such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ, And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light."

The False prophets, Deceitful workers and Masqueraders had the desire and hope of destroying and twisting the TRUTH. But we must remember John 8:32 which states "... the TRUTH will set you free."

Paul shared that ".. if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted," you put up with it to easily and that is dangerous. We should RUN and REJECT anyone and anything other then the TRUTH. It may sound petty and be nice, it may even make you feel warm and fussy -- but RUN and REJECT if it is not the TRUTH found in the Word.

The Truth is that every single one of us is loved by Jesus Christ.

The Truth is that every single one of us are sinners.

The Truth is that without Jesus Christ, and him alone, we have no hope

The Truth is that Jesus Christ wants to have a growing, working relationship with each one of us.

The New Media will have its stories. The Democrats and Republicans will call each other names and have debates. People will lie and deceive on Social Media BUT the Truth is that Jesus Christ loves, forgives, and saves. The TRUTH is Romans 10:9-10, "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."

Stop trying to understand the TRUTH of the world -- it can't be done. Seek the TRUTH that matters and never changes -- the TRUTH found only in Jesus Christ and shared within His Word, the Bible and only the Bible.