Have you ever been hornswoggled? I was – more than once! I needed …, no, I wanted a specific item. The sales representative knew that the key to my purchase was my “want,” my desire. He could sense it. He had my number. He knew I was an easy mark. I was vulnerable. I bought it – hook, line and sinker! No, No, No! I’m not saying he was a deceiver – maybe a little. All I’m illustrating is that I was an easy sale because of my own vulnerability.
The New Age followers prey on those who are innocent and/or those who are seeking hope of some sort or another. The so-called “religious” science followers and the “ology” folks, pick out those who are looking for fame or positive affirmation and “BINGO!” They’ve learned how to prey upon those who want money, or fame, or “spiritual” guidance. These smooth-talkers have been taught how to identify and take advantage of the vulnerable.
“For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.”
Romans 16:18 (niv)
“Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Matthew 24:11-13 (niv)
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
1 Peter 5:8-9 (niv)