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Thursday, March 3, 2011

I just spent a few moments viewing a "Rogue's Gallery".  No, it wasn't
at a museum, and it wasn't the "Most Wanted" posters found at the
local post office.  This gallery is at, and identifies
"fake antivirus programs" that one might encounter.

If you own a computer you likely know about the dangers of computer
viruses.  Thousands of mini-programs have been written which will do
harmful things to your computer.  You and I would not likely recognize
these programs until it's too late.  That's why there is antivirus
software.  The people who know computers best develop this software to
shield our laptops and desktops from intruders.

The fake antivirus programs are deceptive, however.  While making you
think you're protected, you're actually inviting the fox into the hen-
house.  Once installed on your computer, they can do whatever they've
been written to do.  I'm thankful that the folks at Lavasoft have made
this listing of programs to avoid.  (Go to for more

A television show I occasionally enjoy is "Law and Order".  One
episode told about a con artist who sold cases of flu vaccine to
clinics and doctors' offices.  Later it was discovered that the
"vaccine" was nothing more than a saline solution.  What was supposed
to protect vulnerable patients from potentially harmful viruses did
nothing at all to protect them.  Some people died and the con artist
was later convicted on multiple charges of murder.  (I have no idea if
the episode was based on fact.)

We know there are dangers around us.  Most of us take action to
protect ourselves from these dangers.  If we learn that those
"protections" are ineffective, we're justified in feeling outrage.

Sadly, the same thing happens in the spiritual realm.  People become
interested in religion when they realize they have a soul that will
outlast the physical body.  We also come to realize that sin is a
chronic threat to our spiritual well-being.  But some "protection"
people have sought is ineffective!

John sounded the warning long ago: "Beloved, do not believe every
spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many
false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).  A true
prophet speaks for God; false prophets work for another master.  (You
can guess who that might be.)

Paul preached the true gospel to the people of Galatia, and many
became followers of Christ.  Before long, however, some chose a
different path.  Paul responded in Galatians 1:6,7: "I marvel that you
are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of
Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are
some who trouble you and pervert the gospel of Christ."

Is trustworthy protection available for an honest, God-fearing soul?
Absolutely, and Paul pointed to that protection in 2 Timothy 3:16,17.
Simply stated, the Bible is our way of knowing for sure that our soul
is guarded by the saving grace of God.  But if we allow someone -
anyone - to pull us away from the teachings of the Bible, we are
trusting in false protection.

The word of God is able to save our souls, but only if we receive it
with meekness (James 1:21).  Let's make sure our lives are built upon
that foundation, and upon no other.

Timothy D. Hall

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