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Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain

Evangelist Dennis Heber

One of my favorite movies of all time is The Wizard of Oz. L. Frank Baum's classic is the epic struggle between GOOD and EVIL. To this day if it is on television and I have the time I will sit down and watch it.

My favorite line in the The Wizard of Oz is when the dog Todo discovers that Oz is a powerless fraud behind the curtain in the Emerald City. Oz says to Dorothy and her friends, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” For Oz, life was but an illusion, the illusion that he wanted to portray anyway.
Oz would later fail to get Dorothy home by balloon and so simply told her to click her heels and say, “There’s no place like home...”

In the song, TIN MAN, the group America sings, “But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man that he didn't already have...”

I am concerned that today, many people believe in the fire breathing OZ! They fail to ask serious questions in life and thereby cannot see behind the facades and curtains that are presented before their eyes.

A friend of mine recently sent me an email and wrote the following profound statement, “People will believe whatever they want to believe, even if what they believe is a lie.” As I read this statement, I could not shake it loose. The thought kept coming to me that we can believe a lie.

2 Thessalonians 2:11 says, “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie…”
When reading this verse, several things come to mind about people who believe lies:
1. They do not really believe that a lie is a lie.
2. They believe their lies are the truth.
Herein is the deception, they cannot see the falsehood. Pathological liars cannot tell that they are lying; they actually believe the lie as soon as it comes out of their mouth. People who make telling lies a lifestyle usually do it in a variety of ways and reasons:
They lie about even the smallest things. For example, saying "I brushed my teeth today," when they didn't.
• They add exaggerations to every sentence.
• They change their story all the time.
• They act very defensively when you question their statements.
• They believe what they say is true, when everyone else knows it isn't.
• Lies when it is very easy to tell the truth.
• Lies to get sympathy, to look better, to save their reputation.
• Fools people at first but once they get to know them, no one believes anything they ever say.
• May have a personality disorder.
• Extremely manipulative.
• Has been caught in lies repeatedly.
• Never fesses up to the lies.
• Is a legend in their own mind.

Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain

James 3:14 says we can lie against the truth. “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.”
1 John 1:6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
Notice that you cannot walk in lies (darkness) and practice the truth at the same time. It is the truth in life that actually set’s us free. John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

I counseled a man one time who repeatedly told me during our time together that he was “disillusioned” with life, with people and with God. After the session ended, I felt bad that I could not really help him. I went to prayer about the situation and felt the Lord telling me that the gentleman could not be helped. The Lord began to instruct me that the reason people are “disillusioned” is because they believe in “Illusions!” In other words, they PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN! This particular man who I tried to counsel came into Christianity for all the wrong reasons. He thought God was going to make him rich and powerful. I mean, that is what the TV preachers said. He was bitter at how his life turned out. He felt God had let him down. His life was nothing but an “Illusion.”

Many people think that if a preacher or especially a TV preacher says something, it must be true. I call these people, Kool-Aid drinkers. These are the same type of people who followed Jim Jones to their death in a jungle in Guyana. In the book of Acts, there was a group of men from Berea who did not take at face value even what the Apostles said. Acts 17:10-11 says, “Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”

The Lord is really challenging me to live Psalm 51:6, “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts…” That hidden part of my heart, the part that no one sees but God, is the part that God wants to be true. My goal is to say like the Apostle Paul in Romans 9:1, “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not…” Or to follow Paul’s admonition to Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:7, “Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not…”

The key to living an honest life is a life submitted to the Word of God. John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth.” Get into a small group of people who live a self-examined life. You will be glad you did!


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