For the last decade, at least, my thoughts have been pointing toward the obvious activities around us…all of us; Christians and those who are not. For many, the idea that the local church has been swarmed by people masquerading as ‘Christian,’ but are not. For about 5 years now, maybe 10 or more, non-chirstians have become more vociferous in most everything. The immorality among them has been uncovered by their presence everywhere. They call black white, dark as being light, up is now down, male is now female; all of this and more is being called, not simply ‘okay,’ but is being painted as being ‘Christian.’ Worse yet. Mainline churches have accepted these sinful and lost creatures as being ‘Christian.’ These have not simply been accepted, the local churches have included them and have become as they are.
“Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. We know from this that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all of them do not belong to us. 20 Nevertheless you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 21 I have not written to you that you do not know the truth, but that you do know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but the person who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This one is the antichrist: the person who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either. The person who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, what you have heard from the beginning must remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 Now this is the promise that he himself made to us: eternal life. 26 These things I have written to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27 Now as for you, the anointing that you received from him resides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things, it is true and is not a lie. Just as it has taught you, you reside in him.” 1 John 2:18-27.
The most difficult statement in this passage is found in verse 19 in which the Apostle speaks of the ‘anti-christs’ among us. Truly, there are many; all around us. They are in our Bible classes, they sing in our praise and worship teams, they will pray, they will pass the plates, some may even stand in the pulpits. These are the chiefs of deceivers, to say the least. They are liars at the least. These ‘beasts’ have invited people to join causes that seem innocent enough, but darkness surrounds what they incite. The Social Gospel is the foundation of much of their activities…wolves in the clothing of sheep may be the best way to describe them. They do not belong to us, they are NOT a part of the Body of Christ…let them go.
These claim to be ‘Christian’ and they sound good, and their polite behavior is not what reveals who or what they are. Their actions are attempts to destroy what has been and to rewrite what has been written. Immorality is a trait that defines who they are as well, the kind of immorality that is appalling in every kind of way.Playing on the sympathies of everyone who may be different from them is a devious characteristic defining who they are. Gaining the approval of your children and young adults is a tactic used in the attempt to change our cultural values and our Christian heritage. I think you get the idea. These things identify these as denying the Christ even though they say otherwise.
Believers are anointed by the Holy One, the Holy Spirit. We are filled with His Spirit, gifted by His grace and empowered by His Presence. Every Christ Follower knows this truth. This anointing enables us to know the Truth that sets us free. The Christ remains in you and secures your eternity with Him because we belong to Him. He purchased us at Calvary.
We must remember to continue to fulfill the Great Commission, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world in which we live. We MUST NOT BE SILENT!! “So the 11 disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated. When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” Matthew 28:16-20.
Jesus is Lord.