Friday, February 24, 2017

God's Longsuffering - 3 (LG60)

Mat 24:4-5  And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many."

Christ means anointed (Christos)

In the last days many false christs, who will come in the name of our Lord Jesus will arise. Their false testimonies of anointing, miracles, healings, empowering, etc. will deceive many Christians, who did not heed His warnings.

James 3:13-16  Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

The demonic teachings of these false christs are based on worldly wisdom, which leads to envy and self seeking.

Mat 6:24  “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."

These false christs love and serve money (mammon) and so deep down in their hearts they hate and despise God. Beware of those rich pastors and televangelists.

Mat 15:8-9  "‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’"

When worldly wisdom is accepted, all their worships will be in vain. So without the help of the Holy Spirit, these false christs will then resort to lies, deceptions and wickedness.

Mark 13:21-23  “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand."

Many of these false christs and false prophets can perform signs and wonders for they have become agents of the Devil with demonic powers. Read the temptations of Satan in Matthew chapter 4.
Brethren, do not be deceived by signs and wonders for the Devil and his agents too can perform them.

1 Cor 1:26-28  For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,

Brethren, the word of God clearly states that the called (anointed of God) are hardly the rich, powerful, respected and well known pastors and televangelists, but the poor, weak, despised and excluded servants of God, who trust God and His word.

Despite His numerous warnings, many of His sheep willingly flock to these false christs. This is painful to our Father, who loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus, to be made flesh to suffer and die for us. Our Lord wants us to bring all those misled Christians back to Him.

James 5:20  let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.