Did you know that the present culture of America has an anointing on it? I have been posting about Christianity as a counter-culture. Today I want to talk about the modern cultural anointing.
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
1 John 2:18-19
The word antichrist is very interesting. When some people think antichrist, it brings images of The Beast or a world dictator. Actually, antichrists have been around as long as the church has been in existence.
This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
1 John 4:3
What we need to understand is that there is a spirit of antichrist that is constantly at work in secular society. Let’s stop and think about it. Here is a spirit that is anti – opposite – Christ.
In my last post I made the point that Christ means the Anointed One. That means we’re talking about an anti-anointing that’s operating in the world. Whether you know it or not, there are two different anointings at work in our society. There’s the Spirit of Christ and the spirit of antichrist.
The first verse above tells us that there are people in churches who have bought into the anti-anointing that’s in the world. Eventually these people get offended at the Gospel of Christ – the true anointing – and they leave.
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist — he denies the Father and the Son.
1 John 2:20-22
It is all about Jesus Christ – that’s the bottom line. We live in such an accepting and tolerant world. It’s okay, no matter what you want to talk about…that is until you mention Jesus Christ. Suddenly the conversation gets shut down.
The reason is clear. There are two competing spirits at work. The spirit of antichrist wants no mention of the true anointing. Christ, the Anointed One and His anointing can break the bondage of sin, sickness, depression, and a whole host of other symptoms of this age.
We need to walk in the boldness of the Holy Spirit. Even if it means that we are ridiculed, shut down or rejected. We must be a light for the true anointing of Christ in our generation.
Question: Have you ever noticed intolerance for the name of Jesus Christ?
© Nick Zaccardi 2012