In my last post, we began looking at the passage in Mark where Jesus talks about the end-times with His disciples. He had told them that the Temple would be destroyed someday. So they asked Him how they would know it was about to happen.
Jesus starts by giving the disciples a general overview of future history.
Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.
The initial warning that Jesus gives us is about deceivers. The word deceiver in the Greek literally means those who cause others to leave the path. There will be those who make it their goal to remove you from the path of following Christ wholeheartedly. Their methods may vary from time to time and from place to place, but the outcome is the same.
These imitations claim to be the Anointed One, which is what Christ means in Greek. They want to convince you that they have the lock on God’s power or His anointing. Many Christians are all too willing to follow these signs from revival to camp meeting to healing service. They never seem to want to settle down under godly teaching.
Please realize that I’m not knocking the revival meeting. I love being a part of the move of God. What I’m saying is that every believer must be plugged-in to a local church body where they’re constantly being fed from God’s Word.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
We should make it our goal not to end up remaining a baby Christian our whole life. Staying in that baby stage opens you up to deception.
Of course, some prefer it that way since they never have to take on the responsibility of ministry. Then, they can just go from place to place getting fed their spiritual bottle.
If deception is a big part of living in the Last Days, then how do we guard ourselves?
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
It’s through the mutual encouragement of the body of believers that we keep from being deceived. That’s one of the benefits of being connected to a local church.
But wait! The writer of Hebrews also said…
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
This verse explains why there’s such deception in the Last Days. Believers will be attending church less and less frequently. One of the reasons I feel we’re close to Christ’s Return is because this is an epidemic in the body of Christ right now.
Don’t open yourself to the deceptions of this age. Be an active part of a local body of believers.
Question: Why is church attendance by Christians in such decline in our generation?
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