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. – 1 John 2:18
If you’re on facebook, you’ve probably seen the different posts about the personality traits of people who have blue eyes, or green eyes, or brown eyes, or gray eyes. Well, regardless of your “eye personality”, the Bible tells us we are to “watch and wait”… in other words, stay alert to what’s going on around us. We’re to know false teaching when we hear it, and we’re to have discernment from God’s Holy Spirit to spot false teachers when we see them.
It sounds like a tall order, but remember, we’re not in this alone. If we ask our Father in Heaven, in Jesus’ name, to give us wisdom to discern – He surely will answer that prayer for us. God’s not in the business of playing “gotcha” with his children.
I would remind you today that evil does not appear suddenly with great strength. It’s subtle and eases its way in – because it wants to fit snuggly in with all the good around it. Not to frighten or cause paranoid responses, but this is the reason we are to be alert to our surroundings.
Counterfeit money looks so real, doesn’t it? It looks like the genuine article – but if you knew it was not real, would you try to pass it? If you knew the teachings you listened to were false, would you still listen to them – or do you want to continue having your ears tickled?
The true teaching of God from His Holy Bible is never going to make us feel comfortable with the way we are. We will always be challenged to grow and change – we will be interested in a mature relationship with the Lord and with others. We will always want to be improving and getting better – the more close we get to God.
I have a pastor friend who will not preach from any version of the Bible but the King James. Now, I have different versions – an NIV, the MSG, and even a GOOD NEWS FOR MODERN MAN. Once in a while he mentions that he won’t read or preach from anything but King James. I get it – I really do. I think we look at different versions to try to glean some deeper meaning sometimes – but he sticks with the “original” – (and yes, I know it’s not really the original, but I don’t know any other way to describe it). We don’t want to fall for less than the God’s honest truth – even if it’s by accident. Remember… our enemy is sneaky.
We don’t know the hour when Jesus will return to earth to snatch up His children. Let’s not be found sleeping in a stupor instead of learning and growing and maturing under true teaching. 🙂