To all Christians… lost sheep are NOT our enemy.
All too often I hear well meaning Christians upset at the ‘pagan’ like lifestyle that so many non-believers live. They bemoan that it’s people like this that will bring down the culture of America. While there is a piece of truth to the fact that their activism to get others to accept their lifestyle is dangerous… they are not the real enemy.
The real enemy is within. In the Garden of Eden, Satan did not deny God… he was fully accepting of the fact that God existed. Instead he simply twisted the truth about what God had said. He never came out and said that God was wrong… he just confused Adam and Eve about what God really did say.
Throughout time (and now is no different), the most dangerous enemy is the one who claims to believe in Christ, but spreads lies in place of the Gospel. “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them” (2 Peter 2:1)
False prophets appear among us and on the surface, they seem to be just like us. This is where the phrase “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” comes from. It’s not a real sheep that just goes bad… it’s a wolf the whole time, intent on destroying. In order to get on the inside, the wolf “temporarily” takes on the appearance of a sheep to earn trust among the flock. Then when the other sheep have accepted that wolf as one of their own, the wolf can finally attack.
Obviously a real wolf can never do this (outside of Looney Tunes) but it is a real way that our enemy works to destroy us from within. Peter warned his church (and warns us today) that these false teachers are among us… even today. They appear like us, they talk about Jesus, the agree with us on the soft points. But then they slowly introduce a message that is not consistent with the message from Jesus and the Apostles.
Paul warned about these people too and said never trust them regardless of their apparent authority. He was so serious about this, he repeats himself. “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you,let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” (Gal 1:8-9)
Paul is pointing out that even if an angel preaches anything other than the Gospel of Christ, the angel is accursed. After all, this is exactly who Satan is… a fallen angel preaching a gospel other than Christ.
Here are just a few of those common lies spread by these false prophets:
- You can be good enough to go to heaven (Rom 3:28)
- You can do bad and loose your salvation (Rom 8:38)
- One gift is more valuable than others (1 Cor 12:4-11)
- Loving someone means accepting their lifestyle (John 8:7-11)
This list goes on and on and just gets longer with each passing generation. Don’t buy into it. Believe in Christ alone and life your life in such a way that it draws others to Him who is in you.
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