Echoes From the Campfire

It only went to show what he already knew, which was that there were more dangers in life than even the sharpest training could anticipate.”
              –Larry McMurtry  (Lonesome Dove)

    “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.”
              –Revelation 1:7 (NKJV)
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How to Live in a Pagan, Apostate, and Foolish World

Key Verse:  “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”  –1 John 5:19 (NASB)

There are things that you must grasp!  Things that it is vital that you realize.  Two of them are in the key verse:  we are of God; the world is under the power of the evil one.  Never, ever forget that verse.  That is why I write it on every lesson.  Realize that there is a spiritual conflict and do not succumb to it.  (Be sure and read again in 1 John 2:18-28.)
In these evil and last days beware of false teachers.  Beware of those that bring a truth other than what is found in the Bible.  I was just reading of a “Christian guru” that said that Jesus was not God, but only the Son of God.  Don’t be mislead, especially in these last hours.  This was a person who had many “Christian” followers.
    Do not be seduced by false teachers who flap their lips with honey dripping from them.  There are those who say, “Because I have the Holy Spirit I am as inspired as if I were an apostle”–they claim to direct and have a new revelation.  Their word becomes primary and the Word of God becomes secondary.
    John uses strong words—he calls them LIARS!  The master lie is to deny that Jesus is the Christ.  Antichrists are those who deny the doctrine that Jesus is the Christ.  He is the only begotten Son of God who died on the cross.  They attempt to change or get rid of His life here on earth in one form or another.

         Jesus is the Truth – John 14:6
         Antichrist is the lie – 2 Thessalonians 2:11
         Devil is the father of lies – John 8:44

William Barclay said, “To deny Jesus is to be separated from God, for on our reaction to Jesus our relationship to God depends.”
    There is a consequence to accept false teaching.  Remember, anything that changes the doctrine of Jesus Christ is antichrist.  To deny the work of Christ is antichrist.  The work of Jesus Christ is the basis of Scripture.  Have you not noticed that most of the attacks are either against the written word of God or the living word of God?  Jesus is the Word (John 1:1-4).  What happens to hope if one rejects Christ?
    Barclay sums it up by saying, “What we need is not new truth, but that the truth which we already know becomes active and effective in our lives.”  One day, all will come face-to-face with the fact that Jesus is the Christ!