To say you believe in Jesus Christ is to live as Jesus Christ. The message of the Church is the affirmation of the person Jesus Christ. This affirmation is costly. The message is not everyone can come in and no one has to change. The church must be a reflection of Jesus Christ. This is the message of John as he calls for the Church members to walk in the truth. Now he goes further and stronger:
“I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.” (2 John v 7)
If any ‘believers’ deny the complete incarnation of Jesus Christ, John calls them deceivers and the antichrist, not even agents of the antichrist!
We may look to singular villains of our world past and present and think are they the antichrist? But John says they come from within and they are here now. They are dethroning Jesus Christ and they do not live a Christ life.
A Church where Jesus Christ is not central for who He is and what He demands is not the church of Jesus.
Those who have ‘gone out’ from the church may have done so with a variety of sinful choices but see what they are saying about the person of Jesus Christ being the Son of God, the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the return of Jesus Christ, for it is these 3 things that are the stand out signs that any other teaching than what is the orthodox tradition, is a deception.
We live in days when Christians need to affirm their faith publicly in who Jesus Christ is. Sometimes Church can be more about who is in it than who is being followed.
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More so today than ever before Jesus is the one to follow. The true way.
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