There are many today that call themselves by the name Christian and name the name of Jesus; but that doesn’t necessarily make it so. I personally believe that we are living in the times spoken of by Paul:
1 Timothy 4:1: Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.
2 Timothy 3:1-5: But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (These here described by Paul claim to be the “church” but certainly are not).
Also Paul wrote of one of his great concerns for the church at Corinth, 2 Corinthians 11:4: For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted — you may well put up with it!
The false church proclaims, another jesus, another gospel, and another spirit; while it sounds and may even look like the true church, it is a counterfeit and therefore we are to turn away from them.
AMEN! Pastor MacArthur.
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