Assaults from outside are not the biggest danger to Jesus Christ’ church; apathy and false teaching from within are
2 Peter 2:1
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Every time there is a 5th Sunday in the month, we do Sunday service a bit differently than usual. It’s pretty traditional around here, and lots of places do the same. We have regular morning service, have an awesome potluck in the fellowship hall, and then come back in for some singing. Then, we all go nap for the rest of the day! We have lots of congregational songs, and folks bless us with some special mucic too. Here you go!
It Gets Sweeter
Back to God
Precious Lord Take My Hand
by Mark Clements
Tuesday, October 1
False Prophets Are Present at the End
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold,” Matthew 24:11, 12.
Jesus did His best to prepare His church for His physical absence. Since He was God in the flesh, when He shared with His disciples the things that would take place after His ascension, He spoke with authority. Jesus knew that false teachers would target true churches in order to destroy the work of God. These false teachers would not be irreligious, but would deceptively blend into the Christian crowd with malicious intent. The pervasiveness of false prophets does not destroy the appearance of religion, but seductively leads people away from a genuine relationship with God. More and more churches would be filled with unregenerate people who claim to follow Christ, having embraced a false gospel, which is unable to save anyone. As Jesus said, this would lead to an increase in lawlessness, which in turn would lead to a dramatic decrease in genuine love of God and others. Man-made religion, without spiritual regeneration, leads to the destruction of souls, churches and communities.
How should true followers of Christ prepare for the end times as Jesus warned? First, Jesus wants His followers to expect an increase in the number of false prophets. It is incumbent upon Christians to be able to identify truth from falsehood, in order to discern true teachers from false teachers. Secondly, Jesus challenged His followers to persevere in the truth until the end of their lives. As difficult as it may become for followers of Jesus to combat heresy, genuine Christians will cling to the truth of the gospel tightly, and faithfully obey the command to make disciples of all nations, for the glory of God.
JUST A THOUGHT: Do not allow your love for God and others to grow cold.
When we compare who God is to who we are, it will make us very humble
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Like us holding the hand of a child to keep them from stumbling or running into danger, God does the same for us
Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,