WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013
|Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.|
One of the things I appreciate about our country is our freedom to worship. I appreciate the freedom I have to stand up and say what I believe without fear of being arrested or murdered. I appreciate the freedom others have to hold views that are different from mine. Though I may not agree with them, I am appreciative of the fact that we can say what we believe in our country today.
Even if I were able, I would never impose the Christian faith on anyone. I would never want Christianity forced on people who did not want to believe. We as Christians have a reasonable faith, and our desire is to bring people to Christ as we share our faith with them. After all, God says, “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18).
In the last days, a new religion will come on the scene that everyone can embrace. There probably will be many beliefs intertwined with occultism. But any move toward a one-world religion is a foreshock of the Antichrist.
In our culture today, we see things moving toward an embracing of all faiths. We are told that we are all praying to the same god, that we are all just following different roads to the same god. But I beg to differ. I worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I worship the God of the Bible who sent Jesus Christ. There is no other God.
I think in the days to come, we will find a growing tolerance of any belief — except that “intolerant faith” as some would describe it (read: Bible-believing Christian). There will be less tolerance for that.
This is why we need to be very careful. The devil will come in the last days with religious deception.
1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10-11; Philippians 2
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