Updated: Oct 18
The Last Days According To Jesus - False Christs (Mt 24:5)
“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.”
I recently did a video series on the false gospels that are being taught in the church today. I was astounded at the extraordinary number of ways to lead people astray. In that study I learned this: every false gospel wants to distort the truth about Christ. A false gospel tells you that you can be saved by some other way than Christ on the cross.
See if you can answer this: what is the first thing the church ever did? We have to go way back to the very beginning of the church for that answer. There was a time when the entire church consisted of only one person. You might remember that time in the Bible when Peter told Jesus that he finally understood who He was. He finally got it. He said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Read Mt. 16:13-19
With that, Jesus told Peter that the church had just begun. It began right then and there and its foundation would be what Peter had just said. The church only had one single member so far but it would grow and God would give it great power and strength.
And then, Jesus told Peter about the cross.
The very first thing that this brand new church did was to rebuke Jesus … yes, Peter rebuked Christ … and tell Him that it wanted everything He had promised, but without the cross. The enemy was already working, presenting a false Christ. Ever since that moment, the church has been trying to find a pathway to God that does not include the cross.
The only way to do that is to have a different Christ. That’s why so many churches around you teach a false Christ. They want a church with no cross. Want a subtle reminder of this? Look at your church sanctuary. Where is the cross located?
It should be front and center, big and bold, unmistakably the most important thing that your church is about. People should walk into your sanctuary and say, “Wow! This church sure thinks that the cross is important!” I was at a church for over 2 decades that decided, one day, to move the cross aside because that’s where the big screen needed to be. That says something, doesn’t it?
The unmistakable message of the church MUST be Christ and His cross. Don’t let that take a back seat to anything else because in the last days, that will be the only Rock that we will be able to stand on. All else is shifting sand.
1 Corinthians 2:1-2
“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”