The Sheep and the Goats

Will the beast in Revelation be able to deceive Christians?

Will the beast in Revelation be able to deceive Christians?

There’s no reason to think the actual beast in Revelation exists today. There are prerequisites, events that must take place before the antichrist makes his or her appearance.

So why go through all this if the beast doesn’t exist yet? Well, because it matters. If we can be deceived today, what hope do we have when the events in Revelation start to unfold?

Given that we’re so easily deceived today, it’s critically important that we learn to listen to the Holy Spirit. In church-speak, to be able to discern the difference between truth and lies. Not on our own, but with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s look at a few examples of things that deceive Christians, even today
As I said, these examples are important. The things that deceive Christians today are from “ordinary” people. In other words, they aren’t from the antichrist. Not from the beast in Revelation.

Does God punish us today, like when He didn't allow Moses to enter the Promised Land?

Will God punish us today, like when He didn’t allow Moses to enter the Promised Land?

Does God punish us today, like when He didn’t allow Moses to enter the Promised Land?  That’s a question that came up when we were studying one of the Beatitudes – Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.  You can maybe see how the question might arise.  And how it seems important.  After all Moses did to lead God’s people in the Exodus, he didn’t live long enough to set foot in the Promised Land.  So what chance do we have?

worship song at concert

What’s in a worship song? or two?

What’s in a worship song?  Well, it’s a song.  So there’s music, unless it’s “a capella”.  And it’s worship, so there must be words.  After all, worship is about praising and honoring.  Words are kind of important when doing that.  More specifically, in a Christian worship song, it’s about praising God.  The God we believe created – everything.  The songs should reflect that.  What else should be in Christian worship songs?  Love.  And Truth.

These things probably seem line no-brainers.  Of course, they should all be there.  By, when we sing or listen to them, do we really think about what’s in a worship song that we’re directing to God?  Do we just blindly sing the words, whatever they might be?  Or do we meditate on them as we’re singing?  In essence, are we praying those words?

Are we supposed to Believe God, Believe in God or Follow God?

Are we supposed to Believe God, Believe in God or Follow God?

Are we supposed to believe God – believe in God – or follow God?  Are those three sets of words all different?  Or do they all mean the same thing?  Well, it depends.  When were you born?  What culture do you live in / come from?  Most important, are you willing to learn what they meant when they were said?  In some cases, that’s almost two thousand years ago.  In others, several thousand years ago.  We need to look at what they meant when they were said, in order to understand what they mean today.

The problem of “Ask and you will receive”

Yes, John’s Gospel really does record Jesus saying “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete”.  And you know what?  If that was the only thing Jesus said – it might even mean what too many of us think it does / should mean.  But there are two problems with that line of thinking.

Good Deeds and Faith

The problem of Good Deeds and Faith

Any attempt to say that we must have faith  and do stuff above and beyond that to earn our salvation – it takes away from Jesus’ death, as I mentioned – but it also takes away our only means to judge for ourselves whether or not our faith is real.  By saying that faith alone isn’t enough – people are taking away our ability to stand firm in our belief – before we die / before it’s too late – whether or not our faith is real and therefore whether or not we are saved.

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