Many say that conditions today are worse than they have ever been. If we carefully examine the Early Church and what the Apostles faced, we will quickly realize that our day is very similar to theirs; we just have different people, systems and equipment. They faced difficult times, such as famines and political upheavals in the same way we face world conflicts and pandemics today.
We must be aware that these times are opportunities for deceivers and false teachers to attack the saints and draw them away from what their occupation should be. In my short life span, there have been several tense seasons in national and international events that caused some believers to bend their ear toward teachers who predicted the Lord’s coming. Their predictions failed.
This was true of the church at Thessalonica. Paul was forced write a second letter to them just for the purpose of redirecting their minds on Christ and away from false prophets. “Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way” (2 Thessalonians 2:1–3). What will keep us from being deceived?
In short, Paul answers that question in verse 14; “To this He called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” There must be consistent attention to the gospel and the glory of Christ. Every false teaching will in some way detract from these and divert our attention to something else – usually it will be man-centered.
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