24 Then the Jews surround Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.” 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods’? 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” 39 Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand. John 10:24-39
Jesus Christ, is God the Son of God, and God His Father sent Him into the world to teach the truth with the words the Father gave Him, and to do the deeds of the Father, by His authority and power, for the ultimate work of the salvation of His called out ones. The Jews, who were jealous, rejected Him, being content with their own form of religion. They represent all of the religious who reject the Scriptures and thus turn away from the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. They despise the truth and so reject their only means of salvation, Jesus Christ, His death upon the cross of Calvary and His resurrection from the dead the third day.
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-14
Even within Evangelical and Protestant churches many are being deceived into leaving the truth of the Word of God for a lie. They are embracing as genuine believers those who are instead deceivers. This is occurring at an awful acceleration. The following describes what I am stating.
There is an alarming swing within the evangelical church toward Catholicism that is being empowered by Pope Francis and his ecumenical stance. According to an article in Christianity Today, written October 9, 2015, sixty percent of white evangelicals approve of Pope Francis, while sixty percent of Protestant pastors believe that Pope Francis is a brother in Christ. Pew research conducted the poll with white evangelicals and Life-way Research conducted the poll with Protestant pastors. What does this say about the visible church in America? It shouts loud and clear that evangelicalism and Protestantism have lost their way. They have turned from the truth of the Scriptures, from the authority of Christ’s written Word, to the perilously pathetic prating of fallen men. The article from Christianity Today will be linked below.
These findings should give genuine believers in Christ concern for church attenders across the country who obviously are not being taught to discern between truth and error, nor being warned against the error of false religious systems, such as the Catholic church. The article in CT makes no judgment about the results of the polls, but simply reports the findings. What does that say about a magazine which is supposed to be about faith in Christ? Oh wait, most likely they are among the numerous who have divorced faith in Christ from Christianity.
Beloved brethren, this is all leading to the great end time Babylonian Whore Church that will be used of the Anti-Christ to bring in his kingdom before the great tribulation. Beloved brethren, this is the torrent of apostates who refuse to receive the love of the truth and so be saved, but instead delight in unrighteousness. Beloved brethren, these are the easily deceived multitudes who profess faith in Christ but by their evil works deny Him. Despite all the evil that the Catholic church stands for and has stood for, when this popular Pope says things that appear to be sound, undiscerning multitudes stampede to his side because they want a man to follow rather than the Lord Jesus Christ. They are being primed for the man of sin, the son of perdition, so they will be easily manipulated by the lying things that he says.
We must stand fast to our faith and hold tight to the Word of God. Anything, or anyone, who contradicts, takes away from or adds to the Word of God should be avoided like one carrying the plague. Because in fact they are, they are carrying the plague of sinful rebellion and unbelief in our glorious Savior. Know that the Catholics were represented at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Know that the Pope has a yearly World Day of Prayer where all belief systems are encouraged to attend and pray to their god. We can see and understand how this is all leading to the end times deception of a worldwide religious system that subsumes all religions but persecutes genuine biblical believers in Christ as taught in the Scriptures.
So whose authority are you following? Are you following the authority of fallen men or are you following the authority of the only Living God and His Son Jesus Christ? Who are you going to listen to? Are you going to listen to the lies of fallen men or are you going to hide the glorious Word of God in your heart as you study the Bible and rest in the Holy Spirit for understanding? Please be sure to share what is going on with all who name the Name of Christ, whether they are genuine or not. Make sure you are of those who love the truth and do not belong to the raging waves of apostasy shipwrecking the faith of so many. May Christ bless us to be faithful to Him. Amen!
24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen Ephesians 6:24
Lord Jesus Christ please keep us as faithful witnesses for you who lovingly share Your gospel message with any and all who are lost. Amen!