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1 John 2:18-27
A few years ago late one night a pair of thieves snuck into a Department store in New York City. They were like no other thieves that had ever broken into a store. When they broke in they did not steal anything at all. What they did was more amazing than that. They took the price tags and switched them around. So, that a $5.00 set of stationary cost $40.00. A $300.00 fur coat cost $20.00.
When the store opened the next morning people received some of the best bargains and the biggest rip-offs at the same time. People were astounded at the price they had to pay or did not have to pay that day.
That is exactly what has happened in our society today. We have exchanged the truth for a lie. We live a world that has come to accept the falsehood, especially in the world of religion. Our nation has become enamored with the spiritual. We live a world that is more spiritual than ever.
In the 1970's and 1980's anywhere from 5-8% of our population were atheist. Today that number has decreased to less than 2% of the population. Our nation today is more spiritual than ever. Now, understand that I am saying spiritual and not religious or even Christian for that matter.
People today do believe in God, but not necessarily the God of Christianity. Some call him the creator, but not Lord. Some believe that God is in everything, such as a tree, a rock, a river, or God is each one of us. That is what the influence of the New Age has done to our society.
The problem that has occurred is that we as Christians have accepted some of this teaching into our own lives. We have allowed it to come into our lives and accept it as the truth. We do not even realize it.
1 John 2:18-27
I. The Anti-Christ
The only place in the NT that this word occurs is here and in 2 John. The ordinary meaning of the word anti in Greek is "against," or "opposite." It is interesting, however, to ...
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