KEY SCRIPTURE: John 7:43 KJV “So there was a division among the people because of him.”
In our story of the key scripture the people found a great division among the themselves because of Jesus. It is often said by certain people that religion divides us and therefore it must be abolished. This statement may be true concerning other religions, but not, in the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Lord Jesus presented a non-violent faith.
Mat 5:39 KJV “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Every hostility found among Christians with fellow Christians, or Christians and people of other faith has resulted from their own actions not based on the teachings of our master. Throughout the ages we have had all kinds of aggression, hostilities towards Christ through His body. The believers in the first century were grievously persecuted, and even now, Christians in certain Islamic states, are also persecuted
In our story, the division came because of the envy and evil intentions of the religious leaders. This kind of hostilities were all promoted by the spirit of the anti-christ.1Jn 4:3 KJV” And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” According to this verse there is a Spirit called the anti-christ that raises men to oppose and attack Christ. It is this spirit that lumps up Christianity and all other religions together, to say all should be put away. In these last days the plan of this Spirit is to create a one world religion to totally water down the impact of the Spirit of Christ on the world. What this people claim for having the one world religion is to avoid division and war among religions. The reality of this organization is a motivation by the spirit of anti-Christ. The real target is to silence the spirit of Christ. The spirit of anti-christ does not care about the other faiths. Its concern is the impact of the Spirit of Christ on the world.
Every Christian must be aware of this Spirit of anti-christ. How do we handle this spirit?
1. The first action is prayer. Pray against the influence and the interruptions of this spirit, against God’s agenda. Declare that this evil power will not alter God’s agenda for His people.
2. Develop your faith in God to dominate the activities of this spirit called anti-christ.
3. Make up your mind not to accept this one world religion.
4. Do not respond violently to people who oppose you. Show them love.
5. The church must exercise its faith to bring the power of God to bear against the spirit of anti-Christ.
THOUGHT: FAITH IN GOD AND FEARLESSNESS IS WHAT OVERCOMES THE ANTICHRIST SPIRIT
Rev 12:11 KJV “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Hebrews 11:33 KJV “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,