On Wednesday I was sharing with a group of friends about the works of the devil. 
We studied the works of satan recorded in the scripture, but as we are reading it  I cant help to share with the class that in the modern era, the devils are much more subtle than what we can see in the scriptures, he no longer appears with big horns and a trident, and nowadays demonic possessions are not as common as other works from the devil.  Therefore I would like to share them with you

New Challenges For The Year : Facing The “New” face of Christianity

So i was sharing with them that the modern works of satan are much more dangerous  than demonic possession. The reasons is because when we see a demonic possession, we know we are face to face with the devil but yet now he no longer wants to confront and fight against Christians directly.

Nowadays he choose a much more subtle strategy, to come into the church as ravenous wolves, deceiving Christians into not follow God. He appears as sermons speakers who teaches destructive teachings to the members though on the outside they appears meek and humble, serving God but yet if we were to look carefully into their actions, you will detect hypocrisy and malice. Sometimes they even had signs and miracles  accompanying them.

They worked by guiding the church into believing that social justice is more important than the reward in heaven, they teach that it is shameful for Christians to be suffering or to suffer need and that they can always ask God for material blessings and only in the abundance of such blessings can God be glorified.

They offer a modern theology which is “allergic to the term bible study” and can only take it positive message. they attacked Christians who chose to follow the instructions of Jesus by  by branding them as “faithless” , “practicing asterism”,  “blindly following the book” and “denying the saving power of God”.

From the look of it, perhaps keeping the faith would be more and more difficult, and sometimes perhaps we would have more and more thorns along the way.

New Challenges For The Year : Facing The Apocalyptic Fanatics

Not forgetting that the year 2012 is the favourite doomsday cult year, with the Mayans, Hopi Indians and other new age wannabe. Hence there will be alot of talks of giant comets hitting earth, Aliens descending.

At the same time, there will be Daniel and Revelations Wannabes who goes around predicting more and more about the famous beast and his 666.

I am pretty sure that the next year they will be really all fired up in their research on the internet and unfortunately this tide will also affect the church.

Of course, I do not intend to turn this blog entry into a long discourse about the end of the world, and I do not intend to contradict any new age believers and their doomsday theory

At End Of The Day

Nonetheless, I do believe that the end times is a times of great peril and destruction. Hence I would just like to share some of the words spoken by Jesus and the Apostles about the challenges I was talking about

“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. “ -  Jesus (Matt 24:5-6)

“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have told you beforehand” – Jesus (Matt 24:24-25)

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father   only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” – Jesus (Matt 24:36-39 ) 

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,  that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” – Paul (2 Thess 2:9-12)

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we[b] do not lose those things we worked for, but that we[c] may receive a full reward.
9 Whoever transgresses[d] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” – John (2 John 1:7-8)

Conclusion

In face of these new challenges, it is necessary for all of us to be grounded in the truth in the bible. Let us not be “allergic” to bible studies but rather study the word of God and understand it.

Remembering that we search the scriptures, for the same let us not receive the same comments spoken by Jesus to the Jews who persecuted him and wanted to kill him

“But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.  You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” – Jesus (Jn 5:38-40)

Let us hold fast to the word of God, for it it through it can we be saved (1 Cor 15:1-2)  let us follow the exhortation from Paul

“Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil.”  – Paul (1 Thess 5:19-22)

Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.” Paul (2 Thess 2:15)

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