“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14)
“Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon
I’ve been slowly reading through the book of Revelation, beginning in August 2016, using the English King James Version and the Greek Textus Receptus.
I’ll read a small section in English, then read the same small section in Greek. I’ll do this three times, one time per day, then move on to the next section. (I’m doing this because my NT Greek is so rusty.)
Along with this, I’ve also been following along with a short commentary on Revelation, sections of which I will read either before or after reading the relevant sections in Revelation.
Today I read the following paragraph in this commentary, and I was struck by how relevant it is to the culture in which I live:
“Authentic prophecy is known by what it does: true prophecy moves people to worship the true God and false prophecy draws people away from God. The false prophets in John’s vision show no lack of ability to perform miracles (13:13-15; 19:20), and John never faults them for issuing inaccurate predictions concerning future events. What makes them false is that they lure people into a false faith that binds them to powers that masquerade as God while serving the cause of destruction and oppression (2:20; 13:13-17; 16:13-14; 19:20). The true prophets in John’s visions are not said to offer predictions of future events, but to call the peoples of the world to repentance (11:3). True prophecy is identified by its witness to Jesus and its call to ‘worship God’ (19:10); 22:9). When Revelation moves people to faith in God and in the Lamb, it brings them to the End for which the book was written.” (Craig R. Koester, Revelation and the End of All Things, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (2001) p. 172)
Let’s break this down…
True prophecy moves people to worship the true God
False prophecy draws people away from God
False prophecy lures people into a false faith
False prophecy binds people to powers that masquerade as God while serving the cause of destruction and oppression
True prophecy is identified by its witness to Jesus and its call to ‘worship God’
My culture — The USA — has many problems, but the greatest problem we have, which I don’t see being solved anytime soon, is this:
The USA is the greatest militaristic force for global destruction and oppression the world has ever known.
This is where the deception — the trickery — enters in.
Most people who consider themselves Christians in the USA believe we are the good guys. They don’t see themselves as supporters of “the greatest militaristic force for global destruction and oppression the world has ever known”, but rather as supporters of “the greatest force for good the world has ever known”.
These people have been tricked into believing a lie — the opposite of the truth.
Generation after generation the citizens of the USA pack their loved ones off to another foreign war they believe is for good, when, in fact, their loved ones are pawns who are used and abused by the greatest militaristic force for global destruction and oppression the world has ever known.
Until this cycle is broken, we will never be free and the world will never know peace.
Christians! Stop supporting US militarism, and stop falling for patriotic propaganda!
Christians! Return to Christ, the Prince of Peace!
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 5:9)
“The church in America will not be a Christ-centered community of peace so long as it is determined to celebrate its identity as American. It is imperative, I believe, that all traces of nationalism be removed from the church’s worship. Otherwise, in times of international crisis, instead of being an instrument of reconciliation, it will continue to embrace the role of handmaiden of war. God cannot be praised in the same breath that America is honored without God being dishonored and replaced by another god…” Read more: The Nationalistic Corruption of Worship in America – http://www.redletterchristians.org/the-nationalistic-corruption-of-worship-in-america/
See also: The American Flag: Embodiment of a bloodthirsty totem god https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/the-american-flag-emblem-of-a-bloodthirsty-totem-god/
The Lie: Who Christians in the USA believe they are serving
The Truth: Who Christians in the USA are actually serving