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Unity or Persecution

Because a man draws huge crowds, is a dynamic speaker, and is insanely popular does not mean he or his ministry are approved of God. Jesus said, "WOE UNTO YOU, when all men shall speak well of you!" And, "That which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God." (Luke 6:26; 16:15).

Because a man calls for "unity" does not mean he is a man after God's own heart. -- There was amazing "unity" at the Tower of Babel . . . until God confused their tongues and scattered the nations in divine judgment -- Herod Antipas and Pontius Pilate were enemies until they found UNITY as friends . . . in their hatred and contempt for Jesus Christ -- Revelation 17 - 18 tells us there WILL BE a one-world government and a one-world church in ecumenical UNITY . . . but in defiance of God!

Because a man preaches "love," and even quotes scripture, does not mean he is a true spokesman for the God of the Bible -- The Beatles sang "All You Need is LOVE," while they were (by their own admission) fighting constantly among themselves and John Lennon, who wrote the song, was blaspheming Christ and abandoning his wife and son. -- Satan can quote scripture with the best of them (Matthew 4:6).

The Bible says the "last days" will be characterized by "MANY" false prophets, apostles and teachers who will come "in His Name" and will deceive MANY (Matthew 24:5, 11; II Corinthians 11:13-15; I John 2:18).

Beware of ANYONE who disparages, discourages, downplays, diminishes, discounts or disregards in any way the diligent, accurate, in-depth study of the Word of God, or who does not stand for the same vigilance and watchfulness to which Jesus, Himself, and the TRUE apostles and prophets call us in the Holy Scriptures.

Jesus said "wide is the gate, broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13-14).

Paul wrote, "ALL (meaning EVERYONE, without exception) that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax WORSE AND WORSE, deceiving and being deceived" (II Timothy 3:12-13).

Now is not the time to let down our guard and forget we're called unto warfare (II Cor. 10:4; Eph. 6:10-18).

Oh, and one more thing . . .

The LORD of Love warned us they'll come to us "in SHEEP'S clothing" (I.e.; doing their level best to look JUST LIKE "THE REAL THING").

If you think you could never be deceived, sorry . . . I think you ALREADY ARE (Proverbs 16:18; I Cor. 10:12; Hebrews 3:12-13)!

I Thessalonians 5:21; I John 4:1-6.

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