A Heads-Up for the Year Ahead
From my perspective, based on what I've observed throughout Christendom in 2011, believers are headed for some spiritually rough seas. The calls and letters we've received from those grieving over the false teachings and practices that have come into their fellowships have increased significantly over past years. Many are stunned, because their churches, for the most part, had been fundamentally sound. Even those whose fellowships have remained scripturally solid are nevertheless seeing many of their friends and relatives seduced by unbiblical teachings, trends, and agendas.
The problem is hardly complex and is presented prophetically in God's Word: "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine..." (2 Timothy:4:3). The solution to the problem (that could infect any of us) is just as simple as the problem itself: "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy:3:14-17).
The only prevention against being seduced by the increasing deception of our day is a disciplined study of the Word of God and a life that desires to reflect its truth. God will supply the grace to enable us to do both—if we will simply be willing.
T. A. McMahon