This total confusion leads, of course, to religious anarchy. But, ominously, it also opens the door to leading these millions of young people to be very susceptible to the mass deceptions that the coming false prophet will perpetrate. When this man arises and begins to show himself "according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders" (2 Thessalonians 2:9), what are these millions of confused youths going to do?
Being swept along with excitement and also by the mass hysteria that will accompany the satanic signs of the "lawless one" (v. 8), most of these young people will succumb to the enormous pressure to join hands with this coming "revival" and "return to tradition" inspired by Satan. For throughout much of Western Europe and North America, there is indeed a yearning for specific doctrines and guidelines in the field of religion and standards of behavior. Millions of people are sick and tired of the hemming and hawing and equivocating of their ministers and priests. They are beginning to realize that many of these professing religious "leaders" are not absolutely certain about anything!
Many of these religious leaders question the validity of Jesus' virgin birth, of His miracles, of His resurrection from the dead. They question the real inspiration of the Bible. They question the idea of Jesus' Second Coming and whether there will truly be a literal Kingdom of God set up on this earth with Christ as Kmg.
Do "all religious leaders teach equally valid truths"—as more than half of the teenagers in Barna's poll believed?
Is all religion equal? Can you just believe anything and have the same blessing of the Creator God and gain eternal life on your own terms?
The only way to be definitive and truly correct about these matters is to prove to yourself—one way or another—if the Bible is directly inspired by the real God who created the universe! If the Bible is just partially inspired—as so many believe today— then each person can "pick and choose" which part of the Bible he thinks is inspired. Then, using human reasoning, he can go by that part of the Bible, even if it seems to directly contradict other parts of the Bible. Remember that the Christ of the Bible was nothing but "definitive." Jesus did not "waffle." He stated: "I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them" (John 10:7-8). And: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber" (v. 1).
Later, Jesus said: "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (v. 27). Most of you readers have "heard" Christ's voice speaking through this Work. You know that we do not evade, denigrate or "mess around" with the words of the Bible. We have proved over and over that God, the Creator, directly inspired the Bible. It is God's "Instruction Manual" for mankind. It is specific in what it tells us to do.
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