In the last days before Jesus returns, He said there would not only be great turmoil throughout the world, but even within the Christian ranks. Many, who claim to be Christian or at least assert they are a part of the church, will end up betraying those who actually are Christian according to Jesus. (Matthew 24: 4, 9, 10)
Tough times usually do this to us all for difficulty shows who we actually are, not only to others but to ourselves as well. Jesus said that before He returns to rescue and set things straight with mankind that there would be those in the church who are true believers, and many who are not.
Jesus’ advice on how to deal with those who are not, was two-fold. First, just wait and let Him expose them at the end. (Matthew 13:24-30) He will, and it will be obvious to all when He does. Second, which applies to what we can do now until He comes, is to watch out for signs of flawed and unbiblical beliefs coming from those claiming to be Christians. Sometimes this is done by an individual in a church, sometimes by a particular church, and sometimes by an entire denomination.
One of the most common flaws to look for concerns belief about the Scripture; is it the inspired and infallible word of God or not? (II Timothy 3:16) If not then you need to be wary of this person, church, or denomination, for it is quite possible they do not know Christ even though they say otherwise. For without the Scripture being the infallible bedrock belief as a Christian, then any and all beliefs are possible, even those that run counter to Scripture.
Usually such counter beliefs come from those in the church who are very powerful, influential, in control, or have great charisma. They existed in Jesus’ day, and they will be present within the church during the last days before He returns.
There are many other signs to look for regarding the church in the last days which we will discuss in the weeks to come. However, the key here is for you to make sure you have given your life over to Christ, as well as hold the Scriptures close to your heart, neither downplaying, reinterpreting, or discarding any portion of them. If you do this, then you can be assured to be lifted up to Christ when He comes, and not left behind as many will. (Romans 10:9-10)
Matthew 24: 4, 9, 10 10 “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
Matthew 13: 24-30 27, 28 “Do you want us to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 ‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will take care of them.” (Abbreviated)
II Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Romans 10:9-10 9 If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.