The Danger from Within
If I was to ask you from where does the greatest danger come for professed Christians, what would you answer? Would you give the same answer as a lot of Christians would give? ie, from the Muslim world or from the government or 'new world order'? If you think that the greatest danger facing professed Christians today is from OUTSIDE the professed church, then you need to read this page. As on this page we will show you that the greatest threat actually comes from WITHIN the professed church.
Acts 20:26-30 ...'Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.'
Do you see what the apostle Paul is saying above? He is warning the people that the danger would arise from WITHIN the Christian church, by way of false teachers who would deceive followers of Christ Jesus into departing from the pure faith. And this is a pattern we see right throughout the New Testament. Look at what Jesus said would happen:
Matthew 24:4-5,11 ...'And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you, for many shall come in My Name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many ... And many false prophets shall arise and shall deceive many.'
So where did Jesus say the main deception and danger would come from? WITHIN the professed church. And we also see this same warning come from the apostles Peter and John. Take a look at what they said:
2 Peter 2:1-3 ...'But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you.'
Do you notice the pattern with regards to the warnings from Jesus and His apostles? The warnings tell us that the greatest danger is to come from WITHIN the professed Christian church, not outside like many believe today. The deceptions arise from among God's people, to draw away many from the truth. And the apostle John also confirms this in his writings.
1 John 2:18-19 ...'Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.'
Now if you ask professing Christians around the world today who the antichrist is, they would tell you it is someone or something OUTSIDE the 'professed church'. But as we can see from what John said above, the 'antichrists' came FROM WITHIN THE CHURCH. Then they went out from the church, departing from the true Biblical faith and drew people away with them.
So where does the greatest danger to God's people come from today? From WITHIN the professed church!
Have a good think about this. What can Muslims do to us? They can kill us right? Yes they can, but that is all they can do. They can destroy the body, but they cannot take our 'soul' which belongs to God. Our bodies are pretty worthless really. As long as we have given our lives over to Christ Jesus, then we have a place in eternity with Him. So Muslims are no REAL danger to us. How about the government? What can they do to us? Just the same as Muslims. They can PHYSICALLY persecute us, and destroy our bodies, but they cannot take our 'soul', because as long as we are grounded firmly on the true Biblical faith, it belongs to God. And they CANNOT take our faith away from us, only our bodies.
BUT, what can deceivers and false teachers WITHIN the professed church do to us? They can deceive us into following a false 'god', which would cause us to lose our place in heaven. THAT is the danger!
Friends, Satan isn't interested in your body. All he wants is for you to give your allegiance to him instead of God. So physical persecution is no danger to God's people, as God's true followers have been martyred for the faith all throughout history. No, the danger for us today is the spiritual deceptions WITHIN the professed church.
This is the reason why seeking the truth of God's Word and living according to it is so vital!