“but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world” – I John 4:3 (NIV).
In a discussion with some people one person wondered if the whole idea of cults is overblown. “After all going back to how Christianity started all mainstream religions were once seen as cults,” he mused, “until we all became main stream church.”
My friend was trying to make a point that we should be gentle with those who come up differing from mainstream teachings of the church. Many of us are practicing a brand of faith that at one time caused a stir because it no longer followed the religious norms of the day. Yes, also, lest we forget, our Lord Jesus was once disowned by mainstream religious clerics. He was on the outside and considered cultic.
While all this is true, let us not forget the fact that there is indeed also something like authentic truth and we believers are not just grappling about in search of the truth. The word of God is clear: Jesus is the way, the truth and life (John 14:16).
Yes, of course there will always be differing interpretations of scriptures, as back in the days. They will yield all manner of groups and denominations. But still this does not deny there is a standard of truth which is only found in the Lord Jesus!
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, I pray today that I hold firmly to the truth that is only found in you!