So much is said in just these few verses, but per usual (and because of a time crunch) I’ll just look at some of the questions they raised in my mind.
And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. Mark 13:3-6
Here is but one of many warnings we receive about false teachers and, more specifically, false Christs; this one comes from Christ Himself (in active tense, no less). So…why are Christians so incautious, especially when as early as Paul and John we were getting warnings about false teachers—and OT prophets had the same message.
Just a brief glance at some of the fads that have swept through evangelicalism in the past decade suggests that Christians, living up to their status as thoughtless, easily-led sheep, are exactly that. This distresses me, not least because I was one of those led astray by a false gospel—and having been deceived by a false teacher or prophet is no excuse (if I’m reading that correctly). Continue reading