I’m currently doing a crazy amount of reading because I’m writing an essay on the “Emerging Church”. I was reading through a book called Faith Undone by Roger Oakland and this quote reminded me of the recurring condition of the church (I think more predominately, deception and infiltration). It seems to me that there really is nothing new under the sun…
“Satan’s plan to deceive the world impacts the church just like waves crashing against the shore. As we get closer and closer to the return of Christ, these waves of deception will be more frequent and influence countless numbers of people… There is a wave coming before Jesus returns that will sweep the world, [b]ut before this final apostasy hits, there will be other significant waves preparing the way for the final wave” – R.O
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Timothy 4: 1-6