Jesus himself said there would be false Christs. (Matthew 24:24) Jesus said there would be false prophets. (Mt 7:15) Jesus said there would be people who would call his name, and even do signs and wonders in his name, but they would not be true believers and followers of him. (Mt 7:21-23) Paul the apostle said there would be false Christs, false gospels, and even false 'holy spirits'. (2 Cor 11:4) Believe it or not, I find this comforting!:) I don't have to stress about the fact that there is going to be 'counterfeits' in the mix! But...
This cannot stop me knowing the true Christ, and speaking the true gospel message! I cannot fear the false, and go silent. This is pride at work. Stand up, be true, advance the gospel, and let Jesus do the judging!
And when I say to let Jesus do the judging, I mean even of YOU! Paul said that he did not care if the church judged him, if secular society judged him, and then he said, 'Indeed I do not even judge myself... It is the Lord who judges me!' (I Cor 4:3-4)
Jesus knows those who are his. (2 Tim 2:19) If we seek the Lord in truth, and call on him 'in truth', we will find the true Christ. (Jer 29:13; Ps 145:18) Jesus is one with God himself, is God himself, and when you see the true Christ you worship him. (Mt 14:33) Don't fear the false, don't even waste time fighting the false. Just lift Jesus high in faith and in word, and he will vindicate himself! (Jn 12:32)
Peter Walker. I hope you enjoy these reflections. Please feel free to comment!:)