Who is the Antichrist?

bambergapocalypsefolio032vbeastfromseawith7headsAlthough they might try to deny it, churches are full of people with a fetish for the forbidden. When you consider the toxic potion of self-righteousness, hypocrisy, and god complex that so-called “houses of worship” have brewed up, it’s easy to see how the sweetness of pure faith can turn into a bitter spirit of enmity.  When questioned about this apparent “lack of faith,” there is one ploy favored by the masses:  bring forth the scapegoat and lay some accusations upon his or her shoulders.

Diversion tactics are nothing new.  In fact, they were used from the dawn of history.  Until the story of Jesus took root and changed everything. He demanded truth and accountability. He also showed people how easy it is to do the right thing.  Rather than accept his magnificent logic and shining example of humility and grace, they promptly killed him.  They still pay him homage; mostly as a balm to soothe their guilty consciences, but they are more interested in pursuing someone a little more – shall we say, dynamic.

The ANTICHRIST is central to modern church theology and discipline.  From the moment you walk into a chapel, you are labeled a sinner and placed under the devil’s authority to punish and destroy you.  With fear and shame of your exposed passion towards the forbidden, you must vow never to fall into temptation again.  But simply saying the sinners’ prayer isn’t enough.  You discover that the best way to defeat an enemy is to study him – to find out what makes him tick.  The bulk of your spiritual efforts must focus on assuring his ultimate defeat and destruction.

In light of the threat of internal damnation and everlasting hellfire, I feel it necessary to warn you: the spirit of antichrist is a concept; it is not a person.  If you must envision a person to grasp this, picture it as a Negative Nellie – pessimistic, cantankerous, and delusional.  She is constantly lying and being lied to, but any attempt to reason with her is bound to fail due to her stubbornness.  She will have no part of this Jesus business and she considers herself old enough to know better.  It’s just common sense!

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. 1 John 2:18
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 1 John 4:3
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist2 John 1:7

In truth, everyone falls into a pit of darkness from time to time, but we must be careful not to make it our home. We are not supposed to live out our lives as a bunch of Negative Nellies. We should avoid things like jealousy, falsehood, greed, thievery, betrayal, and rage.  We should replace them with good stuff appropriately called the “fruits of the spirit.”  To do otherwise is to sin, which leads to dire consequences for all of us.  Take a look at the picture above.  Who do you think that seven-headed beast is that Jesus is trying to calm?  Hint: it is a metaphor for seven bodies that make up the _ _ _ _ _.

Image by Deutsch: Auftraggeber: Otto III. oder Heinrich II. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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