Do You Follow Christ or Anti-Christ?

Christ warned us that after he went away, many others would come claiming, falsely, to be the Christ. Our task is to clearly recognize those who claim to be of Christ but, in reality, are not.

To that end, it’s helpful to remind ourselves who Jesus was and what Jesus said. If we can clearly recognize the original, then we will never accept anything, or anyone, who takes the name of Christ but stands opposed to His character or His teaching.

So, if Jesus is the Prince of Peace, then the anti-Christ is the Prince of War.

If Jesus heals, the anti-Christ sheds blood.

If Jesus says we should love our enemy, the anti-Christ says we should torture them.

If Jesus commands us to bless those who curse us, the anti-Christ suggests we go to war against them.

If Jesus says we should pray for those who persecute us, the anti-Christ says we ought to oppress and imprison them.

If Jesus tells us to care for the poor, the anti-Christ says we should just ignore them, or displace them, or criminalize them.

If Jesus says his disciples will not fight, the anti-Christ creates weapons and tells us it’s our right to use violence.

If Jesus says we should turn the other cheek, the anti-Christ says we should destroy those who oppose us or insult us.

Now, I have to ask you: Who does the Church resemble most?

Are we of Christ, or are we of the anti-Christ?

Do we follow those who contradict our King? Or do we recognize their attempts to nullify His commands?

Do we turn our backs on His teaching? Or do we keep our eyes on the One who said “Love your enemies. Turn the other cheek. Bless those who curse you. Do good to those who hate you.”?

If we are not following Christ, then we are following the Anti-Christ.

No one can serve two masters.

Make your choice.

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Keith Giles is the author of “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb” and co-host of the Heretic Happy Hour Podcast which you can hear on iTunes and Podbean. He and his wife and their two boys live in Orange, CA where they are part of a house church where no one takes a salary, Jesus is the Senior Pastor and 100% of the offerings go to help the poor in the community.

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  • John MacDonald

    I think a big part of the Anti Christ and his movement will be that they will LIE about Jesus and his followers, because that is what comes from the Devil. John 8:44 says

    44 You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.

    Back in October I did a blog post about what sorts of lies I thought the Anti Christ would tell about Jesus and his followers. See here: http://palpatinesway.blogspot.com/

  • TheMountainHumanist

    I guess based on your perspective of what falls into the “Christ” column…I as an atheist/humanist am mostly a Christ. 🙂 Now where do you keep that sacramental wine, brother lol

  • ashpenaz

    I am glad that someone (other than me) is identifying conservative, penal substitution based, Christianity is the Anti-christ. Any movement which consistently goes against the teachings of Jesus is, by definition, Anti-christ. Some say we should welcome all who call themselves Christians into some warm, group hug. I think we need to hand them over to Satan, the way Paul told the Corinthians. We need to come out of their Babylon. We need to shake the dust off our sandals and walk away from them. We’ve got to stop casting our pearls before swine and giving what is holy to dogs. What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Let’s confess that we follow Jesus and conservative Christians follow someone else. The fruit of their actions tells us that their tree is the Anti-christ, so let’s honor their choice and walk away.

  • Shiningriver

    Thank you for this clear concise article. I have been finding myself using that word, “anti-christ” frequently–surprising myself, but by the Spirit knowing that was what it was. It wasn’t Jesus and I want no part of it. I can see why someone would say they were an atheist–if much of what we see is Christianity. However, it is not and actually this is not new. Jesus had the same problem with the religous leaders of his day.

  • christine gomez

    Anti Christ is someone who is not committed to doing the Will of God pursuing righteousness. One can be a Christian or non Christian and still be an Anti Christ. Jesus said who are my Sisters and brothers and mother? Those who do the will of my Father in Heaven. Preachers dstorting scripture for self centred reason can be dangerous for society. Scripture cannot be used as a marketing tool to gain fame and power. Scripture must be used to raise a society of righteousness for the benefit of humanity. Churches must be more alert on who is preaching the Word. Jesus said a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. There are some prayer leaders who will bring more chaos and division to the Church by distorting scripture for self benefit, Beware of such men and women masquerading as angels of light.

  • jamesparson

    I wonder if anyone can spot the false dichotomy.

  • sushisnake

    What about the lies you tell about each other? Which of the 40,000+ Christian sects are we to believe? Christ apparently didn’t see the issue of spotting the Anti-Christ coming, because he expected to return approx 2,000 years ago:

    For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds. Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.“ (Matthew 16: 27, 28)

    Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.“ (Matthew 24: 25-34)

    “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven. Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. Even so, you too, when you see these things happening, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place…“ (Mark 13:26-30)

    “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Then He told them a parable: Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.“ (Luke 21:27-32)

  • sushisnake

    False dichotomies drive you to drink.

  • sushisnake

    Perhaps churches should be more alert to what scripture actually says, too? You can use the Bible to justify hating any number of other people if you have a mind to, just as you can the Quran.

  • Excellent article. “You will know them by their fruits.” It is heartening to see so many Christians see through the far-right religious crazies.

  • rtgmath

    As a note, you are using “anti” incorrectly. We buy into these polar “opposites” all to easily. The opposite of peace might not be war. It might simply be submission. The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.

    The fact is that the AntiChrist doesn’t have to be all that obvious. That is why he has so much of an ability to deceive.

    Jesus is the Prince of Peace, but according to Revelation, he will bring peace through the most deadly war possible, in which he will destroy all who oppose him, ultimately torturing them eternally in a lake of fire and brimstone. Conservative Christians accept that narrative implicitly, and are comfortable lusting after the deaths of their enemies.

    As a progressive, I dare not ignore the complexities built into the Christian faith nor try to coopt their bogeyman to try to make a point. Such errors ultimately backfire on the user.