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©an humanity elimi–
nate its age-old religious prob–
lems? Or will false religion
threaten to eliminate the
human race? Those questions
were discussed some 2000 years
ago by the foremost newscaster
and prophet who ever lived -
Jesus Christ.
After He had foretold the de–
struction of the magnificent
Herodian temple in the pivotal
Olivet Prophecy recorded in the
24th chapter of Matthew, His
disciples naturally wanted to
know more. So they asked Him:
"When will this be, and what
will be the sign of your coming
and of the close of the age?"
Including the Broad Majority
Christ's reply was quite re–
vealing: "Take heed that no one
leads you astray. For
many
will
come in my name, saying, 'I am
the Christ,' and they will lead
many
astray" (Matt. 24:4-5).
Religious deception, then,
was the number-one item on
Christ's prophetic agenda -
and not of a few fringe groups
or minor sects, but
of the many.
To many of us living in civ-
The White Horse: False Religion
ilized, "Christianized" Western
society such a concept might
seem farfetched. Yet the New
Testament is full of repeated
warnings and prophecies con–
cerning widespread acceptance
of false religious practices and
doctrines. In Revelation 12:9
the apostle John added to the
scope of Christ's original pre–
diction when he wrote: "And
the great dragon was thrown
down, that ancient serpent,
who is called the Devil and
Satan, the deceiver of
the whole
world...."
Granted, such statements
can be interpreted to include
Oriental mystery religions, pa–
gan cults, Satan worship and
the like. But many New Testa–
ment warnings are directed at
mainline Christianity as well.
For instance, notice what Paul
said in II Corinthians 11:13-15:
"For such men are false
apostles, deceitful workmen,
disguising themselves as
apostles of Christ.
And no won–
der, for even Satan disguises
himself as an angel of light. So
it is not strange if his servants
also disguise themselves as ser–
vants of righteousness."
Paul also spoke of "fierce
wolves" who would not spare
the flock (Acts 20:29). John ob–
served that even in his day
"many false prophets" had al–
ready gone out into the world