Many Anti-Christs (contd)
Verses 22-23: While it appears to many of us that scripture teaches
there will be a specific individual known as the Antichrist, the spirit of
antichrist has been present in the world since the birth of the church. Anyone
who rejects biblical teachings regarding Christ's identity, His virgin birth,
deity, sacrificial and intercessory roles, comes in the spirit of antichrist.
The Antichrist is an individual who tries to convince the world that he stands
in the place of Christ, while at the same time teaching that which is contrary
to God's word. Those who function as antichrists are primarily identified
as such because of their false teachings.
Sun Myung Moon would be an example of striving to stand in the place of Christ.
He teaches that he has come to complete the work that Jesus left unfinished,
when He allowed Himself to be crucified. He makes of himself a christ.
Heretical televangelists are primarily contradicting the truth of Scripture.
Those who teach the "little god" view are also trying to put themselves in
the place of Christ, and are therefore antichrists.
By the way, these two verses are excellent in illuminating the antichrist
spirit of cults such as the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints
and the Jehovah's Witnesses, both of whom deny the Trinity of God, and the
co-equality of Christ. John says to reject the Son is to reject the Father.
One can not be obedient to Yahweh, without being obedient to Y'shua.
Unfortunately, even Jews fall in this position, when claiming to worship
God, they reject Christ as God.