Truly our struggle is ultimately spiritual in nature. Whether it be sexual orientation, transhumanist aspirations, or Eastern mysticism, today’s current social issues are grounded in an attitude which is first established in the spiritual realm and then manifested in the physical realm. This is an attitude of rebellion which sets itself in place of or against Jesus Christ and the things of God, an attitude referred to in Scripture as the spirit of antichrist.
Perhaps it is because of the insidious and pervasive nature of this spirit that God has provided His people with seventy-six characteristics by which to define the spirit of antichrist, and five litmus tests to identify it. Specifically, the spirit of antichrist:
- Denies that Jesus has come to earth in the flesh
- Is a deceiver and a liar
- Denies that Jesus is the Messiah—or the Christ
- Denies that Jesus is the Son of God
- Denies God’s testimony
At its core, the spirit of antichrist is truly a denial of the gospel message. As such, it is this mindset which is our true enemy as Christians. There is nothing wrong with battling against the physical manifestations of this spirit, but in doing so, we should always keep in mind that they are merely symptoms of the true disease. As Ephesians 6:12 says, “[W]e do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
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