I have one message for you this morning.
You’re not stupid.
You’re not weak, vulnerable, emotionally and intellectually unstable people who need to be protected from ideas by religious authorities.
You’re sheep of the Great Shepherd and He says that you will hear His voice.
You are indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit and have been entrusted to the care of Jesus Himself.
He says He’ll lose none of those the Father gives Him.
That includes you.
There’s nothing to fear…even from the bad guys.
“¶ Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.
I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.
No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.
Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.
And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.
¶ I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you.
But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.”
(1 John 2:18–27 ESV)
There are folks who would deceive you.
They’re easy to spot.
They leave the Body (“they went out from us”) and they deny that Jesus is the Christ.
It’s that simple.
There, the ODM’s can retire…we don’t need them now.
God promises that the Holy Spirit will guide you, Jesus will protect and keep you, and the Word will inform you of the truth.
Stay in the Body, stay in the Word and feel free to jump any traditional fence you please.
God will keep you inside the only fence that counts.