For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will [deceive = planaō] many.
Lexicon :: Strong’s G4105 - planaō
Outline of Biblical Usage
1. to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way
2. to go astray, wander, roam about.
There was a time when I thought the above verse was pretty obvious in it’s meaning [ie] we need to be aware of people who claim, themselves to be the messiah. We have had a few in the past who have found headline news for this very reason. [Wikipedia will give you a huge list of persons who have made such claims] and have deceived many.
Now days I think the meaning of this verse could be a little closer to home than I used to think. The above verse could well read in this context:—— “many will come in my name, saying I am the Christ”:—— these persons are not necessarily claiming to be the Messiah themselves, but they come in the name of Christ/ Christianity and teach their form of who they think Christ is. [ie] they say/ teach Jesus is the Christ yet their teachings are misleading, and will cause many to stray. Now When we look at it along these lines, most of us will immediately think of Jehovah’s whiteness, seventhday Adventist, Mormons etc…yet I feel this warning could be closer to home than most of us think / or care to think. There are scriptures through out the n/t alone that warn about false teachings secretly/ cleverly being brought in and arising among believers. The bible urges us to examine what we believe lest we become deceived and pass on the spiritual disease. Although we all mean well, could some of us be in for a rude awakening on that great day ? Even many of those Peoples and groups we may claim to be false, mean well. But is well meaning a good enough excuse ?
I will give one example using myself. But before i do, please Can we not turn this into a debate of who’s right and who’s wrong [ie] Trinitarianism v Unitarianism, full Preterism v futurism etc … for the sake of this, let’s just all imagine what we believe/teach/ and say ends up being wrong in a major way [ie] involving the more major doctrines/ teachings.
Here’s me :—— I am somebody who’s pretty Comfortable with my outlook on the bibles so called major doctrines,that’s not to say I am correct in my views. So here’s the thing, I probably have more in common with many [not all] teachings of Jehovah’s whiteness than let’s say a Trinitarian, who believes :—— 1/. in the immortality of the soul. 2/. that God become flesh and died. 3/. God came to save the immortal soul from a lost Eternity in hell fire. 4/. We go to heaven immediately upon death. 5/. Only a bodily Resurrection. 6/. Speaking in unknown tongues. 7/. Celebrates pagan festivals such as Christmas and our traditional Easter etc… etc…
Compared to my beliefs :———
1/. I don’t believe in a Triune God .
2/. I don’t believe in the immorality of the soul/spirit. 3/. I don’t believe God become flesh and died. 4/. I don’t believe in God saving my immortal soul from never ending he’ll fire. 5/. I don’t believe in going to heaven when we die. 6/.I don’t believe in unknown tongues [ie] I mean nonsensical So called heavenly language. 7/. I don’t celebrate Christmas or traditional Easter, etc …etc…
These two sets of beliefs are not even close to each other. If we were honest We would view each other as heretics. Even if we do so in love.
I’m sure with the many well versed and intelligent people on this forum, we could draw other comparisons like this, but as an example I i thought it only fair to use myself and my set of beliefs as being in the wrong.
So the question is — is the possibility of being genuinely deceived a lot closer to home than we care to think ?