“Beware that No One Leads You Astray”
We confess, O God, that Jesus the Christ will one day come again to usher in your new age and to fulfill your purposes.
We affirm, O God, that along the way bad and even terrible things have happened, do happen, and will happen.
As we navigate the events of life while looking toward the fulfillment of all things, give us insight without haughtiness, trust without complacency, and seriousness without fear.
Give us the wisdom to follow Jesus who after all is the Messiah and to pay heed only to teachers and leaders who display appropriate humility and guardedness when it comes to their own role in your kingdom and who bear witness in their spirit to having the Spirit of Christ.
“When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, “I am the Messiah!” and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.” (Matthew 24:3-8)