18 Little children, it is the last hour. Just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not really part of us. If they had been part of us, they would have stayed with us. But by going out from us, they showed they all are not part of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the holy one, and all of you know the truth. 21 I don’t write to you because you don’t know the truth but because you know it. You know that no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? Isn’t it the person who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This person is the antichrist: the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father, but the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, what you heard from the beginning must remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you will also remain in relationship to the Son and in the Father. 25 This is the promise that he himself gave us: eternal life. (1 John 2:18-25, CEB)
This is interesting. Who is the liar? Isn’t it the person who denies Jesus is the Christ? Does Satan deny Jesus is the Christ? Yet we call Satan the Father of Lies.
And there are many who say Jesus is the Christ and yet really don’t love their siblings from God because the say they need to be separated from those obtaining glory because they are sinful. How do we know who is really following after where God is leading us?
I say error on the side of love. This made me think of a new game we got the other day that laid out the rules, but then specifically said that if a card in your deck every says to do something that is different from the these rules, the card trumps the rules and you follow what it says. The Bible is the set of rules, and the card says to love regardless of what the rules say. God loves us even when God shouldn’t and that is according to the rules.
Love People. Love God.