“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:9-13
This passage is talking about the signs of the end of the age. As we look at this list we see many of these things happening today.
People in other countries are being killed because they are followers of Jesus. In our own country we see increased hostility toward Christians. Christianity as a whole is seeing many people leaving church and their love turning cold.
The one I want to focus on here briefly is “many false prophets rising and leading many astray”.
In our MDS Board meetings we are focusing on Board development by reading the book “Mission Drift” by Peter Greer.
Founded in 1636 this well-known universities mission statement was,” To be plainly instructed and consider well that the main end of your life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ”. Which university would you say this is? The answer is Harvard. In fact, a pastor felt that Harvard was drifting too far away from this mission statement and so they started another university financed by Elihu Yale in 1718. Yale University. Both today would consider themselves godless universities.
This is an example of mission drift. Where an organization has drifted away from its original mission.
The book Mission Drift says that “mission true organizations are those that remain true to their original mission. Mission true organizations believe the gospel is their most precious asset. Mission true organizations believe that Jesus is the solution to issues that we face. Mission true organizations recognize that Christ is the difference, affirm that faith sustains them and understands that functional atheism is the path of least resistance”.
What about the church? Has the church remained true to the mission that Christ has given us.
As false prophets have gone out into the world spreading false doctrine, mission drift in the church has risen. False doctrine such as everyone is going to heaven, there are many ways to heaven, there is no hell, if you follow Jesus you will be rich with earthly things, certain sections of the Bible can be ignored are being preached as truth in certain sections of the Church.
What about mission drift in us? Are we compromising a living out of the gospel? Are we staying true to God’s call for us? These are all important questions to be asking in this age of false prophets to make sure that we are not drifting as a church or as individuals from Christ’s call of faithfulness and obedience.