Antichrist is found only in John‚Äôs writings. Antichrist may be a person but more likely was a teaching. Antichrist was a first century problem (last hour), the the false doctrine that Jesus was not Christ come in the flesh and was taught by apostate Jewish Christians.
Despite any controversy over Antichrist, we are to beware of false teachings about Jesus. In John‚Äôs day false teachers actively sought to persuade people that Jesus was not the Christ and that he had not come in the flesh.
Today false teachers inside organized churches claim Jesus is not God or was not born of a virgin, or did not die on the cross to pay for sins, or did not rise from the dead, or is not coming back personally. These are theological liberals.
Outside the organized church are others who teach false things about Jesus. The Jehovah‚Äôs Witnesses deny He is God or that He rose bodily from the dead. The Mormons teach Jesus is only one of many gods (they are polytheists).
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