Animated By The Spirit Of Antichrist

Sandeman concludes one of his letters with this little brush stroke:

“I shall now conclude this general view of our popular and fashionable writers, with observing, what will readily occur to any lover of the ancient gospel, and the same spirit runs through them all, though it takes various courses, and assumes various shapes, among different classes of men, in order to compass the same end; and though it does not, like the Spirit of the truth, lead its several children to very cordial affection toward each other” (Sandeman).

Ironically, Sandeman is ALSO of this “same spirit” when he speaks “peace, peace, when there is no peace” to at least one of these God-hating “popular and fashionable writers,” one James Hervey (Ezekiel 13:10-16; cf. 2 John 9-11). I say this (and cite relevant Scripture) because while Sandeman himself does NOT explicitly assert any form of conditionalism, he DOES speak peace to at least one who does so assert.

And so it is true that the same anti-christian spirit of conditionalism (which necessarily includes those who speak peace to this spirit) “runs through them all, though it takes various courses, and assumes various shapes, among different classes of men, in order to compass the same end.” And what is that “end”? The glory of God seen in the face of Jesus Christ as the “end” of law for righteousness? No. Instead the “end” compassed by the spirit of antichrist is “self-righteous glory” brightly reflected in the spit-shined face of the sinner.

Other various and sundry “ends” are being reflected off of the face of the unregenerate sinner. One additional “end”: Since they are of the world and the world hears and agrees with them, we often witness professing Christians at “opposite ends of the theologically heretical spectrum” (e.g., conditionalist Calvinism & Arminianism) enunciating very similar sentiments that seek to relegate essential gospel doctrines to doctrines of “secondary importance” at best.

“…and though it does not, like the Spirit of the truth, lead its several children to very cordial affection toward each other” (Sandeman).

Witness such bickering brothers of Belial: James R. White vs Ergun Caner. George Whitefield vs John Wesley. Such is the “cordial affection” of those animated by the spirit of antichrist.

“Little children, it is a last hour, and as you heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have risen up, from which you know that it is a last hour” (1 John 2:18).

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