Louie Giglio, the pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, told his congregation recently that Jesus is coming back "soon."
"The enemy's plan for you and for me, in light of the fact that Jesus is coming soon, is that you would get deceived," Giglio said in a sermon on Nov. 29.
"If you ask the average psychologist to describe the psyche of the human condition, they would say to you 'futile, meaningless, and empty,'" he said. "Why? Because man already is trying to supplant God and already it's fall in the Church, and hearts are growing cold."
Giglio, 63, said many will reject "the blood of the lamb" and say, "We are good to save ourselves."
"Faith is going to wane," he said, referring to Matthew 24:12. "As wickedness increases, the faith of most will grow cold.
"There's something you can be sure of, even in a time of uncertainty and chaos: Jesus is coming soon."
Giglio warned the congregation that "everyone won't make it" but that Christians need to be alert, not alarmed.
"You don't need to be alarmed," he said. "What I would prefer you to be is alert. I prefer you to wake up tomorrow and go, 'Jesus is coming soon, and He would come imminently, immediately, today.'
"He could come in 100 years, which is also soon, but he could come right now."
He also encouraged everyone to share God's word.
"Everybody deserves an opportunity to hear the Gospel," he said. "Skip the debate and spread the news. Go to your work, family, neighborhood, wherever you go, become an evangelist … You're an evangelist for your people. You want to arrive in Heaven as an evangelist."
Giglio just released his newest book, Don't Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table: It's Time to Win the Battle of Your Mind.
"There are spiritual forces at work every single day all around us," he recently said on the Edifi With Billy Hallowell podcast. "We don't struggle against flesh and blood, the scripture says, but against these powers, principalities, rulers of the age that [are] around us."
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