Jesus foretold that imposters would run rampant and deceive all those they could:
“For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect” (Mark 13:22).
Even if we don’t see numerous men running about claiming to be the returned Christ, there is no shortage of counterfeits in circulation today as men worship false christs of human design. The following is an article, copied from the Way of Life web site, which I shared with my church last week.
“False christs already existed in the earliest days of the churches (2 Cor. 11:4), and Jesus warns in Matthew 24:4, 5, 24, that they will increase as the time of His return draws near. There is the Hindu New Age christ. The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ claims that Jesus learned wisdom from gurus in India. There is the Islamic christ named Isa, who is not the Son of God, did not die for man’s sins, and did not rise from the dead. There is the Roman Catholic christ who is a wafer of bread and a helpless babe in Mary’s arms. According to Catholicism, you can worship Christ in the form of consecrated wafer in a little tabernacle in a Catholic church. There is the Mormon christ who is the spirit brother of Satan. There is the Jehovah’s Witness christ who is Michael the Archangel. There is the natural christ of theological modernism who was not born of a virgin. The influential theologian Nels Ferre, for example, said Jesus’ father was a German soldier. There is the liberation theology christ who is a communist freedom fighter and a social justice hero. There is The Shack christ who is a non-judgmental buddy-buddy who doesn’t require repentance and doesn’t put any “obligations” on people. There is the rock & roll party christ of the Christian rock crowd. There is the ecology christ who is out to save the planet. There is the universalistic christ whose love is “unconditional” and therefore will be effective for the salvation of all (e.g., Rob Bell’s Love Wins). There is the contemplative christ who is “experienced” by such practices as centering prayer and imagination prayer. These are only a few examples. The number of false christs is increasing, just as God’s Word prophesies.”