In the Garden, Adam and Eve, failed to take a stand. The purpose of mankind being born in the flesh, is for us to take a stand. In Elijah 18:21 we see that we are to choose, and take a stand. The worse test, is the one that we do not know is a test. "In this life, we will have trails[test] and tribulation[trouble]."
Along life's journey, we are faced with TWO paths; a Straight gate[life], and a Wide gate[destruction]. It would be smooth travel if those in the Wide gate stayed inside of their lane-but they do not. Then add in the deception of those that appear to be walking the Straight pathway, and are not.
The Anti-Christ-System, is upon us. Dan.7:17 the "four beast" are four kingdoms of politics, economics, education, and religion. These will form the one-world-political-system, of Rev.13; with the end game being a one-world-religious-system, with Satan as the Fake-Christ.
A stand means not participating in the worlds chaos. Our LORD in Ez. 13:1 instructs Ezekiel to prophecy, against the prophets. There sermons then, and today were of "peace" and prosperity. In New churches we see the 4 kings, or kingdoms; which to comply with the world is sin[Rom.12:2].
Comply = act in accordance[conforms] to rules ETC.. Complicit = choosing to be involved in illegal, or questionable act with others. Both are wrong for Followers. When our LORD returns, let Him, find us working[Matt.24:45,46]. "Those that are not with Christ Jesus, is against Him[Matt.12:30]."