Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

Take Heed Lest You Fall

Biblical Proof

Most in the Lord’s church believe just as most denominations believe, “Once saved, always saved.” They must, for many think once they have obeyed the gospel, they are saved forever. However, this is no more true for Christians than it is for denominations. Gal 5:4 Let us examine how those who have obeyed the gospel of Christ can still be lost.

Forsake the Assembly

Many Christians will be lost because they fail to show up to worship God each Lord’s day. Somehow, they think once they have been baptized into Christ that this is all they have to do in order to be saved. They forget, or never were taught that all Christians must assemble each Lord’s day to remember the Lord’s death by partaking of the communion, and must give of their means freely. Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 16:1-3 They fail to understand that forsaking the assembly is a sin. Heb 10:25,26

Refuse To Study God’s Word

Paul commanded a young Timothy to seek diligently, shamelessly to be approved of God, rightly applying the Word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15 If we fail to study God’s Word, we don’t grow in the faith. 2 Pet 3:18 If we don’t grow, then we are unable to become teachers, preachers, elders, and deacons. If we don’t grow, then we are unable to contend and defend the faith. Jude 3 f; Philip 1:15-18 Failure to study God’s Word will eventually make us barren and unfruitful. 2 Pet 1:8

Obey The Commandments of Men

Paul warns us that the commandments of men turn us from the truth of God. Tit 1:14 Jesus said that those who teach for doctrine the commandments of men have worshiped God in vain. Mt 15:7-9 Those who obeyed the gospel on the day of Pentecost continued in the apostle’s doctrine. Acts 2:42 In fact, only Christians who abide in the doctrine of Christ will be saved. 2 Jn 9

Engage In Immorality

Nothing can condemn a Christian faster than the works of the flesh. Adultery is the fastest growing sin among those in the Lord’s church. God never meant for mankind to marry and then divorce their spouse. Marriage was designed for life between one man and one woman. In fact, no man was allowed to separate a man from his wife. Mt 19:6 Jesus gave only one exception for the man to divorce his wife and that was for the cause of fornication. Mt 19:9 Woman was not allowed to be married to another man if she had a living husband. This Paul affirmed both in Roman 7:2,3 and in 1 Corinthians 7:39 Adultery is not the only work of the flesh gnawing at the souls of Christians. Many are engaged in fornication and homosexual acts as well. All works of the flesh will condemn our soul to hell if left unrepentant. Gal 5:19-21

Conclusion: Sin by its very nature will separate us from God. All Christians to fight against sin must study God’s Word, assemble with the saints, reject the commandments of men, and abandon the works of the flesh. There are many pitfalls in the path of all Christians and we must put on the whole armor of God in order to withstand such trials and temptations. Eph 6:11-18 Remember, no sinner can be saved separate and apart from the gospel of Christ, and no Christian can remain saved who doesn’t continue in the doctrine of Christ and resists the works of the flesh.  “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Cor 10:12

 

 

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