Take Precaution Against Falling

August 29, 2013

God’s Word warns us again and again about the danger of being deceived in spiritual matters which could cost us our soul. In Mark 13:22,23 Jesus Himself warns, “False christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the chosen. So stay alert! I have told you everything ahead of time.” 2 Peter 3:17 warns, “You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.” So a believer who rests secure in Christ can be deceived by rebellious impostors and fall into their damnable falsehoods? That’s what Peter is warning.

Paul warns of it too, stating that many will adhere to vile sinfulness even while feigning godliness. (2 Tim. 3:1-9) In so doing “they will turn their ears away from the Truth” (4:4) and gather to themselves teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. (v. 3)

What do most people want to hear? They want to hear that they do not have to obey Christ’s words, God’s Word, or the convictions and promptings of God’s Spirit –unless, of course, they are in the mood to do so at some particular time (like when it might bring them renown or applause). The rest of the time, well, “God understands,” they chirp, “for He knows we’re only human.”

But what will become of those who swear allegiance to Christ in pretense only? What will be the end of those who claim to love, serve, follow, and obey Christ, but do not? They will fall. They will fall for deceptions, fall into the hands of pretenders, fall into the teeth of the devil, and be banned from God’s presence eternally.

What is our safety from such danger? We are told it is to stay alert, be on guard, take heed, and take precautions. We are told we must know the difference between the Truth and the False. However, how can people find wisdom and safety if they do not know what God’s Word really says? They can’t. It’s impossible. “‘Therefore, they will fall among the fallen. They will be brought down when I punish them,’ declares the LORD.” (Jer. 6:15)

Yesterday Daniel sent me a short, but very thought-provoking message that actually prompted me to write the above. He says in it, “I believe Psalm 91 has a spiritual meaning other than just a physical one, and when it speaks of a thousand falling at your side, it may also be pointing towards our position in the last days when there is a great falling away. If we make the Lord God our shelter and our might, if we leave all the world behind…”

May we all be wise and take heed.

with love,

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