Taking Refuge In Carelessness

September 5, 2013

Friends,
When a person sins, whether that person declares himself to be a Christian or not, that person is extending disrespect, disdain, and scorn to the Lord. This contempt is not only given when a person sins defiantly, but also when he sins carelessly due to having neglected to listen to what the Lord has commanded in His Word and through His Holy Spirit.

To sin, even if that sin is carelessness of speech, is to align oneself with Satan (Mt. 16:22,23 // 1 John 3:8), and if not renounced, to endanger oneself for eternal condemnation. (Mt. 12:36,37 // John 8:34,35 // 1 John 2:29 & 3:4-10) It is to display haughtiness, indifference, hostility, enmity, and hatred toward God. (Rom. 8:7 // Ja. 4:4 // see also Isa. 3:9 and Jer. 5:12)

Grievously though, the world is full of false teachers who are speaking peace to those who continue to sin. (Jer. 23:17) As the Lord declares, “They… lead My people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least.” (v. 32) In this passage God is referring to the dreams and promises of false prophets, but elsewhere He denounces all who, through what they persuade people to take refuge in (28:15), “have preached rebellion against the LORD.” (v. 16 // see also 29:32)

Such teachers, as well as all who adhere to their doctrines, have taken refuge in lies that appeal “to the lustful desires of sinful human nature” (2 Peter 2:18) and so keep men in slavery to their depravity. (v. 19 // John 8:34) But remaining a slave to sin, no matter what that sinning one claims to believe, is to remain “unspiritual” (Rom. 7:14b), which means that that person is living in the realm of spiritual death and walking the broad road of eternal death. (Mt. 7:13 // Rom. 6:22,23 // 1 John 3:14,15)

If someone obeys the Gospel –that is, to repent (which means to contritely admit one’s sins, renounce them, and turn from them whole-heartedly) and believe in Jesus (which means to pledge allegiance –meaning pledging loyalty, faithfulness, and obedience– to Him), then that person must continue! That person cannot say, “Yes, I’ve done that,” and then not show it by his life –his entire life, daily, and all the way to the end of his life. If he steps away from obedience to Christ, namely from God’s Word and Spirit, then he must immediately repent. If he does so, he will be forgiven and cleansed. (1 John 1:9)

However, if a person keeps sinning, he lives in defiance to Christ and shows he is disowning Christ’s Lordship, and thus Christ. (Luke 6:46-49 // Titus 1:16) For such a person, God will bring warnings, admonitions, and judgements, but if the person continues to disregard his need to come back into submission to the King, that person will be disowned by Christ and condemned eternally. (2 Tim. 2:12 // see also Dt. 29:18-21) For his negligence to remain in Christ’s love (John 15:10), meaning in His forgiveness, pardon, and Himself –which is only done through following Christ’s commands (same verse)– that person reaps for himself Hell. (v. 6)

Alarmingly, many “Christians” rely on a false teaching of John 10:27-29. They encourage themselves with verses 28 and 29 where Jesus says that He gives His sheep eternal life and no one can snatch them out of His, or the Father’s hand. Yet, even while quoting verse 27, they ignore that Jesus is giving a description of who His sheep are: They are those who are in intimate relationship with Him for the very fact that they heed His voice and show they do so by following Him –meaning, they do what He commands! (v. 27 // 1 John 2:3-6)

But, alas, the masses take refuge in carelessness –careless beliefs, careless doctrines, careless words, and careless behavior. Consoling each other in their slavery to sin, they say, “I am a temple of the Lord, so I am safe.” But this is exactly the deception which God has warned sin-continuers against, warning them that if they do not heed His words, He will eventually reject them completely and condemn them eternally. (Jer. 7:1-15 // 1 Cor. 3:16,17)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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