Limping Between = Unworthy Of Salvation

January 21, 2014

Friends,
“How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal is, then follow him.” (1 Kings 18:21) We could ask the majority in the church the same thing, for that is exactly what most do –limp through life as immature, sin-loving children rather than as holy and powerful warriors of Almighty God. In not making up their minds about who to follow, these souls merely sit at their “seats of wisdom” incessantly discussing doctrine rather than putting Christ’s words into practice. Resisting to go forward in obeying the Message, they thus fall backward (Isa. 28:13 // 1 Peter 2:7,8), breaking themselves against Christ, the Rock, the Truth (same verses // Isa. 8:14,15) so that they are “snared and captured.” (Isa. 8:15 & 28:13) Their goal is to impress men, not God (John 5:41-44); thus they do not abide in Christ, but instead in their Lie. (Isa. 28:15)

However, true followers of Christ have their minds and hearts set to please God alone. (1 Thes. 1:4) They do not seek the praise or approval of men (v. 6), for if they did, they would not be true servants of Christ. (Gal. 1:10) False servants are those trying to attain acceptance from men, even while they claim salvation and great knowledge of the Scriptures. (John 5:39-44) In fact, these people, not in real union with Christ (v. 37,38), show by their fruits that they do not actually believe the very Word of God they say they believe. (v. 46,47) Because of their evil fruit –which they insist is not an issue with God– they make themselves ready for the fires of Hell. (Mt. 7:15-27 // Luke 3:9 // John 15:2,6) But, Christ’s true followers –they grow in faith and purity as they continually heed (listen to and obey) the Message of the Truth. (Rom. 10:17 // 1 Peter 1:22) Through this obedience, these individuals make themselves worthy of salvation (Luke 20:35 // 1 Th. 2:12,13 // 2 Th. 1:5,11) so that they are given new birth (Acts 5:32 // Ja. 1:18,21,22 // 1 Peter 1:23) into the family of God. (Mark 3:35 // John 14:23)

The choice is clear: Follow God by abiding in Christ (meaning abiding in Christ’s commands and fellowship), or, follow Evil by continuing on one’s own way. The first is the only way of Eternal Life (John 14:6 // 1 John 3:24 & 5:11,12), while the latter is the multi-faceted way of eternal death. (John 3:18-21,36 // Rom. 6:16,22,23 // 2 John 1:9) To limp back and forth between the two is to be unfaithful. Being found unfaithful is to be found unworthy of salvation. (Ezek. 18:24 // Rev. 2:10,11)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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