Falling Away

25 06 2009

I hope this post doesn’t end up sounding too much like last week’s but God has been showing me something and reminding me about it almost daily during my quiet times…

There are people sitting in the pews every Sunday, smug, and confident in their “faith”.  They have made church attendance so habitual that they would not dare say it was unimportant, yet their lives do not reflect this.  Call it “going through the motions” call it unreal “faith” call it a “religion not a relationship”…call it whatever you want, but the truth of the matter is that it is leading to a great “falling away.”

WOAH! What about eternal security? Isn’t the baptist motto “once saved always saved”? I would like to revise that motto just a bit (w/ a little help from Dr. Timothy Beougher, SBTS): “Once GENIUNELY saved, always saved” But the truth of the matter is that just because we are on a church roll, doesn’t mean our names are written in the Lamb’s book of Life.

As we look around our culture today we see an ever increasing “falling away” from the Truth of Scripture.  Is this the “great falling away” mentioned in 2 Thess? To be honest, I don’t know, but the evidence is clear: it is at the very least a falling away taking place.

How can one fall away from the faith?  The Scriptures ARE NOT talking about people losing their salvation, but rather people who have been involved in the “faith” (christian activity, church, etc.), and seen with their own eyes some of the things God has done, but ultimately never came to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. They have simply had an “appearance of godliness” (2 Tim. 3:5).

In John 15:8 Jesus mentions the disciples proving that they are actually disciples! What does this mean? Without repeating my last blog too much, it means that if we are true disciples we will be bearing the fruits of Christianity. There is no such thing as “fire insurance” salvation.  We are not saved to just be left in our sin and old ways of life.  I told the youth last night that the word “Christian” should not be a noun, it should be a verb! Put your faith in action…

What fate is left to those who continue to just practice an “apperance of godliness?”  Matt. 7 answers this question:

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons  in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me,  you workers of lawlessness.’

Who are these false disciples? Those who continue to only give lip service to the King (cf. Matt 15:8). Those who continue to be so busy they just don’t find the time to read the Word, or Pray…I can hear some Baptists now on that day of Judgement: “But Jesus didn’t we help clean up the fellowship hall? Didn’t we do Nursery duty? We worked at VBS, we went to Camps, we even prayed in public!” But Jesus will say to them “I NEVER KNEW YOU”  At some point in their life these false disciples said some sort of empty prayer that led them to believe they were saved,

BUT saying that Jesus is Lord, and LIVING with Jesus as your Lord are two different things…

I challenge those who read this blog to put your faith in Christ in action.  And if you are basing your “salvation” on a moment in time in the past, rather than your daily life, and the fruits you bear, maybe you need to spend some time today, heart to heart with the Savior.

I don’t post something like this to make people question their salvation just for the sake of scaring people…But make no mistake, if this has made you question your salvation, I’m glad and I hope that you will not leave it at a question…

Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? Prove it! Contend for the Faith (cf. Jude verse 3)!

I’ll just end with this: 1 John 1:6

“If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”