Make no mistake about it. If you ask most professed Christians whether they want sin and Jesus at the same time, the answer would shock many of us.
But it shouldn’t because all we need to do is check the way we’re living.
We want sexual sins and we want righteousness.
We want homosexuality and we want God to accept our choice to keep sin.
We want adultery and we want to keep Jesus.
We want fornication and we want to keep Jesus.
We want bisexuality and we want to keep Jesus.
We want sex with animals and we want Jesus.
We want porn and masturbation and we want Jesus.
We pretend that we could be saved from sin but our actions show that some of us aren’t as saved as we claim to be.
Christian music or a “worship” experience can have a “positive” affect but when temptation comes, that “religious” feeling goes away and we find ourselves yielding to sin without putting up a fight to stop ourselves.
The very thing we’ve “repented” of invites us to be controlled by it.
The Lord confronted me and said “You’ve never repented.” “You don’t repent and then change your mind about repentance.”
Repent means to change your mind.
You don’t change your mind and then change your mind back.
The devil never hits you and I with truth. God hits you and I with truth and awaits our response. satan keeps the lies going and when we want to give ourselves an excuse to violate God’s Word and be lawless, we close our eyes, become blind and deaf, ignore or deliberately suppress the truth, and yield to sexual sins.
Paul mentioned that apostasy would take place in the last days, and then the “Day” of the Lord would come (see 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3.
It’s a deliberate renunciation of the Lordship of Jesus and the sovereignty of His Word, and completely surrender to the sin that easily beset us.
Some of us have gotten to the place where we’ve declared ourselves hopeless, and completely allow ourselves to come under the power of sin. We deceive ourselves, we’ve convinced ourselves that we’re no longer redeemable, condemning ourselves to the prison house of bondage to sin.
We give ourselves over to our urges and impulses with lascivious (absence of restraint and discipline) living.
We beat ourselves and then we reward ourselves with the pleasures of sin.
In every denomination, people are abandoning the true teaching of the Lord because of a thirst for sin. The believers watch too much of the world, allow the seed of the world to enter their hearts, and allow their sinful reasoning to overwhelm them.
When we watch too much of the world, it’s a matter of time before we become so consumed in our minds with the affairs of this life.
People are walking away from Jesus.
We’re not talking about people outside the assembly of the righteous.
We’re talking about people that were once overwhelmed with the love of the Lord. Overwhelmed with Jesus in their lives. Overwhelmed with living for God. Slowly, they drift away. Sometimes family and friends are used by the enemy to slowly suggest alternatives to the Word. To get them to “excuse” their sin.
Little by little, we find ourselves agreeing with what they do against the Lord, and we find ourselves compromising, capitulating, and surrendering to the madness within their fallen minds.
And that’s what satan was waiting for.
We give in because we either don’t want to fight, or we grow weary of fighting our mind and flesh.
This is what we’re seeing in many denominations and non denominations.
We quickly give in to our urges and desires to satisfy the flesh.
Not realizing that many people within and without the assemblies of the righteous, are flowing in that direction of apostasy.
There’s a difference between struggling with sin and calling it quits with the Lord, however, when we habitually fall into sin, it’s just a matter of time before we find ourselves on the brink of making a decision to walk away from the Lord for good.
Hebrews 6:4-6 (NKJV Strong’s) “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”
These are consistent end time signs.
People are permanently walking away from the Lord.
It’s been reported that 20% of people in the last 2 decades have ceased coming to a local assembly. To put it in perspective, just because a person goes to a local assembly, it doesn’t mean that they know the Lord.
So going to a local assembly is a poor indicator of kingdom growth.
In that same statistic, more people in the Catholic religion leave their Catholic assemblies than people that attend true protestant assemblies.
But again, we should take this with a grain of salt because we don’t know where people stand in the Lord, whether saved or unsaved.
Those that commit apostasy will never be allowed to come back according to Hebrews 6:4-6.
Salvation was never meant to be a revolving door.
You can’t play for two teams. You can’t deal for satan and deal for God.
Pick which way you want to go.
We need to make up our minds to never put our hand to the plow and look back.
We need to not look back as Lot’s wife, and turn into a pillar of salt.