“Rescue 9-1-1”

Posted: May 3, 2013 in Christian Life, Decision Making, Jude, Salvation

One can only imagine the grief that parents feel when their child perishes in a house fire that could easily have been prevented.  A similar kind of grief overtakes a Pastor when he sees someone whom he has brought to Christ for salvation turn away from the truth and pursue a false teacher.  It happens more often than we’d like to believe.

Failure.  Sometimes the problem stems from a Pastor’s failure to properly teach the new convert the truth from God’s Word that can help him cope with the challenges of life.  But if the new believer isn’t teachable (2 Timothy 2:2, 15) and willing to change when he sees the truth that is found in God’s Word (Romans 12:1, 2), he is prone to be caught in the trap that the devil and a false teacher sets for him (2 Timothy 2:25, 26).

Appeal.  False teachers usually appeal to the believer’s soul (emotions) rather than to the spirit that belongs to the mind (Ephesians 4:23).  The spirit is the only part of the Christian that is saved now (1 Corinthians 6:17; Romans 8:14-17).  The soul isn’t saved in this life and won’t be saved until the Rapture of the church (1 Peter 1:9).  That is when our bodies will be saved too (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 John 3:2).  Those who rely on their emotions to make the crucial decisions in life will usually make the wrong decisions (Proverbs 14:12).  When we trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding, we can ask God to give us wisdom and direct our path in life (Proverbs 3:5, 6; James 1:5).

Joys And Sorrows.  Shepherding the Lord’s sheep has its joys and sorrows.  The greatest joy comes when we see someone whom we’ve led to Christ for salvation growing in the Lord and walking in the light (3 John 4).  But much sorrow and grief fill a shepherd’s heart when he sees a sheep in his care being misled by false teachers.

Prevention.  In an effort to prevent this from happening, some important procedures need to be followed and used with Christians who are expressing doubts about God and His Word, toward those who are being burned by the false teachers, and toward those who are dangerous to themselves and to those who try to rescue them from the errors of their way (Jude 1:22, 23).

The Doubting.  Satan has led many people to believe in the allegorical interpretation of the Scriptures.  He caused Eve to doubt God by saying, “Is that really what God said and meant (Genesis 3:1)?”  Many people within “Christendom” refuse to take God at His word and believe Him when He says things.  Here is an example:  They believe the prophecies of Christ’s first coming took place literally, but they aren’t willing to believe that the prophecies concerning the Rapture and His second coming will be fulfilled literally.  When we’re tempted by the devil or a demon to doubt God and His Word, we need to put on the whole armor of God and use the shield of faith as a counter measure against doubt (Ephesians 6:17).  We’re saved by grace through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Christians are also to live in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:17).  We must know the promises that are given to Christians and mix them with faith (Hebrews 4:2) or we will be full of worry and anxiety.  God’s solution to worry is found in Philippians 4:6-8.  Caution – Don’t try to claim promises that were given to the Jews exclusively.

The Burning.  If a believer swallows the lies of the false teachers, he will develop spiritual acid indigestion and heartburn.  Their humanistic ideas and philosophies (Colossians 2:8) may appeal to his pride.  What seems like the right thing to do may end up in disaster or death (Proverbs 14:12).  Physical or emotional problems might be used by God as disciplinary measures to bring His sheep back to the fold.  It these things don’t work, God may terminate the believer’s life prematurely (1 Corinthians 11:30; 1 John 5:16).  Do you know which pieces of the armor you must use to overcome the temptations to act independently of God and to be proud?  Are you aware of your own spiritual condition and that of others whom you love?  “The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.”  There is always room for more spiritual growth and development (2 Peter 3:18).

The Dangerous.  These believers are in grave danger.  They are their own worst enemy since they are ensnared by the devil (2 Timothy 2:24-26).  They are miserable and want others to be miserable with them.  They have bad attitudes and are defiant toward those who would try to rescue them.  Those who try to rescue them must take special precautions lest they themselves fall into the trap through self confidence rather than reliance on the Lord and His Word (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Goats.  Jesus likens the unsaved people to goats who will be separated from the Lord’s sheep.   Unbelievers will be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire but believers will spend eternity with God (Matthew 25:32-46).  You can become one of the Lord’s sheep if you will stop trusting in yourself and your good works and place your faith in Christ alone (Acts 16:31).  Believe that He died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:2-8).

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