Jude 1:3-5 NLT “Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to DEFEND THE FAITH that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful.”
There is a war going on each day worse than World War 1, worse than World War 2, and worse than World War 3. It’s more terrible than any war man has ever seen. It is the spiritual war being waged against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11) Brothers and sisters I wanted to write about something else this week but felt it necessary to write about the onslaught of the faith going on in our day. Satan has an elite group of soldiers who know enough about God to worm their way into our churches. These camouflage Christians imitate us so well. Afterwards they go to work spreading false doctrines like land mines which are damnable heresies. I encourage every believer to be strong in the word of God studying it daily, if all you have is just a few minutes some days. Knowing the word; what it really means, being able to rightly divide it, (2 Timothy 2:15) and living it, is the only way to defeat Satan’s army both seen and unseen. (Ephesians 6:12)
The missiles Satan’s soldiers are firing at us are the same old lies in new costumes. Let us examine:
Recently I met a guy who said he was a Christian. I gave him the benefit of the doubt as is I do whenever I meet someone who says they’re a Christian. He spoke of his dreams and visions like many do that he got from God. He talked about work he did in the ministry. He sounded like a real soldier of Christ. Then he shared with me a problem he was having: a lady who also said she was a Christian kept calling him wanting to meet up with him. “She wants to have sex,” were his exact words he said to me. In fact while we were talking about the Lord she kept calling his cell phone every few minutes. I asked him, “Are you sure she wants to have sex with you?” He said, “Yes.” I encouraged him to run from that situation like the plague. We talked about what happened to Sampson and others for encouragement. I also shared what happened in the past with myself as I also fell for the, “I’m a Christian,” trick with females only to let my guard down and commit fornication. As I was leaving this brother the woman called again, I could tell by the way he was talking to her he was in real trouble. The next day I saw him and shared 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 which says:
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 NLT “RUN FROM SEXUAL SIN! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
I then said, “Remember Jesus says if your right eye causes you to stumble pluck it out. If your left hand causes you to sin cut it off. (Matthew 5:29-30) Jesus is saying we must be willing to take drastic measures to avoid sin. If you keep texting her and talking to her knowing she wants to have sex you’re not fleeing from fornication.” He then said, “Brother I cut her off yesterday. I stopped talking to her,” etcetera. I was so happy for him. It was great hearing a brother shunning sin and making the right decision to serve God.
I saw him later that night and could tell there was something wrong but I didn’t want to assume anything.
THE ANT ON A PIECE OF CARDBOARD DOCTRINE?😳
The next day I saw him again and he said, “I went and hung out with that girl last night. Things got pretty heated but I didn’t have sex with her.” I gently said, “Man if you keep toying with it,” He abruptly cut me off and said, “I’m not toying with it. It’s already written! We’re living in a different time period now.” He was referring to the time of grace since Christ’s crucifixion as opposed to the law of Moses when certain sins were immediately punished. So many say this when they’ve made up their mind to sin. He then started earnestly preaching The Ant On A Piece Of Cardboard Doctrine to me:😳 “You can take an ant and put it on a piece of cardboard, it will go in so many different directions, but you can steer the ant on that piece of cardboard and lead it right to you! God is in control it’s already written, we’re predestined, it’s already ordained! I’m not worried about it!” What he’s saying is we are the ants on the cardboard and God is in control of our lives (holding the piece of cardboard). It doesn’t matter if we go in many different directions (choose sin), God will still lead us right to him (by steering the cardboard) because we are predestined, we are His children. I’ve heard many say things like this but this is my first time hearing that illustration. Wickedly ingenious!🤔 I then said to him, “But God gives us a choice. If we keep on sinning willfully, if we keep on doing it (not even trying to repent), He will stop moving the cardboard. That’s in Hebrews 10:26-27. Here I can show it to you,” then I reached for my Bible. Suddenly that man shot away from me like I poured hot water on him! He walked away fast yelling, “Yeah I know you’re gonna show it to me, that’s religion! We’re now in a different time period! You need to get with the spirit brother!”😳 He said a few other not too nice things to me, but you get the point.
Please read the passage below written in our, “New time period,” as the man stated we’re in, and see if it gives us any leeway to sin:
Hebrews 10: 26-31 NIV “If we DELIBERATELY keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, NO SACRIFICE FOR SINS IS LEFT, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. HOW MUCH MORE SEVERELY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE DESERVES TO BE PUNISHED who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has INSULTED THE SPIRIT OF GRACE? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
The same sacrifice people hang their hats on thinking it allows them to sin more, God is saying, ‘The benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice don’t apply to you.’😳
If I had listened to this man trying to sell me the lie and heresy that we can sin as much as we want and God will ultimately lead us to him like the ant on the piece of cardboard I would be another casualty in the war against our souls. Clever the Devil is. He’s taught his soldiers how to misinterpret scripture and teach others to sin. Sinning is bad all of it. But twisting God’s word in order to do it is a very scary thing.😳
Did you notice in the passage above it says, “HOW MUCH MORE SEVERELY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE DESERVES TO BE PUNISHED who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has INSULTED THE SPIRIT OF GRACE?” That totally contradicts what many think. They think that since we are now under grace (since Jesus’ sacrifice) willful sin is less punishable. No! God says it is even more deserving of punishment!😳 Think about it: Jesus leaves heaven, comes to earth as a man and suffers to pay the price for all of our sins, at great cost with his own blood!😳 He lets us know that all our evil deeds will not be remembered, they have been washed away or wiped clean. We then look at Him and say, “Oh, really? So that means I can sin even more now!”😃 People who think like this have completely missed the point of Jesus’ sacrifice. They are trampling the son of God underfoot; treating His righteous blood and sufferings on our behalf like it is nothing.😪 They are insulting the Spirit of grace!😪 God says, ““If we DELIBERATELY keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, NO SACRIFICE FOR SINS IS LEFT, but only a fearful expectation of JUDGMENT.” The same sacrifice people hang their hats on thinking it allows them to sin more, God is saying, ‘The benefits of Jesus’ sacrifice don’t apply to you.’😳
May we never get God’s grace twisted. May we never make excuses to sin. All breaking of God’s law is immorality. Not just the sexual stuff. Holding grudges is immoral. Gossiping is immoral. So is lying, slander, unforgiveness, etcetera. We’re all guilty of sin. (Romans 3:23-24) Let us please repent for the sins we know we are guilty of. GOD WILL FORGIVE US IF WE REPENT!😀 But if we turn the sacrifice of Jesus into a vehicle to live more unrighteously we have really missed it. Refrain from those who teach that God’s grace gives us a license to live immoral lives:
2 Peter 2:1 TPT “In the past there arose false prophets among God’s people, just as there will continue to be false teachers who will secretly infiltrate in your midst to divide you, bringing with them their destructive heresies. They will even deny the Master, who paid the price for them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.”
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