Safe and Secure: The Intersection of Security and Assurance

September 29, 2022 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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When considering the doctrine of eternal security, and the separate but related concept of the assurance of salvation, I would like to discuss four possible categories of people:

1. People who are saved and know it
2. People who are saved but don’t know it
3. People who are lost and know it
4. People who think they are saved but are really lost

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

I John 5:11

Many babies around the world are born without a birth certificate, but, in nations where there is a strong hospital system and government oversight, there is almost always a record of physical birth. When it comes to having a record of spiritual birth, though, we can do away with the “almost,” because there is in fact ALWAYS a record of spiritual birth. Spiritual birth is the receipt of eternal life, and this eternal life is in the Son. Receipt of eternal life in the Son should be a basis for certainty, not doubt, because the Son, like the life He gives and maintains, is eternal Himself.

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

I John 5:12

I listed four categories above, but, in a more basis sense, we can confirm two categories here: (1) those who have the Son; and (2) those who have not the Son. We call the ones who have the Son “saved” because they are secure with Him. The ones who do not have the Son can not be considered “saved,” but we call them lost, rather than “damned,” in the hope that they will be found.

The doctrine of eternal security is underpinned and, in a way, based upon regeneration. This will help us to think correctly as we analyze the connection between security and assurance and look at the four categories one at a time.

1. Those who are saved and know it

Is it possible for a person to know he is saved? The Bible indicates that it is.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

I John 5:13

John’s epistles back up the purpose of his Gospel (“that ye might believe”) by adding that ye might believe and KNOW. The pastor of the church where I serve likes to say that the only thing better than being saved is being saved and knowing it, and there is certainly an element of truth to this. Perhaps you have heard other preachers ask, “Do you know that you know that you know… etc… that you are saved?” When the doctrine of security is known and understood, and it is combined with a Biblical assurance of salvation, we can see that this category – category one, being saved and knowing it – is clearly the best category.

2. Those who are saved but don’t know (or realize) it

I would argue that this is not a “good” category to be in, but certainly not the worst. Is it possible to be saved and not realized you are saved? Setting aside cases of amnesia or mental illness or disability, this category would mainly consist of people who struggle with doubt, or people who have been genuinely saved but haven’t fully understood it, or people who have sinned and become consumed by guilt leading to doubt over God’s love. I heard one preacher talk about a young lady who struggled with feeling forgiven, although the Bible clearly states that the sins of believers have been fully forgiven in the Cross. It turned out that her deeper issue was not a struggle with guilt, but a lack of repentance concerning her pride and disbelief.

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32

Confession of sins is integral to growth as a Christian, but just as important, or even more so, is a recognition that our FATHER has already arranged a prospective GUARANTEED forgiveness for true Christians. Category Two is “better” category than Category Three or Four, but it is ultimately a sad category, and one from which we should seek to deliver our brothers and sisters who struggle with doubt and disbelief in the power and promises and grace of God.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 3:36 (emphasis added)

Note the present tense (what I like to call the present tense eternal) “hath” in John 3:36. Security is in the POSSESSION of eternal life, not the PROFESSION of eternal life, but when the profession can be added to the possession, then the Christian can grow in faith and overcome crippling doubt and fear.

3. Those who are lost and know it

Category 3 is not a good category, obviously, but it is is not as bad as it at first sounds. A person who knows he is lost (and will admit it) is a prime candidate to hear and receive the Gospel. Much of the Bible, and therefore much evangelism, is geared toward getting lost people to admit they are lost. A lost person may totally misconstrue the message that God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life; that message is largely meaningless without the conviction of sin and the fear of judgment. That’s why the Bible’s most explicit explanations of the Gospel and the plan of salvation drive home the point that sinners are the ones who need a savior, and we all come into this world as sinners.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Romans 3:23-26

This is extremely good news for those who believe in Jesus and the truth about His death, burial, and Resurrection, but ONLY for those who believe. There is no eternal security for a lost person, so the last thing we want to do is given them a false assurance. A false assurance would land them them in category four, which, for my money, is the most dangerous and worst category a person could be in.

4. Those who think they are saved but are really lost

These people are sometimes described as inoculated to the Gospel, and, while I don’t really care for that description, we must acknowledge that a person who truly believes that he has already been saved is the kind of person who is least likely to be susceptible to the conviction that comes with the preaching of the Gospel. One of the reasons that so many people don’t like the expression “once saved always saved” is that it can be seriously misused, even though it is a valid expression. We have to remember that the expression is NOT “once claimed to be saved, always saved” or “once thought to be saved, always saved.” Too many professing Christians wear the label “saved” when they haven’t really understood or believed the Gospel, and haven’t really received the Savior. It reminds me of a story in which the famous preacher D.L. Moody was once approached by a drunk man. “Don’t you remember me?” slurred the man as he staggered about, “You saved me two years ago.” Moody is said to have responded, “I must be the one who saved you, because it sure doesn’t look like God did it.”

There are some Biblical examples of people who belonged to category four, and some we can’t be sure of, but two are mentioned by name:

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

II Timothy 2:15-18

It appears that Hymenaeus and Philetus were in error – albeit grievous error – meaning they actually believed their own false teachings. Note, however, that their false assurance, and their fall into apostasy, did not affect the objective truth of eternal security.

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

II Timothy 2:19

We are hesitant to disfellowship or kick someone out of a local church body, and we should not do so if there is reason to believe their profession of salvation is credible, but ongoing acts of open unrepentant sin is one authorized reason for doing it, and false teaching, despite attempted correction, is another.

Six Stakes which Help Us Hold Fast

September 27, 2022 at 3:17 pm | Posted in II Thessalonians | Leave a comment
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Previously we saw from II Thessalonians 2:15 the need to hold fast to Biblical truth. In order to hold fast, it will help to drive these truths into our hearts and minds – like stakes driven into the ground in preparation for hurricane-force winds:

First stake: The love of God

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

II Thessalonians 2:13 (emphasis added).

Perhaps God could have saved us and merely placed us in an empty place – rescued from wrath but stranded and lonely. Or perhaps He could have made us mere messengers or servants like the angels. In fact, He did make us messengers and servants, but He went so much further than that. He made us His VERY OWN CHILDREN!

Second stake:  God chose you

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

II Thessalonians 2:13 (emphasis added)

We do not get credit for choosing God. He is the one Who chose us. He chose us when we were not looking for Him and did not want Him. God loved us enough to save us while we were His ENEMIES, so we can be assured that evil men and evil times can never take away those whom God has chosen. Nobody is stronger than God. Nobody destroys His plans. Hold fast to the hope that God saved you and holds you in His hands.

Third stake:  We are destined for glory

Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Thessalonians 2:14 (emphasis added)

God is preparing a bride for His Son, and He will make it so that the bride is fit for His Son. He is not preparing a sick and faithless and cast-off bride. He is preparing a GLORIOUS bride for His son. True Christians are that bride, and we can endure suffering and hard times and sickness and persecution, and the loss of all our money, and our reputation, and every thing, because we know He will glorify us – and BE GLORIFIED IN US.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 8:18

If the sufferings of the Apostles and the First Century Christians – who endured tremendous persecution and suffering – could not compare to the glory to come, then how much less should we be defeated by our puny little sufferings?

Fourth stake:  Our sanctification

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

II Thessalonians 2:13 (emphasis added)

Although, salvation “happens” when you are born again, there is a sense in which salvation continues. We WERE saved, we ARE saved, and we ARE BEING SAVED as we are sanctified.

Hold onto this idea that God is sanctifying you. It is a work of the Holy Spirit, but God graciously gives us a part in it. It is the strengthening of holding on when the storm comes. God may be using the storms in your life to blow some of the unsanctifying things away.

Fifth stake:  God has called us to this fast-holding

Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Thessalonians 2:14 (emphasis added)

This image of holding fast almost makes it seem like Christianity is just one big desperate struggle to keep from getting blown away, but God has promised us peace and even joy while we’re holding on.

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

II Thessalonians 2:16-17 (emphasis added)

When God calls us He equips us to do what He’s called us to do. He has not commanded us to hold fast and then made the wind too strong for us to hold on.

Sixth stake:  the Gospel

Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Thessalonians 2:14 (emphasis added)

Paul could call the Gospel of Jesus Christ “our Gospel” because he had made it such a part of his life – such a part of his BEING – that he felt as if it were his. He not only preached it, not only taught it, not only thought long and meditated upon it, not only sought the Lord about it, not only wrote letters to the churches about it – He LIVED it.

So, while we’re holding on to these stakes, do not get the wrong impression – that we’re in this alone or even that it’s just you and the Lord all the time, although it often will be. The Gospel demands a couple of things of you: One, that you make the Gospel your life. The more you learn of it, the more you love it, and the less and less you find yourself able to leave it out of your conversation. Two, the Gospel demands that you get involved with others. Lead them to Christ, and then help them hold on – hold fast.

II Peter: A Merciful Warning

September 21, 2022 at 12:59 pm | Posted in II Peter | Leave a comment
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God is honest, but those who scoff at His Word are not.

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

II Peter 3:3-4

God is consistent. He destroyed the world before in righteous judgment, but not only in judgment – He also did as a warning for us, and for the scoffers.

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

II Peter 3:5-7

We sometimes think the passing of time is sign of God’s inability to take sooner, but it is really a sign of God’s mercy.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

II Peter 3:9-14

These are links to previous lessons on II Peter:

1. A Recipe for Spiritual Growth (1)
2. How to Read the Bible (and Get Something out of it): Part 3 (1:3)
3. How to Read the Bible (and Get Something out of it): Part 1 (1:18-19,21)
4. Catechism Question 11 (1:21)
5. False Teachers and Plastic Words (2:1-18)
6. The Devil’s Doctrine (2:10-20)
7. Falling, Flooding, and Facing Facts (2:5; 3:3-10)
8. The Legend of the Unsaved Christian (2:20-22)
9. Thomas Watson: S.W.I.M. to Repent (3:9)
10. God’s Dispositive Will (3:9) *
11. Catechism Question 9 (3:9)
12. Lord Willing (3:9)
13. Catechism Question 12 (3:16)
14. The Remedy for Mood Swings (3:18)

*most-viewed post in category

Trusting the One Who Can Actually be Trusted to Do Something

September 15, 2022 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Isaiah | Leave a comment
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King Ahaz had made a treaty with Assyria. King Hezekiah made one with Egypt. God’s people were frequently tempted to go to Egypt for help instead of trusting God.

Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices. Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.

Isaiah 29:1-2 (emphasis added)

Ariel meant “lion of God,” a reference to Jerusalem, but the lion was also a symbol of Assyria. Assyria would act as God’s lion now. Ariel also meant the altar for burnt offerings. This was Isaiah’s way of saying that Jerusalem would become a place of slaughter. God’s people were trusting the promises of men, instead of the promises of God. This is always a bad idea because men have a tendency to be slack concerning their promises. God does not.

Isaiah Chapter 30 contains Isaiah’s attempt to warn the caravan on its way to Egypt to seek help.

For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still. Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:

Isaiah 30:7-9

Isaiah did this publicly, so that everyone could read it easily. How do you think people would react if you carried a sign that said, “This is a place full of rebellious, lying children, who will not obey God’s Word”? Scorn and ridicule would be the most likely responses.

When Assyria invaded, Egypt did not help. It lived up to its nickname, “Rahab-hem-shebeth:” “Rahab (Egypt) the do-nothing.”

Following his pattern, Isaiah pronounced some consolation after this harsh message. The king of Assyria would be buried in Gehenna, the Old Testament word for a garbage dump, and the New Testament word for hell.

Objections To the Doctrine of Everlasting Security Answered (Objection 9)

September 12, 2022 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Objection: I know that you can lose your salvation because Luke 9:24 says whoever is saved can later on lose it.

Answer To Objection: That’s not exactly what it says.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Luke 9:24

In your zeal to find some – any – type of Biblical support for the idea that you can lose the salvation granted by the Lord, you are reading into that verse something that is not there. Think about it carefully. If you are going to claim that Luke 9:24 is talking about eternal salvation and the possibility of losing it, then you are going to have to also claim that the beginning of the verse is saying that we can eternally save our own souls. Although that type of thinking is where a denial of eternal security ultimately leads, few of the people who deny eternal security will actually admit that they believe that we can save ourselves. Most of them at least profess that Jesus is the Savior, not us.

The “whosoever” in Luke 24 is actually the role model for how we should live for Christ, not someone who has rejected his relationship with the Savior.

When we commit to follow Jesus, we must give up the idea of living for ourselves. That is the sense in which we “lose our lives.” We give them up for Christ, and doing so is the evidence that we are actually living for Him now. If you read the surrounding verses in context – Luke 9:23-26 – you will see that they are not talking about the everlasting security of the believer.

Guilty No More

September 9, 2022 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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One time my daughter sang a song in church which contained the line, “We are guilty no more.” We often speak to people about what it means to be “saved,” and, in doing so, we try to get them to admit the guilt caused by their sin. “You don’t know what you’re talking about,” they say. “I don’t feel guilty at all about what I’ve done or what I’m doing.”

That may be true, but whether or not you “feel” guilty is not the issue. If you have sinned against God – and we all have – you ARE guilty, whether you feel it or not. Your guilt is a judicial or forensic guilt that exists in the court of God’s justice, and He will eventually punish you as a guilty sinner unless you repent and trust the Savior, Jesus Christ. If you will do that, believing the truth about His life, death, burial, and Resurrection, then your sins will be forgiven, and you will be “guilty no more.”

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Romans 3:19-24

Objections To the Doctrine of Everlasting Security Answered (Objection 8)

September 6, 2022 at 3:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Objection: I know you can lose your salvation because the Book of Jude says we have to keep ourselves in the love of God. If we don’t do that, we will lose our salvation. Our independent human will is required to keep us saved.

Answer To Objection: You are talking about this verse:

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Jude v. 21

You are missing the point of the Book of Jude. Look at the whole book (Jude is a short book not divided by chapters), and you will see that it is warning about the dangers of false teachers and the danger of being deceived by them. See Verses 4-19. When Verse 21 mentions keeping yourselves in the love of God, it specifically says we do that by looking for the mercy of Jesus, not our own efforts, deeds, or works. In fact, if you keep reading, you will see that Jude really reinforces the doctrine of eternal security:

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Jude vv. 24-25

Verse 21 is talking about keeping yourself in the love of God in the sense of recognizing the love of God, not earning it or controlling it or deserving it. Verse 24 confirms that, when it comes to our eternal salvation, God (not you) is the only one able to to keep you saved, and to present you faultless before Himself. Note that we “get presented.” We don’t present ourselves. Furthermore, you can see that we are presented with joy that does not regret the so-called loss of human free will. Finally, note that God our Savior exercises His dominion and power both now (once saved) and ever (always saved).

Objection: But what about Jude v. 5? God’s people were saved from Egypt, but they ultimately lost that salvation through unbelief when they died in the wilderness. This means we can be saved, and then stop believing, and lose our salvation.

Answer To Objection: No, the Old Testament account of the deliverance of God’s people from Egypt and then their deaths later in the wilderness is not about Christians losing their salvation.  

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Jude v. 5

Those people lost their earthly lives in the wilderness. This is a warning about the real danger of unbelief that can apply to Christians in their walk with Christ and their susceptibility to believing the lies of the false teachers and disbelieving the promises of God, but it is not a principle about eternal security. The Old Testament Israelites received an earthly deliverance and an earthly destruction upon leaving Egypt and dying in the wilderness. Exodus is not about their eternal security.

Objection: What about the angels? Jude v. 6 says they lost their salvation by not keeping it.

Response To Objection: No, angels do not get saved the way human beings do. You can not use what happened to the fallen angels to prove that human beings lose the salvation granted to them by God. Jesus died to purchase eternal life for people, not for angels.

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Jude v. 6

By Any Means

August 30, 2022 at 4:10 pm | Posted in II Thessalonians | 1 Comment
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Somebody had sent a letter to Thessalonica about the “last days,” and got everybody all riled up. They were trusting prophecies which were intriguing and provocative, but not grounded in the Apostles’ doctrine.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

II Thessalonians 2:3 (emphasis added)

“By any means” is the exhortation, and this would including not allowing themselves to be deceived by supposedly prophetic utterances, “words of knowledge,” “words of faith,” dreams or visions, signs and wonders, non-Apostolic letters, or even someone who sounds really, really sincere and earnest when he says, “I have a word from the Lord for you.”

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

II Thessalonians 2:8 (emphasis added)

“That Wicked” is a reference to the Antichrist. An “anti” is something opposed to something else, but it is also something that wants to take the place of what it opposes. The Antichrist will be Satan’s masterpiece. Satan has for a long time wanted to be worshiped in place of God.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

II Thessalonians 2:3 (emphasis added)

End-times views are notoriously controversial, but I believe that this falling away will occur mid-Tribulation, three and one-half years after the false man of peace settles things down in the Middle East. At the beginning of this period he will make a covenant with Israel and have the Temple rebuilt. At the “falling away” he will break the covenant and usurp the Temple.

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

II Thessalonians 2:2 (emphasis added)

Paul’s response to those “shaken” is to correct the false doctrine – to give them the truth. The “son of perdition” was not on the scene yet. Then he went on to them what you would expect him to tell someone who is in danger of being shaken loose: Hold on.

Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

II Thessalonians 2:15 (emphasis added)

We need to hold on to Biblical doctrine the way a high-rise construction worker holds on to the beam which is preventing him from falling to this death. That’s how “fast” we need to hold on. No matter what the media or popular opinion or falsely-called “science” says about evolution or archaeology or about the trustworthiness of the Bible, we need to hold fast.

The Devil’s Doctrine

August 24, 2022 at 2:47 pm | Posted in II Peter | 1 Comment
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But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

II Peter 2:10-12

It is dangerous to defy God-ordained authority, whether it be in the relationships of wives and husbands, children and parents, or angels and God. Even the God-serving angels do not revile fallen angels, so neither should we revile fallen angels or sinful government authorities. Apostate false teachers rant and rave about things they know nothing about. Like barrels that are almost empty of substance, they make the loudest racket when they roll around. Their own nature draws them to their own corruption like pigs or dogs.

Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

II Peter 2:14

They not only want to satisfy their lusts, but they are also kidnappers, taking away many captives.

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

II Peter 2:19

They serve their own desires when they should be mortifying them (Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5). True freedom comes not from satisfying your selfish desires, or serving only yourself. It comes from finding a greater Master. Who – in their right mind, being God-centered, not self-centered, – WOULDN’T want such a master?

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

Good parents know that young children are not helped by being given too much of the wrong kind of freedom. Parents do a great disservice when they place the weight of freedom on shoulders that are too young to bear it. Much worldly parenting advice centers on the idea of trusting kids, but wise parents trust God and His Word, not young irresponsible children, their friends, the world, or, inadvertently, the devil himself.

But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

II Peter 2:12

Beware of the the seductive power of power itself, of lust, and of money. The Old Testament prophet Balaam knew the right way, but he chose the wrong way, and he became blinded to the guidance of the Lord. He became more of a beast than his donkey.

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

II Peter 2:19

The doctrine of the devil – and we see its influence in everything from false cults to zealous professing atheists – does not teach people to openly worship or even consciously serve the devil. No, his doctrine is just to tell people to do what they want. His lie is that “freedom” consists of making your own rules, of making your own will into your own personal law. In reality, this is the worst kind of bondage.

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

II Peter 2:20

The worst kind of bondage is when you don’t even know you’re bound, because then you have no real hope. You are just living for the moment, living for vanity, not for eternity.

Christian Men Must S.W.I.M.

August 22, 2022 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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A Christian man in this culture is swimming upstream. Without the constant nutrition of the Word, he will soon tire and be dragged off by the force of the current.

Steve Farrar

Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Job 23:12

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Jeremiah 15:16

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

I Peter 2:2

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