Take heed, lest ye be part of the great falling away described in 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Jesus left us with the Apostles and their writings. Within those writings are instructions, warnings, and exhortations on how we should live and die for God. The following is one such passage. In it we are warned against willfully sinning and the eternal consequences that follow such behaviors.

Moses and the Israelites were given great privilege not dissimilar from the church today. They were a picture of us and were judged as we will be. There is good news, we can overcome through God’s grace. Do not be deceived, we cannot walk in sin as Christians and expect to share in God’s glory. Take heed lest ye become a part of the great falling away that is prophesied to occur before the Antichrist is revealed to the church.

These things must happen according to scripture before Jesus comes to gather those who are alive and remain. Jesus explains this in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Of interesting note, in Mark the question of the audience is answered. It is not just the Jews to whom Jesus is speaking. He is warning all of us of the troubles to come, “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

If we take the examples from Paul below to heart, we can be rest assured we are on the path to glory and not His wrath to come. If you are guilty of the things described below (and the list is not exhaustive BTW, i.e., strife, envy, adultery/looking at a woman with lust, etc.) repent and turn completely away from those sins. You will fall and may have already fallen if you continue to practice them.

God sent His son so that no one may perish. He is longsuffering and does not want to condemn us. He wants us to believe in Him with an “active faith” not a dead faith. This is a continuous process that abounds with God’s grace, love, instructions, and ample guidance as we seek His face. It is our duty to submit and prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. God is faithful and will help us if we work to overcome as noted here, here, and here unto the end.

Here is the passage – 1 Corinthians 10:1-13:

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

We are instructed to pray that we are not led into temptation. Temptation is the predecessor to sin. If you find yourself in a situation that brings temptation, flee from it. If you cannot flee, remember God will not allow you be tempted above that you can bear. Obedient Christians do not live in sin. Not only are we are not suppose to continue in sin at all, we are commanded to abstain even from the appearance of evil. Properly equipped, we do not have to willfully sin. Sin may lead to death or it may not. But like the scripture said, “take heed” and walk uprightly. To consciously live in sin once you know the truth will send you to Hell. Don’t believe the lie that once you say the prayer of salvation, you are “good”. This is from the Devil. To those who hold the truth in unrighteousness, the wrath of God will be revealed from heaven. Don’t let your heart be darkened. If it has been darkened, pray the Lord will wash it anew. He can and He does. He wants to have you walk  walk in the light even as He is in the light and you will be cleansed from all sin and unrighteousness.

Once again, here is one last passage describing our fate as obedient servants or followers of sin. The choice is yours. God has given you all you need in His Living Word. BTW, in case you did not know, when the word word is capitalized, it refers to Jesus. When it is not, it refers to the word of the Bible.

If you are in a church where the preacher says you have to sin or it is okay to sin as a Christian, get out! Take heed, lest you fall like our ancestors did in the wilderness.

3 thoughts on “Take heed, lest ye be part of the great falling away described in 2 Thessalonians 2:3

  1. Don, I am having trouble leaving comments on your blog-I have tried to many times-it requires my email, and then wants me to log in to my account, and I have no account.
    But, I love reading your thoughts. The Bible is a wonderful guide book for life. I believe it has all the answers to life’s questions.

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    • Learning how to use these blogs is difficult for me. You can always sign up for an account just to make it easier . . and don’t use it. This blog format doesn’t seem too user friendly.
      You are right. The Bible is the only thing we need. What amazes me is like you said all life’s answers are all there. I understand why nonbelievers don’t use it as a guide but can’t for the life of me understand why a lot Christians don’t. I didn’t for over 20 years. I would read it, tried to apply some principles to my life, and professed myself a Christian. What a mess I was. I am still living out the repercussions. The world can get a hold onto us and keep us trapped and comfortable. Before you know it, your life is over.

      Christians don’t?

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  2. I see that I figured it out-this computer stuff is such a steep learning curve for me!
    One of the most damnable doctrines of today is the very belief that once saved, you cannot fall away. But you can. I wonder how people who have fallen away, or backslidden, can continue to believe that they are ‘saved’, or OK, since they no longer have any fellowship with God, and no longer have His presence. This walk with Christ is a daily one, of dying to self, being obedient and following Him (through reading the Bible and letting it speak to you)
    God’s word is the most wonderful treasure-the pearl of great price-that He has given to us. I appreciate you posting Scripture-I have a feeling that many who profess read very little of God’s Word.
    Daily blessings to you!

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