“That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:12). “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light (John 3:19). This is a loud warning to young people growing up in Christian homes. It is love for unrighteousness that blinds men’s minds to the truth. Apostates who turn their ears away from the truth do so because they walk after their own lusts (2 Timothy 4:3-4). End-time scoffers are scoffers because they walk after their own lusts (2 Peter 3:3). This is what happened to me as a young person growing up in a Baptist church. I heard the truth and knew the truth from my earliest memories and I had no intention to disown Christ or to doubt the Bible, but I did not receive the truth into my heart and I did not embrace the truth in repentance and saving faith and I did not have a personal walk with Christ. Instead I loved the world and the things of the world and that idolatrous love of sin blinded my mind to the truth. Eventually I became so blind that I rejected the Bible as God’s Word, believed in reincarnation rather than resurrection, accepted universalism rather than salvation, and ultimately joined a Hindu society. Taking an apologetics course like An Unshakeable Faith will not protect you if you do not separate from evil and guard your heart from meditating upon those things that displease the Lord. “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away” (Proverbs 4:13-14).
(Friday Church News Notes, September 7, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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