The Dangers That We Face

danger

There are two kinds of danger in a Christian’s walk. As an illustration of these dangers, I will use different types of body of waters. 

  1. A lake
  2. An ocean

 In Scripture, water is used as a reference to nations, worldly people from all over the world [Revelation 17:15].

Let’s say one day you decide to go out to have a swim. You walk around and find a lake, but with closer inspection, it looks dirty and unclean. Mind you, a lake will not contain dangerous sea animals, big waves or currents to take you out to the deep. The danger lies in its contamination because of its still water. If while swimming any water enters the mouth, you will become dangerously ill. 

After thinking it over, you decide to continue until you see the ocean. the ocean is clean because the body of water is constantly moving through its current. When observing the beach, you noticed that the white sand in the water stops and it turns to a dark blue. You become aware that it is very deep near the shore and one can easily sink. It has pretty big waves and a current that will take you out into the deep. 

The lake represents secularism which is godless, homosexuals, lasciviousness, greed, self-centeredness, haters of God, transgenderism, Atheism, and the worship of demons through the occult. 

The ocean represents false Christians as it seems that the water is clean but it can drown your faith. It includes Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Seventh Day Adventist, Catholicism, The word of faith movement, Liberal Christianity, Oneness Pentecostal, Christadelphians, and churches that preach Preterism. 

Our walk must be based upon the Word of God so that we won’t find ourselves intaking doctrine that is contaminated or bringing confusion to our faith in Jesus Christ and stopping us from having a pure devotion to Christ.    

Wherever you turn in this world, there will be dangers. Don’t be dismayed for the Lord is with us to strengthen us so that we may continue in the faith, reaching out to those who are in danger to bring them out to safety through faith in Jesus Christ. 

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Sin Stinks

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2 Corinthians 2:15-16 

15 For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. Who is adequate for these things?

A good smelling aroma is symbolic of righteousness by being born again [having faith in Jesus], doing God’s will [spreading the Gospel], and living a life according to God’s Word.

Imagine a homeless man who hasn’t showered for months. Now, he came across a good amount of money from a generous person. The homeless man wanted to eat at his favorite restaurant that he used to go to before he became destitute. 

He got some clean clothes but there were no showers available in his immediate area. He thought to himself if I purchase a bottle of cologne from the dealer in the corner, I can put it on and no one can smell me and tell the difference

Before the homeless man sat down, his odor that had a rotten smell to it, mixed with the pleasant smelling aroma of the cologne permeated the whole dining room where people were beginning to gag. 

That’s a picture of what it looks like to the Lord Jesus Christ when a person rejects Him and wants to be righteous by his own merit. 

A person’s sin cannot be hidden from the Lord, just like a foul smell cannot be masked. 

When A Christian Becomes A Stumbling Block

Risk of stumbling

A person who professes Christianity and at the same time dabbles with New Age or with some occult practices is not only deceiving himself but may also cause difficulties in the lives [faith] of other believers which bring these verses to mind:

Exodus 32:2-5

2 Aaron said to them, “Have your wives, sons, and daughters take off the gold earrings they are wearing, and bring them to me.”

3 So all the people took off their gold earrings and handed them to Aaron. 4 After he had worked on the gold with a tool, he made it into a statue of a calf.

Then they said, “Israel, here are your gods who brought you out of Egypt.”

5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of it and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival in the Lord’s honor.”

Aaron, who was responsible for keeping the people in order [to keep them from going astray], is the main stumbling block who toppled their faith into full-blown idolatry. If Moses would not have intervened by asking God for mercy on his behalf, for his brother Aaron, he would have been out of gas [in serious trouble] because God was angry enough to put him to death. [Deuteronomy 9:20 The Lord was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him. But I prayed for Aaron at that time also.]

We must be careful, in what we say or do because it can have eternal consequences. We must make sure that what we are teaching is according to the truth of Holy Scripture.