Romans 8:12-13 (NET) So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.
There is the sad but true story of a pastor’s wife who became adulterous and rebellious. With time she denied the faith and became an atheist. This happened because as she continued to unrepentantly walk in the flesh, she died spiritually.
When a believer continuously walks in the flesh (by committing sinful acts) in open rebellion, that believer is committing sin leading unto [spiritual] death. We are instructed in 1John 5:16 not to even waste our prayers on such believers.
Some argue that those who have denied the faith did so because they were never really truly saved in the first place, but there is no scripture to back that assertion, only sentiments. But there are scriptures that clearly say people fall away(Hebrews 10:39, 6:4-6), deny the faith(1 Timothy 5:8), have a shipwreck of the faith(1 Timothy 1:19), die spiritually (Romans 8:13, Revelation 3:1-2), etc. We can learn from today’s Bible verse that the reason for this is continuing to walk in the flesh. Walking in the flesh leads to spiritual death.
Faith in God is a most precious treasure(see 1Peter 1:7), one that we should fight to keep (see 1 Timothy 6:12). But one can lose this priceless treasure if by walking unrepentantly in the flesh, he continues to violate his conscience. Faith is spiritual and the sensor of the human spirit is the conscience. A ship with damaged sensors would have a shipwreck.
When you see someone who was once a believer getting to a point where he denies the faith, it usually is because he died spiritually due to walking in the flesh and continuous violation of his conscience (see 1 Timothy 1:19).
One of the biggest dangers of doctrines that make believers comfortable in their sins (while invoking ‘grace’ and refusing to repent) is that some of such believers can come to a point of denying the faith because they have walked in the flesh unrepentantly for so long to the point of spiritual death.
Sin is antithetical to faith, and the devil understands this too well. He understands that if he can get believers to walk in the flesh long enough without repenting, Sin will gradually erode their faith until a time comes when they no longer have the ability to believe in God. This is one of the scariest things that can ever happen but it is happening all the time, and the scriptures predict that it will happen in a large scale as a sign leading to the revelation of the antichrist (see 2 Thessalonians 2:3).
Go into today remembering that willful and unrepentant sinning is an act of unbelief towards God. Continuing in such a circle can bring a believer to the point where he no longer has the ability to believe in God.
Prayer: Lord, help me to maintain a clear conscience before you and before all men. Deliver me from every sin, in Jesus name. Amen.
-Abraham Damilola Arigi
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