Man-made religions grow due to entertainment worship and an acceptance of feel-good philosophy. Once faithful Christians have exchanged truth for fiction. The Hebrew writer says, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away (2:1). Ignoring God’s commands will cause the once faithful to drift and fall away!
Pride can push us away: Luke 15:12 says, “And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me. So he divided his livelihood.” Like the younger brother, we sometimes want God to adjust to what we desire rather than follow what He directs!
False teaching can push us away: Acts 20:29-30 says, “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up , speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.” False teaching is a red flag that leads to apostasy!
Results of failing away: Revelation 2:4 says, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Moving away from Christ means we have stopped loving Him. The love for Christ is replaced with pride and selfishness. Leaving Christ means loving the world.
Drifting back to the shore is possible.Paul stated on Mars Hill, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31). Never allow pride and false teaching push you away from Christ, “lest we drift away.”
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