Have you ever tried to help someone turn their life around who is set on destruction, but no amount of reasoning seems to do any good?
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” (1 Timothy 4:1, 2)
This isn’t going to be a long post. I just want to talk about something that’s been on my heart lately, which is the serious spiritual dilemma of the apathetic Christian. The Bible tells us in the latter times we are going to have this surge of apostasy. I believe one of the aspects of this will be a prevalence of Christians (or so-called) who will actually agree with you when you show them the teachings of Scripture and won’t try to slither out one way or another. Maybe they will even admit that they are going against the Bible. They know they are in rebellion and living in disobedience and sin. And they know they are headed for destruction at the end of it all. But the scary part is they honestly do not care and they don’t want to change. What is going on? What you are observing is a soul that is completely calloused by carnality. That person has become numb to the pricks of the Spirit of God because they are living a prodigal life and they know it. This is not living a life of iniquity out of some simple ignorance; this is deliberate rejection of the commandment of God. One who loves God would be grieved and vexed to learn that they are dishonoring their Lord. But the carnal man loves the pleasures of sin more, so it does not wound him to have his rebellion rebuked.
Take care that you do not forget the precepts of the Lord or ignore them.
“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” (Hebrews 2:1-3)
There will be those who you cannot help, because they have fallen away after the truth was made known to them.
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” (Hebrews 6:4-6)