Are You Dancing At the Cliff’s Edge?
Most people who refer to themselves as Christians today don’t have a problem allowing sin in their lives. Most of the preachers in pulpits today don’t have a problem with sin either, teaching the doctrine of Calvinism.
Two notable scriptures quoted by Calvinists today are,
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” Romans 10:9.
We need to be aware of this scripture as well,
“You believe there is one God; you do well. The devils also believe and tremble” James 2:19.
James made a point here that our walk with God must go beyond just believing in Him.
Then we have this famous passage of scripture,
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:35, 38-39.
Preceding this scripture, Paul spoke of his persecutions in this life and the fact that he still knew that the Lord loved him. Did you notice that “sin” isn’t mentioned among the things that can’t separate us from the love of God?
These scriptures cannot be separated from the rest of the Word of God, nor can they be interpreted alone.
There is a very good reason why the Word of God tells us,
“…no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” 2 Peter 1:20.
The Word of God also tells us that we must “rightly divide” the Word of Truth,
“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” 2 Timothy 2:15.
Rightly dividing the scriptures means that we can’t take any scripture and isolate it to formulate an interpretation; we must look at all scripture, measuring it against all other scriptures, and only then we can know the true meaning of the scriptures.
“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not the things which I say” Luke 6:46.
Because it’s man’s inclination to think with the secular mind, we are also inclined to proclaim frailty and even an inability to walk holy before God.
Paul preached to the church at Philippi,
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.
Jesus Himself also said,
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” Matthew 5:48.
Actually, this all depends on our walk with God and our determination to please Him. The Lord has already made provision through the Holy Ghost for us to live a holy life.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on Me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto My Father. If you love Me, keep my commandments” John 14:12, 15.
We will never appear perfect in the eyes of men, because they look on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.
“…for the Lord sees not as man sees, for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7.
If we listen to those who are weak spiritually, they often try to convince others that no one can live without sin; we all have to sin; it’s hopeless; we are just sinful creatures and we will never change.
The Apostle Paul said,
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Weak Christians, and those who are deceived, judge people by the outward appearance and say they don’t know anyone who can live without sinning on a regular basis.
If we judge others by what we perceive they have done, according to our own thinking, we could be comparing ourselves among those who repented long ago of what we still hold out to be sin in their lives. This is why we are not to judge others and we are not to compare ourselves among others. This wouldn’t apply to someone who is living in sin and continuing in the same sin. The Word of God is clear that we are to admonish such a person in a spirit of humility, lest we ourselves become castaways.
“Brethren, if any man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted” Galatians 6:1.
Weak Christians, or those who are deceived, sometimes quote this scripture in defense of their belief that they must live sinful lives,
“The good that I would do, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do. I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me. Oh wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:19, 21, 24.
This all sounds very defeating, unless you read on to the next chapter, Romans 8, as Paul continues his instructions, which did not end in chapter 7…
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” Romans 8:1, 5-6.
Again, this is exactly why we cannot isolate any one area of scriptures; we must put them all together in their proper perspective. Paul, here, in chapter 7 was only starting the theme of his message and he was emphasizing how the flesh wars against the spirit and how overpowering temptation can be, but in chapter 8 he gives us the remedy to this battle, to “walk after the Spirit, not the flesh.”
By the way, Paul didn’t divide his letter to the Romans into chapters and verses. In his original writings, chapter 8 would have continued with the flow of chapter 7, so the point would have been more clear to us today, if we were reading the original text. It certainly has the potential to lead people astray if they stop at chapter 7 and do not continue through to chapter 8 during the same study. This is how the foolish become deceived. The Bible was divided into chapters and verses only after the Word of God was copied from the original texts.
Paul wrote this also to the Romans,
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? What then, shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” Romans 6:1-2, 15.
You won’t hear that message in most churches today, but it is truth just the same.
The Word of God tells us that there will be a “falling away” before the Lord returns (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
Jesus warned us not once, not twice, but three times to beware of false prophets in the latter days (throughout Matthew 24), as He spoke to his disciples about events that would occur before His return.
Let there be no mistake. As Christians, there may be times that we might fail the Lord, but the Word of God is clear that we are to repent and the Lord will forgive us.
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not; and if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” 1 John 2:1.
There is a difference between failing God and repenting, and continuing in unrepented sin. If a person plans to continue in the same sin, there is no need to repent, because if we repent, we are instructed in the Word of God to “sin no more.”
“Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said unto him, Behold, you are made whole. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you” John 5:14.
Paul wrote also to the Hebrews, saying,
“For if we sin willfully, after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He who despised Moses’s law died without mercy under two or three witnesses; of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace? It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” Hebrews 10:26-29, 31.
In summary, I will give you the parable that the Lord gave to me when He gave me this message. (Yes, He still speaks parables today – to those who are listening.)
A person is high on a cliff and has some treacherous ground to cover, before he finally arrives home. There is fire and brimstone below, along both sides of the high cliff he is transversing.
This man loves to dance. In fact, all people really love to dance to enticing music. The path is treacherous and can be very boring, but his plight is clear; he must be extremely careful not to fall into the fire and boiling brimstone at the bottom of the cliff. God has given him a roadmap and He has even given him a rail to hold onto all along the way, which is also called the Comforter (John 14:26). Music is playing in the background, enticing music from the embers below. This man has been given a life and death choice. He can either hold carefully to the rail and walk steadfastly all the way home, or dance while transversing the cliff, letting go of the Comforter, which is the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2), and likely fall off into the consuming fires below. If he holds securely to the rail, the Comforter, which God has provided, and adheres closely to the map (the Ancient Path – Jeremiah 18:15), he will be safe all the way; or he can begin dancing and amusing himself to that overwhelming music in the background, slip, stumble and fall into the fires below – forever to be lost.
The Lord told me that because people cannot see the actual lake of fire underneath them, as described in Revelation 20:14-15, and because they do not take Him at His Word (Mark 9:43-48; Luke 12:5), but doubt His Holy Word, they choose to dance along the treacherous path, even those who call themselves Christians, because they also will not have faith to understand that they are literally trampling underfoot the blood of Jesus “and do despite to the Spirit of grace” (Hebrews 10:29). These will stand before Me in judgment and they will not be excused.
“He that, being often reproved, hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” Proverbs 29:1.
“Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” Mark 8:35.
Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? None of us can be assured we will still be living on this earth tomorrow. If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page of this website. Your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.