A little more Q and A from that previous comment found here, a question that has been posed many times –
I also have difficulty believing that a Christian, regardless of their personal area of growth, can easily lose their salvation just because they’re deceived in some areas (aren’t we all?). God is FAITHFUL … Jesus didn’t die on the cross just so Satan could “steal” us away again after salvation … what sort of joyful assurance is that?!
Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no gods before Me.”
I wouldn’t say that salvation is so easily lost. It certainly cannot be taken from a believer. John 10:29, 30 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30“I and the Father are one.”…However, I don’t believe that God takes lightly a choice to serve other gods. The reason I am so strong in this belief is because the numerous, serious warnings to such a thing, with grave consequences we find throughout the word of God. I don’t think it is something we should go softly on. Even the grace of God is only for a time.
I do believe salvation is a choice to be made and one that perhaps we have to make every day tho maybe we don’t stop to consider it that way. We have a choice in how we live, who we listen to, and who can influence our lives and our decisions. We have a choice to read and study the word of God, the best defense in recognizing deceptive teachings! We have a choice whether or not to follow after the voice of other gods, and if that is the choice we make, God will not stand in our way.
I do believe He will not leave us alone in that wrong choice. I believe there is a time of intimate communication while He speaks to us. He may do this in different ways as we are all as different as he created us to be. I don’t know how long until that communication is cut off. I do know if we insist on our own way he will leave us to that. And there, my friend, is the dividing line.
My warnings came in the forms of dreams, they were vivid, they were powerful and I had many of them. These were dreams that I could not totally understand until after He pulled me out of the deception. These were dreams that no one could interpret for me. Some tried. They were wrong. Maybe it was never His intent for me to understand until after the fact, until after the rescue. The humorous side here – please laugh with me – is that during this time I had paid a boatload of money to learn dream interpretation. As did some others I ran with during that time. None of us could rightly interpret my dreams! And again, after the fact, I could see the “language” of the dreams thru the symbolism from my own life, things no one else could possibly understand but me. So, don’t pay a boatload of money for anyone to teach you dream interpretation. It simply cannot be done.
In looking back I can see what a wonderful connection He still had with me, tho I had denied him many times as I followed the voice of “other gods”. He didn’t give up. The Almighty God, El Elyon, the Most High is still in the saving business. Jesus still goes out of his way for that one lost sheep – what an amazing Savior! Yes, God is faithful. There is a question to be answered – Are we?
The whole point of deception is to lead us away from Christ. The enemy who prowls around does not care how it is done, only that it is accomplished. He has honed his skill to the utmost.
Restoration is possible, but who’s to say for how long. There is a time for everything and so we chose today whom we will serve; today is the day of salvation. It is not a choice to be taken lightly.
Deuteronomy 8…18“But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19“It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish. 20“Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God.