Spiritual Tragedies

December 15, 2012

Spiritual Tragedies

            It is sad to see what could be called a spiritual tragedy.  There is no good reason why they should happen, but they do.  When there is a spiritual tragedy we naturally ask, why did it happen?

The most common example of a spiritual tragedy is what happens when someone is supposedly converted to Christ but, after a time, goes back into sin.  The ironic thing about it is that there was what appeared to be repentance and a turning from sin.  He began reading the Bible and faithfully attending church.  In some cases he was even given a ministry in the church.  It is some consolation to know that it isn’t something new.  The Apostle Paul indicates that it also happened in the primitive church.  I Timothy 1:19-20 says “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:   Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.”

Those who abandon the good life don’t always do it suddenly.  Sometimes they start walking in a way that takes them into the broad way.  At other times it seems to be abruptly.  What happened?  Every case is different.

I have observed a number of stumbling blocks that have caused people to fall.  I would like to mention some of them.

When it happens to children or young people it could be that their parents are to blame.  Many children and young people have been in our churches.  They have made a decision for Christ and have sat under the teaching of how to live the Christian life.  Unfortunately, if their parents aren’t believers they may be quick to take them out of church if they receive criticism or if church activities interfere with other activities.  The following are some reasons they sometimes have for taking their children out of the church.

*  Sometimes the parents realize that in church their children are being taught to have higher standards than they have.  To avoid the          embarrassment of having lower moral standards than their children do, they take them out of church.

*  At other times parents pull their children out of church on Sunday so they can enroll   them in such things as music classes, dance lessons or athletic teams.

The snare that most often pulls young people away from church is the influence of their peers.  Most young people are vulnerable to peer pressure.  They give in to the temptation to participate in carnal passions.  For many young people, keeping themselves pure, is too great a sacrifice.

Others drop out of church because they have a chance to get a job that requires that they work on Sunday.  They say to themselves, “Why not take a job on Sunday if it will enable me to get the things I want”?

Some leave the good life because they were offended by something someone did or said.  Maybe that person was just trying the help them, but they took it the wrong way.  On the other hand, it may be that they had reason for being hurt, but they weren’t willing to forgive and forget.

Negligence in maintaining a close personal relationship with the Lord is a common reason for abandoning the Christian life.  Our hearts get cold if we don’t discipline ourselves to read the Bible and pray daily.

It is my hope that these lines will be read by those who are a spiritual tragedy.  Friend, if this is your case, I urge you to ask yourself if you have truly, honestly accepted Christ as your Savior.  II Corinthians 13:5 says “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”  If you aren’t sure about your salvation there is still hope.  Right now you can pray and say “Oh God, I thought I was a child of yours, but I haven’t been living like I should.  I now ask you to forgive me and receive me as one of your own.”

If you have departed from the straight and narrow way and have disgraced your church, your Christian friends and your Lord you can ask God to forgive you and restore you to fellowship with him.  Psalm 25:7 says “Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.

I can understand that there is a big rock of offence ahead of you.  It is pride.  You have to admit that you made a mistake; that you are on the wrong road.  You don’t need to go on missing the rich blessings that come from obeying God.  I John 1:9  promises  that God will forgive you and cleanse you.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Don’t go on being a spiritual tragedy.  Forgiveness and restoration can be yours.

 

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