By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
A castaway is one who has rejected their inner moral conscience; having strayed from the truths of God's Word. Other influences have intervened diverting one's moral compass towards acceptance of the previously unacceptable. (Comment)
Many ministries have become a castaway, rather than a continued influence, with the growing trend of acceptance of a secular society, instead of maintaining biblical standards. The influx of worldliness has enticed many from previous held convictions.
There is growing acceptance of worldly standards that are attempting to outweigh godly values established in God's Word. The persuasive methods of the serpent, in the Garden of Eden, utilized by Satan as a tool, are still very much in evidence today!
Scripture reveals that in the last days perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1). The last days began with the birth of Christ and will be finalized with His return to earth to set up His kingdom. The prediction of perilous times denotes what will come in the final days of the church age:
Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, fierce, despisers of those that are good, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:2-4).
One could readily elaborate on each of these characteristics, that are already present, which would bring one to being a castaway; rather than a follower of God! Scripture tells of those who will have a form of godliness; but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5). A form of godliness is mere religion without power or spiritual life. The church, in many Western nations, have evolved into such because of forsaking a walk with God that would have prevented such from taking place.
We live in a world in which many are fast becoming of a pagan nature; having allowed the corrupt nature of the world to dominate, rather than that of godliness.
Scripture reveals that God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemning them with destruction, making them an example to those that afterward should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). It is unfortunate that we are seeing the ungodliness of Sodom and Gomorrah arise again, out of those ashes, with even more ugliness, and ungodliness, that far surpassed the sins of those cities!
Such is no longer done in shame but widely proclaimed with pride; as well as demanding acceptance, by a society that is in itself becoming ungodly in nature. Scripture reveals: Professing themselves to be wise, they become fools. Wherefore, God gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own bodies between themselves (Romans 1:22-24).
The apostle Paul instructed Timothy, a young evangelist, to hold fast to faith, and a good conscience; which some having rejected concerning the faith, have suffered shipwreck (1 Timothy 1:19). Such action would usher in a time when one would not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts they shall turn away their ears from the truth (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
We are seeing a growing indifference to God's Word because it is no longer promulgated, as it once was, under the power and demonstration of God's Spirit. Sometime prior to his death, General Booth of the Salvation army, uttered this significant prophecy:
I consider that the chief dangers that confront the coming century will be Religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; Forgiveness without regeneration; Morality without God; and Heaven without Hell.
We are seeing the fulfillment of this prophecy! There is a devilment being unleashed as that of Pandora's Box. In Greek mythology a story is told of a box sent by the gods to Pandora, which she was forbidden to open. She opened the box out of curiosity that loosened a swarm of evils upon mankind: a prolific source of troubles.
Many are no longer tuned into the instructive Word of God falling into the category of being a castaway. Scripture tells of those who have crept in unnoticed, ungodly men, turning the grace of God into lasciviousness (or a license towards immorality) (Jude 1:4).
Jude wanted to warn his readers of the cost of becoming a castaway; as that of Sodom and Gomorrah (previously mentioned), and the cities round about them, in like manner, who gave themselves over to fornication (or sexual immorality), and going after strange flesh (or homosexuality), and were set forth, as an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire (Jude 1:5-7).
The sin identified in Jude's day has exploded in vast portions since that day. There is an influx of ungodliness that has far surpassed yesteryear. There is a growth of such that should awaken Christians to its reality; those who have not become a castaway to the truth.
God's Word ensures salvation to the believer in Christ; who walks uprightly in accordance with God's Word. Such will never be a castaway, or shipwrecked, in faith; unless one allows the influence of this world, and sin, to reign in their life, without repentance (Romans 6:29).
Scripture reveals: If any man sin, we have an advocate (or intercessor) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation (or atonement) for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1-2).
Thank God, one is no longer a castaway, or shipwrecked, but on a steady course towards a heavenly gain through Jesus being one's Lord and Savior! God equips us, through His anointed Word, of His Spirit, and His Son, to see us through all the trials of life, to be sons and daughters in Him (2 Corinthians 6:18).
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