Vomit-Loving ‘Christians’

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go to Hell.

Yes, I am a Christian. I have been convicted, have repented, have been saved, etc. And I believe in the certainty and security of God’s loving, redeeming, and saving work in my life. But, while there is security in Christ, there is no security in sin.

Consider the words of Saint Peter in his second epistle (2:20-22):

For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.

It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.” (NASB)

Peter, of course, is talking in the immediate context about the so-called ‘false prophets’ of his day, who, knowing the gospel, pervert it with their destructive heresies (2:1), denial of authority (2:1), pursuit of sensuality and lust (2:2), and greediness (2:3). But the essence of this lesson is that, regardless of what you believe about Christian ‘security,’ the fact remains that no one is safe in sin. In fact, it appears as though the level of punishment for the sinner is directly proportionate to his/her knowledge and experience of grace. Yikes! That’s a terrifying prospect.

Too often I think Christians live any way they want to just because they have experienced ‘salvation.’ Sure, we have to at least try to live godly lives, but, after all, who’s perfect? All that matters is that God is our heavenly Father and we can always find forgiveness in Him. Right?

Well, God is our Father. And, like a loving Father does, He forgives. But there is a huge difference between those who live their whole lives in Christ and err verses those who live in deliberate willful sin and presume upon God’s grace. I, for one, do not want to presume anything. Assurance? Yes. Security? Yes. But not in sin.

So let this be a lesson for all of us. Seek holiness with all of your being. Do not be content in sin, for “the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (3:10). With this in mind, what kind of lives ought we to live? Godly lives of holy conduct and godliness (3:11); spotless and blameless (3:14); growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus day by day (3:18).

I don’t want to be a vomit-loving Christian who’s going to Hell because I desired the flesh instead of God’s holiness. I take these warnings literally and seriously. What about you?

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