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Endurance, 7/25/16

Many who were once genuinely born again believers are beginning now to allow themselves to fall away from the true faith in the true gospel. They are following false doctrines like Seven Mountains and Preterism.  They are following false spiritual leaders, especially the pope, who is the false prophet of the book of Revelation, and his message of false unity.  This has been prophesied for nearly 2000 years now and we will see it grow, indeed it is gaining momentum at a shocking rate:

1 Timothy 4:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Great Apostasy
4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

2 Thessalonians 2:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

This will happen because they did not love the truth:

2 Thessalonians 2:10
and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

So then the answer and the way to avoid losing our salvation, like they will do if they do not repent, is to Love the Truth and Fear The Lord.  We must also be willing to divest ourselves of any relationship with anyone who doesn't do so as well.  So don't let go of the truth for anyone or anything.  Only by knowing and defending the truth can we be saved and set free:

John 8:32
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

These believers who abandon the faith will persecute those of us who do not.  So we will need to be strong and purpose in our hearts to cling to the truth no matter what kind of Persecution and Suffering for Righteousness we face.  If we endure, we will be given the crown of life:

Revelation 2:10
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Jesus and the promise of sonship is worth the suffering:

Romans 8:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

So let's endure the suffering for a few years so that we may enjoy the glory of all of eternity.  God bless you.

Steve Pursell, 7/25/16