[My] brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another [person] brings him back [to God], Let the [latter] one be sure that whoever turns a sinner from his evil course will save [that one’s] soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins [procure the pardon of the many sins committed by the convert].” –James 5:19-20 Amplified Bible
Many believers have strayed from the truth and have fallen into error. Why? In part because many have come under the influence, to one degree or another, of churches whose core teachings and practices are far removed from what the Bible declares. In their attempts to become seeker friendly and relevant to a wicked self-centered culture these churches have offered “another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” Galatians 1: 6b-7
A simple test: Study the gospels, The Book of Acts and the epistles very closely. Then take a good look at the church you are currently attending, if you are attending one. Is it lined up to or far removed from the Word of God? How are they conducting their operations? What is their real agenda? And what is yours?
Are the preachers you listen to false prophets full of seducing spirits and doctrines of demons (I Timothy 4:1-2)? Are they communicating a vision of their own hearts not from the Lord (Jeremiah 14:14; 23:14-17)? Are they turning your ears from the truth to fables (II Timothy 4:3-4)? Or are they humble, gracious, loving men and women courageously preaching and living the straightforward, wonderful gospel of grace which powerfully enables them and you to live victoriously, not to excuse or condone sin and stay helplessly under its awful power?
Our nation is paying an enormous price at every level because of our ignorance and rebellion against of God’s Word. Most of our churches have not rightly divided and have oftentimes blatantly rejected the word of truth. Tradition has replaced truth. We prefer our ideas to God’s, our agenda to His. How then can we turn sinners from their evil course if we ourselves are caught in a web of error?
Jesus Christ came to serve, to seek and to save the lost, to save sinners, to destroy the works of the devil (Matthew 20:28; 18:11; I Timothy 1:15; I John 3:8). When was the last time Jesus helped you really get through to a sinner to the point where he or she turned from their deadly course, the powers of darkness over their lives are broken and they come to enjoy living in God’s pardoning mercy and amazing grace?
Saving someone from eternal death in the lake of fire is God’s main agenda. It is to be ours as well. Has God’s main agenda been your missing agenda? If so, find it fast and get it done!
“It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor). So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness]. –II Corinthians 5:19-21 Amplified Bible