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STOWELL: HOW PEOPLE GO ASTRAY


Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, in his book, Following Christ, asks the question:


HOW DO PEOPLE GO SO FAR ASTRAY SPIRITUALLY?


The question was prompted when Dr. Stowell read an article given to him from the local paper the about Tom Wilson who died, gunned down as a member of a Neo-Nazi gang.


Tom had grown up in the church he of which he was now the Pastor


• Active in the youth group


• Professed Christ as Savior and was Baptized


• He was "A very good student and won many points for faithful memory work, lesson completion, and attendance" according to his fourth-grade Sunday School Teacher.


How did he fall so far?


"That first step was, more probably, a choice to not listen to

the voice of the Spirit, to love his lusts more than Christ, or to

choose a friend who encouraged his stepping off the path. This sad story of a life inflicting incredible damage on the Name of Christ was played out, not by momentary, cataclysmic departure, but by the gradual erosion of a commitment to be a fully devoted follower of Christ."


Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, Following Christ, pg. 154


JOE STOWELL ASKS:


Who among us has not gone astray and indulged our flesh in some manor?

Who among us has not taken a detour after a driving ambition?

Who among us has not flirted in their mind with adultery?

Who among us has not risked stepping beyond the parameters of what is right?


WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT THE DANGER OF OVERCONFIDENCE


The Bottom Line:


So, if you think you are standing firm,

be careful that you don’t fall!

1 Cor 10:12 NIV


(From a sermon by Rick Finitzer, Watch Out for Ambushes, 10/28/2009)

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