Summary: Using an important historical event in our nation as the illustration, this sermon deals with the dangers of allowing ourselves to be tempted with the things of this world.

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Could You Become Another Demas?

2 Timothy 4:1-10

1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:

2Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;

4and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

5But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

6For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.

7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

9Be diligent to come to me quickly;

10for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica--Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.

It is a beautiful Fall day in 1962 and the sun is shining on an Air Force base runway in southern Florida. The silence of the scene is interrupted as a long-winged plane touches down on the runway and taxies to the hanger. A thousand planes a day go through this same routine, but this one plane’s payload is different from all the others. Its payload is just a few rolls of film, but the information on that film will shape the events of the world. It will shift the balance of power in the world. The film is transported to a top-secret laboratory and developed. It is sent to the Pentagon and then to the Oval Office in the White House.

One of the most upsetting burdens about being a pastor...

is watching people drop out of church.

Spiritual defection occurs when someone

abandons the Church and the people

that have been a part of fellowship and friendship for them.

It is a cycle that has been repeated over and over again

and it will continue to be this way until the Rapture occurs.

It begins with something called "backsliding".

Point #1

Backsliding Can Happen To You.

People backslide gradually.

Like descending a stairway, they go down step by step.

It’s not something that happens all at once!

It begins with little concessions, little acceptances,

little indulgences, choosing to do what others are doing.

Sin is a powerful force.

Yet, it seldom comes at us like a charging bull.

Gently and slowly it seeks its way into the heart.

It hardens the heart day by day.

The person is usually unaware of the change that is going on.

I have had some friends who were greatly involved in the church!

They loved God with all of their hearts !

But some little thing began to grow in their hearts.

Ultimately, it totally separated them from God and the Church.

Spiritual defectors will be part of any church that exists.

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