Summary: The Bible warns about Christians falling away. This sermon helps believers to stay focused on Christ and not drift away.
Fix Our Eyes on Christ- How Not to Dift Away
by Sidney Yuan
The title of today’s sermon is Fix Our Eyes on Christ, with the subtitle of How not to Drift Away. The Scripture is taken from the book of Colossians Chapter one, verse 14 to 20. Can Christians really drift away in our faith? The Bible clearly warns about Christians falling away or drifting away. The following are just a few examples.
2 Peter 2:20-22- For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
Christians are a group of people called out or separated out by God from this polluted world. The word holy means to separate out. The Apostle Peter said it is possible for someone to be separated out from this polluted world and be entangled in it again, and turn from the holy commandment.
Hebrews 6:4-6: For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
The author of Hebrews said it is possible for someone to be enlightened, to taste the heavenly gift and good word of God, and even become a partaker of the Holy Spirit, and yet fall away. For these people, it is not possible to renew them, for doing so it means to crucify Jesus again and put Him to an open shame.
Hebrews 10:26-29- For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will He be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
The author of Hebrews said that if we sin willfully, then we trample the Son of God under our feet and we don’t value the covenant Jesus established with His blood, and we would insult the Spirit of grace.
Since the Bible clearly warns about apostasy, it’s definitely possible to drift away or fall away. A Calvinist would say that it’s not possible for a true believer to lose his salvation. Thus anyone who falls away or drifts away, must have never believed in the first place. An Armenian on the other hand says that it’s possible for a person to drift away in faith and even lose his salvation. There is only one problem with either argument, we don’t know whether the person in question truly believed in the first place or not. We have no way of knowing who is a true believer and who is not. However, what we do know is whether we ourselves are truly saved or not. Brothers and Sisters in my old church were very curious and surprised to hear me say that we can know if we are truly saved. They asked me how can one know if one is truly saved. The answer is given in today’s sermon, How not to Drift Away.