A faithful CLCer writes, “I have a friend that used to be on fire for the Lord. She now says she believes in God, but not the White man’s Jesus. She speaks of this African ‘voudom’ that she says early white Americans demonized to ‘voodoo’ to push Jesus on black slaves. She writes mean things about us now on Facebook. I recently asked her if she still had her Bibles and if I could have it. She responded that she had a Bible she would give me. I asked. ”is it the one you have all your notes and highlights in?” She said, “oh no you cannot have that one.” I smiled and thought ‘right, she doesn’t want to give up her Good Word of knowledge and revelation’. What would cause a person to leave what gave them life and happiness? I don’t understand this.”
Sad. But a very valid question, because probably all of us have known individuals who once walked with the Lord but are far from Him today. Obviously, I cannot answer with any certainty about your friend specifically, but I can give you several possibilities:
- actually, this one is a certainty: she has been deceived. As always, the problem with deception is that when you’re in it, you don’t realize it! The Bible speaks of ‘seducing spirits’ (KJV) - 1Tim. 4:1, which sounds clearly to be the case with your friend. Certainly some people go astray because of demonic influence that deceives them.
- Paul also warned the Ephesian elders that false teachers would arise to ‘distort the truth’ (Acts 20:29-32), specifically to draw a following. I’ve lived long enough to see those verses fulfilled by misguided teachers who were more interested in having people follow them than in teaching truth from God’s Word.
- Some people who once walked with God turn away because they love the things of this world more than the one to come. See 2Tim. 4:10.
- Some Christians just get weary of resisting sin, & eventually walk away (Heb 12:3-5; Matthew 24:11-12)
It saddens us to reflect on these things, and especially the memory of our fellowship with people who once walked closely with the Lord – but there is one protection for all of us, and that is to fall so deeply and completely in love with Jesus that NOTHING could ever separate us from Him (Rom. 8:38)
Can you think of other reasons that would cause someone to walk away from Christ? If so, leave a comment below, please-
Hope this helps a bit. Now, what would YOU like to Ask the Pastor?