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How To Escape Drifting In Today's Sinful World

'Many good people I know, myself included, feel like our society is drifting further away from God’s principles at an ever increasing, accelerating pace. I’m afraid for our society.

The truth is, I am afraid for myself, too. I am beginning to see compromise and some drifting away from some of the beliefs and values we should hold dear. And it scares me.

Please tell me how to keep myself from drifting.'

A lady sent this to Pastor (Dr.) Roger. His response...

This generation, like no other, is characterized by people who are rewriting the standards for their selfish desires, with no regards for biblical counsels, instructions and warnings.

These days, seldom do we hear the watchword, “Thus says the Lord...” What we hear from many are words like, “Let’s be realistic.”

We are finding less sharp edges and increasingly more rounded corners.

Moral purity, marital commitment, ministerial integrity, issues like abortion and gay marriage, and biblical fidelity are things that are up for grabs to many misguided people.

Our society is drifting away from our godly heritage and is turning its back on God’s dealings with mankind. Salvation is for only willing to live a disciplined life.

Drifting is dangerous. 
The writer to the Hebrews continues in the next two verses:
“Since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?”

Hebrews 5:11-6:6 details another sobering warning:
“...It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen[c] away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.”

Some Reasons That People Drift 
1. A Shallow Work At The Beginning (Mark 4:13-20 And 2 Corinthians 7:10).

John MacArthur encountered a prostitute who said to him, “I need help. Please. I’m desperate.” She was at the bottom. She’d been through the drug scene and wanted to get free. MacArthur shared with her the gospel of Jesus and she prayed to receive Christ.

Then MacArthur said, “Do you have your little black book of contacts with you?”

“Yes.”

“Then let’s just take a match and burn it.”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean just what I said. If you really experienced Jesus’ forgiveness and want him to be your savior, then let’s have a little party and burn the book and praise the Lord.”

“But that book,” she said, “is worth a lot of money.... an awful lot of money.” She paused and then said, “I don’t want to burn my book.” She put it in her purse, looked MacArthur in the eye, and said, “I guess that I really don’t want Jesus, do I?”

And she left.

She made a bad bargain. What she kept for a little while wasn’t worth anything compared to what she could’ve had in Jesus Christ forever.

2. Riches In This World (Psalms 73:3-9, And Proverb 1:32).

3. Inattention To Divine Warnings (Proverbs 29:1 And 1 Kings 13:20-24).

4. Blindness To Relative Values Versus Actual Spiritual Status (Like Laodicea In Revelation 13).

5. Hanging On To Favorites Sins (Ephesians 4:27).

Staying Power: How Not to Drift 
1. Staying power in Christianity is always associated with the experience of giving oneself completely over to Jesus Christ.

Demas had no staying power because Christ had never gotten that deeply into consent Demas.

Think about Paul and Demas. Paul was in with staying power. He could’ve had the simple life as a professor at the University of Jerusalem. He could’ve had all that Rome had to offer; but he set aside all of that and was willing to die for Jesus Christ. Demas was of another sort.

2. Staying power in Christianity is always associated with complete faith that God is still on his throne and is carrying out his plan on the earth.

Of all the maddening things in history, with Nero on his throne and with Paul in his prison, can you think of anything more unlikely than that the gospel for which Paul stood would outlast the mighty Roman Empire.

No matter how 'sweet' sin and sinful lifestyle feels, the end is destruction. The word of the Lord will outlast your feelings and cravings, act wisely.