Departing Before the Departure

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1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”

Bad habits always lead to bad actions. The verse above says that in the latter times “some shall depart from the faith.” This does not say that they were never in the faith, but that they were in the faith and they departed. In other words, there was a time before they departed from the faith that they believed what was right. These who departed from the faith believed in holiness, the inspiration and preservation of the King James Bible, soul winning, running buses to reach the lost, and Sunday school to mention a few things.

However, a couple of things happened that caused them to depart from the faith. First, they gave heed to things they should have never given heed to. In other words, they looked at and considered the wrong information. They had no business considering anything else other than the Word of God. Many have made the statement that you can take in the good but spit out the bones, but those who make these types of statements are those who have choked on the bones of compromise. If you never give heed to the wrong information, you’ll never do what the wrong information says.

Several years ago, a friend of mine wanted me to watch a video of a man teaching that the rapture didn't take place before the Great Tribulation. I told my friend that I didn't need to look at this because I had already settled from God’s Word that the rapture happens before the Great Tribulation. He said to me that if we watched it, we would know better how to argue against this false doctrine. He watched the video, and today is no longer serving God. What happened? He gave heed to the wrong things. You will always give heed to the wrong information before you depart from the faith.

Second, they got used to departing. In other words, instead of staying where they should have been, they got used to jumping around. My friend, jumping from church to church is a dangerous habit to establish because it gets you used to departing, which will make it easier one day to depart from the faith. If you don't want to depart from the faith, then stay where the faith is believed, practiced, and spread. Stop jumping all the time to something better. Before a person has departed from the faith, they got used to departing from their walk with God and prayer time. Before a person has departed from the faith, they got used to departing from their church responsibilities. Before a person has departed from the faith, they got used to departing from their bus route, teaching their Sunday school class, and church services.

If you don’t want to be the one who has departed from the faith, then never allow yourself to depart. In other words, STAY! Don't distance yourself from doing what is right. Don't withdraw from the church and the duties you are supposed to do. The people who have departed from the faith simply departed one too many times, and they eventually left the faith. You cannot get used to departing and think that you won't one day consider departing to something that is “easier.” Let me challenge you to get over the departing habit. Instead of distancing yourself from what you are supposed to do, draw closer to what you are supposed to do. You will never depart from the faith if you never depart. If you never consider the exit door from the faith, you will never walk through it and depart from the faith.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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