Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
The duty of the believer is to turn people to Christ. The last commission given to the disciples from Christ was to go and reach the world. When you lead people to Christ, you are turning them from trusting themselves to trusting Christ as their Saviour. The best thing you can do in life is to turn as many people as you can to Christ.
However, many believers are in the turning others around business, but they are turning people away from God’s way because of their negative tongue. The verse above says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…” You will notice that when you go astray, you always turn others away from God. You cannot go astray without taking someone with you. Sadly, though you may come back to God, those you have led astray rarely come back to their own destruction. I would hate to think that my rebellious and selfish actions have turned others away from Christ. Not only do they turn them away from Christ, but I turned them into a way that likely will lead to their destruction. Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” When you turn others to their own way, you are turning them towards the way of death.
Moreover, when you go astray, you don't just turn one person away from God, but you turn many away. God says that we have turned “every one to his own way.” The phrase “every one” shows that there is more than one person that you led astray by going your own way. Let me remind you that you always lead many astray when you choose to go astray.
How do we turn others away? There are several answers to this question. First, you turn others away with your mouth. When you get upset at your church or your pastor, you likely talk negatively to others and turn them away by your gossip. Sadly, your negative talk about your church or pastor poisons those you talk to that will likely cause them to never return to God to their destruction. My friend, you may come back to God, and you should, but those you have poisoned along the way rarely come back. What you say does matter. People often say negative words in a moment of frustration or anger about their church that turns people away forever. It only takes one negative conversation to poison another person’s spirit that turns them away from God to their destruction. If you don't want to poison people with your negative words, then you would be wise never to talk negatively about your church or pastor to others.
Second, you turn others away with your actions. You may not say anything negative to others, but people will follow you as you go astray. You are influencing someone, and turning away and thinking that others will not find out is foolish thinking. Your absence from church is noticed, and a weaker believer will follow your example to their own hurt.
My friend, make your life about turning people to Christ and not away from Christ with poisonous words about your church or pastor. Instead of speaking poisonous words, speak the words of life that turn people to Christ and His way and you will never have to regret your words or actions turning others away from Christ and His way.