In the Bible, hundreds of curses are placed on backsliders. They are cursed in the city and in the field. Their baskets and storehouses, children, crops, flock, herds, land, etc are cursed. They are cursed when they go out and come in (Deut 28:15-28). God also promised in the scriptures to pluck the disobedient ones and blot out their names from the book of life (Ex. 32:33); destroy them (Jer. 12:170); Give up men who once knew Him (Rom. 1:21-32); refuse to hear them when they call upon Him (Isa. 1:4-15); cut off all who sin (Mal. 2:12); hew down and cast them into fire (Jn 15:1-6).
These are a tip of the iceberg about what God had promised to do in dealing with backsliders and apostates. Should we, therefore, be comfortable seeing someone who was once a member of the body of Christ sliding into a bottomless pit and hell fire? No, never! This is what James is saying here. It is our duty to see that fellow brothers and sisters not only remain in Christ to avert God’s punishment but also those who have been snatched by Satan into its den are rescued and brought back into the fold like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).
It is sad enough that this vital duty which Jesus Christ asked us to continue to do until His second coming has been relegated to the background in the church today. The general thing in our church today is to keep aloof whenever a member is not seen in church for weeks or months. We care less to look for him or her, unlike the new generation churches; though many of them are after numbers, fame and money.
Finally, let all of us rise to the occasion to bring all our one- time brothers and sisters, who have erred, back into the fold. It is always a herculean task trying to take a bone from a dog or to take a backslider from the hold of Satan. But, with prayers and fasting, this can be done with ease as soldiers of Christ. Go out today and win souls for Christ.
Psalm 62:5 “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”
The All knowing God, hedge me around with your unfailing fire and love at all times. Don’t allow the wiles of the enemy to draw me away from You, Lord, for in Jesus’ Mighty name I have prayed. Amen
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