This posting is about how family members will betray each other, the deceptions of false teachings and beliefs, and the denial of Christian Faith. We all know the story of Judas betraying Jesus and Peter denying him.
It is never easy when your own family members tell you to be quiet and not share the truth. What makes this worse in the eyes of the Lord, is when they verbally confess to no longer believe in Jesus Christ as their personal savior after they have known and preached the truth.
Many of our family members, friends and neighbors have already labeled us as “Nut Jobs”, “Prophets of Doom”, “Jesus Freaks” and some will even say we are “Obsolete” since we don’t believe in the garbage being spewed out by Government, False Preachers, Media and the Elites of society. Many will gladly turn us in when Christianity becomes illegal!
Some of our family members may even say that we are no longer “part of the family” because of our firm beliefs in the teachings of Jesus Christ. We must always forgive them, no matter what they do or say. Remember what Jesus said:
Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided His clothes and cast lots.
“Backsliding” or turning away from the truth is one thing, but to totally renounce your Christian Faith in front of other people, is one way to seal your fate in Hell. You can still be saved if you have done this, but you must go before our Lord and Savior and ask for forgiveness. You don’t get a “once saved always saved” ticket out of Hell. Waiting until the Lord returns or you die, will make sure you get bound for the Lake of Fire for all eternity! Our heavenly father is not to blame when someone goes to hell, he gives us choices. He loves us so much, he sent his only son to die for our sins and give us eternal life with him.
2 Peter 2:21
For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy command delivered to them.
We must hold onto the truth, be washed in the blood of the lamb and repent from our sins often.
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He that believeth in Him is not condemned; but He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
In the same way, the victor will be dressed in white clothes, and I will never erase his name from the book of life but will acknowledge his name before My Father and before His angels.
Many of us have already faced the decision to walk away from family members and friends. We can’t force them to repent or believe. If any of them have silenced us, it may indeed be time to say goodbye to them. We are always to forgive, love and pray for them, but we can’t deny our faith! It’s not healthy to stay in relationships where we have to wear masks, just to make others comfortable. If we keep putting on masks when it comes to our faith, we would all be no different then Peter when he denied knowing Jesus.
21 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will even rise up against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.
12 Then brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise up against parents and put them to death. 13 And you will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.
16 You will even be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will kill some of you. 17 You will be hated by everyone because of My name, 18 but not a hair of your head will be lost. 19 By your endurance gain your lives.
2 Timothy 2:11-13
8 Keep your attention on Jesus Christ as risen from the dead and descended from David. This is according to my gospel. 9 I suffer for it to the point of being bound like a criminal, but God’s message is not bound. 10 This is why I endure all things for the elect: so that they also may obtain salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 This saying is trustworthy: For if we have died with Him, we will also live with Him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us;
13 if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
DECEPTION & TRUTH
Titus 1:10 For there are also many rebellious people, full of empty talk and deception, especially those from Judaism
2 Peter 1:3-11
3 His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. 4 By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, 6 knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, 7 godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. 11 For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.
12 Watch out, brothers, so that there won’t be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that departs from the living God. 13 But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.
1 John 4:3-6
2 This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. 3 But every spirit who does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; you have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now.
2 John 1:4-10
4 I was very glad to find some of your children walking in the truth, in keeping with a command we have received from the Father. 5 So now I urge you, dear lady—not as if I were writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love. 7 Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves so you don’t lose what we have worked for, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching but goes beyond it, does not have God. The one who remains in that teaching, this one has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home, and don’t say, “Welcome,” to him; 11 for the one who says, “Welcome,” to him shares in his evil works.
Mark 8:38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”