When Christians Play With Fire

When Christians Play With Fire

We all know that when we play with fire we can get burned; we might even die as a result. But why is it that there are Christians who play with fire?

Bible Verse: James 1:15 (NKJV)

“Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

Reflection and Challenge

Disobedience gives birth to death, not life. For a sin to mature may take years; however, when it does, the result will be death. This progression to death is an inevitable result that the enemy (Satan) always tries to hide from us, but we should never be deceived about.

If we would only believe in God’s Word and envision this final tragedy, we would not yield to temptation.

The world is burning. Anyone with half a brain can see that evil is rampant throughout the world and it is totally consuming the world. That is to be expected since the world enjoys their sin. They don’t realize they are hurting themselves and will end up in hell if they don’t repent.

When Christians Play with Fire

But that is not the real problem. The real problem is lightless and saltless Christians. You’re probably thinking those are not even words. You would be right.

Well, Paul made up words in the New Testament too. So I am in good company. That is why I use them; use them for emphasis. Lightless, saltless Christians are oxymorons. They should not exist. There are too many so-called Christians that live oxymoronic lives.

*Related Article: Death Penalty for Sin, Eternal Life in Christ

Nominal and Carnal Christians

Are there such nominal and carnal Christians? It is true that all Christians are still sinners and they will struggle with sin, but I am referring to the completely ineffective “so-called’ Christians that claim God but don’t live the way they should.

People call me judgmental for questioning whether these type of individuals are even born again because the Bible says there will be evidence of salvation (Matthew 7:15-20). As a born again Christian, we are going to live like it. We don’t get to claim to be a follower of God while enjoying our sin.

When Christians Play with Fire

God saved us to change us into His image. Holier, sinless, righteous and exhibiting a changed life. As much as sin is consuming this world, it will also burn weak Christians. Sin is a choice. We choose to play with fire.

This is a personal matter between you and God though. God does not teach a church or pastor to give us a laundry list of standards. Your personal standard of holiness, that is going to change over time is just that PERSONAL.

Pastors have no business telling you how to live. The Holy Spirit is our only perfect, unbiased guide. All people are biased toward their personal standards. That means we need to be in tune with the Holy Spirit when most aren’t.

Final Thoughts

Satan’s strategy in temptation is to convince believers that the pursuit of their corrupt desires will somehow produce life and goodness for them. So in order to effectively resist the deceptions of temptation, we must always remember that Satan only comes to kill, steal and to destroy (John 10:10).

We all struggle with sin. We all need this reminder occasionally. We all need to talk to God about it. Why not talk to Him now?


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3 Replies to “When Christians Play With Fire”

  1. The false notion that vaccines are the mark of the beast and the many Christians clinging to the Qanon movement. They cling to a movement that claims to bring unity, when in fact, they are promoting idolatry and a false narrative that nearly costed our democracy.

    They are worshipping a man who lies and plots evil while claiming to be children of God. Then, they reserve to fearmongering to discourage others from getting vaccinated, yet they say they are loving their neighbors, and acting in faith.

    Do you see how this is putting God to the test? Yet, many are blinded by these lies at the expense of selfish gain. And those same people who lean on these lies participated in an insurrection to ensure that their false prophecies would come true.

    Did it work? No! This is how many Christians are deceived by Satan.

    Here is a link to something I wrote debunking the false claim that vaccines are the mark of the beast.
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s2vQ0Q59pFfI5_oqNtP6yfk5kcwB6XhvDyVyJZUh3Es/edit?usp=drivesdk

    We should test the spirits, and search for the truth, and not cling to lies that would satisfy the flesh. This is how Satan is deceiving the masses.

  2. Good Morning Michael,

    My name is Maia, and I recently joined this website three weeks ago. Thank you for this gut-wrenching message. I completely agree with you.

    As I read your first sentence, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Genesis 3. Since the beginning of time, Satan has enticed man to join in the “fun” of sin, and will omit the consequences of death in the process, even at the expense of your soul! You see this pattern in America today.

    Many Christians are yielding to conspiracy theories to gain hope of a brighter future in the face of bloodshed and economic disparity. There is so much division and hatred in our communities because of the crafty plan that Satan is fulfilling before our eyes. Yet, many fail to see this!! We need more people who are willing to expose these clever plots against the light so that we may not ignore his schemes.

    Two weeks ago, I saw an article that revealed that less than a quarter of Christians believe in the existence of Satan, yet they claim they believe in the supernatural realm. How does this even make sense to any Christian who longs to walk with CHRIST?!?!?

    That’s like saying there is smoke, but no such thing as fire. This is backward! The flames may look glorious to see visually, but do you REALLY want to chance it and get burned, spiritually speaking?

    I pray that you will continue to grow in your faith, and share the love of God with others in this dark season. Many will be blinded and deceived and will yield to Satan’s smooth-saying words.

    Let’s stay strong and fight the good fight. Also, check out this article that explains three signs that one is deceived by Satan. Are you one of them?
    https://www.christiantoday.com/article/3.signs.youre.already.being.deceived.by.the.enemy/106100.htm

    Please get vaccinated if you haven’t already, and cling to Jesus in this season of testing!

    “Beloved, don’t believe every spirit but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this, you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, And every spirit who doesn’t confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of whom you have heard that it comes.

    Now it is in the world already. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He [Jesus] who is in you than he [Satan] who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God listens to us. He who is not of God doesn’t listen to us. By this, we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error (1 John 4:1-6).

    Finally, consider these thought-provoking lines I wrote in a poem titled “Satan’s Pulpit.” I will provide a link to the text below.

    This is a rebuke directly toward the false ministers in church during the pandemic.

    “O, ministers! You have deceived God’s people. You teach doctrines of devils and prophecies of false prophets! Because of this, you have joined the mission to build Satan’s pulpit! Because you have joined in this foolish mission, you have become a force of division amongst peoples.

    The Spirit is not holy, faith is dry. The people are baptized in foul water. O, false preachers! Why have you passed down your pencils so that your peoples rewrite the Truth?”

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mKUy7hNvYTnOWF0L2XSHf2_O3aT55uNCecYHoNSQ7Zk/edit?usp=drivesdk

    Standing Strong against the Kingdom of Satan! 🙂

    1. Hello Maia,

      Thank you for the comment.

      I was curious to know what conspiracy theories do you believe Christians are being deceived by? And why the comment about being vaccinated? It has very little to do with being deceived by Satan.

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