Danger of Drifting
By M. Norvel Young
If you have ever been in a boat in a stream you are aware of how easy it is to drift with the current. Such drifting is very deceptive. Before you know it you are a long way from where you started.
This tendency to drift is also found in religion. Even before ‘the New Testament was completed the Holy Spirit was warning the Galatian Christians in these words: “0 foolish Galatians, who did bewitch you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly set forth crucified?”
“I marvel that you are so quickly removing from him that called you in the grace of Christ unto a different gospel; which is not another gospel; only there are some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be anathema (accursed). Galatians 1.
Each generation must re-examine its course in the light of the Bible. It is so easy to drift from the pure Christianity which was revealed in the first century through Christ and His apostles. But as long as we have the pattern set forth in the New Testament we can restore it in any generation and in any part of the world.
We urge you to go to Christ and find His will for you revealed in the inspired New Testament. Compare what you have received by tradition with the fresh, clear, dynamic words of Holy Scripture. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Jesus Christ wants you to be a Christian. He wants His church to be pure in doctrine, in organization, in life. “The word is the seed of His kingdom.” Let that word dwell in your heart and produce the same kind of fruit in your life that it produced in the lives of Christians 19 centuries ago. Beware of drifting away from the purity of New Testament Christianity! It is important what you believe. It is important how you live. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such there is no law” (Gal. 5).
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