Never Draw Back
By Pastor J.D. Link
I encourage you to read Hebrews 10:23-39. Verse 38 says, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” The book of Hebrews was written as a warning to Jewish Christians to not go back to Judaism. It has a general application to all of those who have called themselves Christians, and then turned their back on Jesus. This is called apostasy. Those who become apostate trample Jesus under their feet; count His precious blood an unholy thing; and insult the Spirit of grace. The only thing left for them is a fearful, wrathful fiery judgment of Almighty God (Heb 10:26-31). For them, there is no more sacrifice for sins.
In Heb. 10:23-25, We are told to hold firm our profession of faith, for He (God) is faithful who promised. God is faithful to His word. He cannot fail. It is absolute truth. Never draw back. Draw closer everyday to Jesus. Don’t even allow the thought of turning from Him to stay in your mind for a second. We are not to forsake assembling together as Believers. Rather, we are to call each other near to God and build up and encourage each other in the truth. We are to provoke each other to love and good works. This is one of the many important reasons we go to church. The assembly of the ecclesia (church) is God’s idea. Some Christians won’t go to church because of the “hypocrites”. Well, aren’t they the hypocrites, for staying home and disobeying Hebrews 10:25? Church needs to be all the more important, as we see the day of the Lord drawing closer. Unfortunately, often the importance of the church only increases as persecution does. However, it should always have top priority.
We must be vigilant and on guard against apostasy. In the last days, there will come a great falling away (apostasy) (2Thess 2:3). Some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in deceit; and having their conscience seared with a hot iron (no longer sensitive to the Holy Spirit) (1Tim 4:1-2). These types generally reject the deity of Jesus; the person of the Holy Spirit; the virgin birth; the bodily resurrection of Jesus; eternal judgment; Heaven and Hell; and other foundational truth.
In the last days, dangerous times will come; for men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, without self control, savage, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, conceited, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. They have an appearance of godliness, but reject the power of God. From such, we are to turn away. Such types prey on weak and silly women, overcome with sins, who are always “searching for truth”, but never finding it. The enemy must be driven away, as Adam should have driven the serpent away from Eve. (2Tim 3:1-7).
We must be aware, that evil men and seducers shall become worse and worse; deceiving, and being deceived. However, we must continue in the things which we have learned and have been assured of (God’s Word). If we stay in the Word, we’ll be safe. The preacher must preach, convince, rebuke, call near with all patience and doctrine. Sadly, the time will come (perhaps is here) when people will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, wanting their ears tickled. They shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto myths and lies (2Tim 3:13-14, 4:2-4).
In the last days. There will be scoffers, mocking the return of Jesus, and those who look for Him (2Pt 3:3-4). These mockers separate themselves from the church, because they are carnal and have not the Spirit (Jude 1:17-19). If we don’t love the truth, we will not be saved. We will be deceived, believe lies and be condemned to Hell; because we didn’t love the truth, but took pleasure in unrighteousness (2Thess 2:10-12).
These are stern but necessary warnings for the church – especially in the day we live. We must call to remembrance our first love (Heb 10:32-34, Rev 2:4-5), and stir ourselves up if we have grown cold or delusional. We must remember that there are great and eternal rewards in Heaven that await us, so don’t turn from the faith (Heb 10:35). We must patiently endure in this present evil age, doing God’s will – then the promise shall come. Make no mistake, Jesus is coming back to this earth. There is no shadow of a doubt (vs. 36-37). We must therefore watch in faith, and be vigilant. Never draw back! Draw ever closer to the Savior! Don’t draw back into destruction, but believe to the saving of the soul (vs. 38-39). Selah.