This will be the horrible end of many who are sitting under the preaching of today’s ‘easy grace’ (so-called) gospel, and taking it to heart:

‘For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, THE LATTER END IS WORSE WITH THEM THAN THE BEGINNING*. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.’ (2 Peter 2:18-21)

*The Holy Spirit brings CONVICTION (which FEELS like condemnation) when we sin. But after sitting under these teachers long enough, people become EMBOLDENED to sin, and they learn to ignore the conviction of the Holy Spirit. They become bold, shameless sinners who still believe they are saved and headed for glory!!

Be VERY careful whose teaching you heed! Many will lull you into complacency over sin, leading you to believe that it is no big deal. But make no mistake: sin KILLS!! A good teacher/preacher should warn you of this OFTEN.

‘For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, TURNING THE GRACE OF OUR GOD INTO LASCIVIOUSNESS, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (Jude 1:4)

‘They PROFESS that they know God; BUT IN WORKS THEY DENY [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.’ (Titus 1:16)

Do not let these men captivate and bewitch you with their charm and charisma. They make very entertaining speakers and they allure through the lusts of the flesh. Eating the ‘diet’ they feed you will starve your spirit and feed your carnal man, making it stronger than ever. Listening to them for an hour every Sunday can undo all the spiritual discipline you have applied throughout the week . . . all the spiritual progress you have made towards being conformed to the image of Christ in godliness and holiness. (And even worse, if you sit under their teaching every time the church doors are open.) Allowing them to lead you will cause you to backslide.

Be VERY sure that whoever is leading you is preaching the FULL counsel of God. Be sure that they are qualified to be a church ‘leader’ or teacher (Read 1 Timothy 3). Pray for discernment!!