WHY Some FALL AWAY
Several have cast aside their eternal life just recently. They are
headed straight toward the lake of fire! Read this article and avoid the
frightening mistakes they have made.
by L. Leroy Neff
HERE is a stern warning for God's Church today. In the last
few months some few -- just as Jesus prophesied -- have fallen away.
That ought to put fear and trembling in each one of us -- lest we also let
slip this ONE opportunity of eternal life.
It is no strange thing when people who have been a part of God's
Church for years fall away. It happened in post-apostolic days (II
These individuals who departed would not have believed a year or
two ago that they would make such a horrible mistake and cut themselves off
from God -- BUT THEY DID!
There were warning signs during the past months and years that
they COULD HAVE SEEN. They could have prevented this. But they
purposely disregarded these signs until it may now be too late.
Many are letting the cares of this world, the problems of
physical life, and the lusts of the flesh separate them from the goal of
What About You?
Are you still striving with your whole might to enter that
Kingdom? Or have you, LIKE SOME OF THESE, GROWN "WEARY IN WELL
Some of you are DISQUALIFYING YOURSELVES RIGHT NOW from ever
receiving that wonderful reward!
Some of you who have been attending services in God's Church are
really NOT a part of the true "body of Christ" any longer. You are
NOT really a part of this Church, the Church of God. Others of you have never
been made a real part of the true "body of Christ."
Just because you are with God's Church physically, does not mean
you are a part of that spiritual organism the TRUE CHURCH which is carrying on
the work of God.
Some -- who have been a part of the Church in the past -- already
have put themselves out because of DISOBEDIENCE. Others of you are on
very shaky ground and may be rejected by Christ EVEN NOW! This does not
apply only to those who have been attending our local services. Others
of you have come to God's festivals, or you may never have come to God's
festivals, and yet you believe you are a part of this Church, when you may not
You Can't "Join" God's Church
We do not "join" the body of Christ. God makes us
a part of it through His Holy Spirit after COMPLETE REPENTANCE, BAPTISM, and a
total change of attitude. We remain in the church ONLY by CONTINUING in
this right attitude and by OVERCOMING through prayer and faith and obedience.
We do not become a part of the body of Christ by telling our
friends or neighbors that I "belong to the Radio Church of God." Nor
do we become a part of that true body of believers by just signing a
statement. We do not become a part of that TRUE BODY BY BAPTISM ALONE.
It requires complete repentance and submission to God -- and faith toward
Jesus Christ -- before we are put into the true Church of God. Let us
not deceive ourselves. We may fool some people, but we cannot fool God.
HE IS OUR JUDGE.
Don't deceive yourself. It is time to examine yourself to
determine whether or not you are in the faith. Whether or not you are
truly a part of God's Church in this climactic end-time.
The time is fast approaching when it will be too late for change
and correction, too late to go to the place of safety that God is preparing
for His people.
Some of you are sinning and know it. You have
procrastinated and delayed obeying God. God is merciful, kind, loving,
patient. But there always comes a time when God's patience ends. Then
will be the time of action. He may permit you to continue in sin for a
season, but if you do not repent and change, He will soon cut you off IN YOUR
Others of you are sinning and cannot see your sin.
Why? Because you are not continually looking into God's
Word for correction. Sin is the transgression of the law. It
defines what sin is. The Word of God is a spiritual mirror. Look
into that spiritual mirror to see your sin.
Are You Unknowingly Guilty of These Sins?
The Bible tells us that love is the fulfilling of the law. But
some of you have HARD FEELINGS and BITTERNESS against others in God's Church.
You will never get into God's Kingdom with such animosity!
NOW is the time to go to your brother, to ask his forgiveness,
and settle the matter. Remember that Jesus Christ willingly and lovingly
died for both of you. Remember that you both have sinned and come short
of the glory of God, and it is only through the grace and mercy of Jesus
Christ that either one of you have ever been forgiven of your past sins.
Others of you have been talebearers, telling falsehoods and
untruths, or half-truths. Or you may have repeated gossip WHICH MAY BE
TRUE that you should never have repeated to others. One of the six
things that GOD HATES is the spreading of discord among brethren (Pro. 6:19).
Some CLAIMING to be a part of the Church are actually HYPOCRITES.
They come among us, and yet when they go home, or to their job, they do not
live what they profess to live while among God's people. WHAT A WRETCHED
STATE! Living a LIE. God is going to cast all such people into
outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, unless they
repent and change in time. If you are one of those in this category, NOW
IS YOUR TIME TO CHANGE AND TO REPENT.
There have been many articles in The PLAIN TRUTH and in The GOOD
NEWS concerning the first and second tithe. But some are still refusing
to obey God in this PLAIN AND CLEAR COMMAND OF GOD ALMIGHTY. Some of you
did not attend this recent Feast of Tabernacles because you had not faithfully
saved your second tithe as God commands. Some day you must give account
of your deeds -- IN THE JUDGMENT. What excuse are you going to give
Or you may have had many other kinds of excuses. If you are
guilty of these sins -- and many of you are, now is the time to repent, to
change your ways and to PREPARE NOW for God's festival next year.
What Are Lusts of the Flesh?
There have been articles, broadcasts, and sermons on the subject
of SMOKING. And yet some of you still persist in continuing in this
filthy, rotten and enslaving habit. We know that it is not easy to quit
this habit, once a person has become enslaved to it, but IT CAN BE DONE.
With God's help, many have conquered the desire to smoke.
If you are still enslaved by this habit, you are not serving the
true God in spirit and in truth. You are serving and idolizing tobacco
Others of you are married and now are living apart from your true
mate. You may have had to separate because of God's commands concerning
adultery, or you may have already been separated before you learned of God's
laws. If so, are you, as some, sometimes letting your lusts of the flesh
come before your over-all spiritual goal of the Kingdom of God? Some
have permitted themselves to break the SPIRIT and intent of this law by
spiritually committing fornication or adultery (Mart. 5:28).
If you have "hidden sins" that no one else knows about,
remember this -- all sins are open to God. He sees all. It is He
who will judge you. YOU CANNOT FOOL GOD.
Now is the time to put such sins out. If we are not
overcoming these things now, how can we ever expect to overcome them in the
Some of you married couples who have been having marital problems
have nor been overcoming them. If both parties show the real true
Christian love of Jesus Christ, and the kindness that He has, you would NOT
have these problems. Is Jesus Christ living within you? If so,
then that love and kindness would be growing and increasing in your life.
You would be having more patience, kindness and consideration for others.
Don't Be "Cut Down"
You may have continued in your sin and God has not yet finally
cut you off. Such a situation is described by Jesus in Luke 13:6-9.
"He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted
in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none."
God has been coming to some of you for a long time seeking fruit.
He has looked for the fruits of the Spirit, given in Galatians 5. He has
come to see whether or not you are growing in the grace and knowledge of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He has come to see whether or not your real goal
is still the Kingdom of heaven. He has come to see if you are really
doing your part in getting this gospel of the Kingdom to the world. He
has been patient and merciful.
BUT GOD HAS FOUND NO FRUIT FOR MANY OF YOU!
Notice Christ's further words. "Then said he unto the
dresser of his vineyard, behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on
this fig tree, and find none: Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?"
That may be what God the Father IS about to say of you now. Maybe
He has already said this at some time in the past. But Jesus Christ has
intervened. "And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year
also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it."
God has sent His ministers and His servants to work with you.
They have worked with you in articles, in the Correspondence Course, the
booklets and other literature. He has also sent His servants to work
with you through The WORLD TOMORROW broadcast and through our local ministers
so that fruit might be produced in you. Some of you have produced fruit
and SOME HAVE NOT. "And if it bear fruit, well: and if
not, then after that thou shalt CUT IT DOWN."
Some have already been "cut down." There comes a
time when God ceases to have patience or leniency. Others of you are
just about ready to be "cut down."
What about you? If you have not had fruit, it is because
YOU ARE NOT APPLYING YOURSELF.
It is because some are not REALLY putting the Kingdom of God
FIRST in their lives (Matt. 6:33).
You have lost sight of that overall goal, the Kingdom of God. Now
is the time to once again put your eye SINGLE TOWARD THAT GOAL, not on your
First Love Lost
Some of you have gone backward and nor forward since God first
called you. You have lost that "first love." You need that
"first love" to enter into God's Kingdom.
To you it might personally be said: "Nevertheless I have
somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love" (Rev. 2:4).
Do you have the same zeal and love for the work and truth of God
now that you had when you were first converted? If not, you had better
change now. Here is Christ's instruction for you: "Remember
therefore from whence thou art FALLEN, and REPENT, AND DO THE FIRST WORKS
..." (Rev. 2:5).
Another reason why many of you are having these problems is that
you are neglecting the Christian NECESSITY of prayer and Bible study.
How call you grow spiritually except you pray "without ceasing"
(with regularity). We must devote a regular period each day to prayer
and Bible study. How can we know what our sins are unless we look into
God's Word regularly to see those sins?
Many of you are neglecting The PLAIN TRUTH, The GOOD NEWS, the
Correspondence Course and the various booklets and articles. Unless you have
God's ministers explain necessary things to you by these publications, you
will not be able to grow spiritually as you ought.
Don't Neglect the Broadcast
Some of you have become lax in listening to the broadcast.
In most areas of the United States you can hear the broadcast more than one
time each day. In some areas it is available SEVEN TIMES a day.
And yet, some have neglected this very important part of their spiritual life.
If you believe that it is not necessary for you to do these things, then you
have become "spiritually rich," just as the Laodicean church (Rev.
3). THAT CHURCH IS NOT GOING TO A PLACE OF SAFETY.
God says to some of you: "My people are destroyed for lack
of knowledge: BECAUSE THOU HAST REJECTED KNOWLEDGE, I WILL ALSO REJECT THEE,
that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast FORGOTTEN THE LAW of thy
God, I will also forget thy children" (Hosea 4:6).
That is why some of you are disqualifying yourself to enter God's
Kingdom! You are rejecting the knowledge that God has given you, and not
acting on that knowledge. You have forgotten the law of God, and in place of
it you are seeking worldly and temporal pursuits.
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT ON THE KNOWLEDGE GOD HAS GIVEN.
Who Will Be Saved?
Since there is such a lack in many who assemble with God's
Church, it can sometimes be discouraging. Sometimes one almost wonders,
"Will anyone attain to the Kingdom of God?''
There were people in Jesus' time who also had such questions.
"Then said one unto him, Lord, ARE THERE FEW THAT BE SAVED?" (Luke
This is a natural question to ask. Notice the very next
words of Christ. "STRIVE TO ENTER IN AT THE STRAIT GATE: For many, I say
unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able" (Luke 13:24).
That is the answer from Christ. Are you STRIVING to enter
into the Kingdom of God? Or, have you let the cares of this life turn
you away from that goal? Some of you who think you are in God's Church
now will try to enter into God's Kingdom, and will not be able! You will
not have time to prepare for God's Kingdom next year or the following year, or
ten years from now. The time to prepare is NOW. If you put off
until tomorrow what you should do today, you may find that you are too late.
God's ministers diligently show the people of God their sins.
God's people are told through His Word, the broadcast, the literature, and in
church services. But the ministry can only sow the seed, cultivate,
water or fertilize. The ministry by itself cannot bring the increase.
The ministry cannot act for the people. The people must
We can only "blow the trumpet" (Ezekiel 33). It
is up to the people to heed the warning. Some of you have heard these
warnings and have not acted.
Have you looked to the ministers as those who are doing a good
job, and yet you have not applied it to yourself? It is the
responsibility of the ministry to warn the people, but it is also the
responsibility of the people to act on that warning.
Some of you really enjoy hearing Mr. Armstrong on the radio, and
you enjoy hearing the ministers in service. But do you apply these
things to yourself?
It is just like God told Ezekiel, "And they come unto thee
as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy
words, but they will not do them: For with their mouth they show much love but
their heart goeth after their covetousness. And lo thou art unto them as
a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an
instrument: For they hear thy words, but they do not do them" (Ezekiel
If you are one who has this attitude, now is the time to repent.
God is Calling You
If you are guilty of any of these sins, what should you do about
"Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your
hearts" (Heb. 3:15).
Now is the time for action! Now is YOUR day of salvation.
Judgment is now upon the Church of God (I Pet. 4:17-19).
Don't become weary of well doing, but press forward to the mark
of the high calling in Christ Jesus. Fight the good fight of faith now.
Repent of your sins. Turn from them. OVERCOME.
If you do this, you will be among those of the faithful who will hear the
voice of Christ saying: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant ...
enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."