In this lesson lets look into few details why people want to leave the Church or Fall Away.
What are the reasons you think people want to leave the Church. Let’s see few reasons from the Bible.
19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.
23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
Some people want to fall away because they want to earn lot of money. They want to go abroad and want to take care of their family, enjoy worldly life. Want to please their boss by working over time and missing meetings expecting to get higher salary or higher post.
Did you ever feel like going behind money – why – what made you think this way (share yourself).
Bible says, we cannot serve both God and money. Money is so bad; it will make you a slave if you run behind it. Even Judas betrayed Jesus and lost his Salvation just because of money.
14 Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot--went to the chief priests
15 and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.
16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."
1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
Some people want to fall away because they look at others sins and judge them. No one is perfect in our church but they want to change and imitate Christ. When someone does something wrong or when they are hurt, instead of speaking to the person, they keep it to themselves or talk to others and slander. This is sin.
Do you have any feelings or attitudes towards anyone? Did you speak about it? If not, why not?
We got to clear our hearts before we try to see others mistakes. This is why the Bible says in Matt 5:23-24, we need to get our hearts right with each other even before we pray.
23 "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
Is there anything else that is bothering you, which you have not been open about? Ask questions about specific weaknesses. How are you feeling now? We believe you can change/grow and do great for God.