Longview church of Christ
1401 Eden Dr.
Longview, TX 75605-4104
Robie Bennett: Activities
Andy Boshers: Education
Barry Hamill: Activities
Joe Harle: Missions
Luke Kimbrough: Finance
Wayne Moseley: Benevolence/Worship
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
Bible Class...9 AM
AM Worship...10 AM
Evening Worship...6 PM
Mid-Week Classes (for all ages)...7 PM
Message from Scripture: 02/27/2021
Our message from Scripture today comes from 2 Tim. 3:4-5, where Paul said there were those who were “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
In this passage of Scripture, Paul spoke of people who had given themselves over to sin in all its various expressions, but especially mentions how they had put the pursuit of pleasure over the pursuit of God. To go along with this, they still had a pretense of godliness, but had denied its power by living in sin. It’s a warning that, while many may claim God accepts any and all behavior, the reality is vastly different, so different that the child of God is to avoid such people.
The term avoid in the Greek means to turn away from, to shun. It reminds of what Paul warned the church in Corinth; “Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals. Come to your senses and stop sinning; for some people are ignorant about God. I say this to your shame” (1 Cor. 15:33-34). Such a warning was necessary because these people had become self-enslaved. Living without God tends to degenerate into a perverse and immoral pattern, which not only becomes self-destructive, but a real spiritual danger to those who develop a close association with them.
To avoid such people sounds so bleak, but the truth is God doesn’t give up on others until they give up on Him. God doesn’t want any to perish, but he also doesn’t want us to become engaged with others who will lead us away from our salvation. If you give in to sin, God will give you up to the sinful desires you choose, and their consequences. But, He never gives up on those who choose to seek Him and His will for their lives! Have a great day in Him! God bless.