Bible Passage:2 Peter 2:19-20
promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
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There Peter shows why they are the servants of corruption. To confess Christ is to know what he is, that is, our Savior, who forgives us our sins from pure grace. By this confession we escape the vice and come out from the pollution of the world. But even though they should already have been delivered from sin in baptism, they shall afterwards be plunged back in it, for that they have again gone from faith to their own works. For where there is no faith, the Spirit is absent; but where the Spirit is absent, there is nothing but flesh, so that there can be nothing at all that is pure. So has it come to pass up to now in regard to Christianity. Rome first heard the pure Gospel, but afterward went back and fell away to human doctrines, until even upon herself all abominations have come up; so that her last end has become worse than her first, in that she is now far more hopeless in her heathenism than she ever was before she heard the Word of God.
Assist my soul, too apt to stray,
A stricter watch to keep;
And should I e'er forget Thy way,
Feed me till I want no more!
aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"
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