TEXT: James 1:12-16
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #38)
A particularly troubling Pew survey came out last week regarding the state of religion in America. According to the survey, which is said to have “big and broad” implications for society going forward, in the past seven years, the number of Americans who identify as Christians has fallen by 8 points from 78% to 70%. Meanwhile the number of people who identify as atheist, agnostic, or as believing “nothing in particular” has risen almost by half — from 16% to 22%. The numbers show further that while nearly 86 percent of Americans say they grew up as Christians, nearly one in five say they are not Christians anymore. Alan Cooperman, the director of Pew’s religion research, said, “Overall, there are more than four former Christians for every convert to Christianity.” In other words, for every nonbeliever who is saved, there are at least four people who once called themselves Christians who have left the faith. Continue Reading…