God doesn’t want us on the fence.
Speaking to a church that was in existence about 90 AD, some 30 years after the believers there were first converted, Jesus pointedly rebuked the fellowship. He is basically telling Church Age Believers that He would rather have us be stone cold than to be lukewarm in our faith. He wants us to be “on fire” for His cause and motivated to do His will.
Knowing how Jesus feels about lackluster Christianity, it is incumbent on us as Believers to take stock of ourselves, and our testimony, to be sure we are being sensitive to His leading. After all, He died for you; will you die for Him?
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. —Revelation 3:13
For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. —Philippians 1:21
I have a friend who is a self-mutilator. She is coming to our Bible study, usually arriving late, and then will get up and go to the bathroom and scratch her face to a bloody pulp. She doesn’t seem to respond to the gospel message. What should we do? Should we continue to allow her to come back?
It’s unlikely that the self-mutilator is a Christian. The fact that she is coming to Bible study at all is truly remarkable and could be evidence of God working in her life. Of course, the other possibility is that she is sent by Satan or his angels to disrupt your study.
You should begin with the assumption that she is seeking God/God is drawing her and find a time to talk to her privately. You should not go alone; always take at least one other person with you. We suggest you enlist several members of your Bible study, and maybe a few church elders and/or prayer warriors, to cover you in prayer.
Using the Bible, read specific verses that pertain to a saving personal relationship with Jesus and how she can become a new creature in Christ. If she trusts Jesus’ shed blood, then continue to read the verses having to do with our bodies being a temple of God.
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? —1 Corinthians 3:16
If she is not responsive, which is most likely, explain to her that you will continue to teach her spiritual things, privately (2 on 1), and stick with studies pertaining to the necessity of being born again, repentance, and seeking God’s perfect will. And ALWAYS have prayer coverage when you work with her.
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