While the devil has the capacity to deprive us of eternal life, we may also unintentionally give it to him. The rationale for this is seen in Romans 8:31, which states, "What shall we then reply to these things?" Who can stand in our way if God is on our side?"
The answer to this question is that nobody can be against us except ourselves.
"For just as one man's disobedience resulted in many sinners, so one man's righteousness will result in many righteous." (Rom. 5:19)
We can see that there is something more serious than sin here, and that is disobedience. When someone is called a sinner, it suggests that he or she has disobeyed God at some point in their lives. In other words, sin's power is derived from disobedience. According to the Bible, men became sinners as a result of their disobedience. As a result, we might conclude that the absence of disobedience is equivalent to the absence of sin! Let us look at another Scripture to see how God sees various acts of disobedience as deeds that dishonor Him:
"Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obeying the voice of the LORD?" Samuel inquired. Listening is preferable to sacrifice, and obeying is preferable to ram fat. Rebellion is akin to witchcraft, and obstinacy is akin to immorality and idolatry......" (See 1 Samuel 15:22–23.)
Disobedience to God's word, which I consider to be the root of all sins, is one thing that may rob one of eternal life.
Do you disobey God, whom you call your Father? How often do you question God's word? Are His "dos" and "don'ts" putting you at peace, or are they causing you stress?
Some Church members in the twenty-first century do not take God's command seriously. I'd want to use this opportunity to strongly discourage you from joining this organization. You cannot afford to pass up the opportunity for eternal life. Hold on to eternal life by obeying every word of God.
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