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What leads to apostacy?

divineinsight: BY HUMPHREY MTANDWA

“And if thou wilt walk before me, as David they father walked in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and will keep my statues and judgments…then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever as I promised David your father, saying you shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.” (1 Kings 9: 4-5).

The word “walk” used in the above scripture indicates a relationship with God. There are things mentioned above that are requirements for a perfect walk with God and the first one is integrity. The word integrity means to adhere to moral and ethical principles, soundness of moral character. Walking in integrity is to be blameless and to be accountable for one’s actions such that men can attest that, indeed, you are a Christian.

When the prophet Nathan rebuked David over his sin of taking Bathsheba the wife of Uriah, he fasted and sought the Lord. Also, when David numbered the children of Israel and God was angry at him, he cried out to the Lord for forgiveness and made a sacrifice unto God seeking his forgiveness. Thus Solomon built a temple for God. In his later years, he did not walk as his father and because of this, his son lost the kingdom.

As a child of God, if you get to a point where you cannot be corrected or you can never be accountable to any man for your actions, you are in a dangerous position. The most difficult thing is to see that a gifted believer has fallen because there can still be signs and manifestations of power.

Yet he would have fallen a long time ago. The word repentance is not just asking God to forgive you; it means to turn away from that sin.

One of the most abused statements in our time is “touch not God’s anointed”. It is used mostly to justify one’s sinful actions and tries to stop others from speaking about their error. The moment one sins, the anointing is corrupted, so correcting someone who has fallen does no bring a curse on an individual. The anointing can be corrupted and once it is corrupted, it loses its value. The Bible also tells us to be careful when dealing with those in sin lest you become a partaker of their sin and be judged also with the sinners.

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were partakers of the Holy Ghost and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the son of God afresh, and put him to open shame.” (Hebrews 6:4-6).

The gifts and calling of God are without repentance so one can be living in sin and yet still be prophetic or even praying for the sick. The Bible says those that fall at this stage may never be brought back into his mercy because they crucify the Lord afresh.

It is hard for any man who has reached the state mentioned in the above scripture to be corrected because he may have reached that point beyond redemption, where he can no longer be brought to repentance. Never ignore the Spirit of God to a point of apostasy. Allow the Spirit to lead you and correct you always. The above scripture shows that those that have tasted and functioned in these levels of the anointing must not fall off because if they fall of they may never be brought back to him. God Bless you!

l Humphrey Mtandwa is an anointed minister of the gospel and teacher of the Word based in South Africa. He has written several books including, The Enoch Generation, Truthfulness and Theophany. He blogs at mtandwa.blogspot.com and can be contacted via e-mail or WhatsApp on +27 610286350.

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