Three Reasons People Stop Following Christ

Jesus told a parable, a story, about a person who went out and sowed seed. He used it to explain four types of people.

I’m going to talk about three of the types of people he spoke about, and what he said about people who stop following God.

They Don’t Understand the Bible

The first type of person who stops following God is a person who doesn’t understand what is taught in the Bible. Jesus said this is like seed (the Word of God) that is sewn (spread) on the path.

There may be people who hear the Word of God preached. They may read the Bible, but they don’t understand what is being said.

Jesus said that seed is carried away by Satan.

Trouble Comes, and They Go

The second type of person hears the Word of God. They accept the word joyfully. They get excited about their faith.

But, then, they get stress or abuse because of their faith. So, they leave. They didn’t have a deep enough faith to withstand the difficulties.

These people, Jesus says, are like seed that is sewn on rocky ground. They don’t have roots. So, when the sun rises and it gets “hot,” they wither and die.

Worries & Wealth Lead Them Astray

The third type of person gets sidetracked by worries of life. Worries gets them down, and they give up. Or perhaps they want to get wealthy. They leave their first love for God and chase wealth. They may not plan to leave God, but Jesus said:

No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.  –Matthew 6:24 (HCEB)

She started out well, but like the seed sewn among thorns, worries and wealth choke out the good results she could have had.

There are solutions to each of the above things that lead a person astray.

  • If you don’t understand the Word of God, there are people who can help you grow deeper in your understanding. I’d suggest World English Institute or World Bible School. The first teaches English grammar, reading and writing as well as the Bible. The second one focuses just on the Bible.
  • Grow your faith. Be prepared for the trouble. A great way to do this is to get immersed in learning God’s Word by memory. For that I would suggest Scripture Typer. It’s a great place to work on your memory verses and you can practice your typing as well. It gives you the speed of your typing.
  • If you are having a lot of worries, learning verses about giving your cares to God will be helpful, and this will help with the pursuit of wealth as well. God will help you have the things you need if you seek first his kingdom. Don’t let money get in the way of your faith, and be careful. Moving away can creep up slowly.

Note: None of the above links are affiliate links, but I am a volunteer teacher for World English Institute, and I have taught with World Bible School in the past. I use Scripture Typer and it has helped a lot with learning more Bible verses.

 

The Insanity of God by “Nik Ripken”

The Insanity of God is written under a pseudonym to protect people whose stories are told in the book.

The book is a story told of Nik Ripken’s journey of faith after feeling like he was unsuccessful in reaching people for Jesus, and a faith crisis of losing his son as well.

Several things led to him taking a journey to speak with people who have, or are still, lived with persecution.

This book was encouraging to know that God is working all over the world whether we do anything or not, although he likes us to be involved. It also told stories of people who lived under horrible circumstances and yet continued to thrive in their belief of God, although not all did (as is always the case).

The book spoke of one unusual common theme that the author discovered. He found that people who were living in these difficult situations used singing of spiritual songs that were special to them to make it through.

This was spoken of in the Bible when Paul and Silas were thrown into prison, put into stocks, after they had been beaten. They sung songs of praise and prayed through it:

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. (Acts 16:25 HCSB)

The book told stories of people who experienced similar things that happened during Bible days such as seeing visions and dreams of God, experiencing miracles, seeing a person die the next day after being told they were interfering with God’s work.

The author stated that his experience of interviewing these people was uplifting to him and strengthened his faith. It also gave him a new definition of a miracle: Being able to see a family be baptized in public, worshiping in public, and no authority coming to do something to the people.

I would recommend this book if you would like to see persecution from a different point of view: God’s.

Note: Unless I specifically mention it in my blog posts, I did not receive this book from the publisher. I purchased it myself and read it after seeing it mentioned in another place (can’t recall where, though.) I am currently reading his follow-up book, The Insanity of ObedienceIt looks very good so far.

Prayer for the Persecuted

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me.

Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

–Jesus (Matthew 5: 10-12 HCSB)

Father in Heaven,

This beatitude is difficult to understand,

but Jesus never asked anything of his followers that he didn’t do first.

Thank you for His example to get through the difficult times of life, even times that seem impossible.

Help those who are suffering to feel your peace, your comfort, and to radiate your joy in the darkest of places.

Through Jesus,

who knows what suffering is like, forgave those who persecuted him, and welcomed many of those very ones into his kingdom in the years after his death and resurrection.