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An enemy of God is an unsaved person—one who is spiritually dead and lost as he travels with the crowd on the broad road to eternal torment. All lost people are enemies of God, even though they may be religious, claim to be believers and do various religious things. Cornelius, when an enemy of God, was a God fearing man, who also generously gave to the poor and prayed to God regularly (Acts 10:2)! Hence, there are even religious, church-type enemies of God. Paul refers to the life before Christians get salvation as enemies of God:For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Rom 5:10)Paul put himself, and the entire church at Rome, in on that label as past tense enemies of God. That alone disproves the teaching that all people are children of God. One’s spiritual identity changes in a good way when he becomes a new creation in Christ. Unfortunately, it can change back again, as you are about to read from different Scriptures.
In James, we also read about becoming an enemy of God. This time that label is given to people who choose to be a friend of the world:
Enemies Of God AgainYou adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. (James 4:4)NOTE: Anyone can become an enemy of God just by being a friend of the world. It can even happen to you, unless you are guarded! That is a very important truth for Christians to remember. To become an enemy of God is to become unsaved again. Why? Because to not be an enemy of God means one is a Christian. James is saying, indirectly, one would pass from being a Christian to a non-Christian (enemy of God) by choosing to be a friend of the world. Hence, James 4:4 is devastating to eternal security.
It is vitally clear that a Christian must not become a friend of the world. Since that is fact, the devil will certainly tempt Christians through loneliness especially, to become friends with unsaved people. Such can be a subtle and innocent-appearing temptation, which could lead to the aforementioned lethal snare. Few seem to be aware of this.
The term world can have various meanings, but here it refers to lost mankind. If a Christian becomes a friend of an unsaved person, from a Cornelius type to the God-hating, Christian-persecuting, idol-loving, flesh-indulging, deceived people serving the devil, then he will become like one of them to God! Here is a good verse describing the world, who Peter calls pagans:For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. (1 Pet 4:3,4)That truth in James 4:4 should strike terror in Christians who are thinking about trying to buddy up and fellowship with unsaved people at work, in their neighborhood, etc. This should also grab the attention of Christian singles, who are looking for life’s mate! Because the world rejects God and his truths, they have incompatible goals and ambitions. They are serving the devil, even though they probably don’t know it. Therefore, they must be avoided by us as far as seeking friendship or fellowship:Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (2 Cor 6:14,17,18)WARNING: We must not jeopardize our relationship with God by becoming a friend of the world. Such is a salvation issue. As important as that is, it clearly is not saying we shouldn’t try to evangelize the unsaved, for we should. We MUST, however, not become their friend or we in turn will become enemies of God. We can give them God’s word and express Christian love and yet not become too close to them. Hopefully, they will accept the truth and become a Christians. They need to change and become like us, rather than the reverse.
From Sanctified To
Enemies Of God
Another passage related to enemies of God is from Hebrews 10. It also disproves the teaching of eternal security:If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Heb 10:26-31)
That passage is about enemies of God (lost people), who were previously sanctified by the blood of Jesus! Once when sharing this devastating passage about enemies of God with a once saved always saved proponent, he said to me that it wasn't the blood of Jesus but the blood of bulls and goats that sanctified them! That statement is erroneous in two ways: (1) The contrast in Heb.10:26-31 is between the law of Moses and the new covenant. Hence, Jesus' blood is the means whereby the people are sanctified, and not the blood of bulls and goats. (2) Just three chapters later it is very clearly stated that Jesus' blood sanctifies:Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate (Heb 13:12, NASB).
(The same Greek word for sanctify is used at Heb. 10:29 and Heb. 13:12.) Also, notice that the same ones who were sanctified [past tense] also trampled the Son of God under foot. This again shows we are not talking about the old covenant, but the new. Those same people became enemies of God from their former condition of being sanctified and that was because of sin. Clearly, their future sins were not forgiven even before they were committed like some dangerously teach. Neither were they viewed by God as the righteousness of Christ when in those sins, as taught under the doctrine of imputed righteousness! They became enemies of God.
Moreover, neither the seal of the Holy Spirit, nor anything else offered as an unconditional protection by the eternal security advocate prevented this horrible spiritual reversal. Those who were once sanctified by Jesus' blood were now enemies of God and headed for raging fire. Since there was no eternal security for them, there is no eternal security for us. The sooner we accept this fact, the sooner we can walk in a more guarded manner in this world, which has claimed many spiritual casualties among those who were once truly God's children. Take these warnings to heart and keep yourself pure (1 Tim. 5:22). It is up to you to resist the devil and crucify the flesh. God isn’t going to do it for you. (Pass this teaching about enemies of God on to a person you care about.) God bless you.
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