Why do Christians wilt and fall away when adversity comes?
The major reason is that they lose hope. They can’t see the promises immediately and so their hope wanes. Why does hope fade? Because the young Christian stops believing what they have been told about God and His plan.
The Master was adamant about His followers getting rid of erroneous teachings and doctrines. He called it “purging out the old leaven, that the lump may be holy.”
And that is what it boils down to. Organized churchianity just does not realize that they have been weighed in the scales and have been found wanting. Christ is crying through the prophet Isaiah, “Ah sinful nation…a seed of evildoers…children that are corrupters…the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint…” And despite all of your “sacrifices, vain oblations, incense, new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies and feast days, and though you make many prayers, I will not hear,” says the LORD (Yahweh) [Isa. 1: 4-15].
Why won’t God hear the prayers of our nation? Because “your hands are full of blood” (v. 15). He has a big problem with our nation right now. He is addressing a “sinful nation.” A nation full of sin, whose pastors tell their flocks that God is powerful but not powerful enough to get rid of sin in their lives. In fact, the preachers won’t tell them exactly what sin is in God’s eyes; they leave the flock to their own imaginations instead of telling them the truth: “Sin is the transgression of the law” (I John 3: 4).
What can be done? He continues, “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil” (v. 16). Wait a minute. God is speaking to very religious people, who are doing every thing their pastors are telling them. They are doing all of their denominational doctrines outlined just before in verses 4-15.
And yet, they are sinful people, a sinful nation. But that is not good enough for God and the plan He is implementing.
So He tells us to wash away our sins and be “willing and obedient” (v. 18-19). Obey what? Obey the law, the ten commandments. But the new Christian, armed with the erroneous teachings that “no one can successfully keep them” and “you will sin, but just ask God to forgive you,” is immediately stunted, and like a young seedling, is stomped out of ever bearing any real fruit of the Spirit.
For, fed with ruinous words, their initial love, joy and peace fades, and when temptation comes, their strength fails. All because of a poor foundation.
But some will say, That was Old Testament stuff there in Isaiah. They were under the Mosaic Law and their sacrifices and oblations and doctrines just weren’t efficacious. But they were for the patriarchs and prophets. It was good enough for them at that time. For they were the remnant, those God was referring to in Isa. 1: 9: “Except the LORD (Yahweh) of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom and Gomorrah.”
A very small number of Israelites “got it,” became truly righteous, and they became our examples for our day. Because “that which has been is now,” a very small remnant in the latter days will “get it.”
[So I suppose that answers the question that arises occasionally in my heart: Why don’t more people see these things? A: It’s all in the timing. Just keep publishing the truth; that is all you can do, and trust Me and know this: Few there be to find this way of tru and Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Matt. 7: 14; Luke 12: 32). Thank you for the encouraging words. KWH]