From the Word: 8 Watch yourselves, that you do lose the things which we have accomplished, but that you receive a full reward. 9 Whoever oversteps and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. The one who abides in the teaching, the same one has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 8–9)
From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Introduction
What are these arrogant, shameless saints who are unwilling to read and study the Catechism daily? They clearly consider themselves more learned than God himself with all his saints, the angels, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and all Christians.
Pulling It Together: It is too easy to become a heretic. It is easier to stop believing. Perhaps the easiest thing is to be lazy. Church membership rolls are filled with all three, but probably more of the third class. Every new pastorate requires becoming acquainted with scores of people who are so lazy that they cannot get to worship on the Lord’s Day. They will tell you that they believe, but something keeps them from the Lord’s Sunday blessings.
If you do not abide in the teaching of Christ, you are likely to end up as one of those three types of church members. If you are not living in the doctrine of Jesus, you can eventually, die in false teaching. Soon enough, you may find yourself not believing at all. Or, without the vitality of the Word of Christ Jesus, you will languish in spiritual sloth.
Prayer: Give me a hunger and thirst, Lord Jesus, for righteousness. Amen.
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