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Taking Their Stand - Extracted From "Jottings"(2)

Some who may think that they are well able to stand in temptation are exhorted: "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Others in temptation fall away altogether: "Those on the rock are they which, when they have heard, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away" (Luke 8:13). To fall away simply means that they give up the stand they took.

The words of Gamaliel show how men may be led to forsake what they should have remained standing for. "After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of enrolment, and drew away some of the people after him." It is evident that these men were deceived: they had something to stand for in the Old Testament Scriptures, but Judas had nothing to give them, so that, in following him, they simply stood for a man. Some today like to be followers of a man, so there are many "ites" and "isms."

Now we come to a statement specially associated with that which was before me when I began: "But the Spirit saith expressly, that in later times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, through the hypocrisy of men that speak lies" (1 Timothy 4:1,2). This statement follows instructions as to "how men ought to behave themselves in the house of God." The faith and the house of God are joined as inseparably today as the law and the house of God were in the past dispensation. The law, given by Moses, cannot be carried out by isolated Israelites away from the land and the house of God; this fact may not be appreciated by some children of God today, who do not see the necessity of their being in the house of God to keep the faith. The faith is the revealed will of God given to the saints, for which they are to stand and contend earnestly (Jude 3). The Spirit showed to Paul that the time was coming when men who had been in the house of God would cease to stand for the faith, for which they once stood with others, and would give heed to seducing spirits, who wrought through lying men.

This is like to what we read in Hebrews 3:12: "Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God."