by Steve Wagers

The Testimony of a Traitor
Steve Wagers
II Timothy 4:10


Without question, one of the saddest, most tragic things to ever witness is a Christian, who once had a purpose, a priority, and a passion for God, grow cold, and indifferent on God. We have come up with a name for such people, for we refer to them as "deserters, traitors, or backsliders." However, I like Andrew Murray's classification of such, he said, "There are two types of Christians, those who burn for God, and those who have gone back on God!" Therefore, while it is a sad reality, it is still a reality, and something that is very possible, and probable in the life of many believers.

I think of the story of a man who was once faithful to the cause of Christ. However, he later became discouraged and eventually dropped out of church. His Sunday School teacher, who was a godly man, became concerned about him, and went to visit him at his home. As the man welcomed him in, the Sunday School teacher never said a word. Rather, he walked right over to the man's fireplace and raked out some hot coals, off the blazing fire , onto the hearth. They both sat, on the man's sofa, in complete silence, watching those coals. Finally, they watched as those coals, that once were red hot, and burning, became white and cold. The man looked to his teacher, and said, "You don't have to say another word. I'll be there Sunday!"

You see, the fact of the matter is, that if we don't keep ourselves in love with Jesus, and in love with the things of God, then anyone of us can eventually go from being a red hot coal, on fire for God, to a coal that has lost the fire, lost the fervor, and lost the flame; and has grown cold. Now, lest you misunderstand me, I'm not speaking of a person losing their salvation; but, rather a person who has lost the satisfaction of their salvation. A person who is saved, but one who has drifted apart, and drifted away from the place that they once used to be ...

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