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BRINGING AMERICA BACK TO GOD
Dr. Stan Coffey
The example for us is this man called Samson. When we were in Sunday School and Bible School, we learned the lesson of how Samson got his hair cut in the devil's barbershop and lost his power, lost his strength, and how he was taken prisoner by the enemy. At the end of Samson's life, he was supernaturally restored. There are some tremendous lessons that we can learn from the life of Samson. He was the leader of Israel; he was the judge of Israel. He was an extremely gifted man. He was also known as a ladies' man. He got into trouble because of that weakness in his life. All of us have a weakness or weaknesses. We all have those areas of our life where we stumble and fall. When a person is a leader and highly visible, the devil works overtime to use that area of weakness, whatever it may be, to bring us down. Whether it's a political leader of a nation or whether it's the spiritual leader of a church or a person who's a highly visible person in the business world or a person maybe who has a Sunday School class or is a deacon or a person who has a witness for Christ, Satan's going to all he can to destroy that witness.
The question comes many times, can a Christian lose his salvation? Samson, although he wasn't a Christian in the New Testament sense, he was a believer in the Old Testament sense, so he was a believer; he was a child of God. We look at him and see the sin that he committed in his life of immorality, the sin of disobedience to God. And certainly if that sin would have caused him to lose his salvation, he would have lost it. But we know that when a person who is a believer, who knows better, sins against God, that God does not hold them guiltless. It's very, very serious, and a terrible price has to be paid when a believer who knows better goes against that which he knows and commits sin. He's going to hurt himself; he's going to hurt o ...
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