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"Walking With the Lord"

Larry Ray Hafley

The sign in front of the Baytown Baker Rd. Baptist Church said: "Those who walk with the Lord always reach their destination."

We agree that all "who walk with the Lord will always reach their destination." Scripture teaches it. "He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (Jn. 8:12). "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 Jn. 1:7).

But here is the difference between Baptist doctrine and Bible dogma, the difference between Calvinism and Christ: Baptist doctrine says a child of God who ceases to walk with Christ will be saved. Here we part company. While it is true that we will reach heaven when we walk with the Lord, it is not true that we will do so when we refuse to walk with him. The man who walks "uprightly" is the man who "walks securely (Cf. Prov. 10:9, NASB). The man who walks apart from the Lord does not walk "securely." He will not "reach his destination."

Is it possible to quit walking with the Lord? "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him (Jn. 6:66). Some of his children whom he had delivered out of Egypt, "kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law" (Psa. 78:10). "I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not" (Jude 5). He "destroyed them" that "refused to walk in his law."

The "blessed" man "is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly" (Psa. 1:1). However, if he turns back and walks in the counsel of the ungodly, he "shall not stand....he shall perish" (Psa. 1:5, 6).

There is "no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Rom. 8:1, 4). One will not be condemned if he walks with the Lord. However, no such promise is made to those who turn back and walk "no more with him." Baptist doctrine says one will be saved in heaven even if he turns back, refuses to "walk with the Lord," lives "after the flesh," and walks "in the counsel of the ungodly." Again, this is where we part company with the Baptists.

Baptist friend, do you agree with the quote at the beginning of this article? We agree with it. What about the man who goes back and walks no more with the Lord (Jn. 6:66)? Will he "reach his destination"? If you say he will not, you deny your doctrine of "once saved, always saved." If you say he will reach his destination, you state more than the quotation and Scripture promises (Jn. 15:4-6; 2 Tim. 2:12; 2 Pet. 2:20-22).

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