James 5:19–20 (ESV)
Prayer of Faith (Part 2)
19 My brothers,
if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
reading closes our journey through the book of James. Again, we see a scripture that goes against the “once saved, always saved” teaching. I love the sound of once saved, always saved, but the more you study the man-made theology, the more you
realize that it does not hold up to the scriptures. There is a seriousness to those who wander away. Heaven and hell are very real and it will be a horrific tragedy for those who have fallen away... to die and realize that they possessed the truth and later
abandoned it. James teaches “My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”
This is talking about the sinner’s soul, which was hell bound, is now restored and is heaven bound. The restoration is the work of the Holy Spirit converting the heart of the sinner, to repent and trust in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
He does not have to do a thing but believe.
I pray, “O Lord, help me to reach out to the lost and to plant the seeds of faith, not only to the lost who never heard of Jesus, but also to those who have
known the truth and walked away. Use me as a seed planter and to trust you to provide the growth. Help me to stay out of your way. Amen.