Revelation 18 Lesson

Bad company corrupts good morals

Can the people that we associate with keep us from getting into heaven?

Consider the following scripture:

“Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33.

God understands the influence that other people can have over our lives. Others can lift us up, and they can also drag us down.

In Revelation 18, God issues a warning to all believers to flee from Babylon and its sinful ways:

“Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” – Revelation 18:4-5.

As humans, we are all affected by the company that we keep. If we are keeping Godly company, the part of us that wants to do good gets reinforced and strengthened. Conversely, if we associate with sinners, we can become desensitized to sin and try to rationalize our behavior because it might seem to us that we are, “Not so bad,” or because, “Everyone is doing it.”

Such excuses will not carry any weight with God on the day of judgement. When a culture of sin has overtaken a group of people, God tells us to avoid them. This is done for our own protection. Sometimes in life, the smartest decision that we can make is to leave a bad situation before we put ourselves and our souls at risk.

The people that we associate with should encourage us to become better servants of God. There actions should remind us of the kind of people that we want to become. There are many scriptures about encouragement. Below are links to additional forum discussions that Virtual Bible Study has had on the subject:

Link to Virtual Bible Study's lesson, "Encouragement."

Link to Virtual Bible Study's lesson, "Encourage one another."

God does not want us to surround ourselves with sinful people living to satisfy their fleshly desires. He demands more from us. God wants us to realize our potential, and to be good people. Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22-23, that the Fruit of the Spirit is:

  • Love.
  • Joy.
  • Peace.
  • Patience.
  • Kindness.
  • Goodness.
  • Faithfulness.
  • Gentleness.
  • Self-Control.

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote about the types of thoughts we should allow into our heads:

Finally, brothers  and sisters whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is  lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8.

Life gets difficult. Without a good support system, we can easily succumb to the temptations of Satan. Fortunately for us, we are blessed to have a Savior that understands our temptations. Hebrews 4:15-16 reminds us of this:

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things just as we are, yet without sin.Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help at the time of our need.

As we mediate on God’s word, we should assess whether changes need to be made relative to the company that we are keeping. If the company that we keep is increasing our own sin, changes need to be made. Satan is a worthy opponent that is constantly looking for ways to trip us up.

Throughout history there have been entire cities with reputations for sin:

  • Sodom.
  • Gomorrah.
  • Corinth.
  • Babylon.
  • Las Vegas.
  • Etc.

Just as God warns His followers to flee from Babylon during the Great Tribulation, we need to apply this warning to the sinful situations that we have in our own lives. Many times, the best decision we can make is to simply flee from a bad situation.

If we go looking for trouble, we will surely find it. There is a wise saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This saying recognizes the temptations and difficulties that we all will face in life and appeals to us to help one another. But why limit that to just children? As we age, we become adults with adult problems. One could argue that we need a strong Christian support group just as much, if not more, during our adult years.

We will conclude today’s lesson with a reminder about the help and support that God wants us to provide for one another.

  • And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. ” - Hebrews 13:16.
  • Do not merely  look out for your own personal  interests , but also for the interests  of others. ” - Philippians 2:4.
  • Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. ” - Galatians 6:2.
  • “One who is gracious to a poor person lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his good deed. ” - Proverbs 19:17.
  • “But whoever has worldly goods and sees his brother  or sister  in need, and closes his  heart against him,  how does the love of God remain in him? ” - 1 John 3:17.
  • For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.”Then the righteous will answer Him, “Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?”And the King will answer and say to them, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of Mine, you did it for Me.” – Mathew 25:35-40.

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What are some ways we can balance The Great Commission (Going into the world to spread the Gospel) with making sure that the sinful nature of the world does not put our own soul's in jeopardy?

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What are some ways we can balance The Great Commission (Going into the world to spread the Gospel) with making sure that the sinful nature of the world does not put our own soul's in jeopardy?

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Jeff
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By putting on, "The Full Armor of God."

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." - Ephesians 6:10-18.

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James A Guillory
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Hello I have to say something as Born again Christians who have the spirit of God living in US our soul is never in jeopardy of losing our salvation that was settled on a cross once and for all but we are to live in a holy relationship with a holy God I can speak from experience I had walked away from God for 7 years it was a horrible 7 years the holy Spirit living inside me never let me go I knew the whole time that I belong to him and I knew that he was the one that was going to bring me back into fellowship with himself because of his great love for me he never would let me go he is not like a human that gives up on his children he would go to any length to bring you back and as far as going out witnessing we need to be witnessing in the power of the holy Spirit that means staying in fellowship with the Lord God in the name of Jesus.

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John

Just as God allowed Satan to tempt Jesus 3 times. I believe in that case, it was to teach Jesus what temptation feels like while He was still in His fleshly body. Sometimes it is not fun, but God teaches and disciplines those that He loves, sometimes by allowing Satan to tempt us.

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