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James 5:19-20… The last two verses of James are so powerful to me. It’s all about restoration and recovery! James sets up the blueprint for GOD’S RESCUE SQUAD:My brethren, if any among you strays from the truthand one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from deathand will cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20)
The probability of straying from the truth is anticipated here. We must start here. People will stray. In fact, it may be better to start from your own heart. You have the capacity to do almost anything, anytime, anywhere! We must not be surprised when a believer strays from the truth! It will usually come in one of two flavors:COMMISSION-Playing God!OMISSION-Leaving God out!
This straying might be based upon an opinion-opinions are usually man-made add-ons. Be careful of embracing another’s opinions.Straying might be based upon specialists-experts and gurus and bible teachers that seem right.Or, this straying might be based upon dilution-watered-down.
Along with the probability of straying, there is the possibility of saving that person for the sake of Jesus and His kingdom. If one strays and one turns him back, he will actually be saving his soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. I am reminded of Galatians 6:1-5: Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, youwho are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each onelooking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason forboasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one will bear his own load. Restoration is encouraged by those who are spiritual.
Restoration is not a popular theme throughout the churches; shooting the wounded is more like it. Yet restoration is at the very core of salvation. It’s almost like we must sneak salvation back into the churches.