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Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 08:26:13 -0300
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Titanic and How We Leave the Lord (3)
  by Richard Mansel

The builders of the Titanic were remiss in several
areas and doomed the mighty vessel to the bottom of the
ocean. Their failures mimic our steps to apostasy.
Their lessons are ours as we discover how Christians
leave the Lord (Hebrews 6:4-6; Hebrews 10:26-31).

We examined how their pride and inattentive safety
measures felled the great ship.

Third, they had a weak foundation. Experts who study
the Titanic's hull tell us that it was excessively
brittle. It was very high in sulfur content, which
means that today, the Titanic "would never get out of
the yard."

While the shipbuilders constructed the Titanic out of
the best materials available to them, it was still
insufficient for the impact of the iceberg. While they
were not negligent in the utilization of the steel, the
point remains that when it faced the dangers before
them, it failed to protect them.

Christians often fail to establish a firm foundation so
when the storms arise their defenses are inadequate. By
their standards, their armor is sufficient. However,
the spiritual condition of our lives invalidates our
standards.

Paul discusses the spiritual armor in Ephesians 6:11-
17. However, he begins in the previous verse laying the
foundation of what would follow. "Finally, my brethren,
be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might"
(Ephesians 6:10). We "gird our waists with truth," put
on a "breastplate of righteousness" and the "helmet of
salvation" and take up the "shield of faith" and the
"sword of the spirit" (Ephesians 6:11-17).

Inadequately suited, we render useless the armor of
God. When we go into battle with a lackluster faith,
knowledge and Christian walk, we cannot expect our
armor to protect us. Our own abilities will be
insufficient to make up the difference. Therefore, we
must be secure in the Lord's armor or our best
intentions or abilities will be futile.
Rationalizations are useless to stop the "fiery darts
of the wicked" (Ephesians 6:16).

Fourth, they ignored the warnings. The Titanic crew had
received several transmitted warnings about icebergs in
the North Atlantic. They failed to heed them./1

When we are weakening spiritually, we hear warnings
from Scripture, sermons and other Christians, but we
rationalize them away because we can handle it alone. 

Fifth, small leaks sunk the Titanic. Six small slits
that totaled less than twelve square feet sunk the
mighty vessel./2 

Likewise, no one leaves the Lord in one motion.
Instead, we leave incrementally. The tears in our armor
are small but Satan's arrows still find their openings
(Hebrews 3:12). Remember, small steps soon become
miles.

Sixth, the pleas of the Titanic failed to bring help.
The nearest ship had her radio off. Later, the
Carpathia came after the ship had sunk.

When people are wasting away spiritually, we must be
attentive to their needs. Their cries for help, often
silent, are there for those who will listen and
perceive (Philippians 2:4).

Seventh, the series of failures of the owners and crew
of the Titanic led to the death of 1,523 people. When
we apostatize, we lead others away from God. In truth,
no one goes to heaven or hell alone. Our examples speak
volumes to others following our steps (1 Corinthians
11:1; Ephesians 4:17-24).

Christians can leave God and be lost. Nothing sadder
can occur in the life of a Christian. The loss is
staggering. However, it never happens in a vacuum. We
consciously cause the apostasy through neglect and sin.
May we always remain attentive to prevent faith decay.
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1/ www.titanic-titanic.com/warnings.shtml       
2/ www.titanic-online.com/index.php4?page=334

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