What God has established to save us, namely His church, cannot be desecrated and spoken against indiscreetly and derogatorily. To allow evil-speaking against the church to continue, will only build up and add on to the intransigence in the heart. In this situation, the eyes of the heart shall be completely blinded beyond cure. To distinguish the work of God from the work of Satan, in life and in the community of faith, becomes utterly impossible. As a result, not only does misjudgement become rife in every situation, but most sadly, it ends up profaning God and His work — plunging ourselves to a state beyond extrication.
It is, thus, of utmost importance to know that our attitude towards, and our behaviour in, the community of faith have a profound impact on our relationship with the Lord. Indifference and unrestrained conduct are not only unacceptable, but they also cause us to lose sight of the grace that God has so willingly given to us. This grace is availed at the price of the life of Christ. In other words, He has traded His life for ours, enabling us to stand in the grace that we are now in. It is a grave sin to move wilfully away out from where we are. Most importantly of all, such a move carries severe consequences and unbearable penalties — marking the separation from God.
In view of the severity of God’s punishment, great resolve is required to hold on to the confidence steadfast to the end (Heb. 3:14; 10:35). We must be keenly aware that we are not those who draw back to perdition, but to those who believe unto salvation (Heb. 10:39). This steadfast position shall always be attainable if we do not shy always from listening to the Lord (Heb. 12:25). This sense of fearing God generating from the word we have received, shall always prompt us to serve Him acceptably with reverence and godly fear (Heb. 12:28), hiding us away from the consuming wrath of God upon those who have lost His grace.