Why Do People Stray?

Published July 17, 2017 by Ron West in Pastor's Thoughts

Scripture: James 5:19, 20

Jas 5:19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back,
20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

Introduction: The hardest person to reach, according to surveys, is the person who has drifted away from the Lord and is out of fellowship with God’s people.

  1. The reality of straying people (v. 19). Christians can stumble in many ways (James 3:2). Christians can stray or wander from the truth. We are not perfect.
  1. The reasons people stray (v. 19). People stray because of sin (1:14,15), bitterness towards others, falling out of good habits, doubts, or trials that cause them to think God has failed them.
  1. The response of Christians (vv. 19, 20). A healthy Christian is used by God to turn the straying person back to the truth. In so doing, a person may be saved from premature death and the committing of needless sins.

Conclusion: We participate with God in a noble work with eternal dividends when we are used to bring the straying Christian back to Christ and His people.