Hebrews 2:3 says “How shall we escape if we neglect so a great salvation.”
The word for Greek is to pay no attention to, or to make light of situation.
Many believers have made it a habit to neglect the basics of the faith, this operating in a dangerous assumption that their salvation is already a settled fact despite how they live. However this is not what the Bible teaches.
The following are 7 ways in which we can neglect our salvation:
1. Sporadic Church Attendance: When I first came to Christ in the late 80’s committed believers rarely missed Sunday Church. Now committed believers don’t think it’s a big deal if they only make it to church once a month. Or even thinking I can believe in God and not have to make the sacrifice to get out of bed and go to church. But that’s not what the Bible teaches. If we want to become closer to God we have to learn about Him and His ways. The lack of frequent fellowship and mutual admonition is connected to the hardening of one’s heart resulting in the neglect of one’s salvation (Hebrews 10:25).
2. No Accountability In Our Life: Hebrews admonishes us to exhort one another daily which means believers cannot merely attend church on Sundays and think that is enough (Hebrews 3:13), The early church met daily in the temple as well as house-to-house (Acts 2;46).
We all need close relationships with mature believers who will hold us accountable to biblical standards and encourage us to seek God and pursue our divine assignment. We neglect our salvation when we refuse to allow ourselves to be accountable to mature believers.
3. Allowing Ourselves To Be Led By Every New Trend: In the past several years, many sincere believers have been distracted by conspiracy theories such as QAnon, novel teachings, numerous failed prophetic declarations, and more. Peter instructed in the Bible that the Church needs to crave pure spiritual milk so they can grow (1 Peter 2:2), Satan tempts saints by leading them astray from their sincere devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3).
When we stop feeding on God’s Word, we hinder our spiritual growth. This is why Paul admonished Timothy to keep his faith sincere with a pure heart and to avoid speculations, conspiracy theories, myths, and anything that promotes questions rather than faith ( 2 Timothy 1:6). Unfortunately, many have wandered away from the truth because their focus was not on God and the gospel (1 Timothy 1:6).
When Covid hit there were many theories and no facts. Our focus on Christ was distracted. Satan was a work trying to put fear into our lives. Mainly because no one knew what to expect. My question is how many actually sat down and read their Bible daily, how many prayed that God would help them. Many were to busy stocking up on toilet paper and believing all the stories instead of focusing on the most important part -God.
We could be neglecting our salvation by continuing to chase every conspiracy theory and novel teaching. Meaning that which has not been taught in the Bible or has been cited as heretical in one of the major churches.
4. Not Participating Learning What Scripture Means: The Bible teaches us the importance of consistently sitting under the preaching and teaches of the Word of God. Paul said, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God,” meaning that our posture of continual learning under anointed teachers should never stop ( Romans 10:17).
When a believer stops getting fed by mature, reliable Shepard called to feed the flock of God, they neglect their salvation. Also, Peter said that we should be fed by our Shepherd (1 Peter 5:2). And he is not talking about listening to random preachers, but sitting under those called to disciple and speak into our life so we can align with our divine assignment. We neglect our salvation when we infrequently sit under our local church’s corporate teaching and preaching.
5. Not Pursuing Biblical Discipleship: Every person is called to be a disciple and to make disciples. Paul admonished Timothy to focus on pouring into faithful men who can teach others ( 2 Timothy 2:2). Jesus laid out a process of discipleship that included initiation into the body of Christ through water baptism followed by learning the teaching of faith (Matthew 28:19-20). Every person who converted in the early church (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 5:12- 6:3).
6: Not Pursuing God And Seeking His Kingdom First: Paul instructed Timothy to flee youthful lusts and to pursue faith, love and peace with those who called upon the Lord with a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22). As a shepherd since the mid 90’s (I accepted Christ as my Lord and savior in the late 80’s but it took me awhile to get moving). I have seen the non every one who is a church member seeks His kingdom with a pure heart. Jesus said the great commandment included loving God with all the heart and loving our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). When we refuse to seek His kingdom first, we neglect our salvation (Matthew 6:33).
7. Hardening Our Hearts Because Of Trials and Tribulations: Scripture makes it clear that God allows trials to test our faith so I can come forth as pure gold (1 Peter 1:7). Trials and tests can either make us better or make us bitter. According to the teachings of Jesus, those who harden their hearts because of worldly difficulties and distractions didn’t receive the Word with the right heart ( Mark 4:13-20).
When we harden our hearts instead of seeking God during challenging sessions of our life, we are neglecting our salvation.
If we lose our salvation we will go to hell. I urge you to examine your own heart with the list above. And get right with God. So many people think if they are a good person they will go to heaven. Sadly people have been led astray.