Woe unto the child who was brought up with Godly parents, but rejected their teachings. To respect parents is a command, not an option. They, if Christians themselves, teach the tools which battle the devil. Many of those who were taught right hate God. Why? Because God through the Holy Spirit doesn't let them pleasure themselves. There are "wrongs" which we're forbidden to do and evil people reject God because they favor evil!
It seems that those who reject the Godly teachings of their parents are most likely to be reprobate!
Romans 1:28 "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient..."In short God gives up on those who fail to listen, or worse yet; listen, but fail to obey! Reprobate means that the rebellious person is foreordained to eternal damnation. Why is that so? They worship their father, the devil:
John 8:44 "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do."Those who do what's right in their own eyes have for a father, the devil. Their daddy may have been a preacher, but their father is still the devil! How should other Christians respond to a reprobate person?
Luke 9:5 "And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them."We are to make reprobate people non-persons. They're damned and beyond salvation. Why let them drag us into the same fiery pit? A discerning Christian knows that we're battling forces of evil:
Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."Why fight such powerful forces? You can't win on your own and most of us have such little faith that to battle with wickedness in high places is self-damning. You just can't do it alone! We would like to think that the person who we love has "good" in them, but if "good" was there, God would not ask us to shake their very dust from off our feet!
People have always been beguiled by what appears "good" or "pleasurable". Even Samson lost his strength from God and became ineffectual because he succumbed to what appeared to be good. Time and again God's people failed him, because they were deceived by the devil himself. Yes, those who are against Christ are antichrists!
As Christians we're called to be "sanctified". That means we're to be set apart from the world. We're not to run with the wrong crowd, especially when the wrong crowd doesn't bend to scripture. By working with those with calloused hearts our hearts can become calloused. John 8:44 above goes on to say "the lusts of your father ye will do." Those whose father is the devil do devil's deeds. The prime example of devil's deeds is to pull others away from Christ. A tactic is to destroy what God holds dear: relationships, children, families, marriages, churches and the authority we are charged to follow.
Devil's workers attack you best where he can destroy the most! Nothing is sacrosanct!
Be on guard:
1 Corinthians 16:13 "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."
Sometimes it takes evil awhile to rear its ugly head, but when it does it can destroy! "Watch ye!"