Most of us don’t start our Christian walk saying, “I’d like a compromised faith, please.”
If you’re like me, you came under the power of the Holy Spirit and then went off to conquer the world.
Since 1999, I’ve made more mistakes than I’d like to admit. BIG ONES! (I was pregnant on our honeymoon if that tells you anything).
Here are the things that I know have caused my faith to weaken in the past…from experience.
8 Bad Habits That Will Weaken Your Christian Faith
Many people, in the name of Christian liberty, have multiple glasses of wine on a regular basis despite the verses warning against drunkenness.
While we all want to believe we are the exception to the rule, it’s simply not true. Drinking regularly will cause you to compromise your faith and morals.
I’m not saying don’t have a glass of wine once in a while, or even once a week, but God warns us against using our liberty “as a cloak for vice.”
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. I Peter 2:15-16 NKJV
Personally, I’m trying to forgo alcohol completely…it’s not an easy battle, nor one I always conquer, but it’s a noble cause nonetheless.
Watching Ungodly Media
If we regularly engage in watching a movie or television show with sexual content, adultery, a barrage of cursing and gory blood-filled scenes of horror, our faith can’t withstand the temptation to be desensitized to all of it.
The more we watch, the less we will be able to continue to tell the subtle differences between right and wrong when encountering them in our day to day life.
The Psalmist recognized evil’s ability to cleave to us and turn us aside when he said:
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. Psalm 101:3 (KJV)
I love the show “Friends,” but after becoming a mom I realized that my daughter was picking up on the subtle clues that lacked morality and modesty.
I know it’s not the worst show, but I purposed to give it up for the sake of my faith.
Becoming BFFs with Unrighteous People
We’ve all heard that “Jesus is the friend of sinners.”
While I believe that to be true because the Bible tells stories of him dining with tax collectors and prostitutes; the scenes depicted in the Bible show Him teaching them and not the other way around.
All too often Christians, by involving ourselves too deeply, allow the unrighteous to influence us.
Many times, because we love those sinners, we find ourselves excusing their sin. We understand why someone turns to homosexuality when they’ve been molested as a child or why they drink when their child has been killed.
But by compromising our faith by getting too entrenched with the life of an unrighteous person, we fail to preach the transforming power of the Gospel.
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:33-34
The Bible even goes as far as to say “do not be deceived,” meaning that people in the New Testament church were being deceived by those they associated with that didn’t have the knowledge of Christ’s resurrection power.
Not Reading the Bible Regularly
If we don’t read our Bible regularly, our faith grows stagnant.
Think about stagnant water…it kind of makes you grossed out, right? It’s where mosquitoes lay eggs and bacteria flourishes.
A person who drinks from a stale pond will grow weak and sick, but a person who nourishes themselves in living waters that are constantly being refreshed aren’t as susceptible to unhealthy living.
I once had two consecutive and identical dreams where the Lord showed me the power of knowing scriptures.
We can fight the troubles of this life with God’s fresh ancient wisdom or not.
By spending time in God’s word we can use His Spirit, instead of our weak human ability, to conquer the enemy.
Forsaking the Fellowship
The church is messed up. It’s full of gossip, sexual immorality and stress.
It’s so far from the original design for God’s fellowship of the saints it might be tempting to just opt out altogether.
It’s tempting to cite Bible verses proving how grossly in error many churches are, but the Lord is clear:
[Let us] not forsak[e] the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV)
Regular fellowship with other believers is essential to our Christian growth…especially the closer we get to the End Times.
While it’s true that the Holy Spirit resides in each believer, it’s always important to get a fresh perspective on our lives.
I’ve been reading “You Are a Writer” by Jeff Goins, and he says that only the amateur writer doesn’t want their book edited by others. They hate criticism of their work. But no book ends up on The New York Times Bestseller’s list without a bunch of editing.
Just like a good book, we all must go through the painful “editing” process.
If you’ve ever read a poorly edited book…you know it’s just as painful to read it as it is sad to be the person that wrote it and put it out for public consumption!
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid. Proverbs 12:1 (NKJV)
Erring on the Side of Grace
In our overly PC culture, grace is over-stated.
We don’t want to seem “judgey” or self-righteous, so often we compromise our faith by erring on the side of grace.
We make excuses for others and ourselves.
We preach a gospel heavy on grace while omitting repentance of sins.
It’s important to remember that before Christ EVER preached, John the Baptist (a hell-and-brimstone kind of guy) was called to make way for the message of grace.
As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight. Luke 3:4
The law is the thing that softened our hearts to hear the message of Christ.
We must have both grace and law in our lives to be successful Christians.
Erring On the Side of the Law
We might think that erring on the side of “the law” is wise, but actually erring on the side of law is a form of self-sufficiency. Just like the Pharisees depended on their ‘good works’ to get them a spot in Heaven, Jesus calls us to rest completely in his grace and mercy.
Rules make us feel safe. But in our safety we have the potential to get lazy and prideful.
It takes a strong spirit to walk on the razor-thin edge between grace and law precisely because it feels messy and uncomfortable.
But this is exactly where God wants us, because it forces us to call upon HIS strength to constantly understand the balance between the two. If you’ve fallen into an overly law-based faith, read this here.
By not experiencing the freedom of Christ and going out and “healing someone or picking wheat on the Sabbath” you are missing out on some faith-building opportunities.
Not an Exhaustive List
These are just a few bad Christian habits we can fall prey to that can sabotage our faith, but by no means are these the only ones!
Can you think of any more that you’ve experienced? Tell us your story in the comment section below.
We all learn from each other, so tell us your story in the comment section below.
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)
Head covering Christian woman who loves good wine, coffee, stinky cheese and missionary books. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my six children (5 girls, 2 boys).