Here is the final part of the guest post.
Finally, accountability is a vital resource that a Christian has to resist sin but it often times gets neglected. There are no spiritual Rambo’s in the Christian walk. I cannot tell you how essential accountability has been in my own life. I have seen several people in my life backslide and fall into a state of habitual, unrepentant sin as they began to forsake the assembly. We need each other. This is the exhortation we see the author of Hebrews make to his recipients in chapter 10 verse 25. Apparently some of the members of the Hebrew congregation were disregarding the fellowship of the saints. The author understood that this was a big problem that could affect the spiritual life of a person. Even the didache, an early church manual on religious instruction of the late first century, gives this exhortation: “But be frequently gathered together seeking the things which are profitable for your souls.” As you can see this has always been an issue and it continues to be as many Christians today sadly fall into grievous sins as they attempt to live the Christian life by themselves. The author of Hebrews exhorts us to encourage one another daily so that we would not be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Matthew Henry commenting on this passage says: “If Christians do not exhort one another daily, they will be in danger of being hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. There is a great deal of deceitfulness in sin; it appears fair, but is filthy; it appears pleasant, but is pernicious; it promises much, but performs nothing. The deceitfulness of sin is of a hardening nature to the soul; one sin allowed prepares for another; every act of sin confirms the habit; sinning against conscience is the way to sear the conscience; and therefore it should be the great concern of every one to exhort himself and others to beware of sin.
By Guest Blogger: Jesse Botella