INSTANCES THAT CAN LEAD TO A CHRISTIAN’S DENIAL OF CHRIST AND HIS/HER NEIGHBOUR
Introduction: Jesus said “but who so ever deny me before men, him will I also deny before my father which is in heaven” Matthew 10:33.
Fear of the unknown is one of man greatest problems, most especially when our liberty and peace are seen to be threatened if we stand firm in the face of odds. Fear is capable of making Christians deny their faith when they forget God’s promises to be with us always and to provide us protection and security if we hold unto Him.
Peter, however, deny Jesus because he was afraid and do not want to face unpleasant consequences, including death, for identifying with Jesus Christ during his trial by the Jews. The natural instinct of self preservation also explains why many Christians deny Jesus, their bosom friends and even neighbor because if they speak the truth, they might be severally punished or lose their special privileges in society.
The following are situations that can lead to a Christian’s denial of Jesus and ones neighbour: