There is no one who plans to walk this path for a lifetime, pursuing the truth to gain life and to understand God and, eventually, living a meaningful life like Peter did. As such, along the way, people deviate on their paths, do not have a place for God in their hearts, and the Holy Spirit no longer works within them. They have set foot upon a path of retrogression. All that they have suffered, all the sermons they have listened to, all the years they have been followers—all of this has been done in vain. This is such a dangerous thing! Going downhill is easy, but it is difficult to go uphill and choose the right road that a person should walk. Most people are muddle-headed! They cannot distinguish between the right path and the wrong path. After hearing so many sermons and reading so many of God’s words, they know He is God, but they still do not believe in Him; they know this is the true way, but they still cannot walk down it. How difficult it is to bring people salvation!
Adapted from “Those Who Have Lost the Work of the Holy Spirit Are Most at Risk” in Records of Christ’s Talks