The race that is set before all Christians is the heavenly race, which, in HEBREW 12:1, they are advised to run with patience, along the narrow way that will lead them to heaven, to receive the crown of eternal life. But unfortunately, in these latter times, majority of Christians have chosen the earthly race, by veering off from the narrow way into the broad-way, which permits carnality and worldly lusts.
Many Christians today, especially many “men of God” who, once zealously worked for the Lord, have turned aside from the heavenly race into an earthly race, because of love of money and love for the glories of this present world. They have become the enemies of God and friends of the world, as written in JAMES 4:4, and have also become the enemies of the cross of Christ, because their belly is now their God. They mind earthly things- PHILIPPIANS 3:18-19.
God said to the rich man in LUKE 12:20, and I quote, “THOU FOOL, THIS NIGHT THY SOUL SHALL BE REQUIRED OF THEE. THEN WHOSE SHALL THOSE THINGS BE WHICH THOU HAST PROVIDED?” Those believers in Christ who are running the earthly race by laying up earthly treasures for themselves, who are not spiritually rich towards God, are fools, for they will some-day leave all their earthly treasures behind, and end up in torments of hell, like the rich man.
Many men of God have SOLD the truth, and have become unequally yoked with politicians, to run the political race with them, unto their eternal destruction in hell. Men of God and indeed all Christians, are admonished by God to flee from the love of money and from the love of this present world, including partisan politics. They are also warned not to get themselves unequally yoked with unbelievers, as written in 2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-18, so that they will not be distracted from their heavenly race.
The Doctrine of SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD, that is polluted with ungodly and worldly celebrations: The Doctrine of SANCTITY OF THE BED BEFORE AND AFTER MARRIAGE: The Doctrine of SELF-DENIAL, while running this heavenly race: The doctrine of LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD, as written in LUKE 9:60, are the doctrines of God- JOHN 7:16.
Christians, who are born of the Spirit of God, need to re-examine themselves if they are still running this heavenly race, because the Spirit speaketh expressly, in 1 TIMOTHY 4:1, that in these latter days, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of the devil. And if they must run the race to heaven, they must be violent against the love of the world and its vain glories, violent against fleshly lusts which war against the souls of Christians, as written in 1 PETER 2:11. They must be violent against the tradition of the land, which transgresses the commandment of God, as written in MATTHEW 15:3, and I quote, “WHY DO YE ALSO TRANSGRESS THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD BY YOUR TRADITION?”
THE HEAVENLY RACE AND THE EARTHLY RACE ARE TWO PARALLEL RACES. NO MAN CAN RUN THE TWO RACES AT THE SAME TIME. IT IS EITHER HE WILL HATE THE HEAVENLY RACE AND BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE RACE OR LOVE THE EARTHLY RACE AND BE ETERNALLY CONDEMNED.
Let him that hath an ear, hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. This is a warning from Jesus to all churches, as written in REVELATION 3:22.