There are few warnings in Scripture more solemn than this — "Remember Lot's wife (Luke 17:32)."
Lot's wife was a religion professor. Her husband was a righteous man (2 Peter 2:8). She left Sodom with him on the day when Sodom was destroyed. She looked back toward the city from behind her husband, against God's express command, she was struck dead at once and turned into a pillar of salt.
The Lord Jesus Christ holds her up as a beacon to His church. He says, "Remember Lot's wife." He does not bid us to remember Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Hannah or Ruth. No, He singles out one whose soul was lost forever. It is a solemn warning when we think of the person who gives it.
Yet what good effect had all these privileges on the heart of Lot's wife? None at all. Despite all the means of grace, special warnings and messages from heaven, she lived and died graceless, godless, impenitent and unbelieving.
The eyes of her understanding were never opened. The mere possession of religion, or privileges, will save no one's soul. It is an entire delusion. It requires something more than privileges to save a soul.
Job was David's captain, Gehazi was Elisha's servant, Demas was Paul's companion, Judas Iscariot was Christ's disciple and Lot had a worldly unbelieving wife. These all died in their sin. They went down to the pit in spite of knowledge, warnings and opportunities, and they all teach us that it is not privileges alone that men need. We need the grace of the Holy Ghost.
I pray that all professing Christians may lay these things to heart. We trust Him, and sin dies. We love Him, and grace lives. We wait for Him, and grace is strengthened. We see Him as He is, and grace is perfected forever.