WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SIN?
Richard Carlson (deceased)
This question is not intended to imply that sin has ceased to
exist. Sin has been in the world since mans disobedience in
the garden of Eden, and will be so until time is declared no more.
The thrust of this article is to show how so many take certain
sins, give them another name, as though they can minimize the
severity of them. We will note twelve specific examples.
1) Stealing is no longer stealing, it is
kleptomania. The claim is made that this kind of person
cannot control themselves. And so we tend to overlook them and feel
sorry for them.
To steal is to take what belongs to another without consent.
Jesus teaches a thief comes to steal, kill and destroy
(John 10:10). Read what Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus.
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him
labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may
have to give to him that needeth (Eph. 4:28). Look at the
penalty for stealing under the law of Moses. And he that
stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he
shall surely be put to death (Exod. 21:16). If a
man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of
Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that
thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among
you (Deut. 24:7).
2) Adultery is no longer adultery, its an
extramarital affair. Adultery is unfaithfulness to the
marriage bed. Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed
undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge
(Heb. 13:4). Read the words of Christ. Whosoever shall put
away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry
another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put
away doth commit adultery (Matt. 19:9; cf. Mark 10:11-12).
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to
lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his
heart (Matt. 5:28).
3) Fornication is no longer fornication, its
simply dating or a living arrangement. Its
thought to be normal and without shame. Like adultery, its
based on a weak argument of experimentation. However, the
worlds standard does not make it right with God. Gods
teaching on the purity of the sexual relationship between a husband
and wife within the bounds of scriptural holy matrimony is sacred
and timeless (cf. Matt. 19:6). Yet, too many people of the world do
not consider it as such. They look on it as something that is open
and free. In other words, engage in it as often and with whomever
you please. This illicit activity will not only bring deadly
diseases, but shame and disgrace upon you, the community and the
whole nation. Study Proverbs 5:3-8, 6:20-29,32-33, 7:5-27. We are
to abstain from fornication (Acts. 15:20). Flee
fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he
that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body
(1 Cor. 6:18). But fornication, and all uncleanness, or
covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh
saints (Eph. 5:3). Fornication is sinful every time
...the body is not for fornication (1 Cor.
6:13; cf. 5:1).
4) Gambling is no longer gambling, its simply
gaming. Its no longer a sin to many, but has become an
investment in the future. To be sure, there are some risks we take
every day of our lives. On the road, we run the risk of being hit
by another driver, but that is a far cry from gambling. But,
gambling is a sinful risk. If we play for money or other
stakes, we commit the sin of gambling. It is the desire for
others to lose while we win. It depends on others loss. Notice
these scriptures. Recompense to no man evil for evil.
Provide things honest in the sight of all men (Rom.
12:17). Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but
ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye
clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages
earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes (Haggai
1:6). Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye
do, do all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31).
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain
from all appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:21-22). Is
gambling a good thing to hold on to? If a person gambles, is that
abstaining from the appearance of evil?
5) Lying is no longer lying, it is to misspeak
simply telling a falsehood, freedom of expression. Freedom of
speech does not give one the liberty to lie. Even in expressing our
views, it must be done in the right manner. What does God say about
lying? Lying lips are abomination to the Lord
(Prov. 12.22). A false witness shall not be unpunished, and
he that speaketh lies shall perish (Prov. 19:5,9).
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not
walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully;
but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every
mans conscience in the sight of God (2 Cor. 4:2).
6) Homosexuality is no longer an unimaginable
perversion, it is simply an alternate lifestyle. Those
who honor the God-given institution of marriage to be exclusively
between one woman and one man are considered hate mongers. The
faithful of the Lord are in grave danger of harm and/or
imprisonment (in some places) for speaking out against it. And if
it comes to that, so be it! God does not see it as alternate
lifestyle. The Law of Moses condemned this grievous sin. If
a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them
have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death;
their blood shall be upon them (Lev. 20:29). God destroyed
the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of it (Gen. 19). Where do
you think the word sodomy came from? And turning the cities
of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned [them] with an
overthrow, making [them] an ensample unto those that after should
live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). But the same day that
Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and
destroyed them all (Luke 17:29). And likewise also
the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust
one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,
and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which
was meet (Rom. 1:27).
7) Cursing is no longer inappropriate and vulgar,
its colorful speech. The worldly minded see nothing
wrong with it. So many live their lives filled with vile and vulgar
language. Gods name is taken in vain. I remember reading a
list of twelve rules on raising a juvenile delinquent that was put
out by the Houston Texas Police Department. One of the rules said
to laugh at your child when they pick up on cute phrases.
Then later they will pick up on worse phrases that will blow your
head off. So, is it wrong, or is it just colorful? Let God answer.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain;
for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in
vain (Exod. 20:7). And ye shall not swear by my
name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am
the Lord (Lev. 19:12). But I say unto you, That
every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account
thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be
justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Matt.
12:36-37). Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your
mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may
minister grace unto the hearers (Eph. 4:29).
8) Abortion is not killing innocent human life, it is
simply birth control. The United States, on an annual basis,
kills more babies in one year than the number of lives lost in all
the wars fought in this countrys history! What does God say?
Study Proverbs 6:16-19. God hates hands that shed innocent blood.
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of
the womb is his reward (Psa. 127:3). As thou
knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do
grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest
not the works of God who maketh all (Eccl. 11:5).
Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee
from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that
stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth
by myself (Isa. 44:24).
9) Euthanasia, the killing of the old and infirm, is
no longer murder, it is good death or death with
dignity mercy killing. It is considered by many
to be nothing more than showing mercy to someone who is terminally
ill. We remember too well Jack Kevorkian as an example of this. He
invented a machine by which he assisted people in taking their own
life. He upheld his innocence and denied any wrongdoing. Did he
really think he could play God? What does the Bible say?
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a
living soul (Gen. 2:7). Whosoever hateth his
brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal
life abiding in him (1 John 3:15).
10) Nakedness is not immodesty, its freedom
to do as you please. Many, even many Christians, see nothing
wrong with exposing their flesh. Immodesty is open to view, not
concealed, lack of covering or clothing; nudity or bareness.
However the Bible still calls it what it is! It is sin! In
like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel,
with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold,
or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing
godliness) with good works (1 Tim. 2:9-10). And
thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from
the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach (Exod.
28:42). Read about Noahs nakedness in Genesis 9:21-27 and how
his sons handled this situation. Those who tempt others to sin are
not innocent in the sin (cf. Matt. 18:6; Rom. 14:13).
11) Drunkenness is not drunkenness, its a
disease called alcoholism. Its simply a drinking
problem. But again, some argue drinking in not wrong as long as one
does not become drunk. But social drinking is sin! Alcohol is a
good remover. It will remove and destroy homes and families. It
will remove money out of your pocket and food off of the table.
And, it will remove a persons reputation. Read Isaiah 5:11.
Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and
drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags (Prov. 23:20-21).
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile
himself with the portion of the kings meat, nor with the wine
which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs
that he might not defile himself (Dan. 1:8). Woe unto
him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to
him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their
nakedness (Hab. 2:15). Read Leviticus 10:8-11.
A father asked his son, If you count a cows tail
a leg, how many legs does it have? He answered, five. We know
that is not true, because calling a cows tail a leg, does not
make it a leg. Men can call sin by any terminology they desire, but
its still sin. Sin will separate you from God. Behold,
the Lords hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither
his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have
separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face
from you, that he will not hear (Isa. 59:1-2). For
all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom.
3:23). For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 6:23).
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THE BIBLE ON BOOZE
Garland M. Robinson
The Bible is very clear about the sinfulness of using alcohol
as a beverage. It runs across the grain of everything that is true
and right and holy. So many believe its alright to drink
(socially) as long as you dont get drunk. I wonder where they
got that idea? Its not from the Bible!
Drunkenness is simply a matter of degree. Ephesians 5:18
says, And be not drunk with wine, wherein is
excess; but be filled with the Spirit. The word for
drunk signifies to make drunk or to grow drunk (an
inceptive verb marking the process of becoming drunk; Thayers,
Vines). The first drink starts the process of becoming drunk.
Therefore, the first drink is sinful. Such is forbidden in this
verse. The word excess is not speaking of the amount or
quantity one drinks. Its not saying that its all right to
drink as long as you dont drink too much. The word is dealing
with the excessive behavior that comes as a result of being under
alcohols influence. The word is defined as a abandoned,
dissolute life. It is translated riot (ASV) and
dissipation (NKJV). Alcohol brings one to an abandoned,
riotous, rowdy, reckless, dissolute life. Why in the world would
anyone choose such a life? Why would anyone promote and defend it?
Can you imagine the Lord Jesus sitting at a bar with a glass in his
hand? He never gave us such an example to follow (1 Peter 2:21).
The following points have been so aptly made through the
years. I dont know who put the following arrangement together,
but it is excellent. Pass it on.
Alcohol and its agents are deceitful. Wine is a
mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby
is not wise (Prov. 20:1).
Drunkenness leads to poverty and rags. Be not
among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard
and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe
a man with rags (Prov. 23:20-21).
Alcohol brings woe, sorrow, contentions, babbling,
wounds, and inflamed eyes. Who hath woe? who hath sorrow?
who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without
cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine;
they that go to seek mixed wine (Prov. 23:29-30).
Wine at first is pleasing, but in the end is as poison as
a rattlesnake! Look not thou upon the wine when it is red,
when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an
adder (Prov. 23:31-32).
Alcohol inflames lust, deadens judgment, and enslaves the
will. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine
heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that
lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the
top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not
sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake?
I will seek it yet again (Prov. 23:33-35).
The drunkard is dangerous to himself as well as to
others. As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard,
so is a parable in the mouth of fools (Prov. 26:9).
Alcohol corrupts courts and governments, brings national
destruction. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for
kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink,
and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the
afflicted (Prov. 31:4-5). Woe unto them that are mighty
to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which
justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of
the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the
stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be
as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they
have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word
of the Holy One of Israel (Isa. 5:22-24).
Alcohol makes men forget God. Woe unto them that
rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink;
that continue until night, till wine inflame them! And the harp,
and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts:
but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the
operation of his hands (Isa. 5:11-12).
The curse of God is on the drunkard. Woe to the
crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty
is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of
them that are overcome with wine! Behold, the Lord hath a mighty
and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm,
as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the
earth with the hand. The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim,
shall be trodden under feet (Isa. 28:1-3).
The curse of God is on every man, every business, and
every government that provides or sells booze. Woe unto
him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to
him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their
nakedness! Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also,
and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORDS right
hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on
thy glory (Habak. 2:15-16).
Moderate drinking leads to even more drunkenness,
nakedness, and a curse on the drunkards children. And
Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he
drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his
tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his
father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth
took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went
backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their
faces were backward, and they saw not their fathers nakedness.
And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had
done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants
shall he be unto his brethren (Gen. 9:20-25).
Drunkenness contributes to adultery, incest, and
illegitimate children. And Lot went up out of Zoar, and
dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he
feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two
daughters. And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is
old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after
the manner of all the earth: Come, let us make our father drink
wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our
father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the
firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not
when she lay down, nor when she arose. And it came to pass on the
morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay
yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night
also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed
of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night
also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not
when she lay down, nor when she arose. Thus were both the daughters
of Lot with child by their father (Gen. 19:30-36).
Christians are not to associate with drunkards.
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any
man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an
idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such
an one no not to eat (I Cor. 5:11).
Christ can save drunkards. Know ye not that the
unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:
neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,
nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous,
nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the
kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but
ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord
Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (I Cor. 6:9-11). Come
now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins
be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red
like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isa. 1:18).
There is a way of salvation for the whole world,
including drunkards. For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). And
brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And
they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be
saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord,
and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour
of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and
all his, straightway (Acts 16:30-33).
Believe in Christ (John 8:24), Repent of sins
(Acts 2:38), Confess faith in Christ (Rom. 10:10), be
Baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 22:16),
Live faithful to Christ unto death (I Cor. 15:58; Rev.
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The one thing which is amazing to so many of us is the great
number of sects, cults, philosophies and far-out theories which
have ever plagued those who would respect the word of God.
Before Jesus was born there were a number of religious sects
who imbibed some of the superstitions of the Egyptians, Syrians and
Arabians. In Palestine, the Jewish and Samaritans religions
flourished during the time of Christ.
The Samaritans originated in the time of King Rehoboam.
Shalmanesser, King of Assyria besieged Samaria the capital of the
Kingdom of Israel. The people were carried away and their place was
filled with Babylonians. The Jews and Babylonians mixed their
religions. After the Jews returned from their captivity, quarrels
erupted with the Jews who were still in Jerusalem over rebuilding
the temple. When the returning Jews were not allowed to assist in
rebuilding the temple, they erected a temple on Mount Gerizim. The
Jews and Samaritans had no dealings with each other.
The Jews were divided into three major groups and a number
of lesser groups. The Essenes, Pharisees and
Sadducees were the more prominent groups.
The Essenes dwelt generally in solitude and decreed
that: religion consisted wholly in contemplation and silence. They
practiced a rigid abstinence. Some elected to live in celibacy.
They viewed the Law of Moses as allegorical which relieved them
from observing its precepts.
The Sadducees maintained that: only the written law
was of divine authority, that neither the oral law nor the prophets
were to be regarded as divine authority. They did not believe in
the resurrection nor future state, nor angels, or human spirit.
They believed in opposing Christ.
The Pharisees taught that: the Law of Moses, the
prophets and the tradition of the elders were of equal authority,
that there was a resurrection of the dead, a future state and the
children of Abraham alone would be raised from the dead and enter
into future happiness. Persons would be able to eat and drink in a
future state and that every man would be reunited to his former
The Pharisees separated themselves from all who were deemed
to be sinners. They were strict observers of the traditions of the
elders and did their religious acts to be seen of men.
Besides the above, there were an endless number of sects
which prevailed when Jesus was born. The gods, idols, priests,
festivals, and rituals would require a book to describe them.
When the minds of men are cluttered with cultic foolishness,
it is all but impossible to teach them the pure word of God. Jesus
and the inspired apostles made but little progress with all the
prejudicial rot which existed in their time.
Sectarianism abounds all around and new groups are being
formed each week. All it takes is to form a musical band to
entertain the gullible people and attach some sort of religious
title and the show proceeds.
Several congregations and preachers who used to claim
loyalty to Christ and his church have digressed aside into cultism.
Theres a sad day coming.
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Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
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THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Marvin L. Weir
In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the
pathway [thereof there is] no death (Prov. 12:28).
One must know the sacred writings to be
wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ
Jesus (2 Tim. 3:15). Lack of study of Gods Holy Word
(cf. 2 Tim. 2:15) is not an option if one desires to travel the way
of righteousness. Christ taught they that hunger and thirst
after righteousness shall be filled (Matt. 5:6). The way
of righteousness is not a mystery or something one cannot be sure
of. Let us note some things that are essential for one to do if the
way of righteousness is to be traveled.
One must heed the call to the way of
righteousness! So many people misunderstand how God calls
people. It is not a miraculous calling or a special experience or
feeling that overpowers a person. Gods Word says that all are
called through the Gospel (2 Thess. 2:14). There are no exceptions.
Since the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to
every one that believeth (Rom. 1:16), one will not be
reckoned as righteous who has not obeyed the Gospel plan of
salvation (cf. Gal. 3:6). To be in or put on Christ (Gal. 3:27),
one must be baptized into Christ (Rom. 6:4). This is where
Christs blood is contacted and we have our redemption
through his blood (Eph. 1:7). Without redemption and
forgiveness of sins, one cannot be reckoned as righteous. And, of
course, prerequisites to being baptized are belief/faith
(Heb. 11:6), repentance of sins (Luke 13:3), and a
willingness to confess that Jesus Christ is the only begotten of
the Father (Rom. 10:9-10).
One must choose to travel the way of
righteousness! People are not robots, but free moral agents and
have always had to make choices regarding their lives. Remember
Joshua saying, And if it seem evil unto you to serve the
LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods
which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the
flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as
for me and my house, we will serve the LORD (Josh. 24:15).
The way of righteousness is too strait and narrow (restricted) for
many and so they reject it (Matt. 7:14). One will not find himself
accidently on the way of righteousness. A decision must be made and
sacrifice and effort are required. No man can serve two
masters (Matt. 6:24). The Devil is with the majority of
people who have chosen the broad and worldly way that leads to
destruction (Matt. 7:13). The choice you make will determine the
destiny of your soul!
One must be involved as he travels the way of
righteousness! All Christians have the obligation to be the
salt of the earth and light of the world so
that God will be glorified and others will see these good
works (Matt. 5:13-16). Christianity is not to be confused with
a spectator sport. Each member of the church will be held
accountable for doing what he or she could do for the Lord and His
cause. No one can serve or worship in the kingdom for you. You will
not be credited for faithfulness because fellow church members are
faithful. Will you speak up for the Lord and defend His cause? Can
you be counted on when the going gets tough? Will you be steadfast
even though family and friends are involved? The Bible warns,
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and
not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a
glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway
forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the
perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a
forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed
in his deed (James 1:22-25).
One must not apologize for the way of
righteousness! The politically correct climate of the world has
influenced some brethren far more than the Bible. It is sickening
that some brethren are embarrassed by Gods truth as they seek
to find favor with their denominational neighbors and friends. A
number of brethren no longer believe in one church, one plan of
salvation, one way of worshipping God (in spirit and truth, John
4:24), and one way to be forgiven of sins (repentance or turning
from, Luke 13:3). Worldly philosophy and immorality has definitely
influenced some congregations more than the sacred writings. The
egos of many brethren stand in their way of growing in the
knowledge of Gods Word. It is still true that Pride
goeth before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a
fall (Prov. 16:18). The wisdom of the world will one day
be destroyed (1 Cor. 1:21). Let us learn to fear and honor the One
who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Matt. 10:28).
One must continue to travel the way of
righteousness (Rom. 11:22)! The once saved, always saved and
cannot sin so as to be lost false doctrine will contribute to many
souls being lost in an eternal hell.
484 CR 44700
Blossom, TX 75416
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THE HIGH COST OF SIN
There are so many lessons we may learn from Second Samuel 24:15-
25. Please read it before you continue this article. The question
is, are we listening with a desire to learn and embrace the
DAVID OFFERED NO EXCUSES FOR HIS TRANSGRESSIONS
Here is David, the humble shepherd boy who by fidelity to
God rose to become king of Israel. He is credited as being a man
after Gods own heart (cf. Acts 13:22). A man who in
times past had shown courage and leadership against the forces of
evil. Yet in one weak moment, he fell from Gods grace as one
sin led to another.
We learn the high price others paid for the sins of David.
From Dan to Beersheba, 70,000 men died. Was not this a painful
thing for David to know that he was responsible for the death of so
many of his loyal supporters? We find David pleading with God that
his sheep (subjects) be spared any further deaths. Sin does indeed
have very painful consequences. Here was a man that for so many
years had lived in fellowship with God and had been so blessed by
God; who is now wallowing in the consequences of his sins. His tie
to God had been severed. He is now alone in the clutches of sin. We
may well be reminded of our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ who when
taking on the sins of mankind cried out: My God, my God why
hast thou forsaken me (Matt. 27:46)?
Do we (who have been forgiven of our past sins and who enjoy
fellowship now with our Lord) appreciate the tie that binds us to
the Lord and one another? Do we say at the approach of every
worship opportunity; I was glad when they said let us go up
to the house of the Lord (Psa. 122:1)?
I would to God that our elected officials would give thought
to the consequences of their actions. Have Christians been
complacent by a failure to speak out long and loud when sinful
legislation is being proposed by the forces of evil? Did we stand
strong and united when being told the blessings of legalizing the
sale of alcoholic beverages and reaping the revenue from same was
being enacted? Did Gods people stand united when the forces of
evil proposed the legal right for a woman to kill her unborn child?
When evil men and women demanded that Gods law of marriage be
changed to suit extreme wickedness, where were the preachers? When
Gods people are demeaned if and when they oppose such evil, do
you stand strong? Have Christians spoken up about so called hate
speech and hate crimes which attempt to judge motives? Have these
same type of laws been used to silence the preaching of the Gospel?
David, humbled and punished, is brought to his knees. He
cries out to God, I have sinned and I have done wickedly.
David assumes responsibility for his sins, he makes no attempt to
blame others. His sheep (subjects) have been killed from Dan to
Beersheba from one end of Israel to the other. Now, David
pleads that his sheep (subjects) be spared from further reprisals.
When one sins, others often have to pay as well. Was it the case
that the mantle of protection that God had afforded the Israelites
been removed due to the sins of David, resulting in victories of
I cannot but wonder if perhaps the mantle of protection that
God has afforded America has been removed. Early Americans
established a nation based upon Biblical principles, put on their
currency In God we trust, had Bible reading and prayer in
their institutions of education, and spoke of inalienable (God
given) rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So
many people in America today no longer adhere to these founding
principles. So much of America today is a nation that bows at the
altar of humanism and political correctness.
The richest most powerful nation on earth now holds out a
beggars cup and finds itself over 17 trillion dollars in debt with
no end in sight. When there are no more lenders, we just print more
money. America is a nation that is welcoming a radical ideology
that desires to rule over us. We already know what is inside this
Trojan horse, for the record is clear of what becomes of nations
over which they dominate.
Make no mistake about it, for every transgression there is
a just recompense of reward. For if the words spoken by
angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience
received a just recompense of reward. How shall we escape, if we
neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken
by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by them that heard
him (Heb. 2:2-3).
We have a nation who glorifies an ex-president who committed
adultery in the Oval Office of the United States government and who
is held in high esteem and honor by his political party and most of
the news media. We have those who are openly homosexuals in the
churches, in high government offices, in the entertainment industry
and in the news media. Ones livelihood may be jeopardized if
you condemn such God-defying conduct. You are a bigot they say!
We have a political party of which half attempted to have
the word God removed from their political platform
who support abortion for any cause and homosexual unions
(cant be marriages) and then turn around and say God
bless America. Some brethren will vote them back into office.
God help us!
David, even though a king, assumed responsibility for his sins.
He spoke to the Lord and said Lo I have sinned and have
done wickedly (2 Sam. 24:17). David recognized that his
sins had caused the innocent to suffer. Be it an individual or a
nation; sin like a pebble dropped in a still pond spreads out and
has an effect on the rest of the still water.
The father who drinks or gambles his paycheck away brings
poverty and hunger to his entire family. The mother who abandons
her responsibility to the family will have a profound wicked effect
upon her children.
A nation of legislators who do not pursue physical
responsibility and who do not have the ultimate best interest of
the people, will bring a nation into a state of debt. A debt that
it cannot pay. Such elected officials, while pursuing their own
self interest, will bring pain and suffering on the innocent.
Leaders who are not willing to stand upon the moral and
spiritual values given to mankind by our Creator are a curse to
humanity. How sad to observe businesses who for profit will
actually aid and abet the moral decline of the nation that has
given them opportunity to exist. There are many so-called religious
leaders who are ready and willing to abandon what little respect
they have for the Oracles of God in order to increase their numbers
Many educators are so afraid of losing their jobs that they
go along with teaching that they know is wrong. At least I hope
they understand that replacing in the beginning God with
in the beginning nature, is false and wicked. While
America spends more and more on a failed educational system, we
fall farther and farther behind other nations. No amount of money
will rectify our problems with education. Oh for a David who is
willing to admit I have sinned and done wickedly. Our schools no
longer educate, they indoctrinate with the most foolish attempt at
The handwriting for America is on the wall, yet the foolish
desire of so many seems to be, lets do more of the same.
Praise be to God there is a place of refuge and safety in
the right relationship with our Lord. In the final analysis, this
is what matters. Are YOU standing up for what is right and true?
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In Jeremiah chapter 42, the king of Babylon has taken captive
many of the Jews, but a remnant of the poor has been left behind to
care for the land. Jeremiah had forewarned what was to take place
but they (Israelites) did not listen. Now those left behind fear
for their lives and are ready to hear the words of Jeremiah and
plead with him to pray unto the Lord. In Jeremiah 42:5-6 we read,
Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful
witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for
the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us. Whether [it
be] good, or whether [it be] evil, we will obey the voice of the
LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us,
when we obey the voice of the LORD our God. Sounds
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whatever God wants me to do, whether it is pleasing or displeasing,
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the ones Jesus spoke of in Matthew 15:7-9, [Ye] hypocrites,
well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh
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