Christianity and tattoos!

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There is no doubt that we are in the end time when a lots of sinful habit have become permissible to the Church. We are all aware of same sex marriages made in the Church, homosexual and lesbianism etc. now seen as a way of life. The question is what is becoming of the lifestyles of we so called Christian? The world is no more outside the Church but now in the Church. We are not converting unbelievers into the Church but unbelievers are now manifesting the life styles of worldliness in the Church. This why I am writing about tattoo which is now becoming a lifestyle in our Churches and in the life of the so called believers. I am not judgmental but calling on heaven focused believers to wake up and see that we are in the end time.

Are tattoos a sin? Is it a sin to get a tattoo?“ The only Bible verse that specifically mentions tattoos is Leviticus 19:28, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.” With this verse in mind, I want to point out flaws in both sides of the argument. Some who oppose tattoos will point to Leviticus 19:28 and say “case closed, it is a sin to get a tattoo.” The problem with this line of reasoning is that there are many commands in the Old Testament Law, and in the Book of Leviticus especially, that Christians do not obey. For example, the verse immediately prior to Leviticus 19:28 states, “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard” (19:27). If we are going to use Leviticus 19:28 to outlaw tattoos, we should also outlaw everything else that the Old Testament Law forbids. The key point is this – Jesus’ death fulfilled and completed the Law, ending its requirements on us (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15). Therefore, the law against tattoos is not binding on Christians. As a result of the inapplicability of Leviticus 19:28, some will argue that since the Bible does not speak against tattoos in a New Covenant context, it is acceptable to get tattoos. The problem with this line of reasoning is that there are many things the Bible does not specifically speak against like smoking, male use of earrings, transgender, etc. The Bible being silent on an activity does not necessarily indicate approval of that activity. Some sinful habits were generalised by the Bible as evil practices, unrighteous, ungodliness, appearances of evil etc. Some who approve of Christians getting tattoos will also point to Revelation 19:16 and claim that Jesus has a tattoo, “On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” The text does not say that it will be a tattoo. It could be written by a magic marker for all we know, or it could be a henna (non-permanent) tattoo, or it could be metaphoric/symbolic, not literal. Whatever the case, Revelation 19:16 does not say Jesus has a tattoo. Even if it did, it would not be blanket permission for Christians to get tattoos. The truth is just that we are justifying our self and canal cravings and, none can walk with God without self denial!

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So, if arguments from both sides are flawed, what is the answer in regards to tattoos? This issue seems to be primarily a struggle with Christian freedom. It would be so much easier if we just had an exhaustive list of do’s and don’ts. Christian freedom is uncomfortable because it forces us to truly examine our motives. That is why Christians tend to go to one extreme or the other, legalism or licentiousness. Legalism is easier because it provides us with the list of do’s and don’ts. Licentiousness is easier because it focuses on the “freedom” in “Christian freedom” while ignoring the “Christian.”

Perhaps the most applicable verse on the question of whether getting a tattoo is a sin would be Romans 14:23, “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Sometimes, if you have to ask the question of whether something is right or wrong, it is a sign that it is wrong. As Christians, we should never do anything unless we are absolutely convinced that it is right. Further, we should never do something just because someone else says it is right. If you are absolutely convinced that getting a tattoo will be pleasing to God, honoring to God, and an increase in your being a light to the world – I will not stand in your way of getting a tattoo, nor will I claim that you have sinned by getting a tattoo. Ultimately, it is between you and God.

I seriously cannot ever get a tattoo on my body. What value has that to my relationship with God? I am just not convinced that it is right to permanently mark my body with a tattoo. If there is any need for me to advertise the name or the Word of God, i have to do that by my lifestyles, which tattoo negates. there are face caps, hand bands, t-shirts and such like that can be use to ‘tattoo whatever i need to do to the glory of God. We as Christian should not be ignorant the deceptive power of the devil. Our God is a holy God and He will never accommodate anything that is not bringing glory to His Holy name. We must bring to our individual lives the truth that we are at the end time.

Speaking of Christian freedom, 1 Corinthians 6:12 states, “Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial” (see also 1 Corinthians 10:23). Might tattoos be permissible? Maybe. But, I simply do not see how they can be considered beneficial. The first significance reality that comes to your mind once you see any tattoo is worldliness. This is not judgmental but the spiritual because the Holy Spirit will always shows us the truth. Our body is inhabited by the Holy Spirit, what marks our body is important. For me, then, it would be a sin to get a tattoo because there is doubt, not faith (Romans 14:23).

– Sin’s Enticement –

Revelation 1:3, “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near” Key verse – James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father […]

– Sin’s Enticement –

Walking on the path of salvation through Christ.

The war between God and Satan is over, and God has clearly won. Jesus Christ fought His battle with Satan, and it is recorded very briefly in Matthew 4 and Luke 4. He won that battle. Now it is our turn, because we have been chosen out of this world and are striving to live the way of God. Glory be to God for the privilege of knowing and accepting the only way of salvation that God offers to mankind. Indeed we are His workmanship in Christ Jesus. God forgives, justifies and mound us into a new beings through His workmanship. Jesus Christ has made us perfect by His sacrifice once we believed in Him, but we have a responsibility to walk in that state daily by being a doer of the Word. Deuteronomy 8:3 is clear that man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceed out of the mouth of God. The Word of God is indeed the daily life giver to every believer. God is the source and sustaining power of our being. The truth is as simple as that!

Once we are born again and fixed to a commitment of strict biblical lifestyle where God’s calling becomes our vocation, it required our concentrated attention as a work at all time. A vocation is a person’s regular occupation. A situation where a Christian looks back with a measure of longing is similar to someone talking on a mobile phone while driving his or her car. He or she frequently drifts all over the road, swerving this way and that because, the attention is split between conflicting priorities. Such is setting himself or herself up for trouble, and all too frequently, an accident occurs. A believer cannot maintain the citizen of the Kingdom with his or her attention diverted elsewhere. We are not to be anything but followers of the Son of Christ. We must be prepared to put God first in all things.

There are many commands in Scripture that tell us that we also have a responsibility in the process of sanctification. We are commanded to “be perfect” and to “be holy” and to present ourselves as “slaves of righteousness for holiness.” Jesus in Matthew 5:48 says that we must be perfect, just as our Father in heaven is perfect. Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 1:15-16 says that as He who called us is Holy, we must also be holy in all our conduct, because it is written that we must be holy for God is holy. This shows that perfection and holiness are close to the same thing; both have something to do with our conduct. These commands require effort on our part, but ultimately it is God who makes us perfect and holy. The Scriptures in Hebrew 11:38 describes God’s perspective:

“Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” 

As a result of the world that we are in, with divers appealing enticement, through social media, happenings and prevailing unrighteousness, religious hypocrisy, etc. we do fall into sin occasionally. To belong to the family of God, or to be a child of God, is one thing. But to exhibit the characteristics of God’s family by means of obedience, love, and perseverance is another thing altogether. That is what is going to separate “the men from the boys.” The children of God identify themselves by their conduct. They do not keep sinning. Persistence sinning is what is dangerous and not ethical for a believer. James 1:13-15 made it clear that temptation is as a result of our lust draws us away into sin that lead to spiritual death. 1 John 1:8-9 says that if we says we have no sin, we deceive ourselves. As long as we are on this earth, we are in a walk of faith, but it goes with justifying works. Of course, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit, but the battle between our flesh and the Spirit is a real work. It is a real work to live a life of obedience, giving as a steward, taking care of the poor or less privilege, love to God and our neighbors, serving God, do evangelism, etc. James 2:20 is clear that faith without works is dead. James 1:25 says that we are to look on into the perfect Word of God and be a doers of the work. Obeying the Word of God is a work!

At interval, we would sin, fall short, disobey, or derail but the Holy Spirit will come in to open our eyes to such errors. Eliphaz, Job’s friend, in Job 5:18, speaks about not despising God’s chastening: “For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.” Certainly, receiving chastisement from God is not pleasant, but it does have its benefits. The Bible is so clear in Hebrew 12:5-11:

“And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons. My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

When a child of God committed any sin, God chastening comes. Chastening is the means by which God restore us back. The making of a believer into sonship is a process that is done daily. While in the process, we can err and God will correct us at times with discipline. We are a citizen of the Kingdom of God. We are one family of the Church of Jesus Christ. Without discipline it is as if we are not truly children in the family. To people outside the Church, it does not matter what they do because they are not part of the fold. They have no knowledge of any worthwhile standard to uphold. But for believers, God has several ways of molding us. One is to give us instruction, through the wonderful doctrines and principles that are taught in His Word, so that we will be prepared and completed for His Kingdom. But if we become unmanageable and disobedient to His instructions, or if we have faults (which every human being does), we do not learn the lessons that are presented to us positively in His Word. Then God, as our Father, with the goal and objective of perfecting us and preparing us for glory, will adopt other methods. And one of the other major methods He uses is this method of chastisement.

The whole of salvation is God’s work from the beginning to the end. Once God starts working He goes on with that work to completion. Apostle Paul wrote to the church members in Philippians 1:6:

“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

God has no abandoned project. That leaves no doubt that God will finish whatever He started in us. God does not start a work and then give up or leave it incomplete. When God starts His work on His people, He completes that work. He has an ultimate objective and purpose for us to be like Christ, so that we can spend eternity with Him.

The characteristic of the righteous is that they do not often go off-track. Job says in Job 17:9,

“Yet the righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.”

Our spiritual strength increases as our tenure on the path lengthens and strengthens. By this experience, someone who has been in spiritual harness for five or six decades should be spiritually stronger than someone relatively new in the faith. When the divine discipline has run its course, and the desired effect has been achieved, then He restores us, improved by the experience. Our humility will determine our confession of such sin for us to be made perfect. We are being made perfect by the daily renewing of our heart to prove what is good and perfect.

Believers as God’s people were far from perfect. No doubt, we do failed and makes mistakes. God responds to the failures of His people with discipline. Even though, God’s love is in the foreground, He uses discipline to draw His people back to Himself. As we return to Him, the hardships turn to blessing.

God is Awesome. Shalom!

By your humility, you can become a vessel for God to use.

Understanding the way of God is an important foundational pillar, among others, for a rewarding relationships with God. There is no doubt that God is a loving God and He is a God that desire a relationship with mankind, notwithstanding the fact that He created us all with a purpose, He did not make us like a robot, rather, He always allow us, by our characters and attitudes, to determine the level by which He relates with us. God in His relationship with us acknowledges and respect our will. It is this nature of God mankind misunderstands. Yes, God is a loving and compassionate God. He is an enduring Creator that is full of long suffering. This nature of God has been misused by mankind by our foolishness and ignorance of the truth that we are just having that freewill for a very short time. A time will come that all mankind will give account of our stewardship to our Creator. This is where wisdom and understanding comes in. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Knowing this basic truth of our lives as stewards demands from all mankind, humility as a lifestyle in all our ways while on this earth.

Our world is filled with people too enamored with their own cleverness, importance, and ability to be used by God. This generation of ours is filled with all manners of self conceit, pride, arrogance and self glorification. In the Scriptures, we see that whenever God chose the men through whom He would give His Word to mankind, He did not choose the learned scholars, the distinguished philosophers, the eloquent orators, or the self-righteous religious leaders. He passed them all in favor of the simple and the bendable. Imagine Galilean fishermen like Peter, John, James, and Andrew, despised traitors like Matthew the tax collector, and obscure men like Philip, Mark, and Nathaniel became the first disciples of Jesus Christ. Even the educated people He chose, such as Luke the physician and Paul, the rabbinic scholar, were humble, unimposing people. To those common, earthen vessels God entrusted the priceless treasure of the gospel.

The treasures of God is a mystery that is only revealed in Jesus Christ. The Bible in Colossians 2:3,9 says in Christ alone dwells all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge. For in Him all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form. The gospel message reveals among others, in Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18, the most profound truths the world has ever known, which produced the most powerful eternal effects that transformed mankind into the image of Jesus Christ the God given eternal joy, peace, and satisfaction.

Jesus Christ humbled Himself to obey His Father’s desire and the same is expected of whoever God will use. God chooses humble people to proclaim the gospel message so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of Him. By using frail, fallible people, God makes it clear that the power lies not in the human messenger but in the divine message. The salient truth is just God turning and molding any one He chooses to become His vessel of usage. This, He does easily when such individual makes himself or herself to become a very humble vessel fit for God to use like a clay pot in the hands of the potter. God’s power transcends the limitations of the clay pot. And it is precisely those limitations that allow Christians to experience the greatest demonstration of God’s power.

We need to work on ourselves to become empty and humble enough to fit in as a useable vessel in the hands of God. Pride, arrogance and selfishness is not a lifestyle that God can use……….. Shalom!

The Sovereignty of God.

Many times, God set up some things to show his wonders. Our human limitations lacks the understanding of His Ways, and this makes things dark to comprehend. The darkest hour is just before dawn. God was just about to perform a great miracle if you will just hang in there by faith trusting God to act. Don’t give up, God will step in. If you give up, you’ve just failed in faith. As long as you hang in there, God will step in to give the miracle and you will be giving testimonies of His faithfulness thereafter. He is a miracle Worker!

Every evil you see in the world. crime, war, religious confusion, broken marriages, broken families, broken relationships, immoralities, famine, starvation, disease and premature death in their many tragic forms all exist for a reason. All of these and many other evil are not just happening but for an underlying reason: Judgement!!
God created the earth in such sparkling beauty that the angels were overjoyed at its creation. But something happened to bring it to a condition of devastation and waste. Its original beauty was destroyed. God then reshaped it, forming it into a beautiful home for the first man and woman, as recorded in the book of Genesis that at the earth’s creation all the angels were happy, singing and shouting together. Obviously, then, it was at a later time that some sinned—destroying the wonderful harmony and cooperation they had once enjoyed. What was the nature of their sin? 
They “did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home”—they left the place and position God had given them. They rebelled against their Maker, the Creator of both the physical universe and the spirit world of angelic beings and righteous God brought judgement. 2 Peter 2:5-6 records example of God’s judgment for wrong- doing with the Flood of Noah’s time and the later fiery destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. But before this, in verse 4, we read that “God did not spare the angels who sinned, but thrust them down and delivered them into chains of darkness, being reserved for judgement. The question to ask is when did these angelic beings sinned and what was their sin?
The answer is made clearer when you read Isaiah 14:12, the powerful being who led a rebellion against God is referred to by a word often translated as “Lucifer.” God mentions some of the history of this being in the book of Ezekiel 28:14 as a being that was the anointed cherub who covers that God established on His holy mountain who walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. Hebrews 8:5 tells us that the tabernacle established through Moses—the portable sanctuary the Israelites carried with them in their desert wanderings—was “a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. In Exodus 25:18-20 God instructed the Israelites to make a representation, a physical model, of His throne for the tabernacle they would carry with them in the wilderness. At either side of the “mercy seat,” which represented God’s throne, was a golden cherub with wings extended to cover the mercy seat. The two cherubim, fashioned out of gold, represented real angelic beings—the great super angels whose wings cover God’s throne. The being God addressed through Ezekiel is called the “cherub who covers,” indicating that Satan had once been one of the great angels depicted in the model of God’s throne. Some scriptures like 2Samuel 6:2; Psalm 80:1; Isaiah 37:16 etc. declaration is that God “dwells between the cherubim,” showing that these wondrous creatures accompany and serve Him at His seat of power. What a great magnificent position the head of this angelic being occupied. God gave these angels the awesome distinction of serving at and covering the very throne of God in heaven!
This same great cherub is also described as being “on the holy mountain of God.” In the Bible, “hills” and “mountains” are often used to symbolize governments (see Revelation 17:9-10). Apparently this super angel was given authority in the governance of other angels, who number in the hundreds of millions (see Daniel 7:9-10; Revelation 5:11). God also says to this cherub in Ezekiel 28:15, “You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you” Like the description in Isaiah 14, this passage describes a created being, not a man. This being was extraordinary, perfect until he sinned, beginning with pride in his own beauty and splendor, which corrupted his wisdom (Ezekiel 28:17). It was a personal choice of this being, according to Isaiah 14:13-14, called Lucifer, because of pride and vanity, to outrightly and openly rebel against God. This powerful spirit entity decided to challenge God for control of the universe!
What had been an amazingly beautiful, immensely talented spirit being with great responsibility in God’s angelic order became, through his rebellion against Almighty God, a reprehensible, despicable creature. Thus, God did not create the devil. Rather, what God created was a magnificent and perfect being. But later, this powerful being, by his own will, became the devil and Satan—the adversary, slanderer, accuser and destroyer. He made himself the enemy of God and humanity. The immense powers he had used in God’s service were turned not to serve God, but to try to thwart God’s purposes. This creature remains an enormously powerful spirit being, but now his powers are used for wicked, destructive ends. He became so vain and proud that he thought he should be ruler of the universe. His enormous talents and abilities led him to believe he was equal to, if not better than, God Himself. His thinking became corrupted. He rebelled against God and tried to overthrow Him. By his rebellion against his Creator, he transformed himself into Satan the devil. He was not alone in this rebellion. Millions of other angels joined him in rejecting God’s authority and leadership. We find this symbolically described in Revelation 12:3-4: “And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon . . . His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Jesus said in Luke 10:18 that Satan “[fell] like lightning from heaven”. It seems likely that this titanic struggle is what brought about the chaotic and wasted condition of the earth described in Genesis 1:2 before God then renewed the surface of the earth in preparation for human habitation, as described in the rest of Genesis 1. Yet to aid His purpose in developing righteous character in human beings, God allowed Satan and fallen angel to remain on the earth for the time being. Thus Satan was allowed to tempt Adam and Eve in the garden.
The Bible refers to Satan and the other rebellious angels as evil spirits, unclean spirits and demons. They are fallen angels, reduced to hatred and bitterness toward God and His holy purpose for humanity. The scriptures has shown this fallen angels to be able to not only influence but even possess people (that is, exercise direct control over their bodies and actions). Such demonic control can cause people to exhibit violent and self-destructive behavior (Matthew 8:28; 17:14-18; Acts 19:14-16; Luke 8:27-33). As a master of persuasion, Satan easily deceives mankind into focusing on any- thing but God. He has convinced millions that God doesn’t exist. Through hundreds of corrupt religions he has over the ages convinced many people to worship the sun, moon and stars, animals, nature, deceased ancestors, imaginary gods and goddesses, and a bewildering variety of anything as long as it is not Almighty God. Even among the many varieties of traditional Christianity, we find people divided and bickering over who and what God is, over His purpose for us, and over how He wants us to worship Him and how we should live. The devil has done an effective job of confusing people as to what the Bible really says. God gives us specific guidance to counteract the devil and his influence. God’s Word assures us in James 4:7 to resist the devil and he will flee from us. This promise, however, is clearly directed toward those willing to “submit to God” and is immediately followed with the instruction, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (verse 8). How, then, do we draw near to God? His instruction continues, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. It is our individual responsibility to actively seek to eliminate Satan’s way of thinking and behaving from our lives. Satan, however, is so clever and powerful that no human being can successfully resist his influence, without God’s help. Therefore the key to resisting the devil is to sincerely and consistently draw near and remain close to God.
God’s ways are vastly different from man’s. Satan has effectively deceived the world throughout history by in influencing human beings to cut themselves off from God’s guidance. He has led us into wanting to do things our own way, to rely on ourselves rather than God as the ultimate authority. Apostle Paul describes the results of rejecting God in Romans 1:28-31. “Since they did not think it worth- while to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice etc.

Although God is always in ultimate control, the Scriptures make it clear that He is not the reason for the world’s many chronic problems. As Jesus Christ said in John 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world.”God is not behind the misery that plagues our planet. Satan the devil is the true “ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). John tells us that “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19). Again, Satan is the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4). Moreover, Satan’s demonic cohorts also exercise control in this world—even at times powerfully influencing human governments. In the book of Daniel, the righteous angel Gabriel tells Daniel that he had just been fighting, with the help of the archangel Michael, against a powerful spirit personality referred to as “the prince of Persia”—and that he would soon have to fight another he called “the prince of Greece” (Daniel 10:13, 20). Of course, these are but subordinates under the devil. In an attempt to lead Jesus astray in Matthew 4:8-9, Satan offered “all the kingdoms of the world and their glory”—as they were truly under his dominion (compare Luke 4:5-7)

Shallom!

Godly communication is a fruit of Godliness.

The book of James 3:1-12 described the power of the tongue by comparing it to the bit in a horse’s mouth, the rudder on a ship and a match that starts a forest fire. He says it is untamable and inconsistent for it expresses both blessings and curses. The book emphasis issues on the use of our tongue for communication of every type. Communication can be hard work, but it is well worth the effort put into it because miscommunication is a lot harder to correct and overcome.

A talebearer or a gossiper is a person that carries around private information about people that he shares with others to damage reputations. The Bible also calls it backbiting and whispering. It is commonly called gossip. Gossip is a kind of communication. Communication that reflects righteousness can bring great blessings, but when what is communicated is sinful or is done sinfully, it can bring great trouble. The command to love our neighbors as ourselves demand all believers operate in God’s love to do good and not harm, to others. Biblical love is willing to maintain peace and harmony and would never willingly expose information that was shared in confidence, hurting the other person and making the other person vulnerable.

Gossip refers to the spreading of rumor about the private matters of others behind their backs. That is a way of using the tongue for communication. Words are incredibly powerful. They can build up, encourage, and motivate. Words, like gossiping, can also tear down, hurt, and cause horrible scars. Mathew 12:36 shows that words matter to God. He keeps a record of our words. Jesus said on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. Guard against engaging the tongue without engaging the mind. Take a moment before you speak.

Gossip is powerful. One way people lie is by gossip and backbiting. It wrecks homes. It ruins careers. It topples governments. It destroys reputations. It spawns suspicion. If you know how painful it can be, it generates grief. So also is flattery.

Flattery is excessive compliments or praise to win a person’s confidence, approval, or favors. It is sweet to hear, but it is artificial. Some might consider it polite lying, but lying is still sin and once the motives are examined, it’s evil is fully exposed. Its design is to gratify a person’s vanity and make them feel honored or distinguished. It is insincere to varying degrees, for there are usually ulterior motives. It is dangerous and better to avoid flatterers, because they will often also be talebearers or gossipers. If you allow the flatterer to highly praise you and get you to relax about things in your life, he will take that information and share it with others, damaging your cause and name. Flattery is meant to entrap its prey. Flattery is used because it works, and it works because people like to hear others praise them whether it is true or not. Flattery feeds the ego, builds up pride and blinds the hearer to the danger that is upon him or her.

Proverb 18:8 and Proverb 26:20-22 uses the word “whisperer” referring to speaking softly to describe the manner of gossip. This is its secretive, behind the back nature. “For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down. Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.” The destruction caused by the whisperer is seen in Proverb 16:28 where the same word is translated as “slanderer.” “A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer or whisperer separates intimate friends.” It is important to note that it may not be the intention of the whisperer to cause such damage, but the danger of doing such damage is there nevertheless.

As a Christian, if you would not say it directly to the person, then you should refrain from saying it when they are not present. That does not mean you cannot get advice about how to deal with a problem you’re having with someone, but then you must go deal with the problem. If you do not, then you are gossiping and possibly slandering as well. If you are the one hearing about the problem, then you can be part of the solution by holding them accountable to deal with it. If you do not, then you become part of the problem by letting others gossip to you, and if you repeat it, they you are also a gossip. If you hold gossips accountable for what they say, they will quickly stop gossiping to you.

People have problems with their mouths because their hearts are perverse. All men start in that state for we are born in sin, but you do not have to remain there. Proverbs 11:20 states, “The perverse in heart are an abomination to the Lord, But the blameless in their walk are His delight.” How does a person with a perverted heart and has a mouth that gossips, deceives and lies become blameless?

That is what the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is all about. Jesus, the second person of the eternal Godhead, becoming a man, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as the substitute payment for sin and then rose from the dead to redeem you and break your bondage to sin as stated in Romans 6. Because the Lord cleanses the heart from its perversity, you can begin to properly communicate what is right and to cease from saying what is sinful. He changes you from being one of the foolish and wicked into being righteous and wise. You will also be able to recognize what is sinful and protect yourself from the perversity of others.

Shalom!

Dangers of sexual sin is bondage.

Sexual sin by its very nature is something that will capture and enslave you if you allow it in your life. To be in its bondage is not a joke!

You cannot blame anyone else for the state of your heart or the choice that you make in life. The fact is that we will have to give an account for every one of our own actions. Sexual sin begins with a choice in our hearts and minds. It begins from thought within, not in the actions of anyone else. Yes, some women dress immodestly. Your personal responsibility is don’t look! Yes, some ladies are not discreet and flirt with around, you only need to ignore them and pay them no attention. At the root of ANY SIN is a choice by the one who committed it to act in that way. DON’T CHOOSE TO SIN.

The nature of sexual sin is the nature of the snare or the trap. The bait is the woman and her looks or her flattery. The trap is the sex or the lust itself. When we choose to look in a sinful way, or to act on lusts within us – the trap snaps shut and we are captured. We should learn to see the trap in sexual sin as the bondage for the wicked. There is a very clear moral choice that we make when we choose to commit sexual sin. That is a choice to depart from righteousness and instead walk in the way of the wicked.

The wicked man will be held with the cords of his sin. The picture painted is of a man whose hands and feet are tied fast with ropes or cords and cannot move. This is speaking of sin as the cords and the ropes. Sin adds another cord that ties the sinner down into the kind of sexual behavior that is outside the bounds of Scripture. The more anyone yields to temptation and sexual immorality, the more the person is held fast by new cords and new ropes that bind ever tighter. Were it not for the Lord’s ability to deliver us from our sin and our choices. Such choices have very serious consequences of bondage and shame.

Consider Samson in Judges 14:1-3; 16:1-21, he had good parents, was a Nazarite for life, was fearless of other men, and judged Israel twenty years. Samson lusted after Philistine women for their looks until he was helpless with Delilah. In spite of obvious intentions to destroy him, she was his omnipotent master. He ended up blind and a suicide.

Consider Amnon in2 Samuel 13:1-39, he had good parents, was the firstborn of King David, and could have had any eligible woman in Israel. But he sexually fantasized about his sister Tamar until he was sick with obsession for her. His addiction to this fantasy led to cruelly raping her, consequently hating her, and justifiably being killed by her brother Absalom. He was a bond slave to his fantasies.

Sexual sins give pleasure for a season, but it is a very short season (Heb 11:25). And then comes destruction and misery. The lust of the flesh craves sex, which is a man’s bodily desire for it (I Cor 7:1-9). The lust of the eyes fantasizes about women, either in person or in pictures. The pride of life tells a man he is the best and deserves the best, so he justifies sexual liberties. The combination of lusts is lethal!

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Greediness is ungodliness.

Jesus is very clear about a person’s eye in Luke 11:34-35,

“The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.” The “bad eye” mentioned here is said to be full of darkness. This refer to someone who is very greedy with money. When money fills our eye, we cannot have our eyes on God, neither can we see past money to recognize the needs of others that should move us to compassion and a giving heart.

The evil eye hastens after wealth. Haste to be rich is the impatient lust for more of a greedy person. Greed will distort your vision. You will see temptations other men miss, and you will eye everything as a means for gain. Chasing riches is bad enough, but pursuing them hastily is a recipe for disaster. Ambition, covetousness, and greed are ingredients of financial ruin (I Tim 6:7-10). Greed for gain corrupts a person’s view of life. It makes such stingy in giving, unthankful in receiving, overbearing in transactions and measuring relationships financially. He or she may consider bribes, underpays, always angered by acts of God that cost him money and is easily deceived by get-rich-quick schemes.

Wisdom is to have what Jesus called a “clear eye” that is “filled with light.” That light will be the Word of God that will instruct us in true riches which always include a tender heart that yields an open hand which does not hold tightly to financial wealth. It sees such blessings as God-given, and therefore to be God-directed to those who need it most. When we live this way it is not want that is coming to us, but blessing. The blessing of having our treasure in heaven and our true riches found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Be a good listener.

A fool does not want to listen, but wants to talk. He or she does not want instruction, but wants expression. He or she does not want to learn; but wants to teach. Such depraved heart will turn him or her away from truth and wisdom down the path of destruction, vainly talking about his or her ideas all the way. Wisdom and truth are not important to a fool, but more interested in his or her own thoughts. When understanding and his or her opinions collide, he or she always follows his or her heart. Such loves their own thoughts and desires, and wants to tell and promote them as widely as possible.

Our sinful nature finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing our own opinions. But accepting Jesus as the Lord and Savior causes our old sinful nature to die, that helps us to overcome our egocentricity and to become better listeners. Then, the Spirit of God will help us to overcome our tendency to think more highly of ourselves than we ought and to desire to understand the others.

By listening, we put aside our agenda, take a break from what we are doing, and give our attention to the other. This requires selflessness and humility. It is a form of love, and love is good for relationships. Listening shows you care. Listening shows you want to understand what the other person is experiencing, is feeling, and is thinking. When someone close to you senses that you are not really listening to what he or she has to say, that person is rightfully hurt. Not listening gives the message that he or she does not count, or did not worth your time. Conversely, listening shows you care which in turn strengthens relationships.

According 2 Timothy 3:1-2; 4:2-4, we are in the perilous times of the last days, when men love their own selves and reject sound doctrine. The fools rejects truth for a teacher that will give fables agreeable to his or her own depraved heart and itching ears. Jeremiah 17:9 says our heart is the most deceitful thing. It lies to us every day, many times. Our only safety is the word of God, which we must obey regardless of what our heart thinks (Deut 29:29; Ps 119:128; Is 8:20)

As a believer in Christ, your daily prayer should be, Lord, search me and know my heart. See if there be any wicked way in me. Save me from my foolish heart. Create in me a clean heart. Open my heart to you and your word. Turn my heart unto Thee. Let not any sin have dominion over me. Give me your understanding. Teach me thy statutes. Lead me in the right paths.

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