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Sep 11 2011

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9/11 Evil Fruit of False Prophet

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And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Mt. 24:11,12.

Jesus warned us that after him false prophets would rise. One of those false prophets certainly was Mohammed who founded the Mohammedan religion by plagiarizing content from the Judeao-Christian sacred writings and then mixing them with pagan Arab moon worship and his own lust for power and self-gratification.

10 years ago we observed the evil fruit caused by deceived men who blindly followed a false prophet. 10 years ago Mohammedanism lost its moral justification and became unfit for the future. Since the teachings of Mohammedanism contradict Bible truth it never had a spiritual justification since its founding in the 7th century.

10 years ago we saw how a once strong America became vulnerable because America no longer has that reverence for God that it used to have and upon which it was actually founded. We must remember the Bible principle that if we forsake God then his blessings and protection will forsake us. God will not utterly forsake us because in His love he is waiting for us to repent and return to Him.

Islam is not a world religion. When I open up my 1828 Webster’s dictionary the term ‘Islam’ is not eve included. But Webster’s dictionary speaks of Mohammedans and Mohammedanism to remind us that this religion is based on the rantings of one man who considered himself to be a prophet.

Billions have people have suffered under the cruel oppression of the Quran teachings. Whatever sign of “peace” or “love” is found in Islam most likely is that which Mohammed merely plagiarized from the Bible and copied from the limited Christian teaching he was exposed to in his day. But it is time to introduce the real thing to the Muslim world. Let us pray for those people who are lost in the Muslim world. Let us spend time on our knees that the teachings of Christ and His gospel will flood the darkness of Mohammedan strongholds with the true gospel light.

We have seen regime change in nations such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya. We cannot implement democracy upon them with military force. America can not afford any foreign wars anymore but must cut its budget tremendously to pay off its entire debt. Only cuts to the military budget are not wise because a strong national defense is necessary to secure freedom, borders and peace through strength without being entangled abroad.

The terror and violence of Mohammedanism reveals that Islam has failed as a source of guidance or peace for the soul. There are about 1.2 to 1.6 billion Mohammedans in the world and we need to introduce them to the love and worship of Jesus. Neoconservative nation-building in multiple war zones is not the solution. The war on terror should not be a blank check for police state methods, world government and wars and rumors of wars.

Many Mohammedans have moved to Europe and America for economic and religious reasons. Their homelands did not offer the freedom and the opportunity for them to live happy and prosperous lives. While these Mohammedans are in Europe and America we can win them to Christ right there. We have opportunity to show them that Allah is not Got and that the Lord wants to save them the same way He did us when we repented and turned to Christ in faith. All people are saved the same way – by faith in Jesus alone. No other religions, rituals or prophets necessary. No pilgrimage to Mecca necessary.

In the world after 9/11 we should not allow our love to grow cold because of the terror. Our lives should not be disabled by distrust and fear. This day more than ever America must remain resilient by making God her strength and abiding in His ways.

This year we celebrate the 400th anniversary of our King James Bible, the most dominant English Bible that has produced forth fruit in the form of revival , mission work, saved souls and faithful churches. I rejoice every time when I see the King James Bible in a motel night stand. Its language preserves the English language from corruption and its reading and personal application keeps our lives from corruption. Nothing would make my heart rejoice more than an ex-Muslim getting saved and becoming a King Jame Bible Berean student of the Bible. The English language is understood even in many of these Arab nations. The Bible gets the job done when political and diplomatic sources won’t get it done. The Bible gets the job done when nation-building, foreign aid, world trade, military intervention can’t do it anymore. We must trust God and not the arm of flesh. We do not fight against flesh and blood. In fact we need to love the oppressed billions in the Muslim world. We should never treat them as inferior people. But we must stand against false doctrine. Mohammedanism is false doctrine just as Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, Prosperity Gospel, Scientology and other secular isms. We fight with mighty weapons through God to cast down imaginations and bring every thought to the obedience of Christ. So we must win the battle of ideas. Sometimes the Muslim world is outraged over the moral perversion in the western, so-called “Christian” countries. Muslims are outraged because of divorce, sexual deviancy, family break-ups, profanity, lewd cothing, weak men and un-female women in the western nations. I  believe we would not have this confrontation with radical Mohammedan terror if people in western countries loved the Lord Jesus Christ, lived in healthy family relationships, and their newspapers and magazines and media were not filled with displays of nudity, perversion, lewdness and adultery. We have lost our sense of holiness. We have lost precious moral standards. Clothes have become too short and too revealing. Up until the 1980s modest clothing was very common in society. Now it is frowned upon and those who remain faithful to the Biblical standard are condemnd as bizarre legalists or worse.

Even on this day we must consider the Bible principle: When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7. Let us make sure our ways please God so that we can have a good testimony to spread the gospel everywhere including the Muslim world. How can our ways please God? In order for our ways to please God we must seek God’s ways and walk in them. Psalm 128.  Now is the time to follow Christ because we have had enough of watching the evil fruit that comes from following false prophets. The teachings of false prophets such as Mohammed have become unsustainable. Let us be a blessing to those Mohammedans who are seeking new orientation for their life. Let us not hinder them but help them find Jesus Christ who gives rest to the souls of them who seek Him and come to Him. How dreadful must be the life under a regime such as in Iran and under the Taleban militia. Christ has to offer grace, forgiveness, love and eternal life.

Personally, I rejoice about the missionary work of Global Hope, founded by Heather Mercer who along with other missionaries 10 years ago was held captive by the Taleban in Afghanistan. The US invasion later on helped free her and the other missionaries. Global Hope now works in Iraq to establish the Freedom Center where the gospel goes out largely to Muslim women in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Here is more information:

Listen & watch to Heather Mercer’s personal testimony and Bible teaching:

Way of salvation explained in Arabic language:

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Jul 21 2011

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Greatest Flight Still To Come

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End of space shuttle era. America’s greatness comes from dependence on God

Just a few minutes ago space shuttle Atlantis touched down at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The space shuttle era has come to an end. First of all, I thank my God that I had the privilege of growing up as a child in the 1980s and and watch space shuttle take off, spacewalks and touch downs on a regular basis. This was always part of my life.
The end of the space shuttle program however is not an end to America’s greatness. America was great before the space shuttle. America was great before the moon landing and the large aircraft carriers and heavy bombers, fighter jets and large jets like the Boeing 747. All these are part of American ingenuity, but America was great long before all these things came into our lives. America was great before the 1950s large, chrome-shining cars came up. America was great before World War Two victory.
What made America great is the goodness of its founding principles and the goodness of those people who first settled and pioneered these lands and established communities and churches. I see the goodness of America as I look though an 1828 Webster’s dictionary or as I watch a 1950s Billy Graham crusade or see a small country church in rural Tennessee. It is the idea to establish a Christian-based environment apart from the oppressive regimes that ruled Europe back in those centuries and that still today have a tendency toward socialistic control. What makes America great is the faithful preaching of the word of God from a King James Bible in a country church. It is the morals and way of life that is shaped by Sunday School, family devotions, revival meetings, singing of old-fashioned hymns and the traditional family. It is the way of life that is not characterized by government intervention but by individual freedom.

America’s greatness does not come from space shuttles but rather from dependence upon God. It is the nation that honors God that is called a delightsome land of blessing. Malachi 3:10-12. Nations that do not honor God do not have the delightsomeness that one feels when reaching American ground. The greatness of the  United States is commensurate with the nation’s closeness to God. Are Christian principles the guiding light of life, education and all public dealings?

While we look at the end of the space shuttle era there is still a great lift-off to come for those that trust Christ: the rapture! Are you ready to be caught up and to meet the Lord in the air when He comes? Without prior warning or notice we must be ready and prepared to be taken out of this world to meet God. Those who have rejected Jesus Christ will be left behind to experience a period of God’s wrath being poured on this unrepentant sinful world during the so-called tribulation period which is prophecied in Daniel 9 and explained in detail in Revelation 6 to 18.

As believers we are going to be saved from going through that period of God’s wrath. 1. Thessalonians 5:9,10. There is still a great take-off coming when we will be changed and translated into the presence of God just as Enoch and Elijah. There is a reason why we sing the familiar hymn “I’ll Fly Away”!

The space shuttle era is over, but thank God we still have a King James Bible (1611-2011) to be our daily light and guide. This Bible has brought forth fruit and shaped America’s character through countless sinners coming to a saving knowledge of Christ, countless revivals, great awakenings, Sunday School teaching and Bible preaching etc. The Bible is your flight ticket to a better place with God in Heaven. It is more powerful than any rocket or carnal weapon of warfare. It is the tool to victory in Jesus.

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Feb 12 2011

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The Neglected Virtue of Silence

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The opposite of silence is noise. We have too much noise in our society today. The media-saturated culture dominates lives and dismantles families. That’s the sorry reality we have chosen for ourselves and our children. Society is too hectic, too restless, too noisy and bombards us with ungodly junk without any regard for our privacy. Every you go there is a TV blaring, teenagers addicted to a digital gadget and not paying attention to their surroundings. There is noisy music in the restaurants. Most people have lost the appreciation and sense of peace that comes from a quiet and natural ambiance.

What is silence?

In a general sense, stillness, or entire absence of sound or noise; habitual taciturnity; calmness; quiet; cessation of rage, agitatin or tumult. In 1910 doctor and scientist Robert Koch predicted: “One day man will fight noise just as relentlessly as we fight cholera and the plague today.“ Today scientists tell us: Noise is detrimental to health in several respects, for example, hearing impairment, sleep disturbance, cardiovascular effects, psychophysiologic effects, psychiatric symptoms, and fetal development. Furthermore, noise has widespread psychosocial effects including noise annoyance, reduced performance, and increased aggressive behavior. One of the problems of today’s is the distraction caused by stimulus satiation and esp. media saturation. People are simply bombarded with too many impulses too often. It completely numbs and dumbs them down.

In a radio interview people were asked about their favorite places. Several people answered that their favorite place is in the woods. There they can take a walk and enjoy the sound of nature and the abscense of man-made noise. There is a natural desire for silence in man.

It is noteworthy that the Bible promotes the virtue of silence. The saying goes: Speech is silver, silence is golden. If you study the book of Proverbs you will immediatly notice the comparisons between a wise and the foolish person. Often you will find the foolish person to be noisy and constantly speaking, whereas the wise person is able to bridle his tongue and to keep silence. To sum up the book of Proverbs, we can say it is better to keep your mouth shut instead of carelessly spilling the beans. Heed this warning:

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. Provervs 10:19.

If you really let the truth of this verse sink in, it becomes obvious why a Christian should not watch or listen to godless talk shows, participate in wordly discussions, endless debates, strife, joking, small talk, gossip.

Too much talk = too much sin!

Throw your TV out and avoid people who say things which they ought not:

He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. Proverbs 20:19.

Nothing is more unbearable than people with a cantankerous spirit who constantly want to argue. Check Proverbs 21:9,19, 25:24! The silence of a desert or a housetop would be more preferable. Man has a desire for simple quietness according to Proverbs 17:1 and Ecclesiastes 4:6.

Even the Psalmist speaks of silence in Psalm 39 1,2:

I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

There is a time to every purpose under heaven. According to Ecclesiastes 3:7 there is

A time to keep silence , and a time to speak.

Have you asked God for wisdom to discern between those times. Most people think it is a time for non-stop running of their mouth. Not so with God’s people! God’s people are silent when the world is involved in foolish talk. But God’s people speak up when it comes to proclaiming and praising the name of Jesus. That’s when the world all of a sudden clams up.

According to Amos 5:13 it is prudent to keep silence in evil times. Proverbs, Psalm 39 and James 3 also defend the concept of the “bridled tongue“. Silence keeps us from sinning with our tongue.

The apostle Paul makes a “quiet and peacable life in all godliness and honesty“ (2 Tim. 2:2) the goal of our prayers. Even in our worship there needs to be a healthy balance between “making a joyful noise unto the Lord“ (Ps. 100:1) and to “be still, and know that I am God“. The challenge is that our noise in worship is truly joyful. I have seen a lot of noise among Christians that was not “joyful“ but rahter motivated by pride, arrogancy and contention. If we could summarize the whole counsel o the Bible, we simply say: Don’t be a loudmouth. Let me give you some scripture: Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas … Acts 15:12. Be a listener. Do not interrupt when someone is speaking.And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. Lk. 11:1. The disciples had enough respect to let Jesus finish praying and they did not talk to him until he ceased praying. When someone is praying, reading, studying etc. do not interrupt, do not interfere, do not start noisy activities. That is rude.As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart. Proverbs 25:20 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him. Proverbs 27:14.

There is something wrong about busting in and interrupting others.

SILENCE and the CHURCH

Some churches today practice noisy worship and point to Psalm 100:1: Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. These churches practice “shouting“, “getting happy“, raising hands in praise, etc. These things are not wrong. You should publicly and loudly praise the Lord. The problem is when you get out of balance. Worship is not always loud and noisy. It is not always shouting and rejoicing. Worship sometimes involves silence. That silence is lacking today in many churches. It is extremely neglected. Pastors nowadays have problems getting the service started because the congregation loves to talk, talk, talk in the sanctuary. There ought to be a “holy hush“ stemming from a fear, respect and love for God. Let me tell you that there is silencesilencesilencesilencesilencesilencesilence in heavenin heavenin heavenin heavenin heavenin heaven in heaven! Yes, there are singing choruses of the saints praising the Lord, but in Revelation 8:1 we read of silence in heaven when the Lamb of God opened the seventh seal. This silence was an expression of awe and reverence to the Lamb of God, our Savior Jesus Christ. I remember being in a church service and on Sundays after the sermon the pastor would just call for a couple of minutes of silence for personal prayer to let the congregation “process“ what was preached. During these minutes it was silent.

As a child I remember that many churches in our area were not locked. Anybody was welcome to enter the sanctuary at any time for personal devotion. The greatest thing I remember about that is the „holy hush“ – the silence upon entering the house of God. The respectful ways of people who knew this was a place of silence and prayer.

This was not a place to discuss politics, sports, economy etc. It was a place where people met the Lord. So churches need to have a healthy balance of making a joyful noise on the one hand and being still and know that I am the Lord on the other hand. We need both: the stillness and the joyful noise.

Remember that God many times cannot be found in the loud and spectacular things. Elijah fled from a wicked female ruler’s persecution into the silence of the desert. At Horeb God appeared to Elijah. But God was not found in the strong wind, not in the earthquake and not in the fire. But God appeared in the form of a still small voice in 1. Kings 19:12 and God gave Elihah a new task.

WOMEN AND SILENCE

The word of God also contains special admonitions for women in the church with regard to silence:

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 1 Timothy 2:11,12.

These verses are self-explanatory and do not need a whole lot of interpretation. They say what they mean and mean what they say. Paul, the church-planting missionary, is giving pastor Timothy some practical instructions on how Christian ought to behave themselves in God’s house. A strong church is not run by women. A strong church has men in authority. There are no women in the ministry. Women are not to undermine that authority – neither in the church nor in the home. The women are helpers and succourers with their ability of good works (1 Tim. 2:10, Romans 16, Acts 9:36). It is an ugly sight when you see churches run by women or churches full of gossiping women. It is an ugly sight when females try to undermine the authority of fathers. Here is what the Lord does NOT want:

And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 1 Tim. 5:13.

These are the women who have waxed wanton against Christ. That’s not what you want, so in anticipation of this we have this exhortation in 1 Cor. 14:34:

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted to them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in ther church.

Married women here are commanded to be silent and when they have questions on doctrinal issues they do not mingle in little cliques or get on the phone, but ask their husbands at home. These verses are simple and self-explanatory. It should not be our custom to argue with God’s word. But it is those easy-to-understand, plain and direct scriptures that are “hard“ to understand for some. The Bible way is too simple for them, and therefore they like to complicate and spiritualize things. Some people argue with these plain scriptures because these scriptures demand a change in life and a sacrifice that they stubbornly refuse to make because of selfish pride..

PUTTING SOMEONE TO SILENCE?

The Lord Jesus Christ put those to silence who hated him and attacked His doctrine.

But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Mt. 22:34.

In Mt. 21 to 23 Jesus contends with the religious leaders of his day who rejected him altogether. Tthe Lord always responded to contentious questionning in a way that left his opponents unable to answer. He put them to shame and silenced them by answering questions with another question, causing conviction, giving parables, rebuking lack of scriptural knowledge etc. So in Mt. 22:22 his opponents heard his word and left him and went their way. In Mt. 22:46 no man was able to answer him and did not dare ask him another contentious, smart question. In John 8 Jesus silenced an angry crowd of scribes and Pharisees by saying in verse 7: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. His words worked conviction, as we read in verse 9, and everyone left until Jesus and the woman were alone. How does this apply to us as believers now? Are we to silence those that oppose themselves to sound doctrine?

For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. 1 Peter 2:15.

Ignorance of scriptures is enormous nowadays. Most people’s concept of Jesus, Christianity, church, pastor and the Christian life is messed up. The world now thinks that Christians have to be some flattery nice people who get along with everybody. But Jesus tells us that light came into the world, but the world loved darkness rather than light because the world’s deeds are evil. The world hated Jesus and Jesus promised his disciples that for that reason they will be hated, too. John 15:18-20. Jesus said:

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you. Luke 6:26.

It is our job to put to silence the ignorance of foolish men around us by well doing as servants of God. See also 1 Peter 2:12. Titus 2:8,9 shed more light on how we are to silence those who are contrary to sound doctrine:

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Titus 2:8.

You can silence those that oppose themselves by not giving them any ammunition. Through good works we can keep a testimony of faithfulness to God.

SILENCE IN THE CHRISTIAN CLASSICS

Even in the great classics of Christian literature we find how the virtue of silence is extolled:

In the Rule of St. Benedict, a book that greatly shaped western civilization and its work ethic, we read the following:

Of Silence

Let us do what the Prophet saith: “I said, I will take heed of my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I have set a guard to my mouth, I was dumb, and was humbled, and kept silence even from good things” (Ps 38[39]:2-3). Here the prophet showeth that, if at times we ought to refrain from useful speech for the sake of silence, how much more ought we to abstain from evil words on account of the punishment due to sin. Therefore, because of the importance of silence, let permission to speak be seldom given to perfect disciples even for good and holy and edifying discourse, for it is written: “In much talk thou shalt not escape sin” (Prov 10:19). And elsewhere: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov 18:21). For it belongeth to the master to speak and to teach; it becometh the disciple to be silent and to listen. If, therefore, anything must be asked of the Superior, let it be asked with all humility and respectful submission. But coarse jests, and idle words or speech provoking laughter, we condemn everywhere to eternal exclusion; and for such speech we do not permit the disciple to open his lips.

In the great classic Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis we read this:

Of the danger of superfluity of words

Avoid as far as thou canst the tumult of men; for talk concerning worldly things, though it be innocently undertaken, is a hindrance, so quickly are we led captive and defiled by vanity. Many a time I wish that I had held my peace, and had not gone amongst men. But why do we talk and gossip so continually, seeing that we so rarely resume our silence without some hurt done to our conscience? We like talking so much because we hope by our conversations to gain some mutual comfort, and because we seek to refresh our wearied spirits by variety of thoughts. And we very willingly talk and think of those things which we love or desire, or else of those which we most dislike.

2. But alas! it is often to no purpose and in vain. For this outward consolation is no small hindrance to the inner comfort which cometh from God. Therefore must we watch and pray that time pass not idly away. If it be right and desirable for thee to speak, speak things which are to edification. Evil custom and neglect of our real profit tend much to make us heedless of watching over our lips. Nevertheless, devout conversation on spiritual things helpeth not a little to spiritual progress, most of all where those of kindred mind and spirit find their ground of fellowship in God.

FINALLY

By now I hope you have discovered what it means when God’s word says:

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10.

Our tongues need to be bridled with God’s help or else they will cause sin. Silence is good. Silence many times shuts the door to all the distractions and makes us available for God. Sometimes we can say things by not saying anything. Silence is an expression of reverence and worship to our Lord.

Have you taken some practical steps to foster an environment of silence in your home. Here is a little, incomplete checklist:

  • A prayer lifes requires silence.
  • Bible study requires silence.
  • Family devotions require silence.
  • Do you have a room or a location where it is quiet? (Prayer closet, quiet state park, backyard, tree stand …)
  • Radios, TV or other devices should always be turned off when not being used. They should be used only when you pay attention. They are not meant to be background noise.
  • Teach your children to sit still at a table, sit still in a church pew and not to be noisy and unruly.
  • Speak with a calm voice. Even a calm voice can be both loving and firm. Don’t shout at children. Shouting at someone is usually a sign of anger and sinful stresses.
  • When standing at a check-out line or waiting in line somewhere, do not loudly complain or mutter like the others. Quietly endure it with patience and pray in secret to bless the others around you who show a lack of patience.
  • Can you be still while looking at beautiful natural scenery. Are you filled with a sense of awe and wonder at simple things?
  • Keep silence in your car. No need for radio, loud music. Buy a car with no CD, MP3 player. Pray, sing and praise the Lord while you are in the car and paying attention to the traffic, first of all. No cell phone usage in cars.
  • If you are in a church where there is gossiping and constant talking about meaningless things before and after service, sit quietly in your pew, lower your head in prayer, go to the altar to pray, avoid the people who initiate gossip. Silence is just a part of commmon courtesy.

Acceptable Noise

If there is a need for noise, then let it be a noise of praise, a joyful noise, the noise of crying out to God, the noise of singing hymns of praise from the old church hymnal. A noise that is seldom heard in many places unfortunately.  Avoid the noise of anger, wrath, cursing, clamoring and worldliness. But I love the noise of preachers preaching the gospel in the public square and busy sidewalks of major cities. I love the noise of Christians caroling Christmas songs in front of a department store. I love the noise of church bells ringing across rural hamlets. I love the noise of a waterfall in the woods. There is a need for godly, holy and joyful noise and there is a need for just being silent before God in awe, respect and humility. The proud and selfish usually are the noisy. The humble people are usually the meek and quiet.

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Feb 04 2010

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Watch your mouth!

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Have you ever committed any of the following sins with your mouth?

The Bible is very plain about the fact that our use of language be pure, sound, edifying and holy. For example, we are told in Proverbs 12:18,19: There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. So you see the Bible teaches honesty and integrity in speech, but quite often language is being abused. I am sure you have heard words that hurt like a wound caused by a piercing sword. Words can hurt. Speech can be destructive. The great tyrants and brutal dictators of the world were almost all great orators. They hardly ever fired a shot themselves. But their words had so much power over others that they would become the tyrants’ willing dupes. On the other hand words can be a healing balm of relief, comfort, and encouragement. They can be a loving reproof and rebuke that provoke to love and good works. The Bible says in Proverbs 10:21 that the lips of the righteous feed many. The wise use of words can bring satisfaction to the soul like good, healthful food to the body. Good Bible-believing preaching ought to be like that. Good Christian counsel ought to be like that.Now that we know that words are powerful and influential, let us consider that our speech will become an issue in the righteous judgment of God. We are told by the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 12:36: 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. Our words reveal our heart. Our words will be a matter of judgment whether it is for the believer at the judgment seat of Christ or for the wicked at the great white throne. The question, therefore, arises how we can please God with our words. We need to “watch our mouth” and to quit polluting the air with filthy language. The Bible asks us the question: What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Psalm 34:12,13. If we want to see good, then we need to keep our tongue and our lips from saying certain things. God can give us grace and power to overcome the evil in our tongue. James says that the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity and that the tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:6,8. We need to be aware of the tongue’s power for evil or good. The tongue influences human behavior for the Bible says that evil communications corrupt good manners. 1. Cor. 15:33. The wrong talk with the wrong crowd will destroy any form of moral goodness within you. So we have to keep our tongue from certain evils. The Bible names a number of sins committed with the tongue and the lips. We ought to know them and avoid them. However, many people who read the Bible don’t really know what these words mean that the Bible uses in order to describe sins committed with the mouth. It is sad to see the ungodly perversion of the English language nowadays. Many people don’t know what Biblical words like “jesting” or “railing” mean. Thank God for the pure language of the King James Bible! Modern Bible perversions don’t come anywhere near that high standard of language used in the King James Bible. That standard fixed the English language in its purest form. It is a shameful embarrassment when educated college graduates complain about the supposedly “archaic” language of the Bible. The language of the King James Bible is not antiquated. Our modern language is corrupt and perverted because the words in Romans 3:13,14 apply so well to the apostate, depraved human condition: Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. That’s why people can’t bear the language of a King James Bible! It is our perverted language of today. It is a sad reflection when people who spent 12 years in High School and paid $50,000 or more for college education cannot read a King James Bible. That’s a bad show. There are foreign people who immigrated to the US and they both teach and preach from the King James Bible. You will find that the descriptive language of the King James Bible is a blessing. In order to “watch our mouth” we need to keep our tongue from certain evil things. The Bible lists those sins committed with the tongue and I have listed them below and, for your convenience, I have added definitions from Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language. That’s the Christian’s place for good definitions on anything because this dictionary was compiled by a godly Christian from a Christian worldview. Modern dictionaries are compiled from a secular, humanistic worldview. They do not use the Bible to give examples for the usage of a certain word. But Noah Webster did. With his 1828 dictionary he attempted not only to provide an educational tool, but to guide America on the Christian path. Therefore, we ought to use this dictionary to get our definitions. Let us get into the list of sins committed with the tongue. The Bible lists certain characters and practices that are wrong:

TALEBEARERS

A person who officiously tells tales; one who impertinently communicates intelligence or anecdotes, and makes mischief in society by his officiousness.See Proverbs 11:13, 18:8, 20:19, 26:20, 26:22.Example: The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Proverbs 26:22.

BACKBITERS

One who slanders, calumniates or speaks ill of the absent.Example: He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. Psalms 15:3.

WHISPERERS

A tattler; one who tells secrets; a conveyer of intelligence secretly. A backbiter; one who slanders secretly. Proverbs 16.Example: For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults. 2. Corinthians 12:20.

COMPLAINERS

One who complains, or expresses grief; one who laments; one who finds fault; a murmurer.Example: These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. Jude 16.

TATTLERS

One who tattles; an idle talker; one that tells tales. Tattling is to prate; to talk idly; to use many words with little meaning or to tell tales; to communicate secrets; as a tattling girl.Example: And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 1. Timothy 5:13.

BLASPHEMERS

One who blasphemes; one who speaks of God in impious and irreverent terms. 1 Tim. 1. Blaspheming is to speak of the Supreme Being in terms of impious irreverence; to revile or speak reproachfully of God, or the Holy Spirit.Example: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. 1. Timothy 1:20.

BUSYBODIES

A meddling person; one who officiously concerns himself with the affairs of others.Example: But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 1. Pe. 4:15.

SCOFFERS

One who scoffs; one that mocks, derides or reproaches in the language of contempt; a scorner. To scoff is to treat with insolent ridicule, mockery or contumelious language; to manifest contempt by derision. To scoff at religion and sacred things is evidence of extreme weakness and folly, as well as of wickedness.Example: There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? 2Peter 3:3,4.

MOCKERS

One that mocks; a scorner; a scoffer; a derider. To mock is to deride; to laugh at; to ridicule; to treat with scorn or contempt. Properly, to imitate; to mimick; hence, to imitate in contempt or derision; to mimick for the sake of derision; to deride by mimicry.Example: How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. Jude 18.

GAINSAYING

To contradict; to oppose in words; to deny or declare not to be true what another says; to controvert; to dispute; applied to persons, or to propositions, declarations or facts.Example: I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. Luke.21:15.

MURMURINGS

Uttering complaints in a low voice or sullen manner; grumbling; complaining.Example: Do all things without murmurings and disputings. Phil. 2:14.

JESTING

Joking; talking for diversion or merriment.Example: Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:4.Comment: Joking has become so common in modern culture that many Christians are blinded to the danger of it. So-called “small talk” can be a big sin and lead to great hurt. The notion that our mouths have to be running all the time is unbiblical. To the contrary, silence is a true Christian virtue (See Ps. 46:10, Zech. 2:13, 1. Cor. 14:28, 1. Thess. 4:11, 1. Ti. 2:2, Rev. 8:1). Jokes are not really the kind of gentle, edifying speech that is convenient for Christians. A sense of humor is a good thing (See Proverbs 15:13,15,17:22). But constant joking can easily lead to other sins. Jokes often contain lies, mockery, blasphemy, slander, cursing or perversion. Jokes at the expense of others, esp. in their absence, are an evil. Many times it is better to keep silence rather than to start joking small talk. That might not be “cool”, but it certainly pleases God. Watch your mouth!

BABBLING

Talking idly; telling secrets. Uttering a succession of murmuring sounds; as a babbling stream.Example: O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called. 1. Tim. 6:20.

RAILING

Clamoring with insulting language; uttering reproachful words. Expressing reproach; insulting; as a railing accusation. Reproachful or insolent language.Example: And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days. Mk. 15:29.

FOOLISH TALKING

In scripture, wicked; sinful; acting without regard to the divine law and glory, or to one’s own eternal happiness. Example: Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:4. See also “foolish questions” in 2. Tim. 2:23 and Titus 3:9.

DEBATE

Disputing; discussing; contending by arguments.Example: Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers. Romans 1:29.Note: Debate is not always wicked. For example, Steven disputed with the Libertines, Cyrenians and Alexandrians in Acts 6:9,10. Stephen had the wisdom to do it and he tried to show them the truth of the gospel. Paul disputed against the Grecians until they wanted to slay him. Acts 9:29. Was that wicked debate? No. He tried to give them the gospel, and he did not want to make it so easy for someone to reject Jesus Christ. Debate gets wicked when it serves to undermine the word of God, cast doubt upon God, or comes from a wicked heart that wants strife, varyings and seditions.

CURSING

Execrating; imprecating evil on; denouncing evil; dooming to evil, misery, or vexation. To utter a wish of evil against one; to imprecate evil upon; to call for mischief or injury to fall upon; to execrate. Malediction; the expression of a wish of evil to another.Example: “As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.” Psalm 109:17Note: Let’s apply this verse to those people who curse in the work place, at home and everywhere in the public. Do you know now why some folks are so miserable? Their cursings are coming back to them. If you invoke God to damn something, he might actually do it and your curse comes right back to you. Why don’t you ask Him to bless something, and maybe some of your troubles would go away? If you always complain and talk about “hell”, maybe that’s where you are going to spend eternity. Someone asked the asked the question: “What in hell are you doing?” As a saved person the scriptural answer would be: “Nothing. I won’t ever go to that place.” The honest scriptural answer to that question for a lost man would be, “I’ll burn forever in torment.” We ought to bless rather than curse.

LYING

Telling falsehood. To utter falsehood with an intention to deceive, or with an immoral design. To exhibit a false representation; to say or do that which deceives another, when he has a right to know the truth, or when morality requires a just representation.Example: “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.” Ephesians 4:25.

FEIGNED WORDS

Words that are invented or imagined or form an idea or conception of something not real. Words that are used to represent falsely; to pretend; to form and relate a fictitious tale. Example: “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” 2. Peter 2:3.Note: This sin is committed by false prophets and false teachers (2. Pe. 2:1) primarily. They’ll invent nice words to get the money of unsuspecting followers. The Catholic practice of indulgences comes close to this. It’s a network of feigned words – a religious tale some priests made up themselves – that caused people to waste their money for a piece of paper that supposedly buys God’s forgiveness. Today there are other false cults who love money who have developed a system of feigned words to envelop the gullible. Feigned words also mean hyprocrisy. Have you seen TV preachers who flatter with words such as “I love you in Jesus’ name?” They often don’t mean that. They use feigned words to make merchandise of you.

FAIR SPEECHES

Speech that is frank, civil, pleasing, not harsh.Example: “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:18.Note: This verse applies to those who cause divisions. Those who want to serve their own belly don’t preach the truth. Because truth stings. It doesn’t always sound “nice”. In these days of Laodicean lukewarmness it often happens that a lukewarm church tries to run off a pastor who loves the Lord and is sold out to him. Those lukewarm members thereby cause divisions and with their lukewarm self-satisfaction serve their own belly. They don’t want to be challenged and provoked to be holy and to live for the Lord. False teachers who are covetous for a high income want to keep large congregations. In order to keep a large congregation they avoid controversial issues. For example, they don’t preach on Biblical dress or the Biblical role of women in the church. That’s not considered “fair speech”. It offends modern man. Truth is sometimes “harsh speech”. Truth ought to be coupled with grace, but truth should never be omitted. The “fair speeches” and “good words” often sound flattering, but they are empty nutshells meaning nothing.

GREAT SWELLING WORDS

To be turgid or bombastic; as swelling words; a swelling style. Words that are puffed up or bloated.Example: These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. Jude 16.

Note: The context is once again false teachers. In the early church they were either judaizing teachers or gnostic teachers. Anyway, let’s be leery of those who arrogantly preach doctrines with words invented by men and try to use their people skills for financial advantage. This is modern marketing: businesses admire people and tell them how great they are and how concerned they are about their customers in order to get a financial advantage. They don’t care about you; they care about what’s yours!

I hope this Bible study can be a blessing to you. In order to prepare such a study it took four things. First of all, prayer. Then I used an AV 1611 King James Bible, a Strong’s Concordance and a Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. These are books that every church, every pastor, every preacher and every family can benefit from. They are a great help. Rather than wasting money on worldly magazines and books you should have all three books mentioned above. They include more wisdom than Time Magazine, Newsweek and the New York Times.

I hope we have learned now to watch our mouth. It’s an unruly evil. Don’t cause a fire with it. Use it for blessing or hold your peace. Encourage someone in your church! Use you tongue for words of kindness, praise and appreciation (Ruth 3:10, Prov. 31:26,28,29, Song of Sol. 1:15 etc.). Go to a lost person and tell him about Jesus. Use it to give thanks! Try to utter “sound speech that cannot be condemned” (Titus 2:8). Do not spread gossip! Rather rejoice in truth! Learn to be silent! Speak the truth in love! When you are at church, use the time to talk to the Lord rather than small talk with your “religious clique”. The church house is not a social club. You never speak “off the record”. God is recording everything and will use it against you in the judgment. So let God rather record some good, pure speech that will bring pleasure to Him.

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