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      Directions Against Idolizing Man.

      Sunday, April 15, 2007

      PART IV.
      Directions against inordinate Man-pleasing; or that
      overvaluing the Favour and Censure of Man, which
      is the fruit of Pride, and a great cause of Hypocrisy
      ; or, Directions against Idolizing Man.




      As in other cases, so in this, iniquity consisteth not simply in the heart's neglect of God, but in the preferring of some competitor, and prevalence of some object which standeth up for an opposite interest. And so the obeying man before God and against him, and the valuing the favour and approbation of man before or against the approbation of God, and the fearing of man's censnre or displeasure more than God's, is an idolizing man, or setting him up in the place of God. It turneth our chiefest observance, and care, and labour, and pleasure, and grief into this human fleshly channel, and maketh all that to be but human in our hearts and lives, which (objectively) should be divine:. Which is so great and dangerous a sin, partaking of so much impiety, hypocrisy, and pride, as that it deserveth a special place in my directions, and in all watchfulness and consideration to escape it.

      As all other creatures, so especially man, must be regarded and valued only in a due subordination and subserviency to God. If they be valued otherwise, they are made his enemies, and so are to be hated, and are made the principal engine of the ruin of himsuch as overvalue them. See what the Scripture saith of this sin: Isa. ii. 22, " Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of ?" Matt, xxiii. 9, " And call no man your father upon the earth; for one is your Father which is in heaven."' Ver. 8, " And be not ye called Rabbi; for one is your Master, even Christ: but he that is greatest among you shall be your servant." Jer. xx. 15, " Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm." Psal. cxviii. 6, 8, 9, " The Lord is on my side; I will not fear what man can do unto me. It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man,—yea, in princes." Job xxxii. 21, 22, "Let me not accept any man's person; neither let me give flattering titles unto man: for I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my Maker would soon take me away." Job xxi. 4, " As for me, is my complaint to man P" Gal. i. 10, " Do I seek to please men ? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be a servant of Christ." 1 Cor. iv. 3, " But with me it is a very small thing to be judged of you, or of man's judgment." Luke xiv. 26, " If a man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." " Blessed are ye when man shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven," Matt. v. 11,12. " Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers," Eph. vi. 6; Col. iii.22. 1 Thess. ii. 4, " So we speak, not as pleasing men but God, who trieth our hearts." Jude 16, " Having men's persons in admiration because of advantage." This is enough to show you what Scripture saith of this inordinate man-pleasing, or respect to man: and now I shall proceed to direct you to escape it.

      Direct. I. Understand well wherein the nature of this sin consi...

      ...ENTIRE TEXT.


      - Richard Baxter

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      The Ungodly, Demonic, Worldly, Sensual Practice of Dating.

      Thursday, April 12, 2007

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      The “People Know They Sin so Let’s Preach The Positives” Game

      Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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      Be Not Vain in Your Imagination.




      Doth that man love his lord who would be willing to see Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, while for himself he craves a chaplet of laurel? Shall Jesus ascend to his throne by the cross, and do we expect to be carried there on the shoulders of applauding crowds? Be not so vain in your imagination. Count you the cost, and if you are not willing to bear Christ's cross, go away to your farm and to your merchandise, and make the most of them; only let me whisper this in your ear,

      "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?"



      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon


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      It Has EVERYTHING to Do WIth It.

      Tuesday, April 10, 2007

      Barnabas was a Hebrew, Israelite. Simeon that was called Niger was likely, according to most Biblical scholars, a black man. Lucius of Syrinne was another nationality: Gentile. Manayan (sp) which has been brought up with Herod of Tetrarchs was a Roman, and Saul, as we know, was a Jew.

      You say, "What does that have to do with... with anything?" and my answer is:

      "EVERYTHING."


      The true Church isn't a country club where people of the same economic and social status have a "little cozy thing" going together.

      The true Church is the expression of the local believers in a given locality. (Regardless) if they're black, they're white, they're Jewish, they're Gentile, they're older, they're younger, they're poor, they're skinny, they're fat. They're every shape and size and description. They are God's people TOGETHER.


      - Art Katz

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      Faith Cometh by Hearing: ...The Choir? NO!

      Monday, April 9, 2007

      John the Baptist had no gimmicks. He didn’t even have a revival party with him! Don’t mention this out of this building, but, you know, he didn’t even have a guitar…

      I get into trouble with “singing people” for the simple reason there is no ministry of singing in the New Testament! There’s no “gift of singing”!

      You may get offended, well, see me after… I’ll pray with you.

      There’s no ministry of singing in the New Testament. Singing is something spontaneous.

      Look, I go down the road, we drive down the road, we drive thousands of miles over the country, I say, “Martha, there’s another one: ‘The Blue Bell Bible Busters Will Sing at Your Place Tonight!’ “, you know. “Johnny Jones and His Singing Family!” …SINGING FAMILY! Do you know what I’d like to see? I’d like to see somebody with a bus load of people that says, “This is the Prayer Group from Agape. We will come and pray revival down in your area.”

      Now singing’s all right, but you don’t need the Holy Ghost necessary to sing. I’ve never, ever seen a revival born of singing.

      Now, I love singing. I’ve got a library of classics. I’ve got all kinds of wonderful records. Singing is great! Singing is very beautiful. I’m not knocking it, but you see, if you put a concert on and do not read (and preach) the Word of God, you’ve cheated God. I don’t care how well you sing!

      “Faith cometh by hearing: …the choir? NO! “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” (Rom 10:17)


      There is NO substitute for the Word of God! There is NO substitute for prayer! There is NO substitute for anointing!

      I thank God many times when I pray, when I pray in secret and I weep, I thank God for the incorruptible Holy Ghost! (I thank Him) that you could write a check for $1 million dollars, and He won’t anoint you with the Spirit because you’ve given $1 million dollars to missions.

      Let’s keep this very clear: the Holy Ghost and the gifts of the Spirit cannot be bought at any market in the world!

      Let’s get back to (discussing) John Baptist…



      - Leonard Ravenhill






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      Who Are the Homeless?

      Friday, April 6, 2007

      I agree wholeheartedly that we should help the homeless. This is not a matter of debate. In order to help the homeless, however, we must know who the homeless are. These are two definitions I found on Google of the word:

      1) people who are homeless; "the homeless lived on the city streets"

      2) Homelessness is a situation in which a person does not have a permanent place of residence.


      Well, now that we have a definition of "homeless", who exactly are these people. As with anything, there are two ways of interpreting a given meaning, but only one is true. There is one proposed by the world that is serving mammon and one given by the Lord. To exemplify this point, I am going to submit two examples:

      The first person is a wealthy businessman. He has several houses, drives an expensive car, is CEO of a company, and an atheist. His day consists of taking thought for what he's going to eat, what he's going to drink, affairs of the morrow, and what is he going to wear.

      The second person is a man holding a cardboard sign on the corner of a street asking for food. He has very little to no money. His day consists of trying to get milk to put on his cereal. He has been laid off from his job, and does not know where the paycheck for tomorrow is coming from. He's taken thought for what he will wear for the afternoon, though it is not a very expensive ensemble, he has taken thought for his life, what he'll eat, as well. He does not believe in God, and blames it on a foul experience he had as a youth in a "religious" setting so does not care much for "church things".

      What is the difference between the two? One has no house, the other does. One has no food, the other does. One will ask you for food with a sign, the other will ask you to boast his ego with your time. They are both beggars. I submit to you, that they are both homeless. According to the master they are serving, one is well off while the other is struggling. I submit to you, the truth is they are both struggling. Both are without a permanent residence.

      Now I will tell you of a third person. This person has taken no thought for the morrow for the morrow will take thought for the things of itself. This person has taken no thought for what they'll eat or what they'll drink. This person takes no thought for their body, what they'll wear. This person believes in Jesus Christ and Christ is their master. They have a permanent residence. They have a home to look forward to. They have all these things provided for them because they seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness first. They do not put their treasures here on the earth, " For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come." (Heb. 13:8 NLT)

      What does the man on the corner with the sign really need? Does he need milk for his cereal? Does he need a few dollars to get him some soup? What about the wealthy CEO? Does he really need pointers from others about what he's going to wear tomorrow to impress others? Does he really need advice about what stocks he may employ the following day? No. Neither needs anything of the such. Both of them need faith today. They need not food for the morrow, they need faith for the present day.

      Are you, reader, any different? Is Jesus Christ your master or do you actually have mammon as our master? (Matt 6) When you talk to someone about coming to church, are you more concerned with getting them to church tomorrow, rather than building their faith today? If you are serving mammon, you actually are. How can someone that has little to no faith, help someone else spiritually? If the blind lead the blind, won't they both fall in a ditch? (Luke 6:39)

      I am afraid that many of us are as the man on the corner with a sign though ours are not as obvious because we all hold them so discretely. Some have learned to hide them in certain areas; one in a church group, another in a sport, and yet another in an automobile or some other trivial thing that has nothing to do with eternity. We take thought for the morrow, what we're going to wear because by some chance, maybe we can impress some "cool" people that are doing the exact same thing, and probably thinking the exact same thing about you. It is not of God. It is not of faith, and everything that is not of faith is sin. Does the man on the corner of the street not ask for food as a front (although I'm sure it is what he believes he needs) when it is faith that he really needs? Do we not ask others if you like this band or the other or what your favorite food is when it is faith that we really need? Are many not living on the city streets only with a roof to go over their head at night so that the lie that they are not homeless continues to seem to have merit?

      Let us not hold our signs up anymore. Let's believe on the one who is the same yesterday, today, and for ever. (Heb. 13:8) Only then will we not pretend like it is the food of the body that we need or the praise of men when our souls are crying for us to leave behind the trivial, faithless things of this vain world. How many of you would love to sit and talk to someone and just be honest? How many of you "don't have the time" because you are "too busy" planning for the morrow? I'm not sure who said it, but I remember reading not too long ago that, "The man who says he is too busy for anything is busy doing nothing." Count it true.

      Not only this, but what about our relation to God. If you are serving mammon, you are not pleasing God, and I am almost certain that you are not praying to Him as well. Prayer is vital. Realize what E.M. Bounds has shared: "He who is too busy to pray will be too busy to live a holy life. Satan had rather we let the grass grow on the path to our prayer chamber than anything else."

      Let's end the lie of being "too busy" and get to the place of being called, "too spiritual" by the heathen and infidels throughout this world.

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      Flee Fornication.

      Wednesday, April 4, 2007

      Be not deceived: ...fornicators... shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

      - Paul the Apostle
      (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)


      Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.


      - Paul the Apostle
      (1 Corinthians 6:13-20, 1 Corinthians 7:1-2)




      Directions Against Fornication







      Direction 1:

      Avoid uncleaness. Avoid the things that dispose you to it as gluttony, your fullness of diet, and pampering the flesh, idleness, and other things mentioned under the next title of subduing lust. The abating of the filthy desires is the surest way to prevent the filthy act which may be done if you are but willing.


      Direction 2:

      Avoid the present temptations. Go not where the snare lies without necessity. Abhor the devil's bellows that blow up the fire of lust such as enticing apparel; filthy talk and sights of which more also under the next title.


      Direction 3:

      Carefully avoid all opportunity of sinning. "Come not near the door of her house." saith Solomon. (Prov. 5:8) Avoid the company of the person you are in danger of. Come not where she is, and this you can do if you're willing. None will force you. If you will go and seek for a theif, no wonder you are robbed. If you will go seek fire to put in the thatch, no wonder if your house is burnt. The devil will sufficiently play the temptor. You don't need to help him. That is his part. Leave it to himself. It is your part to watch against him, and he will find you work. If you watch as narrowly and constantly as you can, it is well if you escape. As you love your soul, avoid all opportunities of sinning. Make it impossible to yourself. Much of your safety lies in this point. Never be in secret company with her you are in danger of, but either not at all or in the sight of others especially contrive not such opportunities as to be together in the night, in the dark, or on the Lord's Day when others are at church nor one of the devil's seasons for such works nor any such opportunity, leisure, or secrecy for opportunity itself is a strong temptation. It is the way to make a theif to set money in his way or so to trust him that he can easily deceive or rob you and never be discovered so it is a way to make yourself unclean to get such an opportunity of sinning, that you may easily do it without any probability of impediment or discovery from men. The chief point in all the watch is to keep far enough off. If you touch the pitch, you will be defiled. Whosoever touches her shall not be innocent. (Prov. 6:29) Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burnt? Can one go upon hot coals and his feet not be burnt? So he that goeth in to his neighbor's wife. (Verses 27 and 28) Don't bring the fire and the gunpowder too near. If you cannot keep it a distance nor forbear the presence of the bait, you're not liked to forbear the sin.


      Direction 4:

      Reverence your own conscience. Mark what it speaks now for it will surely speak it in a more terrible manner. Hear it voluntarily for it is terrible to hear it when you cannot resist. Treat with conscience in the way while it is reconcilable for you know not how terrible a tormentor it is. I don't doubt that it has given you some gripes about your very lust before it ever came to practice, but the sorest of it's gripes now are but the playing of the cat with the mouse before the killing gripe is given.

      Does no man see you? Conscience sees you and you are a wretch indeed if you reverence not conscience more than man! As Christothsem saith, "Suppose no man know the crime but himself and the woman with whom he did commit it. How will he bear the rebukes of conscience when he carries about with him so sharp and bitter an accuser? For no man can overrun himself, and no man can avoid the sentence of this court within him. It is a tribunal not to be corrupted with money nor perverted by flattery. For it is divine being placed in the soul by God Himself. The less the adulterer now feels it, the more he hastens to the perdition of a soul. Do you not feel the sentence passed within you, a terrible sentence telling you of the wrath of a revenging God? Bless God that it is not yet an irreversible sentence, but sow out your pardon quickly lest it come to be that. Do you not feel that you are afraid and ashamed to pray or to address yourself to God, much more afraid to think of dying and appearing before Him? If your sin make you ready to fly from Him now, if you knew how, can you now look Him in the face at last or can you hope to stand with comfort at His bar? Are you fit to live in heaven with Him that makes yourself unfit to pray to Him? Even lawful procreation, as I said before, does blush to come too near to holy exercises.

      Conscience is a better friend to you than you imagine when it would reclaim you from your sin. It will be a sharper enemy than you can imagine if you obey it not.


      Direction 5:

      Suppose you saw written upon the door of that house or chamber where you entered to sin:

      "Whoremongers and Adulterers: God Will Judge. (Heb. 13:4)"

      Write that and such sentences upon the chamber door or, at least, upon the door on your heart. Keep your eye upon the terrible threatenings of the dreadful God. Dare you sin when vengence is at your back? Will not the thought of hellfire quench the fire of lust or restrain you from your presumptuous sin? Do you not say with Joseph, "How shall I do this great wickedness and sin against God?" (Gen. 39:7)

      As it is written of a chase woman that being tempted by a fornicator wished at first for him to hold his finger in the fire, and when refused answer him, "What then should I burn in hell to satisfy you?" So ask yourself, "Can I more easily overcome the flames of hell than the flames of lust?"


      Direction 6:

      Remember, man, that God stands by. If he were not there, you could not be there for in Him you live and move and are. He that made the eye must see, and He that made the light and darkness must be in the dark as well as in the light. If you imagine that He is absent or ignorant, you believe not that He is God. For an absent and ignorant god is no God, and dare you, I say, dare you commit such a villiany and God behold you? What that you would be ashamed to do if a child should see? Which you would do not if a mortal man stood by? Do you think that your locks or secrecy have darkened or shut out God? Do you not know that he sees not only within your curtains but within your heart?

      Oh, what a hardened heart you have that in the sight of God your maker and judge you dare to do such wickedness! Ask your conscience, man, "Would I do this if I knew tomorrow I was going to die and go before God? Would I do this if I saw God or, yay, but an angel in the room?" If not, should you do it if God is as sure there as if you saw Him? Oh, remember man that he is a Holy God and hateth uncleaness and that he is a consuming fire. (Heb. 12:29)


      Direction 7:

      Suppose all the while that you saw the devil opening the door and bringing you your mate and driving on the match in persuading you to the sin. What if he appeared to you openly to play his part as sure as he now plays it unseen? Would not your lust be cooled? Would not the devil cure the disease which he has excited in you? Why then do you obey him now when he is certainly the instigator as if you saw him? Why, man, have you so little reason that seen and not seen will make so great a difference with you? What if you were blind? Would you play the fornicator before all the company because you don't see them when you know that they are there? If you know anything, you know that God is there, and you may feel by the temptation that Satan is in it. Will you not be ruled by the laws unless you see the King? Will you not fear for the infection of the plague unless you see it? Use your reason for your soul as well as for your body, and do in the case as you would do if you saw the devil tempting you and Christ forbidding you.


      Direction 8:

      If thou be unmarried, marry. If these remedies will not serve, it is better to marry than to burn. (1 Cor. 7:9) It is God's ordinance, partly, for the sinned. Marriage is honorable, and the bed undefiled. (Heb. 13:4) It is a resemblance of Christ's union with His church and is sanctified to believers. (Eph. 5, 1 Cor. 7) Perhaps it may cast you upon great troubles in the world if you be unready for that state as it is with the pretenses. Forbear then your sin with these rates or else for lawful means must be used that would undo you. It is better your body be undone than your soul if you will needs have it to be one of them. If you be married, already you are a monster and not a man if the remedy prevail not with you, but yet the other directions may also be submissable to you.


      Direction 9:

      If lest mean prevail not, open your case to some able, faithful friend and engage them to watch over you, and tell them when you are most endagered by the temptation. This will shame you for your sin and lay more engagements on you to forbear it. If you tell your friend, "Now I am tempted to the sin, and now I'm going to it.", he will quickly stop you, break your secrecy, and you lose your opportunity. You can do this if you be willing. If your conscience so much as prevaileth with you as to resolve against your sin or to be willing to escape then take the time while conscience is awake and go tell your friend. Tell them who it is that is your wicked companion, and let them know all the haunts that they may know the better how to help you. Do you say that this will shame you? It will do so to him that is it is known to, but that is a benefit of it and that is reason I advise you to it. That shame may help to save your soul. If you go on, the sin will shame and damn you, and a greater shame than this is a gentle remedy to so foul and dangerous a disease.


      Direction 10:

      Therefore, if all of this will not serve turn, tell it to many, yay, rather tell it to all the town if not be cured then the public shame will do much more. Confess it to your pastor and desire him openly to beg the prayers of the congregation for the pardon and recovery. Begin thus to crave the fruit of Church discipline yourself so far you shall be from flying from it. As burning against it is a desperate harden sinners do. If you say, "This is a hard lesson!", remember that suffering and hell is harder. Do not say that I wrong you by putting you upon scandal and open shame. It is you that put yourself upon it by making it necessary in refusing all easier remedies. I put you on it but on supisition that you will not be more easily cured. Almost as Christ puts you on cutting off your right hand or plucking out your right eye lest all the body be cast into hell. This is not the way that He commands you first to take. He would have you avoid the need of it, but He tells you that it is better to do the worse and that this is an easy suffering in comparison of hell. So I advise you that if your credit, forbear sin in a cheaper way, but if you will not do so, take this way rather than damn your soul. Let the shame of all the town be upon you, the boy should hooed after you in the streets if it would drive you from your sin, how easy would suffering in comparison to what it is like to be? Concealment is Satan's great advantage. It would be hard for you to sin lest if were but opened.


      - Richard Baxter


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      Flattering Whores.

      For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

      - Paul the Apostle
      (1 Thessalonians 2:5)



      Flattery DISHONORS God. What you say when you flatter someone is, "Hey, I don't really believe in Jesus Christ who says that only God is truly good (Mark 10:18), but you're sure super! Let me tell you how good you are!"
      "Really? Me? You really care about me?"
      "...Well, no, I don't really care about you, but if I tell you some flattering words, maybe in turn you'll flatter me, and we can break the commandment to love each other while all the while we can call ourselves Christians! PLUS I might get something else out of it in return to consume upon my own lusts! Who cares about believing the truth of the Son of God who died on the cross to take away our sins? I mean, yeah, he did say that whosoever loves Him will keep His commandments, but that's legalism, right? Whatever! Yeah! Get me a Christian T-shirt to rock-out NOW!"


      Have we really become so pathetically distant from any kind of reality in God that we have resorted to flattery as a means of "sharing" our lives with each other? The reason I use "sharing" in quotations is because flattering is anything but an unselfish giving of oneself. Flattery is a deliberate plea a person uses to seek their own in any given situation, and as you know if you not only read but actually believe the truth found in the Bible, "Charity... seeketh not her own." (1 Cor. 13)

      I have flattered. I have also sinned against God, but the truth is that Jesus Christ never did the same. He never sinned against God in thought nor deed, which means he never flattered anyone either. How could he? It is impossible for God to lie. (Heb. 6:18) He will not bear a false witness and call a dirty, stinking, self-confident, prideful, abhorent, arrogant, ignorant wretch something they are not because He truly loves. A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. (Proverbs 26:28)

      Go back and think about the last time you flattered someone. Sadly, the majority of the people that read this post will not have to look behind today. When you did it, when you do it, are you really looking for the person's best interest? Are you caring about their soul? Are you loving your neighbor as yourself or are you more concerned about the fact that if you refrain from flattery, you may not know who you're going to eat lunch with tomorrow?

      People use flattery as a means to seek a girlfriend or boyfriend and after a while, they will wonder why there is no love in their relationship. If you were not ignorant in your lusts (1 Pet. 1:14), you would realize that it is because your entire motive is fighting against God's commandments.

      Picture this:

      You go through the rest of your life, marry the person that you've made an object of your affection and have "won" over by means of flattery or have been "won" over by means of flattery, and the entire time, the one that flatters tells the other they love them. First off, the flatterer is a liar. Second off, if the person that is the object of the flattery falls for such a pathetic display of fleshy affection, it is pretty safe to say they are living by sight and not by faith. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Do you want to live the rest of your life, even the rest of tonight living for a lie? Do you want to be deceived willingly now that you know the truth? Will you, an unbelieving wretch, tell a woman you love her while flattering her in the same breath? Will you, a pathetic infidel, tell the "man of her dreams" in vain how you love him? They will, but ...Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. (Psalms 78:36)

      What does God say to do in regards to this? There are certain things. The first is if you are the one flattering... REPENT! This term was used much in earlier times, but the meaning is still the same today because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and for ever (Heb. 13:8) regardless of what the "football throwin', Famous People Quotin' " "evangelism" of the hour neglects to preach. It means to turn away from this sin, and YES it is sin. All unrighteousness is sin (1 John 5:17) and seeking your own is not righteous. This reminds me of something that Leonard Ravenhill has said. He talks about how there is an emphasis on the "7 deadly sins", but this is a lie... ALL sin is deadly. It dishonors the Lord Jesus Christ who is come in the flesh and never flattered anyone. This truth is something to ponder, but as well, all truth is in need of pondering. Another thing that must be done is for the person being flattered to keep from the evil person:

      For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
      (Proverbs 6:23-27)

      Here is referenced a woman, but the same applies to the men.


      I have flattered people, but I have also been pathetically lost in a sea of disillusionment and discontent somewhat due to the fact that what I deemed Christianity to be at a time incorporates flattery as a means of business, but primarily because I have been seeking my own in certain situations, seeking my own advantange, dishonoring God, not loving my neighbor, not loving my enemies, loving my self, my pride, my ego, and my own agenda, and denying Jesus Christ's sacrifice. God rebuked me. God is rebuking me. He does not flatter me. He's disciplined and has chastened me (and is continuing to do so) about my faithlessness. Why? Because God is love. I would rather be disciplined harshly from love than wooed away gently by selfishness, but only after aid from the Holy Spirit could I have this desire.

      There was a time when I fished for compliments. I fished for flattery. Why? Because I've been pathetic - plain and simple. The root of the vain desire stems from faithlessness and unbelief in Jesus Christ risen from the dead. The same goes for those who still flatter. Rebuke is wonderful when it comes from love. I believe that true rebuke can come from nothing else.

      Take a few moments now to truly think about flattery and the use of it. Do you love the person you flatter or do you seek your own? If you are truly honest and dig to the root of the matter, you will realize that when you flatter someone, seeking something to consume upon your own lusts is the motivation of it. While you finish reading this, take the time to understand these two points:


      He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
      (Proverbs 28:23)


      and


      Open rebuke is better than secret love.
      (Proverbs 27:5)



      May we all come back to the reality of the love that is only found in the truth of Jesus Christ who is come in the flesh and leave the devilish, demon possessed tounges and lips of flattery behind.

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      Woe Unto You Hypocrites.

      Monday, April 2, 2007

      Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

      Saying the scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:

      All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.


      But woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?Therefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.


      - Jesus Christ
      (Matthew 23)



      Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.


      -Paul the Apostle
      (Hebrews 13:8)

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