Which is the more dangerous sin, the one that creates a chemical dependency, such as drugs or alcohol, and destroys a body, or the one that creates an emotional or behavioral aberration, such as envy or complaining, and twists a person’s spirit?

We know the answer to that, do we not? All sin is dangerous. But perhaps the physical effects of many sins are not evident, so we attribute less weight to them. (Probably most or all sins have some physical manifestation.) We treat them with less seriousness. They are more respectable to us.

In a way, however, all sin is addictive. All sin traps the sinner. All sin is controlling.

The wicked will be captured by his own iniquities,
and he will be held by the cords of his own sin. Prov 5.22.

The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the faithless will be captured by their own desires. Prov 11.6.

The Hebrew word behind “captured” is used most of the time in the Old Testament of a city, of men, of spoils, or even of a kingdom being captured or taken, according to the Theological Wordbook of the OT. It is a powerful image for the effects of sin in one’s life. Continue reading

God does not get angry when things don’t go his way. People do that. God’s anger is an expression of his holiness. God is not changed in his person or purpose by people’s rejection of him. His severity means that he is the sovereign God who acts within his plan to save as many as possible. Glory to God for his anger!

God is too just to tolerate evil; he is unable to condone wrongdoing. So why does he put up with treacherous people? Why does he apparently say nothing when the wicked devour those more righteous than they are? Because he is following his plan and in his own time will punish evil and recompense those who do good. Let us therefore praise the God who acts!

Hab 1.13

Glory to God who shows himself holy against the dark backdrop of man’s sin. He sanctifies and purifies by the blood of Christ. The Lord ever stands apart from the growing pollutions of the world. God provides his people a path to escape the corruption that is in the world produced by evil desire. He deserves our praise!

separate

How we worry about other people’s opinion! We still show worldly values when we apply “social inclusion” in the church without the criteria of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Every plant that my Father in heaven has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Stay away from the Pharisees. They lead the people, but they are like blind men leading other blind men. And if a blind man leads another blind man, both of them will fall into a ditch.
Matthew 15.13-14 ERV

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Clarity of holiness

Without a life dedicated to God, we lack certainty of his cause and the clarity of holiness. With such a life, we speak with confidence.

The LORD judges the nations.
Vindicate me, LORD, because I am innocent,
because I am blameless, O Exalted One!
May the evil deeds of the wicked come to an end!
But make the innocent secure,
O righteous God,
you who examine inner thoughts and motives!
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