I witnessed, some weeks ago, a conversation between a brother I considered faithful and a progressive in the church. I was feeling content with the firmness of the brother until the progressive accused him of creating division because of his protest against false doctrine. The brother apologized and grew silent.

A righteous person who yields to the wicked
is like a muddied spring or a polluted well.
Proverbs 25:26 HCSB

Great promise, poorly fulfilled. So is the just person who, because of the inevitable pressure, gives way before the wicked. The wicked may appear anywhere, even in the church. He pushes constantly toward evil. He uses every resource to pressure, persuade, and win, if not participation, at least, acceptance from others.

Few in the church, from what one sees, do not yield to the flood of impurity and worldliness which crashes upon the faithful.

Will you be one of them?

How do you feel when you receive a compliment completely exaggerated? I get really embarrassed, because everybody knows it’s not true, and besides, it’s probably an attempt to impress me.

Evil people do not understand justice,
but those who seek the LORD understand it all.
Proverbs 28:5 NET

We live in an age in which false humility wants to rob us of truth. It says we don’t have a corner on the market of truth. Nobody understands everything about the Bible. And there’s a dash of truth in this. Continue reading

MoneyBrazil has become richer, and now people complain about the consumerism of Brazilian society. But those outside of Christ have no other reason for spending their money. The pleasures of the flesh mean everything to them. Helping one’s neighbor, when they do help, is to quiet the conscience.

Those who love pleasure become poor;
those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.
Proverbs 21:17 NLT Continue reading

DisciplineEven those who criticize the famous Brazilian shortcut often let escape a certain pride. I mean, the shortcut is Brazilian. And the Brazilian is nothing if not creative. That’s true, but others also have their creativity, which isn’t always used with good results.

Like the athlete who uses forbidden products to gain better marks or performance in the competition, and who winds up losing his trophy or medal after medical exams.

The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty,
but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
Proverbs 21:5 NET Continue reading

self loveLove for self is one of the main values of our pagan society. Its essence is satisfaction of one’s desires and impulses, at the expense of one’s neighbor. Supposedly, he who loves his life seeks what is best. Christians misuse the second greatest commandment as evidence of this borrowed and sanitized value.

Now, there does exist in the Bible a bit of evidence of self love:

The one who acquires wisdom loves himself;
the one who preserves understanding will prosper.
Proverbs 19:8 NET Continue reading