Frustration Exists yet Peace is Found in Jesus


John R. Houk

© November 9, 2018

I am a Christian, Conservative and Counterjihad blogger. The blogs I post more often than not are usually an expression of my frustration and/or annoyance with what I read, hear and view of events occurring in the public domain.

 

One disclaimer I offer in respect to my Christian faith is that I am definitely not perfect. I get cranky and I have little doubt the crankiness were expressed contrary to the way the Lord Jesus would prefer I respond. And as such I have stepped into sin for anything that God finds displeasing can lead to separating oneself from God. Adam and Eve discovered this terminal effect in the Garden of Eden. Yet God in His Mercy promised a path away from separation and a return to the Presence of God by a Promise within the curse pronounced on the Deceiver – Satan:

 

And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
— Genesis 3: 15 NKJV

 

This is a Promise of a Deliverer for the curse bought upon humanity by choice to restore Communion with God. In the Christian perspective this is Jesus the Son of God and Mary (in this case “the woman”). Jesus has both nature of God and the nature of humanity (yet born without the sin-separating curse bequeathed by Adam and Eve). Jesus’ sinless human nature is what qualified Him as a Deliverer to be a sacrifice to Redeem humanity’s lost-separated life with His sinless Life. AND in the death of Jesus the debt is paid for AND in the Resurrection to Life of Jesus transmutes humanity’s life restored with God via the Resurrected Life of Jesus the Christ yet by the choice to Believe in the efficacy of the Death, Burial and Resurrection.

 

The question becomes: How does a human person discover a choice exists that can restore one in Communion with God as Adam and Eve had before their Fall into a Separated state of existence in relation to God the Creator (which was the death alluded to by eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil)?

 

The answer: THE GOSPEL!

 

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

 

15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

 

 “How beautiful are the feet of those who [a]preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

 

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. — Romans 10: 8-11, 15-17 NKJV (Bold text Blog Editor’s)

 

Call on Jesus and YOU WILL be Saved and find peace.

 

The inspiration for these thoughts is an American Family Association (AFA) email I received yesterday. Below is the linked version of the email which includes a Vimeo video.

 

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The Gospel

 

Email by Tim Wildmon, President AFA

NOVEMBER 8, 2018 @ 8:16 AM

American Family Association

 

THE GOSPEL

 

Though we deal with people, we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood.

 

We at American Family Association believe that God has communicated absolute truth to mankind, and that all people are subject to the authority of God’s Word at all times. Therefore we believe that a culture based on biblical truth best serves the well-being of our nation and our families, in accordance with the vision of our founding documents; and that personal transformation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest agent of biblical change in any culture.

 

The gospel is of first importance. Though we deal with people, we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. We know this is a spiritual battle for the souls of mankind. The manifestation of spiritual wickedness in God’s world is real, powerful and deceiving. As good as we may be at times, the bottom line is we are all sinners by nature and by choice. But thanks be to Christ who is the sacrifice for our sins. Because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus we can be born again with the promise of eternal life with God. To be reborn spiritually we must admit we are sinners and believe in our hearts that God raised Christ from the dead. There is no better feeling than to be grafted into the family of God.

 

We see God’s love for us through the sacrifice of His son. It’s because of God’s love for us that we are compelled to share this good news with you and live a life consistent with a biblical worldview. Maybe you have heard this many times, but it has not drawn you to repentance. We want to invite you to do that today! Don’t wait any longer! Or maybe you have experienced salvation but needed a reminder of God’s love for you to restore the joy of your salvation.

 

 

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Please forward this email and/or share on social media with at least one person. We believe it is personal transformation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that’s the greatest agent of biblical change in any culture.

 

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5).

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Jim Caviezel tells university students to ‘stand out’ and ‘be saints’


Jim Caviezel is the actor who portrayed Jesus in Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ. Caviezel is a Roman Catholic that gave a talk to university students at a panel discussion at the University of Steubenville, Ohio discussing an upcoming film about the Apostle Paul.

 

Within the panel discussion Caviezel provided some rousing thoughts on Religious Liberty that included a warning that Christians are at war with the “most dangerous enemy”. Caviezel may be Catholic, but the thought should be heeded by all Christians.

 

LifeSiteNews.com actually has video of Caviezel near the beginning of the article, but I’m placing it after the article.

 

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Jim Caviezel tells university students to ‘stand out’ and ‘be saints’

 

By Doug Mainwaring

Mar 5, 2018 – 4:37 pm EST

LifeSiteNews.com

 

Jim Caviezel at University of Steubenville March 4, 2018.

 

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio, March 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic actor Jim Caviezel, who famously played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, told university students on Sunday that they must set themselves apart from this “corrupt generation” and “be saints.”

 

“You weren’t made to ‘fit in,’ my brothers and sisters. You were born to stand out. Set yourself apart from this corrupt generation. Be saints,” he said.

 

Caviezel made the comments during a March 4 panel discussion at the University of Steubenville, Ohio, where he discusses the soon-to-be-released film, Paul, Apostle of Christ, in which he stars. He was joined by EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo, host of The World Over, Dr. Scott Hahn, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the university, and Eric Groth, executive producer of Paul, Apostle of Christ.

 

While the panel’s dialogue on the film was fascinating, it was Caviezel’s concluding speech that made the crowd in an overflowing room rise to its feet in thunderous applause.

 

Caviezel told the students that they are at “war” with the “most dangerous enemy” who wants to strip them of their freedom, of having the right “to do what you ought.”

 

“Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom exists, not to do what you like, but having the right to do what you ought,” he said.

 

Here is his concluding comment in full:

 

This message is for you. A great man once said that, ‘evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.’  But you and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth – or, we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

 

We’re at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his climb from the swamp to the stars. And it’s been said if we lose this war, and in so doing, lose this great way of freedom of ours, history will report with the greatest astonishment, that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent it from happening.

 

Well, I think it’s high time now that we ask ourselves if we still even know the freedoms that were intended for us by our founding fathers? Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom exists, not to do what you like, but having the right to do what you ought.

 

You weren’t made to “fit in,” my brothers and sisters.  You were born to stand out.  Set yourself apart from this corrupt generation. Be saints.  God bless you.

 

The actor’s words were met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation.

 

Elsewhere during the panel discussion, the actor made bold statements of faith, for instance, asserting, “I believe the devil is more afraid of me than I am of him.”

 

When asked by a webcast viewer who had experienced conversion after watching The Passion of the Christ if Caviezel thinks his movie on Saint Paul will be similarly powerful, the actor explained this movie is different, but the message will be just as powerful.

 

“Forgiveness is everything. It’s forgiveness at all costs. And it does not mean weakness, it does not mean passivity.  It means meeting evil face to face with love. And that’s the power behind this movie.”

 

“Love and Forgiveness” is the theme running through the movie, he said.

 

In one of the film clips shown to the audience, Caviezel as St. Luke, says to a young Christian who proposes murdering Romans to avenge the deaths of members of Rome’s nascent Christian community, “None of us here have walked with Christ, but Paul has followed him longer than us all. I have watched him being beaten. I have watched him be stoned and flogged, and never once did he raise his finger against his oppressors. Let peace be with you. For we live in the world but we do not wage war as the world does.  Peace begins with you, Cassius.  Love is the only way.”

 

“Courage . . . is ardent love, noted the actor.  “Love creates change by igniting a passion in each one of us, one person at a time.  Paul is the spark that ignites a real revolution.  And that revolution is love.”

 

The film’s executive producer, Eric Groth, explained why this movie focuses only on the end of Paul’s life.

 

“To tell Paul’s entire life story would require a miniseries.  You look at the amazing conversion experience he went through.  From being Saul, the greatest persecutor of the early Church … to the greatest promulgator of the faith, and to look at that from the end of his life where he’s gone through that conversion, and all those experiences where he’s gained wisdom and yet we can still see a man who is very human, who knows he’s saved by the grace of God, and yet he still has those struggles with his humanity.  And I think that’s an important thing to be able to reflect on, to be able to say, ‘Hey, he’s a lot like I am.’”

 

Dr. Scott Hahn described the historical/Biblical context of this moment in Paul’s story.

 

“The Roman Empire, under Nero, fell into the deepest corruption.  The darkness was most likely demonic,” said the theologian.  “And so here is the Christian community—the Body of Christ—experiencing what Jesus’ body had just undergone a couple of decades before, back in the early 30’s.  And so you recognize this is the moment when it looks as though this empire, this culture of death, will snuff out the life of Christ’s Body.”

 

“What I think this movie shows us,” continued Hahn, “reminds me of the old proverb:  “They buried us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.”

 

“We have got to buckle up and really pray and enter into the wisdom of Paul’s writings because we might not end up in prison, but our children or our grandchildren will, and they have a lot to learn from the lessons of this man,” said Dr. Hahn.

 

“You know, it’s said that Paul was such a zealous apostle because Saul was such a zealous persecutor,’ continued Hahn.  “God redirected all of that energy, and even though he’s aging in this movie, it is really refined and deepened.  And that’s the kind of wisdom we need now.”

 

“Theological speculation has a place, but that really practical wisdom in the face of death and suffering, this is where we learn life’s deepest lessons,” he added.

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ will be released in theaters on Wednesday, March 28, one day prior to Holy Thursday when Catholic celebrate the institution of the Eucharist.

 

Caviezel is a devout Catholic who has called abortion “the greatest moral defect of the western world.” He is also working on a sequel to “The Passion of the Christ” with director Mel Gibson that focuses on the Resurrection.

 

“This is the real deal.  It’s going to blow your mind.  It’s absolutely going to make you so proud.  You heard it here:  It’s going to be the biggest film in history,” said Caviezel.

 

VIDEO: Jim Caviezel: ‘Be Saints’

 

Posted by LifeSiteNews

Published on Mar 5, 2018

 

Catholic actor Jim Caviezel, who famously played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, told university students on Sunday March 4, 2018, that they must set themselves apart from this “corrupt generation” and “be saints.”

 

“You weren’t made to ‘fit in,’ my brothers and sisters. You were born to stand out. Set yourself apart from this corrupt generation. Be saints,” he said.

 

Caviezel made the comments during a  panel discussion at the University of Steubenville where he discusses the soon-to-be-released film, Paul, Apostle of Christ, in which he stars. He was joined by EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo, host of The World Over, Dr. Scott Hahn, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the university, and Eric Groth, executive producer of Paul, Apostle of Christ.

 

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The Sin that Leads to Death


Jesus on Judgment Seat

John R. Houk

August 15, 2012

 

I found an old Pastor Bob Yandian essay on dealing with sin. Most of the essay I agree with; e.g. he brings clarification about the command if the hand sins – cut it off or if the eye sins – pluck it out.

 

I do question the part that is also promulgated with Scripture to back up the assertion by many ministers that sin is sin. When one commits a sin God views all sin equally; i.e. as wrong and worthy of judgment for sin.

 

Repented sin is forgiven by the washing of the Blood of Jesus when repentance is an actual heart change. I say “actual” because God knows when a person deludes their self into believing they can be a habitual sinner relishing in sinning and fool God by calling on the Blood of Jesus. An All-Knowing God is not a fool to be deceived by the lies of the heart.

 

In my reading of Scripture I agree somewhat that unrepented sin will be judged on the Day of Judgment. But even that judgment is executed according to the sin and the prayers of others.

 

14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

 

16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. (Bold Emphasis Mine 1 john 5: 14-17 NKJV)

 

For me this is an indication there are different degrees of sin of which the highest degree is a sin that leads to death and no amount of prayer will release a person for the sin that leads to death. By the way the “death” spoken of here is not physical death. God is not going to throw lightning bolts from Heaven for the sin that leads to death. Rather the “death” spoken of here is the Second Death. The Second Death is eternal separation from the Presence of God. In other words the Second Death is eternal imprisonment in Hell after the Day of Judgment. The mystery to me is what is that sin that leads to death? I John does not address as if the readers the Epistle was sent to were aware of that sin. I suspect that sin that leads to death is the rejection of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Lord and Savior after the Good News was shared. AND that this rejection is perpetual in this life in the sense of ultimately blaspheming against the Holy Spirit.

 

28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— 30 because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.” (Mark 3: 28 – 30 NKJV)

 

31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

 

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart[a] brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Bold Emphasis Mine Matt: 12: 31-37 NKJV)

 

The implication here is that blaspheming the Holy Spirit is equating Him to Satan or a demon servant of Satan. I’ll leave it to your study the many ways one might be demonizing the Holy Spirit. Tread in the fear of God and the Love of Jesus.

 

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Inward and Outward Sins

 

By Bob Yandian

Bob Yandian Ministries

 

The heart consists of the spirit and the soul (the mind, will, and emotions). The spirit cannot sin, but we can have sin in the soulish part of our inner man.

If asked to list sins, most people would begin with obvious sins such as murder, adultery, and stealing; and as the lists went on, they would vary from denomination to denomination depending upon beliefs and doctrine. But, the question we need to ask is, “What does God consider to be a sin?” Since we all agree murder is a sin, let’s take it up first. Jesus speaks of killing in Matthew 5:21 when He says to His disciples, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.”

Later, in Matthew 19:18, Jesus is speaking to the rich young ruler about keeping the commandments and the first one He mentions is the sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13) But notice the way Jesus phrases it, “Thou shalt do no murder.” (Matthew 19:18) This verse is the only place where the word is correctly translated as murder in the King James Bible. However, the Amplified Bible translates the Hebrew word used in the commandment of Exodus 20:13 as murder rather than as kill.

Also, the Bible tells us there are bonafide times for killings. According to Ecclesiastes 3:3, there is a time to kill, and a time to heal. We know the Word does not contradict itself, so the key to this seeming disparity must lie in the definitions of kill and murder. Murder, is always condemned and refers to the shedding of innocent blood; whereas, killing happens during a time of war or as in capital punishment.

I’m sure most would agree with the statement in Matthew 5:21 that if a person murders, the murder will be held against him when he stands before God on Judgment Day. In Matthew 5:22 Jesus says, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with this brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.”

We tend to accept the premise that murder is an outward act, but Jesus further defines murder in verse 22. He expalains that someone who is angry (actually the Greek says “lightly angry”) with his brother without cause shall be in the same danger of judgment as the person who physically murders another. In other words, mental murder is the same as outward murder. It is not “as bad as,” but “the same as.” In other words, to think it, is to commit it.

How could mental murder be outward murder? After all, no one dies. To find the answer, let’s look at this from the point of view of forgiveness. If you were to actually kill someone, chances are you would hit your knees immediately and ask the Lord for forgiveness. However, if you were “lightly angry with someone without cause,” how long would it take you to ask for forgiveness? A day? A week? Perhaps two weeks? Perhaps you would neglect it so long you would never ask for forgiveness and this is the crux of the matter.

The need to ask for forgiveness for mental murder is as great as it is for physical murder because to God they are the same. Remember, even though man sees only the outward acts, the Lord sees the heart. Furthermore, murder doesn’t truly begin with the outward act. It starts on the inside as a thought. Therefore, if you can stop the thought of the inner man, you can stop the act of the outward man.

This idea takes us to the next sin on most lists – adultery. Jesus quotes Exodus 20:14, the seventh commandment, in Matthew 5:27, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

 

When we think of the sin of adultery we think of the outward act, but according to what He says in Matthew 5:28, Jesus considers thinking about the act to be the same as committing the outward act. “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

I want to make something clear. There is nothing wrong about looking at someone of the opposite sex, but looking to lust is wrong. The motivation behind the looking is what is important. If your motivation is to lust, then in God’s eyes you have already committed adultery even though you never committed the outward act.

If a Christian were to commit the act of adultery, he would probably be on his knees in no time asking the Lord for forgiveness. Conversely, if a Christian were looking in lust, it would be easy to postpone asking for forgiveness because the sin doesn’t seem as bad as the outward act. However, God doesn’t judge one sin as being worse than another. To God, looking to lust is the same as adultery. This basic idea that the thoughts of the inner man are the germination of what is manifested on the outside is emphasized in Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

Jesus further equates the inner and outer acts in Matthew 5:29-30. The subject has not changed. He spoke of adultery in verse 28 and He is still speaking of it when he says, “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body be cast into hell.”

These verses are often misunderstood unless they are looked at within the context of the sin of adultery and the theme of forgiveness.

Jesus is not speaking of literally cutting off one’s hand or plucking out one’s eye. Instead, He is referring to self-judgment. Notice, the person is to cut off his hand himself. He is not to go to his neighbor and ask him to do it for him. He is to do it himself. In other words, he is to judge himself.

Also, the hand refers to the outward act of adultery and the cutting off of the hand is a reference to forgiveness. Likewise, in the previous verse, the eye refers to the mental sin of adultery and the plucking it out alludes to asking for forgiveness. If we judge ourselves and ask for forgiveness, we won’t be judged. In both verses Jesus also says to “cast it from thee.” This means, once you have purged yourself of the sin through God’s forgiveness, stop sinning.

 

It is interesting to note that while God considers murder and adultery as sins, He actually spends more time exhorting us about inner sins. In fact, in Proverbs 6:16-19, seven sins are named and only one is what most people would recognize as one of the really bad sins because the other sins are either sins of the tongue or thoughts.

 

Proverbs 6:16-19:

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethern.”

The one sin mentioned here already discussed is murder, the shedding of innocent blood. As we mentioned, there is a time when killing is allowed, but never murder. In fact, Genesis 9:6 says, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” This is why the Bible condones capital punishment. This same idea is found in the New Testament in the thirteenth chapter of Romans. This chapter deals with governments and the law of the land and the fact that offices are ordained by God.

In Romans 13:4 we are told “He [the government] is the minister of God to do good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he [the government] beareth not the sword in vain.” The government has the right to take the life of a murderer.

 

As we have already said, the sins mentioned in Proverbs 6 are all the less obvious sins of the inner man except murder. Nevertheless, these sins are abominations to the Lord and we should quickly ask forgiveness for them just as we would if we committed murder.

In Matthew 5:23-24 Jesus says, “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

You may be wondering how a person could possibly be so guilty that he shouldn’t even give an offering until the grievance has been cleared up and the other person is no longer angry. Chances are if someone has ought against another person, it is because the person did something to offend the one who is now angry.

Therefore, we need to repent of that sin before we give an offering to the Lord. While putting an offering in the plate may sooth our consciences for awhile, it will be meaningless because we can’t buy God! After all, it is not the amount we give, it is our attitude in giving. We cannot put away these inner sins by putting money in an offering just as we can’t put away outward sins by giving money. Both types of sin require asking for forgiveness.

Matthew 5:25 deals with someone who has wronged us. “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou are in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.”

This verse admonishes us to instantly forgive someone who wrongs us. If we don’t forgive, the grievance will fester inside us and then where will we be? In sin and in need of God’s forgiveness. It’s wrong to harbor unforgiveness. It’s better to forgive, forget, and go about your task of spreading the gospel.

Let me add this, nobody makes you mad. You allow yourself to become angry. For example, if someone “makes you angry” because they told a lie about you, this anger could cause you to retaliate. The power of a lie is in the retaliation because it fuels it and keeps it alive.

Instead of becoming angry, try facing such situations with a smile and praising the Lord. There are times when Jesus did not turn the other cheek and did retaliate. His throwing the money changers out of the temple is a common example. However, when you are being persecuted for the Word’s sake, you are never to retaliate!

 

Matthew 5:11-12 tells us, “Blessed are ye, when men 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: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Being able to rejoice and be exceeding glad in the face of persecution and obstinate circumstances indicates maturity.

Lastly, Jesus exhorts us not to “forswear” ourselves. He refers to the Old Testament in Matthew 5:33. However, in verses 34-37, He gets even more specific, “Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”

Jesus tells us not to forswear at all. Forswearing is calling upon someone or something else to give support to your statement. Some people say, “As God is my witness” thinking if God co-signs their statements, they will be accepted.

Jesus indicates doing this shows a weak character. He goes continues by saying we need to let our “yes” mean yes and our “no” mean no. In fact, He says anything more comes from evil.

Looking to lust, a lying tongue, and a proud look are but a few of the sins mentioned in the Bible and although they are not blatant outward sins men can see, they are sins, nonetheless, and God sees them. Thus, we need to ask for forgiveness for these inner sins just as we would for an obvious sin. Just as importantly, we cannot put off asking for forgiveness because these inner sins can and do lead to outward sins.

However, the good news is, if we repent, God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins.

 

Bob Yandian

 

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The Sin that Leads to Death

John R. Houk

August 15, 2012

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Inward and Outward Sins

 

Meet Bob Yandian

 

Since 1980, Bob Yandian has been pastor of Grace Church, with a vibrant and growing congregation in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is also host of the popular Real Answers television broadcast and has a weekly teaching radio broadcast called Precepts with Bob Yandian.

Bob is widely acknowledged as one of the most knowledgeable Bible teachers of this generation. His practical insight and wisdom into the Word of God has helped countless people around the world to live successfully in every arena of the daily Christian life.

In addition to the sale of over 200,000 books, CDs, and tapes world-wide, more than 22,000 books, tapes, and CDs have been donated to Bible schools, missionaries, prisoners, and people in need throughout the United States and around the world through Bob Yandian Ministries.

 

Bob attended Southwestern College and is also a graduate of Trinity Bible College. He has served as both instructor and Dean of Instructors at Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Bob has traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally, taking his powerful and easy to apply teachings that bring stability and hope to hungry hearts everywhere. He has authored over thirty books and has been called “a pastor to pastors.”

Bob and his wife, Loretta, have been married for over forty years, are the parents of two grown married children, and have five grandchildren. Bob and Loretta Yandian reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

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