Showing posts with label Sin. Show all posts
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30 July 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of James—James 1:13-15

D4 Believers Should Know That Temptation Is Not From God James 1:13-15

James 1:13-15 WEL Let no man say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither does he tempt anyone. 14 Everyone is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then, when lust has conceived, it produces sin, and when sin is matured, it brings forth death.
Tempted=
  • This is the word πειράζω peirázō. We discussed the noun in James 1:2. The verb is similar and means a test to determine quality and an attempt to do something (Acts (9:26). Another meaning is to get someone to do something illegal, as our passage here and in Matthew 22:18, for instance.
  • The context tells us.
    • There is temptation that comes from our evil desires and lusts, as here.
    • There is temptation that comes from testing how a person will respond to God’s teaching, as Abraham, for instance. Hebrews 11:17 NLT It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God's promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac.
  • God does not tempt us, that is, seduce, to sin, that is, break His laws.
Everyone=
  • The Lord Jesus was tempted to sin, but He never had the desire or lust to sin (Hebrews 4:15).
  • We are tempted to break God’s laws, too, but it is from our inward desire. Two example:
    • It is not wrong to eat, yet gluttony is sin (Philippians 3:19-20, Proverbs 23:2).
    • Sex is not wrong, yet sex outside of marriage is wrong.
      • Hebrews 13:4 NRSV Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.
      • 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NLT Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people--none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
Drawn away=
  • The Greek word is ἐξέλκω exélkō. It means to lure as a hunter does game.
    • A thought planted Genesis 3:2-3
    • An advantage promised Genesis 3:4-5
    • Attraction Genesis 3:6
    • Persistence on the part of the seducer Matthew 4:8-9 See also Genesis 19:9
    • Yielding Genesis 3:6
  • Sin brings death
    • Physical (sometimes immediately (Genesis 38:2-10) yet most of the time eventually (Romans 6:23, Hebrews 9:27)
    • Spiritual (Ephesians 2:1, 1 Timothy 5:6)
    • Eternal (Matthew 25:46, Revelation 21:8)
Questions
  • Does God tempt us to sin? Defend your answer.
  • Why do we sin?
  • What is the process from temptation to death?
  • Why does sin bring death?

05 June 2019

A Few Thoughts About Covering Up Sin


It is a must reading how religious leaders cover up their sins and the sins of other leaders, pastors, missionaries, teachers, and members. It is a disgrace to God, to Christianity, and to the leaders and members who are godly.
These fake Christians need to be exposed.
Covering up sin is dealt with in the Scriptures.
Ai
  • Great victories had come to Israel. The army approached Ai, a small town. “Surely,” they thought, “we will easily win this battle.” They lost. They grieved. Joshua and the people wept, prayed to God, and complained, but God was angry and explained that Israel had sinned.
  • God had commanded that whatever was in Jericho was God’s, not any individual’s. This had not been obeyed. It was covered up.
  • A few of the verses:
Joshua 7:1, 3-4, 6-7, 10-11, 13-15, 20-22, 26 NLT But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the LORD. A man named Achan had stolen some of these dedicated things, so the LORD was very angry with the Israelites. Achan was the son of Carmi, a descendant of Zimri son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah. ... When they returned, they told Joshua, "There's no need for all of us to go up there; it won't take more than two or three thousand men to attack Ai. Since there are so few of them, don't make all our people struggle to go up there." So approximately 3,000 warriors were sent, but they were soundly defeated. The men of Ai ... Joshua and the elders of Israel tore their clothing in dismay, threw dust on their heads, and bowed face down to the ground before the Ark of the LORD until evening. Then Joshua cried out, "Oh, Sovereign LORD, why did you bring us across the Jordan River if you are going to let the Amorites kill us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side! ... But the LORD said to Joshua, "Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this? Israel has sinned and broken my covenant! They have stolen some of the things that I commanded must be set apart for me. And they have not only stolen them but have lied about it and hidden the things among their own belongings. ... "Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the LORD. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you. "In the morning you must present yourselves by tribes, and the LORD will point out the tribe to which the guilty man belongs. That tribe must come forward with its clans, and the LORD will point out the guilty clan. That clan will then come forward, and the LORD will point out the guilty family. Finally, each member of the guilty family must come forward one by one. The one who has stolen what was set apart for destruction will himself be burned with fire, along with everything he has, for he has broken the covenant of the LORD and has done a horrible thing in Israel." ... Achan replied, "It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel. Among the plunder I saw a beautiful robe from Babylon, 200 silver coins, and a bar of gold weighing more than a pound. I wanted them so much that I took them. They are hidden in the ground beneath my tent, with the silver buried deeper than the rest." So Joshua sent some men to make a search. They ran to the tent and found the stolen goods hidden there, just as Achan had said, with the silver buried beneath the rest. ... They piled a great heap of stones over Achan, which remains to this day. That is why the place has been called the Valley of Trouble ever since. So the LORD was no longer angry.
Covering up a crime discussed: Genesis 37:26 NLT Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain by killing our brother? We'd have to cover up the crime.
False prophets (and pastors and other religious workers today) cover up sins:
B1 Ezekiel 22:28 NLT And your prophets cover up for them by announcing false visions and making lying predictions. They say, 'My message is from the Sovereign LORD,' when the LORD hasn't spoken a single word to them.
B2 Another translation: Ezekiel 22:28 GNB The prophets have hidden these sins like workers covering a wall with whitewash. They see false visions and make false predictions. They claim to speak the word of the Sovereign LORD, but I, the LORD, have not spoken to them.
We are not to cover up but to expose.
Proverbs 28:13 NLT People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
We are to hate evil, not cover it up: Romans 12:9 WEL Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil. Stick tightly to what is good.
The Lord Jesus exposed sin:
B1 John 3:20 NLT All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.
B2 John 7:7 NLT The world can't hate you, but it does hate me because I accuse it of doing evil.
The prophets exposed sin: Amos 5:10-11 NLT How you hate honest judges! How you despise people who tell the truth! You trample the poor, stealing their grain through taxes and unfair rent. Therefore, though you build beautiful stone houses, you will never live in them. Though you plant lush vineyards, you will never drink wine from them.
The purpose of exposing sin is to bring conviction and repentance. Consider King David after he had raped Bathsheba and ordered her husband to be murdered.
B1 He acknowledges his sin: Psalms 51:3 NRSV For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
B2 He acknowledges his sin is against God: Psalms 51:4 NRSV Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.
B3 He acknowledges original sin (the sin nature that all humans have except for the Lord Jesus): Psalms 51:5 NRSV Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.
B4 He acknowledges God’s value placed on truth. God knows everything, so we might as well agree with God’s opinion. Psalms 51:6 NRSV You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
B5 He acknowledges that only God can forgive sin: Psalms 51:7 NRSV Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
B6 He acknowledges that only God can fix what is broken in a person’s soul: Psalms 51:10 NRSV Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
B7 David doesn’t ask for happiness; he pleads for joy in his soul that only God can give: Psalms 51:12 NRSV Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.
B8 He acknowledges that God doesn’t want penance, instead God wants a broken (that is not proud) attitude: Psalms 51:17 NRSV The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.




30 March 2019

Addictions An Evangelistic Message


Problems of addiction

Personal

Overwhelmed, isolated, out of control, anxiety (themselves and others), prone to other problems, fetal alcohol syndrome (as well as various drug damaged baby brains), cancer, impaired judgment, pain, injuries, won't deal with problems except more addiction, being taken advantage of, prison, loss of everything including job, family, self esteem, increased early death, loss of love, etc.

Family

Interpersonal problems, jealousy, arguments, all types of abuse, pulling apart, conflict with children, fear, conflict over money, loss of employment, health costs, emotional trauma, yelling, falling down, insults, manipulating, violence, cheating, other addictions (porn, internet sex, prostitution), risky behavior in family members, acting out, children more likely to follow your addiction, emotional problems in children, loss of love, loss of commitment, homelessness, etc.

Society

Health care, accidents, poor judgment, out of control character, stealing, etc (need for money), etc.

How many addictions are there?
B1 No one knows.
B2 Whatever is pleasurable, demanding, repetitive, a necessity.
B3 The 8 main ones are gambling, sex, internet, shopping, video games, plastic surgery, food, risky behavior.
B4 A quote from Everyday Health:
But alcohol, uppers, downers, and other commonly abused substances aren't the only things Americans abuse or think they're addicted to. In fact, just substitute the word "behavior" for "substance," and you open up the definition of addiction to all kinds of dependencies, some of which may surprise you. Whether it's sex, the Internet, or bungee jumping, the desire to experience a "high" becomes so strong that the so-called addict loses control and seeks the activity despite all negative consequences.

As serious, troubling, sorrowful, burdensome addiction is, there is one addiction that is the worst. It affects all of us.

That addiction is sin.

B1 Sin is pleasurable: Hebrews 11:24-25 GW When Moses grew up, faith led him to refuse to be known as a son of Pharaoh's daughter. 25 He chose to suffer with God's people rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a little while.
B2 It is the “natural” thing to do. It is what we want to do: Ephesians 2:3 GNB Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God's anger.
B3 Desires for pleasure: James 4:1-3 GNB Where do all the fights and quarrels among you come from? They come from your desires for pleasure, which are constantly fighting within you. 2 You want things, but you cannot have them, so you are ready to kill; you strongly desire things, but you cannot get them, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it. 3 And when you ask, you do not receive it, because your motives are bad; you ask for things to use for your own pleasures.
B4 Our own desires. We cannot blame anyone but ourself: James 1:14-15 GNB But we are tempted when we are drawn away and trapped by our own evil desires. 15 Then our evil desires conceive and give birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

What is sin?

B1 Lawlessness is rebellion against known law or a standard. 1 John 3:4 WEL Everyone doing sin, also is doing lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
B2 God has summarized His law in 10 precepts:
C1 You must not have any other Gods except me.
C2 You must not have any idols. (a physical representation of a god made of wood, stone, metal, etc.).
C3 You must not blaspheme God’s name or character.
C4 You must keep the Sabbath holy. (This one is for Israel, for it is not repeated in the New Testament. Christians celebrate Jesus’s resurrection. So, 1 Corinthians 16:2 NIV On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made).
C5 You must honor your father and mother.
C6 You must not murder.
C7 You must not commit adultery. (This includes porn).
C8 You must not steal. (This includes stealing of time).
C9 You must not bear false witness against your neighbor. (This includes any lying).
C10 You must not covet.
B3 These 10 must be kept perfectly in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. Compare:
C1 Thoughts and desires: Matthew 5:28 NIV But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
C2 Words: Revelation 16:11 WEL And blasphemed the God of heaven, because of their intense pain and ulcers, but they did not repent of their deeds.
B4 The penalty for breaking God’s laws is death.
C1 The penalty is compared to a paycheck: I work and my payment is death. Romans 6:23 WEL For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C2 The one who sins will die: Ezekiel 18:4 BSB Behold, every soul belongs to Me; both father and son are Mine. The soul who sins is the one who will die.
C3 The body dies and becomes compost: Genesis 3:19 NIV By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.
C4 The soul is punished for eternity: Matthew 25:46 NRSV And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

What is the solution?

B1 Truth. For any addiction, we must acknowledge that we are addicted. We must acknowledge the truth about us. We are addicted. Regarding sin, we have sinned.
B2 God sends light for us to understand that we have sinned. He shed this light, this understanding, over us by the Holy Spirit, who initiates salvation.
B3 We must confess, that is, agree with God’s opinion about us.
B4 Believe and trust into Jesus Christ.
B5 Live by His grace.

What Can We Learn?

B1 All of us have an addiction. This addiction is sin.
B2 Sin is breaking God’s law.
B3 Breaking God’s law requires punishment.
B4 Punishment is physical death, spiritual, and eternal death.
B5 Someone must be punished. It is either me for my sin, or a substitute.
B6 The only substitute is the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.
B7 He requires agreement that we are sinners, acknowledging He is the only savior, and trust in Him for forgiveness of sin.
B8 There is a Christian life to live.
B9 There is a hope for heaven after death and a sin free world coming in the future.
B10 Our only hope is Jesus Christ.



04 March 2019

Truth in Unrighteousness


Romans 1:18 WEL For God's wrath is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.

How do people suppress the truth?

In unrighteousness?

This is done by burying the truth. Covering up truth. Ignoring truth. Lying about the truth.

We see this being done in evil churches, evil pastors, evil people.

Instead of facing the truth, confessing the truth, dealing with the truth, it is buried.



Look carefully in the bowl of seeds. Do you see the red marble?


How about this one? Look carefully, very carefully. Do you see it?

It is buried in the seeds.

Suppressing truth in unrighteousness; buried marble in the seeds.

John 3:19-21 WEL "This is [the reason for] the judgment, because light is come into the world and people loved darkness rather than light, because their actions were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light and doesn’t come to the light, so that his actions may be discovered and reproved [discovered and reproved is one word in Greek]. But the one who does the truth comes to the light, so that his actions may be plainly seen that they are done for God."

1 John 1:7-10 WEL But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his son, cleanses us from every sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we keep on confessing our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Let us confess our sins instead of burying them, covering them up, or lying.

Evil people hide their sins and when they are exposed, do anything to cover it up. This is why domestic abuse and sexual molestation is so evil, because pastors, churches, groups, politicians, and people do not want to admit the truth.

Whatever sin there is, God knows about it.

Let us do what is right and confess our sin.

All sin is against God, so we must confess sin and ask forgiveness from Him.

If we sin against one, we confess and ask forgiveness of God and that person.

If we sin against more or publicly, we confess and ask forgiveness from God and that group.

If we truly are sorry, we will not do it again.

King David raped Bathsheba and had her husband murdered. When confronted by Nathan, the prophet, he confessed and asked forgiveness, which was granted. He never did these things again. See 2 Samuel 12 and Psalm 51.

King Manasseh was very wicked. God had the king of Assyria captains capture Manasseh, brought him to Babylon, and throw him in prison. He repented, was restored in Israel, and showed his repentance by worshiping only Yahweh. See 2 Kings 21 and 2 Chronicles 33.

Peter denied the Lord Jesus. After the Lord looked at him, Peter repented, did not hide his sin, and wept, but never did it again. See Mark 14 and Luke 22.

Let us learn and do.

God bless.



09 February 2019

Some Thoughts About Eve


Genesis 3:6 NKJV So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Eve became aware of 3 things:
  1. The tree was good for food.
  2. The tree was pleasant to the eyes.
  3. The tree was desirable to make one wise.

Eve made a wrong conclusion—it was good and not forbidden.

Eve took the wrong action—she ate the fruit.

We know
  • All of creation was perfect and good.
  • Adam being alone was identified by God as being not good: Genesis 2:18 NRSV Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.

God created Eve
  • For fellowship. God has no need for fellowship. Fellowship is something God enjoys, but He does not have a need. Adam had a need for fellowship.
  • For the other half of wisdom and spiritual gifts that Adam did not have. Adam could make a full, wise decision with Eve’s input. Without her input, it would not be a full, wise decision. Only God is complete in Himself. God made it clear that being governor of the earth would not be correct without Eve.
  • For a female. Adam had a need for companionship. God has no needs. God wants to make it clear that Adam had needs that Adam could not fulfill.
  • To express love and other attributes.
  • To receive love and other attributes.

What we can learn from Eve becoming aware of 3 things:
  1. The tree was good for food.
    1. She may have thought it to be a poisonous plant, so thinking she would drop dead from the plant.
    2. She may not have thought about it before.
    3. She may not have known all the facts, thus a failure on Adam’s part.
  2. The tree was pleasant to the eyes.
    1. She may not have looked at it before.
    2. She may not have studied it, just avoiding it.
  3. The tree was desirable to make one wise.
    1. She wanted to learn.
    2. Wisdom is good to learn and is approved by God.
    3. She was ignorant of the type of wisdom, she would receive.

Adam failed.
  • This showed that he did not have complete wisdom. He made a bad decision.
  • This showed a lack of love for God first and also for Eve.
  • This showed that He did not believe God.
  • This showed ignorance of God’s character and attributes. Perhaps, he was thinking, “Since God is not here, He will not know.”

Eve’s punishment: pain in childbirth. (She also shared in loss of fellowship with God and spiritual death and eventually physical death. But, the only punishment specified was pain in childbirth).
Eve’s promise from God: Messiah will come from your seed, not Adam’s seed.

Adam’s punishment
  • Hard work with little reward.
  • Guilt
  • Suffering
  • Death
  • Loss of fellowship with God
  • Knowing all creation suffered because Adam sinned. Note, all this suffering is NOT from Eve’s sin.
    • Romans 5:12 NKJV Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.
    • 1 Corinthians 15:21 NKJV For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
    • Romans 5:14 NKJV Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
    • 1 Corinthians 15:22, 45 NKJV For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. ... And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

Temptation
  • The temptation we face is not unique to us; it is common to all humans: 1 Corinthians 10:13 CSB No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide a way out so that you may be able to bear it.
  • James 1:12 NRSV Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
  • It is from sinful desire within us: James 1:14-16 NRSV But one is tempted by one's own desire, being lured and enticed by it; 15 then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved.
  • Love of other things: 1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
  • Things that are more important than God, His teachings, and His lifestyle: Luke 8:14 NKJV Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
  • The devil knows what we enjoy and have pleasure in, so he makes sure there is opportunity: Romans 7:5 NKJV For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.
  • The devil gives us what WE THINK IS A BETTER DEAL in life: 1 Timothy 5:15 GW Some of them have already turned away to follow Satan.

Deliverance
  • We need God’s help: Matthew 6:13 NKJV And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
  • We need to follow God’s advice by application: Matthew 26:41 HCSB Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
  • We need to endure temptation. God gives the grace to do this, but we must do: James 1:12 NRSV Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
  • We need to humble ourselves, asking God to help. We must also resist: James 4:7 NLT So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  • The Lord Jesus knows, has experienced temptation, and is compassionate willing to help us: Hebrews 2:18 NIV Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
  • This passage refers to uncalled for angry but can be applied to any temptation, sin, sinful situation: Ephesians 4:26-27 NET Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger. Do not give the devil an opportunity.
  • The testing of faith produces endurance (the idea of no pain, no gain): James 1:2-3 NET My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
  • Believers have the Holy Spirit in them to help in temptation: 1 John 4:4 NKJV You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
  • Realize satan hates us and has many evil thoughts and plans: 2 Corinthians 2:11 WEL Fearing that Satan would take advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his evil thoughts.
  • Don’t blame God: James 1:13 NRSV No one, when tempted, should say, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one.
  • God allows tests of our faith, not to find out if we are genuine but so we can find out if we are genuine: 1 Peter 1:6-7 NRSV In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
  • We resist, but God gives us the strength: 2 Timothy 4:18 NKJV And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
  • Recognizing evil. We have to know what God teaches (Bible) and recognize truth. This was part of Eve’s downfall, for she did not know completely. Adam knew but did not teach her the total truth. Genesis 3:1-7 NKJV Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
  • We must know the truth. Otherwise, we will be tricked by fake teachers and the false teachings. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 NKJV For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
  • Confess our sin and repent (don’t do it anymore): 1 John 1:9 MKJV If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

20 September 2018

The Many Ways Adultery Is Wrong--Always Wrong


Why Adultery is wrong


2 Peter 2:14, "Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: and a heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:"

Did you know that having online sex with the opposite sex and being into pornography is also considered as cheating on your spouse and falls under the same definition of adultery in God's eyes? According to Jesus if you even lust after another woman it is the same as committing adultery in your heart and receives the same punishment which is eternal death. Matthew 5:28

How does the Bible define...

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25 May 2017

In His Likeness



Theme: Made in the Image of God

Scriptures: Genesis 1:27 and Romans 5:12-21

Objectives (taken from the D6 Fusion Sunday School guide)
Know: We were created in the image of God, but sin mars that image, Christ redeems us, helping to restore that image.
Think: Always be mindful of the impact of sin on my life and how Christ sets me free from sin’s control.
Do: Submit to Christ each day, allowing His Spirit to make me more like Him.

Notes and questions:
B1 Basics
C1 Man and Woman are created in the image of God. Genesis 1:27, etc.
D1 The word for image is  צֶלֶם tselem. It means representation, resemblance, or idol. It is most often used as idol.
D2 It does NOT refer to our body, our flesh. God is a spirit. Those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24 [GodsWord])
D3 Man and woman created in the image of God most likely refers to our characteristics and role in life. This would have been Adam and Eve in their sinless state before the fall. The true image was lost/forfeited when Adam sinned. Below are some of God’s characteristics.
E1 Characteristics of God
F1 Communicable--God and humans both have. A few examples would be:
G1 Anger
G2 Compassion
G3 Faithful
G4 Forgiving
G5 Giving
F2 Incommunicable--only God has. A few examples would be:
G1 Eternality
G2 Omnipotence
G3 Omnipresence
G4 Omniscience
G5 Omnisapience
E2 Leadership (under the authority of God)
F1 To manage the earth
F2 To manage himself, submitting to God
D4 The standard of the “image of God” is God himself. He is THE image of God. ...who being the brightness of [His] glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (Hebrews 1:3, NKJV)
C2 In general what God wanted was for Adam and Eve and their descendants to maintain what God had created and enjoy God, fellowship with God, and the beautiful world He had created.
C3 How does that apply to people today? How does that apply to Christians today?
B2 Sin
C1 What is sin?
D1 Breaking the law, that is, God’s law. Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law. (1 John 3:4, HCSB)
D2 Fall short of the glory of God. Sin taints, makes us unclean in God’s sight. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23, HCSB). Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. (Psalms 51:2, NKJV)
D3 Knows to do right but does not. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17 [EMTV].  And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. (Luke 12:47, ESV2011)
D4 We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching based on the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me. (1 Timothy 1:9-11, HCSB)
C2 Original sin
D1 All have the taint of sin from birth. We are not born good, with a clean slate.
D2 The core of sin is ME, my way, my needs, my wants, my comfort, etc.
D3 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death passed to all men, because all sinned— (Romans 5:12 [EMTV]
D4 For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23, HCSB)
D5 Indeed, I was born guilty. I was a sinner when my mother conceived me. (Psalms 51:5 [GodsWord]
C3 Penalty for sin--death
D1 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, HCSB)
D2  I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works. Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:12-15, HCSB)
C4 The remedy for sin
D1 Some things that can NOT
E1 Animal sacrifices--For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. (Hebrews 10:4, HCSB)
E2 Good works--But we are all like an unclean [thing,] And all our righteousnesses [are] like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6, NKJV). Different translation: All of us have been sinful; even our best actions are filthy through and through. Because of our sins we are like leaves that wither and are blown away by the wind. (Isaiah 64:6, GNB92). Even just one sin is enough to receive the punishment of eternal hell (For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all. For He who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. So if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you are a lawbreaker. (James 2:10-11, HCSB)). If that seems wrong, consider that God has warned us. One sin, Adam’s sin, has blemished God PERFECT holy creation.
D2 Only one thing can--In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7 [EMTV]. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22 [EMTV]. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE," (Galatians 3:13 [EMTV]). There are many passages. Only Jesus Christ redeems from sin. His conditions for applying this to our lives is believe. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 [EMTV].
D3 For more information see Need God.
C5 For more information about the doctrine of sin see
C6 Views of the effects of Adam’s sin on humanity
D1 Pelagian
E1 God created every soul (in contrast to the traducian view that the body and soul come from our parents).
E2 Every soul is innocent and pure from sin.
E3 Adam’s effect on the rest of humanity was from his bad example, not imputed.
E4 Humanity died because people die from the law of nature not from the law of sin (their sin). Thus Adam would have died even if he had never sinned.
E5 Humans can choose on their own will to come to God for salvation.
E6 Compare what the Scripture states:
F1 What then? Are we better [than they?] Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;  There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.  They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”  “Their throat [is] an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps [is] under their lips”; “Whose mouth [is] full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet [are] swift to shed blood;  Destruction and misery [are] in their ways;  And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:9-18, NKJV)
F2 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me. (Psalms 51:5, HCSB)
D2 Bible view (the view of Reformed Arminians as the Free Will Baptists)
E1 Adam brought sin into the world.
E2 All are born sinners.
E3 All are totally depraved and do not seek God.
E4 No one can come to God on his own initiative.
E5 God must initiate salvation with prevenient grace.
E6 Our wills are then freed, and we can resist or not resist the conviction brought about by the Holy Spirit.
B4 So God created man in His [own] image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27, NKJV). We learn:
C1 We were not animals without a soul outside the Garden of Eden. Then the time came when God breathed the life soul into the animal, and the animal became human.
C2 Humans are created as humans, not by an evolutionary advance by random, goalless, unguided processes of nature.
C3 The who that created--Yahweh.
C4 Created in His image as was discussed above.
C5 It is emphasized by repeating the thought. God did create man in His image.
C6 Male and female are both created in the image of God.
C7 How does knowing these things affect our lives in the world, the church, and the family?
B5 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned– (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift [is] not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift [is] not like [that which came] through the one who sinned. For the judgment [which came] from one [offense resulted] in condemnation, but the free gift [which came] from many offenses [resulted] in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Therefore, as through one man’s offense [judgment] came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act [the free gift came] to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:12-21, NKJV). We learn:
C1 Sin--rebellion, lawbreaking, bad attitude keeping--came into the world from Adam’s sin.
C2 Death is the punishment for sin. This includes physical death, soul death, and spiritual death.
C3 Sin is serious. Just one bite of a piece of fruit resulted in death.
C4 Even though there was no written law at that time, people still died, because of natural law that was written on their hearts.
C5 The Gospel is a free gift, not of works, lest any should boast.
C6 All died because of sin, except Jesus, who, being sinless, died as the perfect sacrifice for sin.
C7 Those who meet God’s conditions for salvation benefit from that one sacrifice.
C8 Salvation and righteousness (in God’s sight) are a gift from God, not something earned.
C9 There is a reigning in life. This is through Jesus Christ. The term reign does not refer to being a king or queen, but rather they refer to the effect upon the lives of people. Death reigns because of sin. Life reigns because of Jesus. As one translation has it: It is true that through the sin of one man death began to rule because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God's abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ. (Romans 5:17, GNB92)
C10 The Law (the Ten Commandments, etc.) reveal the sin as it gives God’s standard of right and wrong.
C11 God wants people to be saved from sin and its effect.
C12 Without Jesus Christ and only Jesus Christ is this offer of grace given. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12, NKJV)
C13 Why was the Law not given to Adam and Eve? Why wait until Moses and the children of Israel?
C14 How does the Law convict people of their sin?
C15 Why do people refuse God’s offer of salvation even knowing the penalty?
B6 What are the consequences of breaking God’s law in regards to the environment, health, science, thinking, family, etc.?
B7 The Ten Commandments are the summary of the laws of nature written on everyone’s heart.
C1 The first 4 commandments deal with sins against God and His person of all types in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. The 4 categories: sins concerning any God except for Yahweh, concerning any type of idol, sins concerning any type of blasphemy (spoken words, written words, thoughts, desires, words, deeds about Him or His character), and sins concerning worship (a time for rest from us and our life so that we will have time to fellowship with God).
C2 The last 6 deal with sins against God and humanity. They are in 6 categories: sins against parents and authorities, sins regarding hate (without cause) up to and including murder, sins concerning sexual sins, sins of stealing (all types), lying and giving false testimony (slander, libel, etc.), and all types of covetousness.
C3 God’s design is to NOT do any of these.
C4 How and why do people excuse their sin?
B8 Why is living a Christian life as defined by the New Testament rarely taught and followed today?
B9 Next week:
C1 The Downward Spiral
C2 Theme: The Cost of Disobedience

C3 Scriptures: Judges 2:1-23