June 23, 2004

The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Sins Which are an Abomination to God

In the bible we read in Proverbs 6:

16. These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

It is interesting to note that we violate the law of Love that Jesus gave to us when we commit any of these particular sins.

To love our neighbors as ourselves and to treat others as we would have them treat us is violated when they are committed.

A Proud Look

Isaiah 65

2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

Psalms 10;4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

A Proud Look says: "We're not in the same league" or "We're not on equal ground" or "I am better than you".

The sin of Lucifer was pride. He was high and lofty because of his beauty and brightness. God cast him from heaven because of the sin of pride. Notice how God says "A proud look". If a proud person comes to you and doesn't say a word, you can still many times recognize the proud by the "Look" on their face. They roll their eyes, give you a downcast smirk, and you can tell by the expression on their face that they are letting you know "I am better than you". I noticed a person look at me a few weeks ago and she gave me that "Look". How did I feel? I could have let it bother me but didn't. But God sees it as an abomination because it is harmful to both those who have that look and to those who are "looked down on" by these prideful people. We're to have NO respect of persons, But a proud look says "I am one who has respect of persons. By pride, these people are deceiving themselves. They do not care that we are all equal in Gods eyes and there is not one of us above the other. These people carry around the sin of pride, it never leaves them until they are humbled. A proud heart shows that one is willfully taking opposition to both God and Man. They believe that they are better than others, yet they are not. Note that there are just as many in the Christian church that commit this sin as outside of the Church. We have all overlooked the destruction the sin of Pride has caused.

A Lying Tongue

Proverbs 12;13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

A Lying tongue shows that we do not care about truth. Lies and Truths are irrelevant to those who have a lying tongue. But much more important, a lying tongue reveals that we don't care about the giver of truth which is God. Just as the truth is irrelevant to liars, the God of truth is equally irrelevant to them. Those who twist or distort the truth by their lies are affecting not only their own soul, but those who they encounter in life. We should all take what's said to us with discernment and do not take everything said to you as truth unless you know the person and have your sources verified. All liars will have their place in the lake of fire that burns with fire and brimstone. The truth does set us free but lies will hold us in permanent bondage. Lies are darkness and death whereas truth is light and life. May we choose the truth and light above all else.

Hands That Shed Innocent Blood

Isaiah 59;7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

Jeremiah 22; 3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

If we are willing to shed innocent blood, we have no regard for the innocent. To these people, the innocent and the guilty are equal. We read in the bible, "Woe unto him that calls evil good and good evil". We are to know categorically who the wicked are and who the innocent are and distinguish between the two at all times. We are also to work on the behalf of the innocent, the fatherless, the widows and those others who need our help and support. Those less fortunate are the very ones whom our heart should long to help and not hurt. Those who are known to shed innocent blood have no regard for honesty and truth. We are to be on the side of the innocent and those who are treated wrongly through no fault of their own but how many of us do this? These days we have wars in which much innocent blood is shed every day and nothing is said of it. We turn a blind eye. Who is on the side of the innocent? God is, and we as his children are to be as well. God will judge those who shed the blood of the innocent.

The Heart That Devises Wicked Imaginations
Jeremiah 17

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Romans 1;21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

There is no end to the wickedness the heart is capable of. It can be said that wicked imaginations that spring up and are born out of the heart are always the root which brings forth every type of sin. We can conceive and imagine all sorts of false presumptions about our life and others. Are these imaginations valid? Most are not because we cannot know the hearts of others with absolute accuracy. This is why the Word of God is of utmost importance to us.

Jesus said:

Matthew 15 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Beyond a doubt, God knows the heart, we do not. The same heart that devises wicked imaginations causes us to do sinful, shameful acts. It is through the heart that sins have flourished and come to fruition. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. We are to instead allow God to dwell in our hearts and minds and leave off thinking thoughts that are evil.

2 Corinthians 10;5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

When we allow wicked imaginations to spring forth out of our hearts, an evil act is not far behind.

Feet That Be Swift In Running To Mischief
Isaiah 59;7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

There are many unrestrained people who are at the ready to leap into wicked acts. Reminds me of a person finding out a bit of juicy gossip and before an hour is up they've spread that gossip far and wide. Evil is inside of their hearts, a volcano is erupting and driving them to rush into mischief head long. Same can be said for murderous acts- unrestrained, hedonistic qualities in a person, originating from a wicked heart that motivates and pushes him forward to commit sinful and disastrous acts upon another. It is in the heart that sin and rebellion is born and in the end, the feet follow. Isn't it amazing that people are only too eager to get into mischief? They do not think of the consequences of their actions at all. Nor do they consider the pain they cause others with the evil they do.

A False Witness That Speaks Lies
Psalms 27;12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

Psalms 35;11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.

Matthew 26;59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;

60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,

61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

This seems different than a lying tongue in the respect that this liar is a witness of something that has taken place between two or more people. The very thought conveys that of a courtroom setting. One, the witness is perhaps thought to be reliable, trustworthy and honest-but is not. These false witnesses are held in highest regard. When a question is put forth expecting honesty, lies are gained instead. Those hearing will then base their impressions of another's actions on the false witness. The outcome is devastating for both the accused and the accuser. A false witness slanders at will those who are innocent of all charges made against them. Slander is one of the worst crimes one can inflict on another human. If you have been the victim of a false witness and his slander- rest assured that the one "God" who knows all will set all things right for you. Hold your head high and allow peace to reign in your heart, because he that knows all knows the truth about you and that's the most important part.

He That Sows Discord Among Brethren
Proverbs 6;14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.

He that sows discord *strife* among others is one who cannot be a friend to anyone. In fact, if this person knew what peace and friendship and brotherly kindness was, he would not attempt to destroy it among others. He would have a common love for the brethren and would never seek to sow strife. This type of person for whatever reason, is miserable in his own life and seeks to destroy and cause misery in the lives of those around him. Strife is his lifestyle. A lifestyle created by his own choosing. I cannot begin to understand the mind of one who gains from wreaking havoc in the lives of others by sowing strife except to say that at its root is pure evil. Harmony, peace and love is the opposite of discord and strife. We know people by their fruits. One that sows discord among brethren is obvious to all of us and should be avoided at all cost. If you have to be around a person I've described, speak little to them and watch your back and do not place your trust in them.

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