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Man Up!!

MEN . . . you need to read this.

These are your unborn sons and daughters, your unborn nieces and nephews, your unborn granddaughters and grandsons.  How can you stand by and say ‘it’s a woman’s choice’?

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What if money was tight at your house, and you came home one day to find the dog decapitated and dismembered in your front yard?  . . . And when you went inside the house, your wife calmly told you she ‘took care of the problem’, because you could not afford to feed a dog?  Or what if the reason was because she had embarked on a career path, and could no longer spare the time to walk and feed and bathe the dog?  Or, perhaps she simply didn’t like having fur all over the house when he shed.  What if she never even asked for your input?  Would you not stare at her in abject horror and ask yourself ‘what kind of a monster does this?’?  And yet, when it comes to an unborn baby (which has TWO parents!!!) you look the other way and ‘let the woman decide’?  May I remind you . . .

‘ . . . For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.’  (1 Tim. 2:13-14)

Any man who has had much interaction with women knows that women make their decisions differently than men.  A woman’s decision-making process is usually heavily weighted towards feelings and intuition, while men primarily make their decisions based on logic.  Men tend to be more rational . . . women tend to be more irrational.  And nowhere is this more apparent than in situations where emotion is involved.  Women are VERY VULNERABLE TO DECEPTION, where emotion is involved.  For this reason, God designed a culture where MEN (employing logic and rational thought) would make the final decisions.  Husbands and fathers are to be the authority in the home.

However, when situations are emotionally charged, men are going to get a lot of RESISTANCE from women (and liberal/effeminate men).  A man needs to be prepared for this, and stand firm and unwavering.  Yet, many men will step aside and defer to a woman, not wanting to make her upset.  Man up!!  You ought to obey God rather than men!  (Acts 5:29)  The only thing worse than a MAN pleaser is a WOMAN pleaser!!–especially understanding that women are prone to deception, especially in matters that are emotionally charged.

Lets look for a moment, at where this all began.  We are told that in the Garden of Eden, the serpent beguiled Eve—he deceived her.  She made a terrible decision, while not entirely in her right mind.  HOWEVER, Adam (who was apparently present with her) was NOT deceived.  He knew very well that what she was doing was wrong.  For whatever his reasons may have been, he deliberately disobeyed God and joined Eve in her sinful decision—as so many weak-willed men do today, in regards to abortion.  What Adam ought RATHER to have done, was to rebuke Eve and plead with her to repent.  Then he should have brought her before God, and stood between them and interceded for her.

Men, this is what YOU also need to be doing today.  Look at these pictures and tell me that the women (mother, sisters, wife, daughters) that you know and love, are in their right minds if they would consider doing such a thing.  You must plead with them, put your foot down . . . whatever it takes to open their eyes and help them see this is wrong,  or at least to do all that you can to prevent it from happening.

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Be the strong one they can lean on, if they feel they’re in a desperate situation where abortion is their only choice.  Help them to see that there are other alternatives.  Be the one who approaches things rationally and righteously, when they are vulnerable and unable to.  But above all, do NOT give in to wickedness to appease the women in your life!  As a man, God has given you specific responsibilities and HE will hold you accountable for whether or not you live up to them.

And speak up in this wicked culture.  The people who are promoting this culture of death are not the women who are in the horrible situations that abortion advocates talk about when pushing their agenda forwards.  A lot of people are making a LOT of money in this horrendous industry.  Others have an agenda of global depopulation and reduction of particular races.  The women who actually GET abortions are the pawns in this sick deception–the advocates pretend they are fighting for them, but that’s just a façade.  (That’s not to say they are innocent . . . I’m simply saying most of the women GETTING abortions are not the ones ADVOCATING for abortion.)  The advocates are usually the ones who have a monetary interest in the continuation of the industry.

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Look at the carnage again, and ask yourself whether we should be giving ANY weight to the opinions of people who are capable of inflicting such damage on innocent humans beings, without remorse.  And look at the pro-choice women in your life who have been deluded by their propaganda–remember that Eve was deceived, but Adam wasn’t.  Realize that people who are deluded FULLY BELIEVE that what they are saying is true.  Use your God-given rational mind and DON’T allow them to pull you into deception or sin by tugging on your heartstrings or otherwise manipulating you.  Look at those pictures again, and tell me you don’t KNOW that abortion is just plain wicked.

You KNOW . . . but they are deluded.  You MUST intervene.  Sit down with the women in your family and talk with them.  Tell them abortion is just plain wrong and that they’d better never consider it.  Make them look at the pictures, so that they can’t deny the reality of what happens in an abortion.  Tell them that if they ever find themselves in a bad situation, to come and talk with you, and somehow—together—you will work it out.  If they tearfully confess that they’ve HAD an abortion, lead them in a prayer of repentance.  Help them understand that God forgives what we’ve repented of, but they must never do it again.  They must help to educate others.

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Teach your sons and brothers too.  Don’t let them sweep this under the rug.  Help them understand that when they sleep around, they may be making babies that the woman may abort without ever telling them.  Encourage them to reject any woman that is pro-abortion.  Show them the pictures again, and ask what kind of a woman can do such a thing without remorse?  Who wants to get involved with a woman like that?  And make sure they understand that if they pressure a woman to have an abortion, they have innocent blood on their hands.  Make sure they understand too, that if they find themselves in a bad situation, abortion is not the answer.  Somehow, together, you can find a better solution.

Please men . . . stand in the gap.  Be the kind of moral, upright man that your Father in Heaven can be proud of.  Do what Jesus would do.

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Don’t even THINK about backsliding!!!

‘And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not [himself], neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes]. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes].

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.’ (Luke 12:47-48)

‘For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.’ (2 Peter 2:20-21)

‘For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.’ (Hebrews 10:26-31)

 

If you have backslidden, God has led you to this post for a reason.  Repent while you are still able to, before your heart becomes hard as a stone, before your mind becomes totally deluded, and before your conscience becomes completely seared.  Reach out to God, humble yourself and repent, cry out for His mercy.  The hour is late and darkness is descending upon this world.

Please note:  NO ONE should make the commitment to become a Christian, until they are ready to DIE to themselves.  Being a Christian is not just an escape from hell, it is a diligent walk on a difficult and narrow path.  Those who are only looking for ‘fire insurance’ will not endure the climb.  If you are trying to win souls to Christ, be SURE they count the cost first, and are totally committed.  Anything less will lead to their destruction.

This will be the horrible end of many who are sitting under the preaching of today’s ‘easy grace’ (so-called) gospel, and taking it to heart:

‘For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, THE LATTER END IS WORSE WITH THEM THAN THE BEGINNING*. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.’ (2 Peter 2:18-21)

*The Holy Spirit brings CONVICTION (which FEELS like condemnation) when we sin. But after sitting under these teachers long enough, people become EMBOLDENED to sin, and they learn to ignore the conviction of the Holy Spirit. They become bold, shameless sinners who still believe they are saved and headed for glory!!

Be VERY careful whose teaching you heed! Many will lull you into complacency over sin, leading you to believe that it is no big deal. But make no mistake: sin KILLS!! A good teacher/preacher should warn you of this OFTEN.

‘For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, TURNING THE GRACE OF OUR GOD INTO LASCIVIOUSNESS, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (Jude 1:4)

‘They PROFESS that they know God; BUT IN WORKS THEY DENY [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.’ (Titus 1:16)

Do not let these men captivate and bewitch you with their charm and charisma. They make very entertaining speakers and they allure through the lusts of the flesh. Eating the ‘diet’ they feed you will starve your spirit and feed your carnal man, making it stronger than ever. Listening to them for an hour every Sunday can undo all the spiritual discipline you have applied throughout the week . . . all the spiritual progress you have made towards being conformed to the image of Christ in godliness and holiness. (And even worse, if you sit under their teaching every time the church doors are open.) Allowing them to lead you will cause you to backslide.

Be VERY sure that whoever is leading you is preaching the FULL counsel of God. Be sure that they are qualified to be a church ‘leader’ or teacher (Read 1 Timothy 3). Pray for discernment!!

There is a reason that so many ministries–and so many people who say they are Christians–have abandoned sound doctrine. People have become wise in their own eyes, and they don’t like the restrictions that God’s Word places on their lives, because they prefer to have a little freedom to sin.

‘For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;’ (2 Tim. 4:3)

God sent the Holy Spirit to teach us, but when we spurn His guidance, something happens. Listen to what Jesus said about those who hear the Word and accept it . . . versus those who hear it and reject it:

‘And he said unto them, Take heed WHAT YE HEAR: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and UNTO YOU THAT HEAR shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.’ (Mark 4:24-25)

If you will HEAR the truth, you will be given more. (And hearing truth means LIVING by it, not just listening and giving mental assent.) But if you reject the truth, you will not even be able to retain the truth you already know. This is how so many professing Christians have gone astray.

There’s more to this passage–when Jesus said ‘with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you’, I believe He was also speaking about SHARING the truth with others–because in the verses immediately before these, He said:

‘And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.’ (Mark 4:21-23)

Those of us who HAVE truth, have a responsibility to share it. It is God’s will that EVERYONE be reached with the gospel. (The internet is a perfect platform for this. NONE of us on the internet has an excuse for not sharing God’s truth with others.)

When people reject the truth, they open themselves to deceiving spirits.

‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee . . . ‘ (Hosea 4:6)

‘A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. ‘ (Titus 3:10-11)

‘Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;’ (1 Tim. 4:1)

‘Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.’ (1 John 4:1)

‘But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.’ (2 Tim. 3:13)

In the end-times, the rejection of God’s truth gets so bad that He finally sends a great delusion upon the people, to ensure those who have rejected the truth will believe THE Lie . . . the lie of The Antichrist.

‘ . . . them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.’ (2 Thess. 2:10-12)

God is not mocked. We cannot claim to be Christians, yet live a life that defies Him. (This is what it means to ‘take the Lord’s name in vain’ . . . the 3rd Commandment.)

God’s people are to be a HOLY people–a people who have come to Him through repenting of their sins, and who daily walk in the Spirit, quickly repenting if they err. God’s name is blasphemed among the unbelievers, on account of them that claim His name in vain.

2 Thessalonians 2:11 should be a very sober warning to ALL of us who live in the end-times. If we reject truth and pursue sin, we TOO will be caught up in the delusion, and ultimately damned.

There is only one way to get through the days ahead: reject sin and embrace truth! Don’t just hear it: live it and share it!

‘But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.’ (James 1:22)

I Never Knew You

‘Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.’  (Matt. 7:22-23)

These are people that placed their faith in Jesus.  According to today’s (false) gospel, they were saved, by simply believing.  And THEY believed they were saved.  But here’s the problem: they lived in sin (they worked iniquity).

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.’  (Titus 1:16)

Whether they never knew Jesus, or whether they backslid, it doesn’t matter.  Now they are lost.  They lived in sin even though they persisted in their faith.

In God’s Word, in the Old Testament alone, it is repeated four times (the number of times something is repeated signifies its importance–four repetitions means God wants to make it VERY clear) . . .

‘But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, [and] doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked [man] doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, IN THEM SHALL HE DIE.’  (Ezekiel 18:24)

When a righteous [man] turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; FOR HIS INIQUITY THAT HE HATH DONE SHALL HE DIE.’  (Ezekiel 18:26)

‘The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression . . . neither shall the righteous be able to live for his [righteousness] in the day that he sinneth.

When I shall say to the righteous, [that] he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, HE SHALL DIE for it.’  (Ezekiel 33:12-13)

When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, HE SHALL EVEN DIE thereby.’  (Ezekiel 33:18)

Furthermore, Jesus is being truthful in saying ‘I never knew you’.  And here is why . . .  there is a principal that was twice repeated in the verses above:

‘But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity . . . All his righteousness that he hath done SHALL NOT BE MENTIONED . . . ‘  (Ez. 18:24)

and

‘ . . . if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, ALL HIS RIGHTEOUSNESSES SHALL NOT BE REMEMBERED . . . ‘  (Ez. 33:13)

Just as completely as Jesus forgets the sins of those who have turned to Him in humble repentance . . . so completely does He forget those who have turned back to sin, rejected the warnings of His Holy Spirit, and despised His chastisement.  Don’t believe He can ever deny someone?

‘But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.’  (Matt. 10:33)

Remember this?

‘They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him] . . . ‘  (Titus 1:16)

That ought to put a little fear in you–and that kind of fear is a good thing. 

‘ . . .Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.’  (Job 28:28)

Better you learn the fear of God now, and turn from wickedness, than to hear those most dreaded of words on judgment day:  ‘I never knew you: depart from me’.

‘For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?’  (Hebrews 10:26-29)

‘For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.

or the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned.’  (Hebrews 6:4-8)

The Bible also has something to say about pastors that teach false doctrines such as ‘Once Saved Always Saved’ . . .

‘For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. . . Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.’ (Jude 1:4, 13)

‘These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.’  (2 Peter 2:17-21)

If you are backslidden now and this message has gotten ahold of your heart, I want to offer you hope and a plea:

‘when the wicked [man] turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.  Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, HE SHALL SURELY LIVE, he shall not die. . .

Repent, and turn [yourselves] from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.  Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die . . .?  For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn [yourselves], and live ye.’  (Ezekiel 18:27-28, 30-32)

But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, HE SHALL SURELY LIVE, he shall not die.  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: [and] not that he should return from his ways, and live?’  (Ezekiel 18:21-23)

‘Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; [If] the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; HE SHALL SURELY LIVE, he shall not die.  None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.’  (Ezekiel 33:14-16)

But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.’  (Ezekiel 33:19)

‘The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.’  (Psalm 51:17)

If you are ready to turn from wickedness, God is willing to forgive you of all your sins. Jesus–God in the flesh–died upon a cross, in your place, to pay the price for your sins, so that God could forgive you.

Jesus was perfect and sinless. He died, not for any sins of His own, but for you. If you are ready to count yourself as dead and live for Him, then confess your sins to Him and ask Him to forgive you and fill your heart with His presence.

If you think that just by believing in Jesus, you’ve got a guaranteed ticket to Heaven, think again. You can’t live just any way you please. Only those who heed the Holy Spirit and ‘abide’ in Jesus Christ, through obedience, will make Heaven their home.

‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH the will of my Father which is in heaven.’ (Jesus, Matthew 7:21)

Do you think God is such a pushover that He is going to let willful, rebellious children into Heaven?

Note this, and remember WHO is the author of ‘The Law’ . . .

‘If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and [that], when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he is] a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.’ (Deut. 21:18-21)

You may argue that we are now in the ‘age of grace’ and are no longer under The Law. This is true–but be sure you don’t misunderstand grace. Here is what the NEW Testament has to say, about willful, rebellious Christians:

”For if we sin WILFULLY after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.’ (Hebrews 10:26-31)

CHOOSE daily to walk in obedience to God’s Word, and to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit, and Romans 8:1 will apply to you:

‘[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT.’

How many pastors today are preaching the truth on this subject? From my experience . . . not many. Instead, they let their congregations or their board of directors/elders dictate what they will preach . . .

‘For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.’ (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

‘. . . this [is] a rebellious people, lying children, children [that] will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.’ (Isaiah 30:9-11)

If your preacher preaches ‘smooth things’ instead of edifying and convicting truth, then you can be sure that your church is being led by rebellious men (or women), rather than by the Spirit of God. Get out before you suffer their fate!:

‘ . . . them that perish; because they received not THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved. And for this cause GOD shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.’ (2 Thess. 2:10-12)

‘That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye PUT ON THE NEW MAN, which after God is created in RIGHTEOUSNESS and TRUE HOLINESS.

Wherefore PUTTING AWAY LYING, SPEAK EVERY MAN TRUTH with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.’  (Eph. 4:22-25)

‘Putting on the new man’ is something that WE do–not something the Lord does TO us.  WE make the choices that define our character.  How do we put on the new man?  By reading God’s Word, which renews the spirit of our mind, giving us the ‘mind of Christ’.

One of those choices we must make NOW, is that we will put away lying.  Lying is an ABOMINATION to God.  Homosexuality is an abomination . . . abortion is an abomination . . . and TELLING LIES is an abomination!

‘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, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness [that] SPEAKETH LIES, and he that soweth discord among brethren.’  (Proverbs 6:16-19)

Do you see?  Lying makes this list of things that are an abomination to God, right alongside abortion . . . and lying makes the list TWICE!!

The seriousness of this matter is not an exaggeration on my part.  Look at this other list of heinous sins, and lying is right there with them:

‘But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL LIARS, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.’  (Rev. 21:8)

It’s right up there with murder and sorcery this time.  Make no mistake, this verse is not symbolic.  If the Bible says all liars will have their part in the Lake of Fire, you’d best believe it’s true.

‘If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God . . . ‘  (1 Peter 4:11)

When we open our mouth, it should be as though God Himself is speaking through us.  All it takes is ONE LIE, to destroy your credibility with someone who loves the truth.  As a Christian, that means your witness is destroyed–your ability to share the gospel with that person is lost.  (What if YOU are the very person God has ordained to reach them?)

We must strive to walk uprightly, as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God.  Salvation isn’t a bus ticket–it’s the beginning of a career.  Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, you get there by WALKING . . . it’s not a ‘ride’.

Do you know what will separate those who enter the Kingdom, from those who fall to the strong delusion and follow THE LIE of the Antichrist?  It is whether or not they LOVE TRUTH!

‘ . . . them THAT PERISH; BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved. And for this cause GOD SHALL SEND them strong delusion, that they should BELIEVE A LIE: That they all might be damned WHO BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.’  (2 Thess. 2:10-12)

You cannot claim to love truth if you traffic in lies!

As a liar, you make a practice of overriding your ability to discern the truth from a lie.  As a liar, you come to love lies, because they tell you what you want to believe.  But the verses above show that you will have NO EXCUSE for being deceived, because God will only send the delusion to those who don’t love truth.

God is not mocked.  You love lies?  Then lies you shall have.  Those who sow lies, will reap destruction when they are ensnared in THE lie.

‘Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and WHOSOEVER LOVETH AND MAKETH A LIE.’  (Revelation 22:14-15)

A lot of times, those who have the most struggle with sin are those who yell the loudest when you talk about stopping behaviors that strengthen ‘the flesh’ and its lusts.  They defensively proclaim that they have ‘liberty in Christ’.  Well let me ask . . . if that’s YOUR mantra: how’s it working out for you?

Hypothetically it sounds great, but how about some honest self examination . . . in real life, how is your walk? Are you walking in purity, holiness, and righteousness? If not . . . is it just MAYBE possible that living according to your ‘liberty in Christ’ is your downfall? Could masturbation or listening to secular music be making it harder for you to walk righteously (or even some so-called ‘Christian music’)? Are these activities perhaps doorways to strongholds you’ve had (or are now developing) in your life?

When we walk away and shut the door on our past sins (and we must!!), we should understand that playing with the door itself is likely to cause us to want to walk through it again. Don’t even touch the doorknob!

Jesus said:

‘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 should be cast into hell.’ (Matthew 5:29-30)

If Jesus advised removing BODY PARTS that led us into sin . . . how much more should we remove BEHAVIORS that lead us into sin? Even Paul noted:

‘All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.’
(1 Corinthians 10:23)

We all like to think we’re the STRONG Christians who can walk in liberty . . . but is that really how it’s playing out in your life? Isn’t it time to be honest with yourself?  Don’t wait around for Jesus to deliver you from sin . . . WALK AWAY!!