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It is difficult, but we must not do it. “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth” (Prov. 24:17). If it is not hard for you to squelch a squeal of fiendish glee when your tormentor tumbles, let me congratulate you and ask you to go on to another article. I want to talk to the rest of us folks.
What does our rejoicing in the fall of another say about us? It says:
1. That we may be envious or jealous of another. Thus, because of our sinful rivalry, we rejoice when one stumbles. This the Bible condemns (Phil. 2:1-4).
2. That we are carnally minded and walk as men and not as God would have us to do (1 Cor. 3:1-3).
3. That our eyes are not upon God, that we are not “looking unto Jesus,” but unto our own petty, selfish interests (Rom. 12:9-21).
4. That vengeance, not peace and friendship, is the motive of our hearts. If so, we seek that which does not belong to us — “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
5. That we are rejoicing over the fall of one for whom Christ died, and for one in whose death God takes no pleasure (Ezek. 33:11).
6. That our standards for success and failure are brought down to the level of the fallen. Surely, our goals and glee are higher than that (Phil. 2:16, 17; 1 Pet. 1:6-8)!
7. That we are looking at things through the perishing perspective of the outer man and not through eternal spectacles of the inner man (2 Cor. 4:16-18).
8. That we ought to be glad Jesus does not have the same attitude toward us — “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
If I say I will not rejoice when my enemy stumbles, but neither will I help him up, I may as well sneer when I praise God.
Lord, how small we are in heart before thee Help us to grow in thy grace and goodness!
(Truth Magazine, July 15, 2004, 435)
You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS
Jesus is Proof There is a God
Scripture Reading: John 12:42-50
1. Why do you believe in God? (1 Pet. 3:15)
I. FAITH THAT GOD EXISTS IS BASED ON EVIDENCE – Heb. 11:6, 1.
A. The Material
World, Heb. 11:3; Rom. 1:20; Isa. 40:25-26 (Psa. 19:1).
II. JESUS IS EVIDENCE GOD IS REAL, Jno. 14:9-11.
A. To Believe in
Jesus One Must Believe in God – Jno. 12:44-45 (1:1-2, 18; Col. 1:15).
III. WHY DO PEOPLE REJECT THE EVIDENCE THAT JESUS IS SON OF GOD? (Jno. 12:37)
A. It Does Not Agree with Human Wisdom – 1 Cor.
1:21-25 (Psa. 10:4; Rom. 1:22, 28).
You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS
Bible Question Box (Aug 2004)
Scripture Reading: Romans 13:1-10
#1 – The 10 commandments say, “thou shalt not kill!” But we read of many Israelites, including King David / Solomon, killing “in the name of the Lord.” Why?
1. Sacredness of human life (Gen. 4:11-14; 9:5-6; Num.
#2 – Regarding 1 Timothy 5:11-14: Could you please clarify what these verses mean?
Enrollment of true widows for continuing care by the local church (1 Tim.
"I Had An
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) began offering a $15 T-shirt this week that reads, “I had an abortion” for women to “assert a powerful message in support of women’s rights.” Gloria Feldt, president of PPFA had this to say in a statement dated July 28, 2004: “The shirt is not a cavalier statement, but a way to challenge the silence and shame around an experience many women have shared, however difficult that decision may have been.”
We will not quibble over the difficulty of the decision to have an abortion. But, we do challenge its morality. Human life is sacred and the willful taking of it is murder (Exo. 20:13).
If PPFA can encourage “powerful messages” that are not “cavalier”, we can too. So, I propose the following T-shirts messages designed to be a “powerful message in support of” the unborn child’s right to life:
· “I killed my child”…“I let a doctor kill my child”…“Women YES – Babies NO”
· “I wanted sex – not that baby” (95% of abortions are for the purpose of birth control, www.abortiontv.com)
· “Chances are, I’m a fornicator, too” (67% of abortions are from women who have never been married, Nikki Katz, “Abortion Statistics”, http://womensissues.about.com/ cs/abortionstats/a/aaabortionstats.htm)
Oh, I can hear the criticism now:
· “You are so unloving and insensitive!” (Would that be unloving and insensitive like the mother who chooses to kill her unborn child? – Rom. 1:31) God said, “hate evil, love good” (Amos 5:15).
· “You are just being too harsh!” (Like the harshness of the surgeon’s tools as the life of a living, growing child is exterminated in its mother’s womb?) God said, “Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isa. 58:1).
· “Your inflammatory tone will accomplish nothing!” (Unlike, the inflammatory, “I had an abortion”?) The flames of hell are hot. Better now to inflame emotions that may save a life (and a soul through repentance) than to be silent as millions enter eternal life with blood on their hands (including ours, Rev. 21:8; Acts 20:26; Ezek. 3:17-19).
This is election year in America, and the candidates are positioning themselves for votes. Take for example, John Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate:“John Kerry says life begins at conception -- even if it isn’t yet human at that stage. ‘My personal belief about what happens in the fertilization process is a human being is first formed and created, and that’s when life begins,’ Kerry told ABC News’ Peter Jennings. ‘But that’s not a person yet.’” (“Kerry’s Abortion Views Confusing”, Steve Jordahl, iVoteValues.org)
Does Mr. Kerry approve of the “powerful message in support of women’s rights” this T-shirt supposedly makes? Jordahl continues to write,
Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, said Kerry’s words – while confusing – are intentional.
“This is a thought-out strategy to try to pull the wool over the eyes of voters,” he said, “attempting to make it appear that he’s sensitive to concerns about the unborn.”
Chris Slattery of Expectant Mother Care said 20 years of consistent pro-abortion votes in Congress should settle any doubts about where Kerry really stands.
“He takes the Christian community for idiots if he thinks we’re going to buy into any notion that he is pro-life,” Slattery said. “John Kerry is a master fraud. I don’t believe for a minute that he will take any initiatives that will favor the pro-life side – just the opposite.”
Several times in the interview with Jennings, Kerry used the Roe v. Wade
decision as an excuse to separate his personal and public stances on
abortion. The abortion lobby has given him a 100 percent voting record over
the last several years. (Ibid.)
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