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What Does the Bible Say About:
Pride, Violence, Sexual Lust, Anger?
This booklet is one of the most requested by prison inmates.
The Sin of Pride Chapter 1
Examples of Pride Chapter 2
Violence Chapter 3
Results of Violence Chapter 4
Sexual Lust Chapter 5
Homosexuality Chapter 6
Results of a Homosexual Lifestyle Chapter 7
Anger,Wrath Chapter 8
The Golden Rule Chapter 9
Hold On Tight #547 . . . Comments
Tomorrow May Never Come #116 . . . Introduction
Transition Time #296 . . . Introduction
When Sin Comes Between #244. . . Ch.3
She Looked Back #320 . . . Ch.7
Do Unto Others #276 . . . Ch.9
Consider #205 . . . Ch.9
Gates of Heaven, Or Hell’s Fires #292 . . . Ch.9
SCRIPTURE VERSES TAKEN FROM:
[KJV] King James Version
If you see words in red, bold italics, you will know it is Jesus speaking. For instance:John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [KJV]
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TO EDIFY THE CHURCH, AND TO
HONOR AND GLORIFY GOD.
The WAY to Eternal Life
We must ‘BELIEVE’ in Christ to receive eternal salvation of our souls.
#1. Believe that Jesus is God [Matthew 3:17; John 10:30],
#2. Believe in His virgin birth [Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25],
#3. Believe that He never sinned [Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 1:18-20; 2:22],
#4. Believe that He died on the Cross for us, to save us from eternal death [Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18],
#5. Believe that He is alive, that He was resurrected from the dead [Psalm 16:10; Luke ch. 24;Acts 26:23],
#6. Believe that He ascended to Heaven and is now sitting at the right Hand of God, the Father Almighty, interceding for us [Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9],
#7. Believe that the power of His precious Blood can cleanse ANYONE who accepts Him, from all their sins [1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5],
#8. Believe that salvation (eternal life) is a “GIFT” from God simply by our faith and the grace of God, not by any works we could ever do [Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 6:23],
#9. Believe Jesus when He tells us He will personally come again [1 Thessalonians 4:13-18], and
#10. Believe Him when He tells us we must obey His command to LOVE, and to tell others about Him [Matthew 22:36-40, 28:18-20].
We Must BELIEVE that Jesus is the only WAY to Heaven!
HOLD ON TIGHT
When you turn to Christ to save your soul,
Submit completely; give Him control!
The road of life is bumpy, hold on tight,
You cannot survive, with your own might!
Hold on tight to Jesus, with a firm hold,
For He’s leading to the City of Gold!
Tho’ trials and sorrows do surround,
The blessing of His grace, does abound!
Grab hold and hold on tight, to our Lord,
Only Jesus can keep sin’s door barred.
Troubles arise like a violent sea,
Just Christ can stabilize you and me.
Satan will lure with temptations great,
His pow’r we must not underestimate!
Firmly grip Jesus, and hold on tight,
Don’t turn loose, or you’ve lost the fight!
Hold on tight to Christ, our precious Lord,
Grasping His goodness, all else discard.
Don’t be shaken loose by anything,
The tighter the grip, the greater the blessing!
Hold on tight to Christ; clutch securely,
For just He can give life eternally.
Let nothing, from Him, pull you away,
For we must think beyond, this present day.
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Sept.8,1999 # 547
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT:
I recently had a prison inmate suggest that we do a book on these subjects. To quote him: “A good booklet for prisoners would be one that teaches about not being prideful and violent.” Then he added “also sexual lust.”
As I told him, I have been thinking about doing one on the widespread and well accepted sin of homosexuality. When his letter arrived, it was as though God was saying to me, “Stop thinking about it, and do it!”
The Bible very clearly tells us that we are ALL sinners, every last one of us.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: [KJV]
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [KJV] So, if we are all sinners, what’s the big deal? The big deal is that there are two classifications of sinners: those who are saved and forgiven by the precious Blood of Jesus, and those who are not saved nor forgiven, because they persist in rejecting the only One who can save them or forgive them.
TOMORROW MAY NEVER COME
Tomorrow for you, may never come,
Why far from Jesus, do you roam?
Please don’t wait to accept God’s one Plan,
Eternal life, thru’ the ‘Son of Man’.
Only Jesus can save your very soul,
He has power; let Him take control!
In Heaven’s Book, He can place your name,
And He can take away all your shame.
Tomorrow may never come for you,
Now is the time for Christ to rescue.
Without our Saviour, Hell is your end,
Jesus can save you, and be your Friend!
Don’t wait ‘till tomorrow to trust Him,
Do it now, He can remove your sin.
You’re God’s enemy, without His Son,
Trust Christ; and God’s blessings you have won.
Today is sure; tomorrow is not,
Christ should be in your uttermost thoughts.
Just He can keep you from Hell’s judgment,
Just He can give peace and contentment!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Jan.19,1996 # 116
(2 Cor.6:2; Ps.32:6; 95:7-8; Rev.20:11-15;
John 3:3,15-18, 36; 5:24; 8:24; 14:6, 27)
A lot of people must think they will live forever, by the way they live. They have absolutely NO fear or respect of Almighty God! And then there are so many today that think ‘everybody will go to Heaven.’ This is utterly FALSE! The Bible does NOT teach any such thing! In fact, the Bible teaches that there will be just a “few” that ever make it to Heaven. Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. [KJV] Jesus tells us we can enter Heaven only through the narrow gate. The highway to Hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the multitude who choose the easy road. Only a few ever go through that strait (hard) gate and walk the narrow road with Jesus.
Life on Earth is a time of transition,
We must take this into consideration.
This time is given for us to decide,
Where, in eternity, we will abide.
This is a topic most tend to neglect,
And only on today, do they reflect.
I ask that you consider, seriously,
Just where will YOU live for eternity?
Belief in Jesus, will place you in Heav’n,
Reject Him, my friend, and Hell will be giv’n.
Believe on Jesus; God will not condemn,
Instead, you will be, one of God’s children.
Transition from Earth, to another place,
I ask you this day; will you see His Face?
He’s not willing that any should perish,
But, His Son, you must accept, and cherish!
Your soul lives forever; the Bible tells,
In Heaven or Hell; where will you dwell?
Heaven is where our wondrous God abides,
Hell is where Satan’s children reside.
Transition time: have you thought about it?
Where will God send your immortal spirit?
For those who believe, blissful Heav’n awaits,
But those who reject Christ will be shown Hell’s gate.
By: Connie Kramer Feb.20,1997 # 296
(Ec.12:7; Lu.16:22-23; Mt.10:28; 1 Co.15:53-54; 1 Thes.4:17;
Jn.3:15-18,36; 5:22; 8:51; 1:12; 17:3; 2 Tim.1:10;
Gal.6:8; 2 P.3:9; 1 Jn.3:10; 5:10-12)
You have a soul, and that soul will live FOREVER in one of two places. Your soul is the true you. It is the eternal you. If your name is not written in the “book of life” you can never enter Heaven.
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. [KJV] The “lake of fire” is HELL! So many people have so many misguided thoughts and imaginations about Hell. Hell IS a litreal place. And it will be a place of absolute torture and agony that will NEVER end! Oh, how I pray that this little book will touch the heart of just one lost soul. How I pray that this little book would make just one see the Truth of the Bible! You are absolutely on the way to Hell without Jesus!
1 John 5:9-12 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [KJV] Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the testimony that comes from God. And in this Passage, God has clearly testified about His Son. Those who don't believe this are actually calling God a liar because they do not believe what God has testified about His Son. God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. IF you have God's Son, you have life; IF you reject God's Son, Hell awaits. IF you truly want to know the Truth of the Bible, God will make it known to you. Can you afford to take a chance that you are wrong and God is right? Eternity is at stake. Will it be Heaven?
I truly believe that God has allowed us this time on Earth to make the biggest and most important decision we will ever make; that being where we will spend eternity. God did not make us robots. He gave us a mind and a heart and a free will to make our own decisions. He will not force us to make any decision, He will not force us to love Him. He will not force us to stop our sin, whatever that sin may be. This little book will tell you, in very plain words what God thinks about sin, and what God wants for you (to turn AWAY from sin and TO Him). It will tell you about sins like pride, anger, violence, malice, vengeance, coveting, hate, and sexual lust. It will tell you these things are wrong and that God hates all of them!
God loves you, no matter what you have done in the past. When I look back over my past, I shudder at all the horrible things I did. It actually makes me sick! I knew about Jesus, but I kept rejecting Him, year after year after year! All those wasted years; that too makes me sick! But God in His mercy has forgiven me, for I finally realized I was wrong and God was right! I was a sinner, bound for Hell unless I repented (turned and went the other way). I was doomed to the pits of an eternal Hell (everlasting destruction) unless I turned TO Jesus! He was the ONLY One who could save me! He was the ONLY One who could help me from giving in to the devil’s temptations. He was the ONLY One who could ever give me access to God’s amazing blessings and eternal life in Heaven! When I finally realized this and accepted Jesus as my Saviour and Lord, my life changed!
THE SIN OF PRIDE
Just exactly what is ‘pride’ and why does God hate it so? Pride is an over-high opinion of oneself; exaggerated self-esteem; conceit; arrogance; self important; self-exaltation; over confident; great delight in one’s achievements and/or possessions.
But . . . WHY does God hate PRIDE so much? He hates it because in effect you are saying: “I can do it myself. I don’t NEED you God!” There are so many people today who fit into this category. Self-made millionaires, famous movie stars, politicians, rulers, etc. “God didn’t do this . . . I did it!” Below are some verses from the Bible about PRIDE.
Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. [KJV] . . . The “wicked” are those who reject Jesus (unbelievers). They stand afar off from God by their unbelief, and then complain that God is afar off from them. They do not seek after God, they will not call on Him. They live without prayer, without God. They have many thoughts, but the Lord is not in any of them. They do not submit to His will, nor care about His glory. The cause of this is pride. People think it is ‘below them’ to be religious.
Psalm 12:3 The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: [KJV] . . . We may think that lies are harmless, sometimes even useful. But God does not see things that way! God does NOT overlook lies, flattery, deception, or boasting. They are SIN! Each of these sins starts from a bad attitude that eventually comes out in our speech. Our tongue can be our greatest enemy. Be careful how you use yours.
Psalm 119:21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments. [KJV] . . . Most of us are irritated by rules, for we think they restrict us from doing what we want. But God’s laws free us to be all that He wants us to be. They restrict us only from doing what might hurt us and keep us from being our best. If we follow His rules, we avoid roads that lead to destruction. Are you too proud to follow God’s rules? Are you on the broad road to Hell? You don’t have to be! This verse states that the “proud” are cursed by God!
Psalm 138:6 Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. [KJV] . . . The Lord is awesome and majestic, yet He has respect to every humbled sinner. But, what about the proud and unbelieving souls? They will be exiled far from His blissful Presence.
2 Thes. 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. [KJV] . . . God will tell you exactly how it will be, IF you are wise enough to want to know! You do NOT want eternal banishment from our good God!
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. [KJV] . . . This is a list of things that God hates. These sins are especially provoking to God, because they hurt people. If God hates these sins, we must hate them also, and make every effort not to do them. We must shun all such practices, watch and pray against them; and avoid (with disapproval), all who are guilty of them, whatever their rank (whoever they are).
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. [KJV] . . . The more a person fears (reverences) and respects God, the more he or she will hate evil. We CANNOT love God and love sin. One has to go. We must make a clean break with sin and submit completely to God.
Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. [KJV] . . . All contentions (conflicts, discord, arguments), whether between certain persons, families, churches, or nations, start with pride. All disputes would be prevented or ended, if it were not for the sin of pride.
Proverbs 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. [KJV] . . . Pride is the devil whispering: “My way is best.” Pride is resisting God’s leadership and believing that you are able to live without His help. Pride is insisting to do things your way and looking down on other people. Only when you eliminate pride can God help you. Although sinners strengthen themselves by sticking together, they will NOT escape God’s judgments.
Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.  Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. [KJV] . . . Proud people seldom realize that pride is their problem, even though everyone around them is aware of it. Don’t fear the pride of others, but fear pride in yourself. Humility makes the world to look down on us, but pride makes us an enemy of God.
Proverbs 30:32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth. [KJV] . . . Pride makes us do many foolish things and say things we should never say. We must keep all evil thoughts in our minds from becoming evil speech. Nothing should be said or done with violence, because of our pride. We must not stir up the passions of others. Evil words can never be retrieved. Is pride your sin?
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. [KJV] . . . Lust is a sinful longing; a ‘heart’ sin which leads us away from God. Lust was the sin of Adam and Eve. All worldly things: evil desires, the mad craze for illicit sex, wanting to buy any and all that appeals to you, pride that boosts your ego, that comes from wealth, power and fame; NONE of these are from God. They all are from the devil! Beware! These are NOT from God.
HUMILITY AND PRIDE
The Book of Proverbs is direct and forceful in rejecting pride. Pride tops the list of seven things God hates (Prov. 6:16-17). Harmful results of pride are contrasted in the Bible with humility and its benefits. Humility: leads to wisdom, takes advice, and ends in honor. Pride: leads to disgrace, causes quarrels, ends in punishment and destruction.
EXAMPLES OF PRIDE
*****(1) King Nebuchadnezzer had a dream, which Daniel interpreted for him. In the dream, the king saw a tree; strong, tall enough to reach Heaven, and wide enough to fill the Earth. In his dream, he saw “a watcher and an holy one” come down from Heaven (Dan.4:13-14) with orders to cut the tree down. God’s “watchers” (probably angels) see everything, know everything and tell everything to God! If you think that you are living in secret, and that God does not know what you are doing, think again! In Psalm 139:7-12 we are told that no matter where we go, we CANNOT get away from God or His all seeing eyes.
Daniel told the king why the dream was given to him. Nebuchadnezzer was lifted up with pride. The “tree” represented the proud king, and God would ‘cut him down.’ The king would be driven out of his magnificent kingdom to where the beasts of the field lived, to eat grass like an oxen for seven years.
Did God make good His threat? YES! He gave the king twelve months in which to change. The king did not change his proud ways and attitude.
Daniel 4:28-37 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.  At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.  The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?  While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.  And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.  The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.  And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?  At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.  Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase. [KJV] . . . Daniel begged Nebuchadnezzar to change his ways, and God allowed Nebuchadnezzar one full year in which to change. But regrettably, there was NO repentance in the heart of this proud king, and so the dream was fulfilled. Pride and self-conceit are sins that befall the rich, the powerful, the famous, etc., but also common folk as well, simply by taking glory and honor that belongs only to God. While those proud words were still in the king’s mouth, powerful words came from God. The king’s understanding and memory were completely gone! All the powers of the rational soul disappeared.
How careful we ought to be, not to do anything which may provoke God to put us out of our senses! God resists the proud. God lives for ever, and His kingdom is like Himself, everlasting, and universal. His power cannot be resisted! When we honor God, by confessing our sin and acknowledging His sovereignty; then, and only then, may we dare to hope that God will honor us, and restore us to the dignity we lost when Adam sinned in the garden. Only by the righteousness and grace of our precious Saviour and Lord (Jesus) can we ever accomplish this feat. The Lord knows how to humiliate those that walk in pride, but He gives grace and comfort to every humble, broken hearted sinner who calls upon Him.
*****(2) Belshazzar, grandson of Nebuchaduzzar made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and when drunk with wine sent for the sacred vessels Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from the temple in Jerusalem, and he and his princes drank out of them. This must have been some wild party! In the middle of their drunken orgy, a “hand” was seen by the king, writing on the wall the announcement of God’s judgment, which came to pass that very night. The king’s mother insisted that Daniel be brought in, and he interpreted the writing. That night the kingdom of the Chaldeans (Babylon) came to an end, and the king was killed (Daniel 5:30).
Daniel 5:18-23 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:  And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down.  But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:  And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.  And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;  But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: [KJV] --- Belshazzar knew what had happened to his grandfather, Nebuchadnezzar; he knew it was pride that brought him down, yet in verses 22-23, the same sin, pride, was his end as well.
*****(3) Haman, Persian king. Esther 3:5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. [KJV] . . . When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he was filled with rage. Haman loved the power and prestige of his position, and he was enraged when Mordecai (a Jew) did not bow down before him. Haman was not angry only at Mordecai, but toward what Mordecai stood for; the Jews’ dedication to God as the only one worthy of reverence. Haman was prejudiced: he hated a group of people (Jews) because of their difference in belief and culture. Prejudice grows out of personal pride; when someone considers themselves better than others.
God is NOT prejudiced!
Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God. [KJV] . . . Any one who is prejudiced sins!
James 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. [KJV] . . . In the end, Haman was punished for his arrogant, sinful attitude by Almighty God. God will harshly judge those who are prejudiced or whose pride causes them to look down on others. This is NOT what God wants from His children.
Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified. [KJV] PRIDE is a complete abomination (something hated) by God, and absolutely will be judged!
*****4. Satan, the devil. I would like to include one more ‘example’ of pride given to us in the Bible, and that is the devil. So many people think Satan (Lucifer, the devil, etc.) is a horrendous looking red creature with horns and a pitchfork. This is far from the truth! Lucifer was one of God’s angels in the realm of Heaven. He was beautiful! He was probably God’s most beautiful creation.
Ezekiel 28:12-19 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.  Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.  All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. [KJV] . . . Some of the phrases in these verses describing the human king of Tyre, are describing Satan. Great care must be taken to interpret these verses with discernment. At times, Ezekiel describes this king in terms that simply could not apply to a mere man. This king had been in the Garden of Eden (28:13), had been “anointed as a guardian cherub” (28:14), he had access to the holy mountain of God (28:14), but was cast to the ground (28:16-17). Ezekiel was more than likely condemning not only the king of Tyre, but Satan, who had motivated the king to sin.
Notice what it states about Satan: “full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (28:12). No mere man is either of these! “Every precious stone was thy covering.” (28:13) We cannot begin to imagine how beautiful Satan was and IS! “The workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” Not only was Satan a thing of beauty, but he could sing and was musically inclined. Where is music first mentioned in the Bible? Genesis 4:21 . . . the offspring of Cain. There is indeed some wonderful music: hymns, Gospel songs, classical, some country songs, but some is straight from the devil himself!
Ezekiel 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. [KJV] . . . Please note: Satan’s heart was filled with “pride” because he was so beautiful. There are many today that fall into this category. Maybe you are one of them. We can become ‘proud’ for many, many reasons, ALL of which are wrong! ALL of which are sin! God simply hates (abhors) ALL pride! Satan fell because of pride; many will go with him.
Isaiah 14:12-14 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. [KJV] . . . There are several interpretations of these verses.
(1) It is Satan, because the person here is too powerful for any human king.
(2) This could be Sennacherib or Nebuchadnezzar, kings with supreme power. Their people looked upon them as gods. These kings wanted to rule the world.
(3) It could refer to both Satan and a great human king, possibly Nebuchadnezzar, because Babylon is pictured as the seat of evil in Rev. 17-18.
Pride was Satan’s sin as well as Babylon’s. But, what all three viewpoints share is: pride willfully opposes God and will absolutely result in God’s condemnation.
I truly believe this “fallen one” is the devil. Please notice the “I wills” in this passage. Lucifer has tremendous pride. The devil hates God, because he wants to be worshipped.
Isaiah 14:13-14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. [KJV]
- 1. “I will ascend into Heaven.”
- 2. “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.”
- 3. “I will sit on the mount of the congregation.”
- 4. “I will ascend above the clouds.”
- 5. “I will be like the most High.”
The “I wills” of Satan are answered by God!
Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. [KJV] . . . God plainly states that Satan “SHALL” be brought down to Hell! God does NOT lie!
Satan was given a free will (just as we are) to make decisions. God allowed him to do as he wanted to do. God allows us the same privilege. Satan was so puffed up with pride that he set his will against the will of God. There are many people today that place their will above what God wants for them. There are only two ways to go: God’s way . . . or your way! There are only two groups of people on the Earth today: God’s children . . . and Satan’s children. There are only two destinations to eternity: Heaven and Hell. Which road are you on?
As you read this, if you are not a child of God headed for Heaven, you can be! Stop listening to Satan. He is headed for Hell.
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. [KJV]
Violence is physical force used to injure or damage; any roughness in action; the use of force to hurt, injure or damage a person, animal or thing; severe action; unjust use of power.
Genesis 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. [KJV] . . . Noah did not find favor in the eyes of men; they hated and persecuted him because by his life and preaching he condemned the world: but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8). What a tremendous statement! Let this be our desire, that we may be accepted by God, and find grace in His eyes. The rest of the world was wicked (evil continually Genesis 6:5), but Noah kept his integrity. He “was a just man, and walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). He had right principles, and was righteous in his lifestyle. He was honest and devout. He wanted to do the will of God. He wanted to hurt no one, as those around him did.
Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. [KJV] . . . This Passage is telling us of the horrible sufferings of Christ. It was for our sins, and in our place, that our Lord Jesus suffered. We all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God. Each sinner has their own beloved sin, their own way of evil, of which they can’t seem to give up.
Our sins deserve all griefs and sorrows and judgment. But because of Christ’s sufferings, we are saved from Hell. Atonement was made for our sins. And this (Christ) is the only way of salvation. Our sins were those horrendous thorns that was crushed upon Christ’s head; those huge rusty nails pounded in His Hands and Feet; the spear that was thrust in His precious side. He was delivered to death for our offenses; a sinless Sacrifice. By His sufferings He redeemed us from the bondage and penalty of sin.
Ezekiel 45:9 Thus saith the Lord God; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions from my people, saith the Lord God. [KJV] . . . Violence, extortion and greed are major social sins, of which God’s children should have NO part. How do you measure goods, money or services? If you are paid for an hour of work, be sure you work for a full hour. If you sell a cord of wood, make sure it is a full cord. God is completely trustworthy, and His followers should be too.
Job 20:19 Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not; [KJV] . . . The love of the world and love of money is evil! Yet man sets his heart upon them. The sins of violence and injustice will absolutely bring God’s judgments down on you and your family. Although you may not ‘get caught’ by authorities, God knows exactly what you do and think!
Ezekiel 11:5-B --- for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them. [KJV] . . . You will NOT escape God’s judgment! Your every sin will be paid for unless you repent, turn to Jesus, and ask forgiveness. He came to save the world (John 3:17; 6:33, 51). That includes you . . . and me!
Job 24:2 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof. [KJV] . . . Many who live at ease are ungodly and profane. Many who defy (mock, despise) all the laws of justice seem to succeed in wicked practices. But anyone who acquires riches by violence, oppression, or unjust, unrighteous acts will most assuredly be judged by a righteous Judge, and be condemned for all the wrongs they have done.
Psalm 73:6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. [KJV] . . . Foolish and wicked people sometimes have great outward prosperity. They have the least troubles but the most comforts. They live without the fear of God, are proud and violent in obtaining their desires; yet they prosper. We cannot judge anyone’s state, neither here on Earth, or beyond death. This we must leave in the hands of a just, pure, righteous and holy God. Hearts can only be cleansed by the Blood of Christ which comes by faith. It is not in vain to serve and obey God. He watches all that we do, and knows our hearts. We cannot fool God. Don’t try it!
Proverbs 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. [KJV] . . . The way of evil men may seem enjoyable to them, but it is wicked, and will end badly. If anyone loves God and their soul, violence should be avoided. We should keep as far away from it as we possibly can. The way of the righteous is light; Christ being our Way, and our Light. We must shun the darkness of the devil, and all the sins he tempts us with. The way of sin is as a dark night. The way of the wicked is dark and dangerous for all who participate. We must set a strict guard on our souls; and keep from doing hurt to anyone. We must please God and be in His will.
Isaiah 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. [KJV] . . . Sin offends God and separates us from Him. Because God is holy, He CANNOT ignore, excuse, or tolerate sin as though it doesn’t matter. Sin cuts people off and forms a wall, isolating God from the people He loves. YES! God loves you, but He hates all your sins and iniquities and any acts of violence! God wants YOU to live with Him forever, but you cannot enter into His holy Presence unless your sin is removed. Have you confessed your sin to God? Have you allowed Him to remove it? The Lord can save you IF you turn to Him.
WHEN SIN COMES BETWEEN
Sin will block you from our wondrous God,
Fellowship is halted, as you trod.
Sin, like a dark cloud, will come between,
Standing between you and God, as a screen.
In sin, we lose the “joy of salvation,”
Satan smiles at our degradation.
God’s Holy Spirit, we should not grieve,
We must turn away, from our sin leave.
Sin will always make your pathway dark,
Darkness prevails, when to Satan , you hark.
Dark black nights are sin and wickedness,
Ruled by old Satan, in his finesse.
We must confess our sin, night or day,
Our great God, we must love and obey.
Lament, mourn, and weep; true sorrow show,
Then turn and run; from sin and Satan, go!
If we obey Him, our path is bright,
Christ will lighten, with glorious light!
With Christ, it’s always bright shining day,
His brilliance always lights the way.
When e’er you sin; that cloud comes between,
Dark will be the way; the path can’t be seen.
Of that sin, you must repent, and confess,
God will forgive; this He does promise.
By: Connie Kramer Aug.17,1996 # 244
(Ps.66:18; 51:12; Is.59:2; 64:7; 1:15; Deut.31:18; 1 Jn.1:9;
Mt.5:4; Ep.4:30; Jam.4:7; Rev.21:23; Jn.1:4; 14:6)
Luke 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. [KJV] . . . John the Baptist gave general warnings to the people when they came to be baptized. The guilty, corrupted race of mankind is become a generation of vipers; hateful to God, and hating one another. There is no way to flee from God’s wrath, except to repent. And when we change our way, the change of our mind and heart must be shown. If we do not change, both in our heart and our life, our profession of religion and our relationship to God and His church, will do us NO good at all. Stop violence and don’t lie!
RESULTS OF VIOLENCE
Genesis 6:5-7 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.  And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. [KJV] . . . All kinds of sin were found among these people. They corrupted and perverted God’s worship. Sin completely filled the Earth with violence. It was like a widespread, infectious epidemic. God was fully justified in His decision to destroy the world. He is the God of this entire universe; the Creator of ALL things, be they plant, animal, fish, or human. No matter what you see, God created it! It belongs to Him! He has the absolute right to do with it as He sees fit!
When wickedness became “evil continually” God decided to step in. He had taken all that He could take! So, what did God do?
Genesis 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. [KJV]
Genesis 7:12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. [KJV] . . . Did God keep His word? YES! He always has and He always will! If He says He will bring judgment on the wicked (unbelievers), then you can count on it.
Genesis 7:17-24 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.  And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.  And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.  Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.  And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:  All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.  And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.  And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days. [KJV] . . . Every man, woman and child in the world at that time, died, EXCEPT those in the ark! Can you even begin to imagine the terror that seized them when they realized that everything that Noah had preached to them was true, and that there was NO way out. They were going to die! Jesus tells us, that until the very day that the flood came, they were eating and drinking (Luke 17:26-27). They were deaf and blind to all Divine warnings. Then it was too late! We may suppose they tried all ways and means to try to enter the ark, but to no avail! I can hear the screams and pleading. It burdens my soul. But God had shut the door (Genesis 7:15). All those outside the ark perished! It is the same with ALL those that are not found in Christ (our Ark of today). There will come a time when God will “shut the door” and they will be left outside to perish, because they failed to heed all warnings!
I have written this before, in another book. At one time, I did not have the compassion I thought I should have for lost souls. One night I asked God to “show me something of what Hell is like.” I was truly sincere in my request. God did answer my prayer. Sometimes I wish I had not asked. He opened my heart to lost people, doomed to the ‘pits of Hell.’ He ‘showed’ me things about Hell that makes me desperate to reach those who do not know Jesus. He has given me poems for several years now; but He has given me more poems on Hell than any other subject. I can ‘see’ what Hell is like, and I will try my utmost best to keep you from going there. You do NOT want to go to Hell, please believe me!
How agonizing will be the day of judgment and the condemnation of ungodly men to Hell! But happy are they who are part of God’s family because of belief in God’s Son (John 1:12-13). They are safe in and with Him. They can look forward without any dread whatsoever, and rejoice that their sins are forgiven and that they will have a “mansion” in Heaven. If you do not know Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, turn to Him NOW! Only He can save your soul from an eternal Hell. He’s waiting to hear from you, no matter what you’ve done in the past.
Lust for anything is wrong! Lust is sin! Lust is seeking to fulfill your pleasure; desire to gratify the senses; bodily appetite; sexual desire; excessive sexual desire; seeking unrestrained gratification; craving; passion; urge; appetite; eagerness; lasciviousness. Lasciviousness is being lewd, obscene, indecent, vulgar, wanton or dirty. Wanton is unruly or willful.
So as you can see, NONE of the above can possibly be pleasing to God’s sight.
Let’s start out with some questions.
(1) Q. . . . Is there any such thing as ‘safe sex’ outside marriage?
A. . . . According to God there is not. ALL illicit sex outside the one man-one woman marriage is wrong and sin. This includes: premarital sex, adultery, fornication, homosexual or gay and lesbian acts, prostitution whether male or female, incest, rape, and this even includes lustful thoughts or obscene speech. God forbids ALL sexual immorality, no matter what it is, or who is doing it.
(2) Q. --- What is the truth about sexual standards?
A. . . . 1 Thes. 4:1-8 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.  For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;  Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:  That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.  He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. [KJV] . . . We must place all sexual lust and activities under the control of Jesus. God created sex for procreation and pleasure (in marriage); and as an expression of love between a husband and wife. Sex outside marriage does nothing but hurt; ourselves, our relationship to God and our relationships with others. The Lord brought us into His family to live holy lives. Some people (unbelievers) scorn the rules of holiness, because they hear all the opposite from wicked people around them. But to disobey God’s rules, is to despise and reject God.
1 Cor. 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. [KJV] . . . God created sex to be a beautiful and needed ingredient of marriage, but sexual sin (sex outside the marriage relationship) always hurts someone. It hurts God because it shows that we choose to follow our own lustful desires instead of obeying the Holy Spirit. It hurts others because it tampers with the commitment (promises) necessary to a relationship. It affects our nature for we harm ourselves physically and spiritually. It also can bring disease to our bodies, such as venereal or so-called social diseases; syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes and last but not least . . . aids. Have you ever wondered why they can’t find a ‘cure’ for aids? I, personally believe it is God’s wrath against such actions that cause it. And I believe that if they do find a ‘cure,’ that yet another horrific disease will take its place. I feel so sorry for all the innocent people infected with this virus. More on homosexuals in another chapter.
(3) Q. --- What’s the consequences of giving in to sexual lust?
A. . . . [a] Immorality produces victims. Even though those involved are willing participants; they have been abused, deceived, robbed and wronged. [b] Immorality invites God’s judgment, by outraging Him. This sin is wrong, as are all other sins, and God does not take any sin lightly.
Galatians 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. [KJV] . . . NO one makes a fool of God. It you plant corn, corn will come up; not tomatoes! Whatever you plant, that is what you will harvest. This is true in other areas of life too. Every action has results. If you plant to please your own desires (lust), you’ll reap a crop of sorrow and evil. Time here on Earth is ‘planting’ time. Time in eternity (in the other world) is ‘reaping’ time. You can ‘plant’ two entirely different ways; one “to the flesh” (giving in to your lust), and the other “to the Spirit” (giving in to God). Whatever we sow, that is what we will have coming to us. If you give in to your lust by living a life of sin, you cannot expect to gather anything but misery and everlasting destruction in Hell. But if you obey the leading of the Holy Spirit by living a life of faith in Christ, you shall reap life everlasting in Heaven above. What kind of seeds are you planting?
Let’s consider some common, well known LIES about sexual lust.
- “What I do is my own business.” No, it’s your decision, but God has the FINAL say!
- “Times have changed.” Yes, but God has not changed (Hebrews 13:8).
- “The Bible doesn’t apply to these times.” Oh, but it does!
- “All sex is OK if it’s done in love.” No, no!
- “Everybody is doing it, even old people.” But even if they are doesn’t make it right!
- “Lust isn’t wrong, if I don’t follow through with the act.” Jesus says it is! Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. [KJV]
- “Sex before marriage makes a better marriage.” No way my friend! God says it is sin!
- “Sex between two consenting adults doesn’t hurt anyone.” God says it’s wrong!
- “No one will ever know.” God knows!
- “God is a loving God, He won’t punish me.” He must punish you or He is a liar!
- “Gay and lesbian acts are highly accepted, so they must be OK!” God HATES them!
A homosexual is someone who has sexual lust for another of the same sex, as opposed to a heterosexual (sexual relations between individuals of opposite sex).
This ministry believes the Bible (both the Old and New testaments) to be inerrant (never wrong) as originally given, and was written by men inspired by God. The Bible is a complete revelation of God’s will for mankind. The Bible speaks to us, showing us just what God expects from us, and what He wants us to avoid.
We take a firm stand because of this, regarding the sinfulness of homosexuality. God hates it, therefore we must hate it! It is an abomination to God, therefore it must be an abomination to us!
Is the ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ lifestyle any more sinful than that among heterosexuals? No. Sin is sin and God hates ALL sin! We must remember that Christ died for ALL sinners; that means everyone, for we ALL are sinners!
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: [KJV]
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [KJV]
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. [KJV] . . . The result of sin is death, eternal death (Hell). Though at the time, the way may seem pleasant and inviting, yet it will be the agonies of Hell in the realm of eternity. And, yes, my friend, there is eternity. Your soul is eternal and will live forever in one of two places; Heaven or Hell.
So, are you doomed to Hell because of sexual lust? Not if you turn your life over to Jesus!
John 3:15-18 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [KJV] . . . Although the road is up-hill, narrow, and plagued with troubles and temptations; yet Jesus and everlasting life in Heaven are at the end of it. The gift of God is eternal life. And this gift is yours through Jesus Christ our Lord. You are free to choose between two masters, but if you choose the wrong way, you will pay the penalty! Eternal HELL! What choice have you made?
Did God ‘make’ homosexual people? There is NO evidence whatsoever to this belief. There is NO scientific proof that homosexuality is genetic. There is no specific gene that makes you a homosexual. This lifestyle is chosen; it is an acquired sexual dysfunction, it is not inherited.
Let’s go to the Bible and see exactly what God has to say about homosexuality. It’s not good!
Leviticus 18:22-24 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.  Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.  Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: [KJV] . . . People today take some of these practices lightly, even making them acceptable. But just because people do these things and accept them, they are still sins in God’s eyes. If you go along with and accept them, you are not judging by God’s standards. All the above are immoral sexual perversions, and are SIN!
Leviticus 20:13-16 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.  And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.  And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.  And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. [KJV] . . . This list of commands against sexual sins has extremely harsh punishments. Why? They destroy the sanctity of the family, they twist people’s mental wellbeing and they spread disease. Sexual sin has always been widely available and acceptable among mankind, but that does NOT make it right. Satan makes sexual sins alluring and attractive, but God has good reasons for prohibiting sexual sins. He loves us and wants the very best for us.
Romans 1:24-32 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same,but have pleasure in them that do them. [KJV] . . . God always lets us make our own choices, even those choices that are against His will. He lets us ‘go our own way’ even though He knows that in time we will be sorry for our rebellious choices. Most people never think in terms of ‘eternity.’ All they can think of is the ‘here and now!’ What they want, is all the pleasure they can possibly have, and obeying God sure doesn’t fit in with this! So . . . God says: “NO” but they say: “YES.” They give in to the devil! And unless they change, they will end up exactly where the devil is going!
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: [KJV] . . . Hell DOES exist. Hell IS real! People want to believe lies that reinforce their own selfish, personal beliefs. TV, music, movies, the rest of the media present sinful life-styles and unwholesome values. We are constantly bombarded by beliefs that are totally opposed to the Bible!
God desires natural sexual relationships for His Creation. But sad to say, sin distorts what God had in mind. Homosexuality (abandoning or changing natural sex) was as widespread in days gone by, as it is in ours. God is willing to receive anyone who comes to Him in faith; and Christians should love and accept others no matter what their background. Homosexuality is strictly forbidden in the Scriptures. Yet, homosexuality is considered an acceptable practice by so many in our world today; even in some churches (more all the time). But no matter who says it is right . . . God says it is WRONG! Most homosexuals believe that their desires are normal and that they have a right to express them. God does NOT agree with this, nor does He encourage us to fulfill all our desires (even normal ones).
If you have homosexual desires (lusts), you can and must resist them. Avoid places or activities you know will ignite temptations of this kind. Never underestimate the devil’s power to tempt you. Remember, God can and will forgive sexual sins just as He forgives any other sins, but you must be sorry for what you have done, and make every attempt never to do it again!
1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [KJV] . . . Prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with TRUE Christians can help you to gain strength to resist these powerful temptations. If you are involved in homosexual behavior, seek help from a trustworthy pastor or chaplain.
1 Cor.6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. [KJV] . . . Paul is describing characteristics of unbelievers. He is not saying that idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, slanderers or swindlers will never enter Heaven. As I stated before, we ALL are sinners. But there are two kinds of sinners: forgiven ones because of their acceptance of Jesus; and unforgiven ones, or those who reject Jesus and all the He stands for. God’s children come from all kinds of different backgrounds, cultures, races, etc. We still struggle with evil desires, but we should not continue in these practices.
1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. [KJV] . . . “Does not sin” means we do NOT continue in sin; we do NOT practice sin! However, those who say (profess to be) that they are Christians (there are many) but continue on in these sinful, immoral practices (with no sign of remorse) will NOT inherit the kingdom of God, for they are not TRUE Christians. In our permissive society, it is so easy for Christians to overlook or tolerate some immoral behaviors (greed, drunkenness, lies, etc.) yet become outraged at others (homosexuality, thievery, murder, etc.). We must not participate in sin or condone it in any way, nor should we say: “This sin is OK, but that one is not OK.”
1 Timothy 1:8-11 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;  According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. [KJV] . . . There are many today who try to legitimize homosexuality as an acceptable alternative life-style. Even some so-called ‘Christians’ say people have a right to choose their sexual preference. THAT is NOT what God tells us! The Bible specifically calls homosexual behavior sin, as we have seen in the above verses. Even in the light of this, we must be careful to condemn only the practice but not the people. That judgment, that condemnation belongs to only One, that being God! They can be forgiven and their lives can be transformed, and we should try to help them do this if we can. Tell them about Jesus; His love, forgiveness, and salvation He can bring to them.
Our fleshly lusts continually try to pull us away from God and His goodness, into a life of self-fulfillment and pleasure. “But it feels so natural” homosexuals say. All sin ‘feels’ natural! We were born into a sinful line, going all the way back to Adam and Eve.
Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. [KJV] . . . David was a sinner: sexual lust, adultery, conspiring, lies, murder; yet God called him “A man after His own heart.” WHY? Because David repented of all his sins and God forgave him (read Psalm 51). If God did it for David and millions more, He can do it for you too!
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God very plainly states that He hates ALL sin; and any gay or lesbian acts are sin according to Almighty God. God also very plainly states in His Word (Bible) that ALL sin will be punished. There will be a penalty for all sin. When Jesus died on the Cross, He paid the penalty for the sins of the world; but unless you accept Jesus and His Work on the Cross which was paying the penalty for our sins (redeeming us from Hell), you must pay sin’s penalty on your own. You are NOT able to do that. You CANNOT buy nor work your way out of Hell into Heaven.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. [KJV] . . . God’s wrath (because of sin) can be removed only through faith in Jesus.
Genesis 19:1-28And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;  And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.  And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.  But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:  And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.  And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,  And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.  Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.  And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.  But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.  And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.  And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:  For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.  And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.  And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.  And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.  And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.  And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:  Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:  Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.  And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.  Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.  The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.  Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;  And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.  But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.  And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord:  And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. [KJV] . . . The gate (19:1) to the city was a place of authority. Lot’s status in Sodom was perhaps the reason he was reluctant to leave (19:16). Lot was the only ‘good’ one there; all the rest were very wicked and vile. Lot had to flee for his life. He must not long for anything of Sodom. We too are given similar commands to deliver us out of a sinful state and condition. Return not to sin and Satan. Do NOT be secure in self and what the world offers. Reach out for Christ and Heaven. When we consider the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, we must realize that it is revealing God’s wrath against sin and sinners of all times. God states that sin is evil and it leads to ruin.
Genesis 19:14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. [KJV] . . . So many of God’s people in Old Testament times were warned of approaching disaster but the people would NOT listen. They would NOT listen to Noah, and these two young men would not listen to Lot. What happened? They died. What about today? There are those who faithfully serve God . . . warning of ‘coming disaster’ but people will not listen! What will happen to these people who refuse to turn to Jesus? They too shall perish in Hell.
2 Thes.1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. [KJV] . . . In the account of Sodom and Gomorrah, we see TWO sides of God’s character: His great patience and His fierce anger. As we grow spiritually, we should develop a deeper reverence and respect for God because of His anger toward sin, and too, a deeper love for Him because of His extreme patience with us when we sin.
Lot, his wife and their daughters were commanded NOT to look back (19:17); but Lot’s wife turned back to look at the smoldering city of Sodom (19:26). She wanted to cling to the past (the good times), she just was not willing to turn fully away. Do you look back longingly at sin while trying to move forward with God? You CANNOT do it! You CANNOT make progress with God as long as you are holding on to some of your old life, refusing to give it all up. Jesus tells us plainly: Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters.”
Because Lot’s wife ‘couldn’t let go’ she immediately became a “pillar of salt” when she longingly “looked back.”
What can we learn from this account? Everyone was wicked in Sodom and Gomorrah, and everyone was destroyed because of their sin, but it is NOT too late for you! God loves you.
SHE LOOKED BACK
Sodom and Gomorrah were evil towns,
On their immorality, God did frown.
Lot was warned to leave that place,
For God would destroy; it was a disgrace.
Lot gather’d his fam’ly and left that day,
“Leave, look not behind thee,” so he did obey.
Lot’s wife did not listen; she ‘looked back,’
And became a pillar of salt in her tracks.
Murder was not her sin; she just ‘looked back,’
So cunning and sly; Satan did attack!
She was not a thief; she cared not to steal,
Yet when she ‘looked back,’ her heart was reveal’d.
When she ‘looked back,’ it show’d her true heart,
She loved worldly ‘things,’ wanted not to depart.
There’s great danger in Satan’s craftiness,
A lesson we should learn from worldliness!
Do you have a secret love for this world?
Where is your heart? as Satan’s darts are hurled?
Don’t fall victim to the world and its ‘things,’
For you will miss out on all God’s blessings.
The ‘things’ of this world are not here to stay,
Your hope and heart should be turned Heav’n’s way.
Don’t ‘look back;’ keep your eyes on Christ our Lord,
Be honest and true to Him; the world discard!
By: Connie Kramer Apr.8,1997 # 320
Sexual lust was not this woman’s sin; but she did indeed lust . . . after worldly things. Her sin was greed and coveting (lust). We must resist and turn our hearts away from lust, for all lust is sin!
Anger is a feeling coming from evil, injury, mistreatment, opposition, etc.; it usually presents itself in a desire to hit out at someone or something. Anger is: wrath; rage; indignation; ire; fury; irritation. Anger is a feeling (sensation, response) of instant displeasure because of something evil or something we do not agree with. Anger is not necessarily sinful; but may become so if allowed to fester (postponing it), if there is no cause, if it is excessive, or if vengeance is planned (malice).
When anger or wrath is ascribed to God, it simply implies His displeasure with sin and with sinners.
Psalm 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. [KJV] . . . God is always perfectly fair, and always right.
ANGER IS FORBIDDEN
Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. [KJV] . . . Many times our troubles turn out better than we ever thought they could. It is better to be patient than to be proud and hasty. We should not be quick tempered. We should not be soon angry (Pro.14:17; Tit.1:7), nor be angry for long; for these are not actions of a wise man.
Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. [KJV] . . . Murder is a terrible sin, but so is anger; for it violates God’s command to love. Anger in this verse refers to a raging, brooding bitterness against someone. Anger is a dangerous emotion; always threatening to leap out of control, to lead to violence, to hurt someone (emotionally or physically), to increase mental stress, or to damage someone spiritually. Anger is a dreadful sin that keeps us from pleasing God.
Have you ever been glad that you didn’t strike out at someone and say what was really on your mind? Self-control is good! But Jesus wants us to exercise thought-control too! Jesus said that we will be held accountable even for our attitudes! All wild uncontrolled anger is ‘heart’ murder.
“Raca” is a scornful word, coming from pride. “Thou fool” is a spiteful word, coming from hatred. Spiteful slander and criticism are like poison that kills the spirits of others, in a slow and devastating manner. We are NOT to make light of these sins for they certainly shall be judged!
1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. [KJV] . . . John echoes Jesus’ teaching (above) that whoever hates another person is a “murderer” at heart. Harboring anger and bitterness against someone is like a fast spreading cancer within you; and it will eventually destroy you. We should love our Lord Jesus, and value His love by loving others. Love is NOT lust or sex; love is care, concern and compassion for others.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. [KJV] . . . Today, lawsuits and demands for legal rights are popular and widespread. Paul’s command in this verse sounds next to impossible. When someone deeply hurts you, instead of getting even, we are put it in God’s Hands, and let Him take care of it. Our natural instinct is to ‘hit back with all we’ve got’!
Why are we to forgive our enemies?
- Forgiveness may break the vicious cycle of retaliation and lead to reconciliation.
- It may cause our enemy to feel ashamed and change his or her ways.
- Repaying evil for evil hurts you as much or more than it hurts your enemy. Even if your enemy never repents, forgiving him or her will lift from you a heavy load of bitterness. “Avenge not yourselves” is a very hard lesson for our corrupt nature. When someone is angry, let the steam blow off first, or it could make the rage against us greater.
Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. [KJV] . . . We cannot win in a fight with Satan. You must not adopt worldly strategies of hate and revenge, or your end will be total defeat, total destruction! You can win the war over evil by doing “good” to the one who does evil to you. Try it! Strange results! All good!
ANGER IS LINKED TO CRUELTY.
Proverbs 27:3-4 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.  Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? [KJV] . . . Those who cannot control their emotions or passions, will sink deep in the mire of sin under the load. God curses anger, resentment and wrath, for it is sin (the sin of a fool). Control is possible! Take it to Jesus!
Proverbs 29:8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath. [KJV] . . . Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but those who are wise will calm anger.
HARSH WORDS STIR UP ANGER.
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. [KJV] You cannot stir up an argument if you whisper! It is just as hard to argue with someone who insists on answering in a soft, gentle manner. Most arguments start with a voice that keeps getting louder and louder; speaking harsh, contemptible words. If you do not want to argue, but want peace; choose kind, gentle words. Grievous words stirs up rage.
Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! [KJV] . . . What a joy it is to find just the right words at the right time.
Proverbs 16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. [KJV] . . . From a wise mind comes wise words, and soft, wise words are soothing.
Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. [KJV] . . . Soft sensible advice is beautiful, like golden apples in a silver basket.
BE SLOW TO GET ANGRY.
Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. [KJV] . . . A hothead starts fights; a cool-tempered person tries to stop them. Those who are slow to anger, not only prevents strife, but appeases it, if kindled. Learn to control your temper.
Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. [KJV] . . . The Bible says that self-control is better that power. A hot temper can ruin success in business, school, or home life. It is a great victory to be able to control your temper. When you feel yourself ready to explode, consider that by losing control of yourself, you may forfeit what you want the most.
Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. [KJV] . . . A wise person will restrain their anger, and overlook wrong actions or sharp words. Put a ‘muzzle’ on your anger.
James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: . . . When we talk too much and listen too little, we ‘announce’ to others that we think our ideas are much more important than theirs. Know-it-all words aggravate people into fury. No one likes a ‘know it all.’ It is wise for us to reverse this process (listen more, talk less). A wise person once said: “We have two ears, and one mouth; so we should listen twice as much as we speak.” Keep track of how much you talk and how much you listen. When we allow anger to erupt like a volcano because someone has bruised our ego, or our opinions were not heard, we are like a child having a temper tantrum. Don’t let anger win out when you feel offended or neglected. This is selfishness, and selfish anger NEVER helps any one or any cause. When injustice, unfairness, favoritism and sin occur, be angry only because others are being hurt.
Proverbs 30:32-33 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.  Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife. [KJV] . . . We must keep our temper when we are provoked. We must keep those evil thoughts in our minds from breaking out into evil words. We must not stir up outbursts in others. Let nothing we say or do, be done with violence, but say and do everything with softness and calmness. This verse tells us pride, violence and anger are wrong!
Daniel 3:19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. [KJV] . . . We are back with the king again!
Nebuchadnezzar made a huge, golden idol, and demanded that everyone fall down and worship it.
Daniel 3:6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. [KJV] . . . These three young men absolutely refused! The king was “full of fury.” What was this king’s sin in verse 19? Pride started it; then he became angry, which led to violence. It’s the same with us at times; one sin leads to another, then another, on and on! A vicious cycle!
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were under much pressure to deny God, but they did not! They remained faithful to Him. They trusted God to deliver them, but they would have been faithful no matter what, even to death! If God always rescued those who were true to Him, we would not need faith. ‘Religion’ would be like a great insurance policy, and there would be lines of selfish people! We must resolve to be faithful to God, whether He intervenes on our behalf or not. Sometimes He will, sometimes He will not! Our eternal reward is worth any suffering we may have to endure. If it is in the Lord’s will, He can do anything! If He be for us, we need not fear what man can do unto us. God will deliver us, either from death or in death! We must obey God, not man. Saving these young men was a great miracle; but anyone saved by God’s grace today is just as much a miracle! Fear of man and love of the world, make us yield to temptation. We must not ever be ashamed of Jesus. We must make a decision that we will obey God rather than the devil. God can and will care for our soul for eternity if we trust and accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
THE GOLDEN RULE
DO UNTO OTHERS
If you want others not to lie to you,
Then you must speak only words that are true.
Do unto others only right, good things,
Or you cannot expect your life, good bring.
If you want others to be loving and kind,
You cannot to these qualities be blind.
You must show love, and kindness, from deep down,
Or what you receive, may cause you to frown.
If you want others to speak soft, tender words,
Then harsh, evil speech, from you can’t be hurled.
Speak unto others, as you’d want them to,
Soft, tender words, they can’t misconstrue.
Do unto others as you’d have them do,
Don’t be abrupt, impatient, or untrue.
A calm, gentle nature, gracious and meek,
Against such there’s no law; this we should seek.
If you want others to help comfort you,
Then you, to them, must be a good friend too.
Quiet and pleasant, with love that abounds,
Do unto others, and friends will be found.
If you want forgiveness, for wrongs you’ve done,
Then you must forgive, if any you’ve shunn’d.
Do unto others, as you’d have them do,
No better advice than this; tried and true.
By: Connie Kramer Nov.28,1996 # 276
(Mt.7:12; 6:14-15; Pro.15:1; Gal.5:14; Ro.13:10)
If you “Do unto others” only things that you would want people to do to you, you will never harm anyone, for you certainly do not wish evil upon yourself! Deep in your heart, you want only ‘good’ things to come to you, no matter how rough and mean you try to act.
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. [KJV] Jesus’ words . . . Sometimes it is not hard to keep from harming others; but it is much more difficult to get motivated and do something nice for them. The Golden Rule as Jesus sets it down is the basic foundation for all goodness and mercy; in other words, it is exactly the kind of love God shows to each of us every day. Try doing something nice for someone today. It not only will change their attitude, but yours as well, and it won’t hurt you to try, just to see what happens.
Matthew 6:14-15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. [KJV] Jesus words . . . It can’t be any more clear than this! IF you want God to forgive you, you must first forgive the person who has wronged or hurt you. Not easy to do, but it is possible and necessary!
Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. [KJV] . . . Loving others (care, concern, compassion) includes the duties of the last five commandments. They are all summed up in this ‘royal law,’(James 2:8) “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” If we love our neighbor as our self, we will want only good to come to them, because we want only good to come to us!
Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [KJV] . . . When we are not motivated by love, we really judge and criticize others. We never look for any good in them; we see only their faults. Have you talked about someone when you shouldn’t have? Have you focused only on their shortcomings instead of their strengths? If you feel critical of someone, think of that person’s good qualities! If there are problems that need to be ironed out, it is better to confront them face to face (in love), rather than gossip behind their back. No one is perfect! But when we begin to think we are because of pride, our troubles have just started!
Some live in a rough environment; such as prisons, those from broken homes, those who have never known true love, etc. But Jesus loves you! And He can help you overcome even the worst obstacles, but you need to acknowledge and accept Him!
Consider how many folks there are,
The world over, who from God are far.
Proud they are, craving earthly things,
Give in to temptations Satan brings.
Most people want what Satan can give,
They follow after him, as they live.
Seeking wealth and pleasure with ev’ry breath,
And power and fame; ne’er thinking of death.
Satan makes ev’ry thing look so great,
He has power we can’t estimate.
A dark evil creature of the night,
But shows himself as an angel of light.
People just flock to his constant pull,
He gives what they want; he is no fool.
Makes all his wrongs and evils look right,
Most folks accept this without a fight.
I ask you to consider one thing more,
What does eternity hold in store?
Your soul lives forever in some place,
Do you want some day to see God’s Face?
Can the ‘prince of devils’ save your soul?
NO WAY! only Christ has that control!
Satan will be cast by Christ, to Hell,
There for eternity he will dwell.
If you follow Satan; with him you’ll go,
God’s Word is clear; God wants you to know!
The option is Christ; He can save you,
You can live in Heav’n, His promise is true.
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Apr.16,1996 # 205
(Ps.73:6; Pro.16:18; 21:4; 28:25; 1 Jn.2:16; Lu.12:15; Is.56:11; 1 Tim.6:10; 2 Co.11:14; Mt.6:19-21; 12:24; Rev.20:1--3,10; 22:14; Jn.3:15-18,36; 5:24; 8:24; 4:14; 14:1-6)
THE GATES OF HEAVEN, OR HELL’S FIRES
The gates of Heaven, or Hell’s fires,
Which of these two, is your desire?
Most folk have not thought much ‘bout this,
The terror of Hell, or Heaven’s bliss.
Most go thru’ life, not thinking of God,
Just their ev’ry day life, as they trod.
Just the comfort of each new day,
Is in their thoughts, as they go their way.
This Earth is not our perm’nent home,
We’re just pilgrims, as we do roam.
We’re given this time to decide,
Where for eternity, we’ll abide.
God does live in Heaven above,
Where there’s peace and joy, and great love!
Those gates of Heaven have just one key,
Christ Jesus, is His identity!
Without our Lord, there’s just Hell’s fires,
On your own, that’s what you’ll acquire.
Only Christ Jesus has the power,
To deliver us, at the right hour.
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Feb.4,1997 # 292
(Heb.11:13;13:14; 1 P.2:11; Is,66:24; Mt.18:8; 25:41;
Mk.9:44; Rev.14:10; 20:10; 21:8; Jn.3:15-18,36; 14:2-3)
Jesus said “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). What does it mean to be ‘born again’? When we are born of our mother (our physical birth), this is our ‘first birth’. Our second birth comes the moment we accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord (Jn.1:12-13). Jesus said you can’t even SEE Heaven without being ‘born again.’ Salvation (eternal life in Heaven) is readily available to all! It is not something you buy, or work for; it is a “Gift”! God made salvation so simple that even a child could understand and accept it. God loves you. He does not want you to go to Hell, but if you refuse to accept the “Gift” of His Son, which is eternal life, you most certainly will end up there.
If you do not know Jesus as your Saviour, you are God’s enemy! But once you accept Jesus, you are reconciled to God, by His Son (Ro.5:9-10).
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: [KJV] . . . ‘Justified’ . . . just as if you’d never sinned! You are declared ‘not guilty’ in the courts of Heaven! This can happen only through Jesus! God forgives all our sins the moment we turn to His Son to save us (from God’s wrath, and Hell).
No one is righteous without Jesus (Ro.3:10).
We all are sinners, every last one of us (Ro.3:23).
If we ‘keep on’ in sin, we receive eternal death in an agonizing, everlasting Hell (Ro.6:23-a).
If we accept Christ, we have eternal life (Ro.6:23-b) awaiting us in the beauty and bliss of Heaven, in a reserved mansion (1 Peter 1:4, John 14:2).
Where will YOU spend eternity?
Books You Should Read
Amazing Grace of God, The
Atonement of Jesus Christ
Believe, What does it Mean to Believe?
But I Say To You
Characteristics of Christ
Christ Is The DOOR
Come Unto Me
Crucial and Important Doctrines in Romans
Do You Want To Go To Heaven?
Eternal Security . . . Once Saved, Always Saved!
Faith in the Bible
God's Kind of Love
God's Will, What Is It?
God Controls His Creation
Heaven vs Hell
Hungering and Thirsting for God
Living With ETERNITY in Mind
Our Awesome Triune God
Parables of Jesus
Pride, Violence, Sexual Lust
Privileges of Believers
Security of Believers
Sin and Forgiveness
Sovereignty of God
The Great Tribulation
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
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