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1-20-2017 Professional Protesting

Proverbs 29:22 NKJV says:An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression.” Protestors, frequently, are angry, disgruntled people who are reduced to base language (cussing and profanity!) and debased activity (destroying and stealing others’ property!)  Proverbs 16:28-29 NKJV says: “A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good.” The person who hires and pays for professional “protestors” is “perverse!” The enticement is the pay, for which unscrupulous people will do almost anything! Proverbs 1:10 NKJV said: “My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.”  They all need Jesus Christ in their lives, for Colossians 3:8 NKJV says: “now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” Live for Christ, not protesting!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#angry, #perverse, #protestors, #violent

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2-17-2016 A Lost Generation

In Proverbs 30:11-14 NKJV, a generation is identified by 4 characteristics. “There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother.” They have no respect for parents. “There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.” They are self-righteous and judgmental of others. “There is a generation-oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.” They are full of pride. “There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.” Their selfish wants takes from others to get it. To “be saved from this perverse generation” (Acts 2:40 NKJV),”Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#disrespectful, #generation, #perverse, #pride, #self-righteous, #selfish

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4-28-2015 Transgender?

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27 NKJV). Gender and sex for humans were established by God in the Creation. The first “male and female” were joined together in the purest of human relationships we call “marriage” (Genesis 2:22-25). Every attempt by humans to ignore those boundaries is sin. Sex without marriage is “fornication;” sex ignoring marriage is “adultery;” sex within one’s own gender is “against nature” and “shameful” (Romans 1:26-27). Jesus confirmed Creation when He said, “from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female’” (Mark 10:6 NKJV). Crossing gender lines is perverting God’s rule. “Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 11:20 NKJV)

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#adultery, #against-nature, #fornication, #gender, #gender-lines, #perverse, #sex

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(#118) The Proverbs of Solomon 17:1-Hurtful Holidays?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 17:1: “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.”

Holidays seem to be built around family gatherings for a meal. Whether it is in the form of a cook-out, a banquet in, or a buffet of common dishes, families reunite for a meal, and there’s the problem! Some speak of “blue” holidays and they dread those times of “togetherness.” The problem is not the holiday itself, or the mealtime, but the family failure to gather in peace!

“Strife” is associated with “envy” (jealousy) from the very first time it is mentioned in Scripture: “Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land. So Abram said to Lot, ‘Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren’” (Genesis 13:5-8). When possessions mean more than relationships, strife is the result. Solomon has said: “Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins” (Proverbs 10:12); “A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention” (Proverbs 15:18); “A perverse man sows strife” (Proverbs 16:28); “He who loves transgression loves strife” (Proverbs 17:19); “Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease” (Proverbs 22:10). Hatred, wrath, perverse thinking, loving transgression, scoffing, all produce “strife.” There is NO love expressed in “strife,” hence, when families or churches can’t gather in love, it is because some hold onto old, past, unsettled differences. Living in the past, hurts the present, and jeopardizes the future. “Love covers all sins” doesn’t mean sins are covered over, but that love extends mercy and forgiveness for all kinds of sins! To those who murdered Jesus on the cross, God extends the offer of repentance and forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:31-32). Families, friends, business associates, schoolmates, are some of the relationships we have that should mean more to us than being at odds with them and criticizing them! We, like Abram, should emphasize our closeness, rather than our problems!

“Strife” comes from people who do “not like to retain God in their knowledge” (Romans 1:28-32, verse 29); are not spiritually-minded (1 Corinthians 3:3); do “not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness” (1 Timothy 6:3-5); or engage in “foolish and ignorant disputes” (2 Timothy 2:23).

“Strife,” in a church or family or business, is a killer of love, understanding, peace, forgiveness, and devotion, and has ruined many a good meal!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #envy, #holidays, #meal, #perverse, #proverbs, #sin, #strife, #wrathful

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(#115) The Proverbs of Solomon 16:27-29-Neighborhood Watch

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 16:27-29: “An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good.”

The “world of the ungodly” perished in the Flood in Noah’s day (2 Peter 2:5); the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah was “an example to those who afterward would live ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6); and this heaven and earth “are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7). God never rewards the ungodly with good!

The sins of the “ungodly” include: (1) digging up evil; (2) sowing strife; (3) whispering; (4) enticing neighbors in a way not good.

(1) Everyone has scars from sin and can be picked apart. It is the ungodly, however, whose lips are “burning” to tell what evil we have done! Other proverbs reveal backstabbers: “A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter” (Proverbs 11:13); “He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips” (Proverbs 20:19); “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases” (Proverbs 26:20); “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body” (Proverbs 26:22). “Do not associate” with these.

(2) Sowing strife will reap its own harvest. Other proverbs show its dangers: “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts” (Proverbs 17:14); “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife” (Proverbs 26:20-21); “He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered” (Proverbs 28:25).

(3) Only enemies carry on a campaign of “whispering” against someone, and they are not friends (Lamentations 3:62)! “Whispering” is spreading dirt about someone to others, but being too cowardly to speak it out loud! “Whisperers” are “filled with all unrighteousness” (Romans 1:29), and are sneaky, slimy, slinky people who have the moral backbone of a maggot.

(4) The “violent man” uses people to act out his violence with him. The recent racist “game” called “Knockout” is done by “violent” people who huddle in their groups, only to strike out at harmless, innocent by-standers. Their gang includes the ungodly, perverse, whisperers condemned by God’s Wisdom.

It is indeed tragic when these sinners are Christians who have resurrected their “old man” of sin and smeared the royal name by which they are known (Ephesians 4:17-32)!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#backstabber, #bible-study, #knockout, #perverse, #proverbs, #strife, #ungodly, #violent, #whisperer

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(#75) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:2-Straighten Up And Fly Right!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 14:2: “He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.”

To “walk in uprightness” shows a person who is not just acting right, talking right, promising to be right, but someone who actually makes his conviction his lifestyle. “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26). “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1 John 3:7). One who truly “fears the LORD” will have an on-going practice of respectful obedience. Other proverbs that discuss this same theme include: “The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility” (Proverbs 15:33); “In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil” (Proverbs 16:6); “The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23); “By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4). “The fear of the LORD” doesn’t mean being scared of God, but rather to deeply respect and bow in awe before the LORD because of what He has done, does, and will do on our Earth. That “fear” causes one to walk uprightly, learn the “instruction of wisdom,” depart from evil, and be blessed with “riches and honor and life.” Both the “righteous” and “perverse” will be held accountable for their “walk,” and Solomon will later say: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

Conversely, one who is “perverse in his ways despises” (lightly regards, turns up the nose, profanes) God.  Other proverbs show being “perverse” is the way of feeling “guilty,” and is more difficult because of “thorns and snares:” “The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right” (Proverbs 21:8); “Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them” (Proverbs 22:5). The New Testament upholds the danger of remaining “perverse,” that is, contrary to God’s Will, for Paul said: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:7-9). The choice for everyone is to “fear God,” or fool our own self, but God will reward us accordingly.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #fear-of-the-lord, #god, #perverse, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #righteous, #wisdom

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(#53) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:8-How to be Remembered

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 12:8: “A man will be commended according to his wisdom, But he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.”

The real mark of accomplishment is to be recognized as someone who shows he is ordered by “wisdom” and not perverseness. Good character cannot be hidden, and is appreciated by all people, even someone’s enemies! It is not for possessions, riches, wealth, honors from men or institutions, family ties or size, or fame that people “commend” for leadership, strength, honor, faith, principles, especially in times of crisis. Wisdom will be seen in his words, deeds, worship, faithfulness, and more importantly, recognized by Jesus Christ: “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25).

The person “of a perverse heart” is living life on the “dark side.” This person may resort to trickery, deceit, lies, subterfuge, physical and social intimidation, to achieve the appearance of success, but such a person is following worldly wisdom, which is “earthly, sensual, demonic” and it produces “bitter envy and self-seeking,” “confusion and every evil thing” (James 3:14-16). The perverse person sees nothing of God’s Works as they purely are, but is perverse in words, deeds, worship, unfaithfulness, and will be judged by Jesus Christ: “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Matthew 7:26-27). No one genuinely highly esteems such an individual. Solomon also said: “When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; And with dishonor comes reproach” (Proverbs 18:3).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #perverse, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #wisdom

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(#44) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:20-21-Is Anything “Right or Wrong?”

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 11:20-21: “Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD, But the blameless in their ways are His delight. 21 Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.”

The God-drawn line between right and wrong, good and bad, righteous and unrighteous, perverse and blameless remains clear to God, despite human efforts to cloud the issue. Other proverbs that teach this include: Proverbs 15:9: “The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves him who follows righteousness;” Proverbs 15:26: “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, But the words of the pure are pleasant.” There are many who, in their arrogant wickedness, seem to be asking: “Who is the LORD, that He can tell me what’s ‘right’ and ‘wrong?’” When the most powerful king of his day, “Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go’” (Exodus 5:2), then 10 plagues later, and after the destruction of his kingdom, Pharaoh had found out! No matter who challenges God’s “right” to rule, no one has been left standing who did!

God has been, and still is, always delighted with “the blameless.” “Blameless” simply describes the condition of not being condemned by the rules. Under Moses’ Law, priests in the temple were (Matthew 12:5); Zacharias and Elizabeth were (Luke 1:5-6); Saul of Tarsus was (Philippians 3:4-7). Jesus’ Cross and Gospel are to let sinners who obey become “blameless” (Philippians 2:14-16; Colossians 1:21-23; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13; 5:23). Note that “The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him” (Nahum 1:7), this last phrase is quoted by Paul in 2 Timothy 2:19 as still being true!

A union of sinners, expressed as to “join forces” (literally, hand to hand), cannot overpower God’s line of “righteousness.” This is repeated in Proverbs 16:5: “Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.” God’s line between “right and wrong” has never, and will never be, outvoted, overpowered, outlasted, or outdone! There is no strength of numbers great enough to change, alter, shrink, or erase God’s dividing line of morals!

God finds abominable everyone who teaches otherwise! Proverbs 17:15:”He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.” The prophet, Isaiah, was inspired to decry: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20). Jesus Christ reflected this teaching in Luke 16:15: “And He said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.’”

The only hope for anyone is to recognize that there is a difference between “good and evil,” admit it if you are found on the wrong side, repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bad, #bible-study, #blameless, #good, #perverse, #proverbs, #right, #righteousness, #unrighteousness, #wisdom, #wrong

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Studies in the Book of Proverbs #17

(#17) Six Hasty Misjudgments of Youth: 6:1-7-27 – ONE AT A TIME.

6:12-15: (3) Watch Your Company!

Verse12: Listen

An old adage said, “An idle mind is the Devil’s workshop,” and may well have come from these Divine proverbs. Having described hastiness (6:1-5), fruitlessness (6:6-11), Solomon now shows someone who is useless. “A worthless person” is one of “no profit,” either to God or man. The “worthless” are also “wicked” (perverse), that is, someone who is determined not to follow God’s Wisdom. This is not a person who occasionally sins and repents (1 John 1:5-2:6), but evil runs deep in this person’s heart. As Jesus taught, some people say the right things, but their heart believes differently (Mark 7:6-7). But here, Solomon also shows there are some with wicked hearts whose mouth is as “perverse” as their hearts. As Jesus also said, “”A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). A perverse mouth reveals a perverse heart. Their language is filled with that which offends, abuses, profanes God and man!

Verses 13: Look

Body language is sometimes as important as voice, so Solomon alerts us to look while we listen. One who “winks with the eyes” is signaling deceit and lies, for truth calls for eye-to-eye contact. “He who winks with the eye causes trouble, But a prating fool will fall” (Proverbs 10:10). Repeated blinking can mean a person is momentarily blocking out the one to whom he/she is lying. This can also show hatred without a cause (Psalm 35:19-21). The “shuffling of the feet” also can mean the wicked person is not standing solid behind whatever he/she is saying. It can indicate an awkwardness and discomfort with the present situation that speaks of the dishonesty within. One who “points with his fingers” can be getting someone to think they will be told something off to one side that wouldn’t come up in a public conversation. “Pointing” is not necessarily evil, but often is used by the wicked to distract from the lack of truth.

Verse 14: Learn

Don’t be distracted from the source of these deceiving tactics: “perversity” in his “heart.” This heart has been twisted away from God by choice and practice because “he devises evil continually.” This removes all doubt that their track record should indicate what path he/she is following, both where it is from and where it will go! Not content with following other wicked people, to “devise” means this person invents, plans, applies, and seeks evil for victims. Sowing “discord” will be dealt with in the next section, but note that it is the exact opposite of the first Gospel preaching (Acts 1:26-2:1). Planting ideas, suspicions, doubts in people’s minds that divide, separate, and discourage unity is completely ungodly and perverse!

Verse 15: Leave

Get away from such people immediately, for when they go down (as they certainly will), you don’t want to be in their company to go down with them! “Without remedy” means they don’t have a possibility of salvation without changing.

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #devises-evil, #perverse, #pointing, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #shuffling, #sows-discord, #wicked, #winking, #wisdom