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2-3-2017 What Is Shameful

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21 NKJV).  What is wrong with our society, or any other, is that works of the flesh are not only practiced, but they are promoted, and presumed with pride to be without any shame or guilt, whatsoever! Sinners are not ashamed of their own sins, but of all who “Preach the word!” (2 Timothy 4:2 NKJV)!  But like Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16 NKJV).

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

#guilt, #shame, #works-of-the-flesh

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6-2-2015 A Shameless Existence

There is no reason to be ashamed, if we obey God. David said, “You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments” (Psalm 119:4-6 NKJV). “Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes, That I may not be ashamed” (Psalm 119:80 NKJV). The sinners who condemn Christians and Bible-believers are the one who should be ashamed! David also said, “Let the proud be ashamed, For they treated me wrongfully with falsehood” (Psalm 119:78 NKJV). “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 NKJV). No one is wrong who serves God.

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

#ashamed, #commandments, #obedient, #shame, #statutes

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2-9-2015   50 Shades of Red

God made nakedness acceptable only between heterosexual husband and wife, Adam and Eve, for “they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25 NKJV). In such a marriage, it is still acceptable. Everything else is sinful! “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor, Pressing him to your bottle, Even to make him drunk, That you may look on his nakedness!” (Habakkuk 2:15 NKJV) “50 Shades of Gray” actress, Dakota Johnson said, “I don’t want my parents to see it…maybe my friends, maybe my sisters” (Washington Examiner, 2/6/2015). Has she “conscience” for her parents, but not for yours, or mine, or our children? Should it cause 50 Shades of Red? We can hope so, for about sinners, God said: “They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush” (Jeremiah 6:15 NKJV).

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

#50-shades-of-gray, #embarrassment, #heterosexual, #nakedness, #shame

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(#119) The Proverbs of Solomon 17:2-An “Heir-y” Proverb

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 17:2: “A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, And will share an inheritance among the brothers.”

How can a “servant” become part of the family and a “son” lose his portion? First, the son, by birth, is related to his parents, but should learn to respect his family and his place in it. A son could sell his birthright for a bowl of soup (Genesis 25:29-34; Hebrews 12:16); squander his birthright (Luke 15:11-32); or obediently work for the family (Matthew 21:28-32). A son could cause “shame.” “He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame” (Proverbs 10:5); “He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach” (Proverbs 19:26). A lazy son who will not support himself or help his family “causes shame!” A son who resents and abuses his parents “causes shame and brings reproach!” Parents will feel ashamed to claim a son who refuses to be respectful and work. Or, like Abraham’s son by the handmaid Hagar, Ishmael, he could show disrespect for his place and “scoff” and be rejected by his father, Abraham (Genesis 21:9-14). A son who doesn’t appreciate his own home won’t respect anyone else’s either, even when he marries!

Second, “a wise servant” may obey and work as if he were a son like the parents want, and so ingratiate himself to the parents that they give him a son’s inheritance. Of the servants born in Abram’s house (Genesis 14:14), one had distinguished himself so that Abram considered him worthy of a son’s inheritance:” ‘Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ Then Abram said, ‘Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!’” (Genesis 15:2-3). However, God’s Plan was not to be through Abram’s actual son through Hagar, Ishmael, nor Eliezer the servant “adopted” by Abram, but rather, God’s covenant was to be through Sarah’s son, Isaac (Genesis 17:18-22).

Moses was God’s “servant” in God’s House in the Old Testament, Israelites; but Jesus Christ is the Son who is now over God’s House since the New Testament, the church of Christ: “For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end” (Hebrews 3:3-6). Though Moses was a “wise” servant, for he “was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians” (Acts 7:22), he never was accepted as the Son over the House of God as Jesus Christ has been! Moses’ Law was never given for the Church of Christ to observe, but was only for the Israelites, and to lead to Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 5:1-3, 6; Galatians 3:21-29). JESUS CHRIST NEVER BROUGHT “SHAME” TO HIS FATHER!

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

#bible-study, #church-of-christ, #obedience, #proverbs, #servant, #shame, #son, #wisdom

The Trans-forming Way of the Warped

Let them be put to shame because they have done disgusting things. They had no shame, they were not able to become red with shame: so they will come down with those who are falling: when my punishment comes on them, they will be made low, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 6:15 – BBE)

A nation that knew better had grown to the point of not being capable of knowing shame. Their spiritual sensibilities were warped from the bottom up. Political leaders, community leaders and even the religious leaders who had voices that were heard had become spiritually deaf to their own words. And the only instruction they were willing to listen to were the ways that lead to destruction.

The governmental leaders of California have decided that transgendered students should have the right to choose to use whatever bathroom, locker room, and athletic team that they believe fits the “gender” that they personally identify with. It’s no longer enough to go by what was written on their birth certificate. Which makes me wonder if California is going to do away with that next? After all, who gives the parents and doctors the right to choose what sex the child is just based upon the “plumbing!”

This is the product of walking down the path of warped minds who prey on the minds of the warped. They have no common sense much less spiritual sense. They become repugnant at the sight of righteousness and they feel no remorse for their sin. Their reality has become a pipe dream that empties itself into debauchery, defilement, and dishonor yet the odor and filth of sitting in the pig pen has become satisfying to their heart instead of an avenue that awakens the sensibilities.

Is California ashamed? The “people” have spoken, or least an answer has been given of their behalf. And what I say isn’t hate speech – it is speech that hates it for the choices that they are making because we still have a long, long ways to fall, but it definitely reveals the direction we’ve been heading in as a nation for quite a while.           

#children, #current-events, #news, #school, #shame, #sin, #transgendered

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(#34) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:2-The Shame of Pride

Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 11:2: When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

Humility is not thinking less of oneself that is deserved, but simply the recognition that God is far greater than we’ll ever be. The more of God’s Wisdom we possess, the more we realize how humble we should be. Moses was the humblest man on earth (Numbers 12:3); who led the Israelites 40 years to humble them (Deuteronomy 8:2, 16); a lesson Solomon was called upon to repeat (2 Chronicles 7:12-14); and the Apostle Paul would show the church of God at Corinth (2 Corinthians 12:20-21). “Modest” also describes the “humble,” as someone who does not need self-promotion. It is true today, that we should: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).

The opposite of humility is “pride,” which prompts the command: “Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16). Pride precedes: “shame” (Proverbs 11:2), “destruction” and “a fall” (Proverbs 16:18), being brought “low” (Proverbs 29:23). It is still true that: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Jesus Christ scolded Pharisees with the statement: “”And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). Children who are constantly told they are smarter, stronger, better than their own parents or grandparents, have been pumped up with the false attitude of “pride.” The New Testament warns against this: “And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know” (1 Corinthians 8:2). Children who think they already “know it all” will never appreciate and learn God’s Wisdom!

God brought down those who became “proud:” Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar learned this (Daniel 4:28-32), Jewish King Herod learned this (Acts 12:18-24), and Roman Governor Pilate learned this (John 19:10-12). Don’t buy into the fictional belief that we are equal to, or greater than, God! If we think our country is great and powerful because we are richer, smarter, stronger, or more productive through our efforts alone, we are as proud as Nebuchadnezzar, whom God brought down for a lesson in humility! If we think our politicians, courts, and legislators are “the voice of a god, and not of a man,” we shall be brought down, as Herod, for not giving God the glory! If we think we are more powerful than Jesus Christ, we will be brought to ruin as Pilate and the Roman Empire! No “government” is greater than God, though many keep trying to be too great to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6).

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

#bible-study, #destruction, #fall, #government, #herod, #humility, #nebuchadnezzar, #obedience, #pharaoh, #pilate, #practical-lessons, #pride, #proverbs, #shame, #wisdom

No Shame is a Sham!

“Spiritual leaders” who cry out with the absence of tears and the absence godly morals always manage to convince susceptible, gullible and naïve hearts and minds with the “there’s no shame in our sins” mantra.

This was one of the contributing factors to God’s people having to suffer through God’s wrath in past times. Jeremiah’s word released the real results to his people’s latest lukewarm repentance cultural poll by saying, “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them, they shall be cast down,” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 6:15)

No repentance will take place without godly sorrow and no godly sorrow will be felt without a revealing and acknowledgement of sin – and without any of the preceding measures no enjoyment of salvation will be had (2 Corinthians 7:10).  This doesn’t mean one is meant to sit in sorrow his or her entire life. No way. Once we follow through on our repentance, God assures us all of His grace. But this non-sense of no shame is a sham!

Beware of those who bear the wrong kind of fruit, beware of those who put evil for good and good for evil, beware of those who put darkness for light and light for darkness, beware of those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter, beware of those who only dress in sheep’s clothing, and beware of those who say there is no shame in sin!

These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.” (Jude 16-19 – – while you’re at it, go ahead and read the whole book for a warning about the sham of no shame in sin)

#christianity, #false-teachers, #god, #morality, #repentance, #shame, #sin