“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person.”
Jesus taught on true defilement. Ceremonial uncleanness pointed toward the greater evil. The inner person is the source of unholiness and profane one’s words and actions.
Conversion from the heart and control of the mind are necessary to one’s sanctification. From evil thoughts that enter will come evil words and sins. It cannot be otherwise.
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When some movie portrays pure lust of the flesh and uncleanness, then those who finance it, make it, act in it, and buy tickets to see it have despised the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. He inspired the Apostle Peter to warn us ahead of time that “the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority” (2 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV). The Israelites who died in the wilderness did so because “the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:2 NKJV). Will your lust for uncleanness overcome your faith in God’s Word?
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
In almost all of Matthew 23, we see the Lord’s judgment regarding the hypocritical Pharisees. In verse 27-28, He condemns them by saying:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
We can make application of Jesus’ condemnation of the Pharisees in the church today. Many claim to be followers of Christ, but their actions (or the lack of action) betray them. Just to “say” we are a Christian, doesn’t make us a Christian. Jesus is still looking at the intent of our heart and contrasting it with the profession of our faith. Do they match? Are we really what we “claim” to be – a Christian?
Something to seriously think about!