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Theme: God's comfort in restoring a sinning saint
This Letter is teaching us wonderful truths about God's awesome comfort. In chapter 1, we saw God's comfort for life's plans. In chapter 2, we see God's comfort in restoring a sinning saint. Before the apostle Paul gets into this subject, he first continues with the subject of chapter 1. He explains more fully his motives for not coming for an earlier visit. Then Paul discusses the incestuous sinner in the congregation in Corinth, which leads to his showing that God causes us to triumph in Christ when we forgive others.
Paul very reverently speaks of the innermost feelings of his soul, and he knows the reason for that holy feeling was the grace of God, and he blesses and thanks God, for causing him always to triumph in Christ Jesus. Grace of God: (Rom.5:2,15; 15:15; 16:20; 1 Cor.1:4; 3:10; 15:10; 2 Cor.1:12; 6:1; 8:1; 9:14; Gal.2:21; Eph.2:8-9; 3:7; Col.1:6; 2 Thes.1:12; Tit.1:12; 1 Pet.4:10; 5:10; 2 Pet.1:2; 2 Jn.1:3).
Paul's Explanation Continues (2 Cor.2:1-4)
2 Cor.2:1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. (KJV)
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness . . . Paul gives this as a reason why he had decided not yet to come to Corinth. Paul says that he would not come, in circumstances which would have grieved both me and you. I would not come while there was such irregularities as would have pained my heart, which would have forced me to resort to sharp acts of discipline as would be painful to you. This verse contains the main reason why Paul had not come to them as he had at first planned. It really was NOT from any inconsistency, it was because of his love for them, and a desire that his visit should be mutually pleasant (2 Cor.1:23).
2 Cor.2:2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? (KJV)
For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? . . . if I came to you, when I would have to inflict sorrow on you by rebuking and punishing the offending brethren, who would there be to give me comfort except the same persons on whom I had caused grief? How could they make me happy, and to comfort me, amidst the deep sorrow which I would have caused by an act of severe discipline? After such a rebuke, sorrow would spread throughout the whole church. How could I expect the comfort which I would need, to be found find among you, who were sorrowful? That is why Paul was determined to remove all cause of difficulty, if possible, before he came, that his visit would be pleasant to us all.
2 Cor.2:3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. (KJV)
And I wrote this same unto you . . . this same refers to what Paul had written to them in the first Letter, especially to what he had written in regard to the incestuous person (1 Cor.5), requiring that they excommunicate him. Incest is sexual activity between family members or close relatives. This same probably also includes the commands in his first Letter to reform their conduct in general, and to put away the abuses and evil practices which prevailed in the church there.
Lest, when I came . . . lest I should be forced, if I came personally, to exercise severe discipline, and as a result bring sorrow throughout the entire church.
I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice . . . lest the conduct of the church, and the abuses which prevail in it, would give me sorrow. I would be grieved with the existence of these evils; and I would be forced to resort to measures which would be painful to me, and to the whole church. Paul wanted to avoid this by persuading them before he came to discipline themselves, and to put away the evil practices which prevailed among them.
Having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all . . . having confidence that what ever would give me joy, would give joy to them as well. Paul had enemies in Corinth, and he knew that there were some there whose minds were alienated from him, and who would like to do him harm. But as far as the general character of the church, they wished him well, and would want to see him happy; and what would tend to promote his happiness, would also promote theirs. He was therefore persuaded, that if he wrote them a kind, friendly letter, they would listen to his commands, that all that was painful might be avoided when he came among them.
Paul was far from having a cruel and uncompassionate disposition, and that it was with an aching heart, and with weepy eyes, that he wrote that letter to them. He did NOT write to them to grieve them, but to let them know the tender, affectionate concern he had for their welfare,
2 Cor.2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you. (KJV)
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears . . . it is very likely that Paul’s enemies had represented him as a harsh, severe, authoritative man, who was more pleased with inflicting wounds, rather than healing them. But Paul vindicates himself from this charge by solemnly asserting that this discipline was the most painful part of his job; and that the writing of his first Letter to them cost him much affliction and anguish of heart, and many tears.
Not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you . . . so Paul, this great apostle, to whom God had committed a care over all the Christian churches, saw a need to reprove this church that was at Corinth, for allowing the incestuous person to stay in their midst, and not casting him out; and for their errors about the resurrection, for their divisions, factions and contentions, but he stated that he did this with many tears, and those tears were not shed in hypocrisy, but came from the anguish and affliction of his heart. It certainly was not his plan to put the Corinthians to any excessive grief or trouble, but what he wrote was out of a source of love and good will, both to the welfare of their whole church, and to the good of the particular souls of those that were the members of that church. Many people today fall out with the preacher when he preaches a message that is rather severe, something that hits home. Sometimes correction from the Word of God will really come down hard on the congregation. Some people think that a pastor should not do that. May I say to you, that a pastor is NOT faithful if he does NOT preach the WHOLE truth of the Bible. God is a God of love, which everyone will agree on. BUT . . . God is also a God of wrath as well! God is holy and pure! He hates sin! Sin brings on God’s wrath! (Dan.7:8,23-24; Mat.24:29-31,38-42; 25:31-46; 2 Thes.1:7-10; 2:8-12; Jude 1:14-15; Rev.6:12-17; 8:1-13:18; 12:1-17; 13:5; 14:9-20; 15:1-18:24; 16:13-21; 17:1-18; 18:1-24; 20:4-6,11-15).
Paul tells them here that his rebuke was not because he was opposed to them, but because he loved them. A faithful pastor shows his love by preaching the Word of God, NOT by buttering up the congregation.
Restoring a Sinning Saint (2 Cor.2:5-13)
In Paul's first letter to the Corinthian church, he rebuked them because they were allowing gross immorality in the congregation (1 Cor.5). They had a case of incest in their congregation, and they simply closed their eyes to it . . . yet they were acting as if they were very religious! This kind of gross immorality was something that was even shocking to the heathen; yet the congregation was ignoring it. Paul had written to them to get this matter straightened out. He read the riot act to them. He told them: 1 Cor. 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. (KJV) . . . The congregation did listen to Paul. They did excommunicate the man. Many churches do NOT do that today. I was fortunate many years ago to experience a deserved excommunication. The person kept on with the affair, so was not allowed to come back into church. It was a very small church, everyone knew everyone else, and many were related. It was very difficult for that church to do the right thing. Excommunicating a person because of sexual immorality just does not exist today, at least not that I am aware of. The only place that I know where it would exist today would be the Amish. NO worldly churches excommunicate church members any longer.
2 Cor.2:5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. (KJV)
If any have caused grief . . . there is no doubt here a reference to the incestuous person (1 Cor.5). But it is very delicately done. Paul does not mention him by name, nor is there anywhere any reference to his name. Paul does not here either expressly refer to such a person. Paul did not harshly charge him with sin; he did not use any abusive or severe names; but he implies that he "had caused grief. He had pained the hearts of his brethren.
He hath not grieved me, but in part . . . he has not especially offended or grieved me. He has grieved me only as a part of the Body of Christ (church). Paul was just one of a great number who had felt the deepest concern because of this sinner’s wicked conduct.
That I may not overcharge you all . . . I do not accuse you all of having caused me grief. The sense is, that grief had been produced, and the church had been pained daily with the conduct of the individual referred to. Paul would not charge the whole church with it; for they had shown their willingness to correct the evil by promptly removing the offender when Paul had directed it. The humbling of the sinner, and bringing him to repentance, nothing more was to be done, because the punishment of excommunication was sufficient.
2 Cor.2:6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. (KJV)
Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many . . . the incestuous person that had been by Paul's direction removed from the church. The object of Paul here is to have him again restored. For that purpose he says that the punishment which they had indicted on him was "sufficient."
2 Cor.2:7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. (KJV)
So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow . . . the church had obeyed Paul. They had excommunicated the man, which was the right thing for them to do.
Then the man acknowledged his sin and came under great conviction. So, what should they do? They should forgive him, rather than continue the pain and disgrace of excommunication, so the apostle Paul pleads with them to give assurance of their love to the repenting brother, and show it by their hearty welcoming him back into the congregation again.
2 Cor.2:8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. (KJV)
Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him . . . confirm occurs in the New Testament only here and in Gal.3:15). It means, to give authority, to establish as valid, and here means that they should give strong words and assurances of their love to him. They should pursue such a course as would leave no room for doubt.
2 Cor.2:9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. (KJV)
For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things . . . Paul did not write this Letter only to persuade the Corinthians to excommunicate the incestuous offender. It may be that he wanted for them to see just how wrong it was do such a wicked thing as this and he wanted to test their obedience to his command. That was the main reason why he wrote to them, instead of coming personally to them. Paul urges them from his own example, who was ready to join with them in forgiving the man, out of love to them, and in the Name of Christ.
2 Cor.2:10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; (KJV)
To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also . . . this is another encouragement for them to take the responsibility of restoring the offender. They may be assured of Paul's approval to their doing so. It seems that the Corinthians were willing to forgive the offending brother, and Paul here assures them that they had his hearty approval.
For if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ . . . when you forgive this man, I forgive him too. And when I forgive what needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit. In the person of Christ . . . when we forgive someone, we act on Christ’s authority (1 Cor.5:4).
2 Cor.2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (KJV)
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us . . . Satan is the devil. The name Satan means adversary, accuser. He is our enemy! BEWARE!!! Satan is the usual proper name which is given to the devil, who the greatest adversary of God and mankind.
For we are not ignorant of his devices . . . Paul says, we know Satan’s plans, his thoughts, his shrewd, scheming ways, his power and ability. We are not ignorant of the great number of tricks which he constantly uses to hurt us, and to destroy the souls of men. Please check out our article on Satan and his work: http://www.hisservants.org/satan%27s_work_h_s.htm
Satan is full of tricks; and Paul had had ample occasions to be acquainted with the means which he had used to defeat his plans, and to destroy the church. Please do NOT be deceived by Satan.
Just as Christ acts towards penitent souls, so should we, lest the devil take advantage of us, and establish a wrong belief and practice among us that we fall headfirst into sin. Satan’s devious devices in many different forms and shapes to do tremendous damage to us and to the Body of Christ. We must NOT be ignorant of just how deceptive and tricky Satan really is.
2 Cor.2:12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, (KJV)
Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord . . . when Paul arrived in Troas (Acts 16:8), to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he found that the Lord had opened the way for the work there. And a door was opened unto me . . . (1 Cor.16:9). There was an opportunity of doing good, and the people were willing to hear the Gospel. This was a work in which Paul delighted to do, and where he usually found his highest comfort.
2 Cor.2:13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. (KJV)
I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia . . . I was concerned for you, through the love I have for you, and I was troubled because I did not find Titus returned to give me an account of your state.
But taking my leave of them, I went then to Macedonia, expecting to find Titus there; and there he did come; and gave me a joyous account of your state (2 Cor.8:6-7). When Paul preached the Gospel, he gave all success to God, and gave Him thanks for it.
The Triumphant Ministry (2 Cor.2:14-17)
I rejoice because I am truly blessed and thankful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
2 Cor.2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. (KJV)
Now thanks be unto God . . . there were several sources of Paul's joy for this occasion. The main concern of Paul was his constant and unchanging success in trying to advance the interests of the Kingdom of the Redeemer. He rejoiced because Titus had come to him there, and had removed his distress (2 Cor.2:13), and because he learned from Titus that his efforts in regard to the church at Corinth had been successful. These instances of success Paul regarded as occasions of gratitude to God. Are we grateful to God for all that he does for us? Do we thank Him as we should?
Which always causeth us to triumph in Christ . . . Paul says that whatever our efforts may be, and wherever we are, to triumph with the help of Christ, and promoting the cause of Christ always gave Paul great joy. Paul had no joy with anything not connected with Christ, and he had no success which he did not trace back to Jesus.
And maketh manifest and the savour of his knowledge by us in every place . . . savour means smell, fragrance, a pleasant or fragrant smell, as of incense or aromatics (Jn.12:3; Eph.5:2; Phil.4:18). The reference here, no doubt, is to the fact that in the victory processions fragrant odors were spread around; flowers were scattered in the way; and on the altars of the heathen gods incense was burned during the procession, and sacrifices offered, and the whole city was filled with the smoke of sacrifices, and with perfumes. Paul here speaks of the knowledge of Christ as being spread abroad, like the sweet fragrance which were dispersed in the victory march of the conqueror, a sweet smelling savor (Eph.5:2), an aroma acceptable to God. For all those in Christ are led by God as captives in Christ's victory procession. Paul tells the Corinthians that God uses us to make the knowledge of Christ spread everywhere like a sweet fragrance. The effect of Paul's preaching was to spread abroad the knowledge of the Saviour . . . and this was acceptable and pleasant to God . . . although there would be many who would not benefit from the Gospel and would perish (verse 15). My dear friend, Jesus came to separate the believers from those whom refuse to believe. Paul illustrates by dividing the persons to whom he preached the Gospel into two classes, those who are saved, and those that shall perish.
I bring an excerpt from our Matthew commentary:
Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (KJV)
Think not ye that I am come to send peace on earth . . . this is a verse that a peace lover has difficulty. But, until ALL unrighteousness is put down and suppressed, the Person of Jesus will cause trouble because the hostility of Satan will bring about battles in this world. Christ did NOT come to bring peace at His First Coming. Sin still exists and God says that there will be no peace for the wicked (Isa.48:22; 57:21). The Jews had thought there would be great outward peace and prosperity in the days of the Messiah.
I came, not to send peace, but a sword . . . the "sword" here may mean the Gospel, which divides and separates the people of Christ and their principles and practices, from those of the world, and from and one member of a family from another. 1 Cor. 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (KJV)
Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (KJV)
For I am come to set a man at variance against . . . if a father believes in Christ, embraces His Gospel, and submits to His leadership, he is contradicted, opposed and persecuted by his own family.
And the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law . . . in reality, families have been divided by the preaching of the Gospel, and family members have been separated. The Gospel brings unity to believers, and that very unity makes a division with the unsaved world.
I can testify this to be truth. My family thinks I am a nut! But, that is OK, because a “Squirrel” grabbed up that nut, and has put me in safe keeping! Jesus is SO good to His people!
2 Cor.2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: (KJV)
For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ . . . the apostle Paul still refers to a victory, and it is implied here that Paul felt that ministers were working for God, and knew that their labor would be acceptable to Him. The object of Paul in this and the following verses, is no doubt to meet the charges of his critics and enemies. Whatever the result of his labors was in regard to the future salvation of men, his well-meaning actions, and labors, and self-denials in preaching the Gospel, were acceptable to God. A sweet savour . . . like the smell of pleasant aromas, such as were burned in the victory processions of returning conquerors (Eph.5:2; Phil.4:18). It means that the services of Paul and the other ministers were as welcome to God as sweet incense, or acceptable sacrifices. Of Christ . . . Paul says that we are Christ's sweet savor to God; we are that which He has appointed, and which He has devoted and consecrated to God; we are the offering, so to speak, which He is continually making to God.
In them that are saved . . . in regard to them who believe the Gospel through Paul’s ministry, and who are saved. Our labor in carrying the Gospel to them, and in bringing them to the knowledge of the Truth, is acceptable to God. Their salvation is an object of His highest desire, and He is gratified with our faithfulness, and with our success. This reason why their work was acceptable to God is more fully stated in the next verse, where it is said that in reference to them they were the savour of life unto life. The word saved here refers to all who become Christians upon hearing the Gospel (Rom.10:14), and who enter Heaven (Jn.14:2-3; 1 Pet.1:2-5); and that the salvation of men is the object and desire of God. All who bring the Gospel to men are engaged in an acceptable assignment, and all their efforts will be pleasing to God, and approved in his sight.
And in them that perish . . . referring to all who reject the Gospel, and who are finally lost. It is implied here. And as He has determined that those who believe shall be saved, and those who believe not shall perish.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ has different effects on different people: dispersing death to one group of listeners, and granting eternal life in the other group. There are only two groups of people in this world: those who believe the Gospel, and those who reject it and want no part of Jesus.
It is strange to me that so many people seem afraid to mention the Name of Jesus! People mention “God” but they will not mention Jesus! PLEASE do NOT be ashamed of Jesus! You shall one day deeply regret it! (Rev.20:15).
Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (KJV)
Luke 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. (KJV)
My dear friend, the Lord JESUS Christ IS GOD!!! http://www.hisservants.org/is_jesus_god_h_s.htm
2 Cor.2:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? (KJV)
To the one we are the savour of death unto death . . . to those who perish. Paul states that they are the reason of deepening their condemnation, and sinking them lower into ruin. To the one group, Paul conveyed the odor leading to their death, a smell under the circumstances, that is destructive to life, and which leads to only to death. To the one group, Paul’s preaching the Gospel was a foul odor, unacceptable and offensive to them, and by their rejecting the Gospel, they bring the death sentence on themselves. The Gospel does the exact same thing today!
And to the other the savour of life the savour of life unto life . . . BUT, to those who embrace the Gospel, it is a sweet fragrance producing life, or tending to life. It is a life-giving smell. It is in itself grateful and pleasant, and they are saved. It is life, as opposed to the death in sin in which all are by nature, as opposition to death in the grave . . . because life leads one day to a glorious resurrection (Rom.6:23).
The Gospel is the savour of life unto life, because it is its nature and tendency to produce life and salvation, and it actually results in the life and salvation of those who embrace it. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the immediate and direct cause of their salvation, of their rescue from sin, of their glorious resurrection (1 Cor.15), and of their eternal life in Heaven (Jn.14:2-3; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).
And who is sufficient for these things? . . . Paul asks: who is sufficient for the difficult and important work of the ministry? Who is sufficient for a work whose influence must be felt either in the eternal salvation, or the eternal ruin of the soul? Who is worthy of such an important responsibility? Who can take on it such a task without fear? Who can speak it without feeling that he is unfit for it, and that he desperately needs the endless grace of God? I can feel Paul’s anguish. The following verse comes to mind: James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. (KJV) . . . I too, like Paul, feel I am totally unworthy. But, when God tells you to do something, you had better do it, or you will regret it. I know that I am not sufficient on my own, for what I do, but I do know that His Spirit is with me always (Rom.8:9), and it is He, that is all sufficient! And IF He gives someone a gift (Rom.12:6; 1 Cor.12:1,4; 14:26; Eph.4:11), He certainly will equip you to use your gift! Of that I can assure you!
2 Cor.2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. (KJV)
For we are not as many . . . this has to refer to the false teachers at Corinth; and to all who had mixed human philosophy or tradition with the pure Word of Truth. Paul's plan in the statement in this verse seems to be to affirm that he had such a deep sense of the responsibility of the minister’s office, and of its necessary influence on the eternal destiny of man, that it led him to preach the simple Gospel, the pure Word of God. He did not, would not dare to dilute it with any human mixture, he refused to preach philosophy or human wisdom. He refused to mingle with God’s Holy Word the crude ideas of man as so many cults do! He spoke the simple Truth as it was in Jesus; and so deep was his sense of the responsibility and so great was his desire on the subject, that he had been enabled to do it, thus allowing him to always triumph in Christ. Even though he was conscious that he alone, was unfit for these things, yet he knew that by the grace of God he had always been able to bring the simple truth, and his labors had been crowned with continual success.
Which corrupt the word of God . . . false teachers deal deceitfully with God’s Holy Word! They add to it the commandments of men (Mat.15:9), like the Catholics, or they twist the Truth to say what they want it to say. BEWARE!!! There is always enough truth in false doctrine to lead many astray (Mk.13:22). BEWARE of false teachers and their damnable heresies (2 Pet.2:1).
Falsehoods: (Jer.29:8; Mat.7:15; 15:9; 24:4-5,11,24; Mk.13:5-6,22; Lk.6:26; 21:8; Acts 20:29-30; Rom.16:18; 1 Cor.11:19; 2 Cor.11:13-15; Gal.4:17; Eph.4:14; 5:6; Col.2:8,18; 2 Thes.2:3-12; 1 Tim.4:1-3; 2 Tim.3:1-9; 4:3; Tit.1:11; 2 Pet.2:1-3; 1 Jn.2:18-19,26; 4:1; Jude 1:1; Rev.2:9; 13:14)
But as of sincerity . . . sincerely motivated by honesty and simplicity (2 Cor.1:12).
As of God . . . as influenced by God, and under His control and direction; as having been sent by Him; as acting by His command (Acts 1:12).
In the sight of God . . . as if we felt God watching us always. Nothing is better fitted to make a man sincere and honest than to know God is watching you!
Speak we in Christ . . . Paul says that in the Name of Christ, and in the service of Christ, we deliver our message with a deep awareness, that the eye of the all-seeing God is upon us, and that we can conceal nothing from Him; and that we must soon give up our account to Him.
We all must be faithful to Christ Jesus, be we preachers, teachers or in the general population of the church. The Gospel should simply be spoken, without adding man’s commandments, and without mixing and polluting it in any way. This means ALL who profess to be Christians, NOT just the preachers and teachers, but ALL Christians. We ALL are responsible to go ye therefore (Mat.28:19).
This is the plan of the Christian ministry. We are NOT to corrupt the Word of God, NOT distort it in any way, NOT make merchandise of it, like so many greedy preachers today, but to give it out in simple sincerity as the Spirit of God reveals its Truth to us.
See our article about: Filthy rich preachers: http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_cults_rich_preachers.1.htm
Comment on sin and Satan: Satan never stops trying to push us one way or another. Satan gets the advantage of SO many Christians because they are unforgiving. There are two things that we rarely hear even in our conservative churches: people admitting their sins and asking for forgiveness, or people forgiving those who repent and confess their sins. There is an unforgiving spirit in many of our churches. We must remember that we ALL are capable of any sin. Whatever that sinner has done, we also are capable of doing. When such a man repents from his sin, he should be restored in the spirit of meekness, and brought back into fellowship. This is part of the ministry.
Another work of the devil is to shut one's eyes to immorality. That is what is going on in the world today! It is rampant throughout the world! On the news this morning, England now allows dastardly same-sex marriage! So, Elton John will now marry his long time live-in. My friend, homosexuality is a SIN in God’s eyes! http://www.hisservants.org/homosexual_sin_h_s.htm
Same sex marriage is a SIN in God’s eyes!
I have taught the Bible for well over 40 years, and I KNOW for a FACT that homosexuality is WRONG! It is an abomination in God’s eyes! Whether you believe me or not, is up to you. It is an ABOMINATION to God!
Leviticus 18:22-23 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Leviticus 20:13 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. (KJV)
What comes to my mind in all this? One Passage in the Bible! 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: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV) . . . There are only TWO gates leading to eternity. To me, it is so sad that millions CHOOSE the broad way that leads to Hell. That wide gate leads to a big broad road. Actually, BOTH these roads picture a funnel. Think about it. If you enter the funnel at the broad end, it keeps getting smaller and smaller. The longer a person stays on the broad, dark road, the harder it is to get off! It is dark because it is the devil’s road! That road keeps narrowing until you come to deeper darkness, death, destruction, and finally Hell.
Now, consider the narrow road. Picture it too, as a funnel. On this narrow road, that only a few ever walk, you enter the funnel at the narrow part. That’s where Jesus is! He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He says, “… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Now, on this narrow road, the longer you walk with Jesus, the wider it gets. Remember that Jesus is Light (John 1:4,9; 8:12), and as long as we walk with Him, the road is brightly lit. In Ezekiel’s prophecy (ch.47) there was a river flowing out from the throne of God which began as a little stream and widened out until it became a great river. That pictures the life of a child of God . . . it gets better every day. And the longer we stay on that narrow road, the wider it becomes, and the easier it is to stay on. Words of wisdom: When you pray, thank God, in Jesus’ Name, for His blessings each day.
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