To the Reader: This article is written in response to the lax views that some Christians have concerning divorce and remarriage. Therefore, I have written with the hope that we as a church can put away this sin from among us. Because if we become like those of this world, what good are we? Jesus said: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” (Matthew 5:13)
Now, Jesus also said to love our neighbor as ourselves. So then, one who truly loves would want to see a marriage reconciled. Therefore, if a man acting on his own selfish lusts marries a divorce woman, he permanently destroys the chance of reconciliation for her first marriage. That’s not loving your neighbor my friends. And it’s the same for any divorced woman. For if she rather hunts for a new husband instead of remaining single and pleading with God for her marriage to be reconciled; wouldn’t she be acting on her own fleshly lust? For true love would be seeking to reunite a marriage, not to further divide it.
So, God help us Christians to stand out above this world’s corruption. For: “be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22). Amen.
In Matthews Gospel, Jesus was confronted by the religious rulers concerning divorce. For the: “Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, ‘Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?’ He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-6) But being not content with that answer, “They say unto him, why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?” (Matthew 19:7)
Jesus then makes a statement that may have caught them off guard saying: “Moses, in view of your hardheartedness, allowed you to put away your wives; but from the beginning it was not thus. But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, not for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery; and he who marries one put away commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:8-9) So, the standard for marriage should be “until death do us part.” However, because of their hard hearts they were allowed to put away their wives. And even God himself gave them over to their own corruption, for Paul the apostle said: “And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a corrupt mind so that they do what is not right. (Romans 1:28) However, God sent his Son Jesus to set things back to their proper standard by saying: “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-6)
“It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.” (1 Corinthians 5:1)
Here above, we read of a man who is having sex with his father’s wife. Now, I believe that this is not his biological mother but his father’s second wife or concubine as we see happening in Genesis 35:22. Now, even though we don’t have the details of this sexual misconduct, we can see that the Greek word for “fornication” is being used instead of “adultery.” This should make it clear that the word “fornication” can be used to describe any unlawful sexual act that happens before, during or even after one’s marriage.
And, the reason I’m bringing this up is because there are some who claim that the word “fornication” that Jesus used in Matthew 5 and 19 can only refer to a wrongful sexual act that happened before the marriage. In other words, the husband discovers on his wedding night that his wife lost her virginity to another man prior to their marriage. So, those who claim this are trying to make marriage so binding that a man can’t divorce his wife for any wrongful sexual act that happens during their marriage. However, this passage in Corinthians 5:1 clearly shows that this is not true. For we see fornication taking place between a man who has his father’s wife. Therefore, a husband can put away his wife for any act of fornication that happens before or during their marriage.
Now, there may be some who would argue saying that any sexual misconduct was dealt with by stoning, not divorce. And even though that was generally true, we see that there were exceptions both in the Old Testament as well as the New. For didn’t God spare David and Bathsheba the death penalty for their unlawful sexual misconduct? (2 Samuel 11) And let’s remember that Jesus did show mercy to the woman who was caught in the very act of adultery. (John 8:3-11) And of course we have Joseph showing mercy to Mary when he found out she was pregnant. For even though he thought she was unfaithful to him, he still didn’t want to expose her publicly. Now, all these cases were normally dealt with by stoning. However, they were shown mercy and forgiveness instead. For throughout the bible we see God’s grace being displayed.
Below are a few scriptures that mention the sins of fornication. Please note that there is no mention of adultery but only fornication. So, should we come to the conclusion that God is not condemning adultery in these passages because they only mention fornication? And let’s take note to what Strong’s Greek Definitions has to say: “Fornication - por-ni'-ah; from G4203; harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively, idolatry:—fornication.” So, we see that he uses the word fornication to describe adultery as well.
“But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.” (1 Corinthians 7:15 ESV)
Now, is this passage above giving some “exception clause” for a divorced woman to remarry? For notice that Paul uses the Greek word for “enslaved, ”instead of the Greek word “bound” (to tie the knot). Therefore, isn’t marriage a mutual commitment that binds two people together, but bondage (enslavement) is something that makes your life miserable (which could be the case if you're married to an unbeliever)? And remember that in verses 12 through 17, Paul is only giving his advice for their current situation. For he admits that he didn’t receive this from God. For he says: “But to the rest speak I, not the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:12). So, Paul is not giving any Christian the right to divorce, let alone to remarry. For that would be a contradiction to not only what Jesus said in the gospels, but to Paul’s own words. For Paul says a few verses latter: “The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:39)
So please, don’t believe the false notion that an act of desertion by an unbeliever allows the abandon wife to remarry. And wouldn’t it be an act of desertion as well in Jesus’ statement in Matthew chapter 5 as well as 19? For Jesus doesn’t make any distinction concerning the persons religious stance, nor does he give any details of the couple’s separation. Therefore, this passage in verse 7:15 is only allowing the unbeliever to leave so that the believer can finally have some peace. However, this believer should be praying for their unbelieving spouse to come to know Christ and for their marriage to be restored.
Now, there is another passage that’s being used by those who are trying to find some exception clause. “I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.” (1 Corinthians 7:26-28) So, how can this passage be used to allow a divorced woman to remarry? For it’s clear that verses 26, 27 and the first part of 28 are speaking of a man (not a woman) who is ether “bound”or “loosed” from a woman. And we know that a man can only be loosed from marriage if his wife has committed fornication or has died. Therefore, if he does remarry because of this, he has not sinned. However, in the middle of these same verses Paul makes it clear that a virgin woman (not a divorced woman) who marries has not sinned.
So again, this should make it clear that Paul is not giving a divorced woman permission to remarry. So, let’s stop trying to find some loophole in all this, because there is none. Therefore, if you’re married to a divorced woman who’s first husband is still alive, both you and the woman you’re married to are living in adultery. No exceptions.
Throughout the scriptures, we can see that only the man has the legal right to divorce. This is true both in the Old Testament as well as the New. For as quoted earlier in Matthew 19, Jesus said: “whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery.” However, this fornication exception is never given to the woman. This would also be true even if the man has more than one woman in his relationship. For there is nowhere in the entire bible where God gives the woman the right to divorce her husband. That’s because God allowed men, even those of faith to have more than one wife. However, for the woman we read: “the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth.” (Romans 7:2)
Now, I do believe the ideal relationship is for a man to have one wife for life. I say this because before the fall, God only brought Adam one woman, not multiple ones. Therefore, I’m in no way encouraging any man to add another woman to his marriage. For we read in the bible that there were issues for those men who had more than one wife (See below). But again, we don’t see God condemning a man who has more than one wife. This could be due to issues that do arise because of the fall back in the garden of Eden. Because shortly after that we read that: “Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.” (Genesis 4:19)
And let’s also remember what God said to David: “And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. (2 Samuel 12:8) So, after King Saul’s death, God gave all Saul’s wives to David. This we know God wouldn’t do if this was sinful. For even the prophet Habakkuk said concerning God: “Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, and you cannot look on wickedness with favor.” (Habakkuk 1:13) Therefore, there may be justifiable reasons for a man to take on a second wife. But do you really want to go there fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?
Now, I do like to point out that there is restriction in the bible concerning those who have more than one wife. The first would be in the Old Testament concerning Kings (Rulers). For they can’t have many (or numerous) wives, for we read: “Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away ...” (Deuteronomy 17:17) We read of this happening to King Salaman in 1 Kings 11 when he married all kinds of women who turned his heart from God. (1 Kings 11:1-13) Also in Exodus 21:10 and Deuteronomy 21:15-17, a man who has more than one wife can’t show favoritism by diminish any of the rights of these women. And in Leviticus 18:17-18, a man can’t marry a mother and her daughter or take two sisters as wives. Which makes sense because this would cause contention between direct family members. And in the New Testament, we read that the Elders or Deacons in the church must be the husband of one wife. (1 Timothy 3:2, 12, Titus 1:6) This would make sense because they may never have time for the ministry. For it can be hard enough having one honey-do-list, let alone having them come from multiple wives.
Now, in 1 Peter 3:1-2 we read: “Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.” (1 Peter 3:1-2) This is so true, for a woman’s conduct and manner can speaks louder than words. So please wives, don’t be trying to find some loophole to get out of your marriage. And yes, this would also be true even if your husband is abusive. Now, I know that there may be times that a woman would flee from her husband for safety reasons. However: “But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.” (1 Corinthians 7:11) So, Paul is saying here, “let her remain unmarried” which should clearly show that he is not allowing a woman to divorce and remarry for this or any other reason. Amen.
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)
In that passage above, we read that the two will become one flesh. Jesus reaffirmed this when he said: “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh: so that they are no more two, but one flesh. (Mark 10:7-8) So, what does it mean to “be one flesh” in these passages? Well, I have learned that this is not some metaphor, but a fact. For a man literally becomes one flesh with every woman he has sex with. Yes, it’s true. For if we would do a study on this, we can see that it’s a fact of science itself. For after a few hours of receiving a man’s semen, the components of his seem can be detected in a woman’s bloodstream. Also, studies have shown that male DNA is retained within the bodies of women through sex. This would make “the two shall become on flesh” more understandable. Click these links for more details: (male DNA detected in women), (a woman becomes one flesh with each sexual partner).
Therefore, when Jacob left his mother and father to find a wife, he ended up with four of them. So, with each woman Jacob had sex with, he literally became one flesh with them. So, this word “the two shall became one flesh” can be applied to every woman a man has sex with. I say this because Paul the apostle himself said: “What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.” (1 Corinthians 6:16). This should help us to understand the reason why God hates fornication. For a man should only become one flesh with a woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. This would be true whether it’s that ideal one wife for life, or even multiple ones.
Below are a few passages relating to men who had more than one wife. Please notice the contention or issues that come from having multiple wives:
“They say, if a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, will he return unto her again? will not that land be greatly polluted? But thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith Jehovah.” (Jeremiah 3:1)
In that passage above, we see an illustration of Israel who has backslid from God and turned to foreign gods. Yet, God is pleading for her to put away her sin of harlotry and return to him. What’s interesting is that even though he gave her a certificate of divorcement, God still says “I’m married to you” in verses 13-14. This is illustration shows me that a divorced woman still belongs to the man she first married. Therefore, if a previously married woman remains is in the arms of another, (whether she’s legally married to him or not) both she and that man are committing adultery. The only exception to this would be if her former husband has died as mentioned before.
Now, this may raise the question: “can a divorced woman who marries another man return back to her first husband if this second man dies or the marriage breaks up?” Well, even though this second marriage is not one which “God has joined together,” I would feel very uncomfortable being reunited with her again as husband and wife. For God is quoting that passage above from Deuteronomy 24:4 where it says: “for that is abomination before Jehovah: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.” But on the other hand, if she didn’t remarry but only played the whore, I personally would take her back to be my wife if she repented of her sin. So, you be the judge whether you want to take the chance of receiving her back again. As for me; no way for I’m not going there. So, my advice for all you women who are put away, stay single and pray that God would restore your marriage. This would be true whether you’re the guilty party or not. For with God, it doesn’t make no difference as we read earlier.
So, what should you do if you’re in a wrongful marriage relationship? Well, let’s consider what the children of Israel did when their sin for taking foreign wives was exposed. “And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, we have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.” (Ezra 10:2-3)Now, even though they married these women (some who even bore children to them) they separated themselves from them. This is true repentance my fellow Christians.
Now, there may be some who declare that two wrongs don’t make a right. And yes, I agree that this is true. For the first wrong would be to marry a woman whose first husband is still alive. However, the second would be to remain in a relationship which God DID NOT join together. For as quoted earlier, God doesn't approve of evil or look on wickedness with favor. (Habakkuk 1:13) So, if you’re in a relationship which God didn’t join together, you’re living in sin friends. Therefore, shouldn’t you be following the example of the children of Israel as we read above? And let me ask you this. If you stole someone’s wallet, can you keep it if you felt sorry and repented before God? Of course not, for it’s not your wallet. So, true repentance means putting away your sin by returning the wallet. We can see this to be true when Jesus confronted Zacchaeus. For after spending time with Jesus, Zacchaeus said: “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” (Luke 19:8)
Therefore men, saying “I’m sorry” doesn’t give you the right to remain in the arms of a divorced woman? And saying “I’m sorry” ladies doesn’t give you the freedom to remain in the arms of another man? For Jesus made it very clear when he said: “whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery,” as well as: “if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." (Luke 16:18) (Mark 10:12) Therefore, true repentance must be followed by action, and that action is to break away from that adulterous relationship you’re in. And yes, this would be true even if there are children involved as we read in Ezra chapter 10 above. Amen.
“Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” (Galatians 5:7-9)
Now, if we as a church allows couples to remain in an adulterous relationship, others would be influenced to do the same? Because the reasoning would be, “if they can get away with it, we can do the same. For after all, God does understand our situation, right?” And yes, God does understand your situation, that’s why he wants you to put away you sin. Therefore, if a church allows these couples to remain together, it will cause sin to multiply in the church. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Also, we must be aware of the penalties for fornication. For we read: “Thus shall it go also with the wife that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another. For first, she hath disobeyed the law of the most High; and secondly, she hath trespassed against her own husband; and thirdly, she hath played the whore in adultery, and brought children by another man. She shall be brought out into the congregation, and inquisition shall be made of her children. Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit. She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her reproach shall not be blotted out. And they that remain shall know that there is nothing better than the fear of the Lord, and that there is nothing sweeter than to take heed unto the commandments of the Lord. It is great glory to follow the Lord, and to be received of him is long life.” (Sirach 23:22-28)
That’s a heavy passage above for those who have played the whore in adultery. And let’s also remember what happened to King David’s child who was conceived in adultery by Bathsheba who belonged to another man. For we see that God stuck the Child and it died. For Nathan the prophet said: “Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of Jehovah to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. And Nathan departed unto his house. And Jehovah struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. (2 Samuel 12:14-15) So, should you still be asking, “what does it hurt to stay together?” And let’s remember what Jesus said to the adulterous women whom he saved from stoning, for his said: “go, sin no more.” (John 8:11) Also, in John 5:14, Jesus said to the man whom he healed at Bethesda: “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2)
So, there is hope for all of you who are caught in the mess of adultery. I say this because the Lord Jesus Christ took our sins upon himself. So, I encourage you to take the next step and repent by putting away your sin from you as mentioned above. For God our Father will never let you have true peace in an adulterous relationship. That’s because he loves you and doesn’t want you to die in your sins. And let’s remember that true love does no harm to one’s neighbor: “For this, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:9-10)
Therefore, my brothers and sister in Christ, show true love by freeing yourself from the one you don’t belong to. Get yourselves back on the right path with God. For he will give you the strength to put away your sin, no matter how deep you’re in a relationship. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 1:18-20) Amen, so be it Jehovah.
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To the Reader: I would like to remind you my fellow brothers and sister in Christ, what God’s word says concerning Competition Sports. So, please consider what’s being said here and realize that Competition Sports are built on pride which God hates. Therefore, every trophy held by the victory becomes an idol of worship.
It’s sad to see fellow Christians today so wrapped up in the things of this world. For we are seen running alongside those who are seeking after empty vain pursuits. And one of those vain pursuits is competition sports. For don’t we hear fellow Christians talk and brag about their favorite teams and players? And don’t we see parents spending so much time running their children to-and-fro from one practice to another, thus getting them hocked on it as well? Even churches have gotten involved in supporting sport events. And why Christian, for this is idolatry?
Now, we read in the books of Maccabees concerning a falling away of the children of Israel who gave themselves to the ways of the Gentiles. And we see that one of those ways was building themselves a gymnasium and thus giving themselves over to sports. For we read: “In those days lawless men came forth from the sons of Israel, and they persuaded many, saying, ‘Let us make a covenant with the Gentiles surrounding us, for ever since we were separated from them, many evils have found us.’ This proposal found favor in their eyes, and some of the people eagerly desired to enter into this agreement. So they went to the king, and he gave them authority to observe the ordinances of the Gentiles. Then they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem according to the customs of the Gentiles, and made themselves as the uncircumcision. So they fell away from the holy covenant, yoked themselves to the Gentiles, and sold themselves to do evil.” (1 Maccabees 1:11-15 OSB)
So, we see that these certain Jews: “sold themselves to do evil.” This is true because competition sports are based on the pride that lusts after victory and feeds on attention from its onlookers. Just look at the frenzy and cheering of the crowds and the prideful reactions of the players. And the sad part about all this is the fact that our assemblies (churches) are getting involved by holding sport events in honor of it. Shame on us for allowing this to happen. Therefore, my fellow brothers and sister in Christ, do you really believe that God approves of this? For we read in Proverbs that: “He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: He taketh no pleasure in the legs of a man. Jehovah taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his loving kindness” (Psalm 147:10-11) So, God is not impressed or please with what man can do in these vain sport event.
Below are some more Scriptures that pertain to what was mentioned above:
So again, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, the worlds Olympic events, or any other competition activity does not impress God. This is because all these things are built upon the pride of man. For his word says: “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.” (Proverbs 16:18-19) So, couldn’t this spoil also be referring to the money or trophies that the proud victor receives? I do believe so.
And let’s take note to what Paul the apostle said concerting those who run in a race. For we read: “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (1 Corinthians 9:25) Notice how he distinguishes “they” (those of this world who receive a perishable crown) from “we” (us Christians who receive an imperishable crown). This is a clear indication that those of this world should be the only ones that are caught up in any sports. (1 Corinthians 9:25)
Now, you may ask, “why would Paul use an evil illustration to make a point on how we should be conducting our life as Christians.” But I say, why not? Doesn’t Paul also use a thief as an illustration on the return of our Lord when he said: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2) And in Revelation 16:15, didn't the apostle John record the words of Jesus who said: “Behold, I am coming as a thief.” So, does both the apostle Paul and John as well as our Lord Jesus approve the ways of a thief? God forbid, of course not. And let’s remember that Jesus said: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) So, even though Jesus may be alluding to being sly and cunning as a serpent, he clearly is not wanting us to do it in a harmful way as the serpent did to Eve.
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Galatians 5:14)
Now, according to that passage above, does football, hockey, rugby, boxing or any other competitive sport show love to your neighbor? Or, can any of the fruits of the Spirit that are found in Galatians 5:22 be applied to these sports? And what about the passage that says: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10) So again, can any of these scriptures be applied to competition sports? No, of course not. So why fellow Christians take part in any of them, or even worse, get you children hocked on it? For “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:10)
So, what should we be doing instead? Well: “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. (Titus 2:4-8) Now, I don’t see anything in there telling us to get children involved in competition sports, do you?
Therefore parents, please don’t think sending your child to some soccer or baseball camp is going to make them a better person. Because as said before, competition sports are built on pride, the same thing that brought down Satan. So, according to that passage quoted above, we should be teaching them in the way they should go, not only for their sake but for yours as well. Because if you don’t, you may surely regret it later on. I say this because I witnessed the suffering that a Christian family went through. For the youngest son was injured while playing High School football. And over the course of time, he passed away. Therefore, I included a few tragic articles on other youth who have died as a result of High School Football.
“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.” (Isaiah 14:12-14)
God hates arrogance and pride because it not only brought about the fall of Satan, but the fall of mankind also. For in Genesis chapter 3:4-6 we read that Eve’s heart was deceived by the Devil’s tempting words, wanting to be like God and thus bringing sin upon her, Adam, and the whole human race. And we know because of this folly, God out of his heart of love toward us, sent his beloved Son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins. So again, God hates pride which competition sports are based on. This is true whether it’s done in a professional setting in some stadium or in the backyard with your kids. That’s because kids just like adults play to win, and the only reason they want to win is to show that they’re better.
The downfall of pride in one’s life:
So, what camp should we Christians be in? Is it the prideful and self-seeking, or those who are the Kingdom seekers who are doing the things which matters most to God? And let’s remember that Jesus separated the people groups of the world into two classes as stated below. So, read through both classes and decide which one you want to be in. I know for me; I want to be those who are blessed of the Father who are going into the Kingdom of Heaven. And I hope and pray that you feel the same. Amen.
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