Matthew 18:6-7 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” NKJV
Sin is the great enemy of man and the cause of all the sickness, sorrow, and suffering in our present world. For the unregenerate man sin is enslaving. For the man regenerated by the Spirit of God living by and under grace, the enslavement to sin has been destroyed, but the daily battle with sin continues throughout our life of being sanctified by Him. The child of God fights sin daily, but he has been given a disposition from our Lord to hate sin and evil. We are told over and over by the Apostles Paul, Peter, and John to not sin or in some places to put off the old man and put on the new man or to mortify/put to death our members on the earth or to no longer present our members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin but present our members as instruments of righteousness to God.
The New Testament is saturated with this language and to not be aware of it means only to be void of reading the Word of God. To deny that this is the theme throughout the New Covenant would be to deny the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and deny the Scripture as being God’s own inerrant Words. As we read through the Gospels we find occasions where our Lord Jesus displayed His Righteous Indignation about a matter. When He wanted to heal a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath in the Synagogue, He asked the people if it were lawful for Him to do this and they kept silent. Our Lord turned to the Jewish people and looked at them with anger over the hardness of their hearts because they were more concerned with tradition and rule keeping on the Sabbath, that they placed that above the man being healed by our Lord.
Our Lord never displayed anger when He was attacked personally. As the Scripture states, “When He was reviled He did not revile in return; when He suffered He did not threaten” but when His Father was being dishonored or His word being misrepresented our Lord was very indignant. The words our Lord uses in the above Scripture text are the most serious, scary, and stern words He ever used when addressing any of the disciples except maybe when He turned and looked at Peter and said, “Get behind Me, satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” As we walk with our Lord, each of us can only repent of our own sin against the Lord Jesus Christ and we cannot repent for another person’s sin. Therefore, I believe it is very offensive to Him when someone who uses His name and identifies themselves with Him leads others into sin and error. The following passages of Scripture are evidence of God the Holy Spirit bringing the Words of our Lord into remembrance and the seriousness it resonates in the heart of Christ Jesus our Lord to each of the New Testament writers:
Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way. NKJV
Romans 15:1-3 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. KJV
1 Corinthians 8:12-13 But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. NKJV
1 Corinthians 10:32-33 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. NKJV
1 Corinthians 15:33-34 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. NKJV
These are just some examples of how our love for other brothers and sisters in the mystical body of our Lord Jesus Christ should constrain and compel us not in any manner to cause any of them to sin by our words, deeds, and by our overall lifestyle. This is why our Lord spoke such strong language to drive home His point of wanting His true disciples to live above reproach and blameless in this world of woe. He wanted us to see sin the way He sees sin and in so doing painted a very graphic picture by using the things that we can use to advance in making very much of sinning out of our flesh. Who among us does not view their eyes and the ability to see out of them with great value and worth, to all of us I say they would be considered priceless. Our hands and feet give us mobility here on this earth and serve us in so many ways we take for granted and can also be occupied in stealing, masturbation, fighting and many other sins and they too are priceless to us. Now was our Lord speaking the following words literally, no but His Words paint a clear picture of the value of a life abiding in Him verses a life under the dominion of sin. Sin is no joke to Jesus Christ our Lord. He can see before we ever commit an act of sin the horrible consequences that one sin will cause for a person, a family, and in many cases many generations of a family (see the article or short story entitled “Paralyzed by Sin” (http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=96798).
Matthew 18:8-9 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into @#!*% fire.” NKJV
The Lord Jesus Christ knew certainly that offenses or causes to sin or enticements to sin would surely be hurled repeatedly at them and us from the world at large, but He wanted to warn them and us of the wolves dressed up in sheep clothing, the spots in our love feast who would feast with us without fear, living according to their own lust, sensual persons serving only their own interest, and flattering true disciples to gain some sort of advantage. These are people, who appear to know our Lord Jesus and have a form of godliness, but they are devoid of the power of godliness and we are to turn away from these people because their goal is to lead us into satisfying the flesh all the while with the illusion of still serving God. Some of them are the spirituality crowd who find their way into the Church of God holding onto the false spirituality trying to mix it with Jesus Christ and like Jannes and Jambres mentioned below they are magicians or sorcerers like Simon in the Book of Acts Chapter 8 who wanted to buy the power of the Holy Spirit (read the whole story there).
2 Timothy 3:6-9 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. NKJV
2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. NKJV
“Every Christian will readily allow that sin is insidious, but it is one thing to recognize this in theory and quite another to be regulated by it in practice.” A. W. Pink
“None can hate [sin] but those that love the law of God; for all hatred comes from love. A natural man may be angry with his sin, but hate it he cannot; nay, he may leave it, but not loathe it; if he did, he would loathe all sin as well as any one sin.” Abraham Wright 1611-1690
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
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