Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Can You Hear the Heinous Laugh?

I've learned first-hand how true this Scripture really is.  It's a warning to all of us.
Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from The Living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "today", lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. ~The Apostle Paul as recorded in Hebrews 3:12-13
The "evil heart" (as it is called here) is allowing SIN to cause us to depart from The Living God.  And unrepented SIN will do just that!

My pastorally-ordained husband continually has said to me - since the truth of his deceptions, SIN, plots and schemes came into the Light - that he is still in right-standing with God.

So very, very deceived.

We all know SIN is enticing, seductive, and deceitful.  But, do we really get the fact that SIN is habit forming?  Whether it be alcohol, drugs, lying, stealing, or sex outside of the Covenant of marriage, it becomes habit. Why? Because the god of SIN sees to it that it becomes so. Why? To cause us to depart from The Living God.

Can you hear his heinous laugh as he declares, "One more "Christian" in my death trap"?

And once deceived the heart hardens like stone, which causes you to SIN all the more.  Deceit perpetuates continual deception.

If only a brother or sister had come to my husband and exhorted him (like it says in this Scripture) with Truth...the outcome of our lives, our children's lives, our friend's lives may be so different today.

My husband works closely with, and has fellowship with, Believers.  Not one of them exhorted him to repent, even though his SINS were/are right under their noses.  They are accountable for their non-action of exhorting him. These brothers and sisters even went as far as breaking friendship with me, but continue on with my husband to this day.  I wonder what can be found in the "closets" of their hearts?

We cannot - must not - turn our heads when we see a brother or sister in perpetual sin.  We must exhort - impel! - them to repentance.  That is part of our Kingdom responsibilities and is the outcome of the Love of God being shed abroad in our hearts.  Agape Love will cause us to confront no matter how uncomfortable it is to do so. Because Love is an action.

And the outcome is not our responsibility, but speaking up IS!

Because of Him and Unto Him,


Floyd Samons said...

I've noticed, and have to admit that I've participated in the fact, that many Christians can pervert and twist scripture to justify their actions. And no wonder. The enemy of God quoted scripture to Christ Himself!

In the end we can lie to ourselves, but it has no sway on the One who calls us. It scares me to consider that "God will not be mocked, a man reapeth what he soweth...."

Diane Ronzino said...

You are so right, Floyd! Thanks for coming by to read, my friend.

Anonymous said...

Ratinalizing has swept the Body of Christ these days....and maybe, so it has, throughout time. What about the man that had his father's wife? That church got ripped a new one for sure! I had the "Privilege" of confronting a pastor and his wife about some behavior of their grown son and it's effect on the youth of the church. Basically, they were allowing their son, who played with the church band and lived with his girlfriend, to teach the teens. Two other adults who were cohabitation we also allowed to teach one of the kid's Sunday Schools. These pastors did not like hearing what I had to say and let both Randy and I know that they felt GOD was telling them to show love to his son and girlfriend. I countered. I had been observing these thing for nearly a year and didn't "want to say anything". The Holy Spirit was hard upon me. Well, it caused us to no longer have a church to attend or a church family. Many "friends" just dropped us. A Sad time. That church lost their school, their place to meet etc. The two "kids" got married and immediately she left him. She wasn't born again and had Psyche problems. All this was glossed over by rationalizing.

Betty Draper said...

This post gives me cold chills Diane. Deception is the devils game, he plays it well too. But a day will come when all his lies will come to light. It makes me sad that no one would hold Joe accountable. Praying for you.