Volume XLIXNumber 11June 2, 2005Avoiding PrideDon WrightAfter Nathan the prophet revealed to David his sinregarding Bathsheba, David sat down and wrote Psalm51. David had somehow managed to bury the reality ofhis sin in the deep crevices of his mind and escape theremorse that should have plagued him from the momentof his offense. But now the true depth of his sin has beenexposed and brought to the forefront of his mind by thevivid illustration of Nathan (2 Sam. 12:1-5), and David isfinally overwhelmed with guilt (Ps. 51:1-4). In his stateof contrition, David begs God for forgiveness. But Davidpleads for something else as well. David asks God to create in him a clean heart. David seemed to realize that sinoriginates in the heart (Mark 7:21-23).One of the sins mentioned byJesus in Mark 7 is pride. The sin ofpride is overlooked most of the time.Not too many folks are disciplinedby the church because of pride. Nottoo many brethren are consideredweak in the faith because of pride.Not too many people think thattheir soul is in jeopardy because ofpride. After all, pride, it is thoughtby some, is not as bad as fornication or stealing or covetousness or one of the other manysins that are condemned by God. The truth, however, isthat pride is deplorable to God. A proud look is the firstof seven sins listed in Proverbs 6 that is hated by God(Prov. 6:16-19). Pride is an abomination to God and mustbe avoided if we want to maintain a relationship with himand go to heaven.Pride DefinedMerriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines pride as “inordinate self-esteem or conceit.” There are at least three Greekwords translated pride in our English Bible and they allcarry the idea of being puffed up, boastful, or high-minded.The word “pride” appears forty-nine times in the KJV andthe word “proud” appears forty-eight times, and never iseither word used in a positive way. We should be carefulabout saying that we are proud of something or someone.We sometimes use the word “pride” in a way that denotessimply being pleased with something. For example, wemay say that we are proud of our children. What we meanis that we are pleased with them. However, the Bible neveruses the word “pride” in such a way and thus we should tryto eliminate such use of the wordin our speech.Special Issue“Create in Me a CleanHeart, O God”Illegitimate Offspring of PrideSinful attitudes beget sinful action (Jas. 1:14-15). Since pride is asin of the heart, we should expectthat it will sooner or later cause oneto sin outwardly. What are somesins that may be associated with aprideful heart?1. Pride causes one to act without proper love (1Cor. 13:4). The importance of acting with proper love isseen, not only in the text of 1 Corinthians 13, but also bythe nature of this love under consideration. This love thatPaul deals with is agape. It is not just an emotional feeling,“Pride” continued on p. 342

Vol. XLIXJune 2, 2005No. 11Editor: Mike WillisAssociate Editor: Connie W. AdamsStaff WritersJ. Wiley AdamsDonald P. AmesRandy BlackabyDick BlackfordEdward BragwellBill CavenderStan CoxRussell DunawayJohnie EdwardsHarold FiteMarc W. GibsonLarry HafleyRon HalbrookIrvin HimmelOlen HolderbyJarrod JacobsDaniel H. KingMark MayberryAude McKeeHarry OsborneJoe R. PriceDonnie V. RaderChris ReevesTom RobertsWeldon E. WarnockLewis WillisBobby WitheringtonSteve WolfgangGuardian of Truth FoundationBOARD OF DIRECTORSConnie W. AdamsAndy AlexanderDickie CooperRon HalbrookDaniel H. KingFred PollockDonnie V. RaderWeldon E. WarnockMike WillisSteve Wolfgang— Subscription Rates — 24.00 Per YearSingle Copies — 2.00 eachForeign Subscriptions — 25.00— Bulk Rates — 1.75 per subscription per monthManuscripts should be sent to Mike Willis,6567 Kings Ct., Avon, IN 46123, (317) 2726520. E-mail: [email protected], renewals and other correspondence should be sent to TruthMagazine, P.O. Box 9670, Bowling Green,KY 42102.Book orders should be sent to Truth Bookstore, P.O. Box 9670, Bowling Green, KY42102. Phone: 1-800-428-0121.Web Address: www.truthmagazine.comPostmaster: Send change of address to P.O.Box 9670, Bowling Green, KY 42102.Truth Magazine (ISSN 1538-0793) is publishedtwice a month by Guardian of Truth Foundation,P.O. Box 9670, Bowling Green, KY 42102. Postage paid at Bowling Green, KY and additionalmailing offices.(322)Envy and JealousyKarl DiestelkampAs with most vice, envy and jealousy seem to be taken for granted bymuch of society and are considered almost “natural” to man’s being. Notso, by those who ask the Lord to create in them “a clean heart.” The wiseunderstand the principle, “as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” ( Prov. 23:7).To entertain either envy or jealousy in the heart is to court ruin. Solomonwrites, “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of thebones” (Prov. 14:30) and again, “Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous;but who is able to stand before envy?” (Prov. 27:4). Envy and jealousy eatat the spiritual vitals of those who allow them into their hearts and thosewho continue to entertain them will pay the ultimate price.Our English dictionaries define envy as “painful or resentful awarenessof an advantage enjoyed by another with a desire to possess the same advantage,” and jealous as “hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoyan advantage.”In the New Testament, two different words are translated “envy.” Thefirst, zelos, can be used in either a good or a bad sense, to be determined bythe context in which it occurs with some translating it “envying” and others“jealousy.” The second, phthonos, “is the feeling of displeasure producedby witnessing or hearing of the advantage or prosperity of others; this evilsense always attaches to this word” (Vine 367). Commenting on the twowords, Vine says, “The distinction lies in this, that envy desires to depriveanother of what he has, jealousy desires to have the same or the same sortof thing for itself.” Both words occur as “works of the flesh” (Gal. 5:19-21)demonstrating this variation in meaning. In verse 20, the KJV has “emulations” for zelos while the ASV, NASV, and NKJV have “jealousy.” In verse21, all of these have “envying” or “envy” for phthonos. The creation of “aclean heart” requires not only the elimination of evil attitudes, but must alsofocus on preventing their development in the heart.Pontius Pilate recognized envy as the motivation of the chief priest andthe elders of the Jews, who asked him to put Jesus to death, “For he knewthat for envy they had delivered him” (Matt. 27:18). A few days before, Jesushad entered Jerusalem to praise and honor from the multitudes, infuriatingthe Pharisees who demanded that Jesus should rebuke the people (Luke19:39). That they were envious of him is seen as they reasoned amongthemselves, saying they had accomplished nothing to offset his popularityand “the world is gone after him” (John 12:19). Judas became a willingpawn to deliver Jesus in a setting away from the multitudes, because theconspirators “feared the people” (Luke 22:2-6). Envy and jealousy do notinspire real confidence and courage.continued on p. 344Truth Magazine — June 2, 20052

“Lust” (The SilentSoul-Killer)Avoiding PrideDon Wright. . . . . . . . . . . . . front pageBrian V. SullivanEnvy and JealousyKarl Diestelkamp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2“Lust,” the very word itself, seems to conjure up images of somethingthat is tantalizing, tempting and even terrible. Yet, if you were to say, “TheMiller’s are manifesting a ‘lust for life’ since their early retirement” the connotation of evil is absent. We are simply suggesting that they are enjoyingthe blessing of retired life and using some of the benefits they had stored upthrough their long years in the work force.“Lust” (The Silent Soul-Killer)Brian V. Sullivan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3As Bible students we are fully aware that there are contexts in which“lust” is not used in a good sense. For example, in 1 John 2:15-17, we read:of “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.” These lustsare avenues by which Satan can influence us to evil (cf. Gen. 3:1-8; Matt.4:1-11). Is it possible for something to be descriptive of good in one settingand descriptive of evil in another? Is “lust” indicative of “inherent evil” oris it possible that it could be a useful slave but a pitiful master?Fearfully and Wonderfully MadeIn 1 Corinthians 12:18, we learn that “God has set the members, eachone of them, in the body just as He pleased” (NKJV). Later, in thatcontext, the inspired apostle draws an analogy between the physicalbody and Christ’s spiritual body (the church). Your attention is drawnto what is revealed about our physical bodies. In God’s great designwe find that God made those “members of the body which seem to beweaker” necessary. He was able also to “bestow greater honor” on the“less honorable parts.” God also desired that the “unpresentable parts”might have “greater modesty” (see 1 Cor. 12:22-25). Simply put Goddesigned every part of our bodies to function; to work in harmony withthe other members; and to act in the overall purpose of the body (life, rest,reproduction, and enjoyment). Only a Master of Design could create sucha body and develop within it the necessary traits that would accomplish hispurpose for the body (cf. Ps. 139:14).Greed, A Sin of the Mind and FleshDon Willis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6DeceitTom Wheeler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8IngratitudeCharles Willis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11BitternessBob Waldron. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14SelfishnessRichie Thetford. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15The Joy of AnxietyHarold Tabor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18Lack of Brotherly LoveTerry Sanders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Obadiah: The Last WordLarry Ray Hafley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25Within our nature, is the ability to appreciate beauty, a longing to finda suitable helpmeet whom we might wed, and a desire to participate in aphysical union with another to bring forth offspring (Matt. 19:4-5). Thatsame God who created man and woman, also “solemnized” the first marriagerelationship when he spoke of “man and his wife” (Gen. 2:22). These twowere wed in God’s sight. “They were both naked, the man and his wife, andwere not ashamed” (Gen. 2:25, NKJV).continued on next page3Truth Magazine — June 2, 2005(323)

Everything appears beautiful and pure in this splendor ofEden. Satan, that old master of deception and untruth, entered into the Garden and spoiled the setting by encouragingdisobedience to God and his law. One of the consequencesof that sin was a loss of innocence that resulted in man— aware of his nakedness — hiding from the presence ofGod his maker (Gen. 3:9-13). God, “made tunics of skin,and clothed them” (Gen. 3:20, NKJV). From that moment,Satan has been doing everything he can to counter God’sinfluence, to encourage the disrobing and display of thatwhich God had clothed and hidden, to entice evil thoughtand actions.Lust As Our MasterIt is the beloved John who writes: “Do not love the worldor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, thelove of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride oflife — is not of the Father but is of the world. And the worldis passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the willof God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17, NKJV). What isthe Holy Spirit warning us of here? It is not a condemnation of the basic desire of the flesh that compels us to seekfood, drink, companionship, or intimacy as permitted by ourMaker. Nor does it appear that he is condemning the abilityto see that allows us to observe and experience so many ofthe beauties of the world that surround us. Nor does he wantto destroy all our self-confidence or will to advance. Whatthe Spirit warns us of is the danger that occurs when thatmaster of subtle shades of grey (Satan) moves these thingsfrom the realm of right, holy, and good (their role as ourservants) to the role of master in our lives.Every sin is the result of Satan identifying a natural impulse or desire, using his resources and influences to promptus and tempt us to take it far beyond the lawful or permittedmeans of satisfaction that God has prescribed. It is importantto remember that he (Satan) can put the incentives beforeus; but we, and we alone, make the decision as to whetherwe will do it or not (cf. 1 Cor. 10:13).Satan’s Cunning AppealsSatan knows that his greatest work is accomplishedthrough obscuring the lines, blurring the colors, and changing the shades or tones. Many people still have the ability todiscern between “black” and “white” (things diametricallyopposed, such as truth and error), but Satan blends the colorsand encourages a wider stance, a more permissive view thatultimately leads to the slippery slope of sin. He plied histrade on Eve (in the garden, Gen. 3); he tried to work it onthe Christ (Matt. 4, to no avail) and he works on each of us(1 John 2:15-17).Paul, by inspiration, reveals that Satan can only use thosethree avenues or combinations thereof to do his evil work(“except such as is common to man,” 1 Cor. 10:13; see(324)also 1 John 2:15-17). You and I need to look for the wayof escape so that these natural desires are satisfied in Godhonoring and God-approved ways. As an angel of light (2Cor. 11:14), Satan has sold many a scheme on your “rightto be satisfied,” your “need for fulfillment,” the “momentaryjoy that it might bring,” or, “no one should be deprived ofhis/her pleasure.” His real intent or bent was to get a sale(your soul to his service for a mess of pottage; see Rom.6:16-20).Servants Rather Than MastersJob (of Old Testament fame) shows that man has theability to control what his eyes see. He stated: “I have madea covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon ayoung woman? For what is the allotment of God from above,and the inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is it notdestruction for the wicked, and disaster for the workersof iniquity? Does He not see my ways, and count all mysteps?” (Job 31:1-4, NKJV). Job knew that he had to makeup his mind and commit himself to avoid “shopping with hiseyes.” He was aware that God was observing, and he wasalso aware of his own responsibility to curb his thoughts(contrast that with those who had “eyes full of adultery,”2 Pet. 2:12-17).Jesus took it a step further by pointing out: “But I sayto you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her hasalready committed adultery with her in his heart. If yourright eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you;for it is more profitable for you that one of your membersperish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. Andif your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast itfrom you; for it is more profitable for you that one of yourmembers perish, than for your whole body to be cast intohell” (Matt. 5:28-30, NKJV). That sounds like pretty serious action, but failing to control (keeping these things asservants) will result in “out of control” behavior (thesethings becoming the master). Jesus, in this portion ofthe Sermon on the Mount, is stressing that, if we controlour hearts (remember Matt. 15:18-20), we in turn willavoid or prevent ourselves from further sinful action(such as murder, depriving our parents of due care, orof adultery). The thought is not the action, but allowing thethought in the heart may open the door to sin. Control thethoughts that enter the heart and you will control the actionsthat proceed from the heart.Easy Access In Our Hedonistic WorldDavid went up to his housetop in the evening. There, tohis shame, he observed another man’s wife bathing. Davidfailed to turn aside as Joseph of Genesis’ fame did (seeGen. 39:6-15). David watched, identified, summoned, anddespoiled his neighbor’s wife. His action brought quickdisapproval from God, multiplied woes upon his own soul,and catastrophic happenings upon his royal household (2Sam. 11 and on).Truth Magazine — June 2, 20054

Those scripturally qualified for marriage are encouragedto either exercise “self-control” as Paul did by remainingunmarried, or to marry rather than “burn with passion” (1Cor. 7:8-9). Young men are warned in Proverbs about howto avoid being ensnared by their own lust when an “evil”woman (she doesn’t always appear as the brazen harlot,but may be that innocent looking neighbor who has caughtthe young man’s attention; see Prov. 6:20-35; 1 Thess. 4:38). A careful look at that text from Proverbs will make itclear that clothing style and the way we present ourselvesto others does impact our reception and their perception ofus (Prov. 7:10, in contrast to 1 Pet. 3:1-4).Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the promoters of“young adult singers” have learned that “sex” appeal sells.Television, movies, cable, satellite dishes and “surfingthe net” have opened the door to a Pandora’s box that haswarped our view of the world, revamped our sensitivityin moral matters, and given some sense of respectabilityby our oft exposure to that which is odious, harmful, andaddictive.Darkness may provide the shield (though most programming is available twenty-four hours a day to those whoseek it); a quiet place away from the family may seem togrant liberties, but the God of heaven still observes (Ps.139), and the heart still loses its purity and wholesomeness (Luke 6:45; Matt. 6:22-23) so that it is never thesame again (cf. 1 Cor. 6:18). Sooner, rather than later, thechickens will come home to roost, as Proverbs 11:6 reveals,“the unfaithful will be caught by their lust” (NKJV). TheHoly Spirit does not mix words when he reveals throughPaul that homosexual behavior is not innate but the resultof “lusts” and “vile passions.” In describing the Gentileworld of that day (and sadly of our own day) Paul revealed:“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. Foreven their women exchanged the natural use for what isagainst nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the naturaluse of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, menwith men committing what is shameful, and receiving inthemselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Rom.1:26-27, NKJV).children of Israel lusted after evil and the pursuit of thatevil consumed them.We are to act differently. Paul through inspiration,speaks of “walking in the Spirit” which entails bringingthe flesh under the Spirit’s influence (see Gal. 5:16-18). Toact contrarily results in the domination of our flesh and aresistance to the influence of the Spirit’s teaching (“so thatyou do not do the things that you wish,” v. 17). AlthoughGod made this a pleasant place with abundant beauty andgranted us the ability to enjoy it, he does not desire for usto give ourselves over to it completely (“spend it on yourpleasures,” Jas. 4:2-3). It is important to realize that wehave “escaped the corruption that is in the world throughlust” (2 Pet. 1:4).Do not allow the siren call of the television, the DVD— with its seductive title or disguised agenda, the Internetwith its pornography and illicit chat rooms to deter youfrom your home in heaven. Such can only be called “thelust of uncleanness” (2 Pet. 2:10) because these things willdestroy your hope of heaven, your heart, your marriage,your home, and your influence in this world.If Satan has ensnared you, bring it to an end before itdestroys you completely. Repent of your wrongdoing; seekhis forgiveness and press onward and upward to glorifyGod (Acts 8:22; 1 John 1:9-10). Don’t let Satan bring thefull-force of this silent soul-killer into your life. Establishsolid moral principles in accord with God’s word, pray thatyou might resist temptation, control your desires, turn awayyour eyes from that which would entice, flee from evil,exercise that off switch, and give yourself to wholesome,God-honoring, Christ-following, Spirit-guided living.8311 27th Ave., Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140Warnings For The RighteousIt is time to wake up to the reality that Satan is only toohappy to help us promote the sexual desire that is residentwithin us to the level of full-blown “lust.”Though animals of the wilderness by nature allow theimpulses of the flesh to prevail (Jer. 2:24), the peopleof God, however, must exercise restraint and “make noprovision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Rom. 13:1214, NKJV). To see the danger in uncontrolled lust oneonly needs to go back and read the frightful history ofthe Israelites in the Wilderness Wandering Period (seePaul’s powerful lesson from it in 1 Cor. 10:6-8). The5Truth Magazine — June 2, 2005(325)

Greed, A Sin of the Mind and FleshDon WillisDavid was a wonderful man of Israel, a servant of KingSaul, who often played upon the harp to soothe the nature ofthe king. David wrote many psalms and became a delivererfor the people of God. As a young man, he would slay thegiant, Goliath (1 Sam. 17). This pleased King Saul, whobrought the young man into his house and service. “. . .David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lordwas with him” (1 Sam. 18:14). David married Abigail afterthe death of Nabal, her husband (1 Sam. 25:39); later hemarried Ahinoam of Jezreel (1 Sam. 25:43; 30:5). Davidalso took to himself more concubines and wives out ofJerusalem (2 Sam. 5:13). But David was not completelysatisfied! One evening, from the rooftop, David saw beautiful Bathsheba bathing. She was the wife of Uriah, and inhis greed and desire for her, he lustfully sent servants tobring her to him (2 Sam. 11:1-4). Learning that Bathshebawas “with child,” David ordered that her husband, Uriah,be sent into battle and had him killed. Greed led to adultery,which led to murder! Greed is a horrible spiritual disease.Greed will destroy the spiritual heart.Balak, king of the Moabites, (2 Sam. 22) sent messengers to Balaam to “. . . come now therefore, I pray thee,curse me this people” (Israel, DW). Balaam refused thedesire of Balak. Balak sent higher authorities with a greaterreward. The king said to Balaam, “I will promote you togreat honor.” Again Balaam said, “I cannot go beyondthe word of the Lord my God to do less or more” (v. 18).Then, desiring the rewards, he replied, “Tarry ye also herethis night, that I may know what the Lord will say to memore” (v. 19). So God told him to go, but only to do whatGod said. God was very angry with Balaam. God utilizedBalaam’s animal also to convict Balaam; permitting theanimal to speak (vv. 28-30). Balaam so desired the rewardsof the king. He was filled with greed. What more will Godpermit me to do in order that I might possess this reward?Balaam, in his greed used his abilities in order to attainthese rewards. 2 Peter 2:14 declares that Balaam “lovedthe wages of unrighteousness.” Balaam “taught Balak to(326)put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eatthings sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality”(Rev. 2:14). Greed will eat away one’s morals. Some “. . have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in theerror of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion ofKorah” (Jude 11).For forty days, Satan tempted Jesus to an easy rewardof world rulership. After the trial, Jesus was hungry. Satantempted him to command stones be made bread. Jesussaid, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every wordof God.” The devil took Jesus into a high mountain andshowed him the kingdoms of the world, and offered themto Jesus . . . if only Jesus would “bow, worship, do homage” (various translations) unto Satan. Jesus replied, “Getthee behind me Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worshipthe Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve” (Luke4:8). Jesus knew his mission in life — to be the Saviorof the world. There was no shortcut to the glory. Jesus“died for our sins” (1 Cor. 15:3). The agony and tears ofJesus would not weaken him in his mission to the world.Jesus was not greedy to seek an easier way to salvation.Concerning Jesus’ coming death for our sins, Peter said,“Lord: this shall not be unto thee” (Matt. 16:22). But Peterdid not fully understand. There was no other way. Christwas the only suitable sacrifice, and he died for our sins, topay the price of our sins. He submitted himself to the willof God. Never will there be another sacrifice for sin. Jesusis the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).Andrew Greeley said, “The most serious spiritualproblem in the country today is reckless and untrammeled(unrestrained, DW) greed” (Copyright 2004, Digital Chicago Inc). The Catholic church lists greed as one of SevenDeadly Sins. Greed is a desire to obtain more money ormaterial possessions or bodily satisfaction than one isconsidered to need” (Wikipedia Encyclopedia). Pliny said,“the lust of avarice has so totally seized upon mankindthat their wealth seems rather to possess them, than theyTruth Magazine — June 2, 20056

to possess their weath” (The New Dictionary of Thoughts38). Gluttony is a form of greed relating to food and drink”(Wikipedia Encyclopedia). “Gluttony is the source of allour infirmities and the fountain of all our diseases. Asa lamp is choked by a superabundance of oil, and a fireextinguished by excess of fuel, so is the natural health ofthe body destroyed by intemperate diet” (Burton, The NewDictionary of Thoughts 234).Greed will destroy an individual. Webster definesgreed as “excessive desire for acquiring or having; desirefor more than one needs or deserves; greediness; avarice,cupidity” (Webster’s New World Dictionary 635). Websteralso notes that “greedy” is derived from a “hunger, craving. . . wanting excessively to have or acquire.” Greedy suggests an avaricious concern for money or riches and oftenconnotes miserliness; avaricious stresses a greed for moneyor riches . . . ; grasping suggests an unscrupulous eagerness for gain that manifests itself in a seizing upon everyopportunity to get what one desires; acquisitive stressesthe exertion of effort in acquiring or accumulating wealthor material possessions to an excessive amount; covetousimplies greed for something that another person rightfullypossesses.” It was said that infectious greed led to the destruction of the powerful Houston based energy company,Enron. One rightfully surmises that greed ignores the realmof the spiritual, and is detrimental to one’s faithful serviceto Jesus Christ.Greediness is never associated with godliness, butalways casts an undesirable shadow over the person whois greedy. Paul describes greediness as the way “Gentileswalk” (Eph. 4:19), certainly not the way a Christian willwalk. Many of the Jews had hearts filled with greed.Look at additional scriptural reference.For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire; He blesses thegreedy and renounces the Lord (Ps. 10:3).So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takesaway the life of its owners (Prov. 1:19).He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But hewho hates bribes will live (Prov. 15:27).Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, haverun greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perishedin the rebellion of Korah (Jude 11).In church leadership, greediness is condemned! Titus1:7, a bishop “. . . must be blameless, as a steward of God,not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, notviolent, not greedy for money.” Also note, Titus 1:11 speaksof some “. . . whose mouths must be stopped, who subvertwhole households, teaching things which they ought not,for the sake of dishonest gain” (KJV says “filthy lucre”).1 Timothy 3:8, “Likewise deacons must be reverent, notdouble-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy formoney.” In other words, Christians cannot have this ungodly desire within their heart.“Greedy for filthy gain” should never be an attribute ofa Christian. Greedy for filthy gain is an excessive desirefor monies, whereby one loses all spiritual restraints inorder to achieve. Webster said avarice as “greedy, fromavere, to wish, desire, too much desire to get and keepmoney; greed for riches; grasping and miserly.” Websterfurther defines avaricious as greedy for riches, cupidity.This cupidity is further defined “strong desire, especiallyfor wealth; avarice; greed.” These concepts are definitelycontrary to the teachings, practices and emotions that Goddesires for his children. We are made in the image of God.God so loved . . . that he gave! The worldly individual soloves that he keeps, uses illegal means to attain, hoardswhat he has, worships his money.Greed is of the world! Greed is against godliness! Greedwill keep one from heaven. One can and must change!Romans 6:23: “. . . the wages of sin is death, but the giftof God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Life can be lonelyWhen all you have are your possessionsGreed becomes your main obsessionJust take it slowlyIf what you want ain’t what you needYou’ve become a victim of your greed.(Liberty X Lyrics, from Internet).441 Cypress Dr., Conroe, Texas 77304The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuseto labor. He covets greedily all day long. But the righteousgives and does not spare (Prov. 21:25-26).Yes, they are greedy dogs Which never have enough. Andthey are shepherds Who cannot understand; They all lookto their own way, Every one for his own gain, From hisown territory (Isa. 56:11).Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dishclean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness(Luke 11;39).7Truth Magazine — June 2, 2005(327)

DeceitTom Wheeler“Deceit” is listed in thecatalog of ugly sins inRomans 1:28-32 andthe one who practicesdeceit is said to beworthy of death.Romans 3:13 talksabout those who “withtheir tongues they haveused deceit.” “Bewarelest any man spoil youthrough philosophyand vain deceit, afterthe tradition of men,after the rudiments ofthe world, and not afterChrist” (Col. 2:8).When you look up the definitionof “deceit,” you do not find a prettydescription. It means false, guile,feigned, fraudulence, subtly andtreachery. Have you ever been deceived? I am sure the answer is “yes”from ev

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