Monday, June 29, 2015

Temptations, Tricks, and Traps


John 8
1   But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2  Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.
3  Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst,
4  they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.
5  "Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?"
6  This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

Wouldnt it be nice if we could simply avoid answering those who only want to tempt us, trick us and try to trap us into answering in such a way that they might gain public support to accuse us of being ungodly and crucify us but alas we may not be given the luxury of being silent on some issues. Therefore we must study to answer and be wise and deliberate in our response.

The scriptures admonish us to be slow to speak and to avoid questions which gender strife. Proverbs tells us to not answer a fool according to his folly and then again to answer a fool according to his folly whatever do these two statements mean? That we should choose our words wisely when we are approached by fools with foolish questions. Again, foolish questions gender strife and do not cast your pearls before swine lest they turn on you and devour you with the very things you say.

At any rate Jesus was not quick to answer even though He had a clear word for everyone in the picture. Gods word and will is never ambiguous on the truly important matters such as those dealing with such sexual conduct as had been described concerning this woman. Nonetheless there was something more sinister on the minds of these people than simply wanting to know what the Word of God says about adultery.

This was more about the temptations, tricks and traps of the enemies of God, not the friends of God wanting to know what to do with this girl. Their were laying a trap in attempts to discredit Jesus in a public setting. And as they persisted Jesus realized that He could not avoid answering.

Before Jesus addresses the adulterous woman and gives her the Word of God for her life and the situation she has gotten herself into, Jesus decides to address the hearts of those scribes and Pharisees who really think they know more about God and are more godly than Jesus but who are actually lost as a goose in this matter.

John 8
7  So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first."
8  And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9  Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

Having dealt with the accusers and their temptations, tricks and traps Jesus turns His attention to the sinner and the sin of adultery. Jesus by no means intended to make light of the sinful acts of the woman He calls it what it is then acted exactly like God in this matter. Even though she should be stoned according to the law, grace was going to give another chance not to continue in sin or make excuses for sin but a chance to repent and choose a lifestyle pleasing to God. God does this for us everyday ...

In fact those who were trying to trick Jesus didnt know the half of it not only should adulterers be stoned they should then be cast into hell! Jesus came to save sinners from that eventuality. But no one is going to get saved through the condemnation of others but only through the love and forgiveness of God which comes through repentance and acceptance of God's will as my way ... Embracing Jesus as both Savior and Lord.

John 8:10  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?"

Sin is a personal matter but not a matter of personal interpretation. Sin can only be dealt with between the sinner and Jesus alone. You see, Jesus was at that time and still is today in love with sinners and the He is the only forgiveness for sin. Its just like Jesus to give everyone another chance. It is His hope and the hope of all who follow Him that those who are living in sin will stop it and begin to live a life that is pleasing to God.

This is the Gospel of Christ:

John 3
16  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17  "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Jesus posed the question and she answered

John 8:11  She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

This is the Good News and God is moving by His Holy Spirit in the hearts and minds of men and women throughout the United States and around the world today encouraging them to simply repent of their sins and live a lifestyle which is pleasing to Him.

As Christians we follow our Saviors teachings therefore we do not condone sin and neither do we condemn sinners. Golden Triangle Church On The Rock holds to the doctrines of Christ as taught in the Holy Bible which define sin as a departure from that written will of God.

Dont be tempted, tricked or trapped Sin is Sin and Unless we all repent, we shall all perish! Neither the Church nor the Christian has the authority to decide or otherwise determine what sin is and is not. It is the duty of the Church to teach sinners and saints alike to identify sin in accordance with the Bible and not according to the current cultural opinion or world view. So as not to be ambiguous about sexual sin and leave anyone wondering what the Bible, define as sexual sin, allow me to speak plainly.

Any and all sexual conduct which occurs outside of the marriage covenant between a man and a woman as defined by the Bible as sin. According to both the Old and New Testaments:
       Pre-marital sexual conduct is sin
       Extra marital sexual conduct is sin
       Homosexual sexual conduct is sin
       Sex includes and encompasses the way one person thinks about another person sexually; talks to or about another person sexually; looks at another person sexually; touches another person sexually; or allows another person to talk to or touch or look at them sexually.
       Irrespective if it occurs online or by way of text or magazines or TV. Just because it is legal and or socially accepted does not exempt it.
       Adultery is sin
       Prostitution, although legal in some places, is sin
       Pornography, although legal in most places, is sin
       Pedophilia, although not prosecuted in some countries, is sin
       Same sex sex, although approved of by the US Supreme Court, is sin

It is important you know these things because of the power and the potential of sin. However, it is also important for you to know that you have not been given the right nor the responsibility to condemn the sin of others nor do you have the authority to condone those things God says are wrong.

Dont fall for the temptations, tricks or traps coming your way. If you feel the need to accuse others of being either too pious, as the Pharisees did Jesus, or being too sinful, as the Scribes did the adulterous woman, I encourage you to hear the admonitions of Jesus:
       Those of you without sin may cast the first stone
       Those of you in sin, Go your way and sin no more

Have you recognized your need for a Savior?

When given the opportunity encourage others to recognize, repent, receive Jesus as Lord and then to live a lifestyle pleasing to our Heavenly Father by following the Biblical guidelines, especially when it comes to matters as impacting as sexual conduct can be.