Monday, January 9, 2012

Our Wickedness

20 of 22 from Psalm 119

Psalms 119:153-160  RESH. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.  (154)  Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.  (155)  Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.  (156)  Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.  (157)  Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.  (158)  I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.  (159)  Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.  (160)  Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

            Our Psalmist, King David, understands who the “wicked,” people are.  In today’s world, we have become so “politically correct” in our definition of the word “wicked,” that to define the word we must use a term like “terrorist.”   “Terrorist” might not have been a word King David ever used or even knew, yet “terrorist” is included within the confines of the word “wicked.”
            What would be the definition if we define “wicked” on the same terms King David used?  We might begin with (v 155) quoted above, and say that those who do not know God, (don’t go to Church and don’t read God’s Word are “wicked.”)  In secular terms, we could include “pedophile,” “murderer,” “terrorist,” and “rapist.”  Our list could go on and on.
              Let us look at some Biblical terms for the definition of “wicked.”  We can begin alphabetically:   “adultery,” “bestiality,” “beguilers (liars),” “brawlers,” “fornicators,” “sodomites,” and “whores.”   (This list is brief and incomplete.)  Within the secular world, this list of words no longer exists.  Most are deemed offensive, and have been replaced with soft, nice, pleasing to the ear sounding words.

Romans 1:20-24  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  (21)  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  (22)  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  (23)  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  (24)  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

            Regardless of the words we use to define adulterers, fornicators, or whores, they are still “wicked.”  Liars, brawlers and cheaters are also “wicked,” as are those who partake in bestiality and sodomy.  By God’s definition:  ANYTHING that does not Honour God is blasphemy and is “wicked.”

Matthew 7:22-23  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  (23)  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

            Consequently, those who call on God’s name by claiming His Son, but are “only doing it for show or to declare an association with a religious group,” are just as “wicked” as those who blatantly defile God’s Name.

John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

            “Reader, where do you stand within the “Biblical Definition” of “wicked?”  Are you defining some of these terms with a personal bias?  (If it applies to me, we ignore it. If it applies to someone else, we judge  them softly (if we like them.)  Otherwise, they deserve what they get.) 
            Now is the time to get your mind set. 

Matthew 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Mammon is a word for “money,” “money of the world,” or as the “world is.”  You cannot live as the “world is” and “serve God.”  You must decide, are you “God’s servant,” or “are you the wicked servant of the world?”

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts

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