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What the Bible says about marriage, divorce, re-marriage & adultery. Bible scriptures on marriage, divorce, re-marriage.What does the Bible say about:
MARRIAGE & DIVORCE
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

GOD'S LAWS ON MARRIAGE & DIVORCE

"But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.  What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder." (Mark 10:6-9)

Marriage is from God.  What God hath joined together in marriage, let no man put asunder. WHAT GOD HATH JOINED TOGETHER IN MARRIAGE

It is a serious thing to break the commandments of God.  The Bible says: "The carnal mind is enmity against God." (Romans 8:7)  "Friendship with the world is enmity with God.  Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4:4)

St. Paul warned the Christian Church to clean up their act.  He wrote about sanctification, since they had begun to revert to their old ways, acting like the Gentiles (heathen) they once were.  They had accepted the Gospel but their lives were still undisciplined and impure.

The apostle stated, "It is a shame to even speak of those things which are done of them in secret." (Ephesians 5:12)  He warned: "Because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them." (Ephesians 5:6-7)

What were those things that would cause the wrath of God to come upon the children of disobedience?  'But fornication and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness....For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person....hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." (Ephesians 5:3-5)

St. Paul states emphatically, "Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." (Ephesians 5:7, 11)

How to stay married, Marriage & divorce, God's laws on marriage. Bible scriptures marriage & divorceWHAT WERE THE SINS THAT ST. PAUL WAS WARNING THEM ABOUT?

In his letter to the church of Colosse, he continued admonishing and warning, "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them".  (Colossians 3:5-7)

The pagan lived in debauchery and sin, but the clear-cut message of the New Testament was to straighten up and remove oneself from this cesspool of carnality.  After conversion to Christ's Gospel, we no longer live as do the heathen, who know not God.

A good example is the way pagans treat their women - like the mud under their feet!  Only Christianity has lifted women out of a place of inferiority in this world and given them a place of dignity and honor among men.

CHRISTIANITY RESPECTS WIVES & MARRIAGE

St. Paul makes it plain that Christians must treat their wives properly.  "Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it:  That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.  That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.  He that loveth his wife loveth himself."  (Ephesians 5:25-28)

Christianity respects women and makes it plain that a man cannot have more than one wife!  Western civilization has put this principle into effect by passing a law against polygamy.

Muslim dominated nations and other pagan countries have no such law.  Many women are treated as property and often abused.  Many men have harems of between 4 and 20 wives.  I met a lustful old Muslim man in Kenya who boasted that he had 65 wives.  He was very wealthy, as all his children and grandchildren worked.  He told me that his goal was to acquire many more girls as wives.

The Mormons endorsed this practice in order to satisfy the lustful cravings of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and other early leaders, who spent an inordinate amount of time in sexual exploits!  Joseph Smith and his brother Hiram were imprisoned for molesting girls and young women.  They were killed by a band of outraged men whose daughters and sisters had been deceived by the false prophet and his brother!   Only when the United States government clamped down on that perverted gang, did other lust-filled leaders officially desist.

St. Paul wrote, "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife." (1 Timothy 3:3)  "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well." (1 Timothy 3:12)

If a man love his wife like himself, and if he has Christian convictions he will treat his wife with dignity and not discard her like an empty cigarette package, after she has borne his children and helped him build his career.

Some men trade in their wives for a newer model just like they do with their automobiles - the same is applicable to women to a lesser degree.

God's laws on marriage. Bible scriptures marriage & divorce. Marriage & divorce, How to stay married, THE BIBLE IS AGAINST DIVORCE - IN MOST CASES

Jesus said concerning divorce: "In the beginning it was not so.  God made them (Adam and Eve) male and female."  Notice to homosexuals and lesbians - God made only male and female!  Perversion is man-made and the product of sin and the devil.  God blessed them and it was only because of the hardness of their hearts, that Moses allowed them to divorce.

That proves another point which I have also found to be so true:  Broken marriages are often the product of one or two hard hearts!  Hard hearts refuse to communicate or bend toward each other.  Jesus was not in favor of divorce and neither am I.

THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE OF NO DIVORCE

There are exceptions to the rule of divorce as Jesus clearly points out when He said: "But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commiteth adultery."  (Matthew 5:32)

Even in the case of fornication I believe there is sufficient grace in God to forgive and restore, if there is genuine repentance on the part of the one who is guilty.  The Bible says: "Love covereth a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8)

When the Pharisees brought an adulterous woman to Jesus, they challenged His theology and His willingness to adhere to the letter of the law.  In His great wisdom, Jesus salvaged the woman's life and soul.  He answered them thusly: "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." (John 8:7)

He knew they were all sinners and wrote their names in the sand, fulfilling the ancient prophecy: "O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake Thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the Fountain of Living Water." (Jeremiah 17:13)

Then Jesus said to the woman, "Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more." (John 8:11)  Just because there has been unfaithfulness in the marriage and problems have arisen that have broken hearts and brought the marriage to the brink of disaster and even though confidences have been shattered, that still does not justify divorce in every case.

How God can restore your marriage.  Bible scriptures of marriage, God's laws on marriage and divorce. WHY NOT WORK ON HEALING & RESTORING THE MARRIAGE?

Why not get God on the scene to solve and salvage as well as rejuvenate the marriage, rather than be hard hearted and say, "I have my rights; I want a divorce: my partner is guilty of adultery and as a Christian I am entitled to a divorce."

Try a little common sense!  What happens after the divorce?  Life isn't going to suddenly be a bed of roses.  Much better to salvage the marriage with God's help and some good old-fashioned advice from the preacher.  Now, don't read me wrong.

All marriages are not solvable and unfortunately, some marriages are better off dissolved for all concerned.  Many marriages, however, that are doomed to fail can be saved if both partners are willing to give their marriage an honest try with faith in God.

BIBLICALLY, CAN MARRIAGES BE ANNULLED?

According to God's Word, are there some cases where marriage can be annulled or dissolved?  Yes, definitely.  Are Roman Catholic annulments given to wealthy people and others - after they have been married to 20, 30 or 40 years with numerous children - a FARCE and DISGRACE?  Most certainly these marriages that are annulled after years of marriage and with children being born are a total farce and complete disgrace.

It has been proven that CORRUPTION and LIES still dominate in that church body.  Why not be honest and call it a DIVORCE?  Because that is exactly what it is.  And don't forget what the Bible teaches about liars.  An Annulment is is NOT.

I have counseled homosexuals who have been married to beautiful young ladies.  We have prayed together and God has saved and delivered them, and they have received grace from God to live a normal married life.

There are the others, however, who do not want to change their lifestyle and sexual preferences.  They have broken the hearts of perfectly normal and pure young ladies who trusted them with their love.  In such a case, if the homosexual wants to continue in their homosexual lifestyle, and does not want to remain in the marriage, I recommend a quick divorce because that marriage was not an honest transaction.

Here is the statement ministers include in the wedding ceremony: "If either of you know of any impediment why ye may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony, ye do now confess it.  For ye be well assured, that if any persons are joined together otherwise than as God's Word doth allow, their marriage is not lawful."

Where a man or woman has been deceived and marries a pervert or an impotent, senile person, the victim should go immediately to his or her pastor to receive counseling and guidance.  If deception is involved and no desire for change is evident an annulment of the marriage should be arranged, or a divorce if necessary.

As I see it, there is no need for the innocent person to agonize through years of torment.  From a Scriptural standpoint, annulment of the marriage or divorce is the way out, with no restrictions regarding remarriage.

WHAT ABOUT RE-MARRIAGE?

Where a good marriage has gone wrong, we must at all costs try to salvage the marriage!  If there was genuine love there in the beginning, that flame can be re-ignited.  There is therefore hope, because there is a foundation to build upon.  Also, in many cases children are involved.  Try to save the marriage!  If you cannot save your marriage, then separation or divorce may be the only recourse left.  In a case like this, I do not see - according to the Scriptures - where with party can re-marry.

Some theologians feel strongly that the innocent party can re-marry, quoting the words of Jesus, "Except it be for fornication" as a reference not only to the right to divorce, but also the right to remarry.

In the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates states regarding Matthew 19:3-9: "One remark, however, is necessary to clearly understand the meaning of the word 'apolelmenen', "her which is put away", occurring in verse 9 and in Matthew 5:32b.

It means the innocent dismissed wife of the licentious person described in Matthew 5:28-30 who, lusting after another woman, dismisses his own wife in order to marry the other woman.

Such a thing, dismissing one's wife for any reason other than her infidelity Christ definitely forbids; but people were and are doing it, nevertheless.  He expresses His concern about the dismissed, apolelmenen, wife or husband (Mark 10:12), who is innocent.

To clear such a dismissed spouse, the Lord insists that the Old Testament provision (Deuteronomy 24:1-4) be adhered to, ie., the guilty party in dismissing an innocent spouse ought to clear her or him of guilt by giving a bill of divorcement.  If the dismissed spouse was guilty, the punishment was death by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:21).  Thus, there was no reason to give such a bill of divorcement.

Divorce papers issued by a judge today should not be equated with this bill of divorcement.  God knows who is innocent and who is guilty and the individuals concerned know.  The LORD in His pronouncements concerns Himself with the truly innocent and not with the ones who may have been able to secure a legal divorce.

A legal divorce today does not mean that a person is necessarily innocent.  He or she may or may not be.  Only the truly innocent, according to the Word of God, has the moral, Scriptural right to remarry.  If the guilty dismissing husband gives the innocent wife a bill of divorcement as prescribed by Deuteronomy 24:1-4, then that wife is cleared of the stigma of being considered as an adulteress.

If she is not thus cleared of the stigma of guilt, she herself is considered by the ignorant public as an adulteress and also whosoever should marry her.  Sexual infidelity is the only permitted reason for dismissing one's spouse.  Both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, there were those who wanted to dismiss their innocent wives for reasons other than sexual infidelity.

It is to such that reference is made as "the dismissed wife."  It is the wife who has been dismissed inequitably who was not an adulteress but who, because she was dismissed without a bill of divorcement, was stigmatized as an adulteress.

Naturally, if anyone marries such a woman, he would appear to be an adulterer also.  However, this should not be considered as true adultery but only the unjust consequence of the first husband's action in allowing his wife to be considered as an adulteress.

The word apolelumenen has the meaning of "unjustifiably dismissed" wife who was not given a bill of divorcement by her husband to clear her of any guilt.The only exception for this is found in Luke 16:18, where the apolelumenen does not refer to the innocent wife dismissed by her guilty husband, but the guilty wife who separates herself from her husband.  For a complete exegesis of this passage, see the editor's book, 'What About Divorce?'

Is your marriage in trouble. God can heal your hearts and restore your broken marriage. Bible scriptures on marriage, re-marriage, divorceWHAT IS THE BEST ROUTE TO TAKE IF YOUR MARRIAGE IS IN TROUBLE

No. 1 - DO NOT DIVORCE!  Forgive your partner and restore him or her.
No. 2 - If you must divorce, DO NOT REMARRY!  Seek God for His grace and power to live a holy life and give your time to God and your children.

There is one more thing however, in Old Testament times when a woman was taken in adultery she was immediately taken out and stoned to death.  Men seemed to have been exempt.  Certainly, in such cases there would be no problem with remarriage, for the innocent party.

In the same way, some feel that the guilty party is spiritually dead and the innocent party is then free to remarry.

Remember, however, the words of St. Paul, "For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth, but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband, so then if while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress:  but if her husband be dead, she is free from the law, so that she is not adulteress, though she be married to another man." (Romans 7:2-3)

HELP FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY MESSED UP THEIR MARRIAGE

You can't unscramble scrambled eggs, and in many cases you are unable to rectify wrongs performed in a mix-up of marriages, divorces and remarriages.  Many people hear our programs over the radio or see me on television and attend our crusades.

Often, those who answer our altar calls for salvation are from unsaved homes and have messed up in their lives.  Their conversion, to the Lord Jesus Christ, however, is genuine!  These individuals receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and are baptized and become burning witnesses for Jesus Christ.  Often, they have been married and divorced and remarried, possibly 2 or 3 times.  What do you do in cases like these?

Since the Holy Spirit has accepted them and Jesus has added them to His body, the Church, who are we to reject them?  We have no right to turn them away since Jesus has not turned them away!  WE MUST RECEIVE THEM, believing that God has done a work in their lives as He did in ours.

St. Paul warns in his letter to the Romans, "For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn (the first in rank) among many brethren.  Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, then He also glorified." (Romans 8:29-30)

If God has called and saved someone, we have not right to criticize or lay upon them a heavier burden than we could bear or which Christ would ask them to bear!  Notice the words of the Apostle.

"Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect"  It is God that justified.  Who is he that condemneth?  It is Christ that died, year rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." (Romans 8:34-35)

Marriage & divorce, How to stay married, God's laws on marriage. Bible scriptures marriage & divorceIF GOD HAS JUSTIFIED SOMEONE, I DARE NOT CONDEMN HIM

The Scripture tells us that God gives the Holy Ghost to those who obey Him.  Often, He fills people with the Holy Ghost whom we wouldn't, people whom we personally feel are not ready to receive the Holy Ghost; yet God fills them, before we have a chance to ask them to rearrange their lives.

We should allow God to do His business in the way He so desires, instead of trying to do everything our way.  The Bible says: "We are His witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey Him." (Acts 5:32)

LEAVE THEM IN THE CARE OF JESUS, THE SAVIOUR

If a marriage is failing, we should try to salvage it!  If a man or woman is divorced and remarried once, twice or whatever, I believe they should remain in the married state they are presently in.  I do not believe people should force re-marriage between spouses two or 3 marriages removed.  That causes nothing but confusion, especially where there are children involved.

If a family receives Christ, regardless of how many times they have been married, it is my belief that they should remain as they are.  It would be wrong to tear children from their parents in the present relationship.  It is incumbent upon us to teach the newly converted family to serve God and live for Jesus from now onward.  Some teach that the parents should split up and go back to their original spouses!  In most cases that would be impossible.  And even if it were possible, it would involve the breakup of one, two or more families, which would cause more trouble than you are trying to rectify.  That would be harming the "little ones" whom God has given us the responsibility to protect. (Matthew 18:6)

The break up of a home is no more right in a case like this than any other case.  We cannot sacrifice the lives of precious children to the whims of some stubborn, pharisaical, senile old preacher who sits cloistered behind the stained glass windows of his church, or in a monastery somewhere.  When you get into the mainstream of life and begin to reach souls, lives and families for Christ you will see the common sense of the Holy Scriptures as they are applied to real life situations.

St. Paul said, "But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk.  And so ordain I in all churches.  Is any man called being circumcised?  let him not become uncircumcised.  Is any called in un-circumcision?  let him not be circumcised.  Circumcision is nothing but the keeping of the commandments of God.  Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called." (1 Corinthians 7:17-20)

MARRIAGE, DIVORCE & RE-MARRIAGE

Marriage, divorce and re-marriage is a most complex subject and I believe we are given some leeway in counseling people in awkward positions, since St. Paul uses his own philosophy and expounds his own views a number of times: "But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment." (1 Corinthians 7:6)  "But to the rest speak I, not the Lord." (1 Corinthians 7:12)  "But she is happier is she also abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God." (1 Corinthians 7:40)

On very important issues however, St. Paul made it clear that he had a definite commandment from the Lord!  "And unto the married I command, Ye not I, but the Lord." (1 Corinthians 7:10)

Very definitely, when a Christian is married he cannot do as he pleases.  He has certain responsibilities that he cannot dodge.  "Let not the wife depart from her husband: but and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband, and let not the husband put away his wife, (1 Corinthians 7:11)  PLEASE NOTE:  Paul says that this is the Lord's command! (verse 10)

SUMMARY OF MARRIAGE, DIVORCE & RE-MARRIAGE (as I understand it from the Scriptures)

No. 1  -  GOD IS AGAINST DIVORCE  -  Divorce is not God's perfect will.  Only one ground for divorce - adultery or fornication - even then it is better to reconcile, forgive and forget in order to save the marriage and the home.

No. 2  -  IF YOU ARE MARRIED TO AN UNSAVED PERSON, you must stay with him if that is his wish  -  Unless, of course, he is beating you or threatening to kill you, unfaithful to the extent of bringing social diseases upon you, disrupting the children's mental health or is a sexual pervert, extreme alcoholic or suffers from uncontrolled mental illness.  NOTICE:  Every case must be judged on its own merits or lack of merits.  Love your partner and lead him or her to the Lord.

No. 3  -  IF YOU LEAVE YOUR HUSBAND OR WIFE FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN ADULTERY OR FORNICATION  -  (I unequivocally add perversion, like sodomy, lesbianism, homosexuality, bestiality or a fraudulent marriage vow) you are unable to re-marry.

No. 4  -  THE INNOCENT PART IN A DIVORCE CAN RE-MARRY  -  In the Old Testament the innocent party was free to marry, as the adulteress was stoned to death.  In this case the adulteress or adulterer, not wanting to repent, would be in a backslidden or sinful state, DEAD IN TRESPASSES AND SINS!  God does not hold you responsible for your partner's sin.  The Bible says: "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." (Ezekiel 18:4,5)  It doesn't say that the wife or husband must pay for the sins of their spouse or the parents shall be judged for the sins of their children.  God is not unjust, nor does He judge perversely.

No. 5  -  IF YOU ARE MARRIED TO A PERVERT  -  If you find yourself married to a pervert, homosexual, lesbian or sodomite, you are in my opinion, free to divorce and remarry, unless they sincerely want to change and try to mend the marriage.

This is also the case if someone is sexually malformed with an impediment that he or she withheld from their partner before marriage, thereby nullifying the marriage.  (Mental illness and schizophrenia could also be included in this list, as well as bigamists, necromancers and other perverts)  Anyone who has been misled or deceived in these areas has a right to ask for annulment, since the marriage contract was made under false pretenses.

No. 6  -  HASTY MARRIAGES ARE VERY FOOLISH  -  Spending time together with your intended, as well as his or her family for a longer period of time in conversation, discussion and fellowship, would solve most of the problems found in the previous paragraph.

No. 7  -  HAVE YOUR PARENTS & FRIENDS MEET YOUR FIANCÉE  -  Also, make sure your pastor gets to know him or her and takes time for proper counseling before marriage.  Marriage is too important, vital and long range to rush into without doing a proper check.  Even in breeding purebred horses and cattle, we check out the pedigree.  We can do no less, when it concerns the future of our children and ourselves.

No. 8  -  IF YOU ARE CONTEMPLATING DIVORCE OR RE-MARRIAGE  -  You should seriously consider the Scriptures, as well as the words of warning, admonition and advice in this book.  And consider your testimony for Christ, the state of your children, as well as your future.

No. 9  -  If you are messed up, divorced, re-married, or living common-law, come to Christ and let Him work things out for you

Serve Christ and teach your family to live for Jesus.  If you are living in a common-law arrangement, you must stop doing it.  If there are no children involved, separate and go back to your husband or wife if possible.  If you are single, let your partner know that you have decided to serve Jesus and ask them to the same and that the 'common-law' lifestyle is adulterous and sinful.

The Bible says: "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." (Hebrews 13:4)

If a couple has children together out of wedlock, they should get counseling and give their hearts to the Lord.  It is important that they get married, attend church and refrain from a sinful lifestyle and train their children in the ways of God.

You cannot live your life over again, but you can change and live it differently from today onward.  You cannot pick up spilt milk or unscramble scrambled eggs, but you can take a stand for Christ now and bring your family to Sunday school and Church, and leave the past under the Blood of Jesus!  He is loving, compassionate and merciful in His dealings with us.

The Bible says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, He is a new creature:  old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17).  "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (John 5:24)

Above all, let us teach our young people that marriage is holy and for keeps, divorce is a result of the hardness of people's hearts and re-marriage is certainly not a bed of roses.  Get things straightened out in your spiritual life, my friend, seek God for guidance and be filled with the Holy Spirit.  If you obey the lusts of the flesh you will die spiritually, but if you obey the Spirit of God you will live. (Romans 8:13-14)

Remember that God's Word states, "That which God hath jointed together let not man put asunder." (Matthew 19:6)  When you say, "I will", let it be a sincere, convincing, decisive answer with a ring of sincerity and truth to it.  Let it truly be "until death do us part!"  Amen.


Is Prayer Important? God is Call Us to Prayer by Pastor Max Solbrekken. Bible articles on  prayer, Bible scriptures verses on prayerGOD IS CALLING US
TO PRAYER
It's time to listen to the 
call of God
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

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The Bible says, "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

PRAYER IS VERY IMPORTANT - PRAYER IS VITAL

Prayer is vital, if we are to have communion with God we must pray.  The first prayer everyone needs to pray is:

AN IMPORTANT PRAYER TO REMEMBER

"O God be merciful to me a sinner, forgive my sins and save my soul! I trust in the blood of Jesus Christ to atone for my sins. I now renounce the devil, all his works & all his ways. I now receive Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord in His Name. Amen".

When fellowship has been restored with God through prayer, we can pray for our needs, and pray for others! The Lord's prayer is found in the Bible chapter of Matthew 6:9-13).  The Lord's prayer is a powerful model:

THE LORD'S PRAYER

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Our Father Which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." (Matthew  6:9-13)

Spend time alone with God in prayer, praise and thanksgiving. Stay in the attitude of prayer - pray without ceasing.SPEND TIME ALONE IN PRAYER WITH GOD

We should spend time alone with God in prayer, praise and thanksgiving; as well as in corporate prayer with fellow believers!

Jesus invites: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matthew  7:7-8)

St. Jude wrote about the EVIL, FILTHY, LUSTY LIFESTYLES OF MANY.  He warned of the End times - the second coming of Jesus Christ - the rapture and the coming judgment upon those who continue in their pernicious, lascivious ways. Then he admonished the believers: "But ye beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit." (Jude  20)

ALWAYS STAY IN THE ATTITUDE OF PRAYER -- PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

We should always stay in an attitude of prayer. The Bible says, "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians  5:17)

The  Scottish preacher, Robert Murray McCheyne stated, "Give yourself to prayer, and get your texts, thoughts, your words from God. Luther spent his best three hours in prayer"

Writing about the martyr George Fox, William Penn stated: "But above all he excelled in prayer... the most awful, living, reverend frame I ever felt or beheld, I must say, was his prayer. He knew and lived nearer to the Lord than other men..."

Does God answer prayers? Yes God does answer prayer. The power of prayerGOD DOES ANSWER PRAYERS

John Wesley - founder of the Methodist Church - stated, "Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing but in answer to prayer."

Martin Luther stated, "If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith."

JESUS SAID, "WATCH & PRAY LEST YE ENTER INTO TEMPTATION"

Jesus constantly urged His disciples to pray: "Watch and pray, lest ye enter into temptation."  (Matthew 26:41) It was after an all night prayer session with His Father in Heaven that Jesus chose His twelve apostles!

And it was after fasting His forty day fast - being tempted by the devil in the wilderness - that Jesus defeated Satan's temptations by using the Word of God to refute and overcome him! The Scripture records that after His victory over Satan in that temptation that Jesus "returned in the power of the Spirit" (Luke 4:14), and great miracles of healing and casting out of demons were overwhelmingly present in His ministry!

It was after a ten day prayer meeting that the Holy Spirit fell upon 120 seeking souls on the Day of Pentecost! (Acts 2:1-4)

THE AWESOME POWER OF PRAYER

Prayer is the natural outcry from the heart of a human being to his Maker in response to the tug of the Word of God, implanted within the conscience.

That tug is even stronger in the heart of one who has had a visitation of the Holy Spirit's convicting presence or has heard the gospel message!   The Holy Spirit's call to prayer becomes as natural and desirous as the call for food at mealtime.

Prayer is the inner man crying for help, fellowship and nourishment from God. PRAYER IS THE INNER MAN CRYING FOR HELP, FELLOWSHIP & NOURISHMENT

Prayer is our inner man crying out for help, fellowship and spiritual nourishment! It is born out of our need and the assurance that God is there to meet that need and answer our prayer! To the individual who has opened his life to the Savior.

Prayer is talking, listeniing & communicating with our maker. When we pray we should give praise, worship to God.PRAYER IS TALKING, LISTENING & COMMUNICATING WITH OUR MAKER

Prayer is talking, listening and communing with our Maker as we enter into the very presence of Almighty God.  Prayer is an intimate fellowship on a "one to one basis" with God, through Jesus Christ our Lord!

WHEN WE PRAY, OUR TOTAL MAN BECOMES INVOLVED

When we pray, our total inner man becomes involved with God.  Our spirit cries out in response to our needs and those of others, as God plays on our heart strings, encouraging us to share those burdens with Him.

Our minds stagger under the weight of sin, fear, worry and care and our spirits soar both to heights unknown as well as plumb to incomprehensible depths.

We groan in the spirit of intercession or exult in the joy of God, knowing that He is taking control of the situation! And that by our compassion, care and faith people in need are being convicted, strengthened, healed and blessed!

As we pray and weep in travail our eyes redden, our physical strength is taxed and our body becomes weary! Then the Holy Spirit takes over and intercedes through us with groanings that cannot be uttered, and we enter into a new realm as we pray in the Spirit (unknown tongues), as St. Paul did. (1 Corinthians 14:15)

The Divine Paraclete (the Comforter - the One sent alongside to help) helps us as we do not know how we ought to pray. But He comes to our rescue and prays through us to the Father!  The entire Trinity is involved in our fellowship, as we pray to God our Father in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord!

Prayer is mankind's most vital link with Almighty God. It is, in fact, entering into His very presence with our requests, petitions and thanksgiving.  When we pray, God not only listens but speaks to our spirits and answers our requests in His own way, according to His divine and gracious will.

The scripture says, He is closer than our hands or feet. It is therefore, not difficult to draw upon His power by reaching out in prayer and touching Him.  The woman with the "issue of blood" touched Him with her faith and received an instant miracle. Jesus turned about in the crowd and asked specifically, "Who touched My clothes"?

Many rubbed shoulders with Him, but one person touched Him by faith. She had said within herself, "If I but touch His garment, I shall be whole." She was made whole, and Jesus declared that her faith had gotten the job done! (Matthew  9:21)

'Prayer is talking, listening and communing with God as we enter into the very presence of the Almighty!'

The 20th Century Bible renders the account this way: Jesus said, "Someone has touched Me". And they said, "Master, the multitudes press Thee and crush Thee". But He answered, "No, someone has made a demand upon My ability".

When we pray and believe and reach out for a miracle, we make a demand upon His ability and draw from His great storehouse of blessing, that which we desire!  Another beautiful aspect of prayer, is that the woman received the miracle without Jesus knowing she had a need. The miracle was already accomplished before Jesus was aware of it!

'PRAYER NOT ONLY CHANGES THINGS; IT CHANGES LIVES!'

The easiest way for me to illustrate God's provision for us, is to compare it to a buffet banquet. Many tables, loaded with the best foods sits in the middle of the room and guests help themselves at will. The host simply walks among his friends to see if everyone is getting enough to eat, while the servers keep loading the tables with fresh supplies!

The host is not really concerned whether you make one or three trips to the tables, so long as you get enough to eat. He doesn't watch to see if you take one leg of chicken or two!

Forgiveness, healing, blessing and prosperity are all provided for us. We can have all we need! All we have to do, is reach out by faith and make a demand on His ability, by praying and by receiving.

Automatically, when we pray we tap into His resources by faith in His finished work on Golgotha, the miracle happens!

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - GOD ANSWERS PRAYER

Through prayer and communion with God we can affect the course of this world and change the complexion of society!

Prayer changes things! Many situations have been altered, lives changed and priorities rearranged by spending time in prayer.  Why is this? God answers prayer! God performs miracles! He is real, and communion with Him is a glorious reality!

Not only does prayer change things but it prayer changes people - prayer changes the lives of the ones prayed for as well as the persons praying. Thousands of answers to prayer are recorded regularly in the books of heaven, as well as in the remembrances of committed Christians.

Miracles of salvation, healing, preservation, deliverance and prosperity are common occurrences for those who really believe God's Word and pray and seek God and appropriate His promises for themselves!  A person gets a totally new outlook on life when he spends time in prayer and in God's presence. His priorities change as well as his desires and goals in life. Prayer can change your disposition and make you kinder and more caring!

SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER

The hymn writer penned these words which have blessed millions down through the years.

"Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, That calls me from a world of care
And sets me at my Father’s throne, Makes all my wants and wishes known.

In seasons of distress and grief, My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter's snare, By thy return, sweet hour of prayer."

THE CALL TO FAITH

The twin pillars of the Christian Church are REPENTANCE and FAITH. St. Paul makes that very plain: "Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." (Acts 20:21)

Writing to new converts he said: "For by grace (God's unmerited favor) are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast". (Ephesians 2:8-9)

To believe in Jesus Christ and receive Him into your life is to have faith! Faith is a fact but faith is also an act, because faith requires corresponding action!

The Bible says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life". (John 3:16)

When you have faith in God, you will believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ and dedicate your life in His service! Real faith transforms a person's lifestyle, because faith in God works miracles in people!  "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

HOW DO WE RECEIVE FAITH?

According to the Holy Scriptures, God has given each one of us faith to believe in Jesus Christ, His Son and be saved: ..."think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." (Romans 12:3)

He has placed His Word within our conscience and our spirit which came from God! (Romans 7:22-25) The Word of God also creates faith! "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans  10:17) God has called us to a life of faith and worship, through Jesus Christ His Son!

The Bible says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him". (Hebrews 11:1,6)

WHAT IS FAITH?  FAITH IS THREE THINGS:

1) Coming to God with our needs. 2) Believing that God exists and that He is Who the Bible says He is. 3) Expecting a miracle (an answer) when you pray!

'Faith in the Father & faith in the Son, Faith in the Holy Ghost, three in the One
Demons will tremble & sinners awake, Faith in Christ Jesus will anything shake!'

Faith is also a gift as well as a fruit of the Holy Spirit! "To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;" (1 Corinthians 12:9)  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith." (Galatians 5:22)

THE CALL TO SEPARATION

Jesus calls us to righteous, holy and pure living! The Bible says, "But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conduct." (1 Peter 1:15)

Sanctification is the process by which believers are set apart for God and His service, to be made holy and purified from sin by His gifts and graces and our determined will to do that which is right!

We cannot do this in our own power. The Scripture says, "But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption." (1 Corinthians 1:30)

St. Paul admonished, "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor."

"For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 4, 7)

God sets us apart through the divine process of redemption and the infilling of the Holy Spirit, but we must separate ourselves totally and completely unto Him, in order that His miraculous provision will work within us!

THE BIBLE CLEARLY STATES THAT GOD DESIRES HIS PEOPLE TO LEAD PURE, WHOLESOME LIVES - NOT LIKE THE PAGAN - AND BE SEPARATED FROM THE EVIL PRACTICES OF LYING, WITCHCRAFT, HATRED, GAMBLING, IDOLATRY, SODOMY AND ADULTERY. HIS WORD TEACHES PURITY OF THOUGHT, WORD AND DEED!

St. Paul declared, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." (2 Corinthians 6:17)

God promises to be our Father, if we believe His Word and live by it! In His dealings with Israel.  He demanded that they separate themselves from idols and the pagan practices of the heathen!  "But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils." (1 Corinthians 10:20-21)

As Christians, we are followers of Jesus Christ and must not try to drag Him down to the filth in which the ungodly live, but allow Him to lift us to the place of purity and wholeness which He exemplifies.

HE SAVES US FROM SINS --NOT TO LIVE IN OUR SINS!

The Bible says, "If a man therefore purge himself from these (carnal, sinful & dishonorable pursuits) he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." (2 Timothy 2:21-22)

Again God's Word states, "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." (2 Corinthians 7:1)

THE CALL TO DEDICATION

The word dedicate means to "set apart and consecrate to a divine being. To give wholly or earnestly to a patron, friend or purpose".  It is in this sense I now use this word. We should be willing to give ourselves wholly and earnestly unto the cause of righteousness, loving God and our fellowman!

The Bible does not compromise. It is clear in its teachings that if we do certain things, God will bless and prosper us! And if we do not, there will be no blessing!

Here is His clarion call to dedication:  "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans  12:1-2)

This stern admonition was sent to former pagans, who had converted to Christ. St. Paul demanded that they break from evil, lustful and perverted deeds and live in purity as Christians!

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CHRISTIAN THIEF OR A CHRISTIAN LIAR OR A CHRISTIAN DRUNKARD, CHRISTIAN DRUG ADDICT OR CHRISTIAN HOMOSEXUAL, OR A CHRISTIAN FORNICATOR!

When Christ comes into our hearts, the Holy Spirit does a work in us whereby we are liberated from the lusts and perversions of this wicked old world!  He admonishes Timothy and all of us: "but thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses."

"I give thee charge in the sight of God, Who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, Who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:" (1 Timothy 6:11-14)

It is certainly a slap in our face, when Muslims and other non-Christians reject Christianity because of the lewd way in which our so-called Christian society conducts itself!

I hasten to say that the rock and roll music, loose living, pornography, abortion, alcoholism and perversion, which is so prevalent in our society, is in no way Christian! On the contrary, it is anathema!  It is sad to hear Muslim leaders saying that they do not want their people contaminated with "the abominable practices of sodomy, pornography, drug abuse, obscene rock & roll music and alcoholism, which are rife in Western Christian culture!"

ABSTAIN FROM ALL APPEARANCES OF EVIL

The Bible says, "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul: Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation". (1 Peter 2:11-12)

We are instructed, "Abstain from all appearance of evil". (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

May Jesus Christ always be our example. He was perfect in all respects   Jesus Christ was SINLESS in deity and humanity - yet was obedient to the cross, suffering for our sin and shame, so that He could save us and bring us to God!

The Bible says, "Looking unto JESUS the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)

Jesus, "...being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross". (Philippians 2:6-8)

St. Paul was totally dedicated: "I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek". (Romans 1:14-16)

THE CALL TO CONSECRATION

Consecration is the act of obedience, when we privately and publicly make a statement that we have given ourselves in dedication for God's service!

In like manner, as we consecrate a church building or musical instruments to God's service, so we consecrate our bodies, talents and riches unto the cause of Christ and His Church!  Christ is calling us to give ourselves wholeheartedly to His cause. To CONSECRATE OURSELVES unto a life of righteous living and evangelism!

He is looking for those who will be totally committed to His gospel, so that His light may shine in this ungodly world.

The Bible says, "...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." (Hebrews 12:1)


What does that mean to the liar, thief, adulterer, homosexual or gambler? Pure and simple - STOP DOING THOSE THINGS AND BEGIN LIVING PURE LIVES!

Jesus said, "Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it". (Mark 8:35-36)

Our Lord requires a full commitment and consecration from us, for Him to trust us with His authority, gifts and power! He does not want to be the "fifth wheel" of our existence or a "fire-insurance policy" kept in a safety deposit box.  He must take center stage in our lives so that our lifestyle will be pleasing in His sight, and effective in our relationship to others!

Jesus, Who is our grand example, "set His face" to go to Jerusalem where He knew He would die upon a rugged cross and become "a curse for us", in order to purchase our salvation! (Galatians 3:13)

St. Paul said, "What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the Name of the Lord Jesus". (Acts 21:13)

Again he stated, "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:" (2 Timothy  4:6,7)

The great apostle was totally dedicated to Jesus Christ. His life was consecrated to His Gospel!

Martin Luther emphasized: "I live as though Jesus Christ was crucified yesterday, arose today & is coming again tomorrow."  The great leader of the Protestant Reformation was consumed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that is why God used him so mightily to bring back the simplicity, truth, purity & power of Christ’s Gospel to a corrupt, idolatrous and backslidden Church!

This is the commendation given by the leaders of the Primitive Church regarding the preachers they sent out: "These are men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ". (Acts 15:26)

A proper way to consecrate ourselves to God is through a 'Disciplined Christian Life'! Fasting & prayer is a good way to humble ourselves before God and to become consecrated wholly to God and His Kingdom!

THE CALL TO SERVICE

Jesus declared, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:15)

The paramount duty of the Christian is to communicate the gospel to our fellowmen by our chaste lifestyles, honesty, compassion and wholesome outlook. We are 'saved to serve'! 

Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets". (Matthew 22:37-40)

The only road to true happiness is going God's way, walking the Gospel road, by loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves!

LET US ALWAYS FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE:

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". (Luke 6:31)

Born again Christians automatically seek the "high road of life" after an encounter with 'Jesus of Nazareth'. We are concerned about the needs of others - spiritual, emotional and physical - because our lives have been changed: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new". (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Angelic beings brought the message of Christ's victory to the disciples, at the empty tomb on that first resurrection morning. They said, "Come and see the place where our Lord lay, and go and tell His disciples.."  (Matthew 28:6, 7)

It is incumbent upon all Christians to experience God's blessings through Christ, and then to "go and tell" others the good news that there is hope for our nation and our world!

AND THAT HOPE LIES ONLY IN THE PROCLAMATION AND RECEPTION OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!

The Bible says, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come". (Matthew 24:14) 

Christ has no hands but our hands, to do His work of preaching and spreading His Gospel to the ends of the earth. Let us be about our Father’s business!

CHRIST IS CALLING US ALL TO COMMUNICATE, SHARE, SPREAD, DISPENSE, ARTICULATE AND LIVE HIS GOSPEL BEFORE THIS WICKED WORLD, SO THAT MANY MORE WILL BE SAVED BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

And that includes paying our tithes and giving offerings to God's work. Let us remember the words of our Lord Jesus: "It is more blessed to give than to receive". (Acts 20:35)

He also stated: "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." (Luke 6:38)

Sir Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give". My question to us all is: Are we doing our share to spread the Gospel through our giving?

Or are we guilty of spending too much time & money pampering ourselves when multitudes are going to a 'Christless Eternity' because NO ONE HAS SHARED THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST WITH THEM.  William Penn stated: “"f there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to my fellow human being, let me do it now, and not deter nor neglect it. I shall not pass this way again."

Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the gospel everyday and if you must use words...It is in giving oneself, one receives; it is in forgetting oneself, that one is found; it is in pardoning, that one obtains pardon". He taught his students that there is no point in, "walking somewhere to preach, unless you can preach while you are walking"!

Jesus said, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)

The Bible instructs: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" (1 Peter 3:15)

"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." (1 Timothy  6:17-19)

God loves you, my friend. He has purchased your total salvation through the death of His Son Jesus Christ Who paid for our sins with His pure and perfect blood!  The Bible declares that He not only died for our sins on the cross, but arose from the dead for our justification! (Romans 4:25)

Here is our Lord's invitation to you: "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest". (Matthew 11:28)

Part 1 - Christians identity crisis
Part 2 - Do we know who we are?
Part 3 - God has made the Divine call - It's time
Part 4 - God's call to PRAYER


Is evil inherent or learned behavior? Bible message articles on evil & sin. Are we born evil? Bible scriptures verses on evil, sin & judgment. Evil inherent or learned behavior?  by Pastor Max SolbrekkenIS EVIL INHERENT 
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LEARNED BEHAVIOR?
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

Sins, Sins & Moral Values, The wages of sin, Sins, how to be forgiven of sins, Bible articles sermons sins, how to be free of sin.. Bible scriptures sin, evil, repentance,forgiveness, forgiveness of sins,"For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living water and have hewn themselves out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water." (Jeremiah 2:8-13)

ARE WE BORN EVIL OR DO WE LEARN EVIL?

Many years ago, on Canada Day, I was a guest of Radio CJCA's Ron Collister show.  For many years I joined that popular host and his listeners in lively debates, on interesting and relevant topics.

Our  July 1 program featured the very important subject, 'Is evil inherent or is evil a product of environment or learned behavior?'  Is a person born with the propensity to do evil, or is evil a learned behavior?

IS GOOD OR EVIL WINNING IN OUR WORLD TODAY?

Ron Collister asked each caller the same question he asked me: "Which of these - good or evil - in winning in our world today?"

Most of the callers seemed to think that the scourge of evil was dominating our society and winning big time.  The callers felt that evil was ruling this world.

INCREASE OF EVIL IS A SIGN OF THE LAST DAYS

My answer mirrored the words of Jesus when he referred to the increase of evil as a sign for the last days: "Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew 24:12)  

"As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all."

"Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even this shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed."  (Luke 17:26-30)

Bible message articles on evil & sin. Are we born evil? Bible scriptures verses on evil, sin & judgment. Evil inherent or learned behavior? Is evil inherent or learned behavior?  by Pastor Max SolbrekkenHOW EVIL WERE CONDITIONS ON EARTH BEFORE GOD SENT THE FLOOD?

The conditions on earth were VERY EVIL when God sent the flood & the conditions on earth were VERY EVIL when God wiped out Sodom & Gomorrah with fire & brimstone!

The conditions on earth were very evil during those 2 time periods.  Here is the Bible record of the EVIL that existed during those 2 events:

"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of his heart was only EVIL continually.  And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him in his heart.  And the Lord said, I will destroy man....." (Genesis 6:5-7)

Again Moses reports: "The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with VIOLENCE." (Genesis 6:11)

DID GOD DESTROY THE EARTH WITH THE FLOOD DUE TO MUCH EVIL ON THE EARTH?  What about Sodom & Gomorrah?  Were the people evil?

The people of Sodom & Gomorrah was so IMMORAL, EVIL & VIOLENT that when two angels visited Lot - to evacuate him and his family before the destruction began - the  men of the city demanded that Lot bring out the two strangers so they might sodomize them!

"But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter.  And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came into thee this night?  bring them out unto us, that we may know (have sex) them." (Genesis 19:4-5)

When Lot refused, the large crowd of homosexuals tried to break down his door, TO COMMIT GANG RAPE!  They told Lot to get out the the way, warning him: "Now we will deal worse with thee than with them." (Genesis 19:4-9)

THE HOMOSEXUALS IN SODOM & GOMORRAH WERE VIOLENT, EVIL & BRUTAL

Please NOTE...The homosexuals in Sodom & Gomorrah were extremely evil, violent and brutal.  They threatened Lot with violence and punishment if he refused to turn over these two young strangers to satisfy their EVIL and perverted lust.

The angels forcibly rescued Lot and smote the attackers (the men of the city of Sodom & Gomorrah) with blindness, in order to prevent them from tearing down the door.

The world now is as evil as the days of the flood and Sodom & Gomorrah when God sent destruction. Evil will increase greatly as we get closer to the last days.OUR WORLD IS NOW AS EVIL AS THE DAYS OF THE FLOOD & SODOM & GOMORRAH

Wow!  That is strong and hits very close to home!  When you consider what is presently happening in the world today, violence, evil, hatred and immorality is at an all time high,  sexual morality is almost non-existent. The violence and evil is all over this earth, this world, and we are in days as EVIL as the time of Sodom & Gomorrah.

St. Paul warns that evil will escalate as we near the last days, the end of this age.

Evil will increase greatly as we get closer to the last days. Bible message on evil, sin, Are we born evil?EVIL WILL INCREASE GREATLY AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE LAST DAYS

"This know also, that in the last days PERILOUS TIMES SHALL COME.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,"

"Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God."

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." (2 Timothy 3:1-4, 13)

Again, he admonished: "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS;"

"Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron." (1 Timothy 4:1-2)

When you consider the recent evil, brutal and horror filled deaths of eight foreigners in Uganda's National Park by Rwandan rebels, it is not hard to believe that they were very unconscionable.

A study of the horrible raping and killing of dozens of young women by pornography sadist Ted Bundy, and the serial killings of dozens of young homosexual men - whom he first sodomized - by pervert killer John Wayne Gacy proves that consciences can become seared.

The killing of little children by their mothers like Jones of Alabama, and recently the three small children killed by their mother, as well as the killing of parents by children like the Menendez case when the 2 Menendez brothers brutally murdered their mom and dad for their wealth is ample evidence of the evil that reigns in the heart of lost and depraved humanity.

No wonder the prophet declared: "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: Who can know it?"

Evil, Are we born evil or do we learn evil? Is evil inherent or learned behavior?IN THE END, RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL TRIUMPH BECAUSE JESUS SHALL RETURN AS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS

I answered Ron Collister: "Yes, it appears that evil is gaining ground and at present, may have the ascendancy but in the end, RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL TRIUMPH.  One day, Jesus Christ will return and put away EVIL for good."

I interjected that there is however, some good news, a great revival of righteousness is presently occurring in our world.

Since the break up of the Soviet Union, a revival of Christianity is sweeping Eastern Europe.  Recent estimates put the figure at 6,000 conversions to Jesus Christ every day.

Although gangsters, evil and crime is rampant in those countries, yet a mighty statement of righteousness and goodness is being made through the successful endeavors of God's people.

I might add, that in our recent crusade (1992) in Truskavets, Ukraine - a health resort city which boasts many sanitariums and draws people from across Eastern Europe - Mikhael Gorbachev's sister - Galina Sergiovana - answered a salvation altar call to confess Jesus Christ as her Saviour.

Evangelical Christianity is so strong in South Korea, the Church is growing faster than the population in that former Buddhist stronghold! And in 1986, Newsweek carried a story titled, 'LATIN AMERICA: TRADITIONALLY ROMAN CATHOLIC RED IS TURNING PROTESTANT BLACK'.

The large feature article reported that the gospel of Christ as preached by Evangelical Christians were gaining converts at 400 per hour. That's 9,600 every 24 hours! The 'red' spoke of the scarlet colors used by Roman Catholic prelates and the 'black' referred to the Bible carried to church by Protestants.

CHRISTIANS TORTURED DYING FOR THEIR FAITH

Believers in Jesus Christ are being tortured in a number of Muslim dominated countries, and forced to convert to paganism under threat of death and starvation! A classic case is Sudan, where fanatical Muslims have since 1989 murdered more than a million black Christians in an unparalleled "religious cleansing".

They are being given the ultimatum, "Convert to Islam, or die". From numerous authenticated reports, we understand that this present genocide is much greater than that of the demonized Muslim strongman, Idi Amin, who terrorized Uganda in the not too distant past.

And who is presently being granted protection by Saudi Arabia. Several years ago, 'Newsweek' carried a report by one of their journalists who had proof that the Muslims of the north were selling black animist & Christian women as slaves for $15 US. Recently, Rev. Cal Bombay, long time TV broadcaster with 100 Huntley Street together with a TV camera crew traveled to Sudan, met the Muslims and documented the purchase of 319 black Christian & animist women and girls, into freedom.

After his initial success, Bombay undertook a second dangerous and costly journey to purchase the freedom of hundreds more slaves from their Muslim captors!   The 'Canadian Press' quotes Bombay: "I want the world to know what a rotten thing is happening in the south of Sudan, by a rogue government that is fundamentally violent and trying to force people to become Islamic".

INHUMANE EVIL TREATMENT OF CHRISTIANS IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES HAS INCREASED

The inhumane, EVIL treatment of Christians in Muslim dominated lands today, has to go down in history as comparable to Adolf Hitler's holocaust of 6 million Jews, Joseph Stalin's murder of 7 million Ukrainians by starvation in 1933 and Mao tse Tung's genocide of between 40 to 80 million Chinese.

According to Dr. David Barrett, an Anglican minister & statistician - who has been tracking this phenomenon for more than a decade - an estimated 330,000 Christians are martyred every year, somewhere in the world - for their faith in Jesus Christ!  That is what I call real EVIL.

Oral Roberts said a number of years ago: "I don't know how we're doing it, but somehow we are winning." And Billy Graham stated, "I have read the last chapter in the book and it says: 'We win'!"

Evil - What exactly is evil? Definition of evilEVIL - EXACTLY WHAT IS EVIL?

The Webster Dictionary meaning of evil:  Daniel Webster defines 'evil' as "morally wrong, immoral, sinful, wicked, causing injury, mischief, trouble, pain, bad, harmful, repulsive".

The Webster Dictionary meaning of inherent:  And his definition of 'inherent' is: "forming an essential or intrinsic element of; existing inseparably within an object or person".

Is the human race cursed with two strikes against it at birth? Could there be a genetic defect in those who rise to infamy such as Attila the Hun, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Saddam Hussein, Jeffry Dahmer or John Gacy?

Or has this evil come to us because of the fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve, as the Bible states?

WHAT ABOUT ENVIRONMENT:  home, church, school, friendships, fraternities? What part does upbringing, training, nurturing, learning and companionship play in a person's character?

I BELIEVE THAT EVIL IS BOTH INHERENT & LEARNED

In more than 40 years of very active Christian Ministry, I have formulated a definite opinion that - without doubt - EVIL is both inherent and learned.

The Bible states, "The wicked are estranged from the womb. They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies". (Ps alms 58:3) And, "The scripture hath concluded all under sin". (Galatians 3:22)

You don't need to teach infants how to lie. We've all seen them do that even before they can talk. Holding a cookie behind his back, little Billy will shake his head saying, "No, I didn't raid the cookie jar".

St. Paul blames Adam for our fallen condition: "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned". (Romans 5:12)

THE REMEDY or ANTIDOTE AGAINST EVIL

Then, he gives us the antidote or remedy against EVIL. "For as by one man's (Adam) disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One (Jesus Christ) shall many be made righteous". (Romans 5:19)

Again, the Bible says, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus". (Romans 3:23-24)

Here, we find the dilemma of the human race. We were born with a nature that is at enmity with God. We are sinners by birth, by nature and unfortunately, sinners also by choice.

But God, sending His Son to die for our sins - as our substitute - paid the ransom price to purchase our salvation. Through His grace, we receive a new nature and are born again from above.

Here is the good news, then: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord". (Romans 6:23)  In the letter to the Romans, St. Paul agonizes over the fact that.

"For I know that in me (that is in my flesh), dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not, for the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not that I do."

"O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" THEN HE GIVES US THE KEY: "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death". (Romans 7:18, 19, 24; 8:2)

 Is evil inherent or learned behavior? Evil, Are we born evil or do we learn evil?EVIL IS ALSO A LEARNED BEHAVIOR

The Bible verifies this as well: "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners". (1 Corinthians 15:33)

Here are a couple of true sayings: "Birds of a feather flock together", and "Show me who your friends are and I'll show you who you are".

It's a known fact that most child abusers were themselves abused as children. And the majority of perverts were themselves corrupted by older relatives, friends or authority figures.

Sad to say, the fourth case involving molestation of young boys in the Edmonton area - a number of years ago - was reported among the Uncles-at-Large membership.

Homosexual child molesters know how to infiltrate places of respectability, influence and position of authority among the most vulnerable to their advances, namely teenage boys.

Proof of this has been documented and reported far too often in the past few years, about young Canadian hockey players sexually manipulated, intimidated and perverted by coaches and others working around hockey arenas.

EVIL HOMOSEXUAL SEX CRIMES IN THE NHL

Our hats go off to NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy - who fingered well-known hockey coach, the homosexual predator, who is now serving time in prison for his EVIL sexual crimes.

It is no wonder the sodomist community around the world rejoiced in jubilation when OUR GUTLESS CANADIAN GOVERNMENT, against all decency - lowered the legal age of homosexual activity to 14, something which the child molesters who have been lusting after young boys have desired for years.

RONALD REAGAN CALLED FORMER SOVIET UNION an "evil empire"

COMMUNISM - EVIL OF EVILS!  US President Ronald Reagan called the former Soviet Empire an "evil empire" and he was right! Now we know the enormity of the crimes of that wicked system, with Eastern Europe bankrupt economically and the ecology so terribly polluted that it will take billions of dollars and decades of hard work to bring things back to normal there.

The Bible says that God will destroy those who destroy the earth! (Revelation 11:18) The callous attitude of Soviet Communists toward human life and the ecology has brought God's judgment upon them.

God warns us about people "Who call evil good and good evil"GOD WARNS US ABOUT PEOPLE "WHO CALL EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL"

God's Word warns about those who, "call evil good and good evil". (Isaiah 5:20) Prophet Amos exhorted, "Seek good and hate evil". (Isaiah 5:14-15) And Moses warned: "Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do EVIL".  (Exodus 23:2)

THE LORD'S PRAYER:  Deliver us from Evil

Jesus knew that we would be targeted by the "enemies of righteousness", who seek our destruction. Being in "all points tempted" like ourselves. He knew that we would be tempted, tried and buffeted by the flesh, the world and the devil.

He gave us 'His Model Prayer'; so that we would know how to pray and what to pray about, in order to receive strength from Almighty God!  Our Lord declared: "Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit."

"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:17-20)

Again Jesus stated: "For out of the heart proceed EVIL thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:" (Matthew 15:19)

10 YEAR OLD BOYS COMMITTING MURDER - NOW THAT IS EVIL

The tragic killing of two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool, England a number of years ago by two ten-year old boys certainly tells us something about EVIL.

How the two boys could have conceived in their hearts to trick a little toddler -- who had walked away from his mother in a shopping mall - into accompanying them to his death is inconceivable! - Except for one thing ..

THERE IS A REAL DEVIL and he came only to "STEAL, KILL & DESTROY", and the devil is to blame!  But so are parents who refuse to serve God themselves, and have no regard for their children's spiritual upbringing.

And now, the golden text of the Bible: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life". (John 3:16)

Jesus said: "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because THEIR DEEDS WERE EVIL". (John 3:19)

He invites us all: "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest". (Matthew 11:28)

Evil, Are we born evil or do we learn evil? Is evil inherent or learned behavior?WE CAN NEVER BECOME GOOD ENOUGH, IN OUR OWN STRENGTH, TO PLEASE GOD OR BECOME RIGHTEOUS:

ONLY THROUGH THE ALL-ATONING DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS FOR US, CAN WE ATTAIN RIGHTEOUSNESS OR GOODNESS.

The Bible says, "The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin"! (1 John 1:7)

And St. Paul states: "If any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new". (2 Corinthians  5:17)

FOR BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:8-10)

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given...of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end....with justice from henceforth even for ever." (Isaiah 9:6)

God is eternal and infinite.  He does not think with a finite mind as we do!  His thoughts and actions reflect His omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence and eternalness.

God's plans and purposes for this universe and all of us, were formulated in His mind before He created the foundations of the world.

He cannot make a mistake, lie or be wrong in His intentions of deeds, for He is totally righteous, all knowing and all wise.

EVERYTHING GOD DOES IS FOR ETERNITY

He knows the future and sees the pitfalls and snares that await our stumbling feet.  And He helps us, protects us from the devil, the world and ourselves! In these the last days, the last days before Christ returns in the blessed Rapture, God is protecting his children from evil.

WHY ARE WE SO IMPORTANT TO GOD?

Firstly, we were made in His image.  Secondly, Jesus personally died for our sins and finally, through the new birth, we are a part of Him - his body.

The words, "there shall be no end" and "for ever", show the eternal purposes of God in the birth of Christ.  THE INCARNATION WAS SERIOUS STUFF.

The moment, of God the Son - wrapping Himself in human flesh - coming down to save us, was deliberately and perfectly timed and executed.

"But when the fullness of time was come, God sent His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." (Galatians 4:4-5)

This wasn't an after thought or a fill in.  The decision to send King Messiah to this earth, was communicated to Satan - the adversary - immediately after Adam and Eve's tragic fall.

"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise His heel." (Genesis 3:15)

Here, God promises a "virgin born" savior (her seed), Who would conquer Satan through His substitutionary death.  In the process, the Savior would suffer a minor wound (bruise His heel), and Satan would be totally defeated (bruise his head).

Although Jesus suffered more than any man, was wounded and marred for our total salvation, it was minor because He laid down His life of His own free will. (John 10:15-18)

Satan could not take it from Him!  And He arose again on the third day, destroying Satan and his power over us!

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;" (Hebrews 2:14)

FROM THE INCARNATION TO THE RESURRECTION, AND THROUGHOUT THE 'GOSPEL AGE', GOD HAS CONTINUED THE EXECUTION OF HIS ETERNAL WILL, THROUGH HIS CHURCH, THE CALLED-OUT-ONES.

This is why it is so important that we live with "eternity in mind".  All our plans and goals should reflect this mind set, in our relationships to God, the Church - His body - and the world! We need to prepare, in these last days, for eternity, for Christ's return and to spend eternity in heaven with God.

Let us study the Word, pray, witness and give joyfully, to help build His eternal Kingdom.

Jesus said, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." (John 3:3,7)

The Bible makes it clear that, "He who hath the Son hath everlasting life: and he who believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)

That means that all those who do not personally know Jesus Christ, must receive Him as Savior and Lord in order to be saved.

Is there a real heaven and a real hell.  How does God deal with evil, immorality and sin?IS THERE A REAL HEAVEN & A REAL HELL

St. John emphasized:  "If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son.  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:  he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave His Son.  

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life.  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe in the name of the Son of God." (I John 5:9-13)

HERE IS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH - All who reject Jesus Christ and refuse to receive Him as Lord & Savior are calling Almighty God a LIAR, "because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son." (I John 5:9-10)

Do you think for one moment that anyone will escape the judgment of God when they reject Jesus Christ - His gift to the world - and call Him a liar?

That is serious stuff, since He is the judge of the entire world!  How do you think an earthly judge would react if someone in his courtroom called him "a liar"?  He would immediately be guilty of 'contempt of court' of worse.

St. Paul puts it all in perspective when he says, "For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him." (Hebrews 2:2-3)

In the Apocalypse, St. John warns:  "And the DEVIL that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the BEAST and the FALSE PROPHET are, and SHALL BE TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER.  And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from Whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them."

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."

"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:10-15)

HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS

Jesus invites, "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the fellowship and communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all, both now and forevermore.


What is sin? The wages of sin, Sins, how to be forgiven of sins, Bible articles sermons sins, how to be free of sin.. Bible scriptures sin, evil, repentance,forgiveness, forgiveness of sins,WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY
ABOUT SIN

Sins, Sins & Moral Values, The wages of sin, Sins, how to be forgiven of sins, Bible articles sermons sins, how to be free of sin.. Bible scriptures sin, evil, repentance,forgiveness, forgiveness of sins,A discussion of sin is very important to anyone who believes in God and wants to live for Him.  If you accept the existence of a Creator, your next major concern is to please Him.  Consider...an Omniscient, Omnipotent Being is responsible for your existence.  Your continued well-being is totally dependant upon His whim.  Is it not in your best interest to determine what He desires of you, what is acceptable and unacceptable to Him.

Sin separates us from God. Sin is anything that is unacceptable to God. Sins, how to be forgiven of sins, Bible articles sermons sins, how to be free of sin.. Bible scriptures sin, evil,SIN SEPARATES US FROM GOD

Sin, put as simply as possible, is that which is unacceptable to God.  It is what angers God.  It is what separates man from God, and from the possibility of ultimate happiness.  Since the Bible is the word of God, it is logical to go to it to find out about sin.  This is an important initial point.  If you want to know what sin is, and what things are sinful, you must go to God to find out...NOT MAN.

Many do not believe that dressing immodestly is sin.  Others go so far as to think there is nothing sinful about lying, getting drunk, gambling or cursing.  Are abortion, homosexuality, racism sin? You can always find someone who will deny such things are sinful.  But it doesn't matter what man may think about such things.  The question must be, "What does the Bible say about sin?"

It is only in asking this question that we can know what God considers sinful  And it is only in knowing what God considers sinful that we can ensure we are pleasing to Him.

THE DEFINITION OF SIN

The Greek word translated "sin" in the Bible is an interesting term.  It, (hamartano) literally means "to miss the mark".  Think of it this way.  In shooting an arrow from a bow, if you arrow flies beyond the target or falls short of it, if it veers to the right of the target or to the left, you "miss the mark."  

If in our lives we go beyond the will of God, doing things God has said not to do; if we fall short of the will of God by not doing these things commanded by God; if we veer away from God's will, doing things for which we have no authority, we "miss the mark" or we sin.

As John states in 1 John 3:4, "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of law."

So, sin is lawlessness.  God has revealed to us His law and His will.  The Bible is the final authority on sin and its consequences.

What does the Bible say about sin? Sin separates us from God. Sin is anything that is unacceptable to God. Sins, how to be forgiven of sins, Bible articles sermons sins, how to be free of sin.. Bible scriptures sinWHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY IS SIN

So, what is sinful and what is not sinful?  The Bible clearly states the things that are sinful in the eyes of God.  

In the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul identifies a list of sins as 'works of the flesh'.  "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these:  Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21)

All things that are in conflict with the nature of God and God's will are sinful.  

What ae consequences of sin? Sin separates us from God. Sin is anything that is unacceptable to God. Sins, how to be forgiven of sins, Bible articles sermons sins, how to be free of sin.. Bible scriptures sinWHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN?

Sin is serious. Sin is repugnant to God and there are consequences to sin. Sin separates us from God.  "Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2)

Sin, in separating you from God, separates you from life.  Paul rejoiced in the fact that we can be forgiven from our sins and do not have to be separated from God.

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross:"

"And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:13-15)  All of us are "dead" in our trespasses (sins) until we receive forgiveness.

If we remain in our sin, and die without having our sins forgiven, we are consigning ourselves to an eternal death and punishment, separated from God for eternity.

There are many examples of dire consequences of sin in the Old Testament.  Below are a few examples:

Because of their sin, Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden of Eden, and were denied access to the tree of life.  (Genesis 3)

God destroyed the world with a flood because of wickedness and ungodliness. (Genesis 6-8)

Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire and brimstone because of the wickedness and sin, and the abomination of homosexuality (Genesis 19)

The Bible tells us of these recorded events to serve as examples of the consequences of sin and disobedience to God.

The LORD saved the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt but afterward destroyed some of them because of their unbelief and disobedience.  This is documented in the book of Jude as follows:

"I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.  

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."

Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, ARE SET FORTH FOR AN EXAMPLE, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Jude 1:5-8)

These examples show us that there are many physical consequences to sin.  We only need to look as far as to our current society to see the truth of consequences to sin.  

We see a world plagued with addictions, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, crime, anarchy and hatred.  In government and business we see greed, dishonesty and slander as the norm.  Division and the rejection of Bible truths is characteristic of religious denominations in our times.  All of these things have figured prominently in destroying the homes and lives of so many.  The devil has been very thorough in his work.

But even though the physical consequences are great, the spiritual consequences of sin are even greater and more devastating.  In the book of Galatians Paul spoke of the eternal consequences of disobedience and sin.

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, "

"Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies," 

"Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD." (Galatians 5:19-21)

THERE ARE ONLY TWO DESTINATIONS IN ETERNITY

When we die, there are only two destinations in which we will spend eternity.  Those who inherit the kingdom of God will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord.  Those who do not  inherit the kingdom of God spend eternity in Hell.  The Bible describes Hell as a place where "their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched".

"And if thy hand offend thee, cut if off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." (Mark 9:43-44)

Hell is also described in Matthew as a place of "outer darkness" where there will be "weeping and gnashing of teeth".  "But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 8:12)

"In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out. (Luke 13:28)

"The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and then which do iniquity;  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: they shall be waiting and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 13:41-42)

"But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into out darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 8:12)

The cure for sin is Jesus. Sin is like spiritual cancer, it leads to death. Sin separates us from God. Sin is anything that is unacceptable to God. Sins, how to be forgiven of sins, Bible articles sermons sins, how to be free of sin.. Bible scriptures sinTHE CURE FOR SIN

We are all sinners, no one is exempt from sinning.  Every person alive is guilty of sin, and as such we all face eternal separation from God. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23)

Because God loves each and every one of us so much, and does not want any to perish, he had to make the ultimate sacrifice to atone for our sins.  He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place.  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

Because God is just, the penalty for sin had to be paid.  Because God cares for us, He sent His Son to pay that ultimate price.  "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might e made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Corinthians 5:21)   Jesus is the cure for sin!

Sin is like spiritual cancer, it leads to death. Sin separates us from God. Sin is anything that is unacceptable to God. Sins, how to be forgiven of sins, Bible articles sermons sins, how to be free of sin.. Bible scriptures sinSIN IS A DISEASE, A SPIRITUAL CANCER

Dear reader, your eternal well-being is at stake.  Sin is a disease, a spiritual cancer.  Sin leads to death, but Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for humanity to have a possibility of rebirth.  You can be born again through the precious blood of Jesus.  There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus that asked Jesus how a person can be born again.  Jesus answered him the following:

"There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  The same came to Jesus by night and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher came from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him."

"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:1-6)

Have you repented of your sins? The cure for sin is Jesus. You can turn to Jesus Christ and repent of your sins. The invitation is open to all, no exceptions. You can be forgiven and you will be able to stand before the judgment seat of Christ, secure in the knowledge that your sin has been removed through the blood of Jesus Christ the Saviour.

"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not."

"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me."

"And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last dayAnd this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:35-40)

I pray that you will turn to Christ, and have your sins forgiven before it is too late.


How Can i Be Saved? Salvation articles,salvation sermons, what is salvation, how do I get salvation, salvation get right with God, messages,Salvation,salvation articles,salvation sermons, what is salvation, how do I get salvation, salvation messagesWHAT MUST I DO TO
 BE SAVED?

Jesus said, "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

Yes, my dear friend, God is still in the business of setting men and women free from their sins, sorrows, heartbreaks, fears and troubles.  In this age of frustrations, nervous tensions and mental collapses, Jesus Christ is still granting peace to the troubled, joy to the discouraged, strength to the weary and healing to the sick!

1 - You must admit that you are a sinner

The Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. (Rom. 3:23) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

2 - You must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God

You MUST believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose again from the dead.

“That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: buot he that believeth not is condemned already.” (John 3:15,18) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)

Anti-christ 666, the beast. Names of the anti-christ, facts about anti-christ, Revelation and the anti-christ3 - You must repent of your sins

The Bible says, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3) “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon”. (Isaiah 55:7)

Anti-christ 666, the beast. Names of the anti-christ, facts about anti-christ, Revelation and the anti-christ4 - You must receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour

The Bible says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16)

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” (Rev. 3:20) “He that hath the Son hath life: and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:12)

Anti-christ 666, the beast. Names of the anti-christ, facts about anti-christ, Revelation and the anti-christ5 - You must confess Jesus Christ as your Lord

The Bible says: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. (Romans  10:9-10)

“…Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of man confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8, 9)


Salvation,salvation articles,salvation Bible scriptues verses, what is salvationHOW DO I INVITE 
JESUS CHRIST INTO MY LIFE?

Pray to God, a prayer - from your heart.  

Tell Him that you are a sinner and that you need forgiveness.  Tell him that you believe Jesus Christ died for your sins.  Tell him that you are willing to change, to turn away from sin.  Ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and life and be your personal Saviour.

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12)

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

If you prayed and ask Jesus Christ into your heart - YOU HAVE NOW RECEIVED THE GIFT OF SALVATION - YOU HAVE BECOME A CHILD OF GOD.  God Bless You.


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Bible Scriptures verses on marriage
The Holy Spirit, baptism of Holy Spirt - the Holy Ghost, verses scriptures water baptismmarriage, divorce, re-marriage, adultery
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Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Ephesians 5:22-24 - (kjv) - "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every things."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Ephesians 5:25-28 - (kjv) - "Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it:  That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.  That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.  He that loveth his wife loveth himself."  (Ephesians 5:25-28)

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Ephesians 5:29-33 - (kjv) - "[Whoso] findeth a wife fideth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour of the LORD.."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Proverbs 18:22 - (kjv) - "For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Hebrews 13:4 - (kjv) - "Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Genesis 2:242-24 - (kjv) - "And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Proverbs 21:9 - (kjv) - "[It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Proverbs 19:14 - (kjv) - "House and riches [are] the inheritance of fathers: and a a prudent wife [is] from the LORD."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. 1 Corinthians 7:39 - (kjv) - "The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband is dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Deuteronomy 24:5 - (kjv) - "When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall be be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Psalms 128:1-4 - (kjv) - "Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; That walketh in his ways.  For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands.  Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.  Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house:  Thy children like olive plants round about thy table.  Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Deuteronomy 24:1-3 - (kjv) - "When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give [it] in her hand, and send her out of his house.."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. Matthew 19:3-9 - (kjv) - "The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, It is lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female,  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh.  What therefore God hath joined together, let not mean put asunder.  

They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?  He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.  And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which put away doth commit adultery.

Mark 10:-9 - But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, And they twain shall be one flesh:Mark 10:6-9  - (kjv) - "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.  What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder."

Mark 10:-9 - But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, And they twain shall be one flesh:Mark 10:12  - (kjv) - "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.  What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder."

Mark 10:-9 - But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, And they twain shall be one flesh:2 Corinthians 6:14  - (kjv) - "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. 1 Timothy 3:3 - A Bishop them must be blameless, the husband of one wife.1 Timothy 3:3  - (kjv) - "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. 1 Timothy 3:3 - A Bishop them must be blameless, the husband of one wife.1 Timothy 3:12  - (kjv) - "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. 1 Timothy 3:3 - A Bishop them must be blameless, the husband of one wife.1 Peter 3:12  - (kjv) - "Likewise, ye wives, [be] in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;"

Ephesians 5:3-5  - (kjv) - 'But fornication and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness....For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person....hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. 1 Timothy 3:3 - A Bishop them must be blameless, the husband of one wife.Hebrews 2:14-15  - (kjv) - "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through DEATH He might DESTROY him that had the power of death, that is the DEVIL; And to DELIVER them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

Bible scriptures verses on marriage, divorce, re-marriage and adultery. 1 Timothy 3:3 - A Bishop them must be blameless, the husband of one wife.1 Corinthians 13:4-7  - (kjv) - "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through DEATH He might DESTROY him that had the power of death, that is the DEVIL; And to DELIVER them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

Matthew 5:32 - (kjv) - "But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commiteth adultery."

1 John 4:4 - (kjv) - "Greater is He that is in you, that he that is in the world."

1 Corinthians 7:10 - (kjv) - "And unto the married I command, Ye not I, but the Lord."

1 Corinthians 7:11 - (kjv) - "Let not the wife depart from her husband: but and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband, and let not the husband put away his wife,

1 John 5:14-15 - (kjv) - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: .. And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Philippians 2:13 - (kjv) - For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Romans 8:32 - (kjv) - He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?


Bible Scriptures verses on prayer
The Holy Spirit, baptism of Holy Spirt - the Holy Ghost, verses scriptures water baptismpower of prayer, the Lord's prayer, importance of prayers
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Prayer, The importance of prayer. What is prevailing prayer? Does God hear our prayers?1 Thessalonians 5:17 - (kjv) - Pray without ceasing.

prayers, the power of prayer, does God answer prayers? why is prayer so important?Mark 11:24 - (kjv) - Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].

Philippians 4:6  - (kjv) - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Ephesians 6:18 - (kjv) - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

James 5:16 - (kjv) - Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Romans 8:26  - (kjv) - Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

John 15:7  - (kjv) - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Matthew 21:22 - (kjv) - And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

1 John 5:14-15  - (kjv) - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Matthew 6:5  - (kjv) - 5) And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hyprocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.  Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Matthew 6:6 - (kjv) - But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:7 - (kjv) - But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Matthew 6:8-13  - (kjv) - After this manner therefore pray ye:  Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Colossians 4:2  - (kjv) - Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Psalms 55:17 - (kjv) - Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Psalms 118:5  - (kjv) - I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, [and set me] in a large place.

Matthew 18:19  - (kjv) - 5) - Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Hebrews 4:16 - (kjv) - Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Matthew 26:39 - (kjv) - And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt].

Mathew 6:8-13  - (kjv) - After this manner therefore pray ye:  Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Isaiah 55:6  - (kjv) - Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Psalms 127:13 - (kjv) - Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward.

2 Chronicles 7:14  - (kjv) - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Matthew 7:7  - (kjv) - 5) - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Psalms 88:13 - (kjv) - But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.

Psalms 55:16 - (kjv) - As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.

Joshua 1:8  - (kjv) - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

1 Thessalonians 5:18   - (kjv) - In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Timothy 2:8  - (kjv) - 5) - I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

James 4:10 - (kjv) - Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Luke 6:12 - (kjv) - And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Acts 7:34  - (kjv) - I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groanings, and am come down to deliver them.  And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.

Jonah 2:1  - (kjv) - Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly.

Proverbs 15:8  - (kjv) - 5) - The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight.

Psalms 9:20 - (kjv) - Put them in fear, O LORD: [that] the nations may know themselves [to be but] men.  Selah.

James 4:8 - (kjv) - Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.

John 17:1-26  - (kjv) - 5) - These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

Acts 1:14 - (kjv) - These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

2 Corinthians 12:8 - (kjv) - For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

John 16:24 - (kjv) - Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

James 5:17 - (kjv) - Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

Romans 8:26-27  - (kjv) - Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Acts 9:40 - (kjv) - But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning [him] to the body said, Tabitha, arise.  And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

Exodus 14:15 - (kjv) - And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

James 4:2  - (kjv) - Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

Hebrews 11:6  - (kjv) - But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Ephesians 3:20  - (kjv) - Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

John 16:23  - (kjv) - 5) - And in that day ye shall ask me nothing, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you.

Mark 9:29 - (kjv) - And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Matthew 26:36 - (kjv) - Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto his disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

Psalms 40:1 - (kjv) - (To the chief Musician, a Psalm of David.)  I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

Psalms 22:2 - (kjv) - O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; ;and in the night season, and am not silent.

2 Kings 20:11  - (kjv) - And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

Daniel 9:3  - (kjv) - And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

1 Samuel 1:10  - (kjv) - And she [was] in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.

Matthew 5:44  - (kjv) - 5) - But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

Matthew 7:7-9  - (kjv) - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Matthew 14:23 - (kjv) - And when he had sent the multitude away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Judges 16:28 - (kjv) - And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.

Romans 15:13 - (kjv) - Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Romans 12:12  - (kjv) - Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer

Romans 10:13  - (kjv) - 5) - For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 2:42  - (kjv) - And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

John 16:26 - (kjv) - At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

John 15:16 - (kjv) - And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.

John 9:31  - (kjv) - Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, for he heareth.

John 4:24 - (kjv) - God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.

John 4:23 - (kjv) - But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

Luke 18:1  - (kjv) - And he spake a parable unto them {to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Luke 11:1  - (kjv) - 5) - And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

Mark 13:33  - (kjv) - Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Mark 11:25 - (kjv) - And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Mark 1:35 - (kjv) - And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

John 9:31  - (kjv) - Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, for he heareth.

Matthew 18:20 - (kjv) - For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Psalms 4:1 - (kjv) - (To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.)  Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness:  thou hast enlarged me {when I was} in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

Ephesians 6:18 - (kjv) - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


Bible scriptures verses on 
REPENTANCE, SALVATION, FORGIVENESS
 
(King James Version)

Bible scriptures kjv on repentance, repenting, repent of sins, salvation1 Thessalonians 5:17 - (kjv) - Pray without ceasing.

1 Peter 3:12 - (kjv) - The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His 
ears are open unto their prayers but the face of the Lord is against
 them that do evil."

2 Peter 3:9 - come to repentance, Bible scriptures on repentance, what is repentance, repent 2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

John 3:5 - Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Repent, and be baptized every one of you...Acts 2:38. Bible sermons Repent & Be Saved, Repent Bible versesActs 2:38  - (kjv) - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of  you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

1 Peter 3:12 - (kjv) - The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His 
ears are open unto their prayers but the face of the Lord is against
 them that do evil.

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached...Luke 24:47. Bible sermons Repent & Be Saved, Repent Bible versesLuke 24:47 - (kjv) - And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

John 6:37 - (kjv) - All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

John 3:16 - (kjv) - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Ephesians 2:8-9 - (kjv) - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God.

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish...Luke 13:3. Bible sermons Repent & Be Saved, Repent Bible versesLuke 13:3 - I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Mark 16:16 - (kjv) - He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Acts 4:12  - (kjv) - Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Romans 1:16 - (kjv) - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

John 5:24  - (kjv) - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.

2 Timothy 1:9 - (kjv) - Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

Ephesians 1:3-23  - (kjv) - Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:15  - (kjv) - And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

1 John 5:11  - (kjv) - And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

1 Peter 1:5  - (kjv) - Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Hebrews 5:9 - (kjv) - And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Hebrews 2:10  - (kjv) - For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Hebrews 7:25  - (kjv) - Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

1 John 5:11 - (kjv) - And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Hebrews 6:4  - (kjv) - For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost.

Titus 2:11  - (kjv) - For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Acts 28:28  - (kjv) - Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and [that] they will hear it.

Romans 13:11  - (kjv) - And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.

2 Corinthians 5:15  - (kjv) - And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

1 Peter 1:10  - (kjv) - Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you;

Acts 16:31 - (kjv) - And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shal be saved, and thy house.

1 John 4:9  - (kjv) - Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Titus 3:5  - (kjv) - But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

2 Timothy 1:10 (kjv) - But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel;

Peter 3:18-22 (kjv) - For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

Hebrews 11:6 (kjv) - But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Acts 15:11 (kjv) - But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

Acts 13:39 (kjv0 - And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

John 6:35 (kjv) - And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Revelation 21:6 (kjv) - And he said unto me, It is done.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Ephesians 1:3-5 (kjv) - Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:

Galatians 3:1 (kjv) O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched  you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you.

Galatians 2:16 - Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (kjv) Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

John 15:5 (kjv) - I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:4 (kjv) - Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

John 10:16 (kjv) - And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must  bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd.

John 6:47 (kjv) - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

Amos 5:4 (kjv) - For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:

Psalms 7:7 (kjv) - So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

Revelation 7:10 (kjv) And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

James 2:18 (kjv) - Yea, a man may say,  Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Hebrews 13:8 (kjv) - Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

1 Timothy 1:16 (kjv) - Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to everlasting.

Ephesians 2:10 (kjv) - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.....Acts 3:19. Bible sermons Repent & Be Saved, Repent Bible versesActs 3:19 (kjv) - Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

John 20:31 - But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 6:44 (kjv) - No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 3:3-12 (kjv) - Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Romans 5:8 (kjv) - But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

John 15:1 (kjv) - I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

John12:36 (kjv) - While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.  These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

John 11:25 - Jesus said unto him, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 Bible articles on repenting, sermons Repent & Be Saved, Repent Bible versesJohn 8:24 (kjv) I said therefore unto  you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins.

John 6:65 (kjv) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

John 6:47 (kjv) - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

John 5:25 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.


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