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 Five Sins That Jesus Hated The most

Just posting this wonderful article by Zac Poonen- in light of Tony's post on pharisees.

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Five Sins That Jesus Hated The Most


As we grow spiritually, we will discover the righteousness of God is not primarily external, and that sin too is not primarily external. When we talk about righteousness, most people think of the standard mentioned in the Ten Commandments.

But righteousness under the new covenant is measured by the life of Jesus and not by any written Law. When we consider the sins that Jesus spoke against the most, we will discover what he hated the most. As we consider five such sins,we will see that none of them are listed in the Ten Commandments!

1. HYPOCRISY
To be a hypocrite is to give others the impression that we are holier than we actually are. It is the same as being false, or telling a lie. Jesus pronounced a curse on hypocrites seven times in Matthew 23:13-29. It is possible to tell a lie without even opening our mouths. Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit without saying a word - when he pretended to be a wholehearted disciple of Jesus (Acts 5:1-5)

Jesus told the Pharisees that their inner life was "full of self-indulgence" (Matt.23:25 -"Woe
to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish (for show), but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence", which meant that they lived only to please themselves. Yet they gave others
the impression that because they knew the scriptures well and fasted and prayed and tithed their income, they were very holy. They appeared very pious externally. They prayed lengthy prayers in public, but they did not pray at length in private -just like many today. It is hypocrisy if we praise God only on Sunday mornings, but do not have a spirit of praise in our hearts at all times.God looks at our hearts. The wise virgins had a hidden reserve of oil in their vessels while the foolish ones had only enough to light their lamps externally and have a good testimony before men (Matt.25:1-4). When we hear of a Christian leader suddenly falling into adultery, we must realize that that was no sudden fall but the final result of a long period of unfaithfulness in his inner life. He had been a hypocrite for a long time!

2. SPIRITUAL PRIDE
Spiritual pride is the most common sin to be found among those who pursue after holiness. We all know the parable of the self-righteous Pharisee who despised others even in prayer.
Luke 18:9-14 - The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thank you that I am not like other men - extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess." And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying,"God be merciful to me a sinner!" I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

It is more than likely that 90% of all prayers offered in public by believers are primarily
meant to impress others who are listening and not prayed to God at all. The Pharisee in the parable may not have been evil like other sinners in his external life. But Jesus hated the pride with which he thought of his spiritual activities and with which he dispised others. It is spiritual pride that makes believers constantly judge other believers.

The tax collector however, who saw himself as The Sinner- worse than all others- was accepted by God. All who have come face to face with God will have seen themselves at some time, as the chief of sinners. Jesus taught that the greatest person in heaven would be the humblest.
Matthew 18:4 - ...whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom...

The greatest virtue found in heaven is humility. We see in the book of Revelation that all those who recieve crowns in heaven are quick to cast them down before the Lord acknowledging that He alone deserves every crown.
Rev. 4:10-11 - the twenty four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: "You are worthy, O Lord, to recieve honor and power;...

Jesus said that even if we managed to obey EVERY SINGLE commandment of God, we would still be unprofitable servants who have not done anything more than what was expected of us (Luke 17:10).
Then what shall we say about our condition when we fall so often!

3. IMPURITY
Impurity enters into our hearts mainly through our eyes and our ears. This impurity then comes OUT from our hearts and expresses itself through the various members of our bodies - primarily through our tongues and eyes. Anyone who seeks to be pure must therefore be especially careful about what he sees and what he hears.
(This is also true for children, who's hearts and minds should be developing pure character.)
Jesus hated impurity so much that He told His disciples that they should be willing to pluck out their right eye and cut off their right hand rather than sin with those members.
(Matthew 5:27-29)

When do doctors recommend the amputation of the right hand or the surgical removal of an eye? Only when things have become so bad that without the removal of these organs, the whole body will die. This is what we need to understand in
relation to sin as well. Sin is so serious that it can imperil our very life. Most believers have not realized this and that is why they are careless in the way they use their tongues and their eyes. We must be as blind men and as dumb men when tempted to sin with our eyes and our tongues. This is the implication of Jesus' words.

4. INDIFFERENCE TO HUMAN NEED
Jesus was angry when the leaders of the synagogue did not want Him to heal a man, just because it was the Sabbath day "He was deeply disturbed by their indifference to human need"(Mark 3:5-Living Tr.), "being grieved by the hardness of their hearts".

We are commanded to do good to all men, especially to the children of God (Gal.6:10).
Jesus taught that those who did nothing to help their brothers who were in need of the basic necessities of life, would be cast out of His presence in the final day.
Matthew 25:41-46 "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave
Me no food: I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take
Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me'...
'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these,
you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." We may not have the gift of healing to heal the sick believers. But we can all certainly visit those who are sick and encourage them. That's all the Lord asks of us.

The rich man went to hell because he did not care for his brother Lazarus, who was a fellow Jew and a fellow son of Abraham. The priest and the Levite in the parable of the good Samaritan, were exposed as hypocrites by Jesus because they did not show compassion on their fellow brother/Jew who was lying on the roadside wounded.
The Bible says that those who see their brothers in need and who are not moved to
help them do not really have saving faith (James 2:15-17). They are only decieving themselves when they say that they are 'born again'. They are not.
Those who do not help their brothers in need cannot possibly have the love of God
dwelling in their hearts.
1John 3:17 "But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need,
and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?'
Jesus spoke out strongly on such matters because He hated the attitude that many religious people had who were concerned only with religious activities but not with helping their needy brothers.

5. UNBELIEF
The four sins that we have already mentioned can easily be identified as sins by all believers. But when it comes to unbelief, almost all believers think of it, not as a sin but as a weakness. And therefore they don't learn to hate unbelief as they hate other sins.

But the Bible speaks of an unbelieving heart as an EVIL heart.
Hebrews 3:12 "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in
departing from the living God;"
Jesus rebuked His disciples seven times for unbelief. (See Mt. 6:30; 8:26; 14:31; 16:8;
17:17-20; Mk.16:14; Lk.24:25). It seems that He almost never rebuked His disciples for anything else!!

Unbelief is an insult to God, because it implies that God does not care or provide for His children even as much as evil fathers on earth care and provide for their children.

There is also a counterfeit faith being preached these days, as a means of getting things from God. But that is not the faith that Jesus preached. He wanted us to have faith to live by, in our daily life. Victory over depression, bad moods and discouragement can only come as we have faith in a loving Father in heaven and in the wonderful promises He has given us in His Word.

Twice we read of Jesus being amazed- once when He saw FAITH and once when He saw UNBELIEF!!
Mt. 8:10 - When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!"
Mk. 6:5-6 - Now He could do no mighty work there...And He marveled because of their unbelief.
Jesus was excited whenever He saw faith in people. And He was disappointed when He saw people unwilling to trust in a loving Father in heaven.

Now that we know-
Many will read an article like this only to point out other's flaws. But what we need to do
is to hate these sins thoroughly in our own lives first. As we discover these sins in our
lives we must crucify them ruthessly.-
Then we will be able to proclaim God's word with authority. Otherwise we will only be a Pharisee
like so many others in the world.


This and other articles by Bro. Poonen can be found here:
[url=http://www.cfcindia.com/cda/mainpages/articles.php]Christian Fellowship Center[/url]


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 Re: Five Sins That Jesus Hated The most

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4. INDIFFERENCE TO HUMAN NEED Jesus was angry when the leaders of the synagogue did not want Him to heal a man, just because it was the Sabbath day "He was deeply disturbed by their indifference to human need"(Mark 3:5-Living Tr.), "being grieved by the hardness of their hearts".

We are commanded to do good to all men, especially to the children of God (Gal.6:10).



I know this is a terrible show, but I saw the opening of it and had to watch it----wife swap. On the show, one of the families presented were millionaire devout Christians, the other a couple of lesbians with a little girl (from a previous heterosexual union).

It showed the opulent lifestyle of the Christian family----they did Bible studies and prayed together, kids worked in the home, yard, etc.......looked great on the surface. However, what was severely lacking was LOVE----the LOVE of CHRIST shining through the mother towards the "lost" family. At the end of the show, I was grieved beyond measure watching as she wielded her Christianity and the scriptures as a weapon of warfare. The lesbian woman (quite nice by the way) was in tears----not due to her own sin, but due to the harshness of the "Christian" woman and false accusations against her. Her "air" of superiority reminded me so much of the Pharisee who was thanking God that he wasn't as bad a sinner as the other "poor soul"........What a lost opportunity for this family. This show added to the growing impression, though false, that truely devoted, bible believing/practicing Christians are nasty, hateful, and false accusers.........big sigh.........


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This show added to the growing impression, though false, that truely devoted, bible believing/practicing Christians are nasty, hateful, and false accusers.........big sigh.........



Wow, indeed! I can't believe this. Another notch on the belt of the enemy.

There are so few true practising Christians today, that the world wouldn't know one if they saw one. Just like they wouldn't/didn't know Jesus when He came. (and neither did the "religious" of the day know Him)

In His love, Chanin

Edit:I'll just keep editing this thing till I get my words right :-?


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one of the families presented were millionaire devout Christians,



that is so depressing to hear...y'know what?...I'm actually getting to hate the devil, and the way he works, and I get sickened by the things of this world...not the obvious stuff, but the sly slick sheen the enemy puts over the poo-poo of the world.

thats why I say, "Brethern, pull those cables out!! disconnect that satelite dish!"

news? yu can get it from a radio.

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At the end of the show, I was grieved beyond measure watching as she wielded her Christianity and the scriptures as a weapon of warfare. The lesbian woman (quite nice by the way) was in tears----not due to her own sin, but due to the harshness of the "Christian" woman and false accusations against her.



oh Lord.

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thats why I say, "Brethern, pull those cables out!! disconnect that satelite dish!"



Yea, but then how would we watch football or NASCAR?

Krispy

 2005/2/10 14:59
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 Re: Five Sins That Jesus Hated The most

This is an interesting Question. Not many talk about sin anymore. Top five hard to do since the Lord hates all sin, but I will give it a go.

5.) Lies
4.) Rape
3.) Murder
2.) Pretending to be a Christian for money and power.
and the number 1 sin is
1.) Unbelief

Now I don't know for sure but this would seem to me to be some of the things, however I doubt there is a top five. I think more that God hates all sin as should we.

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 Re: Five Sins That Jesus Hated The most

Yes, indeed this is a WONDERFUL article. Thank you for posting it more of him.

Sincerely,
Meek Flower

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May the flood gates of Heaven be open and God Almighty creater of the Heavens, and of The Earth poor down such a blessing on you, that you will not have any room to contain it. May the Heavens render open and his glory surround and saturate you in such a way that the unsaved/nations may be drawn to the brighness of your dawn. God Bless You. May the work of your hands be established, as you seek to do his will, and may his glory continue to be your rear guard, amen...

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Meekflower,

thank you for bringing this back up to the front. It is one of my favorite writings. I always go back to a few basic ones and this is one of them.

Thank you also for posting that beautiful prayer!

Surrendered to Him, Chanin


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