Wicked Ways to Bring Down the Righteous

Wicked Ways to Bring Down the Righteous

WICKED WAYS TO BRING DOWN THE RIGHTEOUS Isa. 26:10, Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in

the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD. Isa. 32:7, The instruments also of the churl (Rude or wicked person) are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.

2 Pet. 3:17, Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. I. CONFLICT

Phil. 1:30, Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me. Paul speaks of the persecution of Christians. Col. 2:1, For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen

my face in the flesh. Paul speaks of the difficulties of keeping the brethren faithful. UNRESOLVED CONFLICTS BRINGS Displeasure: 1 Sam.

18:8, And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands:

and what can he have more but the kingdom? Disheartening: Unresolved conflict is disheartening. Num. 32:9, For when they went up unto the valley of

Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not go into the land which the LORD had given them. Discouraging:

Unresolved conflict is discouraging. Matthew 5:21-26, 18:1520. These two passages have been placed in the Bible for a purpose. II. CRITICISM

In 1902, the poetry editor of Atlantic Monthly returned a stack of poems with this note, "Our magazine has no room

for your vigorous verse." The poet was Robert Frost. In 1905, the University of Bern turned down a doctoral dissertation

as "irrelevant and fanciful." The writer of that paper was Albert Einstein. In 1894 an English teacher noted on a

teenager's report card, "A conspicuous lack of success." The student was Winston Churchill.

Eccl. 5:2, 3, Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's

voice is known by multitude of Prov. 8:13, The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. To avoid criticism,

do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. In the gospels, Jesus is often criticized.

HOW TO BURY A GOOD IDEA It will never work, We've never done it that way before. We're doing fine without it. We can't afford it. We're not ready for it. It's not our responsibility.

Matt. 9:11, And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? Matt. 15:2, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat

bread. III. CRUELTY Job 30:21, Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou

opposest thyself against me. Psa. 25:19, Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

Heb. 11:36, and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment. Sometimes those who are most cruel call themselves brethren.

IV. COMBATANT ISAIAH SPEAKS OF JUDAHS DOWNFALL Isa. 3:5, And the people shall be oppressed, every

one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.

James 4:2, 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. GODS HOSPITAL

One has been bruised by those he loves. One has been damaged by insult. One has been humiliated by false accusations. Every day in the real world, people are taken to court for slander.

What is often allowed to happen in the church Jas. 1:26, If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Jas. 3:5, Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a

little fire kindleth! Jas. 3:6, And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

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