A Word to the Reader
It is my intent to remind you my brothers and sisters in Christ, of what Jesus said concerning marriage, for he plainly declared: “"But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 'and the two shall become one flesh'; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. "Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." (Mark 10:6-9) Now, that’s what a marriage is about my friends. So that being said, those who claim to be Christians and do oppose this truth, must be warned of God’s wrath against such. But we must do it in love my friends, in hope that they would see the truth and turn from their sins. Amen.
If we would look closely at the passage above, we would clearly see that it says that a man shall cleave to his wife, not to another man. God at the very beginning instituted the marriage relationship as it should be. We can see this to be true in Geneses where it says concerning the man and woman: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) This is a true God ordained marriage. For only through the male and female union can a couple experience the most intense sexual pleasure and bring forth new life as well. And yes, I mean babies.
Also, we can see a uniqueness of the male and female relationship in that God created woman from the man. So, from the very beginning, the woman and the man were designed specifically for each other. Therefore, it’s only through this type of relationship can we have a true oneness and sexual intimacy. Also, we have the words of Jesus Himself when He spoke to the Pharisees telling them that “from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 'and the two shall become one flesh'; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.” (Mark 10:6-8) So again, we have Jesus affirming that only through man and woman union, can we have a true one flesh relationship.
‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)
Now, I know that there are some who may claim that they were born with homosexual tendencies. And, to be quite frank about it, that may true. I say this because all of us humans are born into sin, being bound by one vice or another. However, even if one was born with such a vice, that doesn't give that person a license to keep indulging in it. Instead, our vises should cause us to cry out to God for deliverance. So, none of us should use this as an excuse to continue in our sin. For we should be coming to God and asking him for help and deliverance instead. For only God can truly set us free from our faults and vises.
So my question is, are you willing to give up what you’re bound to? I ask this because God’s word says that there are some who will not come to the light because they don’t want to change. For the apostle John 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. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” (John 3:19-21)
And I know from my past experience, that I myself didn’t want to come to God because I wanted to do my own thing. For I thought I knew better when it came to enjoying life's pleasures. However, I found this not to be true and came to realize that God is not some a kill joy. God's ways will always bring more pleasure to our lives than when we are wallowing in our sins. And so, it is true with sexual intimacy. For the pleasure that can be receive between a man and a woman is far greater than any other way.
Now, you may have already tried a nominal relationship with the opposite sex, but it somehow didn't work out. But have you tried while having a living relationship with God? I say this because with God, all things are possible. So, with his Holy Spirit residing in you, all things that seemed impossible before are now possible through Him. So please turn and follow His plan and design for you because believe me, you will not regret it. (Matthew 19:26)
Now we come to the consequences for being disobedient and following after sin. For God word says: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.” (Romans 1:18-19) Then Paul goes on to reveal what some of those vises are saying: “Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” (Romans 1:27)
And what is that recompense that they received because of their error? Well, if you visit https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/data-and-trends/statistics, you can see that the overwhelming majority of HIV carriers are homosexuals (for a PDF version click here). I do believe that this is part of the wrath of God that’s revealed from heaven against this ungodliness. So, for all you homosexual men, turn your heart to God and be delivered from this sin for your own good, and for the good of others as well. Amen.
So, in closing I would like to say that the homosexual act, unless its repented of, is a sin that can keep a person from entering into a true relationship with God. And not only that, it can keep one from entering the kingdom of heaven as well. For God’s word says: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites” (1 Corinthians 6:9)
So, for all who are caught up in this sin, just simply confess from your heart that you have sinned before God and then turn away from that sin. For only then will he forgive you and wash you clean by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. And please remember that God will give you the strength to overcome anything you are caught up in. For it’s by his Spirit we receive the strength to put away our sins: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:13-14)
So, come to God today seeking Him with your whole heart. For Jesus said: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Amen, God is so Awesome. (John 6:37)
Some scripture reference on this topic:
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:24-25)
A word to the Reader
I know that there are those of you who are the innocent party who may be going through, or even have gone through a divorce that you didn’t want. I also understand that there are those of you who are the guilty party that made this mess as well. But there is hope for all of you. I say this because God can and will give you the strength to do what is wright if you’ll just follow his leading. So please, consider what’s being said here and test it with scripture itself. Because there are those who are leading fellow Christian astray by watering down the word of God when it comes to Divorce and Remarriage.
With all the confusion that’s going on regarding divorce and remarriage, I feel compelled to do a biblical overview of what God’s word clearly says. If we, (and especially those men who are leaders in the church) would make it our aim to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” we would all come to the same sound conclusion. For we must remember that a person’s eternal destiny could be at stake here. (2 Timothy 2:15)
And yes, there are those may who may not like what I’m saying and may even get offended or hurt by it. However, we need to be: “speaking the truth in love” and to remember that the word of God says: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” (Ephesians 4:15, Proverbs 27:6) Therefor let's put away the stereo type, watered down, compromising view of divorce and stand on the word of God. Amen.
In Matthews Gospel, we read that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was confronted by the religious rulers concerning divorce and remarriage. For “The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it 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 the two shall be one flesh? Therefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man separate.” (Mat 19:3-6) But being not content with that answer, “They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?” (Mat 19:7)
The Lord Jesus then makes a statement that may have caught them off guard saying: “Moses because of the hardness of your hearts allowed 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 is put away doth commit adultery. (Mat 19:8-9) It could not be any clearer than this! The sinning husband, the remarrying wife, as well as the one who marries her, are all guilty of adultery if they fail to take heed to the word of God here.
So, we see that Jesus Christ made it very clear what the standard for marriage should be. And that is a man and woman would be together for life. But because of their hard hearts, Moses allowed them to put away their wives. For Paul said: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” which would include the act of divorce. (Romans 1:28-31) However, Jesus came to set things back to their proper standard by saying: “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mark 10:9)
Now before moving on, we must take a look at the difference between fornication and adultery. Fornication is any sexual act committed ether by a man or a woman that doesn’t line up with the word of God. This could include a married woman who is have sex with another man. However, we see adultery being committed when the marriage relationship is severed. This we see taking place when a man puts away a faithful wife and marries another, or when a wife who is put away remarries as well. And let’s not forget about the wife who puts away her husband and remarries. All these are severing the marriage relationship and thus committing adultery.
So, we should not believe the false notion that the word fornication in Matthew 19:9 is only referring to an act that happened prior to the marriage. I say this because there are those who teach this. But if we do a close study of the scriptures, we would see that it can include any sexual misconduct that occurs during or before the marriage. We can see this to be true where the apostle Paul speaks out against the man who is having sex with his father’s wife saying: “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.” (1 Corinthians 5:1)
So again, we see that Paul uses the Greek word for “fornication” and not “adultery.” This should make it clear that the word “fornication” can be used to describe any unlawful sexual act, including that which is committed either before or during the marriage as stated earlier.
Below are some scriptures that show that fornication can include the act of adultery as well.
Now, there may be some challenging what I just said about fornication. For in their own reasoning they would say: “this is not true because any sexual misconduct during the marriage was dealt with by stoning.” And yes, even though this may have been generally the case, we don’t always see this happening. For God has made exceptions both in the Old Testament as well as the New. For was not David and Bathsheba spared the death penalty for their unlawful sexual misconduct? (2 Samuel 11) And did not Jesus Himself show mercy to the woman who was caught in the very act of adultery as well? (John 8:3-11) Both these cases were normally dealt with by stoning; however, we see God showing his mercy and forgiveness instead. For throughout the Bible we see God’s grace being displayed both in the Old Testament as well as the New.
Now, there is a Bible passage that reads: “But if the unbelieving departs, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.” (1 Corinthians 7:15) So, is this really some “exception clause” that’s giving a Christian the freedom and right to divorce and remarry because the unbelieving spouse deserted them? For notice first, that Paul uses two different Greek words in this chapter. For one is bondage (mentioned above) which means to make one a slave, and the other is bound, to tie the knot in a sense which is a reference to a marriage relationship.
So, that being said, marriage is a mutual commitment that binds two people together, but bondage is something that make your life miserable which could be the case if you're married to an unbeliever. And please remember that in the verses 12 through 17, Paul is only giving his advice. For he admits that he didn’t receive this from God. For he says: “But to the rest speak I, not the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:12) And so this is what Paul’s statement is based on. Paul is only giving his advice for their current situation. However, he is not giving any Christian the right to divorce that person, let alone to remarry. For that would be a contradiction to what Jesus said.
And just to clear things up people. What’s the difference between what Jesus said concerning one who put away a spouse and Paul’s statement concerning the unbeliever who dumps their spouse? For it’s just as much an act of desertion in Jesus statement as it is in Paul’s. For Jesus does not tell us if the person who is putting away his wife is an orthodox Jew or a heathen gentile. Putting away your spouse for someone else, is an act of desertion no matter if one is a believer or a nonbeliever. So please people, stop trying to find some loophole in all this. If you divorce and remarry, you are committing adultery.
So again, this should make it clear that this passage (and I know I’m repeating myself) is not giving any Christian the right to divorce let alone to remarry. For this passage is only allowing the unbeliever to leave so that the believer can finally live in peace. However, this believer should be praying for their unbelieving spouse to come to know Christ and for their marriage to be restored. Now, I know that there may be times that a woman would flee from her husband for her safety and her children. But even here, the Bible says that she must remain single or be reconciled back to her husband. (1 Corinthians 7:10-11)
Now we need to be clear on something else, and that would be who has the right to divorce. For if we study the word of God, we would see that only the man has the legal right to divorce, but never the woman. For the woman is bound “to her husband as long as he lives.” (Romans 7:2) We can see this to be true in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 24, as well as in Jeremiah chapter 3. And in the New Testament, Jesus only mentions that the man has the right to divorce his wife in Matthew chapter 5 and 19, Mark chapter 10 and also in Luke chapter 16.
This would also be true even if there is another woman in the man’s relationship. For there is no scripture in the entire bible that would allow a woman to divorce for this. For Jesus only condemns a man for replacing his wife for another. However, he never condemns a man for adding another wife to his relationship. For we must remember that God allowed men (even those of faith) to have more than one wife as well as concubines. The only exclusion would be for those men who want to be Elders or Deacons in the New Testament church. This would make sense because they may never have time for the ministry. For it can be hard enough having one honey-do-list, let alone having them come from multiple wives. And just to make what I’m saying clear, there are guidelines both in the Old and the New Testament that pertains to those who may want or already have more than one wife. (Exodus 21:10, Deuteronomy 21:15-17, Leviticus 18:17, 1 Timothy 3:2,12, Titus 1:5-6)
So, am I encouraging a man to have more than one wife? Well, let me say this. Everywhere we read in the Bible of a man having more than one wife, there were issues between the women. And let’s remember that God said “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:7-9) So, even though this passage is mainly pertaining to the permanency of the marriage relationship, it’s still showing us that the ideal relationship would be for a man to have only one wife. So, my personal my advice, be content with one wife.
"They say, 'If a man divorces his wife, and she goes from him and becomes another man's, may he return to her again?' Would not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; Yet return to Me," says the LORD. (Jeremiah 3:1)
In Jeremiah chapter 3, we see God using an illustration that involves an adulterous wife who has many lovers. This he does to show Israel how they have backslidden from him and turned to foreign gods. Here we see him pleading for her to put away her sin of harlotry and return to him. What’s interesting in this illustration is that even though he gave her a certificate of divorcement, he still says “I’m married to you” in Jeremiah 13-14. This shows us that even if a woman is divorced and remarried, her true husband will always be the first man that she was married to. Therefore, as long as a previously married woman remains is in the arms of another, (whether she’s legally married to him or not) both she and that man are committing adultery. The only exception to this would be if her former husband has died. (Romans 7:2-3, 1 Corinthians 7:39)
We can see this also to be true in Deuteronomy 24:1-4 were Moses allowed a woman to be divorced and remarried because of their hard hearts. For in these verses we see the Hebrew word “possessor” being used in reference to her first husband. However, we don’t see that word being ascribed for the second husband that took her in to be his wife. So again, we see that the woman’s first husband is her true husband.
Now, we must remember that Moses allowed a man to divorce his wife because of their hard hearts. For Jesus said: “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.” (Matthew 19:8) So we see that in the beginning Jesus said: “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mark 10:9) Paul the apostle says something of the same thing when he said: “A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives.” (1 Corinthians 7:39)
Now in all this we see Jesus reestablishing that which was from the beginning by not allowing any divorce to take place at all, except if a wife commits fornication with another man. However, just as we see God in the book of Jeremiah chapter 3 saying that his wife (Israel) “played the harlot with many lovers” (3:1) and that he has “put her away, and given her a bill of divorce,” (3:8) yet he still says to her after all this: “return” (and for what reason?), “for I am married to you.” (3:14)So, this should be a reflection of the heart of a true loving husband for his sinning wife as well.
So, shouldn’t those of you who are caught up in such a mess be trying to reconcile your marriage? For as long as you’re in the wrongful arms of another, you are committing adultery and heading down a road that could lead you straight to hell. (1Corinthians 6:9) So, for all you men out there, be a man after God’s own heart and do your best to reconcile your marriage, even if she’s the one who played the whore. (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22) And for you women, do your best to reconcile your marriage as well, regardless who did the wrong.
So, what should you do if you're in a marriage relationship that you don't belong in, even if there are children involve? Well, shouldn’t you be obeying the word of God. Let us also remember what the children of Israel did when they realized that they disobeyed God by marrying foreign wives who even bore children to them. For they said: “We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.” (Ezra 10:2-3)
Now, even though they married these women, some who even bore children to them, they did what was right and separated themselves from them. So, for all you men who are in the arms of a woman who’s first husband is still alive, you are committing adultery even though you may be legally married to her. And this goes for all you divorced women who are married to another man. So please, don’t let anyone tell you that it’s okay to stay together in this relationship. For doesn’t the word of God say: “let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts?” (Hosea 2:2) So that being said, shouldn’t you be standing on the word of God and not the watered-down teachings of man? I urge you all to pray and seek God’s strength to take the next step and put away your sin from you. For only then can you finally have true peace and be truly walking with the Lord.
Now there may be some who think that two wrongs don’t make a right. But you must not look at it from the perspective that a “divorce is a divorce” no matter how you look at it. For we must consider how does God see it, and according to his word it’s an act of adultery. And we know that God doesn’t except or allow sin in our life. For throughout the Bible, God tells us to put away our sins from us. (Ezra 10:3, Hosea 2:2, John 5:14, John 8:11) For true faith in God is not only to trust him for our salvation though Christ, but to turn away from our sins and obey him at what he says, even if it hurts. So that being said, we shouldn’t even recognize this second relationship as a legitimate marriage but an act of sin. For a true marriage would only be what “God has joined together” which wouldn’t be an adulterous relationship. (Mark 10:9)
But there is also something that we can’t overlook here, and that would be “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” (Galatians 5:8-9) So, to allow those who are in this situation to remain in that relationship would only encourage others to follow suit. Because the reasoning would be, “if God allows them to do it, why can’t I get remarried, for after all God understands my situation, right?” Well yes, God does understand your situation, and that’s why Jesus said if you remarry, you are committing adultery and sinning against God.
So again, Jesus said: “But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.” (Matthew 5:32) Now, doesn’t this make it clear that both the divorced woman and the man who marries her are committing adultery? I do believe so. So, can we truly say that Jesus wouldn’t condone this type of union? I do believe so. Then why would God allow them to remain together if they repented of this? Would Jesus allow two legally married gay men, who may even have adopted children to remain in that sinful relationship if they later repented of it? Of course not. Therefore, if these couples would remain together, they would only influence others to follow likewise and cause sin to multiply in the assembly of God.
Thus shall it go also with the wife that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another. For first, she hath disobeyed the law of the most High; and secondly, she hath trespassed against her own husband; and thirdly, she hath played the whore in adultery, and brought children by another man.” Then we read: “Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit. She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and her reproach shall not be blotted out. And they that remain shall know that there is nothing better than the fear of the Lord, and that there is nothing sweeter than to take heed unto the commandments of the Lord. Sirach 23:22-27
That’s a heavy passage above for those who are living in error. And let’s also remember what happened to David’s child who was conceived in adultery by Bathsheba who was another man’s wife. For we see that LORD (Jehovah God) stuck the Child and it died. For we read: “Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.” (2 Samuel 12:14-15) So, should we still be asking: “what does it hurt to stay together?” I hope not brothers and sisters in Christ. And yes, this goes for all you nonbelievers as well. For God is not going to let you get away with the sin of adultery as well.
But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life. (Revelation 21:27)
According to that passage above, only those whose lives are right before God will enter His Kingdom. This is heavy brothers and sister in Christ. I say this because there a those who have a “once saved always saved” mentality. These same people preach a watered-down version of the Gospel which allows for sin in one’s life. We can see this to be true by those who encourage a divorced and remarried couple to stay together in adultery. However, we know that no adulterous person is going to enter the Kingdom of Heaven as mention before (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
First, let’s consider what Jesus said: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) So we read that Jesus said only a “few there be that find it.” Now let’s also consider what Peter said: “So Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34-35) So, Peter said that “he who fears him and does what is right” is accepted by God. So that being said, let’s do our best to put away sin from our lives (Matthew 5:29-30).
Also, we have the apostle John’s own words which he said: “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:7-10) Then he goes on to say: “We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.” (1 John 5:18) But thank God John also said: “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2) So, if we do error and repent, God is ready to forgive us of that sin. But this is not giving us a license to continue in our sin. Amen.
So that all being said, let’s also take heart to what Jesus said. For in a sense he told us that it’s better to yank you eyeball out of its socket or take a butcher’s knife and cut off your hand or your foot if it’s causing you to sin and be thrown into hell. This shows us that God is not going to tolerate those who continue in sin, whether they claim to be a Christian or not. And let’s remember that Satan at one point was an angle of God. However, he rebelled against God along with other angels who sided with him as well. This shows that all angelic beings have a free will just like us here on earth. And we know that during the resurrection, we who are in Christ are going to be as the angels according to Jesus own words (Matthew 22:30).
Therefore, we are going to have a free will as well brothers and sisters in Christ. So, do you think God is going to take a chance on anyone who refuses to put away their sin here on earth. I’m convinced that God doesn’t want a repeat of what happen with Satan and the other rebellious angels. If you’re inclined to continue living a life of sin here on earth, then you’re most likely going to continue living a life of sin in the after life as well. And I’m convinced that God’s not going to tolerate that with anyone, whether they claim to be a Christian or not. This earth is our testing ground to see who is worthy of heaven or of hell. So please brothers and sisters in Christ, put away your sin of adultery. For God said no adulterer is going to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (1 Corinthians 6:13).
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
The Lord Jesus Christ took our sins upon himself. So, for all of you who are going through this mess there is hope, even for those of you who must get out of that adulterous relationship you’re in. For God our Father will never let you have true peace as long as you're in the arms of someone you don’t belong to. That’s because he loves you and doesn’t want you to die in your sins. So, please take the steps you need today to get yourselves back on the right path with him. For he will see you through, no matter how deep you are in a relationship. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Here are a few videos concerning divorce and remarriage:
"For the LORD God of Israel says That He hates divorce, For it covers one's garment with violence," Says the LORD of hosts. "Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously." (Malachi 2:16)
To the Reader
I would like to remind you my fellow brothers and sister in Christ, what God’s word says both in the Old and New Testament concerning competition “sports.” For if you truly and heartfully consider what’s being said here, you will come to realize that competition sports are built on the foundation of pride which God hates and every trophy held by the victory become and idol of worship as well. And yes, I do mention and quote from the book of Maccabees (found mainly in the Greek Septuagint) which was part of the King James bible for over 200 years. However, it was removed from most of our modern-day version bibles as well as most King James bible sold today. However, there are still a few bible publishers (Cambridge being one of them) who still see it as having enough value to be placed in today’s KJV bibles. Has the lust of sports corrupted the minds of those persons and publishers who had the audacity to consider them unworthy for today’s modern bibles? God knows. Amen
It’s sad to see fellow Christians today so wrapped up in the things of this world. For we are seen running alongside those who are seeking after empty vain pursuits. And one of those vain pursuits is competition sports. For isn’t it true that we hear Christians talk and brag more on their favorite teams than they do on God or any church event. And we see parents spending so much time running their children to-and-fro from one practice to another, thus getting them hocked on it as well. Even church leaders have gotten involved and even boast about their favorite teams from the pulpit. And why Christian, for this is idolatry?
For we see in the books of Maccabees a falling away of the children of Israel who gave themselves to the ways of the Gentiles (Greek culture). And one of those ways was by building themselves a gymnasium and thus giving themselves over to idolatrous sports. I say this because competition sports are based on the pride of man that lusts after victory and feeds on the attention from its onlookers. Just look at the frenzy and cheering of the crowds and the prideful reactions of the players. Again, this is idolatry brothers and sisters in Christ. And the sad part about all this is the fact that fellow Christians as well as our assemblies (churches) are getting involved in this idolatry by holding sport events in honor of it. My fellow Christians whom I love, do you really believe that God approves of this? No, of course not. For we also read in Proverbs that: “He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. (Psalm 147:10-11) So God is not impressed or please with idolatrous sports events.
So again, God isn’t impressed with our athletic abilities such as football, baseball, basketball, soccer or the worlds Olympic events. This is because all these things are built upon the pride of man which God hates. For his word says: “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.” This spoil is referring also to the money or trophies that the proud victor receives in these sports events. (Proverbs 16:18-19) And let’s take note to what Paul said concerting those who run in a race. For we read: “Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable crown.” Notice how he distinguishes “they” (those who receive a perishable crown) from “we” (those of us who receive an imperishable crown). This is a clear indication that it’s only those of the world who should be caught up in the vain, prideful, empty pursuits of sports, and not us Christians. (1 Corinthians 9:25)
Now you may be saying, “why would Paul use an evil illustration to make a point on how we should be conducting our life as Christians.” But I say, why not? Doesn’t Paul also use a thief as an illustration on the return of our Lord? For we read: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2) And didn't the apostle John record the words of Jesus Himself when He said: “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” (Revelation 16:15) So, does the apostle Paul as well as John and even Jesus Himself approve the ways of a thief? God forbid, of course not. And let’s remember that Jesus said: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16) So, even though Jesus may be alluding to being sly and cunning at times, he clearly is not wanting us to do it in a harmful way as the serpent did to Eve.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (Galatians 5:14)
According to that passage above, does football, hockey, rugby, boxing or any other competitive sport show love to your neighbor? Or, can any of the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22 be applied to them as well? And what about the passage that says: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10) So again, can any of these be applied to sports? No, of course not. So why fellow Christians take part in any of them, or even worse, get you children hocked on it as well? For we are to: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
So that being said, let us: “admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.” (Titus 2:1-8) So: “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:9-10)
And let’s not forget how many of our youth have died in football alone. For again, the Word of God says that “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.” So, wouldn’t it make sense to keep a youth away from this? Here below are a few tragic article clippings on youth who have died playing High School Football.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Isaiah 14:12-14)
So again, God hates arrogance and pride because it not only brought about the fall of Satan, but the fall of mankind also. For in Genesis chapter 3:4-6 we read that Eve’s heart was deceived by the Devil’s tempting words, wanting to be like God and thus bringing sin upon her, Adam, and the whole human race as well. And we know because of this folly, God out of his heart of love toward us, had to send his beloved Son Jesus Christ to the cross for our sins. So again, God hates pride and all competition sports are based on pride. Yes, that includes playing sports with you children if it done in a competitive manner. That’s because kids, just like adults, play to win and the only reason they want to win is to show their opponent that they are better than them. This all stems from pride in their hearts. For the Bible says: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” (Proverbs 22:15)
So, by participating in sports activities with your children, you are training them in the ways of pride which God hates. So please don’t go there my brothers and sister in Christ. And those of you who disagree with this, try to think of one sport activity that doesn’t involve the quest to win. And again, the drive to win is to show your opponents that you are better than them. It’s all based on PRIDE which is evil.
So, what camp should we who are in Christ Jesus be in? Is it the prideful and self-seeking who will go into everlasting punishment, or those who are the Kingdom seekers who want to spent their life doing the things which matters most to God? For we must remember that Jesus separated the people groups of the world into two classes. One class is going into the kingdom of heaven, and the other into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. And why, because one class was a people who loved their neighbor as themselves, but the others were a class of self-seekers who were living only for themselves. (Matthew 25:31-46)
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.' "Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' "Then He will answer them, saying, '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." (Matthew 25:31-46)
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Then they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem according to the customs of the Gentiles, and made themselves as the uncircumcision. So they fell away from the holy covenant, yoked themselves to the Gentiles, and sold themselves to do evil. (Maccabees 1:14-15)