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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 13, 2018

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“THE DEVASTATION OF THE TONGUE”

 

“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….But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. [James 3:6, 8]

 

It should not surprise us that the horrid list of the condemned who at the end of time who will be consigned to the “lake which burns with fire and brimstone” culminates with “AND ALL LIARS shall have their part.” [Rev. 21:8].

 

Remember the old jingle that our parents and teachers would recite to us when we were small and were reeling from the pain and distress brought on us by a few cruel words?  In their attempt to comfort us they would say something like this, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me.”  Well, we all know now that was surely a big, fat lie!!  The words did hurt. And the older we get, we are still learning of the incredible power and potential of words to smash, and crush and rip a victim to pieces.

 

The devastation and lasting damage wrought by the sins of the tongue are nearly incapable of measurement.  In every church that I have pastored in nearly 45 years of preaching, including this present one, it is the shameless character assassins who lie and gossip and pretend spirituality who do the most to hinder, hurt, and destroy God’s work and God’s people.  These hypocritical, self-deluded liars and cowards often will not rest until reputations are unjustly ruined, lifetime friendships are broken, unfounded accusations and suspicions are cast on innocent people and even sound marriages are sometimes jeopardized. God only knows how often the testimony and ministry of a biblical church may be greatly diminished or even destroyed by these satanically inspired saboteurs.

 

 If this indictment seems harsh, exaggerated, or unnecessary then consider the warnings of God’s word.  Thoughtless and cruel words are said to be like the “piercing of a sword” [Prov. 12:18] and the words of the talebearer “are as wounds” [Prov.18:8].  Some words can be “full of deadly poison” [Jas. 3:8] and like the “bite of a viper” [Rom. 3:13].  James also says the “tongue is a fire” and a “world of iniquity” [Jas. 3: 6].  Two of the Ten Commandments are connected to a warning about our words and in [Prov.6:12-19] when God lists the seven things which He hates and which things are an abomination to Him, three deal with our speech.

 

 Even a hasty study of Scripture will show the Lord’s disgust and hatred of the sins of the mouth. These include such sins as lying, cursing, murmuring, bragging, complaining, flattery, back-biting, threats, nagging, blasphemy, sedition, heresy, gossip, tale-bearing, discord, humiliating, evil surmising, half-truths, slander, evil speaking, etc. etc. etc.

 

The twin of such disgusting and un-Christian behavior is without doubt seen in the person who condones and willingly listens to such unseemly and hurtful discourse.  It has often been truthfully noted that the blighted and pitiful souls who practice or condone such verbal assault are usually latent cowards and absent any spiritual integrity.  These verbal assassins hide in the bushes lest they be discovered. They love to whisper in the shadows but are terrified of being confronted by their targets or the exposure of their treachery.  When they are found out, they sullenly slither off, or move on to another church or seek other empty headed people who will abide them.  

 

God spare us from the tongues of these demon led instigators and spiritual terrorists and all those who enable them. They seem to be everywhere.  God spare us.  SIGHHHHH. WEN

Pastor Ed Nicholson, Grace Baptist Chapel,  Little Summit, PA

 

 

 

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