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December 29, 2005

Actions: Right or Wrong? Updated 4.14.2016

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Dishonesty

  • Matthew 19:18 NIV (Jesus talking about obeying the commandments)…Which ones?, the man inquired. Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony.
  • Ephesians 4:28 NIV He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

Disrespect

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:12 NIV Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish (to give friendly advice to) you.
  • Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Slothful (Lazy)

  • Proverbs 6:9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard (lazy person) ? When will you get up from your sleep?
  • Prov 13:4 NIV The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

Forgetful

  • Deut 6:12 NIV Be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery
  • Deut 8:18 NIV But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
  • Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
  • Psalms 119:93 NIV I will never forget your precepts (commands; orders), for by them you have preserved my life.
  • Hebrews 13:16 NIV And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Disorder

Broken oaths

  • Matthew 5:33-37 NIV (33) Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, “Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.” (34) But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne (35) or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. (36) And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black (37) Simply let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no”, “no”, anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Adultery; fornication; homosexuality

  • Matthew 19:18 NIV (Jesus talking about obeying the commandments)…Which ones?, the man inquired. Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony.
  • Romans 1:24-27 NIV (24) Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another (25) They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen. (26) Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. (27) In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Indulgent (no self restraint, self gratification)

  • Matthew 23:25 NIV Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

Wasteful

  • John 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
  • Ephesians 5:16 NIV making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Hypocritical

  • Matthew 23:27-28 NIV (27) Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. (28) In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
  • Matthew 15:7-8 NIV You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesized about you. (8) NIV These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

Unjust

  • Ps 11:7 NIV For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
  • Proverbs 28:5 NIV Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand if fully.
  • Luke 11:42 NIV Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kind of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.

Disobedience

  • Ephesians 5:6 NIV (talking about not obeying God)Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

Greed

  • Ephesians 5:5 NIV For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person – such a man is an idolater – has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
  • Matthew 6:24 NIV No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Deceit

  • Ephesians 4:14 NIV Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
  • Ephesians 4:22 NIV You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires.
  • Revelation 21:27 NIV (speaking of heaven)Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Shameful

  • Zephaniah 3:5 AMPLIFIED The Lord in the midst of her is uncompromisingly righteous, He will not do iniquity (sin); every morning He brings His justice to light, He fails not; but the unjust person knows no shame.

Glutteny

  • Proverbs 23:21 NIV for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Idleness

  • 1 Thes 5:14 NIV And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
  • II Thes 3:6-15 NIV In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. (7) For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, (8) nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. (9) We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. (10) For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (11) We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. (12) Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.” (13) And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right. (14) If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special not of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed. (15) Yet do not regard his as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

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December 28, 2005

Abortion: A Biblical Perspective

Filed under: Bible Studies — Adam Osborne @ 7:59 pm

As you start to read this, some men and women might not like what is written, therefore will discontinue reading after only a few scriptures. However, please, keep reading, specifically the section entitles “Those involved can be forgiven.” God has provided a path for the forgiveness of ALL sins. God bless…. Adam.


Life is the gift of God

Psalm 139:14-16 NIV I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well (15) my frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, (16) your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

  • God has a plan for each and every soul. From the beginning of time, God’s plan was for procreation. He “gave” us the ability to procreate. Who are we to destroy what he has so wonderfully made?

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.Psalms 139:13 (Amplified) For YOU did form my inward parts, YOU did knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Murder is against God

Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

Genesis 9:5-6 (NIV) And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. (6) Who ever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God created man.

Life begins at conception

Isaiah 49: 1, 5 NIV Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: BEFORE I was born the Lord called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name. (5) NIV And now the Lord says – he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to Him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord and my god has been my strength.

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Exodus 21:22-25 (22) NIV If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows (23) But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, (24) eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, (25) burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

Those involved can be forgiven

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned, and come sort of the Glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…

When does life begin

  • complete genetic individual upon conception.
  • own blood type and system by 14th day.
  • heart beating 28th day.
  • almost all organs formed by 30th day.
  • backbone, spinal column, and nervous system forming by 21st day.
  • eyes formed by 35th day.
  • brain waves by 43rd day.
  • arms and legs move by 42nd day.
  • 56 days: fetus has own fingerprints, can urinate, make fist, can feel pain, muscles and nervous system do body movements; complete body system formed.
  • 84 days: body sensitive to touch, vocal cords complete; drinks, digests, and excretes portions of amniotic fluid; can be taught conditional responses; sleeps and wakes; primitive egg or sperm cells formed.

TEEN RESPONSE TO PREGNANCY/ABORTION QUESTIONS

As Youth Director at a local church, the teens and I got into the “abortion” and “pregnancy” discussion. Here are some questions and comments from a few of the youth

Some teens feel that it would be easier for them to just get an abortion. That way their mother and father wouldn’t find out. They could just do it and no one would know.

Exodus 20:12 (NIV) Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

  • You must tell your parents. No doubt it would probably be one of the most difficult things you have ever done in your life! But, hiding such an important things as pregnancy is not the answer. You can not honor your father and your mother by LYING to them by not telling them the truth. Yes, not telling this is a direct sin.
  • If you are old enough to have a baby, you are old enough to stand up for your actions. Becoming an adult means learning to make the right choice; and when you haven’t made the right choice, confessing it and learning from your mistakes so that you will not do it again.
  • Facing your parents about this will be hard, but if handled correctly, love will soon replace the anxiety, frustration and nervousness you and your parents will have. However, having an abortion is something that will never go away. Most likely you will regret it for the rest of your life.
  • Talk to a religious person your trust. Talk to your pastor, youth director, sunday school teacher, deacon. They are trained in these areas, they can help. They also can help you when it comes time to tell your parents.

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man accomplish much.

Remember, God is there for you. He doesn’t just throw your name out the window if you mess up. If you are truly repentant and seeking his help, he will be there:

Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Some teen age girls feel that their body isn’t physically prepared for child birth yet. They feel that they are so young, they might die if they try to deliver a baby.

  • If you are old enough to get pregnant, you are old enough to go through with the delivery. In very rare cases having a baby at an extremely young age can be dangerous, however, this is very rare.
  • Get a doctor involved immediately. This is another reason why your parents must get involved. They know where to go, who to go to, how, when, etc. A doctor can give you a physical exam which will point out and treat any problems you might have and stop others from occurring. A doctor, in most all cases, will significantly reduce the problems associated with pregnancy.

Some teen age girls feel that a baby would cause trouble between them and their boyfriend. It would drive the boyfriend away.

  • If this is true, you need to know it now. Does this man truly love you or is he just using you? Most likely this will be the first test of your relationship, you will learn a lot about him from this. If this drives him away, then it wasn’t love anyway. Find it out now, not later.

Some teens worry that they are not financially ready for a child yet. It would doom them into a life of poverty.
There are many solutions for this:

  • Sometimes the parents of the teens are willing to help out, let teens and baby live with them, etc.
  • Giving the child up for adoption to a needy couple who are unable to have a child of their own. In most cases the receiving couple will pay for all of the medical expenses, etc. These couples really want the baby and will truly love the child. They are mature and financially prepared for the child.
  • There are special schools now for pregnant teens. This allows you to go to school right up until the day the child is born. Also, there is low or no cost child care available for teen mothers so they can finish their education so that they can become a productive, educated member of society.

Closing Comments:
Before you do anything that will make you face an issue such as pregnancy or abortion, NOW is the time to think about what this means. Having sex before marriage is a sin. It is a choice that you make, no one else! It is the same as looking up at God and saying, “Yes, I know it’s wrong, but I’m going to do it anyway!”

Sex before marriage is a serious temptation to some, while to others it is not such a big deal. There is help for those who are having difficulty in facing this issue:

Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

  • Get involved in the church. Date Christians only. Get involved with an active youth or singles group. See how God can help your mindset.
  • Focus your attention to the bible, God’s written word. You will find strength and renewed energy from this fountain of knowledge. It is there as the answer to every sin or temptation. Your “thought shall be established”. God will take away the temptation, he will direct your mind and energy somewhere else!

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

  • Pray, pray pray. You want the energy to resist the temptation, God can give it to you. Ask other Christians to pray for you, you don’t have to tell them why! Just tell them you have a problem and you want them to pray about it with you.

There is still hope!!! God is still on the throne!!!

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

  • -What ever has happened in the past, it is not too late for you now. God can help you through each day for the rest of your life.
  • -If you have had an abortion or have committed other sins, you can be forgiven and God can give you strength and a renewed life! Many biblical “hero’s” sinned, sinned badly. But, once they truly repented of their sins and returned to God and his teachings, God used them in great ways.

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