Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.
~Matthew 12:37, MSG
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, andd those who love it will eat its fruit.
Let me give you another reason why people don’t like the MESSAGE, “It is convicting.” I began reading Matthew on January 1 and I have been convicted of my sin every time I have read a chapter. If you haven’t read the SERMON ON THE MOUNT in the MESSAGE, you need to do so soon. When I read the above verse, I wanted to crawl in a hole and pull the dirt in behind me. I may well be the master of “Careless Words.” I admire quiet people: they make far fewer mistakes. Solomon said, “A fool’s voice is known by his many words.” Solomon also said, “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” The NLT translated this verse, “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” [Proverbs 10:19]
My father here on earth said repeated that my mouth would ruin me and it has come close to doing just that more than once. I asked my brother John how it was that Daddy was such a prophet and he gave a wise answer: “He was just going with the odds, the tongue is what ruins most people.” I think my daddy and my brother were right. James, our LORD’s brother said, “For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.” Jesus was right on the money, “Careless words have a way of coming back to haunt us.” I can understand why monks cloister themselves; sometimes I am tempted to just stay in my office and stay off all social media. My sin for the most part, seems to be public. If I remind in seclusion, I would probably sin less but could I fulfill my mission to love my neighbor as I love myself.
O what a wretched man I am; who can deliver me?
God may be answering one of my prayers without my awareness. I have been praying for God to raise up a leader among Southern Baptist to lead us back to a biblical worldview. I am not fund of any form of Calvinism as you will know but Al Mohler is certainly a cut above the likes of J.D. Greear and Russel Moore. I don’t understand why SB are not highly upset with Moore and Kevin Ezell and NAMB. No one being paid by CP dollars should engage in politics. Ethically, they should not endorse any political candidate. What’s the difference between them and myself–I certainly bash the democrats and have so for 40 years due to their support and promotion of abortion. Grace Point knows my position: I told them up front and they concur with me that abortion is immoral. One way or the other I am accountable to them. I have a feeling that the majority of SB are avidly pro-life and Russel Moore is pro-choice, I assume. What else can you assume from a man who supports the Clintons? They do not need to have ties to the Clintons, Obama or George Soros. I have no ties to the Republican Party or to Trump. I support him and will continue to until there is a reason not to. I will not support a pro-abort no matter what party they belong to. Remember the last election; we voted for the lesser of the evils and we have no regretted our decision. It may be the same in the SBC: Al Mohler may be the lesser of the evils. At least he is not a closet democrat like all the NEVER TRUMPERS. Don’t give me this neutrality crap, Russel Moore is a demo and that puts him out of step with 90% of Southern Baptist.