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1 Little Things Mean A Lot Pro.30:24-28 Song of Sol. 2:15 –Little things destroy a lot Garden House “I hate the foxes w. their bushy tails, which numerous spoil the grapes of Mecon’s vines when fall the evening shades” – Theocritus

2 Little Foxes Little foxes in a spiritual vineyard can destroy a soul Most of us will not rob a bank, shoot a neighbor, burn down the courthouse We will be tempted to engage in “little” sins Little foxes spoil the vineyard of morality in self

3 I Little Fox Of Pride Cause 1. Cause of pride: I am better than you! “I have; you don’t” Categories 2. Categories of pride: –Materialistic –Social: status –Intellectual: education –Physical –Spiritual: self-righteous. Lk.18:9-12

4 Consequences 3. Consequences of pride: God hates it Pride focuses on self, not God, the Giver of all good things (Ja.1:17) Fruits of pride produce rebellion and disobedience: –Unwillingness to confess wrongs –Unwillingness to change course (Pharaoh, Felix) –Contentions. Pro.13:10 –Apostasy. 1 Co.10:12. Ja.4:6, 10

5 II Little Fox Of Lying Some oppose the “bold-faced” lie Other types are generally accepted: 1. White lie – Gn. 12 – Ac. 5

6 Famous American Fibs: The check is in the mail Open wide, it won’t hurt a bit I just need five minutes of your time It’s not the money, it’s the principle “Captain was sober today”

7 2. False impression To describe an inept person: –“I enthusiastically recommend this candidate with no qualifications whatsoever” To describe an ex-employee who did not get along with fellow workers: –“I am pleased to say that this candidate is a former colleague of mine”

8 False impressions, cont’d. To describe an unproductive candidate: –“I can assure you that no person would be better for the job” To describe an applicant not worth consideration:– –“I would urge you to waste no time in making this candidate an offer of employment” (Robert Thornton, Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations, or LIAR) Rv.21:8

9 III Little Fox Of Hatred 1 Jn.3:14-18, from greater to lesser –15, murderer sheds innocent blood of another The hater is a murderer who loses his own (eternal) life –16, martyr sheds his own innocent blood for another; this lover passes from death into (eternal) life (14)

10 1 Jn.4:20-21 Brother on earth implies Father in heaven If the seen is unloved, this implies the same for the Unseen (a moral impossibility) Love for the brother is the test of love for the Father

11 IV Little Fox Of Evil Thoughts Mk.7:20-21, context: 1-3, traditions. Answer: 15 –Plato: what enters into the mouth is perishable, but what comes out of it (speech) may be imperishable! –Evil thoughts originate evil acts Pro.4:23. We lock doors, keep money in bank, but must not forget to guard the heart Ph.4:8

12 Society devolves Society does not evolve; it devolves, surrounding us w. immorality (on TV, computer, and newspaper) This constant exposure brainwashes us over time TV programs now _____?TV programs now _____? Video games ______?Video games ______? CEO of corporation ______?CEO of corporation ______? What would surprise you?

13 V Little Fox Of Evil Deeds fornication... foolishnessMk.7:21-23, thirteen sins: fornication... foolishness Rv.21:27 –Just as all the filth of old Jerusalem was carried outside the walls and burned, nothing defiled will enter the heavenly city, but will be burned outside

14 VI Little Fox Of Misrepresentation Some lie under oath to ruin the innocent, others to protect the guilty Pro.12:17; 19:5; 25:18 Ja.5:1-3 –Witness against self! –Corroded supplies, moth-eaten clothes, and tarnished coins prove it was not because he lacked means to help the poor, but because of greed –Our sins witness against us

15 VII Little Fox Of Faction Ro.16:17, cause divisions, “the state of being in factious opposition, dissension” Ga.5:20, works of flesh lead to factions: –Hatred, enmity. Pharisee and Saddu- cees united out of hatred for Jesus –Contentions, engagement in rivalry, especially w. reference to positions taken in a matter, strife, discord, contention”

16 –Jealousies, “intense negative feelings over another’s achievements or success, jealousy, envy” –Outbursts of wrath, “a state of intense displeasure, anger, wrath, rage, indignation” –Selfish ambitions, selfishness, selfish ambition

17 –Dissensions, as Ro.16:17. Even our government has a law against disturbing the peace –Heresies, “a group that holds tenets distinctive to it, sect, party, school, faction” Pro.l6:17-19 –Each category appears in NT –If you were tried for being a Christian…


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