Index by Subject

Works of the Flesh: Hatred (Enmities)

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). The works of the flesh, listed in Galatians 5:19-21, are those actions and deeds which spring forth from within those who have not “crucified the flesh with it’s passions and desires” (vs. 24). Not only are these done by the children of darkness who are under the power of Satan (Acts 26:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5), but unfortunately they also are sometimes performed by those who are supposed to be children of light. This is the very admonition of the apostle Paul to these Christians in the region of Galatia. He warns them that “they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”.

This is serious business.

Among these particular works mentioned in verses 19-21, there is one which we shall turn our attention to in this study — it is ‘hatred’. Hatred comes from the Greek term ‘echthra’ (Strong’s, 2189) which means enmity. It is used 6 times in the KJV version of the New Testament. It is translated as ‘enmity’ five times (Luke 23:12; Romans 8:7; Ephesians 2:15, 16; James 4:4), and as ‘hatred’ once (Galatians 5:20). Continue reading » Works of the Flesh: Hatred (Enmities)

They Promise Them Liberty

In 2 Peter chapter 2, the inspired apostle gives us a vivid picture of those who are called false teachers: He warns that they will lead many astray through their destructive heresies; that they will speak deception to those who are escaping from sin; and will entice them through the lust of the flesh. Then, continuing his thoughts (verse 19), Peter says “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.”

 

LIBERTY
Recently, I’ve seen some who profess to be gospel preachers, but instead are like those described by Peter. Rather than standing firm in God’s Word, they teach the weak and unlearned to be less concerned with living righteously and more concerned with loving others. While I do agree that we need to teach how to be more loving, we must not do so at the expense of standing firm in the Truth and Righteousness of the Gospel. Continue reading » They Promise Them Liberty