Does Matthew 5:29-30 Literally Mean We Should Gouge Out Our Eyes If They Cause Us To Sin?

Does Matthew 5:29-30 Literally Mean We Should Gouge Out Our Eyes If They Cause Us To Sin? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes: 

Principles:

  1. The Bible should not be interpreted literally; it should be interpreted correctly.
  2. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is teaching about “Kingdom righteousness, Kingdom living, and He is emphasizing how you don’t want to miss out on the Kingdom.
  3. We won’t be admitted into heaven by mutilating our flesh. We are made righteous by trusting in the work of Jesus on the cross.
  4. We must take the war against sin seriously.
  5. While we shouldn’t cut our eyes out, we should cut our eyes away from things that cause us to lust.
  6. If we got to heaven by chopping off those things that cause us trouble, then we would have to cut out our heart.

Scripture:

“If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you;  for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5:30

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.” Mark 7:20

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,…” Mark 7:21

“deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.” Mark 7:22

“All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”   Mark 7:23

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.”   Romans 3:10-11

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’”   Luke 9:23

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?”   Job 31:1

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”   Galatians 2:20

Additonal Resources:

Is There Such A Thing As Unforgiveable Sin?

Are There Different Levels of Sin?

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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says, “Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead” In Matthew 8:22?

What Does Jesus Mean When He Says, “Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead” In Matthew 8:22? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Principles:

Principle 1:
When we prioritize things of this world over knowing and following Jesus it does not go well for us.

Principle 2:
It does not bring blessing when we try to work Jesus into our worldly interests. This is being double – minded.

Principle 3:
We should not prioritize our personal interests or our family’s interest over our commitment to Jesus.

Principle 4:
We are to honor our father and mother, but we are not to honor them more than we honor Jesus.

Scripture:

Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Matthew 8:19

Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Matthew 8:20

Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” Matthew 8:21

But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:22

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.” Exodus 20:12

“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26

Check out the show notes for a link to the previous episode:
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Hate Your Family in Luke 14:26?
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Need hope and perspective? Consider the position of Jesus’ father, Joseph

That makes whatever we are facing seem a little less overwhelming, doesn’t it? 

Need hope and perspective? Consider the position of Jesus’ father, Joseph

That makes whatever we are facing seem a little less overwhelming, doesn’t it? 

Whatever challenges you face as you head into 2020, but I am certain they are not as great as the one Joseph faced over 2000 New Years ago. 

“Hey Joseph, there’s a bit of a situation with your fiancé, Mary. Now don’t freak out—and don’t break up—but let’s just say she’s coming with some baggage. The kind that will arrive in about nine months. By the way, His name is Jesus, and He’s the Son of God.”

Makes whatever we are facing seem a little less overwhelming, doesn’t it? I know you have real issues: broken families, failing health, addictions, unemployment, overwhelming debt, or a host of other problems. But understanding the significance of the news Joseph received in Matthew 1 can provide us a lot of perspective, and a lot of hope. And who couldn’t use a little more of both as 2020 comes crashing onto the scene?

Want some perspective? There is nothing you or I are going to face this year that the good hand of our sovereign Lord doesn’t already know all about. And just like God brought comfort to Joseph in the midst of his confusion, he wants to bring comfort and assurance to you. Your situation might be a result of man’s (or your) rebellion more than God’s revelation, but take comfort in knowing that whatever your situation, the Lord wants to bring insight, wisdom, instruction and peace into your heart as you deal with it.

Need some hope? How about the hope of knowing that the result of Joseph facing his challenge with grace ended up being part of God’s provision to bring grace into the world. Aren’t we glad that this unplanned pregnancy didn’t meet a tragic end, and as a result we can enter into today, tomorrow and even death pregnant with hope?

This year I resolve to know more about God’s perspective and hope than ever before. I invite you to join me. Check out jointhejourney.com and jump into his word daily with me.

Are There Different Levels of Sin?

Are There Different Levels of Sin? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Principles:

  1. There are certainly different consequences to certain wrong behaviors.
  2. We don’t go to heaven because of what we do or don’t do. We go to heaven because we trust in what Christ has done.
  3. All sins separate us from God. All sins demand a gracious work  from a gracious Savior.
  4. A sin is a sin when talking about what separates you from God, but ammends often look different depending on the harm done to the other person.

Scripture:

“Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people,  but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.”   Matthew 12:31

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” James 2:10

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” Isaiah 59:2

“…and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ 

shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” Matthew 5:22

“or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23

“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”   Matthew 5:48

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” James 2:10

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;…” 1 Thessalonians 4:3

“…not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;” 1 Thessalonians 4:5

“and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also  told you before and solemnly warned you.” 1 Thessalonians 4:6

“And in as much as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,” Hebrews 9:27

“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a citadel.” Proverbs 18:19

Additional Resources:

Is There an Unforgivable Sin? https://youtu.be/-YgJbxQJbys

Is There Such A Thing As An Unforgivable Sin? – Version 2 https://youtu.be/DtyqK8ilGa8

Does A Person Who Commits Suicide Go To Heaven? https://youtu.be/ylRE0kLz8p4

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Can You Be a Christian and Not Be Part of a Local Church?

Can You Be a Christian and Not Be Part of a Local Church? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Shownotes:

Principles:

  1. You can be a Christian and not be part of a local church, but you will not become like Christ in the way God intends through the means of grace that God intends until you are part of a local body.
  2. You do not go to church: you become a part of a church.
  3. The Church is a source of sanctification, protection, and a source of glory to Him.

Verses:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“…not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor…” Romans 12:10

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14

 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

“…for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ…” Ephesians 4:12

“…for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33

“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9

 “He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” Colossians 1:18

“…being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3

Other Resources:

How Do I Become a Christian?

Why Did Todd Wagner Write the Book “Come & See”?

What Does the Bible Say About Covenant Membership And Church Discipline?

What Are Altar Calls, and Are They Biblical?

What Are Altar Calls, and Are They Biblical? I answer that question on this week’s episode.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. Altar calls are not unbiblical, nor are they a required biblical act.
  2. Don’t measure the effectiveness of your preaching by the immediate emotional response of the people.
    • Matthew 13:5-6
    • Matthew 13:7,22
    • Matthew 4:18-19
    • Matthew 16:13-17
  3. If someone can convince you of something, somebody else can convince you differently.
    • 1 Corinthians 2:1-4
  4. Good preaching is faithful to the text and tells people the truth about who they are, who Jesus is, and the necessity to respond to Him.
    • Galatians 5:19-20
    • Galatians 5:22-23
    • Acts 2:36-38
    • Romans 10:9-10
    • John 16:8
  5. Pastors are called to make disciples who then identify with Christ through baptism, and to teach disciples everything that Jesus commanded.
  6. You aren’t saved because you come to an altar call, you are saved by a deep, heartfelt belief in who Jesus is and His provision for sin.

Helpful Resources:

1. Can I Lose My Salvation?
2. Can I Believe In Jesus and Not Be Saved?
3. How Do I Know If I am Saved?
4. (SERMON) Salvation

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Is the Enneagram Helpful, Harmless, or Heresy?

Is the Enneagram Helpful, Harmless, or Heresy? I answer that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

 

1. Is There a Biblical “Right and Wrong” On Everything?
2. How Do I know If I Have the Holy Spirit in Me?
3. What is The Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

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What Is “Join The Journey”?

What Is “Join The Journey”? I answer that question in this week’s episode.

Show Notes:

1. Is It A Sin Not To Read Your Bible?

2. What Book of The Bible Should I Read First?

3. What’s The Best Bible Translation?

4. The Bible (SERMON)

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What is Compassion Fatigue?

What is compassion fatigue? Gary Haugen with International Justice Mission (IJM) and I discuss that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes

1. Why Doesn’t God Stop Mass Shootings and Terrorists?

2. How Do You Respond to a Friend Experiencing a Tragedy or Crisis?

3. What Does it Mean to Be in Biblical Community?

4. What Can Christians Do Locally to Fight Global Injustice?

5. Is Modern Slavery Real?

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Don’t Follow Your Passions…Follow Him

As I sat down January 1 to shepherd myself and my kids I decided to come up with a group of questions that we could ask ourselves EVERY DAY to evaluate how we are abiding with the One we profess to follow.  It all starts with daily learning more of Jesus and His ways and continually yielding to His Spirit which dwells in all who believe.  My deep conviction is that as our lives increasingly have full and meaningful answers to the following questions our lives will increase in joy, fullness and serve as a greater source of glory to our King.  I am sure you can improve on my list of questions, but as for me and my house, we are going to purpose to improve our ability to faithfully answer them every day (Matt 6:33-34).  Feel free to add your own….but in all your adding stay focused on using them to sharpen each day the Lord gifts you (Psalm 90:12). Check out more on these by listening to what I shared at Watermark this past Sunday here.  Hope you are encouraged!

LEARN:
What have you done to grow in wisdom and stature today?
What do you know today about God, His Word or His purposes that you did not know yesterday?
What are you going to do differently as a result of what you have learned?

1 Tim 4:7; James 1:22

LEAD:
How is this world or are others better today because you have stepped up and been God’s servant?
When you showed up, how was evil restrained, injustice conquered, love multiplied, captives rescued and/or joy increased.

Luke 4:16-21

LOVE:
What have you done today to make someone else know of God’s great love for them?  Has your motivation for everything been love of God and others?
“May this small act of kindness remind you of God’s great love for you.”

1 Cor 13:1

LAUGH:
Have you laughed out loud today?
Have you laughed uncontrollably?
Have you laughed till you cried?
Have you made others laugh much today?

Prov 17:22

LIVE generously:
How have you shown generosity today?  Who is better off because God stewarded you with His resources?

2 Cor 8:9

LIVE with gratitude:
How have you expressed a heart filled with Thanksgiving today for the multitude of blessings you have received?

Eph 5:20;

LIFT others up:
Who have you encouraged today with a word, a phone call, an email, a note or a card?

Heb 3:13

LEAN on others:
Who are you relying on to spur you on?  Confront you? Shepherd you?
Who has access to your heart? Who faithfully reproves you?  Sharpens you?  Admonishes you when you are unruly?
When is the last time you repented and changed because someone who loves you “smote you in kindness”.

Ps 141:5; Pr 13:20

LIVE it all by faith (by yielding to the Spirit):
What have you done today that only makes sense because you believe in the grace of Christ and the resurrection of the dead?
Have you lived today by faith? By the power of in constant relationship with the Spirit?

Col 1:29; Eph 5:18