A Just Man Falleth Seven Times

by David J. Stewart

"For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. " —Proverbs 24:16

       One of the most forgotten doctrines in the Bible is that Christians at best are still people, and people at best are sinners. There are NO perfect Christians. The great Apostle Paul (although in humbleness he wouldn't have called himself “great”) struggled with sin (Romans 7:14-25). Paul said, “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. ... O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:15,24).

In Psalms 37:23-24 we read that a GOOD MAN still FALLS...

Psalms 37:23-24, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

You're not a bad person just because you've made some mistakes in life. I heard an Alaskan state trooper (whose father was also an Alaskan state trooper) quote his father saying to him, “Most people who get into trouble with the law aren't bad people. They're good people just at a bad point in their life.” I never forgot that statement and I think it's very true.

Job 42:3-6, “Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.”

There are no perfect Christians. One of the things that always makes me sad is when I hear of another preacher or faithful Christian who has stumbled. I always sorrow over the fall of a fellow brother or sister in the Lord.

I recently learned in the news about a longtime pastor who went into adultery. I read in an online forum where a critic said he won't even pray for the fallen pastor, because the girl was 17 years old and he is much older. What a terrible thing to say, that is, that you won't pray for somebody. It makes no sense at all. Why would you refuse to pray for someone that has committed a horrible? It is human nature to categorize sin according to how we view sin in OUR OWN EYES? In God's eyes all sin is equally as bad as the other (James 2:10). Our U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a fetus in its mother's womb is not a human being. God calls them evil liars. Abortion is still murder in God's Book. Everyone has their own book that they live by, but we will all be judged one day in eternity by God's Book (the holy Bible).

The Bible says a just (or righteous) man falleth 7 times, but riseth again. A righteous man DOES sin, because he's still a human being in the flesh. When a preacher sins, hateful critics and self-righteous jerks are waiting to crucify him. It's because they are wicked sinners themselves and hate the preacher for taking a stand against sin all those years. So in retaliation they get even and crucify him (hurting him in every way short of literally nailing him to a cross). It's one thing to require a preacher to step down from a church pulpit as pastor, having forfeited his position because of sin. However, it is another thing entirely when people berate, attack, malign, joke, ridicule, slander, mock and continually condemn such a sinner for the rest of his life.

People will condemn you for your sins until your grave. Yes, they will unfortunately. They condemned king David in the Old Testament, even casting dust and throwing rocks at him, cursing his very name. David came to the realization that people would NEVER forgive him, and so he states in Psalms 51:4, “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” That is human nature. But thankfully, Romans 8:32 reminds us that we have been set free in Christ Jesus, in Whom there is NO condemnation (damnation). Romans 8:34, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us?” The answer is NO ONE... NO ONE CONDEMNETH!!! People can condemn you to the grave, but they cannot condemn you in eternity. The fate of your soul and spirit are solely in God's hands (Ecclesiastes 12:7,14; Hebrews 9:27,10:31).

May I say that no one “falls” into sin. No one “slips” into sin. Rather, we choose to go into sin. Sin is a CHOICE! The abortionists are right in one sense when they speak about abortion as being a CHOICE, because sin is a CHOICE!

No one is born gay. The only genuine gay marriage is between a man and a woman. Homosexuality is a CHOICE, a sin! If you are a homosexual it is simply because you have chosen to become a homosexual.

Children these days are being indoctrinated in government public schools to come out and announce that they are gay. Some children are doing it just to get attention. The spirit of rebellion ALWAYS accompanies the sin of homosexuality, for that is what sin is.

In sharp contrast, as believers we are commanded to confess our sins (1st John 1:9) and to forgive others of their sins in the Lord (Ephesians 4:30-32).

John 16:22, "And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you."

“Yes, our universe is very large, but there is still more to it than what you probably realize. Most people have never considered the amount of energy needed to create a single atom. Powerful bonds hold atoms together and when these bonds are broken, a tremendous amount of energy is released. This energy can be calculated by using Albert Einstein’s historic E=mc2 (See footnote #2 below for more information).

For example, the atomic energy stored in 1 gram (.035 ounce) of matter is equal to the power obtained from 700,000 gallons of octane fuel. (Source: ChemCom, page 309.) For a more dramatic example, the atomic energy stored in the atoms of a 200-pound man is equal to 157,307 atomic bombs (the ones dropped on Hiroshima). For you weightlifters, that's the same as bench-pressing a 500-pound weight over 12 million billion times.

If there is that much atomic energy in a 200-pound man, imagine how much energy was needed to create the whole universe. Imagine the magnitude of the God who created all this. I find it amazing that people actually have the audacity to say that they will boldly stand up to God when they enter eternity. They obviously don’t comprehend the God who created them.

Just as our minds can’t comprehend the magnitude and complexity of the universe, it can’t comprehend the magnitude and complexity of God. Obviously, God is far greater and more powerful than the universe He created. Even though our universe is incredibly staggering in size, it is probably just a minuscule dot in comparison to God’s actual greatness and power. I can’t even begin to imagine how great, majestic, powerful, and awesome our God must be.”

SOURCE: God Is Amazing!














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