August 3, 2013

Column: G. David Henderson: Defining sin

— “Angels’ Food” Devotionals

“... man did eat angels’ food” — Psalms 78:25

Do you agree with God’s definition of sins?

It’s possible that the reader might disagree — even get offended at God or this writer — for God’s definition and impending judgment of “sins” in this devotional.     

1. “Infidel” usually means non-religious persons, but I Timothy 5:8 condemns religious and non-religious parents as “worse than infidels” who neglect the financial and material needs of their children, to purchase illegal drugs and alcohol to feed their addictions.

2. “Idolatry” in Galatians 5:20 and “sorcery” in Revelations 21:18 mean using illegal drugs to invoke Satan and his demons for mental and emotional stability. This shocking truth is seen in that the words “idolatry” and “sorcery” mean “pharmacy” in our English language.    

3. “Murder”: “Hating” someone without killing them (1 John 3:15).     

4. “Robbery” (Malachi 3:8-9): Committed by religious people who don’t give the church 10 percent of their salaries (tithes) to pay all operating expenses to keep the church doors of Jesus Christ open for worship services. Robbery is committed by force with a weapon, thus holding a pistol to the temple of God, demanding from him the 10 percent of your salary (tithe).

5. “Fraud”: When a married mate refuses to give lovemaking pleasures to their mate because of anger, spite or punishment (I Corinthians 7:1-5).     

6. “Adultery”: When the cause of divorce isn’t because of adultery, and they marry others, God condemns the second and additional marriages as “adulterous” (Matthew 5:32; Romans 7:3). Jesus  also condemned sexually fantasizing as “adulterous,” even if such fantasizer is a virgin (Matthew 5:28-30).

7. Feet in our generation angrily and irreverently stomping and kicking through the blood of Jesus (Hebrews: 10:26-31), including hands of followers of Jesus in our generation nailing Jesus to the cross (Hebrews 6:4-6): This happens when present-day religious people forsake Jesus and his church for any reason, other than being too physically handicapped to attend. Hebrews 10:25 commands every healthy follower of Jesus to never forsake worshiping with others inside church buildings. The 2,000 new converts on the day of Pentecost attended church every day!

The Bible nowhere teaches or accepts healthy religious people not attending church as seen in our generation. The last I heard from professional sources, today’s churchless Christians  forever closed 16,800 churches in America in one year, because the few left didn’t have sufficient salaries to pay all operating expenses.   

Christian adults, youth and children in previous generations, while yet alive, had their body parts dismembered, their eyes gouged out, tongues cut out, including tied to stakes and burned to ashes — plus many fed alive to wild starving animals — only because of their love for Jesus, and to keep their church doors from being forever closed; also for our generation to have churches to attend!

The next time you are tempted to stay home from church because of tiredness and sleepiness, remember the unselfishness endured by those pitiful ones in the above paragraph for you to have a church to attend without fear of being persecuted or death.

And no, Jesus seeing you, a healthy person, watching religious TV programs inside your home during church time doesn’t impress him any at all that you are any kind of religious person. One of many reasons Jesus saves every person is to assist him to build, strengthen and increase his church over the Earth (Acts 2:46).

The Rev. G. David Henderson is the pastor of Temple of the Lord at 611 S. Green St. in Dalton. You can reach him at His column appears on the first Saturday of the month.