Part 13 Forgotten sins
In America today, the following sins are EVERYWHERE! The sinners defend themselves by saying they have the right to free speech, or they have a right to their opinion, or those leaders/owners aren’t any better than them (as a matter of fact, they say they are better than the leader, know more, are wiser, etc.) If you have a problem with anyone in authority over you, then you should humbly and respectfully take your problem to them in private. There is no room for sharing rebellion with others under authority. Labor unions are a profane and wicked example of seditious conduct against business owners. But sedition doesn’t stop there! It happens in homes, in churches, in government, etc.! Shame! Then there are tumults. Again, Labor Union’s strikes are a perfect example of this sin. There is no room in any church meeting for raised voices, party strife, or lines being drawn unless absolutely necessary based on specific Bible instruction or precedent. Not ones own preferences and opinions! A sin that is similar to the above, and usually walks hand in hand with sedition and tumultuous behavior, is extortion. This is extreme bargaining in the purchase of something. This is anything akin to blackmail or high pressure to get someone to do something against his will. It does not have to involve force or blackmail to be extortion, as any powerful influence to get another person to do something they do not want to do is extortion. (This can be loosely applied to the seduction efforts by guys or girls against the opposite sex.) Some people pride themselves on always being able to get a “deal” and pressure people into things. In reality they are badgering, swindling, thieves and treacherous and deceitful above all! Lord help us to reject popular opinion of what is right and good and tear out the sins that so easily beset us, rending our hearts and repenting!
1. Sedition: Violent party strife; an instance of this, esp. a factious contest attended with rioting and disorder. A concerted movement to overthrow an established government; a revolt, rebellion, mutiny. Conduct or language inciting to rebellion against the constituted authority in a state.
“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
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?” 1 Corinthians 1:10-13
“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?” 1 Corinthians 3:1-4
2.Tumult: Commotion of a multitude, usually with confused speech or uproar; public
disturbance; disorderly or riotous proceeding.
“For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Corinthians 12:20-21
“And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.” Mark 5:38-39
“And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.” Acts 21:34
“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.” Matthew 27:24
3. Extortion: To obtain from a reluctant person by violence, torture, intimidation, or
abuse of legal or official authority, or by importunity, overwhelming arguments, or any
“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” 1 Corinthians 5:11
“In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 22:12
“Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.” Psalm 109:11
“It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.” Proverbs 20:14