Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Vanity of Vanities!

Part 12 Forgotten sins


1. Self-love: Loving one’s own self; preferring  and thinking highly of one’s own self; self-esteem, self-respect, arrogance, conceit.

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” 2 Titus 3:2

“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” Proverbs 26:12

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:3,10,16

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” Psalm 8:4

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:” James 2:8

2. Self-will: Willful or obstinate persistence in following one’s own desires or opinion.

“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” 2 Peter 2:10

“They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;” Psalm 49:6

“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.” Proverbs 26:12,16

“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;” Titus 1:7

3. Heady: Headlong, precipitate, impetuous, violent; passionate; headstrong; ‘hurried
on with passion.’

A. Headlong: With unrestrained course; without regard to where one is going; precipitately. Rushing forward impetuously; wildly impetuous. 

B. Precipitate:  Of persons, or their dispositions,  etc.:  Actuated by violent or sudden impulse, without deliberation; acting with excessive or  unwise haste; over-hasty, rash, inconsiderate, headstrong.   Impetuous. Acting with or marked by great,  sudden,  or  rash  energy; vehement, violent, passionate, ardent.

“Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” 2 Timothy 3:4

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:8-9

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17

“Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.” Proverbs 19:2

4: Scorn: To treat with ridicule, to show extreme contempt for, to mock, deride. To
hold in disdain, to contemn, despise.  To feel it beneath one, to disdain indignantly to do something. 

 A. Scorner:  One who scorns, derides, mocks or contemns; esp. one who
scoffs at religion. 

B. Contemn:  To treat as of small value, treat or view with contempt; to despise, disdain, scorn, slight.

“Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.” Proverbs 22:10

“The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.” Proverbs 24:9

“For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.” Isaiah 29:20-21

“Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.” Proverbs 19:25

“When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.” Proverbs 21:11

(there are many more verses on scorn, this is just a few!)

This is saucy, disrespectful, haughty, and arrogant  attitude,  speech,  or conduct.

5. Swelling: Inflation by pride, vanity, etc.; proud, haughty, or indignant feeling; also,
proud or arrogant behavior or talk, swagger; puffed up.

“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

“For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.” 2 Peter 2:18

“These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” Jude 1:16

“But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.” 1 Corinthians 4:19

“And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.” 1 Corinthians 5:2

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,” 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,” Colossians 2:18

6. Without Understanding: Acting without knowledge; senseless, foolish; morally reprobate.

“Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:” Romans 1:31

“Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.” Job 34:35
“Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.” Job 35:16

“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.” Job 42:3

“But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.” Proverbs 6:32

“And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,” Proverbs 7:7

“He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.” Proverbs 7:22-23

“Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.” Proverbs 9:16-18

“Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.” Proverbs 19:2

“For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” James 1:24


Self-love  is  one  of the most popular “cures” of our generation that is said to solve most every ill. Teachers teach it, psychologists laud it, James Dobson prescribes it, and all against the Bible!  There is no longer any rebuke or punishment  for  pride  and  selfishness,  which  are synonyms for this evil attitude about oneself. The message  of Christianity is  to  love others as much as we already love ourselves, for our natural love of self is very great. Self-will is rebellion and stubbornness. The man who thinks he is wise is more dangerous than a fool. There is safety in a multitude of counselors, not in thinking you have a good idea about anything. The human heart is very deceitful, and you need to check your ideas with others, who may not be emotionally or financially involved. It is wisdom to subject all your thoughts to the judgment of other wise men. Emotional reactions, rash purchases, wild speeches, impetuous decisions, and impulsive actions are all examples of the sin of being heady. God expects us to be sober, calm, circumspect, cautious, careful, slow, prudent, discreet, and wise. A scorner hates being  corrected,  instructed, reproved, or warned. A scorner also hates the one doing the correction. Fools are dumb and ignorant; but scorners are much worse. Scorners are closer to the sons of Belial despised in the Bible. A scorner actual despises learning, wisdom, and change due to an arrogant haughtiness  and profane wickedness of spirit. They cannot be helped. They are to be avoided at all costs. The only hope for peace is to get rid of scorners! Swelling is a puffed up, blown up, swelled up opinion of oneself, which should be expected with all the emphasis on self-love, self-esteem, and self-confidence. Without understanding is action without thinking. This is a scornful rejection of instruction and learning, especially in a moral or spiritual sense. This is a synonym for Solomon’s fool. Lord help us to be humble and to love Thee and Thy children better than ourselves!

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