WORDS Are Power | Jay Fesperman (2/3)
Having just returned from deep in Africa and heard some of the awful violations of human life put on the natives by their witch doctors, and then coming home to hear this about our American culture, I must say that this “news” from the home-front is by far the grosser and more reprehensible of the two!
And to hear that in our courts of justice, some form of defense can be appropriated for those accused of the most horrible forms of CHILD ABUSE that are coming to light, can you imagine a defense for grown man who has been caught in the very act of sexual abuse of 3 and 4 year-old girls and boys? Isn’t there something in the Scriptures that says, “Those who do such things deserve death“?
Another thing that is so prevalent in our day is the total abandonment of their covenantal responsibilities in marriage, as hundreds (even thousands) of men are simply walking out and leaving their wives and children to take on a sexual relationship with another person. Simply giving up ALL masculine responsibility of husbandship and fatherhood, in order to enjoy very temporarily, the satisfying of their own lusts.
I believe that all the aforementioned degradation is the product of WORDS – words that we hear, read, and have pictured for us in an ongoing onslaught from the instruments of wickedness, such as pornographic magazines, smut sheets, X-rated movies, adult book stores, video tapes and movies, etc.
And there’s a defense for that!? It’s hard to believe so – here in the nation that was Christian nation whose principles were founded on the Word of God. Let me complete that verse, a part of which I have already quoted from Romans, “Although they KNOW God’s righteous decree, that those who do such things deserve death, THEY NOT ONLY CONTINUE TO DO THESE VERY THINGS but also APPROVE of those who practice them“. (emphasis mine)
I feel that I need to share the entire passage of God’s Word from which this quotation is taken. And I am going to do so, but please read it carefully. I know from experience that the devil will seek to have us simply scan these words in a very casual way, because he knows the POWER that is in the Word of God. He does not want us to have these words impressed into our hearts, so he will seek to dissuade you from reading this paragraph, simply because it is the Word of God. But please go on and read the following paragraph slowly. It is God’s Word about these matters which I have mentioned:
“For the WRATH OF GOD is revealed from heaven against all UNGODLINESS and UNRIGHTEOUSNESS of men who suppress the truth in UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they KNEW GOD, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. PROFESSING TO BE WISE, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the INCORRUPTIBLE GOD for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their BODIES WOULD BE DISHONORED among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and SERVED THE CREATURE rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (emphasis mine)
From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Number 40, July 1984.