Attitudes not to have as a Christian.

Preface

The ten commandments are a list of sins that illustrate the attitude to have toward others - God's quality of Love!  So the basic wrong attitude is not to express this quality of Love in all you do.

Sin is an offence against God’s Love and its expression through you to others or a lack of faith in Him and His Love for you.   So really the test of an attitude is :

Does it show God’s Love and acceptance to the person? Or,

Does it show you trust God’s Love to you (faith)?

If it does not then it is sin.  This is perhaps the best way of remembering what not to do rather than memorizing the list of wrong attitudes that follow.

Note that sin must be a deliberate act and not just something accidentally done

Tests which will indicate is something is a sin.

Is it in The Bible?

Yes: Then you must obey what The Bible says or it is sin.

No: Then it must pass all of the following.

The Tests used in this book when the belief or practice is not mentioned in The Bible

  1. Does it show God’s quality of Love
  2. Does it give God’s Glory to another
  3. Does it promote Jesus or His Kingdom or someone else

Other sources that may help:

What does the Old Testament say about it

What do the early church documents say about it

Introduction

There are four areas  you can have wrong attitudes in and these all affect you adversely in some way:

To God: Moral things (against God’s Love and its expression).

To Authority: Legal things (Administrative things to enforce the laws of the land or for the smooth running of the place you live in.)

To others:  The way you deal with  the requirements of God and of the authority over the land towards others.

To  yourself: The way you deal with  the requirements of God and of the authority over the land towards yourself.

If you disobey a moral requirement you may go to hell.  If you disobey a legal requirement you get punished in some way that is not of eternal consequence.  If both a moral and legal requirement is in the wrong attitude then you get the worst of both worlds: you are in danger of hell and get an administrative punishment from the authority on earth.

An example that has a moral and also a legal requirement is marriage where the moral requirement is there but also can become a legal requirement if the laws of the land regulate marriage in any way.

The Battle

It is to be remembered that it is a battle between your lusts and your will.  These lusts are stirred up by Satan and eventually may become so desirable to you so he no longer has to do this.  Your will is what you decide and this can be used to stop these lusts if you want to do what The Holy Spirit tells you that you should do.  The decision is yours.

(Jn 7:17) If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

You must desire to do God’s Will if you want to avoid these attitudes.  The decision is yours and yours alone.  You can blame no other but yourself if you end up in hell or do something wrong.

Things to avoid doing if you would be like Jesus:

The following three offences against God effectively stop a Christian in their tracks.  Unforgiveness stoops you getting eternal life.  Fear stops you being used by God and growing in your trust of Him.  Unresolved offences stop God being able to accept everything you do for His purposes.

Unforgiveness Mat 6:12
Fear 2 Tim 1:7
Not sorting out offences against neighbour Mat 5:23

Remember, when you become a Christian you automatically become a target for Satan, the enemy of
Jesus, whose first objective is to get you back into his kingdom (his area of influence) so you will not go to heaven and be with Jesus but worship him in his kingdom.  He also tries to make you ineffective in your Christian like and able to be easily defeated by the attacks of his demons’. So one of the first things you need to know is how to defeat Satan’s attacks against you.  You also need to be able to recognise when He is attacking you.  So this booklet deals with these things.

How to respond to attacks

You can ignore the attack

The demons are still there attacking the person

The attacks keep being repeated

They can be cast out in Jesus' Name

They can still return

The area can still be attacked by other demons

More worse demons can attack

Healing and restoration of any damage they did is not done

You can use the five steps

Attacking demons are removed

They are cast out and sent to Jesus to be dealt with

Jesus is Lord of the area given to Him

The area now belongs to Jesus so is protected by Him

Healing and restoration is done

The Holy Spirit now there in place of demons so they cannot return

The spiritual damage they did is healed

Territory is gained for The Kingdom of God

You only sin if you listen to what Satan suggests

You have to agree with what he is suggesting to sin

If Jesus is Lord of the area he is attacking this will not happen

If Jesus is not Lord of an area use the five steps to make Him Lord of the area attacked

Having sinful thoughts is not wrong if you reject them.

They come from Satan so are an attack

You are not an evil person if you have them as they did not originate from you

They are only wrong if you accept them and do what they suggest you do.

You are only an evil person if you delight to sin and do not want to reject the sinful thoughts

A survey of these wrong attitudes now follows

A list given to those under The Law

The Ten commandments

The ten commandments are a summary of the attitudes we should have towards God and others so they are important as an indicator of how God desires us to behave towards Himself and others.

Exo 20:2  I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

God is our Lord (King) to be obeyed in all things so the first wrong attitude is to rebel against Him because in your heart you do not believe He is God.

Exo 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Because He is the only true God there is no other god to worship unless you believe there are other god's apart from him

You are not to place anything before God's requirements of us or it becomes more important that God so is idolatry.

Exo 20:4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Like the previous three commands this one is against idolatry, a belief that God is not the true God so there are others to worship which is caused by making yourself and your opinion your own God, replacing God and His requirements.

Exo 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Exo 20:6  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Obedience should be out of love and appreciation for what He does for us so a wrong attitude is to not look for God in the events of our daily life so we can see what He has done for us that day.

Exo 20:7  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

God is special so that you cannot treat Him as a normal person you can gossip or slander or ridicule.

Exo 20:8  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.   

Exo 20:9  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

Exo 20:10  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

Exo 20:11  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

One day a week God and the family should be the focus so that the pressures of the world are ignored and God and His Love for you remembered.

Exo 20:12  Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Honour is different to obedience.  means to respect them and serve them which is done out of Love for them with the same Love with which God Loves them.

Exo 20:13  Thou shalt not kill.

Exo 20:14  Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Exo 20:15  Thou shalt not steal.

Exo 20:16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Exo 20:17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

These show a lack of Love to another and is contrary to how God relates to them so is wrong.  It comes from selfishness where your needs or lusts are more important than what God requires you to do.

Prov 6:

16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Each of these attitudes explained:

A proud look: literally one who exalts themselves (pride) above what God elevates them too

A lying tongue: literally deliberately deceiving another by what they tell them

Hands that shed innocent blood: literally someone who knowingly causes the death of another. Manslaughter is not included in this as it is accidental))

An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations: literally someone who in their heart willingly devises wicked things (and these do not necessarily need to be carried out as the heart attitude determines if there is a sin or not).

Feet that be swift in running to mischief: literally one who knowingly rushes to harm another or something they are steward of.

A false witness that speaketh lies: literally someone who knowingly causes strife or perverts justice through lies about  something that happened.  The deliberately misrepresent the truth in part of in whole.

He that soweth discord among brethren: One who knowingly separates people through their actions causing people to think wrongly about a situation or refusing to admit they are wrong so that discord results.

The Sermon on The Mount - What Jesus advised

In the Sermon on The Mount Jesus gave us attitudes to be careful of having.  This not a list as such of deadly sins but advice as to attitudes to have to live as a child of the Kingdom of God:

5:1-12: The first 12 verses describe the positive attitudes a citizen of The Kingdom of God has which we should have.

Mat 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

1. (v3) The poor in spirit are happy. These bring their minds to their condition, when it is a low condition. They are humble and lowly in their own eyes. They see their want, bewail their guilt, and thirst after a Redeemer. The kingdom of grace is of such; the kingdom of glory is for them.

Mat 5:4  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

2. (v4) Those that mourn are happy. That godly sorrow which worketh true repentance, watchfulness, a humble mind, and continual dependence for acceptance on the mercy of God in Christ Jesus, with constant seeking the Holy Spirit, to cleanse away the remaining evil, seems here to be intended. Heaven is the joy of our Lord; a mountain of joy, to which our way is through a vale of tears. Such mourners shall be comforted by their God.

Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

3. (v5) The meek are happy. The meek are those who quietly submit to God; who can bear insult; are silent, or return a soft answer; who, in their patience, keep possession of their own souls, when they can scarcely keep possession of anything else. These meek ones are happy, even in this world. Meekness promotes wealth, comfort, and safety, even in this world.

Mat 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

4. (v6) Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness are happy. Righteousness is here put for all spiritual blessings. These are purchased for us by the righteousness of Christ, confirmed by the faithfulness of God. Our desires of spiritual blessings must be earnest. Though all desires for grace are not grace, yet such a desire as this, is a desire of God's own raising, and he will not forsake the work of his own hands.

Mat 5:7  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

5.(v7)  The merciful are happy. We must not only bear our own afflictions patiently, but we must do all we can to help those who are in misery. We must have compassion on the souls of others, and help them; pity those who are in sin, and seek to snatch them as brands out of the burning.

Mat 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

6. (v8) The pure in heart are happy; for they shall see God. Here holiness and happiness are fully described and put together. The heart must be purified by faith, and kept for God. Create in me such a clean heart, O God. None but the pure are capable of seeing God, nor would heaven be happiness to the impure. As God cannot endure to look upon their iniquity, so they cannot look upon his purity.

Mat 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

7.  (v9)The peace-makers are happy. They love, and desire, and delight in peace; and study to be quiet. They keep the peace that it be not broken, and recover it when it is broken. If the peace-makers are blessed, woe to the peace-breakers!

Mat 5:10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Mat 5:12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

8.  (v10-12)Those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake are happy. This saying is peculiar to Christianity; and it is more largely insisted upon than any of the rest. Yet there is nothing in our sufferings that can merit of God; but God will provide that those who lose for him, though life itself, shall not lose by him in the end.

The rest of the sermon lists attitudes that God does not desire you to have.

5:13-20 Hiding the truths of God because of fear of any kind.

5:22 Anger at anyone without a just (Godly cause.  In other words it is not righteous anger).

5:27 Lusting after women either married or single.

5:33-37 Lying and deception of any kind in your speech.

5:38-42 Loving the things of the world more than people.

5:43-48 Not loving all people as God Love’s them.  (Hate the sin but love the sinner).

6:1-4 Give from your heart because you want to not because you want people to see you do it.

6:5-15 from the Lord’s Prayer

Pray and worship to God alone and no one else

Desire His things (His Kingdom)

Do not pray so man will approve it but to God alone

Let your needs come from God and not from your own reasonings as to what you need.

Do not have unforgiveness

Seek to do God’s Will and not your own

6:16-18 Do things to please God not to obtain man’s approval

6:19-33 Don’t aim to be rich on earth but set your desires and objective to the things of God. Set your objectives on knowing God and His Will for you.

6:24 You should not try to obey God while at the same time desiring to do that which is not Godly or in His Will.

6:25-34 Don’t worry about anything.  trust God’s Love and Provision.

7:1-6 Do not judge others condemning them.  God does not do that but they condemn themselves Mat 12:36

7:7-12 Treat others with the love you would have them treat you with.

7:13-14 Discipline yourself to follow the path God has prepared for you.

7:15-23 Do not listen to people who claim to represent God but whose lifestyle show they do not follow Him.

7:24-28 Build your life on the truths of Jesus.

The list given to Paul by The holy Spirit in Galatians

Gal 5

 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

 21 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.

Each of these attitudes explained:

Sexual sins

Adultery: Sex or wrong sexual thoughts about another of the opposite sex that you are not married too.  They do not have to be carried out these wrong thoughts just dwelled on.  In other words you know they should not be thought about but they give you pleasure so you don’t reject them as quickly as you should  (Math 5:29-32).

fornication: Literally ‘pornea’ from which pornography is derived.  Wrong sexual thoughts or activities outside of marriage.

uncleanness: things that are impure morally.  Doing things that spiritually defile a person and makes them unfit to approach God.

lasciviousness: literally Unbridled sensuality (not just sexual but in other areas of sensuality such as drugs, food etc).  Anything in excess could qualify.

Sins or worship

Idolatry:  Anything knowingly put before the Will of God

witchcraft:  Anyone using drugs or demons to control another in any way.  This is different to Satanism which is the direct worship of Satan and is idolatry and also  different to the new age which is the worship of demons masquerading as beings of light and knowledge, also idolatry.

Sins of disorder

hatred: One who unreasonably opposes another or is hostile to them.

variance:  One who knowingly opposes the truth and causes dissension and strife by this.

emulations: fiery jealousy of another

wrath: uncontrolled, unforgiving anger at another.

strife: one who knowingly causes division or factions in an assembly

seditions: One who causes others to reject lawful authority either moral or legal

heresies: One who promotes their own incorrect beliefs about God at the expense to the truth

envyings: One who has ill will towards another because of jealousy over something as they are covetous of what the person has been given by God.

murders: One who kills another (and remember it may only be the desire of our heart but you are guilty as if you had done it physically).

 

Sins of sensual pleasure

drunkenness: One who is intoxicated through indulgence and not necessarily from just alcohol.  Lasciviousness is emotional drunkenness while this is physical drunkenness.

revellings: Excessive ungodly behaviour for the sake of pleasure.

and such like: Anything like the above that puts your wrong desires before God.  In a sense a wrong attitude is idolatry as you place your desires before that of God.

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.

Those who do not listen to the warnings will end up in hell.

 The list given to John by Jesus in the book of Revelation

Rev 21: 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

fearful: Those who do not have the courage to believe in Jesus and His promises so they do not declare Jesus or His promises to others.

unbelieving: Those who knowingly do not believe in Jesus

the abominable: Those that knowingly do things God hates

murderers: One who premeditates to kills another

whoremongers: One who promotes any type of sexual sin and prostitutes a person in some way sexually either directly or indirectly.

sorcerers: One who uses drugs or magic (demons do the magic) to control another  Witches fall into this category.  Satanists and New Agers are caught in the category of unbelieving .

idolaters: One who knowingly puts anything before God by worshipping it instead of God.

all liars: Those who willingly deceive others in any matter

 

Anyone not repenting of the sins listed above sins will go to hell.

The seven deadly sins

In the 5th century, AD, Evagrius of Pontus (349-399), a Greek theologian, introduced the concept of eight offenses and passions that a human could fall victim to while on earth. They were the result of an abnormal obsession with self. The cure for each of these was an adoption of selfless attitudes towards the world. These became the Seven deadly Sins. They are not in The Bible but are covered by the ones that are above. (See list in Prov 6 previously listed in the document).

There is a progression in these detestable things and each one is necessary to keep the previous wrong attitudes.  All are to preserve a person’s pride which is idolatry of self, usually from trying to find worth in yourself and not because of what God thinks of you.

Conclusion

There are many lists of the sins in the Bible.  You are not judged for doing anything wrong you do not know is wrong.  You are judged for deliberately not doing something you know is not right to do.  The attitude of God's Love to others will stop you doing these wrong things.  If you really Love God it will cause you emotional pain to sin.  So the basic attitude is to Love God in the same way He loves you.  It is not doing this which results in Sin, which if not repented of will result in your going to hell.