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Who Are the Real Jews?

Who Are the Real Jews?

By Pastor Steven L Anderson

May 25, 2014

Now in Galatians chapter 3 we have this passage that talks alot about salvation being only by faith, it's not of works, we're not justified by the works of the law and so forth. And also in this passage He talks alot about Abraham and how Abraham is the father of faith, and he is the father of those that believe. Let me point out a few specific things about this passage. It says in verse 16, Galatians 3:16. "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not and to seeds as of many, but as of one, and to thy seed which is Christ." Okay. So here when the Bible talks about God making promises unto Abraham in the Old Testament, it says that those promises were made to Abraham, and to his seed. Now it doesn't say seeds as of many, it says singular "seed", and it says that that "seed" of Abraham is Jesus Christ, okay? So basically what the Bible is saying is that the promises were not made to Abraham and to his physical descendents. But rather that the promises were made unto abraham and his seed Christ. Now jump down to the bottom of the chapter, verse 28 says "There is neither Jew nor greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise." So this chapter is really clear that the seed of Abraham is Jesus Christ, and if we are in Christ, then that makes us the seed of Abraham. If you are NOT in Christ, you're not of the seed of Abraham. And if you're not in Christ, even if you're a physical descendent of Abraham, those promises do not apply unto you, according to Galatians chapter 3.

Now let me prove this further to you from scripture. Go back to John chapter 8. Let's look at John chapter 8. And I'm going to explain to you why this is so important in a little bit, but... John chapter 8, we find a passage that also makes this very clear. And by the way, this is a clear teaching of the New Testament, all the way form Mathew to Revelation. This is hammered in almost every single book between Mathew and Revelation. This doctrine is brought up over and over and over and over again. Yet let me tell you this, 90 something percent of baptists don't believe the doctrine that I am preaching this morning. 90 something percent of evangelical christians don't believe the doctrine that I am teaching this morning. Virtually almost any church you go to, that's a christian church, that's a Baptist church, is WRONG about this doctrine that I am preaching to you this morning. Even though it's something that the Bible talks about literally over and over again in virtually every book from Mathew to Revelation. In fact it's a major theme of the New Testament. I mean it's nothing less than a major theme. You say "how can that be Pastor Anderson? How can it be that all these people are wrong then?" Because when you hear something over and over again, sometimes you get ingrained with a false teaching, and you get ingrained with a pre-concieved idea and it's hard to let go of that idea. And I know that when I was a child, and when I was a young man growing up, I was wrong about this doctrine. Because you hear so much of the wrong teaching on it. You hear so much of it wrong in church that it's hard to break free of that. But let me just ask you this morning to do me a favour and to just put aside all your pre-concieved ideas of what you think you know about this subject. We're going to look at alot of scripture this morning. I want you to just see what the Bible says and just believe it. And not be held back by preconcieved ideas.

Look at John chapter 8. And let me show you what Jesus Christ says in John 8, beginning in verse 32. It says "And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, we be Abraham's seed and were never in bondage to any man, how sayest thou, ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, verily, verily I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house forever, but the son abideth forever. If the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham's seed, but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father, and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, if ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham." Now let me ask you this, just look in there at verse 39. Does Jesus believe that they are the children of Abraham? No because he says "IF you WERE the children of Abraham, you would do the works of Abraham". He just finished telling them that they don't! So he is saying "you're not the children of Abraham". He said in verse 40, "But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God, this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him we be not born of fornication, we have one father even God. Jesus said unto them, if God were your Father, ye would love me, for I proceeded forth and came from God. Neither came I of myself, but He sent me." Look so far he has said "you're not the children of Abraham, and you're not the children of God". Now he gets a little more explicit because they're not catching his drift. So in verse 43 he says "why do you not understand my speech? Even because you cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil." And the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it."

Now right there Jesus Christ is confronted with people who are jews. Now these are unbelieving jews, they did not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, okay? These are the Pharisees etc that are saying to him "ABRAHAM IS OUR FATHER, WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM!" And he says "well I know you're Abraham's seed" meaning "I know that physically you are descended from Abraham". But he says "if you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham. If you were God's children, you would love me". He said "you are of your father the devil." Now when I talked about this spanning from Mathew to Revelation, even in the very first pages of the book of Mathew, when you get to the first preaching of the book of Mathew... The first preaching of the book of Mathew is about this subject. Go to Mathew chapter 3. John the Baptist comes on the scene preaching. Chapters 1 and 2 of Mathew, this is right at the beginning of the New Testament, chapters one and 2 of Mathew give a narrative about the events surrounding the birth of Christ. They give a narrative surrounding the wise men coming to visit Jesus Christ and presenting gifts unto him- Gold, Frankincence and Myrrh. They give the story about the shepherds that are, you know, keeping watch over their flocks by night. Okay, we get that where Jesus fled into Egypt to escape Herod who was going to slay all the children, so that story is covered in chapters one and two. But when we get into chapter 3 the preaching begins. It says in verse 1 "in those days came John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Now let's jump down to verse 7 and see what he said to the Pharisees and the Saducees. Now let me ask you this. What nationality are the Pharisees and the Saducees in the Bible? These are the Jews. Look what he says to them in verse 7. "But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Saducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath you warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentence. And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father." I mean right away, right out of the gate, you open the New Testament, and you say let's open the New testament- and by the way the book of Mathew, people will tell you "hey that's the book that's most geared toward the jews. Because it quotes so much of the Old Testament." Won't they tell you that? And in this book that is "geared toward the jews", it says in chapter 3, "Think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father. For I say unto you that God is able of these STONES to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the tree. Therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire."

Look it's so clear and if we follow this through the book of Mathew, we are going to see the same thing over and over again. Go to chapter 21 quickly and let me just show you one more thing in chapter 21. Where basically you'll find a similar story, really the whole chapter keeps touching on this subject throughout chapter 21. For example he talks about a fig tree in verses 17 through 23. It says... Let's just look there first before we get to where I was actually going to. Look at verse 18, and it says "Now in the morning as he returned into the city he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way he came to it and found nothing thereon but leaves only. And said unto it, let no fruit grow on thee henceforward and forever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it they marvelled saying how soon is the fig tree withered away. So again, the concept of you know, if they don't bring forth good fruit they're hewn down and cast into the fire. That same concept is here with the fig tree. where it withers up, it's gone. Then he goes to another parable where he talks about it in verses 28 and onward, about, you know, the two sons, the one that obeyed and the one that didn't obey. And there's a symbolic meaning there about Israel and the gentiles, okay? Israel payed lip service to obeying but did not. The gentiles did eventually obey. But let me show you the main portion that I wanted to show you.

In Mathew 21, look at verse number 33. It says "hear another parable. There was a certain householder which planted a vineyard and hedged it round about and digged a winepress in it and built a tower and let it out to husbandmen and went into a far country. And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandman that they might recieve the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants and beat one and killed another and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son saying they will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, this is the heir. Come let us kill him and let us seize on his inheritence. And they caught him and cast him out of the vineyard and slew him." It's interesting because here Jesus is prophesying his own death. Jesus hasn't died yet but he is talking about how they're going to kill the son! Look what it says in verse 40. "when the Lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, he will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, did ye never read in the scriptures? The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner. This is the Lord's doing and it is marvellous in our eyes." Watch verse 43. "Therefore say I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be TAKEN from you and GIVEN to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof." He said "Look, EVERY TREE that BRINGS NOT FORTH GOOD FRUIT, is going to be HEWN DOWN and cast INTO THE FIRE!" And he said it doesn't matter whether you say "oh Abraham is our father". MEANINGLESS! CUT DOWN! WITHERED AWAY! No fruit, you're gone. And he says here that the kingdom of God will be taken away from them and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. He is saying "I am taking it from one nation, and giving it to another". Does he say here, "but then later I'm going to come back and give it back to that nation"? He said "no fruit on thee from henceforward forever", is what he actually said earlier in the passage about the fig tree. There is so much scripture on this. We are going to look at so much scripture on this.

But if you would go to Genesis chapter 12, Genesis chapter 12. How does this apply unto us today? You know, why even preach about this? Well first of all we need to preach about it because it is a major theme of the new testament and so if something is a major theme of the new testament that is talked about over and over again, about how the jews rejected the Lord Jesus Christ and therefore the kingdom of God is taken from them and given to a nation bringing for the fruit thereof. if the promises of God went from being to Abraham's physical descendents the nation of Israel where he says, No, it's now Christ that is the seed and if you are in Christ you are going to Inherit the promises. That matters today for alot of reasons. Because alot of people today are stuck in a timewarp, they think that they are living in the old testament today. And the Bible says study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. Now let me ask you this. Is there a major division in the Bible? Where is the biggest most major division in your Bible? There is a big division between the old testament and the new testament isn't there? And Jesus Christ said that where a testament is, there must of necessity be the death of the testator. Okay, he says a testament is of force after men are dead, otherwise it is of no strenght of all while the testator liveth. So when did the New Testament come into force? When did the new covenant become in action? at the death of the Lord Jesus CHrist. At his death, burial and resurrection we went from old testament to new testament, okay? Now here is the thing. in the old testament, God chose Abraham and he told abraham "i will make you a father of many nations. I will bless them that bless you, I will curse them that curse you."

Let's look at the famous passage in genesis 12, in verses 1 through 3. It says "Now the Lord had said unto Abram, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from my fathers house unto a land that I will show thee. And I will make of thee a great nation. And I will bless thee, and make thy name great and thou shalt be a blessing." Now, what are the words "thee" "thou" and "thine" all have in common? They're all singular. This is the great thing about the king James Bible. "Thee" "Thou" "thy" "thine" are singular words, whereas "ye" "you" "your" are plural. So if you are reading one of these modern Bible versions, you never really know whether it is singular or plural. But when you read the King James you always know, because "thee" and "thou" are singular, "ye" "you" "your" are plural. So he is saying this all to Abraham- singular. "I will make of THEE (Verse 2) a great nation and I will bless THEE. And I will make THY name great. and THOU shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless THEE, and curse him that curseth THEE, and in THEE shall all families of the earth be blessed." Now is he saying there, "I'm going to bless every single one of your descendents, no matter how blasphemous they are, no matter how wicked they are, no matter whether they believe on me or not, no matter whether they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ or not, they are just blessed until doomsday, because they are your physical descendent abraham."? Is there anything like that in this passage? Is there anything in this passage that says "I'm going to bless a nation called Israel that will be founded in 1948, everybody who lives there is going to be blessed and they are going to be my chosen people."? No. But yet that's what ninety-something percent of evangelical christians and baptists will get out of these verses. But hold on a second.Look at the last words of verse 3. It says "and in THEE shall all families of the earth be blessed." Now that's a pretty important statement isnt it? "in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." Turn to Galatians chapter 3. In galatians chapter 3, that is quoted. And I want to show you how that is quoted and how that it is applied in the new testament when that is quoted. While you are turning there I am going to read for you a passage from Genesis 22 okay? Here is another passage where God reiterates that blessing he gave him in chapter 12. In genesis 22 he says this. That "in blessing I will bless thee"- He's talking to Abraham- "and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore, and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in thy seed shall all nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice." now, who is the seed according to Galatians 3? Jesus Christ and everyone who is in Christ, okay? Now in this passage, in Genesis 12, 1 through 3, the most famous passage about abraham in the entire Bible, it said "in THEE shall ALL FAMILIES of the earth be blessed." and in Chapter 22, He reiterated that same promise, and said "in shall ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH be blessed" okay? Let's look at galatians 3, verse number 8, to find a biblical interpretation.

Now I know that there are all kinds of commentaries that could tell you what genesis 12 and genesis 22 mean. And you could get your scofield reference bible and all the different study bibles that can tell you what it means. But you know, those are all written by man. We don't know whether that stuff is true or not. I don't read ANY commentaries EVER for whatever reason. No study bibles, no commentaries. Why? Because the Holy Spirit should teach us the word of God. And God has in due times manifest his word through preaching. Not theological books. PREACHING. (Sarcastically) "what's the difference?". Okay, preaching is preaching. Books... are books. any questions? Okay, let's just do a little test here. is this preaching? What is this? A book. THis is a book, right? Is what I am doing right now a book? What is it? (preaching). Okay, does everybody umderstand? (sarcastically) "yeah but what's the difference between commentary and preaching?" Well, one of them is sound. One of them is a verb. One of them is an object. (sarcastically) "what's the difference between reading a book and listening to preaching?" Uh, one of them, you are coming to a church and listening to a spirit filled man of God expound the Word of God verbally. Another one, you are reading a book written by a man that usually wasn't even baptist, and you don't even know where he came from, you don't know who he is. And you just treat it as an authority because it is right there in black and white, it's written on the page, it's right there. Whereas when you come and listen to preaching, you are supposed to be listening and judging. And by the way, here is what is wrong with study bibles. You should read the Bible by yourself to have some alone time with the Lord. Now when you come to church, you are hearing God's Word, but you are also interacting with the preacher. That's a third party. Now, the Bible is real clear that we should come to the church and listen to the preaching, but we also need to have some alone time with the Lord. Get Scofield out of your private time with the Lord. Get Mathew Henry out of your private time with the Lord. Look, I have a relationship with my wife, and when my children are around, we can still build our relationship with the children around can't we? We can still have a good time together and grow in our love for one another, we can go out to eat and bring the children. We can go to the park and bring the chilkdren. But wait a minute, what if my wife and I, we just, the only time we interacted was around the children? That's not going to be a very good relationship. we also need some alone time with each other don't we? We need some alone time, and then there's also some times when we interact in a group, with our 8 children which is quite a group, okay? So that's the way it is with God. If we are going to have the right relationship with God we need to spend some time alone with God. We need to enter into the closet, shut the door and pray to our father in secret. We need to just sit down with the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit, and NO INTERLOPER, no third party. "what's the difference? What's the difference?" Because you're never alone with the Lord. You've always got some commentary, you've always got some study Bible, it doesn't make any sense. But why don't let the Bible be it's own commentary? Why don't we compare spiritual things with spiritual? And if we do that we can allow Galatians chapter 3 to be a commentary on Genesis 12 and Genesis 22. And let me tell you something. It is going to say something DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT than what the commentaries are saying.

Look at Galatians 3 verse 8. "And the scripture forseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying in thee shall nations be blessed. Now look, the statement "In thee shall all nations be blessed". Is God leaving us to wonder what He meant by that? Hmmm, I wonder what He meant by that, "in thee shall nations be blessed." I wonder what he meant by that. We don't have to wonder. What he meant by that is that all nations would have people who would get saved through putting their faith in Jesus Christ who came from Abraham. "Forseeing that God would justify the heathen through FAITH, the gospel was preached unto Abraham saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed." But you know how I have heard this verse frequently interpreted? Here's what they say. "well "in thee shall all nations be blessed", that means any nation that blesses Israel, will be blessed by God." So that means if America is the ally of Israel, God is going to bless us. Who has heard that? If America is Israel's ally, God will bless us, because he said to Israel, "I'll bless them that bless you and curse them that curse you". Did He say that to Israel? Who did He say that to? (Abraham) And his... (seed) Who is the seed? (Jesus Christ) Who else is in Christ? (Us, Christians) Okay. So it is so clear. It is so crystal clear, but it is not what people are teaching today because there is an agenda going on. There is a political agenda. There is a religious agenda. There is a teaching out there, and it is a newer teaching, it is from the 1800's and forward. This teaching that says "hey, the Jews are STILL God's chosen people, they're STILL the seed of Abraham, they are STILL under God's blessing. If we bless them, God will bless us, if we curse them God will curse us. If our nation is going to be blessed, our nation is going to be blessed by doing good unto Israel. WRONG!!! Our nation is going to be BLESSED when we are justified by FAITH! I mean if our nation is going to be blessed today, it is going to be because we believe on Jesus Christ. And that is what the Bible says in Galatians chapter 3. He says in verse 16, "To Abraham and to his seed were the promises made, He saith not and to seeds as of many, but as of one, and to thy seed which is Christ." I have always noticed how many important verses are 3:16.

I mean if you want to read some of the coolest verses in the Bible, just read all of the 3:16's. I mean I'm not saying all of them are going to jump out at you, but honestly there are alot of important... John 3:16 right? Best verse in the whole Bible. Greatest verse, most famous verse. You know genesis 3:16. How about 1st timothy 3:16. 2nd Timothy 3:16. I mean these are major bible verses. DOctrinal, pivotal Bible verses. Galatians 3:16 is right up there with them. Okay? Genesis 3:16 is a great verse. There's so many important scriptures that are 3:16. Makes it easy to find. Okay. But anyway, look down at verse 28. "there is neither Jew nor Greek"... (sarcastically) "Welllll the jew this..." But what are you talking about? (sarcastically) "Oh but you don't understand Pastor Anderson, it's the JEWS, it's talking about the JEWS!" No. You're living in the past. There is no Jew. There is neither Jew nor Greek. To sit there and say that this person is blessed by God or that we need to be allied with this person or we need to do good unto this person or give them preferential treatment because they are a jew... There is no Jew, or greek. "There is neither bond nor free. There is neither nor female for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you be Christ's, then are ye abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise. So when it comes to the promises made to Abraham, is there either Jew or Greek? (No.) When it comes to the promises made to Abraham is there male or female? No, it doesn't matter whether you are male or female, whether you are bond or free. Whether you are Jew or greek, red and yellow, black and white, if you are in Christ, you are Abraham's seed and you inherit these promises. Let me tell you something. YOU HAVE BEEN RIPPED OFF FOR YEARS, by christianity that has been ripping you off, and gipping you out of your promises. All these great promises that God made to you! I mean how would you like to have a promise that God will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you? Who would like that promise? Oh yeah God will bless everyone and bless you and bless me. You know what, preachers have been telling you for years, "that's not about you, that's about the Jews." Have they been telling you that or not. "oh yeah that's the Jews, that's the Jews, that's the nation of Israel"... They're ripping you off! I mean it was a good day when I finally after years and years of being wrong, as you know, growing up with this false doctrine, just one day when it dawned on me... that promise is mine??? I was praising God! I was like, Hallelujah! God will bless those that bless me, He will curse those that curse me! I AM ONE OF GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE TODAY! GREAT! Now, (sarcastically) "But are you jewish?". Well when it comes to the promises made to Abraham there is no Jew or gentile, okay? Now flip back to Romans chapter 2. Romans Chapter 2.

It says in Romans Chapter 2 verse 28- and again these scriptures are just so crystal clear, there is no way around it. We are all over the New Testament. We are in the four gospels, we are in the epistles of Paul. Let's go to revelation. Let's go wherever you want in the New Testament. This teaching is consistent. Look at Romans Chapter 2 verse 28. "For he is not a jew which is one outwardly". Now I don't understand what people don't understand about that statement. So when you see a guy who says "I'm Jewish, I'm a Jew." But when he doesn't believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, I don't understand what people don't get about the fact that he is not really a jew. Now keep your finger here, and I want you to put another finger in Phillipians chapter three because this is so clear, it is taught throughout the New testament, and it is very consistent. Put your finger in Phillipians 3 and let's look at Romans 2:28 there. It says "For he is not a Jew which is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh, but he is a Jew which is one inwardly. And circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter, whose praise is not of men, but of God." Now keep your finger there, look at Phillipians 3:3. Now this is Paul speaking unto the Phillipians. The Phillipians are from a city called Phillipi which is the chief city of Macedonia. This is not a Jewish city, this is a city in what would be today modern Greece, okay? Phillipi in Macedonia and I know that there is a little country called Macedonia today, and there is a great big country called Greece. Back then, Macedonia had a bigger piece of the pie there. But anyway, you understand the general region, right? Macedonia, northern Greece, that's the area, okay? Phillipi is a city up in europe basically. Northern Greece, Macedonia. Watch what he says in verse 3 of chapter 3. "For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence the flesh." Now let me ask you this. WHat about the guy who doesn't rejoice in Christ Jesus? Now look at Romans 2:28. "He is not a jew which is one outwardly, neither is circumcision which is outward in the flesh. He is saying "Look, if the outside of your flesh is circumcised, if you're outwardly a jew, you are NOT a jew, unless you are a jew INWARDLY." And he said "WE ARE THE CIRCUMCISION WHO REJOICE IN CHRIST JESUS." It's that simple folks. The true jews are the ones who believe on Christ and rejoice in Christ Jesus. They're the ones who are God's chosen people.

You say well "who are all these people wearing funny hats? I thought they were the Jews?" Who are all these people living in the nation of Israel? Who are they?" Now, go to... Go if you would to Revelation chapter number 2. Revelation chapter number 2 because... First of all let me say this, and I want to say several things about the people that are living over in Israel today, or even people living in the united states who say that they are Jews, okay... First of all, let me say this. You know, most jews live in Israel or the United States. That's pretty much where they live, those are the two places. I don't have the exact numbers in front of me. But, you know, there are millions of jews in Israel and there are millions of jews in the United States. Those are the two primary places where they reside. But they are also all throughout Europe and other places. And these people will all say "i'm a jew, I'm jewish" okay? Now, first of all, in God's eyes, they're not children of Abraham unless they believe on Jesus Christ. Now, couldn't these people who are the so called jews today, if they believe on Jesus Christ, wouldn't that make them one of God's chosen people if they believe on him? Of course. Okay, what about the disciples, I mean they were Jewish, right? Except for Simon the Canaanite. But other than Simon the Canaanite, Jesus' disciples were of Jewish descent, and yet they believed on Christ, they were his chosen people. They were saved, they were part of the Holy Nation. But those who did not believe on Jesus Christ, he said "you are of your father the devil." You know the ones who claimed to be Jews, but were actually rejecting of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said "you are of your father..." Who? The devil, okay? Now look at revelation chapter 2. And look at verse number 9 and it says "I know thy works and tribulation and poverty but thou art rich. And I know the blasphemy which say they are jews and are not, but are the synagogue of satan." So according to scripture, are there people out there who say that they are jews but they're not? But they're actually the synagogue of satan. Now let me ask you this. Who today fits the bill of revelation chapter 2? Well first of all, who is saying they are a jew? Do the jews fit that bill? Yeah, they say they are jews, okay? Are they jews biblically? No. So the Bible says that they say that they are jews and are not. Okay, so far fits the bill. "but are the synagogue of satan". Do they have synagogues, these people that say they are jews and they are really not? There's one in Tempe, you know. Do they have a synagogue? Yes. Okay, did Jesus tell Jews that had a false religion, a false form of judaism that did not include the Lord Jesus Christ, did he say that they were of their father the devil?

Okay, now look at the next verse after chapter 2 verse 9 and it says, "fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer, verse 10, behold the devil shall cast some of you into prison that ye may be tried, and ye shall have tribulation 10 days. Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of light. Let me ask you this. Have the Jews persecuted christians when we look at the new testament scripture? Now if you read the book of acts, virtually every chapter, most chapters of the book of acts, contain the Jews persecuting the Christians. And Paul mentions this is Galatians, when he says "Just as ishmael persecuted Isaac, the natural children of Abraham will persecute the spiritual children of Abraham." And that is why... And alot of people will say "oh the romans, the romans threw the christians to the lions. The romans persecuted christians." Yet if you read the book of acts, it's 28 chapters long, do it this afternoon, and come back to me tonight and show me where the perscuted the christians in the book of Acts. I'd like to see it! The acts of the Apostles spans many decades of early church history. Read it this afternoon and come back to me tonight and tell me, "Pastor Anderson, I found the place where the Romans persecuted the christians." It isn't there! It does not exist in this book. You will not find it. Yet what do we find in the book of acts almost every chapter? The "jews" persecuting the christians. The "jews" stirring up the gentiles against the christians. The "jews" arresting paul, delivering him to the romans. They delivered him to the romans... the romans are like "we can't find any fault in this guy!!" You know, and the Jews are like "you need to KILL HIM! you need to put him to death!" And here is the thing. There's even an urban legend that the apostle Paul was beheaded by Nero. NOT SCRIPTURAL.

In 2nd timothy 4, Paul makes it crystal clear, he says "I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." So he is talking about his imminent death. He is talking about the fact that he is about to die. Yet at the end of the chapter- I'm going to flip there just so I don't quote it wrong- yet in the same chapter in 2nd Timothy chapter 4, He says in verse 17, "notwithstanding, the Lord stood with me and strenghthened me, that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the gentiles might hear, and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve unto his heavenly kingdom. To whom be glory forever and ever amen." Does that sound like a guiy who is about to be executed by the romans? "I was delivered from the mouth of the lion, God's going to deliver me from every evil work, but yet he says "I'm about to die". Why? Because he is about to die of natural causes. Okay? Because people get old and die. That's why it says in acts 28, at the very end of the book of acts, it says that the apostle Paul, when he is arrested he is brought to Rome. The romans are like "What in the... Who is this? We don't even care!" But the Jews are "KILL THIS GUY! KILL THIS GUY KILL THIS GUY!" And the romans are "We don't even know what to do with this guy." They send him to Rome and instead of killing him, you know what it says? What happened when Paul got to Rome? They gave him a little house to live in, and just put an ankle bracelet and told him... you know, I'm making it modern, I'm just kidding but... They put an ankle bracelet on him and said "just stay in this house". And they said "any of your friends can come visit you, you can pretty much do whatever you want Paul, just live here." And all his friends came and he preached to all his friends all the time. And Jews would come and hear preaching, and unsaved people would come and hear preaching. And it says he continued there for... let's just look at it, go there to Acts 28. Look at the last verse. And what I am saying is that you can't just believe everything you read folks. Unless you read it in the Bible, then you believe everything you read. But you can't just believe what people say.

Look at acts 28. It says in verse 30, "and Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house and recieved all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence..." (sarcastically adding the following) "...even though the romans wouldn't let him and the romans wanted to KILL him!" (No.) What does it (really) say? "No man forbidding him." The romans are like "you're in our custody now, just preach whatever you want, just do whatever you want, but we're just keeping you here because otherwise the jews are flipping out. You know so we are just going to keep you here, you can just preach here..." Two years later, what does the Bible tell us, what happens after two years? But it would be awfully misleading of the Bible to give us such a rosy picture in the last verse, everything is great. "Two years he continued, no man forbidding him" and then OFF WITH HIS HEAD!! Would that, does that... I mean does anybody actually believe that? It doesn't make any sense. It's not what the bible teaches anywhere, okay? But there is an agenda behind that teaching. That basically is an agenda to say "hey, you know, the jews are not the ones who killed jesus, the jews are not the ones who persecuted the apostles..." But go to 1st Thessalonians chapter 2, and let's see if that's true. Now you say "why in the world are preachers not talking about this? Why have I never even seen some of these scriptures?" I'll tell you why. Because if you preach a sermon like I am preaching right now you will be accused of being a racist and an anti-semite. "YOU'RE ANTI-SEMITIC, YOU HATE JEWS!" Now hold on. Does anybody here think I hate jews? You know what I am teaching, and I want to make this real clear, I want everybody to listen. If you only get one thing out of this sermon, listen to this. THE JEWS ARE NOT BETTER THAN THE GENTILES AND THE JEWS ARE NOT WORSE THAN THE GENTILES, THE JEWS ARE EQUIVALENT TO THE GENTILES. Everyone get that? Now, is it racism to say that the jews are the same as everybody else? I mean how is it racism to say "jews are the same as everybody else"? They don't get special treatment. They don't get a free pass into heaven. They're not automatically God's chosen people. They shouldn't be preferentially treated. You know how we should treat jews? Like we treat everybody else!

You know who the real racists are? Christians who teach that the jews are above everyone else, even if they don't believe in Christ. Because, see, racism would say "it doesn't what the person or does, here's my opinion of them just based on their nationality." Isn't that what racism would be? To say "well I don't care what the guy is like, because he is white, he must believe this... or because he is black, he must do this, or because he is hispanic, he is like this." That's what racism would be. And to sit there and say "the Jews are automatically blessed by God, God's chosen people, NO MATTER WHAT they say or do"... THAT IS the racist position. And what I'm preaching today is actually the legitimate Biblical position that says "there is neither Jew nor Greek". It says in Romans 3 there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek, okay? That's what we teach, that's what we believe. But here's the thing. Alot of preachers are afraid of their own shadow. And here is the thing. If you preach what I am preaching this morning, you will be labelled- even though it makes no sense, even though it is just crazy- you will be labelled anti-semitic, and you are a racist and a nazi. But here is the thing. I don't care what people label me! I don't care. Call me whatever you want. This is what the Bible says. And I will faithfully preach what the Bible says. And people can walk out of here and say whatever they want about me, you know. And if people speak evil of me for, you know... wrongfully for Christ's sake, then that just increases my rewards in heaven. If people lie and say Pastor Anderson's racist, Pastor Anderson is anti-semitic... rewards in heaven piling up. Bring it on. Call me more names! Send me more hateful messages because it is just rewards in heaven, okay? Because that is what the Bible says.

What does 1st Thessalonians chapter 2 say? Verse 14. "for ye brethren became followers of the churches of God, which in Judea are in Christ Jesus. For ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus..." So who killed the Lord Jesus? The Jews. "Killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us and they please not God and are contrary to all men." Are the Jews pleasing to God? okay look at verse 16. "forbidding us to speak to the gentiles, that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway, for the WRATH is come upon them to the uttermost." Let me ask you something. Are the jews under God's blessing? They're under his wrath. Why are they under his wrath? Because they're Jews? No! Because they don't believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Now there are some, a very few a tiny minority that do believe on Jesus Christ- THEY'RE under God's blessing. THEY'RE God's people. NOT because they are JEWS, but because they're in Christ. Okay. But not just by virtue of the fact that they are a jew. now let me show you a real important passage on this subject. 1st Peter Chapter 2. Go to 1st Peter Chapter 2. 1st Peter chapter number 2. Now the reason this becomes important is because first of all, alot of people are robbing you of the promises of God. You have all these wonderful promises in the Bible that are for you. And they're taking them and stealing them from you and giving them to David Lee Roth. Who is Jewish. David Lee Roth is Jewish. Captain Kirk, of the starship enterprise is Jewish. Spock! Was jewish. The three stooges! Are jewish. So basically steven spielberg, jeff goldblum, Richard Dreyfuss, okay? Hollywood actors... I'm just naming people that you know of right? Those are God's chosen people. So when God gathers the elect in Mathew 24, it is going to be a reunion of Van Halen. Okay? When God gathers the elect, because He is going to gather David Lee Roth, right? He is going to gather all these different jews right? Jews like steven spielberg... No. Does anybody really think that that is what God means when he says "the elect"? Now first of all there is a question of whether the people today who call themselves Jews are even really jews in the first place. You say "what in the world? How... Of course they're jews! They're jews right?"

Wait a minute. How do you really know they're jews? How do you really know that they're not just complete Europeans, or asians? How do you know that they're really the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? What would be the one way that we could know for sure whether or not they are the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? A geneology right? Now if they had a geneology that says "I am the son of, who was the son of, who was the son of..." all the way back to the Bible times and we could pick up the geneology in scripture and say "okay, that's where your geneology..." What does the Bible tell us to avoid in the New testament? "Avoid geneologies"! So if God thought that it mattered whether you are a Jew or a gentile, why did he tell you to avoid geneologies? Now were the people in the Old Testament told to avoid geneologies? There are alot of geneologies in the Old Testament. And when people showed up after the seventy year captivity of the children of judah, when they showed up and wanted to be priests, and wanted to step into their roles, they said they had to show their geneology. And if they couldn't show that Geneology, they couldn't tell which family they were of and verify it, it said that they were put from the priesthood. "You can't prove it with the geneology, we don't know if you're even really a jew, we don't know if you're really a levite, you're put from the priesthood". Okay. How long were they gone? Seventy years. So in seventy years, they're saying "hey, if you can't prove it, we don't know." Okay, how about seven hundred years? How about seventeen hundred years? How about two thousand years later? Do you think that we really know exactly who is descended from who? Let me ask you this. I know that we are supposed to avoid geneologies, but who has looked up their geneology for fun? Who has done a little work on your family tree? okay. Keep your hands up real high. About how many hundred years were you able to go back, brother Miller? About two hundred years? About a hundred years? Little over a hundred right?

Okay so I, you know I actually just for fun, I did some tracing of my geneology. I used to travel all over the United States for my job. So I had a little bit of a hobby of, you know, looking up my geneology, and trying to find clues as I travelled. So for example, I was driving through the middle of west texas and I knew that a bunch of my relatives had been from a certain town. So I went to the cemetary in that town as a little pit stop. And I found the grave stones of my ancestors from about a hundred and fifty years ago. One of them even had a picture on it, you know. Old black and white that was encased in the tombstone. And you could still see the picture. And I would learn more about my geneology just from travelling around the country, and just from going to these places. So I was actually, you know, I definately ran into some dead ends on certain avenues. But on one avenue I was able to trace it back to the sixteen hundreds. So I was going back like four hundred years into switzerland. The Knuti family that I descended from, which by the way was an important family, the Knuti's. So I traced it back. But here's the thing. you can't go back much further than that. It's going to be tough to go back further than that. And that was just on one branch. Most branches, you get to a hundred years, dead end. Hundred and fifty years, dead end. Two hundred years, dead end okay? It's pretty hard to go back that far. Now do you think it's possible that alot of people think that they're one nationality when really they are another. Oh yeah. I grew up my whole life being taught "we have some cherokee indian blood in us. We're part cherokee." Seems like everybody in the world you talk to is part Cherokee. You know, those Cherokee's, I tell you... But anyway, you know it's just "little Cherokee, little cherokee". Turns out, not true at all. Totally false. I grew up my whole life being taught that John Adams and Samuel Adams of the American revolution were close relatives. Not true. It was a different guy named Samuel Adams. And he wasn't the beer guy. The beer guy was the American Revolution guy. Anyway, you can get alot of false ideas. I grew up telling people, you know, I told people, "I think I'm about half Irish, half Swedish." But then when I actually looked at it, it turned out I was like, you know, seventy percent english, and maybe you know, a quarter scandinavian, little irish. I don't know the numbers off the top of my head. But it's different than what you're told sometimes. And sometimes people make stuff up about where they're from. And here's where it's really confusing. "Jewish" is not just a nationality, what else is it? It's a religion. Because Madonna is a jew! Madonna converted to being a jew and she is into the Kabbalah and all this other satan worship. But she, is a jew, right? So here is the thing... If you have a whole bunch of people who switched to the religion of being a jew. It's not their nationality, but it's their (new) religion... Just like you say "I'm a christian, I'm a Christian" right? But there is no confusion there because there is no nationality. But they say "oh, we're jewish, our family is jewish. You know, light a bunch of candles, put on the funny hat, let's do all this stuff." Okay, but here's the thing.

Don't you think in the course of 2000 years, alot of people who just converted to judaism, and are just saying "we're jewish, we're jewish, we're jewish", teaching their kids to be Jewish. Pretty soon they're going to start to think that they're Jewish nationality also. When really they're east Europeans? You know because alot of, there was a whole nation in fact- and this is a historical fact- there was a whole nation called the Khazars that was located in basically what today would be southern Russia near Ukraine and near Khazakstan. That was located there in central Asia. There was a whole group of people there, who as a nation, the leadership of the nation converted to Judaism. The leadership of the nation. And of course when the leadership converts, you know, alot of the people, now not all of the people converted, but a huge number of the people of the nation converted because the leadership, the nobility, the king- he embraced judaism and he made it the official religion. And so you have all these, just tonnes of people switching to Judaism. And when did that occur? In the seven hundreds. So don't you think there could be alot of confusion between the seven hundreds and now? Of alot of people who are jewish? And just alot of mixing and just, you know, I mean how do we really know for sure if we don't have a geneology and God said to avoid geneologies because it DOESN'T MATTER? Because if you are in Christ, you're the elect, you're God's ]chosen people. If you're not in Christ, you're not the elect. You're not God's chosen people. "Think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father". So it is doubtful that all of the people living in Israel today or even most of the people today are even really jews, that's doubtful. Maybe they are. Maybe they're... It doesn't matter. But not only what, what about all the jews who were scattered abroad all over the world? And what about all the lost tribes of the northern kingdom, tribes like Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali... What about them when they were scattered by the Assyrians? They inter-married with all other nationalities and so honestly, I would not be surprised if every single person in this room who is of some kind of European descent or some kind of central asian descent, probably every single one of us has some connection back to Abraham physically. Just because they're scattered all over the world. In fact, I did my genealogy and 300 hundred years ago there was somebody with a jewish name. Did you hear that everybody? I am one of the special chosen ones! What? You're not impressed by that? I mean, I'm one thousandth Jew up here! I'm 999 parts something else, and I'm about a thousandth part jew, give or take. Okay, so I want to go claim my land now, alright, over in the holy land, because I'm part jew. But see here's the thing though.

We don't know how much jew they are, or how much they are not. We don't know how much jew the palestinians are... I mean obviously they have jewish ancestors too, or at least from the ten tribes. I mean those people have all been intermingling for thousands of years... "oh no, they stayed really seperate." "oh, all of them stayed seperate huh?". You believe that? Yeah, nobody has ever married anyone of another nationality, right? No german would ever marry a french person, you know. I mean it just doesn't happen folks. You know, NO hispanic person would ever marry a native american. Just doesn't happen. Of course it happens. Of course people are going to marry and there is going to be mixing and there is going to be a confusion of where exaectly people come from. That's why I guarantee you that 99 percent of the people in this room could probably no tell me what nationality they are. I mean who here could tell me just exactly, you could give me the percentages, and tell me exactly what nationality you are. Put up your hand if you can. (Asks congregation member) what are you? (laughs) I knew you were going to say that. Yeah, see he's all Korean. right? One guy. One person is all Korean. Is anybody else just one hundred percent something? It's okay, you're not ruining my sermon. 100 percent navajo right here. Is she married to a navajo? Ok, there goes that, you know (laughs). That's been preserved for thousands of years, it's about to go out the window right? Okay, what about our pure 100 percent korean over here, is he married to a korean? There goes that genealogy. So here is what I am saying. In our whole auditorium, we can only find 2 people that are purely 1 nationality, and then they're mixing right now! So you know, it is ridiculous to think that for 2000 years, these people have just stayed 100 percent seperate from everybody else, when there's all these people converting to judaism, they're getting scattered all over- WHO KNOWS!! Better question than "who knows?" is this- "who cares?". You know what I care about? Do you believe in Jesus Christ? It doesn't matter whether you're black. It doesn't matter whether you are jewish. And look, why should be the jews be the chosen people? When just as much, if you are hispanic today, if you are white today, if you are indian today, if you are black today... You can say "I'm one of God's chosen people" because God is not a respecter of persons! And God doesn't look down and judge you based upon your nationality or ethnicity. God looks down and judges you on the righteousness of Jesus Christ, are you in Christ? That's what matters.

Now I'm out of time, there is so much scripture. SO MUCH SCRIPTURE. If you say "Pastor Anderson, I'm not convinced." Read Ephesians 2 later. Don't even have time to read Ephesians 2. That tells us we're all citizens of Israel. Give me a passport! I want to read for you from 1st Peter chapter 2. I don't even have time to show you everything about 1st Peter chapter 2. But this is just the last thing here. It says in verse number 9, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people. That ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God. Which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy." Now here's what is so interesting about that. If you go back to the Old Testament- we don't have time to do it- but in Exodus and Deuteronomy, God tells the nation of Israel the physical nation of Israel, He says "You will be a peculiar treasure unto me, if you keep my commandments." He says in Deuteronomy "you're my peculiar people". He says to them "you're a holy nation, you're a chosen generation". That's what He said to the physical nation of Israel back then. Today He is saying to all believers, "you are a chosen..." I mean how many times have you heard a pastor get up and say "hey the Bible tells us we're a peculiar people! Okay. How about the rest of the verse? I mean why stop there? "Yeah, we're a peculiar people, amen!" That's why it's so good to turn to the scriptures and look at them. Because it doesn't just say that we're a peculiar people, it also says that we're a holy nation. In the same verse it says, we're a chosen generation. Promises that were to given to the nation back then IF THEY WOULD walk in His commandments- THEY DIDN'T. THEY continued not in His covenant and God said "I regarded them not". "They didn't continue in my covenant, I regarded them not, the kingdom of heaven is taken from them." And everybody says "the promises made unto the old testament nation of Israel were unconditional!". "God gave them an unconditional promise to that land it was unconditio-" no there were tonnes of conditions, read it! IF you keep my commandments! IF you worship the Lord. IF you turn unto me.

And that's why whenever they didn't believe on the Lord, they're taken out of the Land. Look when they got to the promised land that God promised them, when they didn't believe God, what did He say? "You're all going to die in the wilderness." You're going to wander for forty years. You will not come into the land." Did he not let them in? What did it say in Hebrews 4? "They could not enter in because of unbelief." Why could the children of Israel not enter into the land? They could not enter in because of unbelief. When that generation died, the children of that generation believed the Lord, they entered right? What happened when they turned to other gods? They're removed from the land eventually, right? What happened when they turned back to the Lord? They're put back in the land, after the times of Jeremiah, right? After the seventy years of exile. They're brought back to the land. Okay, then they're back in the land right? Then Jesus comes and they reject Jesus. What did God do to them after they rejected Jesus? Out of the land. And then in 1948 they all believed on Jesus, and they all came back to the land, is that what happened? No. So then why did they come back? Was it God that brought them back to the land in 1948 then? Why would He when He [said to them] "you can't enter because of unbelief"? Why would he when 99.99 percent of them reject and blaspheme the name of our Lord Jesus Christ? Who brought them back? Satan. Aka "the United Nations". Okay, that's who created the nation of Israel, the United Nations, okay? So basically, we have a nation that was NOT created by God, but rather an antichrist nation that rejects- look, "who is a liar, but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the father and the son." So much more we could look at, but today I'm going to close my Bible otherwise I'm just going to be tempted to just turn to like 30 more scriptures. But listen to me. Today people have this really warped view of the world that we live in. It's a worldview that says that "we're not God's chosen people, the jews are". Even though they don't even believe in Christ! Even though believe that Jesus Christ was a, quote, "bastard". That's what they teach, because they teach that he was the illegitimate, bastard son of a german soldier. That's what the jews believe. They call the virgin mary a, quote, "whore" in the talmud. Okay. These people blaspheme the Lord Jesus Christ in the most extreme way. My sister was out soulwinning and had a jewish person tell her that Jesus Christ was beelzebub. Okay, but yet "oh, God's chosen people", (impersonates parrot) *squawk* "God's chosen people!" *Squawk, squawk!* "Support Israel, support Israel!" *Squawk, squawk!* That star of David, God never told them to have that! That's not in the Bible! So what I'm saying is, they have this worldview that says this- "all arabs are from ishmael". (sarcastically) "The aaarabs are from Ishmael. The Jews are from Isaac." No. WRONG. Because what about everybody else? What about Midian? What about Moab? What about Ammon? What about Edom? I mean there is so many other nations, what about the Assyrians, who are they? The bottom line is, that none of it matters. And we need to get off this zionistic, jew worshipping, bizarre doctrine and just get off this thing of "well are you jew, are you gentile?". I am neither. I'm a christian. If anything I'm a jew. That's why when I went through the border patrol checkpoint, they said "what country are you a citizen of?" I say "Israel". They say "show me your documentation". I pulled out my Bible and showed them. I did. I said, "let's turn to Ephesians 2 buddy. I'll show you where I am a citizen of Israel." Because if anything I'm a jew, I'm definately not a gentile. But you know what? I'm in Christ. I'm Abrahams seed. (sings) "father abraham, had many sons"... who knows that song? "many sons"... Hey, that song, is Biblically correct. I'm one of them and so are you so let's just praise the Lord- right arm left arm, right foot, left foot. Let's bow our heads and have a word of prayer. Father we thank you so much for your word Lord, and thank you for the promises that you've given us. Lord our promises have been stolen from us and given to unbelievers! God forbid that you would just give people a free pass because of their ethnicity Lord. You chose a canaanite as one your disciples Lord. We know you're not a respecter of persons Lord. Thankyou for giving us the opportunity not to be a second class citizen in the kingdom of God, but to be a first class citizen, whether we are red, yellow, black, white. We're a first class citizen in your kingdom Lord. Thankyou for the blessings of Abraham. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

The Lust of the Eyes

The Lust of the Eyes

July 19, 2015

…dear God, I just pray that somehow I will be able to communicate the truth tonight as it needs to be taught. And in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

This is a fantastic chapter in the Bible, but the part that I want to focus on is in verses 15 through 17. The Bible reads in verse 15 of 1 John 2, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”[1] That’s a pretty strong statement. But look at verse 16 as the verse that I want to focus on. It says, “For all that is in the world...”[2] Now the “for” there is like the word “because.” He says, Let me tell you why you can’t love God and love the world.” He says:

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.[3]

Now we see here that God is telling us that anything that comes from the world, I mean, I don’t care whether it is a TV show. I don’t care whether it is their music. I don’t care whether it is a movie, their advertisements. It is going to fall into one of these three categories. It is going to be the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the pride of life.

Now the one that I want to preach about and the title of my sermon tonight is, “The Lust of the Eyes.” Now turn, if you would, to Proverbs chapter number six back in the Old Testament. Right in the middle of your Bible you will find the book of Psalms, and then the next book is Proverbs. Look at Proverbs chapter number six. You see, I think most people understand what the lust of the flesh is. That could be an appetite that is out of control. The word “lust” means a very strong, intense desire. It is usually talking about a desire that is out of control, a desire that you can’t control is what lust is or just a very intense, extreme desire. Covetousness is a word that has to do with lust. If you study Romans chapter seven Paul teaches that in the Bible.

But I think most people understand what the lust of the flesh is. That could be an appetite for food that is out of control. That could be an appetite for fornication. That could be an appetite for committing physical sins of pleasure with your body. But I think many people fail to understand that there is a difference between the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes. And just what is the lust of the eyes?

Well, look down at your Bible in Proverbs chapter six as we are reading this in verse 24. it says, “To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.”[4] And then look at the next statement. “Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.”[5]

Now think about this for a moment. Here God is saying not to lust after the beauty of a strange woman, of a wicked woman, of an evil woman. Now, beauty is a visual aspect. Ok, we are not talking about the flesh here. We are talking about the eyes. We are talking about a man lusting after the beauty of a woman. That is what it says. Look down at your Bible. “Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.”[6]

Now what is it about her eyelids? Should we be know, I mean, good night. Even the Muslims expose their eyelids as women. Right? They will wear black everywhere. Have you seen them? They wear black head to toe covering every part of their body. But the one part that is exposed is their eyelids.

Now, what is this talking about? Lust can be defined, again, as coveting something, desiring something that doesn’t belong to you or, in the case of the lust of the eyes, it is coveting and desiring to look at something that you should not be looking at.

Now we live in a day in 2007 where the foundations of everything that we believe, the foundations of right and wrong, the foundations of basic morality are being destroyed around us. Psalm 11:3 says, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”[7] And that is the time in which we are living.

Think about Bill Clinton when he was in office, the scandals and the adultery and the filth. And he actually questioned what does the word “is” actually mean? I mean he actually had the gall to question the definition of the word “is.”

But this is the world that we are living in. Now, what I am preaching on tonight should be common sense. I mean, I should be able to close my Bible and just say, “You know what? There are certain things that you just shouldn’t even look at.” But I can’t because we are living in a day when our basic morality and our basic reasoning is being attacked.

You see, if you would turn to Matthew chapter five I will explain to you what I am talking about. Matthew chapter five in the New Testament. Matthew chapter five. And this is just the introduction. This is just kind of laying the foundation for the sermon. But I feel like as a preacher as I preach I have to prove everything from the Bible. I have to prove it all to you. And is something where I have to go back to these basics because people question these basic things. And so we have to go back and prove it all. And I don’t mind doing that.

But look at Mathew chapter five verse 27. The Bible reads:

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.[8]

Now many people will take this verse and twist it and they will say, “Well, it is not wrong to look at nudity. You know, it is not wrong to look at a strange woman or a prostitute or a woman who is dressed indecently.” They say, “It is not wrong as long as you are not lusting. I mean, if you just look at it, but you are not thinking about anything dirty. You are not thinking about anything bad, that’s ok to just look at it as long as you don’t have any bad thoughts going on.”

Now look at the next verse here. Look at verse 29. Let the Bible define itself. It says, “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”[9]

What is God’s solution for the problem of lusting after a woman in your heart? God’s solution is for you not to look. He says, “Your eye is the problem.” The problem is that you are using your eye to look at something that you ought not to be looking at. He didn’t say, “You need to change what you think about when you look at these indecently dressed women. You need to change your heart and your thought pattern when you look at a woman that is dressed in appropriately.” That is not what he said. He said, “If you can’t keep yourself from looking, then you would be better off to just rip out your own eye and throw it in the trash.” That is what he said.

And you say, “Man, that’s radical.” Well, that’s what Jesus preached. And so Jesus here is pinning the blame on the fact that you are looking. That is the problem.

Now what is the lust of the eyes? Well, let me explain it to you this way. And as I get into the sermon I am just trying to define this for you, what it means. The lust of the eyes is the desire to look at something that you ought not be looking at. That is what it is. The lust of the flesh is to gratify your flesh with something that you ought not to be gratifying it with. And the lust of the eyes is when you are looking at something that you have no business looking at.

Let’s say I walk into the gas station. This is a very practical sermon. There are going to be applications for men and women in the sermon. But let’s say that I, as a man, walk into the gas station and right under the counter is all the filthy magazines, all lined up. And it is pornography is what it is. I don’t care if it is condoned by society. I don’t care if society will tell you that it is just mild or fun. Hey, it is pornography. The cover of these magazines is pornography. It is soft porn.

And when you walk up to it and all that stuff is lined up what if I said, “Well, you know what? I just want to look at it just to see what’s going on with it. You know, I just want to see how bad it is or I am just curious about it. Now I don’t have any desire for what I see or I am not thinking about adultery or any thing like that, I just want to look at it.”


You see, if something catches my eye—listen to me, sir, listen to me, men—when something catches your eye, you are driving down the road and that billboard catches your eye, that magazine catches your eye, that sleazy hutchie momma or that woman that is dressed inappropriately, you are in department stores. She has got the short skirt on or she has got the tight fitting clothes on. Hey, when that catches your eye, sir, do you know what you ought to do? You ought to look away.

Now this is common sense, but this is what needs to be preached because people don’t believe this. You have to look away.

And I am going to tell you something. When you look back the second time, you have just committed a sin.

“Oh, I didn’t think anything. I didn’t think anything about it. I just looked at it.”

Looking at it is a sin in and of itself, period. And so when you look at something and then you look away what begins in your heart, then, could be an intense desire to look back a second time. Why? Because you are going to commit adultery with the woman in the picture? No. You don’t even know who that woman is. Your desire is to look at it again because your eyes are out of control and because the lust of the eyes is dominating your heart. That is where you need to decide, “I will not be brought under the power of any. I am not going to let lust control me. I am not going to let sin in my body control me. I am going to refuse,” as David said in Psalm 101:3, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes.”[10]

He didn’t say, “Well, whenever I look at something wicked I make sure I keep my heart right.” He said, “No.” He said, “I don’t even want to set it in front of my eyeballs.” I mean God makes this very basic. He said, “You can’t stop looking at women that are clothed in a way that God describes as nakedness,” he says, “Just take out your eye. You will be better off.”

And that is what the Bible teaches. And that is what David said, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes.”[11] And then his next words were, “I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”[12]

What did he mean by, “it shall not cleave to me”?[13] Well, in Psalm 101:3 when he said it shall not cleave to me, what does cleave mean? Cleave means to bind itself to you. You see, the Bible says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”[14] See, it is saying, “Look, we are not going to be put asunder. What God has joined together let not man put asunder,” the Bible says.[15] And so I am going to stay with my wife and my wife is going to stay with me. That is what marriage is, till death us do part.

And so here David is saying, “I don’t want the work of the wicked. I don’t want the works of Playboy magazine. I don’t want the works of Cosmopolitan magazine or Ladies’ Home Journal or whatever these filthy magazines are that wind up. Hey, I don’t want that to cleave to me. I don’t want to walk out of that gas station and have those images with me. I don’t want to walk out of that gas station and have sin with me in my mind. I want to just leave it there. I don’t even want to set it in front of my eyes because there is something that you need to learn. And that is when things go in, they don’t come out.

I am telling you. You think, “Oh, yeah. I can look at all this and it is not going to affect me.” Things are going to go in. It is going to be a lot harder to get them out than it was to put them in. It is going to take a long time to get those pictures out of your head. That’s why this is so dangerous because God is teaching us in Psalm 101:3 that when you look at things that you are not supposed to look at, it cleaves with you, a little piece of it stays with you up in your mind and that is what God is teaching us.

Now here is the world we are living in. People think that it is ok to look as long as you don’t lust. The fact that you are looking is demonstrating your lust. Your lust is what made you look the second time and the third time and the fourth time. Lust is what caused you. Because why is it you looked the second time? Because you wanted to, because you wanted to look at something with your eyes, that is wrong.

Think about this term. I just learned this term from my sister about six months ago. Eye candy. Ok, who has ever heard that term? Put up your hand. I had never even heard it. Eye candy. And she said, you know, TV is just eye candy for men. It is eye candy. And that is a great description of what I am talking about. You know, candy is something that, boy, kids, they have an intense desire for candy. You know, they want to put that sugary little piece of candy in their mouth and man is it good. But do you know what? The sinful heart of man, the lust of the eyes wants to sit down and just as putting that sugary candy on his tongue, gratifies his taste buds. He wants to fill his eyes, his sinful appetite to look at sin and immorality and ungodliness. That is what the lust of the eyes is. Are you understanding it tonight, what the lust of the eyes is? Desiring to feast your eyes on what is wrong and what really belongs to someone else.

Think about what Jesus said in Matthew five. He says, “You have committed adultery with her.”[16] Now in order to commit adultery either you have to be married or she has to be married. That is what adultery means. Did you know that most of those women that you are probably looking at on the TV screen and on the magazine covers, did you know that most of them are probably married? It is sad to say, but a lot of them are probably married. You are looking at a woman that belongs to another man and you are feasting your eyes and lusting after another man’s wife. Or perhaps you are married yourself and you have your wife that God has given to you and yet you choose to feast your eyes on someone else’s wife and to enjoy her beauty with your eyes. And God says, “Lust not after her body”? No. He said, “Lust not after her beauty. Don’t even lust after her beauty.”[17] Don’t even feast your eyes and stare at a woman that doesn’t belong to you have the lust of the eyes dominating your life.

So people think it is ok to look as long as you don’t lust. It reminds me of the people who think it is ok to have idols as long as you don’t worship them. You know, this is the kind things that we deal with. “Oh, it is ok to look as long as you are keeping a clean heart.”

“Oh, it is ok to have idols in your house as long as you don’t worship them.”

You say, “What are you talking about? Who has idols in their house?”

All kinds of people have idols in their house. You have got idols like little statues of Jesus, little statues of the virgin Mary. You have got little statues of gods and Jesus the true God. But do you know what? That is not...that ain’t Jesus that little statue, that long haired hippie you got there isn’t Jesus anyway, ok?

Have you ever seen that picture of Jesus where he has got the really long hair parted in the middle and he looks like a Springer Spaniel? It is the one that the Momons have in their house where his hair is really droopy like this. You know, those droopy ear dogs. Do you know what I am talking about, Springer Spaniels? Only a couple of people get the joke.

All the [?] say they are not worshipping it. It doesn’t matter because the Second Commandment of God is, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.”[18] Then, he later said, “Don’t worship it.”[19] But, you know, you ought not even make it. Don’t make the idol and you dead sure won’t worship the idol. Don’t bring the abomination into your house God said. He said, “Don’t bring idols into your house. Don’t bring the pictures and the idols of the heathen even into your house.”

Remember in the book of Deuteronomy God said, “When you go into the Promised Land, destroy all their pictures, destroy their idols”?[20] Don’t bring the accursed thing into your house lest thou be accursed like it.

You see, you are not going to worship idols if you don’t have idols in your house. And you are not going to lust after women if you don’t look at pictures of indecent women or look at women out in public, if you just keep your eyes where they are supposed to be. God says, “Look right on. Don’t look to the right hand or to the left. Look straight on ahead.”

Hey, you are not going to have that problem because the Bible says, “Make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”[21] I will give you the whole verse, Romans 13:14. “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”[22] He is saying, “Don’t even put yourself in a position where you have the opportunity to gratify the flesh.” That is what he is saying. Don’t even...why would you want to be just one step away from a wicked sin?

Because you know what comes right after the lust of the yes is the lust of the flesh. That is where it takes you next. Think about King David. King David let this take over in his life. King David was supposed to be out fighting battles and leading the nation to war. And he was just up on the roof just bored, lazy, just doing nothing, walking around on the roof. And he looks over and sees through a window off in the distance a woman bathing completely nude just in the shower. He just looks through the window and sees her. Now what he ought to have done is said, “Whoa, man.” And went back in the house.

Would he have committed any sin at that point, if he just accidentally saw something and just said, “Whoops, sorry,” and went down the stairs? Everything would have been fine. But what did he do? He looked away. And then the lust of the eyes kicked in. I don’t think his next thought was, “Boy, I want to commit adultery.” I think his next thought was, “Boy, that looked good. I think I’ll take a second look.”

And so he said, “I think I will look a little more.” And then he began to look a little more. And then as he began to look a little more, when lust hath conceived it bringeth forth sin.[23] And what happened is when he looked at it the lust of the eyes kicked in and he wanted to look at it and then as he looked at it, then the lust of the flesh kicked in, he called for his servants and said, “Go bring that woman to me.” And he committed adultery with her. “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”[24] And many, many people died because of that sin. Four of David’s own children died because of that one sin that he committed because he had let the lust of the eyes...

See, I don’t even want to go there. I don’t want to get to that point. I want to just nip in the bud right at the eyes. Be done with it. That is what Jesus said to be done with it, with your eyes.

But look, if you would, at...turn to Genesis 13 and I’ll...I’ll explain something to you in the meantime. Turn back to Genesis 13.

Now here is another thought about Jesus’ words in Matthew chapter five. He said, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery.”[25] And we talked about that, that, yeah, it is talking about one or more people are married in the equation. “...hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”[26]

Now, personally I believe that not only is the person who is looking upon the nudity sin, are they in sin. But I personally believe and I think it is clear from the Bible that the person who is exposing their nakedness is also in sin.

You say, “Pastor Anderson, you know...”

And sometimes like...especially like Amanda here in the front. Sometimes she rolls her eyes at me because she is like, “Pastor Anderson, why are you stating the obvious?”

You know, I will say things that are just so basic. And she rolls her eyes like, “Come on, everybody knows that.”

But I’m like, “Amanda, everybody doesn’t know that.”

Now everybody should know that. But she rolls her eyes, and I am rolling my eyes in my heart with her because I am thinking to myself, “Isn’t it so stupid that I even have to say this.” Do you know what I mean? And so I see where you are coming from with that.

But the Bible says in Revelation 3:18—just, you don’t have to turn there. I am just going to read some Scripture while you are in Genesis 13. “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear.”[27] God says it is a shame when your nakedness is exposed. And so you have two people committing a sin here. One person is exposing their nakedness and another person who is setting wickedness before their eyes by looking at it.

You say, “Pastor Anderson, what are you talking about when you say nakedness?”

I am talking about what the Bible says nakedness. The Bible says that when a woman has her thigh uncovered it is nakedness, Isaiah 47:3.[28] The Bible says that when a man has his thighs uncovered it is nakedness. That is Exodus 28:42.

And I am not going to go there. I have shown it to you in many sermons. But that is nudity. The girl in the short skirt is showing her nakedness. The girl in shorts is showing her nakedness if they are above the knee. Hey, I am talking about nudity as God defines it. The Bible says in the book of Isaiah. It talks about—and excuse the term, but this is what the Bible says—it says that men had their buttocks uncovered. It said it was nakedness. Look it up in your Bible.[29] It says that is nudity. That is nakedness.

And, do you know, that’s... you say, “Well, you are crazy. Hey, that is the style among girls right now with their low rider pants.”

You know, girls ought not even be wearing pants, number one. Put on a skirt and be feminine and be a lady. But do you know what? Why don’t you pull up your skirt where it needs to be pulled up, girls? And why don’t know, and if you do choose to wear pants and be an abomination, then, you know, at least pull up your pants, would you? And quit showing your nakedness.

And I am going to tell you something. It is a sin for the girl who is showing her nakedness and it is a sin for the guy who looks at it, period. And that is the truth.

And so there are really two people in sin here. But it says in Habakkuk 2:15, “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!”[30]

Nahum 3:5. “Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.”[31]

See, it is a shame to be nude. It is a shame to expose your nakedness to the world.

“Behold, I come as a thief,”[32] Jesus said in Revelation 16:15. “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”[33]

2 Corinthians 5:3. “If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.”[34]

Put some clothes on. Be clothed. Don’t be found naked. Put clothes on.

You say, “Pastor Anderson, why do you preach this?”

Good night. Go out there in the world everybody is stripped half naked in our sinful licentious society. Come with me to work one day. You know I work in department stores all the time because I inspect fire alarm systems. That is my secular job. And just come with me to work one day. Come with me to Dillard’s department store where we service the cameras. Come with me to Kohl’s and Bed Bath and Beyond. Hey, you will see all kinds of people that are dressed unbelievably naked is what it is. Hey, put some clothes on.

Nothing...there is shame.

Just because our society accepts it, hey. This is my society right here at the house of God. The Bible is my cultural guideline here. I don’t go by what the world goes by. I don’t love the world. I love the Father. And the Father said, “Nakedness is a sin.”

But we are living in a day where people do not even believe that nakedness is a sin. It is the truth. I will prove it to you.

Oh man, you know, these people they don’t want you to...they don’t want the girls in the short skirts. They don’t want the low cut top? But what do they do? They build...they dig a hole in the ground, right? They dig a hole in the ground, fill it with water, put a bunch of cast iron fence around it and all of the sudden all the girls put on their underwear, their colored underwear and it is ok. And it is called a bathing suit.

Suddenly it is ok because people don’t believe that it is a sin.

Now what if those same girls...I would like to see...and I would like to see those same Church youth groups that have the mixed swimming and all the girls in the bikinis and the bathing suits. I would like to see those girls show up for Sunday morning church dressed like that. Boy, the pastor would throw a fit. Everybody would throw a fit. I mean they would be throwing a blanket over them or something say, “Good night, would you cover up? Here is a towel. Here is a blanket. Put something on. This is obscene.”

But suddenly you go to the beach, you go to the swimming pool and all of the sudden it goes out the window.

And, you know, here is an area that is not popular. It has never stopped me before. It is not going to stop me now. But here is another area that is not popular. But, you know what? Women who go to a male doctor and just disrobe in front of a male doctor. Why? Because they don’t believe that nakedness is a sin. Because he is not lusting, supposedly.

Because we all know what is going on inside his mind. He takes a polygraph detector test right before and after every visit.

“I mind is as clean and pure as the driven snow.”

Yeah, right. Good night. He is a man. He is a red blooded man like anybody else. Do you know what every male gynecologist ought to do? He ought to take a scalpel and a lancet and cut out his own eye and throw it in the trash. That is what the Bible says. He ought to just remove his own eye. I am not kidding. He has got all the tools to do it. He ought to do it. I am telling you what. Hey, why don’t you decide whether you believe that nudity is even a sin. But, see, we have twisted the Bible and said it is only a sin if you think a dirty thought. Hey, it is dirty just to look at it. You have already gotten dirty right there. Period. Quit lowering the bar of morality. Quit lowering the bar of what is right and wrong.

Hey, why don’t we lift up the standard high and say, “Right is right and wrong is wrong, period?”

But where did I have you turn, Genesis 13? Look at Genesis 13. And I am going to get off the subject of nakedness, ok. Because we are talking about the lust of the eyes, but I don’t want to spend my whole sermon talking about clothing and nakedness and things like that. Look at Genesis 13. We’ll look at another kind of wrong lust of the eyes. That is the topic tonight.

Genesis 13:8 says:

And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? [verse nine] separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

And Lot lifted up his eyes...[35]

Let’s see what he does with his eyes.

It says:

And beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.[36]

So here we have Abram and Lot. Abram says, “I will give you the choice. If you go this way, I will go this way. Let’s split up. I am going to give you the best of the land. I am going to give you first pick.”

Lot lifts up his eyes and he looks and he sees the well watered plain, the beautiful land. And it was like the garden of the Lord the Bible says. It was like the land of Egypt. And it was so beautiful.

Then he looked at it and he said, “This is where I want to live.”

But in that plain there were many cities. And the worst city of all was a city called Sodom and the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly the Bible says.[37]

So what does it say he did? He “pitched his tent toward Sodom.”[38]

Good night, man. There’s north, south, east west. Why are you pitching your tent towards Sodom? Because think about it. Every day when he gets up in the morning he walks out the front door of his tent, what does he see in front of him every day? Sodom.

So first he is just living in the general vicinity. You know, he is just living in the plains, nothing wrong with maybe living in a well watered area. Great. But the problem is every time he went out the front door he is looking at Sodom. He gets up the second day, he looks at Sodom, goes about his business. He gets up the third day, looks at Sodom. And I would venture to guess that his tent probably just kept moving closer and closer towards Sodom because he wanted to see more. He is looking at it. You know, he is fascinated by it. Whatever the case may be.

And he just kept moving that tent closer and closer to Sodom.

Well, all the sudden, the next thing you know, in the next chapter in Genesis 14, ok, he is living in Sodom. Now how did he get there? God doesn’t even tell us when he moved to Sodom or how he moved to Sodom. It just says, well, he pitched his tent towards Sodom.[39] And then you get to Genesis 14 and he is in Sodom.

And you are like, “What?”

And God is saying, “Of course he is in Sodom. That is what he looked at all day.” He has been looking at it in chapter 13. Of course he is going to be there in chapter 14. And then by the time we get to chapter 18 God know, God comes to Abraham and tells Abraham he is going to destroy Sodom. And Abraham, of course, pleads for the life of his nephew Lot. And then in Genesis chapter 19—I am just hurrying through the story—but in Genesis 19, you know, God sends his two angels to Sodom. Their mission is to go there and to see if it is just as bad as he said it was. And their mission is to get Lot and take him out of Sodom. And so the two angels come there. They come to grab Lot. And look, if you would, at Genesis 19 verse 17, Genesis 19:17. Now how did Lot end up in Sodom? Because he looked at Sodom too many times. He kept looking at it and looking at it and looking at it just like David looked at a woman that was bathing.

But look at Genesis 19 verse 17. This is what the angels are saying when they take Lot and his wife and his two daughters out of Sodom. In verse 17 it says, “And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad.”[40] Four people: Lot, Lot’s wife and Lot’s two daughters. “That he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee.”[41] Do you see that? He is saying, “Don’t even look at that place.” “Look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.”[42]

And then look at verse number 23. The Bible says:

The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

Then the LORD rained upon [San Francisco. I’m sorry. I mean] Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.[43]

It was gone. It was just smoke and ashes after God destroyed it.

You see, Lot’s whole problem was that he was looking at Sodom. That is how he ended up there. And then when God explained to him what he was going to do, when God revealed to Lot how filthy and how wicked it was. And when these men had actually attacked Lot in chapter 19 and actually tried to violate Lot himself and the angel smote these Sodomites, these queers with blindness and grabbed Lot into the door and pulled them out of the city. He said, “Don’t look back. Leave Sodom. Leave it behind. Be done with it. Don’t even look back at that wicked place.” But as the old song goes, “I left my heart in San Francisco...” You know, that could have been Lot’s wife’s theme song. She left her heart in San Francisco, literally. She left her heart in Sodom. And so she is leaving Sodom. And the lust of her eyes. I mean think about it. She had just been told not to look back. She knew she wasn’t supposed to look back. She was running away and maybe they could hear the fire and brimstone beginning to fall or maybe they could know that God’s judgment was coming and the sun was just up and God was beginning to destroy it. And she had a lust in her heart that said, “I have to look back. I just have to look at it one more time before it is gone.”

What kind of an intense desire would make a woman turn around and look at it and become a pillar of salt? I mean, she is killed. You know, she is destroyed in a moment because she just said, “I must look at it.”

You know, this is the same thing that you experience, sir, when that indecent picture is out there. And it is everywhere. It is in the gas station. It is in the billboard.

Hey, you feel that lust of your eyes saying, “I have just got to look at it.”

And you know it is enough to destroy you. It was enough to destroy King David. It was enough to destroy Lot’s wife.

Hey, I love the short verses in the Bible. You know, those verses that are just really short in the Bible. “Jesus wept.”[44] “Rejoice evermore.”[45] “Pray without ceasing.”[46] You know, these very short verses. How about this one? “Remember Lot’s wife.”[47] That’s the whole verse “Remember...” Luke 17:32. “Remember Lot’s wife.”[48]

That is enough of a thought for one verse. I mean that is just the Holy Spirit chose to just put that one little thought there. “Remember Lot’s wife.”[49]

Why, God? Why should I remember Lot’s wife? Remember how just looking at something can kill you. Remember how just looking at something can destroy you.

He said, “Good night. I just don’t think that looking at something...I mean, just looking at something can destroy me?”

Well, God killed in 1 Samuel chapter six verse 19, he killed 50,070 people. Did you get that number? Fifty thousand and 70 people because they opened the ark and looked inside. He killed over 50,000 people just for looking at something that they weren’t supposed to look at.

You see, looking at something, the lust of your eyes, can destroy you. Your eye can destroy you. Your whole. Your eye can ruin your life if you don’t learn to control your eyes.

Job said it this way. He said, “I made a covenant with mine eyes.”[50] He said, “I made a deal with my eyes.” “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?”[51]

He said, “I made a covenant with my eyes and said, ‘You are going to look at what I tell you to look at. And you are not going to look at women that are dressed indecent. You are not going to look at another man’s wife. You are not going to look at these images that Hollywood and TV will portray for you.”

You say, “I don’t know if the lust of the eyes really applies to me. I am a woman.”

Well, you know, what? So was Lot’s wife. And yet she had a problem with the lust of the eyes. See, it was a little bit different problem. But your eyes will be tempted, ladies, to look at things that you ought not look at. Like how about the soap operas on TV? Your lust of your eyes and your, “Oh, I just have to turn it on, you know, All My Children or whatever.” If it is even still on the air. That show has probably been on the air for like 75 years or something, you know.

“Oh, I have to see As the Word Turns and I have to see General Hospital and I have to watch, you know 90210 and Friends and whatever it is.” I don’t know. I’m preaching it’s probably these old shows.

You know why I am preaching is old shows because I haven’t had a television in seven years. I quit pitching my tent toward Sodom seven years ago. That’s why I don’t have a television.

You see, Sodom is on your TV screen. When you get home and flip that thing on you just flipped on Sodom, period.

You say, “Well, I don’t know if it is Sodom.” Well, you know, Jesus called it this way in Revelation chapter 11, you know the revelation of Jesus Christ where he is showing John the things that must surely come? He says it this way. He says, “Do you remember the city where our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified? It is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt.[52] That is what he said. He is talking about present day Jerusalem which is a wicked place by the way, wicked sin there, filthiness that goes on there. I have talked to people that have been to Israel and been to Jerusalem. It is a wicked, ungodly place, pornography abounds, sin abounds. And do you know what? It has a spiritual name, Sodom. And I am going to tell you something, when you flip on your TV you are watching Sodom.

You say, “Well, I can quit watching it any time.”

You know what? There are a lot of people who think they could quit watching TV, they can’t. Try it. If you could quit watching TV then go four weeks without watching television. If you go four weeks without watching television you will probably never watch it again because when you don’t watch it for four weeks, when you get out from under its witchcraft, when you get out from under its sorcery spell that it has you under, you know, when you break free from that control that it has over you, dominating you. I mean, have you ever seen how addicted people are to TV? I mean they go to a hotel room and turn it on. I know it is not a remote control. It is my cell phone. But it worked out good, didn’t it?

You know, they turn on the TV. I remember working out of town with people and we would wake up in the morning and turn on the TV and then they would go brush their teeth.

I’m like, “Why is the TV on? They are not even watching it.”

They just turn it on. It is like instinctively.

And then you will say. You will say to them, “Hey, let’s turn off the TV, please. You know, let’s turn it off. We don’t need this on.”

“Oh, ok. Sure. I don’t mind turning it off.”

They will turn it on five minutes later. And is not because they are trying to, you know, disrespect you. It is not because they are trying to just defy what you are saying. They just accidentally turned it on because it is almost like a knee jerk reaction to just if there is a TV turn it on, turn it on.

Do you know what I am talking about? I mean you just walk in the house and just...I mean when I grew up that’s the way it was. You walk in the house you just turn on the TV. Like you didn’t even think about it. You just...the TV is there. You just walk in. You just turn it on. And then you go make a sandwich. Then you go fix yourself a snack. Then you go shave or do what you need to do. You just turn on the TV. It is there. You turn it on.

But when you turn it on you just pitched your tent towards Sodom. Don’t tell me. I wasn’t...listen. I wasn’t born yesterday, ok?

I am not a fool. Don’t tell me that Sodom is not on the TV because it is. I mean, don’t tell me that there is a prime time show that doesn’t have these filthy sodomite queer characters, because it does. I remember when I was in high school. I was 17 years old. The show came out Ellen. Ellen, the first...was going to be the first lesbian sitcom. It was ripped off the air. That was in 1999. That was 1998 or whatever it was. They ripped it off the air. And they said, “No. People couldn’t handle it.”

Twelve months later it was back on the air. And twelve months after that, every prime time show had sodomite characters. That’s how fast it happened.

And I don’t know all the details of what is on TV. I couldn’t even name the shows for you. You know, I could maybe name a few that I have heard about, but I couldn’t really name all the shows. I mean, I don’t really know what they are. But I promise you it is just filled with, with sodomy. I promise you it is just filled with gays and lesbians and freakos. I promise you.

And you know what? Even if it is not...

You say, “Well, I don’t watch that stuff. I just watch the weather. I just watch the cooking channel.”

Those guys cooking on the cooking channel are a bunch of queers. You know they are.

“Oh, you know, I just throw in a little bit of this.”

Good night. Be a man.

“Oh, I just like...I just watch the home decorating show.”

Oh, good night. What’s that guys name? This guy was on when I was a teenager. Christopher Lowell. And who has ever heard of that guy? Is that what his name is? I got the name right? Christopher Lowell. That gay little piece of trash. I would like to beat the fire out of him.

Somebody needs to beat him with the ugly stick. I am going to tell you something. The TV is filled with sodomites. The whole agenda behind TV is a brainwashing session. And the reason that you watch it is because your eyes lust to see all those beautiful women on there or all those robust men on there or all long to look at all the explosions, right? You want to see all the explosions and you want to fly in the jets in the airplanes and, boy, it will really tickle your eyes, won’t it? But I am going to tell you something. It has is just putting filth into you, just step by step.

You see, think about TV this way. And I don’t want to spend the whole sermon on TV. I am kind of getting off on a tangent, but I don’t mind doing it for a good subject. But think about this for a moment. This is how TV works and this is how the movies work. It is just like this church, ok. The way that we operate...the way that I choose what to preach and the way that I preach I don’t try to teach you the whole Bible in one service.

“All right. Turn to Genesis chapter one. Ok, we are going to get it all tonight, ok?”

Would that make any sense? Am I trying to preach every subject tonight? Am I preaching on salvation tonight? No. Am I preaching on eternal security tonight? No. Am I preaching on the preservation and infallibility of God’s Word tonight? No. Am I preaching on the trinity? Am I preaching on the deity of Christ tonight? Am I preaching on soul winning tonight? No. Because this is my philosophy. Every service you come to I try to teach you one major thing. Tonight I am trying to teach you about the lust of the eyes and its destructive influence on your life.

If you come on Wednesday, John chapter seven, I will teach you John seven.

If you come next Sunday morning I will teach you one thing. It might be something doctrinal from the Bible. It might be all about heaven. It might be all about hell. It might be all about the salvation. It might be all about whatever...fill in the blank. Music, it might be about music. It might be about praising God. It might be about being thankful or unselfish, some sermons I preached recently. It might be about any number of things. But I am trying to communicate to you one thing.

People have come to our church and said, “Oh, I can’t believe it. I came here to church and you didn’t even preach the gospel.”

You think I am going to preach the gospel every service so that you visitor can be happy? No. I preach...I don’t preach the gospel every service. I preach the gospel all afternoon on knocking doors. Maybe you could have come with me. You would have heard it. You would have heard it many times if you would have followed me around today knocking doors with the rest of us out soul winning.

And, “Oh, I can’t believe you didn’t preach the gospel.”

No. I don’t preach the same sermon 500 times, ok. I am trying to feed God’s people. I am trying to edify the body of Christ here and there is more to the Bible than just salvation. Salvation is the number one thing in the Bible, but there is also preaching against sin. There is also preaching Bible doctrines. And so I am trying to communicate to you one thing. You got that? And then each service. So if you come Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night for a whole year, ok, you just got 52 times three, you just 156 Bible truths. You probably got a lot of doctrine on salvation, a lot of preaching on sin, a lot of stuff about reading the Bible, memorizing the Bible, prayer, inspiration to go soul winning, helping other people. Wherever.

This is the way TV and the movies operate. They are not going to shove the whole thing down your throat in one go. Every TV show and every movie has one twisted wrong thing that they are trying to teach you. It is like a devil’s church service. And let me just explain it to you. And I remember when me and brother Dave were down here. We were eating at the Panda Express or whatever it was in the Arizona Mills. And we walked up and down the movie posters. And it was like a game for us. We said, “Ok, this is what this one is trying to teach. This is what this one is trying to teach. This is what is wrong with this one. And we walked up and down. We just saw the pictures of all the movies.

Ice Age, promoting evolution. Next.

You know, and you just move down the list. I just...I was just in Five Electronics yesterday. I saw a DVD for a movie called I Now pronounce you... and it was like two guy’s names, Frank and whatever. Adam and Steve or whatever. I don’t know.

It had the list. It just...I don’t know. And what are they trying to do? They are just trying to desensitize you to this gay marriage. You know, that is what they are doing.

You see Ice Age. It is just trying to teach you evolution.

You say, “Oh, there’s a lot of good things about it.”

Yeah, but it has got one wicked message that it is putting into you. And you can go down the list whatever it is. You know, another one has got a girl in a really short miniskirt in a seductive pose. Well, that one is just trying to destroy your morality. It is just trying to get you to lust and mess up.

And this one, the leading character is got long hair and he looks like a sissy. You know, I mean you just look down the list. You say, “Well, I just watch The Andy Griffith Show.”

Ok, you are talking about The Andy Griffith Show where Gomer Pyle is a queer in real life that died of AIDS? You are talking about The Andy Griffith Show that is about a man who lives with his aunt, you know, because...and he is raising the son by himself and he...? What? Are you talking about The Andy Griffith Show where everybody drinks and it is fun? Do you remember that? Do you remember The Andy Griffith Show where they never go to church, where they never talk about Jesus Christ, they never read the Bible, they never mention anything about God? But they are really happy without God and without Jesus.

“Oh, but I just like Leave it to Beaver.”

You know, Leave it to Beaver where the Ward Cleaver and June Cleaver are married to other people in real life and yet they kiss each other on the screen? Stop and think about that. How would you like it, honey, if I were an actor and I kissed some other man’s wife on the screen?

You say, “Well, that’s different because they are actors.”

Oh, it is different because they are getting paid to do it? That’s called prostitution.

Look. This is the truth. The people that are kissing on screen aren’t married to each other. They are married to somebody else. Their wife, their husband is out in the cold somewhere. They are making out on the screen with June Cleaver. That is what is going on.

And these are the mildest shows that we can think of. These are back in the golden days of television. I Love Lucy.

You mean I Love Lucy where Ricky Ricardo works in a bar in a dance club, in a night club?

Look, I am telling you something. TV has an agenda. And it may not be trying to just show you everything that is ungodly and smut, but it is just giving it to you a little bit at a time, a little bit at a time, one thing here, one thing there, one thing here. I was on the airplane and they had some wholesome family PG rated movie that they were playing for the holidays. You know, and there was a pastor sitting right next to me. Ok, I am sitting right here and this other pastor is sitting right in front of me and one seat over. Right here, boom. And, you know, I read my Bible the whole flight. He is reading some book, you know, some liberal book from the Christian bookstore, ok.

So he’s got his little Christian bookstore book. I got my Christian bookstore book right here, the only book that there is, the King James Bible. And I am reading it. And his daughter, you know, she is just...the whole time, you know, just watching...watching the movie.

You know, and I am not watching the movie. You know and I didn’t have the sound. You know, and I didn’t have the headphones, thank God. But I look up at the movie and the leading character has got long shaggy hair. Every scene they have got alcohol in their hand. They are all holding alcohol in their hand. And I notice that in the movie I look up an these people are kissing, right? They are not married. These people are kissing, right?

And then a minute later all of the sudden the lady and her daughter and this guy are all in their pajamas making breakfast in the kitchen.

I wonder what happened. Oh, it didn’t show anything. It is a really clean movie. It doesn’t show any nudity.

Look, people are kissing and then the next thing you know they are all making breakfast in their pajamas. What do you think happened? And this is what this guy is letting his teenage daughter feast her eyes on, some long haired sissy is going to come sweep her off her feet and they are all going to wear jimmies and make toast in the morning.

Hey, it is straight out of hell, my friend. And I am just preaching you the truth tonight.

The biggest thing that is wrong about television, the biggest thing that is wrong about movies is not the kissing and it is not he nudity. I’ll tell you what is wrong is the philosophy. I’ll tell you what is wrong is the wickedness that it promotes. I don’t care if you never see any nudity on there. I don’t care if you never heard a cuss word. I’ll tell you what. You are learning about life without Jesus. You are learning that people are happy and live their lives without church, without Jesus, without the Bible. And they go to bed on the first date. That is what you see on TV. That is what it is all about. That is what they are promoting.

It doesn’t matter whether you see it. Your kids are learning about it, that that is acceptable, that that is appropriate, that that is normal. I had somebody challenge me on this the other day. They said, “What about Little House on the Prairie?”

I said, “Good night. Can you at least give me a challenge? Can you at least pick a show that is going to be hard for me to tear apart?”

I said, “Michael Landon is a homo. He died of AIDS. That’s a fact. You know, the guy, Michael Landon, Little House on the Prairie, the long haired queer little sissy. He died of AIDS. He is a homo, ok.”

And do you know what my dad hated about that show? Reverend...what’s that guy’s name? I don’t know. I didn’t watch the show. But Reverent whatever. They’ve got this lame pastor. The go to this church and they got this sissy pastor with his collar turned around backwards like a Catholic priest. And I remember my dad...

And we, you know, we always had TV in our house and watched TV in our house. But my dad hated that pastor, ok. And we would be watching Little House on the Prairie and as soon as that pastor would come on Little House on the Prairie my dad would begin to scream at the television.

And, you know, we had the television and the movies and everything. But, man, my dad could not tolerate that pastor on Little House on the Prairie. And that pastor came on and he would scream at the TV and say, “That liberal phony, idiot. That pastor is so mamby pamby. He never preaches on sin. He never yells. He never hits the pulpit. He is just up there always just a feel good, positive only...” But that’s the truth. The religious guy on TV is always portrayed like this with a limp wrist. Isn’t that the truth? The pastor is always kind of sissy. Anybody who is religious is a little bit of a sissy.

Well, there is a lot of truth to that. But do you know what? The Bible is not a sissy book. That is, if you have got a King James. The Bible is not a wimpy book. The NIV is for pansies and wimps. It sure is.

I don’t want to get into it. It is another whole sermon. I was tossed between two different sermons tonight. Ok. And it was in the other sermon so you will get it some other time. But it was all the wimpy things in the NIV, the sissified little things in the NIV.

Hey, I am going to tell you something. The Bible teaches manliness, strength, fighting. Yes it does. Fight the good fight. Stand up for what you believe. I get so tired of these little sissified little Twinkies behind the pulpit who call themself a man of God. Do you know what they should be called? Male of God, because they are not a man. They won’t stand up and tell it like it is.

Everybody runs them. Every woman in the church runs them. Every deep pocketed deacon runs them and tells them how it is.

Hey, a real man stands up and says what he believes and he doesn’t care what anybody thinks. And he is fighting for it and he stands for it and he does what is right and says what is right and acts like what is right with no regard to what people think about it.

That is manliness. The man in America is gone.

You know, the prophesied, I believe, of America in Jeremiah 51 when God said, “The man within thee are become as women. They have forborn to fight.”[53] That is what it says. It said, “Your men are like women.”[54]

I think God is talking about America. I mean, I think that is part of it, part of the application there. Men who are like women, men who are sissies. Why? Because you start them out when they are this age watching the wiggles. And then you wonder why they grow up and they wiggle around when they walk, you know.

I see guys in the store. “Hey, why do you wiggle like that?”

It’s because they watch the wiggles. You showed it to them. You had the television in your house for them to watch it on and then you wonder why they wiggle around.

I mean I remember when I was in Bible college. [?] I just wanted to grab them and start shaking them. What are you doing? I started slapping them in the face and throw them on the ground. “Wimp! Be a man.” But I am going to tell you something. When you pitch your tent toward Sodom you are going to start acting like a Sodomite.

Now was Lot a sodomite? Of course not. Lot was a saved, born again Christian, ok. But the problem was he was living in Sodom. The guy was a wimp. The guy is a sissy. The guy just let people push him around all the time. Think about it. These guys are, “Oh, guys, pleas don’t do this to these two men who are coming to me.”

Think about Lot. “Please don’t do this. Oh, here. You can take my daughters instead.”

What a wimp. Why didn’t he say, “Get out of here”? Why didn’t he say, “You have to go through me first to get to these two guys that are in my house”?

“Oh, no, no, please don’t do that.”

You know, I always thought it was funny that, you know, when the angels show up at Abraham in Genesis 18 Abraham tells his wife, “Go fix something to eat for these guys.”

Do you remember that? He says, “Go fix something to eat.”

Genesis 19 the two angels, the same guys show up at Lot’s house he goes into the kitchen and fixes something to eat. He doesn’t even know, he doesn’t even tell his wife what to do. He is a little house husband. His wife was probably at work. His wife was probably wearing her little business suit somewhere at the office and he is in there cooking for the guests.

Why? Because he is hanging around a bunch of Sodomites all day. You know that...You don’t tell me...are you going to tell that Lot probably didn’t have any effeminate tendencies hanging around a bunch of queers all day? It is going to rub off on you my friend.

I mean sometimes I will see guys in 2007 and it is like at first I think that they are a queer. But then I just realize that is just the way our society is now. You know, maybe they are not even...maybe they are straight, but maybe they are just dressing that way because they look at it all...because their tent is pitched towards Sodom.

I’ll tell you something. I want to turn my tent...I want to pack up my tent and get as far away from Sodom as I can. I can tell you that right now. I am going to pack it into my little backpack and I am going to run screaming in the other direction from Sodom because I don’t want to be anywhere near it because as soon as I start to look at it, pretty soon I am going to be there. As soon as I start to be there I am going to start hanging around with them and liking them and acting like them.

And that is where the manliness has gone in our country. So, again, you put your little boy and your little son in front of TV shows that don’t have any touching like the wiggles and they don’t have any nudity. They didn’t say anything bad, but the guy that they are looking at is a sissy and a wimp.

You put your little girl in front of a show that is all fine and dandy. There is nothing wrong except all the women are wearing pants on television, every single one of them. All the women on television have a low cut top. All the women on television are decorated like a Christmas tree because that is what they look at all day. That is what they are going to dress like. That is what they are act like and that is what they are going to talk like.

And so there is a lot more danger in television than you think. Don’t let your lust and your appetite to fill your eyes with eye candy ruin your morality and destroy you. Just as Lot’s wife’s eyes destroyed her, just as the men of Bethshemesh in 1 Samuel chapter six, their eyes destroyed them when they just had to look at something. Why? Curiosity. They wanted to look inside the ark when God commanded them not to. Curiosity. Hey, curiosity killed the cat.

I have heard people say, “Well, I just looked at pornography because I was curious.”

You know what? There’s certain things that you need to be simple concerning evil the Bible says.[55] And so we ought not even to look at it. And even try to learn it or understand it or know what it is.

There are many things. Here is another thing. I am out of time. But the Bible says in Proverbs 23, “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.”[56] He says, “Don’t look at alcohol. “At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.”[57]

Now what happens after you drink the alcohol? He says, “First you look at it.” First you look at alcohol. Next thing you are drinking alcohol and then step three it says, “Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.”[58]

So he says, “First you look at alcohol. Next thing you know you drink alcohol. Next thing you know you start looking at strange women.” And the fourth thing is you start to utter perverse things. You start to say dirty things.

Now if it weren’t wrong to look at strange women then why is God saying here this is why you shouldn’t drink alcohol because you will behold strange women. Does he says you will lust after their flesh? No. He says you will start to see them. You will start to look at the strange women, the evil woman, the woman that flatters with her appearance, the woman who is dressed in a sleazy way, in a seductive way. He says, “You will look at her when you consume alcohol.” When you drink alcohol your eyes will be drawn to what...

You won’t even be able to control your eyes when you drink alcohol. Your lust will be out of control.

The whole sermon tonight is this. There is more to lust than just the lust of the flesh. There is also the lust of the eyes.

There are things. Let me just sum up the whole sermon for you right now. There are things that you ought never to look at. You ought never to look at the other gender. You ought never to look at nudity ever. The only time nudity is permitted between the genders is between a man and his wife. That is what the Bible teaches in Genesis chapter two. The only time nudity is permissible between a man and a woman, a man and his wife. You ought never even look at nudity of the other gender. You ought never even look at alcohol. You ought not even look at the stuff that is on television. It is obscene. And there is going to be a desire that creeps up inside of your sinful flesh that is known as the lust of the eyes that is going to tempt you and try to get you in your sinful flesh to look at something that you ought not look at. And you have got to resist that temptation. You have got to fight the temptation.

And when the billboard is there fight the temptation. When the TV is there, don’t even have it there. But when the TV is there out there in public and you see the TV screen, fight the temptation to look at it. When the magazines are on the magazine rack, fight the temptation.

You say, “Are you perfect? Have you never looked at some of the junk I look at?”

Hey, I’m not perfect. But, you know, I am going to fight it every day of my life. And I am not going to sit there and justify sin and say, “Well, it is just out there everywhere. You have got to look at it.” I’m not going to look at it. I am going to fight it. And I don’t want to lust with my eyes and fill and gratify my eyes with images of things that are sinful.

Let’s bow our heads and have a word of prayer.

Father, I pray that something in the message tonight would get a hold of somebody in this room that maybe they have a problem in this area with lust, maybe a man who has a problem with lust. It is so prevalent that Hollywood just crams it down our throat. Madison Avenue crams it down our throat. The billboards and magazines...

Dear God, please just give the men in this room the strength that David had when he said, “I just am not going to do it.” He said, “I will set no wicked thing before my eyes.”

And, God, every lady in this room, help them also to withstand the lust to watch the television, to watch the sinful programs, to watch Oprah Winfrey, to watch Ricky Lake, to watch all these shows that are an abomination, to watch the soap operas.

Dear God, please just help every woman in this room to resist the temptation to look back at the Sodom that maybe they once enjoyed, maybe in their unsaved condition or maybe when they were a weaker Christian or maybe earlier on in their Christian life and they were a weak Christian and they were not living for God. They used to feast their eyes on TV which is just nothing more than Egypt and Sodom. But, God, I pray that every lady in this room would say, “You know what? I want to leave Sodom, never to look back, never to look back.”

God, help us to control our eyes. We love you and thank you for everything that you do for us. Thank you for saving us and forgiving all sins.