For a deeply serious thought, I would like to compare three passages of scripture and ask two questions.

“For if God SPARED NOT THE ANGELS THAT SINNED, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 7 And DELIVERED JUST LOT, VEXED WITH THE FILTHY CONVERSATION OF THE WICKED:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)…” (2 Pet. 2:4-8).

Compare with:

  • “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is A SHAME EVEN TO SPEAK OF THOSE THINGS which are done of them in secret” (Eph. 5:11-12).
  • “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left. 3 Yea also, when he that is a FOOL WALKETH BY THE WAY, HIS WISDOM FAILETH HIM, AND HE SAITH TO EVERY ONE THAT HE IS A FOOL” (Ecc. 10:2-3).

My questions:

  2. When (or IF) these souls “repented,” WHY do they not turn from those wicked ways and leave them behind–never speak of them again?



  1. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret” (Eph. 5:11-12).

    Once we “come out” from among them, we will neither participate in such things nor talk about them.


    1. As I read this, it struck me that it is just a bit of irony that to “come out” has such a different meaning today. Strange that the wicked today would use a Biblical term in application to themselves. Still, to “come out” means to reveal to the world what you are, which is exactly what we as Christians need to do … to show the world that we are “a peculiar people.”


      1. Janice, good to hear from you again and learn more as we study.

        At the end of your post, there was a link at the end of your message, but it goes nowhere. Can you help me know what that was about?


  2. I think it’s a matter of learning to hate evil, right? If we hate broccoli, are we going to think and talk about it all the time? We have better things to discuss! If we truly hate what we were, we ought to find dwelling on it or speaking of it both painful and highly distasteful. No, we’re not “hiding” what we once were, but neither should there be any reason to continually revisit such a topic unless we’re not as divorced from the attraction of an old lifestyle as we claim! There are much better ways to glorify God, and definitely more uplifting, motivating things to talk about. Thank you for the encouragement to turn away from such thoughts.


  3. Very thought provoking, Beth. I can’t help but think of the passage in Romans 1, beginning with verse 18 and particularly verses 22 and 28. We have many in our country who have gone so far away from the influence of God that He has given them over to a reprobate mind. In reading a few of the comments on a discussion board earlier today about Bruce Jenner, I saw that a couple of people said he is a Christian and a Republican. As there are RINOs, there are certainly CINOs (Christians In Name Only.) It is indeed a shame to even speak of the abominable things people are doing today and calling it good. Such things were unheard of when I was a teenager. My father never whipped us; he could make us feel less than an inch tall just by talking. But one time, my sister called me “queer” and I thought he was going to explode all over her. I didn’t even know what it meant. It used to be that such things were not mentioned so that the curious would not get ideas. Now, it’s a source of pride of many. So very sick!


    1. Janice,

      Thanks for taking time to read and for making some additional points. There was a rhyme my mother used to quote to me and I wish I could remember it all. It went something like this: Sin, when once familiar with its face becomes … Oh I can’t remember it at all, but the idea was that the more familiar we are with evil the easier it is to embrace it.


  4. A pertinent question indeed. I strive for transparency yet discretion about my struggling past when I write as well as about my blessed but still imperfect present. I am never proud of these faults, but it is all part of a glorious testimony. Never to flaunt something that deserves no flaunting but always to keep things in proper perspective-only Christ can save us. My hope and prayer is others see through my stories that they, too, can be saved from their sins, healed from their hurts, and given new life.. And to know we Christians aren’t perfect, only covered by grace. I hope, too, that when I speak of my past, it is in a different way than those who indulge in their former darkness. Good thought-provoker!


    1. For us to admit we have fallen and that we have confessed and made things right with the Lord is one thing, but to continually talk about those poor choices points to a lifestyle choice that has not changed. Some talk about their past almost as if they are bragging. I can’t buy that.


      1. Forgive me. Just now saw your reply. I understand where you are coming from, Beth. There ought to be evidence of change. Not perfection, mind you, but change. Which is where I believe God directs my ministry, small as it appears presently. I hope and pray to never be lumped in with these seeming braggarts but neither do I wish to lecture or hide behind a mask of self-righteousness. A tricky balance indeed. Thanks for replying to me.


  5. Beth, this is an important question, and it makes me conjecture the worst about them, which I don’t want to do. But some people are poorly taught and think that to speak for the Lord Jesus Christ is to tell all of their sins in public – very sad and fruitless. We need to leave the life we repented of behind us and focus upon our union with the Lord and all the goodness of His love and Kingdom.

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      1. Right. If people don’t already know the dirty details, they have no need to know. If they know, then they need to forget it.


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