Psalms 36:1-4 ESV
“Transgression speaks to the wicked
deep in his heart;
there is no fear of God
before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes
that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit;
he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
He plots trouble while on his bed;
he sets himself in a way that is not good;
he does not reject evil.”
Who are the wicked? According to Scripture, they are all who are living in sin, for whom sin is their practice, and righteousness, holiness, and obedience to our Lord are not what they practice. So, yes, this includes many people who profess faith in Jesus Christ but who deny him by their actions. For their service to God is lip service only. Thus, the wicked are not just those who make no profession of faith in Jesus Christ.
[Jn 3:19-20; 2 Thes 2:9-10; 2 Thes 3:1-2; Jas 1:19-21; 3 Jn 1:10; Matt 7:21-23; Matt 15:18-20; Mk 7:20-22; Lu 6:45; Lu 13:26-28; Jn 5:28-29; Rom 1:29-32; Rom 2:6-10; 1 Co 6:9-10; 2 Co 5:10; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; Col 3:5-11; Heb 3:12; 1 Pet 3:12; 1 Jn 1:5-10; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10]
So, when this says here that transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart, this is not speaking only of those who do not profess Christ as Lord and Savior, but it includes many who profess Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives. For out of their hearts come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, pride, foolishness, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, and slander, etc.
And many people, at least here in America, who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior indeed have no fear of God before their eyes, for they treat God as though they are doing him a favor by professing faith in him, and they treat him often as though he is a genie in the sky or a doting grandfather in the sky there to grant their every wish and desire while they continue to ignore him and his commands and continue in their sin and rebellion.
For so many of them have bought into a cheapened form of God’s grace and his gospel which only requires a one-time human-based faith in Christ which they believe guarantees them forgiveness of all sin (past, present, and future), and which guarantees them heaven when they die, regardless of how they live on this earth. For many are being taught that they do not have to repent of their sins, and they do not have to obey the Lord, and no works are required of them at all, but they leave out Ephesians 2:10.
And, yes, the wicked who profess faith in Jesus Christ do flatter themselves, not only that their sins will not be discovered, but that their sins will not be held to their account. For they presume upon God that his salvation from sin only entails forgiveness of their sins and the guarantee of heaven when they die while they dismiss all the Scriptures which teach that we must deny self and daily die to sin and that we must walk in obedience to our Lord.
And they ignore all the Scriptures which teach professing Christians that if they walk in sin, according to the flesh, and if they do not walk in holiness and in righteousness, in obedience to the Lord, that they will die in their sins and they will not inherit eternal life with God. They act as though those Scriptures do not even exist. For a lot of their “faith” is based off Scriptures taught out of context and made to say what the Scriptures do not say.
[Matt 7:21-23; Lu 9:23-26; Jn 6:35-58; Jn 15:1-11; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14; 1 Co 6:9-10; 2 Co 5:10; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-11; 1 Jn 1:5-10; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 10:23-31; 1 Pet 1:17-21; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]
So, yes, the words of the mouths of the wicked and the evildoers are trouble and deceit, because they lie as a matter of practice in order to hide their sins, and they willfully plot to deceive others with stories they make up in order to try to trick them into believing their lies while ignoring the truth. So, not unlike the Pharisees, they may put on a show of righteousness as a coverup for the evil they are doing behind closed doors.
And they do indeed plot trouble while on their beds, especially if the trouble they are involved in has anything to do with sensuality and sexual immorality. For that, I believe, is the predominant sin permeating today’s modern market-driven “churches” (businesses called “church”). And it is the prevailing sin among those professing faith in Jesus Christ, I believe. And it is absolutely wrecking marriages and families and people’s lives.
And this is the sad reality of the lives of many who profess faith in Jesus Christ but who are convinced that their sins will not be discovered and that they will not be held against them. But read the noted lists of Scriptures above. The Scriptures teach the opposite of that. They teach that if we walk in sin and not in righteousness and holiness, and not in obedience to our Lord, that we will not inherit eternal life with God. We will die in our sins, and heaven will not be our eternal destiny. So please take this to heart.
So, if you want to be saved from your sins and to have eternal life with God, you must die with our Lord to sin, not just once, but daily, and you must walk (in conduct, in practice) according to the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh. For Jesus died that horrible death on that cross so we would die with him to sin and live with him to his righteousness (1 Peter 2:24). And he died to free us from our slavery to sin so we would now walk in obedience to his commands (New Covenant). (See noted Scriptures above)
If That Isn’t Love
By Dottie Rambo
He left the splendor of heaven
Knowing His destiny
Was the lonely hill of Golgotha
There to lay down His life for me
And if that isn’t love
Then the ocean is dry
There’s no stars in the sky
And the little sparrows can’t fly
Yeah if that isn’t love
Then heaven’s a myth
There’s no feeling like this
If that isn’t love
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