Friday, January 18, 2013

Speech & Religion - Towards a Radically Christian Counterculture - Steve Gregg



Steve Gregg of http://TheNarrowPath.com identifies the vital relationship between our religion and our speech in his series, "Towards a Radically Christian Counterculture

 

James 1:26-27

26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

 

Romans 10:9

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

Matthew 10:32-33

32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

James 3:8

But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 

 

Ephesians 4:29-30

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 

 

Ephesians 5:3-4

But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 

Matthew 12:33-37

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart[a] brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Proverbs 10:11

11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,
But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 18:21

New King James Version (NKJV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 10:20-21

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
But fools die for lack of wisdom.

Proverbs 12:18

18 There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise promotes health.

Proverbs 26:18-19

18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 Is the man who deceives his neighbor,
And says, “I was only joking!”

James 3:5-6

Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 

Proverbs 10:19

19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Proverbs 17:27-28

27 He who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.

Proverbs 29:11

11 A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back.

Proverbs 18:13

13 He who answers a matter before he hears it,
It is folly and shame to him.

Proverbs 10:14

14 Wise people store up knowledge,
But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

James 1:19

19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 

Proverbs 15:28

28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.

Proverbs 29:20

20 Do you see a man hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.



New King James Version (NKJV)



This is the final lecture in the series. Next, I will begin Steve's verse by verse lectures on the book of Revelation from the summer of 2012. Stay tuned!