What Are The Seven Deadly Sins and Their Meanings?

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Everyone sins.  There has never been a human who has never sinned, with the exception of Jesus Christ.  All sins are an affront to God Almighty Who is holy, but some sins are specifically mentioned as an abomination to God.  In fact, seven sins are said to be deadly.  What are the seven deadly sins and why are they so deadly?  What are the meanings of these seven deadly sins?

Why Seven?

The number seven is special to God.  It took seven days to create the world.  A week has seven days in it.  God rested on the seventh day.  In ancient Israel, they were to rest on the Sabbath and the seventh day was a commanded day of rest and assembly for worship of God and it was the fourth commandment given.  The root word for the number seven in Hebrew means “to be full” or “to be complete.”   Seven, being full and complete, means that nothing could be added to it or taken away from it.  It is a number of completion and perfection.   So if anyone has these particular seven sins, they are in a sense, in a complete state of sin as far as God is concerned.  What are these seven, or complete and deadly sins that Solomon warned us about in the Book of Proverbs?  Solomon was said to be the wisest man ever to live – except of course Jesus Christ Who is both God and man.

Seven Deadly SinsThe Seven Deadly Sins

Proverbs 6:16-19

“There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.“

Haughty Eyes (Pride)

Haughty eyes are essentially people who look down on others.  They are full of the first sin ever recorded, before mankind was even created: Pride.  Pride was the cause of Lucifer’s fall whose name was later changed to Satan or the Devil as recorded in Ezekiel 28:17: “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth.“  Lucifer meant “light-bearer” because he was the greatest of all the angels God created but he became prideful and wanted to overtake the throne of God.  He was cast down and became known as Satan, which in Hebrew means adversary and ha-Satan, the accuser. The Devil’s name literally means “slanderer” in Greek.  Today, Satan is said to accuse the brethren (the church) before the throne of God day and night (Rev. 12:10).

Haughty eyes are eyes full of pride and pride is actually at the root of all sin.  That is why it is listed first because pride is first and foremost inherent in all sin.  Haughty eyes are eyes that look condescendingly on people.  They look at others as inferior in an arrogant way and see themselves as superior to all others.  This is why God hates it.  Pride caused Satan’s fall and the Bible says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov 16:18).  This is exactly what happened to Satan and what still happens to humans who boast, brag, and are arrogant.  Pride and evil are tied together in God’s eyes as it is written, “The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate” (Prov 8:13).  Pride not only comes before a fall, God hates it, because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

A Lying Tongue

God detests a lying tongue and in fact, all liars are destined to be cast into the lake of fire in the Second Death (Rev. 21:8).  This is the final place for the Devil and all his fallen angels (demons). This place is a place of unending, eternal torment.  Again, we go back to the first and foremost detestable thing that God hates: Pride.  When we lie, we are wanting to make ourselves look good, make excuses for our not doing the right thing, we often accuse others of something that they did not do – all in order to make us look better.  The root cause of lying and actually all sin is pride.  We deceive others but we do not deceive God who searches the heart and knows our evil intent (1 Kings 8:39, 1 Chron 28:9, etc.).

We think that little “white lies” are harmless, but a lie is a lie. It’s like someone saying that they are a little pregnant or a little dead.  They are either lying or not.  Lying hurts the person who is telling the lie but it also hurts others as Proverbs 25:18 says, “Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.” That doesn’t sound harmless at all.  James recognizes that power of the tongue saying, “The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:5-6).  Further, he says, “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be” (James 3:7-10).

Hands that Shed Innocent Blood

One great example was the blood that was shed of Jesus Christ.  The spotless, sinless, perfect Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, was slain by guilty hands.  He was completely innocent but those who shed His blood were completely guilty and sinful.  To me, abortion is the shedding of innocent blood.  A child is inside the womb of a woman and defenseless – completely innocent, yet 42 million abortions are performed every year in this world and 1.37 million per year in the U.S.  This is nothing short of genocide since God knew us even before we were born and knew us by name in the womb (Jer 1:5-10).

Today shedding innocent blood can involve burglaries gone bad, murders, inducing others to buy and get hooked on drugs, influencing others to drink (and then to drive), drunk drivers killing innocent victims, spousal abuse and murder, and the list goes on.  Jesus said that we commit murder in our heart if we hate someone (Matt 5:21-26).  Truly no human is innocent before God but by God saying that He abhors those who shed innocent blood He means that criminals and everyday people shed the blood of others who did not deserve to die.  God alone is the author and giver of life and only He has the right to take a life.  Here again, pride is a root cause of murder.  Anger and rage involve someone else doing something we don’t like or we want to take from others who have more than we do. James equates murder’s motives quite well in saying, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures“(James 4:1-3).

A Hand that Devises Wicked Schemes

When a person has committed murder, involuntary manslaughter is usually a lesser of a charge that premeditated murder.  The meaning of premeditated is that the murderer planned and schemed well ahead of time before they committed the act. They predetermined ahead of time to kill someone so a person (a hand) that devises (plans ahead of time) wicked (evil) schemes (predetermining) is a person that God hates.  King David was such a man and God used Nathan to point this evil out to David.  David did repent (Psalm 51) but David schemed ahead of time about how to get rid of Uriah so that he could marry Bathsheba who was already pregnant by David in an adulterous affair.  Sadly, King David gives Uriah orders for his commander of the army, Joab.  David sent Uriah with the message to Joab, so essentially Uriah carries orders to Joab for his death.  David paid dearly for this, losing his son and his marriage and family would forever be facing insurrection, family scheming, turmoil, and eventually the death of his older son Absalom.

Anyone that plans ahead of time to do evil is a hand that devises wicked schemes.  This would include burglarizing homes knowing when the occupant(s) leave, or a burglary after a store closes, sabotaging someone’s car with a bomb, waiting in a dark alley to rob someone, or stalking a woman in order to rape or kill her.  Anyone that plans ahead of time to do harm or evil to someone is a person that God is personally opposed to and everyone someday will give an account for every evil deed they do in their lifetime (Matt 12:36, Rom 2:6).  For those who are born-again, they have already had their judgment and have been declared innocent due to Christ’s atoning sacrifice.  God sees them as having Jesus’ righteousness imputed to them.  Those who have not believed in Jesus Christ and trusted Him as their Lord and Savior will face the Great White Throne Judgment  and give an account for all their lifetime deeds (Rev 20).

Feet that are Quick to Rush into Evil

This is a person that easily agrees to take part in an evil deed with others or to make a quick decision to do something harmful to another person. If their feet are quick to run into evil, they are already predisposed, or already of a mind to want to rob, murder, hurt, lie, or cheat others.  They don’t have to think about it.  They instantly run to do something where they see an easy opportunity.  They quickly jump to their feet to take advantage of someone in a vulnerable position, like someone leaving their purse on a restaurant table or finding someone’s wallet on the floor and rushing to pick it up and quickly taking it for themselves.

A person that doesn’t even have to think about doing something wrong is always quick to do it. They rush ahead, not even thinking of the consequences, so they are likely not a Christian and they have no conviction from the Holy Spirit about thinking twice about it.  Their only goal is easy money or an easy target.  They don’t stop and ponder about it – they run swiftly to take advantage of a situation.  The human heart, without the Holy Spirit, is desperately wicked and thinks nothing of jumping at the chance to do something wrong (Jer 17:9).  A Christian has to battle their conscience because God’s Spirit is restraining their behavior and making them think about the consequences first tends to not jump at the chance to do something that they know is inherently wrong.

A False Witness Who Pours Out Lies

Once again, we go back to the root of all sin:  Pride.  A prideful person is quick to lie about others in order to make themselves look better.  If they accuse others falsely, they can blame others for something they did or something that they should have done.  I have heard this occur many times in the workplace.  Some will constantly be blaming others at work for their own lack of responsibility.  When things go wrong, they are always quick to point the finger.  It is what one co-worker of mine said: “They threw me under the bus.”  This means that they got blamed for something that they did not do and they were not responsible for in order for the lying person to look like a better worker.  They fail to shoulder the blame for something that they should have done or actually did do in order to accuse an innocent person who is not present to defend themselves.  This type of behavior is extremely harmful for company morale and lowers the dignity of fellow human beings.

A false witness will lie in court, perhaps even at the risk of perjury, just to get out of a crime that they committed, while assessing the blame on an innocent party.  A person who “pours out lies” loses all credibility in time and eventually, people will tend to not believe anything they say.  Lies catch up with a person because they have to speak other lies to cover up the first one and many times they become so entrapped by their many lies that they become like a fly ensnared in a web.  Their web gets so tangled up with their many lies that they often forget them all and it comes back to hurt them.

A Person Who Stirs up Conflict

This last but not least sin is one that has divided many churches.  Gossip is one way to stir up conflict and divide even the closest of friends.  A person who stirs up this conflict is like a person who throws gas on a fire that others are trying to put out.  Its like dragging up old issues that might have been resolved but a person stirs up the issue over and over again.  When they are constantly stirring it up, like coals of a fire, it becomes hotter and hotter, and eventually erupts into a bonfire.  The person who is continually stirring up conflict is also a person who is full of pride.  They want others to have conflict so that they are considered to be a person above reproach.  They might say that at least they are not having conflict but in reality, they are doing nothing to settle it but doing everything to increase it.

Paul had many problems with the churches in this area and a person who stirred up conflicts would have been disfellowshipped because they are dividing the church – the Body of Christ – and this is a serious sin to Jesus Who is the Head of the church.  It only takes a small amount of stirring to get a fire started again and Paul had no small conflicts going on in the Corinthian church due to conflict.  The King James Version states it as “he that sows discord among brethren” so the sin in this verse seems to be talking precisely about the congregation or in the Old Testament, the community – in either case it is equally harmful (Prov 6:19).  When there is division in the church as there was in the Corinthian church (1 Cor 12, 13), then the cause of Christ and His witness is hurt and God will not leave those who are responsible without discipline.  Again, this sin is rooted in pride because no one gossips to help another or stirs up conflict to make others look good.  When we stir up conflict, we want to make ourselves look better in comparison.

Pride is at the root of all sin, but when pride comes, so eventually does the person’s fall and it can be swift and painful.  Jesus is the Head of the church and He will not allow the leavening of sin to permeate through the church to do the Bride of Christ harm.  Just as pride caused Satan’s fall, it can cause a believer’s fall too.  It was the first sin in the history of God’s creation and it is still at the root of all sin today and that is why it is listed first in the seven deadly sins.  May it not even be named among those of the children of God.

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Elaine Mack March 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

I really liked your article and it helped me today.

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Jack Wellman March 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Elaine, I appreciate your feedback. Your encouraging words mean a lot to me. Thank you and please come back again soon.

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Cassandra July 6, 2012 at 4:44 am

Excellent explaintions and clearly stated. Most times I’ve searched for answers I’ve been sent around the mulberry bush. I appreciate your conciseness.

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Jack Wellman July 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

Thank you so very much Cassandra. This article convicted my own self during the writing of it and I thank God for His unmerited grace as He withheld what I really deserved, called grace.

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Jack March 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Elaine, thank you so very much. I am glad we could help. It is comments like this that make it all worth the while. Please come back again soon.

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luke gucci April 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

i think god is awesome but there is no true religion, even the mormon religion is the true religion.As long as you believe in god and you are a good person to others,then i think you will be accepted by god

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Jack April 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Thank you Mr. Gucci for your comment. What you think about being a good person makes no difference to reality. I might think that the earth was flat but it doesn’t change the fact that is a sphere. Would you consider yourself a good person? Most will say, “Yes, I do.” let me ask, do you think you’ve kept the Ten Commandments? Most will say, yes, some of them. I’ve never killed anyone. But then you can ask them, “Have you ever told a lie?” Most will say “Yes”. Then, “What’s that make you?“. Most will say “A liar”Then ask, “Have you ever stolen anything?” Again, most people will say “Yes”. Then, ask them, “What does that make you?”. Most will say, “A thief”.

Now, Have you ever lusted in your heart when you looked at a man or woman” (depending on with whom you are speaking). Most will, again, say “Yes.” Then say, Jesus said “anyone who looks at a woman (or man too) and lusts in their heart after them has already committed adultery with her.” Jesus reckons hating someone with murdering someone in their heart. Then, by your own admission, if you are honest, you are a liar, a thief, and an adulterer. If God were to judge you according to the Ten Commandments, would you be guilty or innocent. Most answer “guilty”. If you answer innocent, then try to break the law and see if this works with a court judge. “Judge, I’m a good person & do a lot of good things & a good person to other, will you accept me and not let me go to jail?” Of course they won’t.

Do you think your destiny will be heaven or hell? Most will say “Heaven” because they believe God is a good God and would never send me to hell…since I have done a lot of good things in my life”. Let’s try this scenario in front of a judge. You just stolen something or got busted with cocaine. Do you think the judge will let you go just because he’s a good person? No, it is because he is a good man that he will convict you. If you tell him that you’ve done a lot of nice things in your life, do you think that will help you? The Bible says in Revelation that all liars, adulterers, thieves, and murderers will be thrown into the lake of fire. Ask, “Does that concern you?”

By the way, if they say “Hell” is their destiny, then ask them, “Does that concern you?”.

As for the Mormon religion and all other religions being true, you can not have two diametrically opposed beliefs and say both are true. That is not logical. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, known as the Mormons, teaches that God the father used to be a man on another planet, that he became a God by following the laws and ordinances of that God on that planet and came to this world with his wife (she became a goddess), and that they produce a spirit offspring in heaven. These spirit offspring, which includes Jesus, the devil, and you and me, are all brothers and sisters born in the preexistence. This contradicts the Bible that says God has always existed (John 1) and that Jesus or the Father were not human at one time. They have always existed.

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Samantha Fowler May 2, 2012 at 4:49 am

I just wanted to say that I found your article very interesting and informative of the belief system. But I do agree with Luke Gucci. I think that, if their really is a god up there, if you are a good person you will be accepted into heaven and that there is no one religion. That people worship and prey to a god of some sort and that god can just have many forms. I know that if this whole religion thing is real I will be burning in hell with all the other non-believers, and sinners and I’m ok with that. I will not live my life by something that might be real. But do you really have to go on at him for saying that really? So what if the religions have different teachings? They could both be true or both be wrong. Every religion of the world could be wrong and they all could be right. It could be possible that god was created on his planet and came to ours. That he was created or something like that. But I’m getting off topic. I liked the article it was interesting at least and gave some insite to the mind of Christians.

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Jack Wellman May 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Thank you Samantha. I know that both religions of any type, Islam, Buddhism, Confuscionism, and Christianity can not be all right. Some are atheistic, (no god), some believe in reincarnation, but Christianity alone is the one that promises eternal life thru the forgiveness of sin by a Redeemer. If God was created on His planet, then who created Him?

Being good enough is not good enough to go to heaven. I know that is disappointing but that is not my opinion but what the Bible teaches. I urge you to read “Who Goes to Heaven? Do Good People Go to Heaven?” and let me know what you think [below link]. I value your opinion of this other article Samantha. Please come back soon and thank you for your comment. I respect you because even though you disagree, you are not being disagreeable and I thank you for that.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/who-goes-to-heaven-do-good-people-go-to-heaven/

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Albert September 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

Hi Jack,

I agree with Samantha and Gucci. I beg to differ on the definition on ‘good people’. You said “What you think about being a good person makes no difference to reality”. That in essence, is true. No one could decide who is good and who is bad, not me, not you, but God. I’ve read the article you recommended Samantha. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it is stated that good ppl are not good enough to enter heaven, only the holy ones. And that means those who embraced Jesus Christ and place their faith on God. If that’s the case, do God discriminate based on whoever is faithless and whoever has a religion? No one knows/claims that they know how He judges, not me, not you, no one. Why then, if we say ‘good’ and ‘the judgement of God’ are not for us to decide, that we have to impose on others our thoughts on these definitions? Islam and Christianity (correct me) have been saying that those who are not of their religion will not go to heaven. From my opinion, this is segregation/discrimination and although I do not have the right to decide this, so do they. We humans do not have the right to judge who goes to heaven. I myself am not good. I’ve faith in God, but not in religions because I don’t have faith in anything susceptible to human influences i.e. the bible, quran, preaches etc. I’m finding my own path, choosing not to accept willingly what most claim to be right (ex: entering Christianity), and I always question and ponder on the very nature of religion itself. One God, different religions, different claims, leads to opposing views. I decided to be faithless in religion for now, for embracing a religion does cause me to be biased in a way. Please, do enlighten me on this. And btw, you used the Bible to prove the Mormon religion wrong. But there’s always a possibility that the Mormon religion is right and the Bible wrong. Forgive me for my impudence but I just merely show that if you can argue using Christianity, so does a preacher of Mormon religion.

Jack Wellman September 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Albert, here is why the Mormons are wrong because they are wrong about Jesus saying that He was created and if created then He is not God. The biggest problem I have with Mormon doctrine (though I find many, many other problems) is on the identity of Jesus Christ. After all, if they worship a Jesus OTHER than the REAL Jesus who died for our sins as portrayed by the Bible you are still lost in your sins and going to hell. Though Mormons may be very sincere in your faith, if that faith leads you to “a different Jesus” and “a different gospel” you are doomed. Read Paul’s warning for yourself in II Corinthians 11.

Mormonism acknowledges the divinity of Christ, but as noted above, Mormon doctrine on what constitutes divinity falls seriously short of the Biblical standard. Mormonism teaches that Jesus, Lucifer, and all the demons, as well as all mankind, are actually all spirit brothers and sisters, born in the spirit world as spirit babies to our man-god Heavenly Father and his goddess wives. Mormon leaders have consistently taught that God the Father (“Adam-god”) had sexual relations on earth with Mary (his own spirit daughter), to produce the physical body of Jesus. Early Mormon apostles also asserted that Christ was a polygamist, and that His wives included Mary and Martha (the sisters of Lazarus) and Mary Magdalene. The Bible does nothing to confirm this mis-belief ALbert.

carlins joseph April 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Mr. Jack does God have a wife? And, if the answer is yes, then why does the Bible not mention her.

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Jack April 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Thank you Mr Joseph for your question. Hebrews 7:3 says that God is, “Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.”

There is God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, of which none had a father.

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carlins May 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Mr. Jack in the Bible it says that Adam and Eve were the first humans, butwhen they commited the first sin which was disobeying God. They were cast out of the garden by God and were sinned, and from then on every child that was born was sinned then how come Jesus Christ was not sinned?

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Jack May 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Thank you Carlins for your comment and question. Jesus Christ was both Man and God and was sinless,otherwise His sacrifice, which had to be perfect, spotless, and without blame, would not have saved us. Does this help?

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terri May 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Christ was born of a virgin which was prohecied of in the old testiment as One to come in that manor.

Jesus is the Only Son Of God and He is the Only One to die on a cross, be buried three days, asended into hell then rose again on the third and appeared to His follwers.

Because of His death, burial & resurrection….Jesus is the sacrifice for our sins….he who believes in Him, repents of their sins, is baptisted into His death comes up in new life…dies to self and live for God…is called a Christian, with the hope of heaven for eternal life.

That is the difference of a true God…..

Has any other god done that?

Does your god have that kind of power?

Jesus loves you just the way you are……Ask Him into your heart to be your Lord and Savior and to forgive you for your sins be baptisted, read His Word with a repented heart and you will know peace & contentment.

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Jack May 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

And I say amen to your comment and you have summed it so well Terri. Thank you so much. I pray others will read this and place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ and to them will be granted eternal life.

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Samantha Fowler May 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

If very few people are able to enter heaven, where do they go for their eternal life?

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Jack May 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Thank you Samantha for your question. Let me let Jesus Himself answer that question and that way we know it is right and not my own opinion, which could be wrong but Jesus, Who is God and can not lie, is never wrong.

John 14:7 Jesus says, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” Wherever God is at is heaven.

Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” We inherit this Kingdom that has been prepared for those who will believe in Jesus.

Jesus says in John 14:6; “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Where the Father resides is where heaven is.

John 5:28-29 has Jesus saying, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

I hope this helps. Today, you can place your faith in Christ Jesus and trust in Him for eternal life for an eternal abode with God, forever. (Rom 10:9-13) I beg you Samantha, do this today while it is still today and before He returns (2 Cor 6:2). Let me know if you have done so so that we can celebrate.

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Samantha Fowler May 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Im sorry mr jack but I will not. I would be wasting my time with that. I know that I laugh at half the things that are in the bible for that I will not be able to put my faith into jeasus. I am here because I am curious about this religion but I have no intention of joining it. I wish to know about it because some of my friends are Christians and I’m tring to understand it. I can get and I ask questions so I can understand where they are coming from. However I cannot believe in it. I know if I did it would be a lie. In my heart I know I cannot accept him. But I do wish to at least understand it.

Jack May 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Thank you anyway Samantha. You are always welcome here my friend. I commend you that you are wanting to know more about it because of your Christian friends. I admire you for that. You are most respectful and I sincerely believe you deserve dignity, respect, kindness, and consideration and please feel free to ask any question at any time, and if I know, then I am here for you Samantha. Thanks for such open honesty and transparency. I respect you for that.

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Samantha Fowler May 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Thankyou mr Jack for not tring to convince me more. I respect you for that and I am glad that you can understand it. What made you turn to christianity? Why did you decide to let Jeasus into your heart? My friends have been brought up with it and have had it in them for years from their pairents.

Jack May 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Samantha, let me tell you something that might surprise you. God calls us, elects us, predestines us, and had planned this for before time or earth existed or began. I can take no credit for finding God for I put it this way: He sought me, He caught me, He bought me, He taught me, what I ought be. “HE” is God the Father. I must realize you are not likely a big fan of the Bible, but Ephesians chapter one explains it very well.

Ephesians 1:4-5 says, ” For he chose us in him before the creation of the world [note that this happened before earth even existed] to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship [includes daughtership too as well] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”

He revealed Himself to us (Ephesians 1:9) “he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ.”

Continuing in Ephesians 1:11-12, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, [WHY?] in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”

Even the disciples did not find or choose Christ or know Who He was, “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” (Matt 4:18-22). In Matthew 16:16-17 “Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” The Father reveals to us and “No one can come to me [Jesus] unless the Father who sent me draws them,[the Father draws them, I don’t pull them or force them] and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:44).

Sorry this is so long. I was once homeless, doing drugs, being a thief, ended up in prison, and when I came to the end of my rope, God was waiting there all the time for me to come to the end of myself and I did so finally, when I was humbled, for God will resist the proud but He will give grace only to the humble (James 4:6). You are so welcome about me not trying to convince someone or force someone because it is a persons response to His [God’s] ability…not mine, although I am responsible for telling others about Him but never, ever should we cram Him down someone’s throat for no one was ever strong-armed into heaven.

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Samantha Fowler May 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I admire you. You were able to find something to live for. May i ask why is it your responcibility for telling others about god?

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Jack May 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I want to obey God and Jesus Christ commands all believers, an imperative command, called the Great Commission, to go into all the world to preach this good news (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18-20, etc.). I am only trying to be faithful to help others and not do it for myself. Thanks Samantha. Great question.

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Pamela Rose Williams May 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Hi Jack and Samantha, What a pleasant conversation y’all are having. I just wanted to let you know that I am touched by Samantha’s questions and also by the gentle answers from you my brother Jack. Samantha, I hope you will come visit us again soon. It is great to have you here.

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carlins May 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Mr. Jack can u please explain revelations that is in the bible. i feel that i need to know more about, because i am confused about this chapter in the bible. And for me to get closer to Jesus i feel that i need to understand it fully.

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Jack May 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Thank you Carlins for visiting us and for your question. I actually did an article over the Book of Revelation that will, I hope, more fully explain this enigmatic book better than I can in one reply here sir. Please visit this link at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/revelations-summary-commentary-and-key-verses/

There is also a separate article on the meaning of the number 666 in the article at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-666-mean-a-bible-study/

I hope this answers your question sir about Revelation. I love your line that you want to get closer to Jesus Christ. That’s an wonderful statement and I hope you do Carlins.

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Halie Russ May 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I have read your entire article and all of the comments and found them very interesting. However I dissagree with much of it. Im neither agreeing nor disagreeing with Christianity. I do not wish to be convinced into beleiving it because I know that I am destined to go to hell and I believe I deserve whatever is given to me as a punishment. I know I am not a perfect person but is it not Stated that Only God is perfect? I would like to know what do you believe would happen to a person who does their best to not commite any of these seven sins but does not claim a religion? Is Your God not a forgiving man? What is good enough to enter Heaven? Does not even the most religious man sin? Is he forgiven and allowed an eternal resting place with God? If you would be so kind as to answer these questions I would be very Grateful. Please and Thank you

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Jack May 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Hello Halie and thank you so much for a very good question and your frankness and open honesty. I truly respect you for that. You are certainly correct that no Christian is free from sin, myself of course included and if fact 1 John 1:8 says as much, “If we claim to be without sin,(A) we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” But in the very next verse, it states in verse 8, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins(C) and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I am a father and grandfather and when one of my children or grandchildren ask me to forgive them, I most eagerly do so and embrace them lovingly. I do not expect them to be perfect for I know I am not. I tell them so. So, yes, we have an eternal home of rest in heaven with a joyful relationship with those who are also saved and departed family members too. God hates religious people, He loves those who desire a relationship with Him and He turns no one away (John 6:37), no, not one. God is a forgiving God no doubt. We are not sinless but forgiven. If my children or grandchildren disobeyed and did not tell me they were sorry, they would receive discipline, but when they honestly tell me they are sorry, then I forgive them. There is no sin that God will not forgive except not believing and trusting in Jesus Christ. It is not hard and any who come to Him He will in no way turn aside.

Only those who are holy, (yet not perfect or sinless) can enter heaven so being a good person is not enough. But how can I, even a pastor, possibly be holy!? Impossible by myself, but Hebrews 10:10 gives you and me hope my friend, as it says, “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” God sees us as having been made holy by Jesus sacrifice. In fact, “it is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” 1 Cor 1:30). So you can enter, not being perfect because HE can make you and He has made me holy…not sinless, but sin-paid-for by Christ. Oh that you would place your faith in Him today Halie. Click on the link at the top of the page where it says, “Come to Jesus” and find out just how easy it is. He gives eternal life, freely, to all who come to Him. My being good will not do…nor is it good enough. His perfection is accounted to us as our righteousness. Does this help. Oh that you would do this today before He returns and Revelation 20 unfolds. Let me know if this helps or not. I thank God for you Halie for coming here…perhaps for a time such as this you came. I thank you for your open honesty…it is so refreshing.

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Nicole corona May 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

You know, was searching up something on my google toodle bar and I really had no intentions as to where it would lead me, but I came upon a phrase saying what are the seven deadly sins? So I clicked on it. I began to read this article and it just really inspired me, I never knew all these little things humans constantly do every day were sins? Well except for the murder, rape, and robbery I knew those were all sins. It just really helped me, because now that I know this it really makes me want to become a better person, so I just wanted to say,
Thank You.

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Jack Wellman May 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Thank you Nicole for your comment. Are you a born again believer? I want to make clear, and I say this truly in a spirit of love and concern for your eternal future, that only those who are holy, (yet not perfect or sinless) can enter heaven so being a good person is not enough. But how can I, even a pastor, possibly be holy!? Impossible by myself, but Hebrews 10:10 gives you and me hope my friend, as it says, “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” God sees us as having been made holy by Jesus sacrifice. In fact, “it is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” 1 Cor 1:30). So you can enter, not being perfect because HE can make you and He has made me holy…not sinless, but sin-paid-for by Christ. Oh that you would place your faith in Him today Halie. Click on the link at the top of the page where it says, “Come to Jesus” and find out just how easy it is. He gives eternal life, freely, to all who come to Him. My being good will not do…nor is it good enough. His perfection is accounted to us as our righteousness. If you are not a Christian, I plead with you to consider coming to Christ today, at this moment, and place your faith in Him and trust Him to save you from your sins for God can not lie. Nothing happens without a purpose and truly God may have brought you here today for such a time and place for such a thing as eternal life today. Let us know if you have or have not been saved…please. And thank you so much Nicole. Please come back and visit us again.

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Halie Russ May 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I do understand what you are saying about being forgiven and being punished, however I do not accept anyone religion as the one true religion. Now I have another question though. Okay yes I know I am not perfect and to tell you the truth the only reason why I came here was because I was doing my homework and went to look for something and this came up and it made my curiosity come out and trust me I am a very curious person. be that as it may I do not really ever involve my self in religious matters. But Back to my question Okay so I want to know what you think of this. Okay well over all I will do anything for someone else even when it hurts me. I am very understanding and so on and so forth but my question is Why is it COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO HATE soemone. I cant even stay mad at someone for more than an hour. Why do you think that is?

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Jack Wellman May 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Halie. I think its great that you have a low tolerance for people taking advantage of you or even hurting you and not trying to get revenge. This is VERY unusual in this day and age. I know everyone is born with a conscience and that conscience tells us right from wrong, even if they are not a Christian. The answer seems to relate to Romans chapter 1 and 2. Read it and you will see why you feel this way. My compliments to you my friend. God bless and please do come back again soon. Loved your question.

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rachel wilson May 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Dear pastor. I am a true believer of god. I pray all the time now and thank him for blessing me nd my family. I ask the lord to come into my heart and i accept him as my personal lord and savior. I made some bad decisions in my life.I ask him to forgive me for all the sins I committed. I ask everday. But sometimes I don’t think I am praying right.but i pray anyway and hope he understands me.

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Jack May 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hello Rachel. I am overjoyed that you have placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ to save you. We all still make bad decisions by the way…I am no exception at all. Here is what I can tell you. We can not depend upon how we feel for human feelings are highly unreliable but the Word of God is truth and since God can not lie, we can depend upon Him to follow through on His word. One of my favorite Scriptures is 1 John 1:9 which says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Now God can not lie and if we confess your sins, which is sounds to me like you do, then “He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins”…so He will forgive our sins when we pray to Him He will hear us. And, if we confess our sins He “will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” You must believe what He says and God doesn’t change His mind like a human would. God will always hear your prayers if you are coming to Him to confess your sins and He will always forgive them. Believe it. Thanks Rachel. I hope this makes you feel better.

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Halie Russ May 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I read Romans Chapters 1 & 2 and I really didnt understand it.I did understand bits and pieces but I do not understand most of it. It really confussed me. Will You PLEASE help me understand what it said?
I would apriciate it greatly.
Thank you so very much

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Jack May 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Hallie, I am sorry. I may have meant Romans 12, and particularly verse 1 and 2 for that shows that you have a renewed mind by God and the transforming of your mind by the Holy Spirit may make it easier to forgive others. In verse 2 what it means to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” is focused on the word “transformed” which gives us our English word “metamorphosis”. It describes the transformation a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly. Did you know that the caterpillar and the butterfly are the same creature? What happens when the caterpillar enters the cocoon and later emerges is that the part of the insect that resides on the inside is allowed to be manifested on the outside.

That is the change God wants to effect in each of His children! You see, He moved into our hearts when He saved us. He transformed our spirit and changed us into His child. Now, He wants to transform the mind (the soulish part of man and woman) so that the flesh might be changed. What we must remember is that this flesh will do what the mind tells it to do. It is only when the mind is changed and brought under the power of God that the flesh can be brought under control.

How is this accomplished? By surrendering the will to God. By filling the mind with the Word of God. Maybe that’s what you have done by the desire to forgive others…this is a God set mind frame.

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Obare May 19, 2012 at 4:37 am

Hi pastor jack, thank very much for what you are doing and the inspiring messages, may the good lord keep blessing you and your family.
I have a question though. I am a 22 years old male Christian and I masturbate sometimes when I’m not around my fiancé( she is in scotland and I’m in nigeria for holiday soaking up the sun lol). What I really wanna know is if masturbation is a sin and if it is, how can I stop myself from doing it?
Thank you and looking forward to your answer.

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Jack May 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hello Obare. Thank you sir for your comment. How can you stop yourself? I truly feel that you can not….by yourself. This is going to take the power of God thru the Holy Spirit. We can do nothing of ourselves but we can do all things thru Christ who will strengthen you.

I urge to get me more help than I can give you in one comment. We have an article that says “How Can I Overcome Addiction and Sin in My Life?” which even sexual sin can be overcome. When you are masturbating, this is a sin that occurs in the mind and in the body. You can not do it yourself. Prayer, fasting, fall on your knees when you have these thoughts. This article, I pray, will help you sir. God bless you for your desire to obey God and follow after Him.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/

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Obi victor ogagal May 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

jack, u have been phenomenal in your reply .i am happy for you.wished I was there with you.what’s the difference between lifes fulfilment and destiny’s fulfilment?

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Jack Wellman May 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I thank God for your comment Obi. I appreciate your encouragement for these comments are often few and far between. I believe the difference between life’s fulfillment and destiny’s fulfillment are that our life being fulfilled is temporal…in this life only but our destiny’s fulfillment has to do with our eternal destiny and what we have to do in the Kingdom of Heaven. For example, we will be reigning with Christ as king’s and priest’s for our eternal destiny…but for life’s it is to win souls for the Kingdom of Heaven. Is there anything more important in this life than to bring as many to heaven as God will allow us thru our witness of the Gospel? I don’t believe anything in this life is more important. What do you think?

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Liz May 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Can your salvation ever be revoked by continuing to sin.

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Jack Wellman May 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

If we believe that we earn our salvation thru works then yes, we could lose what we worked for but since salvation is thru faith alone by God’s grace alone and our faith in Jesus Christ, how could we lose a salvation that we never earned in the first place? I don’t believe sin can revoke our salvation but if a person continues in sin without repentance, I would ask if that person was ever saved in the first place.

Why do I say this? Because we all sin 1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” but, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ”

However if a person continues in sin, 1 John 3:9 says this is a red flag because “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.”

Does this help? Thank you Liz for your great question.

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Liz May 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Thanks for your feed back,i know that I’m saved but i continue to fall back sometimes into sin and ignore what Christ has told me to do and the next day feel terrible about it.i guess i just get worried.

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Jack Wellman May 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I think that you feel terrible about it is the very fact that you have the Holy Spirit working in you and that you are convicted of your sin…and that’s a very good thing. Those who have not the Holy Spirit are not worried or convicted over their sin and they continue it in and feel no guilt.

Take heart, not in my words but in God’s Word in Heb 7:24 “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” and….Phil 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

We can have confidence that HE will complete this….in us and who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until His return (until the day of Christ Jesus).

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Liz May 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Thank you so much.

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Daniel Cordosi May 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

God our father in heaven Gave us a free will, what have we done with it robbed, murdered, raped,lied, cheated and made countless wars the list is countless, upon the second coming of Christ I believe, our free will be taken away and all will do his will your thoughts please. Thank you and God bless.

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Jack Wellman June 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Mr. Cordosi, I beg your pardon for not responding sooner sir. I did not notice this so please forgive me sir. Great point about our free will at Christ’s second coming. Let me say then, we will be has He is, and our free wills will be as His will is. We are to rule and reign with Christ after His return and our wills will be one and the same. Does this address your statement sir? My apologies for being so late in responding Mr. Cordosi.

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Dan June 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Hey Pastor jack. Just wanted to say thanks. And I had a question. For starters, I’ve been brought up Catholic and I’m 16 years old(not a favorable situation going to a public school). I firmly believe in Christ as my savior, I pray, and I’ve read some parts of the bible. I had a question in reference to fornication. If I were to have sex with my girlfriend, would God be angry at me? It’s hard because lust is very harsh on me, but I know I should wait for marriage. And it’s hard when teenage sex seems so normal, on top of raging hormones. Am I just over thinking it? What do you think?

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Jack Wellman June 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Dan, I am so glad you asked this sir. I know it is hard for a young man to wait but let me say that divorce rates are higher for those who have premarital sex and also there is the risk of sexually transmitted disease and people who have sex before marriage risk disease, death, and even going sterile (that is the chance of not having children later in life). I beg you young man, if you love God, indeed if you love your girlfriend, I ask you delay this until you are ready and that is only after you are married. God will be angry at the sin of sexual immorality and those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, so says the Bible (Read Gal 5:21, 1 Cor 6:9-18, and in the Book of Revelation).

Please, please don’t do this Dan for your sake and for your girlfriends sake. Love is waiting.

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Dan June 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Thank your for the answer. It really helps because I usually have to keep my head up by myself religiously because my Dad taught me about God and his loving ways and my Dad passed away 2 years ago. I thank God he left me with a good faith in Christ. I can’t thank you enough for your support. God bless. And I have another question. Didn’t Jesus sin when he damned the fig tree? Forgive me, I can’t remember the verse.

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Jack Wellman June 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

My pleasure to serve you Dan. I am not ever wanting to give my own opinion but the Word of God is true. I would love to be your spiritual dad. I am a father and grandfather and you can count on me to help you with advice from the Bible anytime. Jesus never sinned or He could not have been our sacrifice and atone for our sins.

Please never. ever forget that Jesus was perfect and without sin. Hebrews 4:15 reads: “For we have as high priest, not one who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tested in all respecs like ourselves, but without sin”. And 1 Peter 2:22 – “He committed no sin, nor was deception found in his mouth”. He cursed the fig tree because it was not producing fruit. Jesus is God and He has every right. We too must produce godly fruit. He never damned a fig tree but cursed it. A tree has no soul so it could not be damned anyway.

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Dan June 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Ok thanks for clearing that up for me, I don’t know why I thought that, I wasn’t using common sense. Thank you so much for answering my questions. I feel a lot better and confident. Thank you so much Pastor Jack again, God bless you so!

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Jack Wellman June 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm

No problem Dan. God bless you as well my friend and I hope you return soon.

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Tarryn June 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

Hi Paster Jack, today I came across this page and I found answers to questions that I never knew I had been searching for. I have recently been struggling to fully commit to his will. I have always had a relationship with God and have been lucky to have had lots of input from family and friends. But today I felt this sudden urgency to know more, to search for the answers I need. My biggest question was….What is our purpose and now I know that my main purpose on earth is to educate people so that they too can receive the gift of eternal life. I do believe that many people shy away from the bible because it is written in a language that was meant for people that lived many years ago. In my heart I feel this need to bring the stories to the youths….David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lions den, Mighty Samson, The Flood these stories if told in a more modern way would be far more exciting than the garbage we find on TV. The Bible is full of exciting stories and when we understand them they can teach us very valuable lessons. I do not know exactly what God’s plan is for me yet but I will close my eyes and follow him. Thank you for the insightful comments and helping me to walk in the light. God Bless you!

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Jack Wellman June 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Tarryn, thank you so much for visiting us. Your question really shows me that you truly want to please God about what is our purpose & why He created us. You nailed the one part so well in that we are to share our faith in Christ with the lost. Love that! We have an article that reveals “Why God Created Us? A Bible Study” at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-god-created-us-a-bible-study/

This article will give you more but you already know about the Great Commission in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the lost. Thank you so much.

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Janelle June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Sorry if this has already been answered in the article or comments, but by “Deadly” sins do you mean a guarantee? That if you were to sin one (or more) of the sins mentioned, than your guaranteed an eternity in hell? Or do still have the chance of forgiveness?

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Jack Wellman June 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Hello Janelle. If you are already saved then you have passed from death to life. We all still sin, even after we are saved (1 John 1:8) but we also receive forgiveness when we confess our sins (1 John 1:9). These sins and in fact, any sin, apart from having salvation in Christ, is deadly. Yes, we have forgiveness even after we sin and after we are Christians, we are still not sinless but we do sin less…but we have no more fear of hell once we place our trust and faith in Christ. These sins are deadly to those who are lost.

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Michaela June 21, 2012 at 4:32 am

Thank you for this inspirational and sin awaking article. I’ve now found the answers I’ve been searching for. Being a christian teenager is really hard considering the fact that we spent most of our time with other teenagers, we tend to be-friend their bad habits (eg.looking down upon people). This article made me realize how i can improve my life and stay away from “sin” (like gossip). I once thought i was a good christian but you made me realize my faults. Once again thank you so much and praise be to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
-God Bless

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Jack Wellman June 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Hello Michaela (by the way, that’s a beautiful name!). Thank you for your comment. You are so right. It is harder to be a godly teenager in this day than in any generation before. I thank God for you Michaela and young teenagers like you are the future of the church and God bless you for your desire to please God and do the right thing. Please do come back again soon my friend.

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Rocky June 23, 2012 at 5:10 am

Hi Jack hope all is well with you. I stumbled across you page while searching for information on the seven deadly sins. Although I never comment on websites for some reason I cannot help myself on yours. Your questions and answers are very impressive. I have noticed a bit of urgency in your comments of the second coming. If you would be so kind as to enlighten me. I was wondering if you feel the time is getting close? I know that no one knows the time, and it will be like a thief in the night, but with the unexplainable trumpet like sound being heard worldwide, and the current turmoil in the middle east, the massive earthquakes, I was wondering if you could shed a little light on your feelings. I would really like to hear your take on this.

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Jack Wellman June 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Hello Rocky. Thank you for your comment and question. I do believe the time of Christ’s return is soon but I have no certainty about when He will come again.

We actually have 3 articles related to your question. The first is “End Times: Are we in the Last Days?” at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/end-times-are-we-in-the-last-days/

Another is “Biblical Signs of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ” at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/biblical-signs-of-the-second-coming-of-jesus-christ/

And finally, “Is Global Warming Causing Increased Tornadoes and Hurricanes?” at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/is-global-warming-causing-increased-tornadoes-and-hurricanes/

I personally feel His return will be in my lifetime and I’m almost 60 so this may the generation of His return. Again, I have no prophecy or other way of knowing but I do know it seems close. Does this help my friend?

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Danielle June 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart and have not been feeling like I really accepted him but I did my parents said that it was Satan knocking at my door and I have had a really tough past 4 years and I suffer from depression cause I cannot forgive people for their wrong doings and I have been having doubts about my faith cause it is a lot to put on the line and believe in so I am really stuck and hating God for what he has put me through and I don’t know what to do to have a stringer faith. Do you have any thoughts?

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Jack Wellman June 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Again, to this desire to have a stronger faith read: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-increase-your-faith/

There is real power in God’s Word. There is very little power in mine. Thanks again Danielle.

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Danielle June 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I really liked your article that u wrote it really helped me know more I accepted Jesus Christ before but i don’t really feel like he is there or listening to me I don’t understand why he doesn’t help me I suffer from depression and I am 12 so my counselor said that I am so bitter cause I can’t forgive people for what they have done to me especially what I think that God did to me. I have doubts about Christianity and it is a lot to put on the line and believe in I want to believe but I feel like I can’t and I need help or I will end up really lost and messed up later on in life. Do you have any suggestions for me and also I am considered a pessimistic type of person which I don’t want to be? Thnx! 😀

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Jack Wellman June 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Danielle, please let me add that it is not so much that we “accept Jesus Christ” as it is that we place all of our trust in Him and our faith in His ability to forgive our sins. On the top of this webpage there is a link that says “Come to Jesus” which gives you more on what it means to place your trust in Christ to be saved.

Now, about your difficulty on forgiving others. Read the Gospel of John to see just how much WE have been forgiven. As I mentioned, read the link at the top of this webpage that says “Come to Jesus” and you can have a know-so salvation and not a hope-so.

About your doubts…human feelings or doubts are highly undependable but God’s Word is sure and certain as the sunrise tomorrow. Will you trust your own feelings like doubt or trust God Who can not lie. I suggest you also read this bottom link on how to increase your faith. Faith is increased by hearing and reading of the Word of God. Talk to your pastor and take notes in church at services for most churches feed the flock with the Word of God.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-increase-your-faith/

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Danielle June 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Thnx so much for the advice I will take it in and use it…….. I just wish that life could get easy it seems like God is trying to wipe me off of the face of the Earth or make me suffer become weak and go to hell. I don’t know how to make God like me again or see me and do good things in my life. My dad tells me all if the good things he does in my life but I don’t see it or feel it I try and pray and trust but I am not going anywhere I’m getting lost and having less faith but I don’t know how something this simple will work but I’ll try it. Like I said I suffer from depression cause of not forgiving people for what they do to me, having so much hatred with God, and not being able to let my burdens go and my counselor says if I don’t get fixed soon I’ll burst and now imam going to a psychiatrist on July 3rd to get help cause I thought about suicide but I won’t do it cause I am too chicken and something is holding me back. I sometimes have days were I feel like I am being dragged to hell for 30 minutes and I also feel like I am in a black hole. Do you have any advice?

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Jack Wellman June 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Danielle…I would get into the Word of God and pray and understand that God is up to something. I know that no one suffered like Christ and next in line is Paul, yet God loves it when we praise Him in the storm. God is said to inhabit the praises of His people and is pleased when we rejoice during trials. Please check out this article and I pray it will help. Praying for you too. Its called Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-do-bad-things-happen-to-good-people/

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dianna July 9, 2012 at 7:05 am

Hello,
Could you explain the meaning of th word sloth please

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Jack Wellman July 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Thank you so much Dianna. I believe the word “slothful” is basically lazy. I know that many times people leave early at work when the boss is gone or they show up late or they spend more time talking than working or take extra time at lunch. This is equal to stealing from employers. Anyone who does not work for what they are being paid for is slothful…but we can also be slothful in prayer, in Bible reading, in going to church (i.e. choosing to sleep in on Sundays), and in taking care of their family and their familial duties, etc. Does this help? Thank you for your question Dianna.

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Godsfavourite Oyeye July 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

Thank you very much because i’m revive by your handiworking of spreading the good news, and making people to know what they don’t know before now, some people says it doesn’t matter, even in the church of Gods. I think i appreciate this explanations about ‘deadly sins’
thanks and remain blessed!

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Jack Wellman July 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Thank you so very much for your kind words. I know that when I look in the mirror that I see what I am battling and will always be striving with sin but the good news is that I am not perfect…but perfectly forgiven. Please, I do hope, that you will come back again soon to visit our website. Thank you and may God richly bless you.

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Georges July 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

Great article ,I too learned a lot.can you do one on demons . I want to find out about them from a dependable source like you. I don’t trust the ones on the internet they give the creeps and I feel like someone is watching my every move .I appreciate your help

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Jack Wellman July 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Thank you Georges….I appreciate your comments. We have have two articles about demons and the Devil. Just click the links below. One is called “Does the Bible say What the Devil, Satan, or Demons Look Like?” at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/does-the-bible-say-what-the-devil-satan-or-demons-look-like/

Another is called “Is There Really a Being Called Satan?” at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/is-there-really-a-being-called-satan/

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Heidi July 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Hi Jack:

I am caught in a dilema. I need some advice. You seem very true to God, maybe you can help. For many years I have been a Christian, baptized and born again, I have repented in many areas, but not all. I am living in a common law marriage and starting to feel convicted of this. I know this is wrong because common law marriage is not recognized as a true marriage by God. The man I am with is not a Christian and we have been together 6 years. We both were married before and are not divorced. My ex recently got married in Sask. without a divorce. (not sure how) My question is, Should I marry the man I am living with ( after our divorces of course) or leave him and remain single? The problem with leaving him is I have no job and no income. I’ve been trying hard to find a job, but havn’t been able to get one. I truly want to do the right thing and know the bible says flee from fornication, but find it difficult when the other person likes the way things are. I also know the bible says not to marry an unbeliever, so I don’t think I should marry him. So I see now that I should have been obedient in the first place and I wouldn’t be in this mess. To do the right thing- is my only option to leave him and remain single. Is this a test of faith, to choose man or God? If I choose to stay I am being disobedient to God, Right? Is the fate of the unbelievers and believers the same if we both are disobedient, and I know better, how can I be blameless. What if Christians don’t repent? I feel like a hypocrit if I accept eternal life and don’t repent. I think about certain priests that commit sodomy, they certainly won’t enter the kingdom of heaven…..Help!

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Jack Wellman July 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Hello Heidi. I am so encouraged by your comment because it appears that the Holy Spirit is convicting you to repent and to turn to Him in trust and faith to take care of you. I believe you would be in a state of disobedience if you remained where you are and God will not leave you with no consequences for this ongoing state of sin. You must leave this man and depend upon God to open up a door for you to have sustenance. The state of unbelievers is clearly eternal separation from God in hell…but for believers, eternal life with Christ. Having said that I urge you to read 1 John chapter 3 and see if you really ARE a believe in the first place. No believer remains in a state of sin and can call themselves a believer. That chapter will show you why. Yes, certain priests will inherit hell and not heaven but we can’t compare our sins with others. It’s like saying to an officer after your caught speeding…”well, officer, there are many others who are speeding.” He is not going to refrain from punishing you with a ticket. You must get out of that situation, find a job by seeking God’s will and prayer, find a Bible-believing church (I sense you don’t have one now) and repent and come to faith in Jesus and trust in Him alone to provide for you and to save you from your sins. If Christ were to come today or tonight I am concerned that you truly are saved in the first place (1 John chapter 3).

To be sure that you are saved right now, click on the link at the top of this webpage where it says “Come to Jesus” and know for certain and then read ALL of 1 John. God bless. I care for your eternal soul.

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Heidi July 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

Hi Jack: You are right. I suppose I am just affraid to leave. Yes, it is on my heart about if I died tonight -for a long time now. As a dog returns to it’s vomit, I have returned to sin. I think I was deceived in thinking all my sins were washed away and I had the freedom to sin. But God corrects those he loves. Yes, I am a believer. Faithful, but stupid. So it is by faith we are saved, but only if we repent of all our sins. I’ve been praying for God to show me his will. I believe he wants me to repent and be holy first. I guess I have been surrounded by unbelievers and a few Christians in the same state as I am. Yes, I need fellowship with the holy. I don’t have one person in my life that is.

Thank God for his mercy, patience and love. Heidi

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Jack Wellman July 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Heidi, I truly believe God brought you here for a reason. The good news is that it is never too late because 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” so we know its never too late. I will pray for you my friend. Yes, God corrects every son and daughter because He loves them. I sometimes may come across too strong but it is because I care and I don’t want anyone to be lost without Christ. I have this feeling that you are going to have the joy of your salvation restored and that God will refresh your spirit for I can see it in your words that you want to obey God and that is evidence of the Holy Spirit working in you. That’s awesome. Thank you Jesus!

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Heidi July 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Hi Jack, thank you for your advice, sometimes the truth hurts. I must tell you how I have been deceived. I thought I was saved through grace alone. But God has shown me that that the distinction is- not of works to show we can’t earn our way to heaven – which I knew. But not that it is sufficient. I think many Christians today are making the same mistake. Because repentance, obedience, loyalty and doing god’s will are what sanctifies us. And of course having been born again and filled by the holy spirit.

I was wondering if you could please pray for me? Andy will get home tonight. (I need strength) I just got a job interview as I was typing this! Praise God, how cool!

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Jack Wellman July 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I would be honored to pray for you Heidi. I will pray for your job interview and the job search process overall. Yes, praise God for that’s where all the glory goes to.

As for works, your spot on the mark my friend. Here are the only works we need to do from Jesus’ own lips in John 6:29, “”The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” I can do that!

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Allan B. Rediga July 31, 2012 at 5:25 am

Hi Sir Jack,

Good day! I thank God for leading me to your site. It is really enlightening, specially petty sins that we usually neglect that we are actually doing in our everyday life. But what I like more is the forum or answers your graciously gave to our friend . You see, I myself been a lost soul for a long time. I have done vices and depressions which lead me eventually to end my life. But praise the Lord for miracle is on my side. He has touched me. I received HIM and accept Him as my saviour. And from then on, I believe that He gave me new life. I am currentlly working and doing fine as well. But for now, I want to be an obedient Christian, my question is am my commiting sin If I am gay. But I already turn back on sinful activities affiliated with gay people. I am in search for a christian church right now. And I believe God will lead me to a right one. Please enlighten me with this one. Thanks again

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Jack Wellman July 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Allan, I am overjoyed that you are here. Let me say that I used to be a drug addict, thief, and ended up in prison but since you have repented and turned away on this lifestyle and your sinful activities, God has forgiven you. Read 1 John 1:9 and see how wonderful God’s forgiveness is. You can still have these temptations to have a same-sex relationship but gay people are placing their trust in God by the hundreds. God looks at my past and has cleaned the slate of sins. You can have gay tendencies but if you refrain from the lifestyle of having a sexual affair with another man, then God will take you to heaven my friend. I was a drug addict but I repented and refrain from this now and have been forgiven. Does this answer your question Allan? God bless and thank you so much.

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Allan B. Rediga July 31, 2012 at 5:48 am

Hi Jack,

Good day! First thank God for leading me to this site…It is really enlightening specially petty sins that I myself don’t really noticed. I am really enlighten by your insights for every answers you gave. Praise God for giving you knowledge and having all the patience and dedication to share our Lords will. You see, I am once a lost soul. I have done vices and been in depressions before which actually led me to end my life. But Praise God for He have touched me and gave me a new life. He is my savior for giving the light at the darkest stage of my life. Currently, I am working and doing well. My question is, am my committing sin for being a gay. But I totally turn back on all sexual activities and other alike which is affiliated with gay people. There is still desire and attraction but my faith give me strength to ignore them. I am now in search for a bible oriented church and I believe that our Lord will lead me to the right one. Thanks again

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Allan July 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Hi Jack,

I’m a bit exited about your answer and I have message you twice for I thought my first one did not get through. But after reading it, I am relieve, thank God for a wonderful answer that I will not feel guilt whenever temptation comes. I will surely read more of your articles. God is really good for guiding me and leading me to this site. I hope you will touch more people and I am really happy that you are sucessfully fulfilling your purpose. Praise God for He will grant you strength to continue serving Him. Thank you again

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Jack Wellman July 31, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Allan, thank you so much my brother. I remember that Jesus was tempted in all points as were we and without sin. I am even still tempted today but I know as long as I resist, that is a good sign. I am happy you came her friend. My favorite verse perhaps is 1 John 1:9 which says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” For that my brother I am glad. We are not sinless but we sin less! I thank God for you coming her my friend.

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Daniel Cordosi August 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I was told that Our Virgin Mother, does not hear our prayers I always pray to my mother, can this be true.

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Jack Wellman August 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Hello Daniel. There is not one Scripture in the Bible where it says we are to pray to Mary. We are commanded, in the Lord’s Prayer to pray to Our Father in heaven…and to pray through Jesus Christ so whoever told you that we can not pray to Mary is correct. They are trying to lovingly help you by telling you the truth.

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Daniel Cordosi August 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Pray to God and Jesus only, would it help to pray to Mary through Jesus.

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Jack Wellman August 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Hello Daniel. Pray to God the Father yes, pray thru Jesus’ name but no it would not help to pray to Mary thru Jesus because Jesus is our High Priest Who intercedes for us in heaven. There are no Scriptures that say we are to pray to Mary thru Jesus Daniel.

The Lord’s Prayer is a great model and Heb 4:14-16 says, “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest(E) who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Does this help sir. Thank you Daniel.

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Ornias August 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I think this is amazing and very well put. And I see it all as true. Unless you’re an angel.

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Jack Wellman August 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Ornias, thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I wrote this but with the idea that I am certainly susceptible to these and unless I remain humble and in need of God’s strength, there go I.

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Joey Marshal August 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Were god and Mary married or was Jesus a bastard? (not to be mean I am just asking)

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Jack Wellman August 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Thank you Mr. Marshal for your question. There is zero historical evidence and zero Scriptural (Biblical) evidence that Jesus ever married and He was not without a Father because God said “Today I have begotten thee” and Mary actually received the seed from God Himself so Jesus had no human father but a Divine Father in His humanity.

Does this help sir? I hope so. Thank you.

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Ezekiel August 24, 2012 at 5:17 am

Mr jack, pls i have a very Big problem, and its committing adultry in the heart if i look at a woman. Pls i need 2 stop it dont knw how. Pls Help me if you can, cos i lov Jesus christ sooo much that i want 2 be with him for enternity.

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Jack Wellman August 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hello Ezekiel. Jesus said that lusting after a woman in your heart is the same as committing adultery. I suggest that you read this article at the below link called “How to Overcome an Addiction to Pornography: Help for Struggling Christians”

I am sure you realize that no sexually immoral person will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, so said Jesus and stated also by Paul and in the Book of Revelation. God will forgive you IF you repent from this sin and stop, and goes to God to plead for help in stopping. If you have to get rid of the Internet, do it…for how much is your eternal life worth? You have to take drastic measures. Please read this article below and you might have to seek professional help or counseling. Also talk to your pastor, get on your church’s prayer request list and say its for “an unspoken need” to keep it private. You can overcome this by your own human efforts. You need the help of God and friends prayers and counseling. Please read the article below.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-overcome-an-addiction-to-pornography-help-for-struggling-christians/

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Daniel Cordosi August 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

Dear Jack,
Ezekiel really, really has a problem, I hope and pray that
our father in heaven will forgive him.

Yours in Christ,
Daniel Cordosi

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Jack Wellman August 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Hello Daniel. In the first place, I am glad that you are convicted about this sin of the heart for Jesus said that lusting after a woman in your heart is the same as committing adultery. I suggest that you let him read this article at the below link called “How to Overcome an Addiction to Pornography: Help for Struggling Christians”

Is your friend a Christian. You must warn him that no sexually immoral person will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, so said Jesus and stated also by Paul and in the Book of Revelation. God will forgive him IF he repents from this sin and stops, and goes to God to plead for help in stopping. Please warn him soon and suggest this link for him to read…today or as soon as possible. Thank you for caring enough about your friend. God bless you Daniel.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-overcome-an-addiction-to-pornography-help-for-struggling-christians/

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bryce August 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Out of all hep of junk i have seen on the internet I have to agree with them, this probably some the finest writing i have read about the seven deadly sins. And reading even some of your feed back to the commenters on here has made me reconsider some things that i need to change.
Thanks for the wonderful article

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Jack Wellman August 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Bryce, that was very nice of you to say so my friend. I too am still a work in progress and even though I am not sinless, I do sin less. Sanctification is a lifelong process. God bless you Bryce.

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james August 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

what is Wrath ?

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Jack Wellman August 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Thank you James for your question. Wrath is righteous indignation or anger over something very wrong. If a child is abused, the parents wrath overcomes them to defend and punish the wrongdoer. God’s wrath was placed on Jesus Christ at Calvary for all of the sins of all of humanity for all time. That is why Jesus suffered so much. The good news is that God removes His wrath of our sins when we place our trust in Jesus Christ because He took God’s wrath in our place. Does this help sir?

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Jaelin R. August 28, 2012 at 7:09 am

I Just want to say thank you for this article, ive been going through a tough time and it made me think i am a horrible person and that im going to hell because of the sins i commit but ur article helped me understand the seven sins a lot better and even though im not an adult i still worry about these things so thank you so much for helping me better understand and the comments already answered a bunch of other questions i had so thank you again 🙂

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Jack Wellman August 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Jaelin, thank you so much for your kind words. I still believe that I am a train wreck but the Good News is good because of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for our sake and that He has put us on the highway to heaven…and I thank God that He sent Jesus Christ to allow us to wear His righteousness which is the way that God now sees us. I think the fact that you understand your sinfulness is good news because I see that the Holy Spirit convicted you (and me) of our sin but we can always go to God for forgiveness and never be rejected (1 John 1:9).

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Williams alele September 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

Tech me to pray according to the weal of God for me.

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Sam September 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Just to be curious is being Catholic bad and are Catholics going to hell for not being Christian ?

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Jack Wellman September 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Thank you Sam for your question. No, I don’t believe Catholics are bad or are going to hell. Ultimately, on God knows whose are His but I urge you to read this article about Catholics. I have very many Catholic friends that I am convinced that they are going to heaven because of their trust in Jesus Christ (Act 4:12).

Please read this and you’ll see that Catholics are going to be in heaven, just as many evangelistic members are. http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/are-catholics-saved-and-are-they-christians/

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Kevin September 14, 2012 at 2:03 am

Hi Sir Jack.. I also had a problem about my youth but I still pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ asking for a strength and guidance. I admit that pride is also my attitude. I think this is pride because someone insulting me behind makes me angry deep inside and feel like I am really embarassed. I want to overcome all of this negative attitude which is deadly because I don’t want to hurt anybody or look at them madly. We thank you for a concise article. God truly used you as a great instrument to spread the Word of God and helping others to the right path. I also pray for you that you may help many people like us confused about their state. God bless you and your family. Once again, Thank you…

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Jack Wellman September 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Hello Kevin. Believe me, I suffer from pride to my friend…that is a humanity-wide problem, even among believers although not as bad. I pray that God the Holy Spirit speaks to you before you make any rash comments or decisions for God will honor your prayer for the Holy Spirit’s intervention before you sin. May God use you to glorify His Son’s name, Jesus Christ, in that Name I pray, amen. Thank you Kevin.

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mark September 21, 2012 at 2:04 am

Dear Mr Jack Me and my family come from a fairly poor country but my dad got accepted to go to school in australia, i also love to play rugby it is my dream to play for the rugby league in australia but i am only 14 and the problem is that we are only in australia for 4 years this is our third year and i have been praying for my dream to come true but since i am a teen it is hard to stop committing adulteress sin, and i think if i keep sining GOD won’t answer my prayers it is really made me thinking too much , thnks

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Jack Wellman September 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Greetings to you Mark and I know what you are going thru as I did also when I was your age but there is real hope. We have an article full of biblical advice just for this at this link: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-overcome-an-addiction-to-pornography-help-for-struggling-christians/ This article will give you practical steps to follow to stop this adulterous behavior because you risk getting sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) which could cause you to be sterile, have no children later, and cause disease that could end your life early. Please read this and keep praying and read your Bible daily and also talk to your pastor about this and confess it to him for God will cleanse us from all sins when we confess them to Him (1 John 1:9). Keep short accounts, confess them often, read your Bible daily, pray always.

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