A Sermon by Rev. James Harrison Nixon
Today we are surrounded by gossip at every step, from the checkout lane to the television channel. It seems that we cannot escape the false witness of our fellow man, or the ongoing drama of the scandals of a cheating relationship. Our society almost seems to glorify it; we cannot throw a rock without breaking the philosophical glass of slanderers article as well. We as a whole seem to want to eat this up as if it was a family meal, even with our own families we see this today. We know that by the Law of Moses that we are not to bear false witness against one another, yet as born again Christians we should not be under this even more so. We are a new creation not under the law but under grace as Paul writes to us many times. The tongue is the worst and most corruptible member of the body, as James speaks of in James chapter 3:
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
(James 3:6 KJV)
As we make our way, before our rebirth we should know that the law is in our hearts and we are under the law. While under the law we are sinners and we are guilty, no matter the sin they are all the same. Yet the only warning we get for removal from grace comes from the tongue. The tongue; the most powerful muscle that a mortal man has. A gift that can build up our brothers and sisters or tear them down, we can rip them a part or strengthen them as iron. We see the power of words from the very start of our creation; as God spoke, “Let there be light” and behold time had a start. Science has shown the power of words as positive and negative words can shape sand, this was reflected in a six month long spoken word experiment showing a different result in sand shapes.
The tongue itself is a tool of evil before we are sanctified in the Holy Spirit, as James speaks we have tamed many wild beasts. We learned to harness the creatures of the world as useful tools, and food. Yet as James speaks we cannot tame the tongue, as the tongue is a vicious creature itself. Not to be tamed by those without the force of the Spirit, to say that we can tame the tongue without God is to lie to ourselves. As the same token for us to say that we are saved while still adhering to the law.
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
(James 3:8 KJV)
Now with the use of the tongue in spirit comes the use of wisdom, as we know wisdom is a pure gift from God. We show this by using good a good manner, a good manner of the tongue is only truly possible from God. Why, because God takes away the elements of the heart that comes out through the tongue. Those elements are those of bitterness; not hate but bitter taste of human passion, those of jealousy and selfish ambition. Those two elements are the reasons for the lead tongue.
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
(James 3:14 KJV)
So we know that wisdom and the tongue can be enemies of one another without the mediation of God, so we know this because we know that we must have wisdom to tame the tongue. We know that we must be dead to sin in order to achieve this as well, for our conscious cannot be diluted by evil when we have given full control to God. See when we do not have Jesus we ourselves are at war not just with the world but with ourselves. We fight ourselves and we boast your own deeds even to God. You give into false knowledge, and think yourself better than others around you.
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
(James 4:1-3 KJV)
We have the world in our heads telling us to seek, yet we are not told what to seek. We know that God is there and God is not moving, Jesus offered the ultimate sacrifice for us yet the world wants us to stay here, in this moment of dissolute. A moment without God a moment in the law a moment in which we may not be able to pass into paradise one day. See the devils goal isn’t to steal souls no the goal is keep souls on the outside of the gates of Heaven (Rev. 22:15).
The way to do this is by using the tongue. Jesus gives the hint in how this will be done as well. As Jesus said those that deny me on earth I shall deny to my Father in heaven. So by giving up your adopted birth rights and denying Jesus, you deny your new spiritual self. You as a new creation in salvation are a vessel of Jesus and shall speak evil of no man or women including yourself. Yet if you give back into the law you then can stumble and in doing so, Satan can use your tongue to deny Jesus and without a diligent mind and heart you can become lost. Nothing can separate you from Jesus while you are under grace yet under law we are constantly jumping hurdles.