Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Point 6. The believers attitude toward the Sins of the Tongue.
Believers should be warned against it; Tit 2:1-3.
Believers are told to return good for it; 1CO 4:13.
1CO 4:13 when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now.
Believers are blessed in enduring the SOT; MAT 5:11.
MAT 5:11 “Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me.
They should not be listened to; 1Sa 24:9 “And David said to Saul, Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, behold, David seeks to harm you’?”
Believers should be angry against the slanderer; Pro 25:23.
The reason is that slander separates friends; Pro 16:28; 17:9.
The believers reaction to verbal sins also should be that he realizes that the SOT produces deadly wounds; Pro 18:8; 26:22.
It causes divisions among brethren; Pro 6:19 “A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”
The SOT can even produce murder: Psa 31:13 “For I have heard the slander of many, terror is on every side; while they took counsel together against me, they schemed to take away my life.”
The principle is simple; Korah is so obsessed with destroying Moses and Aaron to accomplish his objective, which is to take over the priesthood, that he is destroying the very office he is trying to take over.
I have Dathan and Abiram in the inner clique, but they are from the Tribe of Reuben, and their objective is different. their objective is to take over the government.
Then Korah thought about the 250 princes in the outer clique, and they were the ones who were recruiting for the revolution. and they all want to function in the tabernacle.
Notice that everything is beginning to backfire or boomerang.
Korah has to be thinking, “None of his inner and outer core is from the tribe of Levi.”
The boomerang is an Australian missile-type weapon, shaped like an elbow. (
Christians who miss the target and fail to execute the PPOG experience the boomerang effect of the frantic search for happiness COMING BACK ON THEM.
In this stage, the frantic search for happiness boomerangs and returns to the believer in apostasy, intensifying the original reactor factors and his unhappiness.
When the frantic search for happiness boomerangs, frustration becomes greater frustration, misery becomes greater misery, and unhappiness becomes intensified unhappiness.
Every search for happiness makes happiness more elusive….and therefore it slips right away.
The pursuit of happiness results in bad decisions from a position of weakness, and intensifies the unhappiness of the believer. This results in intensified frustration.
Operation boomerang means loss of control of your life and the intensification of apostasy.
- Under pseudo-happiness you cannot build your happiness on the details of life; E.g., money, success, pleasure, sexual life, social life, friends, family, loved ones, or materialistic things.
- Under pseudo happiness you cannot even build your happiness on changing the devil’s world through crusader arrogance, social engineering, violence, civil disobedience, or revolution.
- In the arrogance of unhappiness, the believer assumes that marriage is a state of happiness, and all too often makes a bad decision with regard to marriage.
- Pseudo-happiness depends on involvement with some form of success or stimulation which is related to a moment of time, pleasure, success, power, or approbation.
prin – promotion cannot make you happy. prin – marriage cannot make you happy. Success, prosperity, sex, or pleasure cannot make you happy.
Of course Mat 7:1-2 Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
Just like many individuals who attacks authority or discredits the ones in a positions of authority, he wipes out the very office he is trying to take over = operation boomerang.
Whenever you attack authority in any realm, so that you can promote yourself to that position of authority, you are attacking yourself.
Divine institution number 1 is volition, you have authority over your own soul and with authority comes responsibility, you are responsible for you.
When you attack that authority by refusing to take responsibility for your own decisions, you are setting up a system of self-justification.
In the family, the wife discredits and disrespects the authority of her husband and she is teaching the children that it is alright to discredit and disrespect the authority of their parents.
The husband goes to work, gets with the boys, and gossips and complains and criticizes the supervisor or the foreman, he gets a promotion to that position and they do the same to him.
Politicians dig up dirty laundry and skeletons in the closet about the one in the office that they’re trying to defeat, and therefore the public begins to lose respect for the very office itself.
A man attacks a pastor with lies and slander so that he can become the new pastor, and the very office that he desires to have, he has destroyed.
Prin-In trying to wipe out others, he is actually wiping out himself.
In his desire to take over one of the highest functions in Israel, he is actually wiping out the very foundation by which he and they would all survive.
If a person promotes the discrediting of someone in authority to get that authority, then it is only a matter of time before his authority is destroyed as well.
He is actually wiping out the very foundation by which he would survive, the Levitical priesthood.
While this conversation is going on with Moses, Korah’s eyes probably glance over at the personality boys, the 250 princes, and he realizes that they all think they can do the job just as good as him.
Prin – One thing about power and approbation lust, it always blinds the person who uses them.
Prin-When there is dissatisfaction it leads to blindness, and the blindness is unreality.
Moses points out that these rebels do not have the same objectives and actually Korah, instead of leading the revolution ought to be on the side of Moses protecting the rights of the tribe of Levi.
The N.T. application is also very obvious: No man desiring the office of pastor teacher should ever attack that office to attain his desire.
He is destroying the very office he is aspiring to.
Korah then in his irrationality is leading a conspiracy which would destroy the prerogatives and the authorities of the tribe of Levi.
He is no longer holding up the sacred order of the Levitical priesthood, but he is extending the functions of the Levitical order to the 250 princes of Israel, none of which are Levites.
Irrationality has no place in the function of leadership.
In contrast, Moses is totally rational, having lifted the shield of faith and having put the entire conspiracy in the Lord’s hands.
The authority of Bible doctrine in Israel cannot be restored until there is divine judgment of the leaders in the conspiracy in Israel.
Prin – Moses had no idea that this conspiracy was brewing and therefore God had to bring the conspirators to the service.
The conspiracy in this case is an attempt to overthrow the theocratic government of the first client nation.
The theocratic government is the government set up by God AND THAT IS WHY GOD HAS TO BRING FORTH WHAT WE ARE NOW READY FOR THE 10 COMMAANDMENATS OR THE GIVING OF THE MOSAIC LAW.
Conspiracy also creates a vacuum into which the least qualified persons have exceeded their capacity for rule and provided arrogant, emotional and incompetent leadership.
The implication is obvious, if an individual attacks the spiritual authority in a local assembly to aspire to that position, that individual will be attacking the very authority that he is aspiring to.
Since only Aaron as the legitimate high priest of Israel can actually carry the censer from the bronze altar outside the tabernacle to the golden altar of incense in the tabernacle and live.
He is going to allow those 250 princes to do what God has only permitted Aaron to do.
These 250 princes and Korah will have the opportunity of proving whether or not they have the gift and the ability to operate in the tabernacle.
He just says in effect you operate in what you consider to be your gift, we will operate in what we consider to be our gift, and then we will let the Lord prove who is in his right calling.
To them, it didn’t matter if God came through for Moses or not.
If Moses received blessing and promotion and vindication from the Lord, they would say that the devil is blessing Moses.
If Moses did not receive vindication and blessing from the Lord, they would say God is disciplining Moses,…..he’s under divine discipline.