Bob Jones told this story about himself:
In the late 1980s, the Lord told Jones that Jimmy Swaggart would have his sexual sin publicly revealed for all to see. Jones then told his friends and his church. When the news about Swaggart was finally released in the media, Jones and his friends rejoiced and acted with festive attitudes. “We got Swaggart,” they said to one another.
The Lord also spoke to Paul Cain about Jimmy Swaggart, but Cain told no one. When Cain heard the news on TV about Swaggart’s sin being exposed, he spent the day weeping before the Lord for Swaggart, his family, and the Body of Christ.
Jones later repented of his attitude and used it as an example of how “knowledge puffs us up, but love edifies all.”
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)
The Greek word antitassō, which is translated into the English word resists in the above verse, is a military term and actually means to battle against. Thus, God battles against pride.
The foul sin of pride is the number one method Satan uses to derail us believers in spiritual battles. He knows that if he can get us to move from humility — a position of spiritual strength — into pride, God who honors His word will battle against us.
Sadly, we believers often resemble James and John after a village did not accept Jesus and His ministry. “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”
The two disciples had just returned from a ministry trip in which they had witnessed the power of God healing and delivering people. Now, puffed up by their ministry success, they wanted to use this same power to destroy the people who disagreed with them.
Jesus rebuked them and said:
“You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” (Luke 9:55-56)
(Continued in Part 6…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)