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The Bait of Belial

April 12

 "... they wearied themselves to find the door."  Genesis 19:11

"Lot found his friend of sin to be death in disguise ..."






Sin is the most determined foe ever known to man.  Though one may slay it a hundred times over, it morphs itself in a hundred new, and more diabolical ways; and anything but benign, it is aggressive and malignant.  "Evil pursueth sinners: ..." The height of naïveté is to think that sin can be tamed or tolerated to somehow become our servant.  NO ... it will become our master!  "... and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door ... unto thee shall be his desire"  Like a crouching lion, sin lurks to devour; like a burglar, he stalks to steal and kill.

"... the wages of sin is death"; and sin will not be denied its due, save the blood of CHRIST.  Lot found his friend of sin to be death in disguise; and it slew all he knew. His wife, his kin, his honor, his reputation, his livelihood, all consumed; while Benedict escaped to betray another day.  When the day after doomsday dawned on the plain of Gomorrah, sin was the sole survivor at Sodom!

"... in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."  After these thousands of years, man is still taking the bait of Belial.  The packaging is as myriad and imaginative as the mind of its purveyor, but the content hasn't changed.  The unsuspecting fish takes what looks like supper, and instead becomes what he thought he had.  Once bitten, it bites back with a venom designed to filet.  "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." 

"Flee also youthful lusts: ..."  And as you flee, be mindful that sin is in hot pursuit seeking to corner a life in ill repute, that he might not just "find the door", but break through it as well. 

"Do not err, my beloved brethren."

For Love of Country
United States Supreme Court (1895)
(Pollock v. Farmer's Loan and Trust Co.)
"The original expectation was that the power of direct taxation would be exercised only in extraordinary exigencies, and down to August 15, 1894, this expectation has been realized."

(Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller in declaring income tax unconstitutional)

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