DO NOT

Human beings are unlike animals. THERE ARE THINGS MEN MUST DO, AND THERE ARE THINGS MEN MUST NOT DO. Sometimes what we must not do has more destructive force than what we must do. For example, a drop of black ink stains a whole glass of clean water. Vitamins may build your body gradually, but a dosage of high potency poison kills you instantly. A small leak can sink a big ship. You can bleed to death easily. Grade of B is well and good, but an F may flunk you from the class and fail your life. Driving steadily is fine, but a wrong turn in a few degrees can cause a fatal crash. A young woman kept her virginity until she was 30 years old, one illicit affair not only she lost her virginity but acquired AIDS which may cause her life. You may be a law-abiding citizen for 50 years, but in a feat of anger you killed someone and ruin your life. You may be a good father for 30 years, in a feat of passion you commit adultery and break up your marriage. You may be an honest man almost all your life, you fell into temptation and committed a theft of public funds, you fell from grace. The examples can go on infinitely. A slip becomes an eternal regret. A little hole sinks a big ship. A little fire burns million acres of forest.

There is a pseudo-science which holds that man is by nature good. If you expect men to be good, they will do good. It sounds plausible but false.

Mat 19:16-17,“Now behold, one came and said to Him: Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? So He said to him: Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

Note: What Jesus says is not that He is not good. What He means is that you look at Me in the form of a man and teach the way of God in truth, so you think I must be good. You are wrong; no one is good but God. I am good not because I am a Man, I am good because I am God. Only God is good. Even Paul says, 

Rom 7:18,“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.” Flesh means human nature; there is nothing good dwells in human nature.

Rom 3:12,“They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.” The more I see, observe, experience and know, and the longer I live, I more I realize how bad, evil, sinful, deceitful, miserable, unworthy and wicked man is.

Rom 3:10,“As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one.”

Rom 3:11,“There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.”

For that reason the Word of God says, Do not do this...Do not do that.

There is a pseudo-theory called positive thinking. The proponents and followers of positive thinking hold that you must accentuate the positive, and play down the negative. Interestingly, a positive thinking and probability thinking preacher in America has preached this kind of false teaching for many decades, yet his church filed for bankruptcy. It looked like they must have done too many negative things. Maybe bankruptcy is positive for a greedy church. The Word of God does not accentuate the negative, but if you do what you should not do, you may be lost and doomed. For example, the Ten Commands are made of 8 ‘do nots’, but  2 ‘dos’. In another words, in the Ten Commandments, 80% consist of what we must not do, 20% of what we must do. This does not mean God has a negative personality, it does mean human nature has a tendency to do what is wrong or forbidden. There is hardly anything positive about human nature. For that reason Jesus says, 

Jhn 3:3, “Jesus answered and said to him: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” If you are so positive, why then you must be born again? If men are so good, why did Jesus come to die for sinners? Human beings have to be told what not to do more than what they ought to do. For example, do right is more simple than what not to do wrong. There is nothing positive about murder; the outcome of murder can only be negative. There is nothing positive about the love of money (greed), the result of greed causes many innocent to suffer. There is nothing positive about rape; it violates the dignity and character of the victim. There is nothing positive about corruption, it ruins the government and victimizes the people. There is nothing positive about injustice, it serves the devil.

In fact, Jesus Christ beautifully sums up the Ten Commandments into two positive great commandments:  

Mat 22:35-40,“Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying: Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit explains,    

Rom 13:9, “For the commandments, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet, and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” So you see all the Do-Nots of God are based on the positive Do, covered under one word ‘love’. Love the Lord and love your neighbor, you fulfill the great commandments of God. If you love God and love your neighbor, you would not do what is prohibitive and evil.

The following list of “Do Nots” should be instructive and a tool to warn you daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Remember them, they might save your from doom and ruin, death and destruction. The Word of God is powerful. The fact that the Word of God says that many “DO NOT’s tells the importance of them. The Bible says what we should not, ought not, and must not do; actually teaches Christians how to live. Those who have learned how to live know exactly what they must not do as well as what they ought to do. ‘Do Not’ serves as a red light and you are warned.

1. Do not act wickedly.

Gen 19:7,“And said: Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly.”

Note: Act wickedly in Hebrew is ra`a`, which means to be bad, be evil, to do evil or wickedly, make evil, do ill; - it occurs about 83 times in the Old Testament. This covers a wide range of bad activities forbidden because man is capable of acting wickedly in so many ways. For example, doctors and hospital owners who defraud and gouge patients and bankrupt millions of family act wickedly. Wall Street executives who defrauded and looted the world more than $50 trillion in creating economic and financial crisis beginning in 2008 acted wickedly. Policymakers who gave taxcuts to the rich and powerful acted wickedly. Warmongers who engaged in unjust wars that killed millions acted wickedly.

2. Do not look back.

Gen 19:17,“When they had brought them outside, they said: Flee for your life! Do not look back, and do not stop anywhere in the valley; flee to the hills, or you will be swept away.”

Note: This Scripture originally applies to warning to Lot and his family, but it has spiritual applications for Christians. 

Phl 3:13,“Brethren, I do not count myself to have made it; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” It is o.k. once in while to look back and see how God has led you from the past to now and count your blessings. It is wrong to dwell in the past, for life is to be lived forward and not backward.

3.     Do not delay.

Gen 45:9,“Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him: Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.”

Note: Delay in Hebrew is `amad which means to tarry, linger, stand still; - it occurs about 521 times in the Old Testament. When you have good news, do not delay to announce it. When the opportunity knocks at your door, do not delay to accept it. Blessed is the person who knows the moment, the moment for him to act. Once I wrote to the leader of a nation telling him the idea of historical moment. Ordinary people have critical moment in their lives but not historical moment. Leader of a nation has historical moment because what he does may change a nation and impact on the world. He lost the historical moment and did not do well.

Gen 24:56,“He said to them: Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.”

Note: Delay in Hebrew is 'achar , which means to hesitate, tarry, defer, remain behind, hinder, keep back; - it occurs about 17 times in the Old Testament. The old servant of Abraham has learned the secret of success. What must be done, must not be delayed. What must be done must be done without delay. Put the first thing first. Do the most important thing first. Do not let others delay what you have to do. Do not delay yourself. Do not run behind time, run ahead of time. People who run behind time are left behind; people who run ahead accomplish their objective. Procrastination is the thief of time. Time does not wait for you. Do not delay to do what is right. Do not delay to grab opportunity.

4. Do not go down to Egypt.

Gen 26:2,“The LORD appeared to him and said: Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you.”

Note: This was a literal command of God to Isaac not to go down to Egypt even facing a famine. There may be a “famine” in a Christian life, but do not go down to Egypt for help. Egypt symbolizes the house of bondage. Do not trade your spiritual heritage with material good. Seek the Lord’s direction. Do not go back. Do not go down to Egypt. Do not go back to the old way of life. Each Christian may have a peculiar Egypt of his past.

Anything that can enslave you is your master. Walk in the Christian liberty purchased by the blood of Jesus.

5. Do not quarrel on the journey.

Gen 45:24,“So he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them: Do not quarrel on the journey.”

Note: Sad is the conflict of siblings. Christians are on a journey to the Celestial City, do not quarrel with anyone. Do not waste your time and efforts on unimportant things. Quarrels among and between nations may lead to war. Cursed is the nation that stirs up conflict and war among nations. A house divided cannot stand; a family of quarrels has no peace. 

Pro 20:3, “Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, but any fool will quarrel.” It is an honor for a man to keep away from strife. Any fool will quarrel. Nations like to have wars are foolish nations. An unreasonable person seeks quarrels. 

Pro 17:14,“The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so quit before the quarrel breaks out.” Life is short. Life is like a journey; do not waste your time and effort on quarrel.

6. Do not come near.

Exd 3:5,“Then He said: Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

Note: God told Moses not to come near because the place on which he was standing was holy ground. Sinful men cannot stand on holy ground. Sinful men have no access to the Holy God. Sin is enmity toward God. Sin separates men from God. 

Eph 2:13,But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. By the blood of Christ believers who were far off have been brought near to God. 

Hbr 10:22,“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

As sinners, we cannot come near God. As children of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. The blood and the Word can cleanse us from an evil conscience.

7. Do not fear.

Exd 14:13,“But Moses said to the people: Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.”

Note: Moses told the Israelites: Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord. God saved the children of Israel from the Egyptians. The New Testament gives some reasons not to fear:

Mat 10:28,“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Note: Jesus says do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. No evildoer can kill the soul of a Christian. Believers have eternal security in Christ.

Luk 12:4,“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.”

Note: Do not fear man or devil, they can only kill the body, they cannot kill your soul.

Luk 12:7,“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Note: God has numbered the hairs of the head of a Christian, for that reason do not fear, believers are of more value than many sparrows.

Luk 12:32,“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”

Note: Jesus assures little flock (His followers) the good reason not to fear, because it is God’s pleasure to give us the Kingdom. Christians are citizens of heaven; all the kingdoms of men will pass away. We will reign with Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven forever and ever.

8. Do not turn to idols.

Lev 19:4,“Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God.”

Note: Idols in Hebrew is 'eliyl, which means false gods, vain and empty objects; - it occurs in the Old Testament 20 times. Idols are vain things. 

Act 14:15, “And saying: Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the Gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, WHO MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM.” Nowadays only the primitive people worship idols. I was shocked to see the leader of Taiwan who claims to be a Christian worshipped idols. 

Act 26:18,“To open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.” In the New Testament, greed is idolatry. 

Col 3:5,“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” In America only primitive immigrants worship idols, but most Americans worship money, power and sex. The love of money is the root of all evils.

Act 26:20,“But kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.”

This is the message to the world: Repent and turn to God.

In America very few people worship idols, except those uneducated and primitive immigrants. However, most Americans worship the idols of money, power and sex. The current Taiwanese leader claims to be a Christian and yet he publicly worships idols (apparently intended to please and get votes from idols worshipers) which is committing a grave sin against the living God. If he is a true Christian, he must repent and give up idolatry. If he wants to worship idols, then he has no right to claim to be a Christian. Mr. Ma must come clean one way or another.

9. Do not turn to mediums or spiritists.

Lev 19:31,“Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.”

Note: Astrologers belong to mediums or spiritists. Christians are forbidden to consult astrologers, mediums or spiritists. The consultation of astrologers by Nancy Reagan was widely reported some years ago. If Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan confessed they were pagans and unbelievers, they had the right to believe whatever they chose. No one can claim to be a Christian and consult astrologers, etc. Turning to mediums or spiritists or astrologers is turning against God.

10. Do not turn to evil.

Job 36:21,“Be careful, do not turn to evil, for you have preferred this to affliction.”

Note: Evil in Hebrew is 'aven, which means trouble of iniquity, wickedness; - it occurs about 78 times in the Old Testament. Everyone can learn from affliction, but do not turn to evil. Turn to God. The health-care providers (doctors, hospital owners, drug and insurance companies, medical suppliers, etc.) who systematically commit fraudulent and predatory practices to gouge and bankrupt millions of patients turn to evil. Wall Street executives who created the economic and financial crisis beginning in 2008 that looted the world more than $50 trillion turned to evil. Corrupt policymakers who served the special interests and enriched themselves so much so created the massive American debts and deficits turned to evil. Lawmakers who gave the rich and powerful tax breaks to serve special interests turned to evil.

11. Do not sin.

Psa 4:4, “Tremble, and do not sin; meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”

Note: Tremble in Hebrew is ragaz  which means to quake with fear; - it occurs about 41 times in the Old Testament. Sin in Hebrew is chata', which means to miss, miss the way, go wrong, incur guilt, miss the goal or path of right and duty, err from mark; - it occurs about 238 times in the Old Testament. Those who sin should tremble because God will judge sinners. It is terrible for sinners to fall into the hand of God. Meditate in your heart in Hebrew is 'amar which means to say in your heart, think; - it occurs about 5308 in the Old Testament. If you meditate in your heart about the consequences of sin, you will think thrice before you do. 

Jhn 5:14,“Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him: Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” Sin brings bad things. 

Eph 4:26, “BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” Anger can lead to sin, sin of violent consequences. Do not let the sun go down on your anger means control it before it causes damage or injury. Be still, God rules the universe.

12. Do not fret because of evildoers.

Psa 37:1,“A Psalm of David. Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers.”

Note: Fret in Hebrew is charah, which means to be hot, furious, burn, become angry, be kindled, to be angry with, be incensed; - it occurs about 90 times in the Old Testament. Evildoers are worse than wrongdoers. Do not become angry or incensed with evildoers and wrongdoers. I know how crooked Wall Street executives incensed the American public. How corrupt politicians incensed the public. How injustice incensed the people.

13. Do not trust in oppression.

Psa 62:10,“Do not trust in oppression and do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

NoteTrust in Hebrew is batach, which means to have confidence, be confident, trust in, set one’s hope and confidence upon; - it occurs about 120 times in the Old Testament. Oppression in Hebrew is `osheq, which means extortion, injury, violence, defrauding, exploitation, something taken away by force or fraud; - it occurs about 15 times in the Old Testament.

Although the American currency says In God We Trust, that is only a lip service. Most American people trust in money and power. Western nations trust in military power, political power, financial power, technological power, nuclear weapon systems, missile and anti-missile systems, etc. Many people put their trust in power, money, position, riches, connection, etc. The greatest robbery was committed by Wall Street executives who created the economic and financial crisis beginning in 2008. Probably the second largest robbery is committed by healthcare providers at about $3 trillion a year. 

Isa 26:4,“Trust in the LORD forever, for in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.

14. Do not boast.

Psa 75:4,“I said to the boastful: Do not boast, and to the wicked: Do not lift up the horn;”

Note: Boast in Hebrew is halal which means to glory, make one's boast, shine, flash forth light, make a show; - it occurs about 165 times in the Old Testament. Horn in Hebrew is qeren which means a symbol of strength and power; - it occurs about 76 times in the Old Testament. The arrogant people boast, and the wicked lift up themselves. 

Psa 18:2, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” God is the horn of my salvation.

Psa 75:5, “Do not lift up your horn on high, do not speak with insolent pride.”

Note: To lift up your horn on high means to exalt yourself. Do speak with insolent pride means to talk big. There are two groups of people who lift up their horn on high and speak with insolent pride, they are white supremacists and terrorists.

15. Do not trust in princes.

Psa 146:3,“Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.”

Note: There is a political party that calls its leaders a queen with four heavenly kings. Ungodly men who call themselves heavenly kings. Princes are the people in power, but they are mortal. In mortal man there is no salvation. Watch the mess of American leaders unable to solve the problems of massive debts and deficits.

16. Do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

Pro 1:8,“Hear, my son, your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching;”

Pro 6:20,“My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother;”

Note: The mother here refers to good mother, not many useless and worthless mothers. Once I saw a 5-year old slapped her mother on the train, the mother did not respond. There are many worthless mothers who indulge their children mistaking for love. When their children killed people, these stupid mothers came to their defense by saying: He is a good boy. To spoil a child is not love, but preparing for a life of failure and self-destruction. There are good mothers who give sound advice to their children. Do not forsake of your mother’s good and upright teaching. A good mother is your greatest asset in life. Show love to your mother before she passes away. Make your mother rejoice while she is alive.

17. Do not consent.

Pro 1:10,“My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.”

Note: Entice in Hebrew is pathah which means to persuade, seduce, deceive; - it occurs about 28 times in the Old Testament. Consent in Hebrew is 'abah which means to be willing, yield to, accept, desire; - it occurs about 54 times in the Old Testament. Sinners will entice you. Do not consent to sin. Sin is seductive in money, violence and sex. Virgins, do not consent when men want to have sex with you who are not your husbands. I do not know and cannot find any sin committed under the sun is not related to love of money, power and sex. There are weak characters who are easily manipulated by others. Learn to say no, no to whatever is wrong, no to whatever is immoral, no to whatever is sinful. A person has character to say no.

18. Do not let kindness and truth leave you.

Pro 3:3,“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”

Note: Kindness in Hebrew is checed which means goodness, faithfulness, compassion, mercy; - it occurs about 248 times in the Old Testament.

Truth in Hebrew is 'emeth which means firmness, faithfulness, sureness, reliability, stability, reliableness, truthfulness; - it occurs about 127 times in the Old Testament. Leave in Hebrew is `azab which means to abandon, forsake, neglect, apostatize, let go; - it occurs about 215 times in the Old Testament. Bind in Hebrew is qashar which means to tie, bind together, league together, embrace; - it occurs about 44 times in the Old Testament.

Do not abandon kindness and truth, instead bind them around your neck and keep them in your heart. I am afraid American leaders have let kindness and truth leave them. The fact that they illegally gave administrative control of China's Diaoyu Islands to the unconditionally surrendered war crime nation of Japan in 1971 and now declare they will defend Japan if China uses force to recover its territories clearly demonstrate they have let kindness and truth leave them.

19. Do not lean on your own understanding.

Pro 3:5,“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.”

Note: If you trust in the Lord with all your heart, you cannot lean on your own understanding. Understanding in Hebrew is biynah which means discernment, intelligence, insight; - it occurs about 38 times in the Old Testament. Lean on in Hebrew is sha`an which means to trust in, rely on; - it occurs 22 times in the Old Testament. Just like an old man relies on a cane, unbelievers lean on their own understanding. Human understanding is limited, narrow, faulty, and unreliable. That is enough reason to trust in the Lord who is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. Unbelieving scientists and scholars leaning on their own understanding cannot find God, cannot find the truth, and do not know the truth. They are so arrogant and yet they do not know the day of their death.

2Ki 18:21,“Behold, you are relying now on Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who rely on him.”

Note: Human understanding at best is the broken reed of a staff; it will pierce the hand of any man leans on it. Do not lean on human knowledge or wisdom, it is faulty and fatal.

20. Do not be wise in your own eyes.

Pro 3:7,“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.”

Note: Do not view yourself as wise. Do not be self-conceited. Wrong perception was born by wrong conception. Rom 1:22,“Professing to be wise, they became fools.” There are no people professing themselves wise like white supremacists, in their own eyes they are the masters of the universe. Oh, they fall and they will fall. 

Rom 12:16,“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.” If you read the opinions of Western mass media of propaganda, it expresses everything wise in their own opinion. So blinded by unholy ambition, they could not see their blunders and failures. So much evil springs out of this wise in their own eyes. Look at the wise of Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood.

1Cr 3:18,“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool that he may become wise.”

Note: This is the highest spiritual wisdom: Become a fool so that you may become wise. Unbelieving scholars and scientists are wise in their own eyes.

21. Do not withhold good.

Pro 3:27,“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”

Note: Withhold in Hebrew is mana` which means to hold back, keep back, refrain, deny, keep restrain, hinder; - it occurs about 29 times in the Old Testament. Power is Hebrew is yad which means strength, ability, capability; - it occurs about 1615 times in the Old Testament. If you have power to do good and not to do it is sin. An employee has been discriminated, you have power to correct it and not to do it is sin. An employee has been abused, you have power to right the wrong and not to do it is sin. An unemployed patient has been defrauded and overcharged by hospital accounting billing, you have power to right the wrong and not to do it is sin. You have power to stop the most monopolistic, fraudulent and predatory health-care system in the world and not to do it is sin. You have power to fix the flawed and faulty legal system and not to do it is sin. Christian billionaires, it is in your power to do good such as helping orphans, disabled, oppressed and desperate people, etc., do not withhold good from those to whom it is due. 

Deu 27:19,“Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow. And all the people shall say: Amen.” 

Pro 3:28,“Do not say to your neighbor: Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it, when you have it with you.”

Rom 13:7,“Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” The rich and powerful should be taxed more, as a policymaker instead you give them taxcuts, it is a wicked sin.

22. Do not devise harm against your neighbor.

Pro 3:29,“Do not devise harm against your neighbor, while he lives securely beside you.”

Note: Devise in Hebrew is charash which means to plot evil, fabricate; - it occurs about 73 times in the Old Testament. Harm in Hebrew is ra` which means evil, distress, misery, injury, calamity, wrong, mischief, wickedness; - it occurs about 663 times in the Old Testament. There are people whose lives are dedicated to doing evil. I have known insurance agents who shouted in joy because they had defrauded dumb buyers. The Hippocratic Oath says: Do no harm. In practice, most doctors conspire with hospitals to defraud and overcharge patients through elaborate and technical and fraudulent billing system that most patients cannot comprehend hospital bills. Apparently the oath of Wall Street is: Do as much harm as possible so that you can fleece the public, and the government will bail out your insolvent firms anyway. The oath of Hollywood seems to be making as violent and pornographic and sexual movies as possible in order to maximize profits. No one can live securely in America.

23. Do not contend with a man without cause.

Pro 3:30,“Do not contend with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.”

Note: Contend in Hebrew is riyb which means to strive, chide, quarrel; - it occurs 67 times in the Old Testament. There are people who plot and devise how they can sue their neighbors without cause. There are business and industry who contend with their competitors without cause. There are nations who contend with countries they view as threats to their domination without cause. There are nations that sow seed of strife among nations in order to reap benefits from creating problems for nations they dislike. There are non-performing workers who devise and plot against performing employees. Evildoers never do anything with a good cause.

24. Do not envy a man of violence.

Pro 3:31,“Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways.”

Note: Envy in Hebrew is qana' which means to be jealous of, excite to jealous anger; - it occurs about 33 times in the Old Testament. Violence in Hebrew is chamac which means wrong, cruelty, injustice, oppression; - it occurs about 60 times in the Old Testament. Have you noticed, a man of violence is always unjust and oppressive and cruel. A nation of violence is a warmonger; a warmongering nation is always unjust, cruel, and oppressive. Do not envy a man of violence, for violence will slay him. Do not choose the way of violence, the way of violence leads to destruction. The way of imperialist and hegemonist and terrorist is the way of violence; the way of violence is the way of death and destruction. 

Pro 24:1,“Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them;”

25. Do not enter the path of the wicked.

Pro 4:14,“Do not enter the path of the wicked and do not proceed in the way of evil men.”

Note: The path of Wall Street is the path of the wicked, to loot the world by fraud and manipulation. The path of healthcare providers is the path of the wicked because by monopoly they commit fraudulent and predatory practices to rob patients and bankrupt their families. The path of capitalism is the path of the wicked because it exploits the vast majority of workers and enriches only the business executives. The path of the wicked and the way of evil men cause so much pain, hardship, misery, suffering, poverty and deaths in the world.

26. Do not desire her beauty in your heart.

Pro 6:25,“Do not desire her beauty in your heart, nor let her capture you with her eyelids.”

Note: Desire in Hebrew is chamad which means to covet, take pleasure in, delight in, lust; - it occurs about 21 times in the Old Testament. The beauty of an adulterous and seductive woman is dangerous and deadly. American culture is obsessed with sex appeal. This is the basic weakness of men. There is a Chinese proverb: A hero cannot pass the test of a beautiful woman. Sex has been the cause of downfall for many men, famous and infamous. Capture in Hebrew is laqach which means to take, get, fetch, lay hold of, seize, snatch, captivate, take away; - it occurs about 965 times in the Old Testament. Sex captures men like sheep led to slaughter. Joseph passed the test of a beautiful but bad woman, see Genesis Chapter 39. A man who can pass the test of sex and lust can become a great man.

27. Do not love sleep.

Pro 20:13,“Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.”

Note: Here refers to the sleep of the lazy, not the rest of the sick.

Laziness is the main cause of poverty in many nations and many peoples. You see in backward nations, peoples who loaf and loiter and do nothing in a most pathetic way. I also witness many Chinese play cards in gambling and spend time in unproductive way. Young people who smoke and hang around idly are easy to lead to mischief and crime. 

Pro 6:10-11,“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, your poverty will come upon you like a vagabond, and your need like an armed man.” I have witnessed the most spectacular successes of China in a short period of 30 years unprecedented in the history of mankind, accomplished by hard work, industry, and ingenuity of the Chinese people under the capable leadership of Deng Xiaoping. Thirty years ago no one would believe that China would have the largest surplus in the world. I can attest the Chinese people have worked hard and smart and earned what they deserve.

28. Do not associate with a gossip.

Pro 20:19,“He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip.”

Note: Slanderer in Hebrew is rakiyl which means tale bearer, informer, rumor broadcaster; - it occurs only 6 times in the Old Testament. A slanderer reveals the secrets of others. Associate in Hebrew is `arab which means to have fellowship with, share; - it occurs about 22 times in the Old Testament. Gossip is bad. 

Pro 11:13,“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.” 

Pro 16:28,“A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.” 

Pro 20:19,“A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.” 

Pro 26:20,“Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.” Western mass media is a powerful tool of spreading lies, rumors, and falsehoods about China. American and Japanese leaders maliciously engage in spreading "China threat" theory in order to justify their aggressive military actions. Do not associate with a gossip, much more do not associate with lie and falsehood.

29. Do not rob the poor because he is poor.

Pro 22:22,“Do not rob the poor because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate;”

Note: Rob in Hebrew is gazal which means to tear away, seize, plunder, tear off, pull off, strip off, take away by force; - it occurs about 30 times in the Old Testament. Real estate developers working with corrupt officials took the land of peasants at very low compensation and built high-rise apartment houses sold at high prices – this is an example of robbing the poor. America is an exceptional nation, the poor has nothing so you cannot rob the poor. In fact the poor rob the middle class who pay taxes to support them with welfare, food stamps, education, Medicaid, etc. The poor in America live at the expense of others. Many black women got pregnant and had babies, taxpayers support them. The poor in America are the most unproductive people. The system produced the vicious cycle of poverty: women on welfare produced children grown up on welfare, and produced children so that their children are on welfare generation after generation. The crooked doctors and hospital owners love Medicaid so that they can charge whatever they please and rip off taxpayers. I knew a case of a young black woman who came to a hospital for abortion, three doctors were assigned to take care of her, and all expenses paid by Medicaid. I was a poor student working my way at college, when I was ill I could not even afford one doctor and I did not have Medicaid. A patient on Medicaid is treated better in a hospital than a worker without health insurance.

30. Do not associate with a man given to anger.

Pro 22:24,“Do not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot-tempered man,”

Note: Associate in Hebrew is ra`ah which means to be a friend of, be companion of; - it occurs about 173 times in the Old Testament. Anger in Hebrew is 'aph which means fury, wrath; - it occurs about 276 times in the Old Testament. Hot temper in Hebrew is chemah which means heat, rage, hot displeasure, indignation, anger, wrath; - it occurs about 124 times in the Old Testament. Association with a man given to anger or a hot-tempered man may get you in trouble. Angry and hot-tempered man is easily involved in quarrel or contention that easily may lead to fight or even death.

31. Do not be among those who give pledges.

Pro 22:26,“Do not be among those who give pledges, among those who become guarantors for debts.”

Note: Do not become surety for another. Do not become guarantors for other’s debts. Do not accept liability for another’s debts. Those who borrow easily will have difficulty to pay back. The best financial policy is to owe no one anything. Do not buy what you cannot afford. Do not spend what you do not have. In recent years you see many nations on the brink of default. A man who has only $10 is richer than a man who owes $10 million. Do not co-sign or co-sponsor anything unless you are able and willing to meet the liability requirement.

32.  Do not move the ancient boundary

Pro 22:28,“Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set.”

Note: Boundary in Hebrew is gĕbuwl which means border, territory, limit, landmark; - it occurs about 241 times in the Old Testament. Boundary exists between nations. Boundary exists between houses. There are physical, political, social, cultural, and racial boundaries among peoples. There is ancient boundary, whether physical or moral, should not be moved. The West, the evil empire of Japan and some small and insignificant nations want to move the ancient boundary of the South China Sea and make claims on the islands and territorial waters. Physical boundary between nations is often the source of dispute and even conflict between nations. For example, the border dispute between China and India was caused by the British Empire which unilaterally demarcated China’s ancient land as part of its colony and redrew the boundary. The leaders of the evil empire of Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, etc. want to move the ancient boundary by falsely claiming territories in the South China Sea and the East China Sea which have belonged to China long before they had existed.

33. Do not weary yourself to gain wealth.

Pro 23:4,“Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it.”

Note: To weary in Hebrew is yaga` which means to toil, labor, grow weary, be weary, make to toil; - it occurs about 26 times in the Old Testament. To gain wealth is a wearisome endeavor. Perhaps American people are the most weary in working hard to gain wealth. But something new has happened recently in America, Wall Street made their own rules so that executives and managers who gamble on others’ money whether losing or winning can make themselves some billions a year. In a normal business process, when you mismanage a firm you suffer loss. When Wall Street bankers and executives mismanaged their firms into bankruptcy or insolvency, they got bailout from government and gave themselves hefty executive salaries, perks and billions in bonuses a year. This seems to be a new thing under the sun. However, the ancient truth of the Word of God still stands true:

Tts 1:11-12, “Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain. One of them, a prophet of their own, said: Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” I do not need to spell out for you, do you know who are the modern Cretansthey are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons? 

2Pe 2:15,“They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness.” Wall Street has left the straight way of doing business and those executives love the wages of wickedness. 

Psa 37:16,“A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.” This is not the value of the people of the world today, especially capitalistic nations. 

Pro 11:28,“He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.” We have already seen those who fell from their riches gained through wicked means. 

Pro 23:5,“Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven.” Riches have wings and they fly away. It is often in the news. 

1Ti 6:10,“For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this grabbing that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many sorrows.”

34. Do not eat the bread of a selfish man.

Pro 23:6,“Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, or desire his delicacies.”

Note: Selfish man in Hebrew is a man of evil eye. The evil eye betrays a man’s word and reveals his heart. It is better to suffer hunger than to have a banquet with the wicked. 

Pro 28:22,“A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, and does not consider that poverty will come upon him.” Be cautious when someone wants to invite you to dinner. The delicacies of the evildoer are deceptive food.

35. Do not speak in the hearing of a fool.

Pro 23:9,“Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.”

Note: Fool in Hebrew is kĕciyl which means stupid fellow, dullard, simpleton, arrogant one; - it occurs about 70 times in the Old Testament.

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool means the same do not cast your pearl before swine, or give what is holy to the dogs. Despise in Hebrew is buwz which means to hold in contempt, show contempt toward, hold as insignificant; it occurs about 12 times in the Old Testament. 

Pro 4:7, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Whatever you get, get understanding.” Wisdom is not supreme in America or in any country; money, power and sex are supreme today. 

Mat 7:6,“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” A fool does not appreciate the wisdom of your words, just as a dog does not appreciate what is holy, or a swine does not appreciate pearls. It is a waste of time and effort to speak to a fool.

36. Do not hold back discipline from the child.

Pro 23:13,“Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.”

Note: Discipline in Hebrew muwcar which means chastening, correction, admonition, instruction; - it occurs about 50 times in the Old Testament. The Bible endorses physical punishment to discipline children. Once I was walking and a boy and a woman following behind, for no reason all of a sudden the boy made a monstrous and very loud shrill and shouts, the mother acted as if she didn’t hear anything. Once I observed on a train a 5-year old slapped her mother in the face, the mother did not have any reaction. Permissive and useless mothers rear children to be the next generation liabilities to society. How many crooks and criminals come from permissive and useless parents. Do not use the rod to strike at the head of your child.

37. Do not let your heart envy sinners.

Pro 23:17,“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the LORD always.”

Note: Envy in Hebrew is qana' which means to be jealous, be envious, excite to jealous anger; - it occurs about 33 times in the Old Testament. It has been known in America that many black youths envy the black gangs who engage in drug and sex trafficking because they own fancy cars and wear fashion clothes and have plenty of cash. Many envy crooks and criminals of Wall Street and monopolists who make billions and billions. People worship money and power no matter what. 

Pro 3:31,“Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways.” 

Pro 14:30, “A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.” Because of envy the Jewish religious establishment crucified the Lord.

38. Do not be heavy drinkers.

Pro 23:20,“Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, or with gluttonous eaters of meat;”

Note: A heavy drinker is a person who drinks to excess; one who sucks up and imbibes large amount of wine or liquor – a drunkard. A glutton is one who eats too much meat and fat. God does not approve a drunkard or glutton. A drunkard is likely to suffer cirrhosis. A glutton may have a diseased heart or high cholesterol, etc. Overweight is the modern day cause of many diseases. Too much drinking and eating harm one’s health. Christians must not associate with drinkers and gluttons. I knew a young man who worked for a police department; the officials did not accept him as one of his own because he did not drink. Those who drink and drive and kill people should be executed because they have committed murders.

39. Do not despise your mother when she is old.
Pro 23:22,“Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”

Note: The word ‘despise’is used in this Scripture as it is used in

Pro 23:9. Mother is the most intimate person of your life; it is cruel to despise your mother when she is old. You should be grateful to your good mother because she has sacrificed to take care of you and teach you in the right path. Treat your mother nicely while she is alive, invite her to good dinners and visit nice places while she can enjoy them.

40. Do not rejoice when your enemy falls.

Pro 24:17,“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;”

Note: To be enemy in Hebrew is 'ayab which means to be hostile to, treat as an enemy, hate as an adversary or foe; it occurs only once in the Old Testament. Rejoice in Hebrew is samach which means to be glad, make glad; - it occurs about 152 times in the Old Testament. God does not want you to rejoice when calamity befalls on even your enemies. There are two types of enemy, public and personal. I believe this Scripture refers to personal enemies. Do not rejoice when your personal enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles. How do I know that? Because another Scriptures say, 

Psa 58:10,“The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.” 

Pro 11:10,“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.” It is all right to rejoice when wicked rulers and corrupt officials fall. 

Pro 29:16,“When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous will see their fall.” We will see evil empires fall and the wicked perish when Jesus Christ returns to reign with the saints. The normal joy for Christians is, 

Phl 4:4,“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice.” A word about personal enemies, the less you have the better. There are times the wicked will persecute the righteous and you cannot help become their enemies. If you oppose gay or same-sex marriage, they will not love you. Truth often makes enemies, but it is not personal. It is better for others to wrong you than for you to wrong others. Jesus says, 

Mat 5:44,“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” The Chinese as well as many other nations’ traditional concept of revenge does not fit the behavior of Christians.

41. Do not fret because of evildoers.

Pro 24:19,“Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked.”

Note: Fret in Hebrew is charah which means to be hot, furious, burn with anger, become angry, be kindled, heat oneself in vexation, be incensed; - it occurs about 90 times in the Old Testament. How can the righteous not be furious when Wall Street executives looted the world more than $50 trillion since they created the economic crisis beginning in 2007 or 2008? How can the righteous not to be incensed when corrupt doctors and hospital owners continuously suck the blood of patients at more than $2.5 trillion annually and cause millions of family go bankrupt? How can one not to be kindled with anger when the so-called democracy serves the special interests at public expense which causes the largest debt and deficit in history? How can you not be hot when the wicked become the richest people in the world? How can one not to burn with anger when the legal system enables corrupt lawyers to blackmail and sue the innocent and make themselves filthy rich? How can one not be angry when you see there is no justice in the world? But the Lord says: Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked. Their days are numbered, their doom is near.

42. Do not associate with those who are given to change.

Pro 24:21,“My son, fear the LORD and the king; do not associate with those who are given to change.”

Note: Change in Hebrew is shana which means to alter, revise, revive unpleasant things, repeat bad things, change sides; - it occurs only 3 times in the Old Testament. This Scripture can be misunderstood, it does mean God disapproves change from bad to good, change from good to better, and change from better to the best. Here change is used in most negative and wicked way. For example, there are people who want to change the marriage law for thousands of years which is recognized as between a male and a female, to change to include between a male and a male, and for a female to a female to establish same-sex marriage as equality in marriage. God instituted the death penalty; these pseudo-humanitarians who shed crocodile tears for murderers and no sympathy for the victims want to abolish capital punishment because they deem to be cruel and inhuman. In fact, murderers who are cruel and inhuman, death penalty is appropriate for murderers. To revise history like the Japanese officials who changed historical facts of their genocide against the Chinese and war crimes of immense brutality is what change forbidden by God. God does not approve anyone who calls black white, lie truth, and bitter sweet. Associate in Hebrew is `arab which means to pledge, exchange, mortgage, engage, undertake for, give pledges, be or become surety, take on pledge, give in pledge, have fellowship with, share; - it occurs about 22 times in the Old Testament. Do not associate with or support politicians, lawmakers, policymakers, officials, etc. who legalize same-sex marriage, Wall Street executives who defraud the world, doctors and hospital owners who defraud and gouge patients, revise history to whitewash crimes, give tax-cuts to the rich, engage in wars of aggression, etc., etc.

43. Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause.

Pro 24:28,“Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.”

Note: Without cause in Hebrew is chinnam which means for nothing, for no purpose, in vain, undeservedly, without reason; - it occurs about 32 times in the Old Testament. Deceive in Hebrew is pathah which means to delude with words, allure, let someone be persuaded; - it occurs about 28 times in the Old Testament. People who make false witness against others without cause deceive with their lips. God hates false witness. One of the Ten Commandments, 

Exd 20:16,“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

44. Do not go out hastily to argue your case.

Pro 25:8,“Do not go out hastily to argue your case; otherwise, what will you do in the end, when your neighbor humiliates you? “

Note: Whether it is a legal case or simple case concerning law or matter of ethics, be cautious and do not proceed hastily. If you do not have a strong case, let it be dropped. What is done in haste may bring humiliation.

45. Do not reveal the secret of another.

Pro 25:9,“Argue your case with your neighbor, and do not reveal the secret of another,”

Note: Argue in Hebrew is riyb which means to strive, contend against, to conduct a case or legal suit, sue; - it occurs about 67 times in the Old Testament. Do not sue your neighbor without cause. Do not use the legal system to blackmail someone. The flawed legal system is to do as much damage to your neighbor as possible. Reveal in Hebrew is galah which means to uncover, disclose, discover, lay bare, make known, make naked, show; - it occurs about 188 times in the Old Testament. There is a practice in America because American people like to read about the skeleton in the closet of famous people, so writers and publishers make money on such books. There are even some shameless people who deliberately disclose their own secrets to make money. Do not reveal the secret of another because it may shame or damage the person. It is an uncivilized act.

46. Do not answer a fool according to his folly.

Pro 26:4,“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him.”

Note: Fool in Hebrew is kĕciyl which means stupid fellow, dullard, simpleton, arrogant one; - it occurs about 70 times in the Old Testament. There are people who like to argue for atheism or non-existence of God or to discredit and distort the Word of God against the truth. They do so to show how intelligent or smart they are. But the Bible says, 

Psa 14:1, “To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart: There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good.” If you insist to deny God and count yourself unworthy of salvation, what have I lose? 

2Cr 12:6,“Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.”

47. Do not boast about tomorrow.

Pro 27:1,“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

Note: Boast in Hebrew is halal which means to make a boast, glory, make a show of insolence, talk big, talk vainly; - it occurs about 165 times in the Old Testament. In the Scriptures, the more any one boasts, the more is he regarded as being foolish. Tomorrow in Hebrew is machar which means the day following the present day, in time to come, in the future, in near future; - it occurs 52 times in the Old Testament. Know in Hebrew is yada` which means to perceive and see, find out and discern, have knowledge; - it occurs about 947 times in the Old Testament. The richest and most powerful people in the world cannot boast about tomorrow because no one knows what is going to happen tomorrow. The smartest scientists and scholars, for all they know, they do not know what a day may bring forth. Not only no one knows what a day may bring, no one even knows what the next five minutes may happen to the world. There is no one can boast about tomorrow. The eternal God controls time and tomorrow, God controls whatever comes to pass. Although Christians do not know what tomorrow may bring, we know the Lord who controls everything.

48. Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend.

Pro 27:10,“Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.”

NoteA trustworthy old friend is better than a thousand unreliable new friends. Forsake in Hebrew is `azab which means to leave, abandon, forsake, neglect, let go, depart from, leave behind; - it occurs about 215 times in the Old Testament. In this more and more selfish and materialistic world, it is harder and harder to find a good friend or your father’s friend. Your good friend or your father’s friend has proven himself worthy. In the day of calamity, better is a good neighbor who is near than a brother far away. The Chinese says: Far away water cannot extinguish the fire at hand. In an alienated society like America, you do not even know your neighbor. Calamity in Hebrew is 'eyd which means distress, burden, disaster, destruction; - it occurs about 24 times in the Old Testament. In the last days there are increasingly more and more natural and man-made disasters or days of calamity. You will find how few your friends are when you are in need. There is a Friend who is closer than a brother is Jesus Christ. In the day of trouble call upon the Lord, and the Lord will deliver you and you must glorify Him. I can attest the good Lord has saved me countless times in my days of trouble.

49. Do not slander a slave to his master.

Pro 30:10,“Do not slander a slave to his master, or he will rebuke you and you will be found guilty.”

Note: Slander in Hebrew is lashan which means to accuse, speak badly, use the tongue loosely, malign; - it occurs only 3 times in the Old Testament. Curse in Hebrew is yakach which means to prove, decide, judge, reprove, correct, chide, argue, show, confute; - it occurs about 59 times in the Old Testament. Be found guilty in Hebrew is 'asham which means to do wrong, offend, trespass, commit an offense, do injury, to be held guilty; - it occurs about 35 times in the Old Testament. Do not slander a slave to his master or an employee to his boss. Accusation will meet counter-accusation, when facts are out you may be found guilty. Those who live in a glass house do not start throwing rocks.

50. Do not give your strength to women.

Pro 31:3,“Do not give your strength to women, or your ways to that which destroys kings.”

Note: Strength in Hebrew is chayil which means might, efficiency, ability, vigor; - it occurs about 243 times in the Old Testament. Some years ago a black athlete was reported to boast having sex with 10,000 women. Do not give your strength to women because it wastes the strength of your body and may bring terrible disease like AIDS. The ways of destructive pleasures are bad for the leaders. Remember the scandals of some American presidents and governors and senators and congressmen.

51. Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought.

Ecc 5:2,“Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.”

Note: Be hasty in Hebrew is bahal which means to be hurried, be anxious, impetuous, to be in haste; - it occurs about 39 times in the Old Testament.

Be impulsive in Hebrew is mahar which means to be hurried, be anxious, hasty, impetuous; - it occurs about 64 times in the Old Testament. It is not wise to be hasty in word or impulsive in thought before men. How much more stupid to be hasty in word or impulsive in thought before God. There are some ministers who think they are scholarly and solemn to pray long prayers on a Sunday service. As if they had never read the Scripture: God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few. There are uninformed believers who believe if they say long prayers God will hear them. Hasty in word or impulsive in thought is a defect of human character. Think before you say or do.

52. Do not let your speech cause you to sin.

Ecc 5:6,“Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands?”

Note: How many politicians bury themselves by speaking carelessly or inappropriately in the public? Can anybody forget the vice president who misspelled ‘potatoes’ wrongly? Can anybody forget the president out of his incompetency accused the American people of their malaise? Does anybody forget a president who defended his immoral act by saying oral sex is not sex? A news analyst was suspended for using a foul word. Your speech can cause you to sin, therefore speak carefully and thoughtfully. 

Act 12:21-23,“So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting: The voice of a god and not of a man! Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.” Do not let God strike you because of your words.

Dan 4:28-32, “All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. The king spoke, saying: Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty? While the word was still in the king's mouth, a voice fell from heaven: King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” All empires fell, and all kingdoms came to an end.

53. Do not be eager in your heart to be angry.

Ecc 7:9,“Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, for anger resides in the bosom of fools.”

Note: Be eager in Hebrew is bahal which means to be in haste, be hasty, act hastily, rush; - it occurs about 39 times in the Old Testament. Do not get angry in your heart easily. It is not wise to get angry easily. All who have bad temper are not wise. Reside in Hebrew is nuwach which means to rest, settle down and remain, live; - it occurs about 64 times in the Old Testament. Anger remains in the bosom of fools. Fools entertain anger in their hearts.

54. Do not be excessively righteous.

Ecc 7:16,“Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?”

Note: Being righteous and being wise are good things. Be excessive in Hebrew is rabah which means to increase greatly or exceedingly, over much, make much to do, do much in respect of, transgress greatly; - it occurs about 226 times in the Old Testament. Be excessively righteous is not good. Over in Hebrew is yowther which means too much, excessively; - it occurs 0nly 8 times in the Old Testament. Be too much wise is no good. Too much of anything is no good. Too much sugar turns sour. There must be a balance, excess is dangerous. The difficulty of being a man is to strike a balance. Too much of anything can ruin you.

55. Do not take seriously all words which are spoken.

Ecc 7:21,“Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you.”

Note: Take seriously means take to heart. All words which are spoken by men should not take them seriously or take to heart. The words of men should not disturb your peace. You may have said something that others should not take seriously too. Out of anger, you should not take seriously what your spouse has spoken. Do not take seriously when people speak ill of you. You should take seriously if what people spoke about you is true. You should not take seriously when people praise you. Flattery is the food for fools.

56. Do not join in an evil matter.

Ecc 8:3,“Do not be in a hurry to leave him. Do not join in an evil matter, for he will do whatever he pleases.”

Note: Same sex marriage law is an evil matter. Same sex marriage is evil. Homosexuality is evil. God says so clearly in the Bible. If you support a policymaker who is for gay marriage, you join him/her in the evil matter.

If you support a false prophet, you share in his evil. If you support a seminary that denies the Lord and His Word, you share in their sins. If you support a false preacher of false gospel, you share in his condemnation. It is unjust to give taxcuts to the rich and powerful, do not join in the evil matter. Doctors and hospital owners who defraud and gouge patients are doing evil, do not share their evil. The United States and its allies are the Axis of evil, they join to start wars of aggression.

57. Do not curse a king.

Ecc 10:20,“Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.”

Note: Believers are told to respect a king and those in authority. No where in the Bible teaches revolution. You respect authority is not a personal matter, but a matter of principle. During Jesus’ time, believers were not told to overthrow the evil Roman Empire. Eventually the Roman Empire perished. Jesus teaches, 

Mat 10:23, “When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” How to deal with a corrupt government or corrupt ruler is a very complex and complicated matter which cannot be dealt with here. One has to seek the special will of God for a special situation. For example, if I were born in China and became an adult during Japanese atrocities, I would have no problem or qualm as an adult Christian to do my best in destroying the Japanese aggressors.

58. Do not fear the reproach of men.

Isa 51:7,“Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, you people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their insults.”

Note: Fear in Hebrew is yare'  which means to revere, be afraid, stand in awe of, to be fearful; - it occurs about 314 times in the Old Testament. Reproach in Hebrew is cherpah which means taunt, scorn, resting upon condition of shame, disgrace; - it occurs about 73 times in the Old Testament. Insult in Hebrew is gidduwph which means revilings, reviling words; - it occurs only 3 times in the Old Testament. People are weak and feeble that they fear the reproach of men and they are afraid of their insults. Reproaches and insults are words which do not cause physical injury; there are men who would even kill you. 

Psa 5:12,“For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” 

Psa 34:19,“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

59. Do not resist an evil person.

Mat 5:39,“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.”

Note: Resist in Greek is anthistēmi which means to set one's self against, to withstand, oppose, set against; - it occurs about 14 times in the New Testament. Some political preachers borrowed the concept of non-resistance from Jesus and made themselves famous, rich and powerful. Evil comes from the evil one, evil person is an agent of the devil. The world is full of problems of evil and evildoers and the evil one. Evil is a mystery, but God is greater and more powerful than the evil one. The Lord teaches us to pray, 

Mat 6:13,“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

Rom 12:9,“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”

Rom 12:17,“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.”

Rom 12:21,“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

60. Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.

Mat 6:3,“But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,”

Note: Foundation is a modern means of hypocrisy. Foundation advertizes itself for doing some good deed, and at the same time it obtains a tax-free status. Foundation is a tool for the rich to maintain its riches and free from paying taxes. All forms of non-profit status should be abolished, including charity, church, religion, foundation, institution, etc. Do not advertize your charity or good deed.

61. Do not use meaningless repetition in prayer.

Mat 6:7,“And when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.”

Note: Pray in Greek is proseuchomai which means to offer prayers, make prayer; - it occurs about 87 times in the New Testament. Praying is asking, including thanking and praising. Repeat meaninglessly in Greek is battalogeō which means to repeat the same things over and over, to use many idle words, to babble, prate, make tedious and wordy; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Suppose in Greek is dokeō which means to be of opinion, think, assume; - it occurs 63 times in the New Testament. Some preachers are guilty of meaningless and flowery speech in prayer as if they preach to God and men.

These are principles of prayer:

(A). Praying is asking, asking God, thanking God or praising God. Praying is not reporting. There are pastors and preachers who report to God in their long prayers.

(B). Praying is not preaching. It is ludicrous that many silly pastors and preachers preach to God and men when they pray.

(C). Many people think if they make long prayers with many words, God will hear them. When you pray alone, you may pray all night. When you pray in a congregation, it must be short. One old pastor’s wife told me, preachers prayed so long that she could hardly stand. 

Ecc 5:2,“Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few.”

(D). Many silly pastors and preachers like to pray ritually with long and many words on Sunday service so that they sound solemn and scholarly, for example they would begin: Our Abba Heavenly and Most Holy Father, we have come this morning to your holy temple... as if they had never read John Chapter 17 how Jesus prayed to the Father. In the first place a church is not the holy temple. When you go to a local church or any church in the world, you do not go to a temple of God. It is not how long you pray that matters, it is whether you pray earnestly, pray in sincerity and in truth and in the Spirit.

62. Do not put on a gloomy face.

Mat 6:16,“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.”

Note: Fast in Greek is nēsteuō which means abstain from food and drink as a religious exercise for the sake of earnest prayers; - it occurs 21 times in the New Testament. A gloomy face in Greek is skythrōpos which means a sad and gloomy countenance; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. Hypocrite in Greek is hypokritēs which means an actor, stage player, a dissembler, pretender; - it occurs about 20 times in the New Testament. 

Mat 23:25, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.” Pharisees were the famous hypocrites in Jesus’time. Not only there are religious hypocrites, there are also hypocrites in business, government, charity, etc. Hypocrites are pretenders; they pretend to be someone or something which they are not. Hegemonists are political hypocrites, they sing the virtue of democracy and liberty, they are actually authoritarians and autocrats. Corrupt doctors and hospital owners are health-care hypocrites, pretending to heal disease and save life; in fact they are financial butchers and blood suckers. Neglect appearance in Greek is aphanizō which means to render unsightly, disfigure; - it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament. Jesus does not like a put on gloomy face. Christians should be happy and rejoice in the Lord. So many rituals in the church are merely a put-on. If Jesus does not like His followers to put on a gloomy face, how much more would He dislike those who go to the pulpit and kneel down to let their buttocks face and shine at the congregation. There seems to be many unintelligent church leaders. People go to kneel down at the pulpit to pray believing God will be near to them hear them better. What a superstition.

63.  Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth.

Mat 6:19,“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”

Note: Store up in Greek is thēsaurizō which means to gather and lay up, to heap up, accumulate; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. Capitalism and secularism drive people to seek and store up treasures on earth.

Treasure in Greek is thēsauros which means good and precious things, valuables, things laid up in a treasury, collected treasures; - it occurs about 18 times in the New Testament. Why Christians should not store up for themselves treasures on earth?

(A). Mat 6:21,“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Note: Our heart should be in heaven, 

Col 3:2, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

(B). Col 3:1,“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”

Note: Believers should seek those things which are above.

(C). Luk 12:21, “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Note: He who lays up treasure for himself is not rich toward God.

(D). Jam 5:3,“Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days.”

Note: Gold and silver corrode. Moth and rust destroy your treasure.

(E). Thieves break in and steal your treasure. The legal system and law enforcement do not protect you and your treasure.

64. Do not worry about your life.

Mat 6:25,“For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

Note: Worry in Greek is merimnaō which means to be anxious, to be troubled with cares; - it occurs about 19 times in the New Testament. It seems the more intelligent and responsible a person is, the more he is worried. Life is full of problems. Every stage of life, from childhood to old age, has its own problems. Once my German professor said, “When I was young, I needed money and I didn’t have money. Now I am old, I do not need money but I have money.” If the old professor is still alive, he will find he does not have enough money now for his healthcare. Doctors and hospital owners can bankrupt him by a major illness. Life is more than food; the body is more than clothing. Nowadays, people worry even about the food they eat because crooked food manufacturers put dangerous additives to the food and drink as recently discovered in Taiwan. Christians, do not worry about your life for even if the worst happens to you that you die, to die is to be present with the Lord. This lies the eternal security of believers in Jesus Christ. Unbelievers, you have a lot to worry about your life, even arrogant scientists do not know when they are going to die. No one knows what is going to happen in the next hour, not to say tomorrow. If you do not want to worry, then you must come to Christ to receive eternal life. 

65. Do not worry about tomorrow.

Mat 6:34,“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Note: If you are not a child of God, you should worry about tomorrow. For your tomorrow will be worse, the worst thing will soon happen – the end of the world and the Day of Judgment. If you a citizen of a big debtor nation, you have a lot to worry. Your nation may default, your economy may collapse, and there is no future for your children and grandchildren. They will be worse off than you are. If you are a Christian, this is what the Lord Jesus says to you: Do not worry about tomorrow, for you have hope and will inherit the Kingdom of God.

66. Do not judge so that you will not be judged.

Mat 7:1,“Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”

Note: Judge in Greek is krinō  which means to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure; - it occurs about 114 times in the New Testament. Do not take the prerogative of God to pass judgment on others.

1Cr 4:5,“Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God.”

Note: Only God can bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts. There are many who misunderstand judging. I do not judge the Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou, he publicly worshiped idols reported on TV.  The Word of God judges Mr. Ma. You cannot call yourself a Christian and worship idol at the same time. A woman cannot be married to a man and have sex with another man. Taiwan cannot be a part of China and work as a running dog of the American imperialist.

67. Do not give what is holy to dogs.

Mat 7:6,“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

Note: Dogs do not appreciate what is holy, and swine do not understand the value of pearls. So do not give the holy to the dirty people, and do not give the valuable to the undeserving. What the Bible refers to are not the domesticated animals, but evildoers, mean and contemptible fellows. 

Phl 3:2, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!”

68. Do not fear those who kill the body.

Mat 10:28,“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Note: In the war zones, terrorists kill everyday. In America, criminals kill everyday. It is terrible to live in fear daily. Jesus does not want believers to fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul. Fear God and then you have nobody and nothing to fear in this world.

69. Do not despise the little ones.

Mat 18:10,“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”

Note: Despise in Greek is kataphroneō which means to contemn, disdain, think little or nothing of; - it occurs only 9 times in the New Testament. Little ones mean little children. Some parents are so bad that they rear bad children. I had observed a 5-year old girl slapped her mother in the face on a train. I had heard a similar age boy walking behind me with his mother suddenly for no reason made demonic shrill and scream. Jesus says these little ones have their angels in heaven. The Bible does not explain, that is all we know about. Do not look down on little children for their angels in heaven continually see the face of God.

70. Do not be called Rabbi.

Mat 23:8,“But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.”

Note: Rabbi in Greek is rhabbi which means my great one, my honorable sir, a title the Jews were wont to address their teachers; - it occurs about 17 times in the New Testament. The title is equivalent what the Roman Catholic Church called fathers. It is not appropriate for a servant of Christ to be called ‘a great evangelist’, ‘a great teacher’, ‘ a mega pastor’, etc. Something is seriously wrong with a servant of Christ who wants to be known great. Jesus cuts down all believers as brothers, and One is our Teacher who is the Lord. There is great danger for a preacher to be treated like a guru or Rabbi.

71. Do not call anyone on earth your father.

Mat 23:9,“Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”

Note: You can call your earthly father father. Catholic Church violates the commandment of Christ, for Catholics call their priest father. Worst of all Catholics address the pope as ‘Holy Father.’Holy Father is the title belongs only to God, the Almighty.

72. Do not be called masters.

Mat 23:10,“Do not be called masters; for One is your Master, that is, Christ.”

Note: Master is Greek is kathēgētēs which means a leader, teacher, guide; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Do not be high-minded in wishing to be the leader of a church. Be humble and exalt Jesus Christ.

73. Do not believe false Christs.

Mat 24:23,“Then if anyone says to you: Behold, here is the Christ, or There He is, do not believe him.”

Note: Do not believe anyone who claims to the Christ. Many false Christs will come to deceive many. Do not believe false Christ.

74. Do not murder.

Mar 10:19,“You know the commandments: DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.”

Note: Murder in Greek is phoneuō which means to kill unlawfully, slay; - it occurs about 12 times in the New Testament. Life is so precious and sacred that God instituted capital punishment for murderer. 

Gen 9:6, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in His own image.” Execution of a murderer is not cruel, killing an innocent man is. Whoever opposes capital punishment opposes God’s law. Whoever opposes God’s law, opposes God. Those who oppose capital punishment are on the side of murderers, not on the side of victims. The devil kills from the beginning; murderers, warmongers, and terrorists are children of the devil. Murder takes life away. Except capital punishment, any form of taking a human life is wrong. If euthanasia means helping the patient to take his life, it is also wrong. To let a terminal patient to die without pain is not murder. To slaughter animal for food is not murder. Warmonger and terrorist are mass murderers.

75. Do not commit adultery.

Mar 10:19,“You know the commandments: DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.”

Note: Commit adultery in Greek is moicheuō which means to have unlawful intercourse with another's wife; to have promiscuous sex; - it occurs 14 times in the New Testament. Adultery is harmful and hurtful to marriage. Adultery is often the reason for breaking up a marriage. Marriage is an institution established by God, adultery violates marriage vow. Under Mosaic law, adultery was punishable by death. 

Pro 6:32, “He who commits adultery has no sense; he who does it destroys himself.” Adultery probably can be viewed as sexual greed or lust. Jesus sets a higher moral standard, 

Mat 5:28,“But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” It is possible to commit adultery in body or in heart. 

Mat 5:32, “But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of infidelity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery” Do not be fooled by preachers who teach it is o.k. to have divorce. Jesus Christ forbids Christians to have divorce.

76. Do not steal.

Mar 10:19,“You know the commandments: DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.”

Note: Steal in Greek is kleptō which means to commit a theft, take away by theft i.e. take away by stealth; - it occurs 13 times in the New Testament. The English word ‘kleptomania’ is derived from the Greek word. 

Lev 19:11,“You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.” Because Wall Street deals falsely, Wall Street committed the biggest kleptomania in history by creating the economic and financial crisis beginning in 2007 or 2008. 

Mat 6:19,“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal.” A new kind of theft in modern time is breaking into your bank card account and take your money away. Frauds, corrupt practices, predatory practices such as committed by doctors and hospitals and monopolists commit great thefts. Many politicians, officials, doctors, lawyers, hospital owners, executives, etc. steal and loot.

77. Do not bear false witness.

Mar 10:19,“You know the commandments: DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.”

Note: Bear false witness in Greek is pseudomartyreō which means to utter falsehoods in giving testimony, to testify falsely; - it occurs only 6 times in the New Testament. A legal system is faulty and flawed when false testimony and fake evidence are presented without penalty. A news daily picked up my name and address from the phone book, sent me a bill falsely charging that I owed them subscription fees although I never had the paper, and used a collection agency to threaten me to pay or else to ruin my credit. When my lawyer called on my behalf, they just apologized with impunity – this is what the West is so proud of as the rule of law. In fact, it is the rule of jungle. The criminal justice system that does not deter crooks and criminals instead of encouraging them is a travesty of justice. Courts become lucrative theaters of lawyers playing the game of legal blackmailing and litigation involving large sums of money. 

Pro 12:17,“A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.” Because of the high costs of long litigation, many give in to legal blackmails. The most outrages false testimony was that against Jesus Christ. Mat 26:59,“Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death,”

Mar 14:55-59,“The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree. Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: We heard him say: I will destroy this man-made temple and in three days will build another, not made by man. Yet even then their testimony did not agree.”

Note: False testimony does not agree with facts.

78. Do not defraud.

Mar 10:19,“You know the commandments: DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.”

Note: Defraud in Greek is apostereō which means to rob, despoil, take away from; - it occurs only 6 times in the New Testament. Frauds can be committed in infinite ways. 

Lev 19:13,“Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him. Do not hold back the wages of a hired man overnight.” Many corporations rob employees by paying low wages. Executives rob corporations by paying themselves hefty compensations and spending corporate coffers to benefit themselves. Many doctor and hospitals rob patients by fraudulent and excessive charges and defraud patients and government daily. 

Hsa 12:7,“The merchant uses dishonest scales; he loves to defraud.” Dishonest scales, false ads, false price labeling, etc. are used by merchants to rob customers. Manufacturers use cheap and toxic additives in food and drink to increase profit margin. Fake items such as fake drugs, fake parts, fake tires, fake material, etc. can be deadly to consumers. 

Mic 2:2,“They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud a man of his home, a fellowman of his inheritance.” Many become filthy rich in real estate by robbing the land from peasants and build high-rise apartments and sell them at high prices. There are more frauds committed in America than the stars in the sky.

79. Do not be frightened.

Mar 13:7,“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.”

Note: Wars and rumors of wars frighten people. Sirens and war planes frighten young and old. The noise of bombings or missile attacks naturally frightens people because they may kill and injure any moment. Frighten in Greek is throeō which means to trouble, to be troubled in mind, to be frightened, alarmed; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Warmongers and terrorists frighten people. As the second coming of Christ is near, there are increasingly more wars and rumors of wars. The end of the world is not yet. Christians have no fear and do not be frightened because the day of our redemption is near. Unbelievers have to fear because the Day of Judgment is at hand.

80. Do not take money from anyone by force.

Luk 3:14,“Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, and what about us, what shall we do? And he said to them: Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.”

Note: Doctors and hospital owners take money from patients by force without using gun for the following reasons: (A). There is no business like healthcare business. Doctors and hospitals do not disclose all costs to the patient in advance. The patient has no information how much each test or procedure or medication or device or supply might cost him. The patient receives absolutely nonnegotiable bill only after discharge or death. If you raise question on questionable charge (such as your own underwear) they threaten to find more charges. 

(B). Doctors and hospitals charge whatever they please because health care is a monopolistic industry and they do it fraudulently with impunity for many decades. 

(C). All the tests, procedures, surgeries, labs, etc. done were done to maximize profits for doctors and hospitals, not necessary for the benefit of the patient. 

(D). Doctors and hospital owners work like an organized crime, they make offer that the patient cannot refuse. They make all decisions without approval or authorization by the patient. 

(E). The hospital policy intends to serve the interest of doctors and hospital, not the interest of the patient. For example, during admission the patient is required to sign a consent form to relinquish all his rights and sign his assets and life-savings away. There is no form that requires doctors and hospital to guarantee they provide the best and responsible care to the patient. The whole process is a one way street. 

(F) Doctors and hospitals work like an organized crime. When a patient is admitted, several doctors will be assigned to take care of the patient. Although one attending physician is enough, the rest of doctors only to get a piece of the pie, to get pay for doing practically nothing. Any X-ray is done; the radiologist is automatically entitled to make hefty money by giving a usually useless expert opinion. In fact any doctor can read the X-ray. When any lab test is performed, the specialist is lined up to get pay for giving his expert opinion. In fact even nurses can read the lab reports, but the attending physician pretends he is ignorant to make way for specialists to make good money unnecessarily. In other countries, X-ray and lab reports do not have special charge. This is an illustration of how the hospital operates like an organized crime. To all intents and purposes, the healthcare system is to capture maximum costs and charges and billing the patient or the insurance company or the Medicare or Medicaid as much as possible. 

(G). Doctors and hospitals routinely defraud patients by falsely charging items not provided, services not provided, procedures not performed, etc. in addition to gouging them. Doctors and hospitals kill without gun; they just send you a bill to suck your life-blood dry. Their bills are more deadly than bullets – the bills of death.

81. Do not judge.

Luk 6:37,“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.”

Note: Judge in Greek is krinō which means to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure, pass judgment on the deeds and words of others, act the prerogative God to pass judgment; - it occurs about 114 times in the New Testament. Condemn in Greek is katadikazō which means to give judgment against one, to pronounce guilty; - it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament. This Scripture is often misunderstood. What Jesus says is: Believers cannot act in the capacity of God to pass judgment and pronounce people guilty. This is different and distinguished from the inward and logical judging of what is right or wrong. I do not know homosexuality and same-sex marriage is wrong until I find out God says so. I am opposed to all politicians who pass laws to legitimize or legalize same-sex marriage. I cannot and do not judge and condemn them. God will judge and condemn them is for sure, because the Word of God says so. 

Hbr 4:12,“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” You can pardon people who wrong you, but you cannot pardon people who wrong God. 

Jhn 7:24,“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” The word ‘judge’used in Jhn 7:24 is the same original word used in Luk 6:37. No conflict or discrepancy, judge not according to appearance but judge with righteous judgment is all right. 

Rom 14:13,“Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this -- not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother's way.” 

1Cr 5:12,“For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?” 

1Cr 6:2, “Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts?” 

Hbr 13:4, “Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Based on the Word of God, I can judge homosexuality, same-sex marriage, fornication and adultery are wrong; but I cannot and do not judge the persons who commit such sins against God. That is for God to judge. I can judge imperialism and capitalism and terrorism are evil by their fruits. If I say they are good, God will curse me. 

82. Do not gather figs from thorns.

Luk 6:44,“For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush.”

Note: A tree is known by its own fruit, a man is known by his own deed.

Gather in Greek is syllegō which means to collect in order to carry off, gather up, gather together; - it occurs about 8 times in the Old Testament. Figs are not thorns, grapes are not briar bush. It is impossible to do evil and expect good to come out of it. It is impossible to seek the worldly pleasure and live according to the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to engage in wars of aggression and expect them to produce peace, liberty and justice. It is impossible to be an evil empire and expect to be respected by the community of nations. Do not gather treasures on earth and expect to be rich before God.

83. Do not worry about your life.

Luk 12:22,“And He said to His disciples: “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.”

Note: Worry in Greek is merimnaō which means to be anxious about, to be troubled with cares, take thought; - it occurs about 19 times in the New Testament. Because of the differences a man is born and bred, there are people who are more prone to worry than others. A thinking man tends to be more worried. An easy-go-lucky person is usually not anxious about anything. Although life is full of problems, Jesus does not want His followers to worry about their lives, what to eat or what to wear. Life is more than what to eat and what to wear. In a materialistic world today, what children wear have become so fashionable and expensive.

84. Do not take the place of honor.

Luk 14:8,“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him,”

Note: Place of honor in Greek is prōtoklisia which means the chief place at table, the first reclining place, the best seat; - it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament. Distinguished in Greek is entimos which means honorable, noble, held in honor, prized, precious, dear to one; - it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament. The principle is clear: If you hastily take the place of honor, when someone more honorable than you arrives and you are asked to yield, you lose face. On the other hand, after all guests have arrived, you are finally invited to take the place of honor, you gain honor and look magnificent. 

Pro 18:12,“Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is humility.” Lowly place is safe, humility is secure.

85. Do not sin anymore.

Jhn 5:14,“Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him: Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.”

NoteSin in Greek is hamartanō which means to miss the mark, miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honor, violate God's law, offend; - it occurs about 43 times in the New Testament. Sin is a big subject, please read my article on Sin. Sin enslaves and strangles sinners. Sinning is like struggling in a quagmire, the more you struggle, the deeper you sink. The Bible does not say what was the sin of the man healed, but Jesus said to him: Do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you. People who repeatedly sin will encounter worse happenings to them.

86. Do not work for the food which perishes.

Jhn 6:27,“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”

Note: Work in Greek is ergazomai which means to work for, earn by working, labor for, acquire; - it occurs about 39 times in the New Testament. All food perishes. Once I shopped at supermarket, there was a piece of meat left in my carrying bag. I forgot to take it out. When I discovered the meat was already rotten; the foul smell of rotten meat permeated my bag. Even after washing the bag thoroughly, the bad smell lingered. Almost all people work for a living; there are rich people whose money works for them. There are hedge fund managers who gamble on investors’ money and earn billions a year. The Chinese people treat food like heaven (God).In making a contrast, Jesus says, do not work for the food which perishes. What is the food which endures to eternal life? The Bread of life. Jesus is the Bread of life who came down from heaven; if you have Jesus you have eternal life. God the Father has set His seal on Jesus the Savior of the world.

87. Do not grumble among yourselves.

Jhn 6:43,“Jesus answered and said to them: Do not grumble among yourselves.”

Note: Grumble in Greek is goggyzō which means to murmur, mutter, grumble, say anything against in a low tone, of those who discontentedly complain; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. 

Exd 16:8,“Moses said: This will happen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning; for the LORD hears your grumblings which you grumble against Him. And what are we? Your grumblings are not against us but against the LORD.” 

1Cr 10:10-11,“And do not grumble, as some of them did--and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.” Grumbling against God is not a small sin. God is sick of grumbling.

88. Do not judge according to appearance.

Jhn 7:24,“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

Note: Appearance in Greek is opsis which means seeing, sight, face, countenance, the outward look; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Appearances are deceptive. What you see may not be real; it may be illusion and delusion. The Pharisees had most impressive looks, but they were hypocrites. A beautiful-looking woman may be most deceptive.

The rich and powerful look awesome; many of them are crooks and criminals. Many doctors and hospital owners look dignified, they are among the biggest thieves in America that suck more than $2.5 trillion a year from the blood of the American people. Many Catholic priests look respectable, but they are child molesters or child rapists. Do not judge according to appearance, but judge according to fact.

89. Do not let your heart be troubled.

Jhn 14:1,“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”

Jhn 14:27,“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

Note: Troubled in Greek is tarassō which means to agitate, to cause one inward commotion, take away his calmness of mind, disturb his equanimity, strike one's spirit with fear and dread, render anxious or distressed; - it occurs about 17 times in the New Testament. The secret of not letting your heart be troubled is to believe in God, believe also in Jesus Christ. 

Jhn 16:33,“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” We must recognize in the world we will have tribulation. We can cheer up because Christ has overcome the world. The Lord can give you peace not as the world gives.

90. Do not harm yourself.

Act 16:28,“But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying: Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!”

Note: Do harm in Greek is kakos which means to be destructive, do wicked, do a base act; - it occurs about 51 times in the New Testament. When you see someone is going to kill himself, this is a most serious matter; you have to cry out with a loud voice. To commit murder is wrong; to kill oneself is also wrong. Those who have hope in Jesus Christ, no matter what the circumstances are, will never commit suicide. Christians have no reason to kill themselves. Banish the thought of suicide for it comes from the devil. Suicide is a most stupid act. Unbelievers think to end their lives is to end their miseries. The miseries in hell will be much worse and the suffering is eternal. We should never be the cause for someone to commit suicide. Suicide is abnormal. 

Eph 5:29,“For no man ever hates his own body, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church.” Suicide would be committing the ultimate harm to yourself. Suicide is wrong and most stupid.

The most stupid thing I have observed in my life experience is the fact that people create problems for themselves. As far as a personal life is concerned, Do not create problems for yourself. There are millions of ways that people create problems for themselves. Among countless examples, a man thought he was smart and said to the flight attendant that he had a bomb in his suitcase. Later he confessed it was a joke. The joke landed him in jail and other legal problems. If you smoke, drink, use drugs and engage in sexual promiscuity, commit a crime, neglect your duty, etc., etc. - you create problems for yourselves.

91. Do not let sin reign in your mortal body.

Rom 6:12,“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,”

Note: Reign in Greek is basileuō which means to be king, to exercise kingly power, control; - it occurs about 21 times in the New Testament. There is no dispute, the mortal body has its lusts. Do not let sin control your body. Do not let sin to be your king. Remember your body is mortal.

Rom 6:13,“And do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

Note: Your body can be an instrument of unrighteousness if you obey sin. Your body can be an instrument of righteousness if you obey God. To present means to place a person or thing at one's disposal. To present your body to sin means to place your body at sin’s disposal. To present your body to God means to place your body at God’s disposal. Slaves are at the disposal of their masters.

92. Do not walk according to the flesh.

Rom 8:4,“So that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Note: Walk in Greek is peripateō which means to conduct one's self, to regulate one's life, to pass one's life, to live; - it occurs about 96 times in the New Testament. Walk does not mean a physical walk. To walk is to live, how to walk is how to live. Christians do not walk according to the flesh means do not live according to the flesh. Flesh in Greek is sarx which means the sensuous nature of man,‘the animal nature’, the animal nature with cravings which incite to sin, the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God; - it occurs about 151 times in the New Testament. Flesh is opposed to the Spirit. If you live according to the flesh, you do not live according to the Spirit. If you live according to the Spirit, you do not live according to the flesh. Christians have three enemies: flesh, world, Satan. The evil of Wall Street, Washington and Hollywood is that they advocate, promote and incite people to walk according to the flesh.

93. Do not be conceited.

Rom 11:20,“Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be high-minded, but fear;”

Note: The chosen people, the Jews were cut off from God because of their unbelief. Christians stand because they put their faith in Jesus Christ. High-minded in Greek is hypsēlophroneō which means proud, haughty, arrogant; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. People of Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood are high-minded and self-conceited. They think they can do what others may not, they think they deserve what others do not deserve, they think they are masters of the universe. Why they must fear? The Judgment Day is at hand. People who stand by money and power may vanish as the smoke.

94. Do not be conformed to this world.

Rom 12:2,“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Note: Conform in Greek is syschēmatizō which means to fashion one's self (i.e. one's mind and character) to another's pattern, make one's self according to; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. It is bad that American elementary and high school children compete in fashion, not in academic achievement. The children of the rich and famous conform themselves to the fashion of the time. Christians are non-conformists in this world, not conforming to the way of the world. Important thing is to prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Keep up with the Joneses is a way of conforming to this world.

95. Do not curse.

Rom 12:14,“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”

Note: Bless in Greek is eulogeō which means to invoke blessings, to ask God's blessing on a person or thing, pray God to bless one; - it occurs about 44 times in the New Testament. Persecute in Greek is diōkō which means to pursue in a hostile manner, mistreat; - it occurs about 44 times in the New Testament. Curse in Greek is kataraomai which means to doom, imprecate evil upon; - it occurs only 6 times in the New Testament. Bless those who abuse and mistreat you; bless and do not curse. Do not imprecate evil upon those who persecute you.

It is frightening to hear how American young men and women, boys and girls curse in public and private and the way they use profanity. Vulgarity is unfit for a civilized person.

96. Do not be haughty in mind.

Rom 12:16,“Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.”

NoteHaughty in Greek is hypsēlos which means high, lofty, with an uplifted mind, setting the mind on high things; - it occurs about 11 times in the New Testament. Haughty-mindedness was the cause of the downfall of Lucifer.

Isa 14:12-15,“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.” The fallen angel (the devil) wanted to be like the Most High. This was the same mode of temptation Satan used on Eve. 

Gen 3:4-5,“Then the serpent said to the woman: You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Poor worms of the world want to be like God, to have power like God! White supremacists with the pretext of “white man’s burden” are the haughtiest people on earth; they consider themselves masters of the universe. The Word of God says, 

Pro 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” 

All empires fell, all imperialists will fall and fail. 

97. Do not be overcome by evil.

Rom 12:21,“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Note: Overcome in Greek is nikaō which means to conquer, to carry off the victory, come off victorious; - it occurs about 28 times in the New Testament. This is the Christian way in dealing with evil: Do not let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good. In another words, let your goodness overcome evil. It is hard to deal with abstract concept of good and evil. Let me tell you a story about a Chinese emperor, an old scholar slandered him and spread false accusations and stories about the emperor. The accusations were that the emperor killed his father and falsified imperil will to succeed his father and also murdered his mother. The emperor summoned him to be interrogated, but the old scholar did not know it was the emperor who questioned him. During the interrogation the old scholar admitted because the imperial new policy did not favor the elite of scholars, so they made up stories and complained against the emperor. The emperor wanted the old scholar to narrate how the rumors and slanders and false accusations started and spread by writing them down. The palace attendants brought dinner and addressed the emperor; the emperor only ate a small portion and told the royal attendants to give the whole dinner to the old scholar. The old scholar now realized he was talking to the emperor and was so moved and touched by the imperial kindness that he knelt down and cried out bitterly saying: the emperor was really a good and virtuous emperor and admitted he was totally wrong about the emperor. This illustrates how good overcomes evil. I cannot vouch for the historical veracity or accuracy of the story, but you can take it as a parable and learn the truth from it.

Rom 14:16,“Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil;”

98. Do not tear down the work of God.

Rom 14:20,“Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense.”

Note: Tear down in Greek is katalyō which means to dissolve, disunite, destroy, demolish, overthrow i.e. render vain, deprive of success, bring to naught; - it occurs about 17 times in the New Testament. In a sense man can cause damage to the work of God by disbelief, distortion, etc. Destruction is easy, construction difficult. There are many ways to tear down the work of God. Advocating same-sex marriage or homosexuality is tearing down the work of God. Whatever we do, eat or drink, must not give offense. Whatever we do, we must do it for the glory of God.

99. Do not become slaves of men.

1Cr 7:23,“You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.”

Note: Christians were bought at a high price, with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. 1Cr 6:20,“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.” There are people who are slaves of sins, slaves of money, slaves of power, slaves of sex, slaves of corruption, slaves of government, slaves of business, slaves of fashion, slaves of uncleanness, slaves of lawlessness, slaves of terrorism, slaves of greed, etc. There are corporations and executives who make their workers slaves. Christians must be slaves of God, slaves of righteousness.

Gal 5:1,“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”

What peoples love most; money, power and sex are actually yokes of slavery.

100. Do not be idolators.

1Cr 10:7,“Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY.”

Note: Idolater in Greek is eidōlolatrēs which means a worshipper of false gods, one who attends their sacrificial feasts and eats of the food offered to idols, a worshipper of Mammon; - it occurs only 7 times in the New Testament. I was shocked to see on TV the leader of Taiwan worshipping idols because he claimed to be a Christian. Let it be known clearly, Christians must not and do not worship idols or eat the food offered to idols. Christians also do not worship ancestors. Something is fashionable in Taiwan and in Southeast Asia, a person calls himself/herself a Christian and still worship idols. Here the Scripture makes it clear idolatry is forbidden. Mr. Ma of Taiwan must not be an idolator to set a bad example for church members in Taiwan.

101. Do not be children in your thinking.

1Cr 14:20,“Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.”

Note: It may sound offensive, children were born stupid. But it is true, that is why children must be taught, trained, educated and disciplined. No one is born wise except Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Thinking in Greek is phrēn which means the faculty of perceiving and judging, understanding; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. Do not be like children in your thinking. To be infant in Greek is nēpiazō which means to be a babe. Be infants in evil because infants can do no evil. Mature in Greek is teleios which means full grown, adult, of full age, perfect; - it occurs about 19 times in the New Testament. Be mature in your thinking means to rise to the same level of knowledge which we ascribe as a full-grown man.

Eph 4:14,“That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,” Children can be tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, the trickery of men, cunning craftiness and deceitful plotting. It is childish to believe in prosperity gospel.

102. Do not be bound together with unbelievers.

2Cr 6:14,“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

Note: To be bound together in Greek is heterozygeō which means to come under an unequal or different yoke, to be unequally yoked, to have fellowship with one who is not an equal: - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Believers cannot be yoked together with unbelievers. Christians may not marry unbelievers. Partnership in Greek metochē which means a sharing, communion, fellowship; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Righteousness cannot have partnership with lawlessness. Fellowship in Greek is koinōnia which means association, community, communion, joint participation, intimate bond; - it occurs about 20 times in the New Testament. Light does not have fellowship with darkness. Righteousness and light are diametrically opposed to lawlessness and darkness. Believers cannot be bound together with unbelievers.

103. Do not touch what is unclean.

2Cr 6:17,“Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will receive you.”

Note: Touch in Greek is haptō which means to fasten to, adhere to, cling to; - it occurs only 4 times in the New Testament. Have no fellowship with the unclean. Do not touch the unclean because it will defile you. To support same-sex marriage is to touch what is unclean.

Isa 52:11, “Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the LORD.”

104Do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh.

Gal 5:13,“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Note: Freedom in Greek is eleutheria which means liberty to do or to omit things having no relationship to salvation, liberty to do as one pleases; - it occurs 11 times in the New Testament. Opportunity in Greek is aphormē which means occasion, that which gives occasion and supplies matter for an undertaking, the incentive, the resources available in attempting or performing anything; - it occurs only 7 times in the New Testament. Freedom is an opportunity, those who have no freedom have no opportunity. Freedom is an opportunity to do good, not to turn into an opportunity for the flesh. Through love believers serve one another.

105. Do not be deceived.

Gal 6:7,“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”

Note: To be deceived in Greek planaō which means to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way, to lead away from the truth, to lead into error, to be led away into error and sin; - it occurs about 39 times in the New Testament. A man is deceived if he thinks God can be mocked. Mock in Greek is myktērizō which means to turn up the nose or sneer at, deride; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. If you mock at God, God does not suffer, you will suffer. If you do not know the Word of God, you can be easily deceived by false teachers and false prophets and even false brothers.

1Cr 6:9,“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,”

1Cr 15:33,“Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.”

Note: You can watch how fast children and young people are corrupted by bad company.

106. Do not let the sun go down on your anger.

Eph 4:26,“BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger.”

Note: If you are right, you do not need to be angry. If you are wrong, you have no right to be angry. Anger is dangerous because it can lead to sin. Fierce anger can lead to murder. Outbursts of anger are like firecrackers. Anger burns like fire; it can burn the subject as well as the object. Anger moves people to do something that they may regret later. 

Jam 1:20,“For the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” 

Jam 1:19,“This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;”

There is one quick and two slows: Quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. There is a Chinese saying: Anger injures the internal organs. Do not let the sun go down on your anger. Do not let anger get out of control and put it out as you extinguish fire while you can.

107. Do not give the devil an opportunity.

Eph 4:27,“And do not give the devil an opportunity.”

Note: Opportunity in Greek is topos which means occasion for acting; - it occurs about 92 times in the New Testament. The devil is looking for an opportunity; do not give the devil an opportunity. 

1Pe 5:8,“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Christians must be alert at all times. Why? Our adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. If you give the devil an opportunity, he will devour you. If you give the devil an inch, he will want a foot until you are devoured.

108. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit.

Eph 4:30,“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Note: Grieve in Greek is lypeō which means to make sorrowful, to affect with sadness, cause grief, offend, make one uneasy; - it occurs about 26 times in the New Testament. Those who have been saved must conduct themselves in a way not only not to offend the Holy Sprit, not to grieve the Holy Spirit. May God have mercy on us.

109. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness.

Eph 5:11,“Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;”

Note: Participate in Greek is sygkoinōneō which means to become a partaker together with others, or to have fellowship with a thing; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. No matter who asks you to do something unlawful or un-Scriptural, you must refuse. If you do, you participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness. Unfruitful deeds of darkness are many, including eating food offered to idols, sponsoring wild sexual party, supporting legalizing same-sex marriage, engaging fraudulent scheme like the healthcare system that runs like an organized crime to defraud patients and Medicare and Medicaid, insider trading, gambling on investors’ money, presenting fake evidence, falsifying records, engaging in drug and human trafficking, giving taxcuts to the rich and powerful, etc., etc.

110. Do not be foolish.

Eph 5:17,“So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Note: Foolish in Greek is aphrōn which means senseless, stupid, without reason, without reflection or intelligence, acting rashly, unwise; - it occurs about 11 times in the New Testament. A man can be foolish in many things. It is easy to be foolish; it is difficult to be wise. A man who does not understand what the will of the Lord is is foolish.

111. Do not get drunk.

Eph 5:18,“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,”

Note: Get drunk in Greek is methyskō which means to become intoxicated, make drunk, be drunk; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Dissipation in Greek is asōtia which means an abandoned, dissolute life, profligacy, prodigality, riot; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Getting drunk with wine is a form of dissipation. Using drugs is dissipation. Sexual promiscuity is also dissipation. Christians need to take a stand, unpopular may be, not to drink or smoke or use drugs.

Every believer needs to be filled with the Spirit so that he/she is empowered to witness for Christ in word and deed. There are church members who think it is o.k. to get drunk.

112. Do not provoke your children to anger.

Eph 6:4,“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

Note: Provoke in Greek is parorgizō which means to rouse to wrath, exasperate, make one angry, anger; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. It is easy for fathers to provoke their children to anger; bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord is difficult. Apparently fathers have inborn ability to provoke their children to anger, but no natural ability to bring them up in discipline and instruction. You do not need to do anything to be a bad parent; you need to do a lot to be a good parent. Parental responsibility is heavy. Bring up in Greek is ektrephō which means to nourish up to maturity, nurture, nourish; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. Discipline in Greek is paideia which means the whole training and education of children which relates to the cultivation of mind and morals and the training and care of the body; chastisement and punishment to increase virtue; - it occurs only 6 times in the New Testament. Instruction in Greek is nouthesia which means admonition, exhortation; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. The most important instruction of the Lord is the salvation of soul, and how to fear and trust God.

Col 3:21,“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.” Encourage your children to aspire something.

113. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests.

Phl 2:4,“Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Note: Look out in Greek is skopeō which means to fix one's eyes upon, direct one's attention to, look at, observe, contemplate, mark; - it occurs only 6 times in the New Testament. The world is a selfish world. Everyone looks out for his own personal interests. In a capitalistic world, people tend to be more selfish, self-centered, self-conceited, self-righteous, self-serving, and self-seeking. The underlying cause of Western money and power politics is self-interest. Self-interest breeds corruption. Wars happen because the national interests of one nation are in conflict of other nation. A nation should not define its interest in a way to create conflict, provocation and aggression. As an illustration, the South China Sea belongs to China for thousands of years by name, by history, by geography, etc. Suddenly nations far and near make claim for it because of its potential natural resources. Christians must behave to respect the interests of others, not merely looking out for their own personal interests.

114. Do not lie to one another.

Col 3:9,“Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices.”

Note: Lie in Greek is pseudomai which means to speak deliberate falsehoods, deceive one by a lie, lie to; - it occurs about 12 times in the New Testament. Lying is an evil practice committed by unbelievers. The old self refers to unregenerate unbeliever. Why Christians do not lie? Jesus has the answer. 

Jhn 8:44,“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” It is shocking to observe how politicians who call themselves Christians lie and lie and lie in public.

115. Do not be embittered against your wives.

Col 3:19,“Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.”

Note: Husband and wife are two in one in Christ. They are supposed to love one another. Be embittered in Greek is pikrainō which means to make bitter, render angry, indignant, to be embittered, irritated; - it occurs only 4 times in the New Testament. Why should a husband be harsh to his wife? The Bible provides the model for a happy marriage, 

Eph 5:22-28,“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.” A happy marriage simply involves ‘wife submits’and ‘husband loves.’

116. Do not quench the Spirit.

1Th 5:19,“Do not quench the Spirit;”

Note: Quench in Greek is sbennymi which means to extinguish, put out, suppress, stifle of divine influence; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. 

Eph 6:16, “In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” The word ‘quench’in 

1Th 5:19 is the same original word ‘extinguish’in 

Eph 6:16. I believe, taking up the shield of faith we will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I also believe no one can extinguish the Spirit because the power of God is greater than the power of the evil one. However, by disobedience believers can suppress or stifle the divine influence. We must yield to the Holy Spirit and do not stifle the divine influence.

117. Do not despise prophetic utterances.

1Th 5:20,“Do not despise prophetic utterances.”

Note: Despise in Greek is exoutheneō which means to make of no account, despise utterly, look down, treat with contempt; - it occurs about 11 times in the New Testament. Prophetic utterances in Greek is prophēteia which means a discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God, whether by reproving and admonishing the wicked, or comforting the afflicted, or revealing things hidden; esp. by foretelling future events; of the prediction of events relating to Christ's kingdom and its speedy triumph; prophesy; utterance of which set apart to teach the Gospel; - it occurs about 19 times in the New Testament. Prophetic utterances are prophecy. Do not look down at prophecy, 

2Pe 1:20-21, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” Although there is much in the Book of Revelation that I do not understand because of many symbols and probably no other could understand, those who read it are blessed. Never interpret what you do not know, trying to be a master.

118. Do not grow weary of doing good.

2Th 3:13,“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.”

Note: Man has poor enduring quality. Man gets weary of almost anything.

Note: Grow weary in Greek is egkakeō which means to lose heart, become discouraged, flag, faint;- it occurs only 7 times in the New Testament.

It is possible that one saint grows weary of doing good. Because of feeble human nature, human beings can grow weary of doing anything. Doing good is the prime duty of Christians; we must not lose heart, become discouraged or faint. 

Gal 6:9,“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” The Lord is going to reward every saint who is doing good. If you do good for others, it may last a long time. If you do good for yourself, if may last a lifetime. If you do good for the Lord, it will last for eternity.

119. Do not neglect the spiritual gift.

1Ti 4:14,“Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.”

Note: Neglect in Greek is ameleō which means to be careless of, make light of; - it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament. Spiritual gift in Greek is charisma which means the gift of divine grace, a favor with which one receives without any merit of his own, grace or gifts denoting extraordinary powers, distinguishing certain Christians and enabling them to serve the church of Christ, the reception of which is due to the power of divine grace operating on their souls by the Holy Spirit; - it occurs 17 times in the New Testament. Charisma is the word that Pentecostal churches adopted to emphasize their differences from other churches, charismatic. This is where the error lies in the denomination stressing speaking in tongues and faith healing. It is wrong to emphasize what the Bible does not emphasize; it is also wrong to stress the least important as the most important. It is wrongly dividing the Word of God.

1Cr 12:4-10,“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same  Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

1Cr 12:27-28,“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.”

Note: You see speaking in tongues is the least of the gifts. It is hoped my Pentecostal friends honor the Word of God by emphasizing what the Bible is emphasizing, rightly dividing the Word of God.

120Do not sharply rebuke an older man.

1Ti 5:1,“Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers,”

Note: Sharply rebuke in Greek is epiplēssō which means to strike upon, beat upon, to chastise with words, chide, upbraid; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Respect your elder, though an older man makes mistake, do not sharply rebuke him. This Biblical command coincides with the Chinese culture of respecting the elderly. Appeal in Greek is parakaleō which means to admonish, exhort, beg, entreat, beseech, strive to appease by entreaty; - it occurs about 109 times in the New Testament. The Bible teaches sound human relationship in how to treat an older mnn as a father, and how to deal with the younger men as brothers.

121. Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily.

1Ti 5:22,“Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.”

Note: Share in Greek is koinōneō which means to come into communion or fellowship with, to become a sharer, be made a partner, enter into fellowship, join one's self to an associate, make one's self a sharer or partner; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. If you are an associate of a crooked law firm, you share their sins. If you are a partner of a clinic or hospital that defrauds and gouges patients, you share their sins. Whatever evil cause you join, you share responsibility for the sins of others involved. Christians cannot support policymakers, lawmakers, or politicians who support to legalize same-sex marriage; otherwise you share responsibility for their sins. 

Eph 5:7,“Therefore do not be partakers with them.”

122. Do not harden your hearts.

Hbr 4:7,“He again fixes a certain day: Today, saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.”

Note: Harden in Greek is sklērynō which means to make hard, become obstinate or stubborn; - it occurs only 6 times in the New Testament. A hardened heart will not repent.

Given free will, men are able to harden their hearts. Man is able to harden his heart and reject the salvation of God. You have a choice, do not harden your heart and accept the Lord Jesus as your Savior.

123Do not throw away your confidence.

Hbr 10:35,“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.”

Note: Confidence in Greek is parrēsia which means cheerful courage, boldness, assurance, free and fearless boldness; - it occurs about 31 times in the New Testament. Christians have the undoubting confidence relative to the salvation of Christ and fellowship with God. 

1Jo 3:21, “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.” Do not throw away your confidence. Confidence has a great reward.

124. Do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord.

Hbr 12:5,“And you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons: MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;”

Note: Regard lightly in Greek is oligōreō which means to care little for, regard lightly, make small account, despise; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Do not despise the discipline of the Lord. Discipline in Greek is paideia which means the whole training and education of children, correcting mistakes and curbing passions, chastisement, chastening; - it occurs only 6 times in the New Testament. As earthly parents discipline their children, so our heavenly Father disciplines those whom He loves.

125. Do not neglect to show hospitality.

Hbr 13:2,“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Note: Neglect in Greek is epilanthanomai which means to forget, no longer caring for; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. Hospitality to strangers in Greek is philoxenia which means love to strangers, entertainment of strangers as guests; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. The world has changed worse so fast. In America the society is full of violence, even entertainment of people you know may be dangerous, and how much more is showing hospitality to strangers. An old couple heard someone knocking at the door, opening the door they saw a couple with a little VW outside. The strangers said their car was out of order and they wanted to borrow the telephone to call for help. The old couple let them in and they were shot dead. In America the possibility of entertaining angels is one billion to one. Be that as it may, Christians must be kind to strangers in a safe situation.

126. Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings.

Hbr 13:9,“Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.”

Note: Carry away in Greek is parapherō which means to lead aside from the right course or path, take away; - it occurs 3 times in the New Testament. There are so many strange teachings in and outside the church. If you are not rooted in the Word of God, you can’t be carried away by false teachings. Strange doctrines are like tornados that sweep people without root away. Our hearts must be strengthened by grace. The grace of His Word strengthens the heart of believers. To strengthen is to make firm. 

Hbr 12:28, “Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” 

Eph 6:11,“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Strange teachings are the wiles of the devil.

127Do not neglect doing good and sharing.

Hbr 13:16,“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

Note: Neglect in Greek is epilanthanomai which means to forget in the sense of neglecting, no longer caring for, uncared for; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. Believers should not neglect doing good and sharing. You can do good in many ways, not only giving out money. Sharing can also be done in many ways, not only sharing food and drink. Sacrifice in Greek is thysia which means a free gift which is likened to an offered sacrifice, - it occurs 29 times in the New Testament. Doing good and sharing involve sacrifices. They must cost you something. Giving to church or charity gets tax deduction and foundation gets tax-free status are not sacrifices. They are not really doing good and sharing. When you offer to God, it must cost you something. 

1Ch 21:22-25,“Then David said to Ornan: Grant me the place of [this] threshing floor, that I may build an altar on it to the LORD. You shall grant it to me at the full price, that the plague may be withdrawn from the people. But Ornan said to David: Take it to yourself, and let my lord the king do what is good in his eyes. Look, I also give you the oxen for burnt offerings, the threshing implements for wood, and the wheat for the grain offering; I give it all. Then King David said to Ornan: No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing. So David gave Ornan six hundred shekels of gold by weight for the place.” David would not make offerings to God which would cost him nothing, not even at a discount. That was one of the reasons David was a man after God’s own heart. 

1Sa 13:14, “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.”

128. Do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.

Jam 3:14,“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.”

Note: Jealousy in Greek is zēlos which means contentious rivalry, envy; - it occurs about 17 times in the New Testament. All jealousy is bitter, there is no sweet jealousy. Selfish ambition in Greek is eritheia which means electioneering or intriguing for office, a courting distinction, a desire to put one's self forward, a partisan and fractious spirit which does not disdain low arts, partisanship, fractiousness; - it occurs only 7 times in the New Testament. It is a grave sin for a person who has selfish ambition to be president by saying God calls her/him to run. Be arrogant in Greek is katakauchaomai which means to glory against, to exult over, to boast one's self; - it occurs only 4 times in the New Testament. It is terrible to use God to justify one’s selfish ambition and so lie against the truth. A person who lies against the truth is not a Christian. A liar is a child of the devil.

129. Do not speak against one another.

Jam 4:11,“Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.”

Note: Speak against in Greek is katalaleō which means to criminate against one, traduce, censure; - it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament.

When a false prophet makes a prophecy, you speak out against the false prophecy does not mean to judge a brother. A false prophet is not a brother. When someone makes false claim that God is calling him/her to be the president, you speak the truth about false prophesy is not speaking against another brother. No believer has the right to distort the Word of God or make false claim and lie against the truth. You should not speak against a brother without cause or out of jealousy.

Jam 5:9,“Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.”

130. Do not swear.

Jam 5:12,“But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.”

Note: Swear in Greek is omnyō which means to affirm, promise, threaten, with an oath, invoke, make an oath, swear by; - it occurs about 27 times in the New Testament. In fact it was Jesus Christ who said, 

Mat 5:34-37, “But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes' be ‘Yes,' and your ‘No,' ‘No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” Christians cannot and do not swear, yes to be yes, no to be no; no more no less. Those who swear fall under judgment.

131. Do not be conformed to the former lusts.

1Pe 1:14,“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,”

Note: The first lesson for a child to learn is obedience. God’s children must be obedient children. Conform in Greek is syschēmatizō which means to conform one's self (i.e. one's mind and character) to another's pattern, fashion one's self according to; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. Lust in Greek is epithymia which means craving, longing, passion, desire for what is forbidden; - it occurs about 38 times in the New Testament. Former lusts refer to lusts before a believer was saved. All lusts are done in ignorance. Ignorance in Greek is agnoia which means lack of knowledge of divine things, moral blindness; - it occurs only 4 times in the New Testament.

132. Do not use your freedom as a covering for evil.

1Pe 2:16,“Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.”

Note: Freedom in Greek is eleutheria which means liberty to do or to omit things having no relationship to salvation, the liberty to do as one pleases; - it occurs only 11 times in the New Testament. Covering in Greek is epikalymma which means a veil, a pretext, cloak; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Christian freedom cannot be used as a pretext for doing evil. Western powers have used ‘white man’s burden’as a pretext to conquer and colonize the world. Although Christianity is not a white man’s religion, white supremacists have used Christianity as a cover for doing evil in the world. Many corrupt fundraisers have used ‘charity’ as a cover to enrich themselves.

133. Do not run with them into excesses of dissipation.

1Pe 4:4,“In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you;”

Note: Excess in Greek is anachysis which means an overflowing, a pouring out; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. American government spends in excess and incurs the largest debts and deficits in the world. American people live in excess and spend what they do not have. The American way of life is the life of excess. Dissipation in Greek is asōtia which means an abandoned, dissolute life, profligacy, prodigality; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Wall Street, Washington and Hollywood exemplify excesses in dissipation. Malign in Greek is blasphēmeō which means to speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, calumniate, to be evil spoken of, reviled, railed at; - it occurs about 35 times in the Ne Testament. Evildoers will speak evil of those who do not join them. Smokers and drinkers and drug users do not like those who do not. Corrupt cops and officials may arrange a set-up to trap those who are clean.

134. Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal.

1Pe 4:12,“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;”

Note: Surprise in Greek is xenizō which means to think strange, be shocked; - it occurs about 10 times in the New Testament. Fiery ordeal in Greek is pyrōsis which means calamities or trials that test the character; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Testing in Greek is peirasmos which means an experiment, attempt, trial, proving, adversity, affliction, trouble: sent by God and serving to test or prove one's character, faith, holiness; - it occurs about 21 times in the New Testament. Strange in Greek is xenos which means alien, new, unheard of; - it occurs 14 times in the New Testament. Fiery ordeal happens to believers is not a strange thing because it is for our testing. Just as fire tests gold, so ordeal tests our faith. 

Jam 1:3,“Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” 

Rom 5:3-5,“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.” A true believer may face a fiery ordeal.

135. Do not let this one fact escape your notice.

2Pe 3:8,“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.”

Note: Facts are important, some facts are more important than others. Among many facts that we should not escape our notice is the fact that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. People may argue for two thousand years the Lord has not returned, but with the Lord two thousand years are like two days. We should notice the fact that the world is getting worse and worse, evildoers multiply, the night is far spent, the day is at hand.

136. Do not love the world.

1Jo 2:15,“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Note: Love in Greek is agapaō which means to be fond of, to love dearly, to be well pleased; - it occurs about 142 times in the New Testament. The world does not mean the physical world; it means the materialistic world, the man-made world, the system of the world, money, power and sex, Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood, the things of the world. Why do not love the world or the things in the world? The love of God is not compatible with the love of the world. If you love God, you cannot love the world. If you love the world, you cannot love God. If you love your husband, you cannot love the other man. If you love the other man, you cannot love your husband. Love is never neutral. Love is exclusive, never inclusive. Almost all evils in the world are caused by the love of money, power and sex. There is something very wrong about a believer who loves the world.

137. Do not be surprised if the world hates you.

1Jo 3:13,“Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.”

Note: You should be surprised if the world loves you. This does not mean the world hates you every moment that you cannot live in peace. If means when you take a stand, do not be surprised if you oppose same-sex marriage, the world will hate you. If you are for capital punishment, the world will hate you. If you are against greed, the world will not love you. If you are a true believer, you should be surprised if the world loves you.

138. Do not believe every spirit.

1Jo 4:1,“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Note: Jesus says, 

Mar 5:36,“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue: Do not be afraid; only believe.” Jesus wants you to believe in God, believe in Him and believe in the Word of God. But do not believe everything. Do not believe every spirit. Do not believe any politician who has unholy ambition and says God has called her/him to run for president. Do not believe any greedy preacher who says God wants you to send him/her lots of money. Do not believe false prophets who say Jesus will return on certain date. Do not believe false teachers who preach prosperity gospel that God will make you rich if you send them money. Do not believe false prophets, false teachers and false brothers.

139. Do not lose what we have accomplished.

2Jo 1:8,“Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.”

Note: You have heard the fable about a dog who got a piece of meat in its mouth looking at the river and saw another dog with another bigger piece of meat in its mouth. The dog tried to catch the other piece of meat lost his own meat.

140. Do not receive false teacher.

2Jo 1:10,“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting;”

Note: If anyone comes to you, even angels, who bring a different gospel to you, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting. Do not receive false prophets, false teachers and false brothers into your house. Do not give them a greeting. Do not support them. Do not associate with them lest you share their sins. There are ignorant believers who give their estate and assets to false prophets, false teachers and false brothers, you are wasting your money for nothing. Actually to support false prophets and false teachers is to support the devil.

141. Do not imitate what is evil.

3Jo 1:11,Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.”

Note: Imitate in Greek is mimeomai which means to copy, follow, emulate; - it occurs only 4 times in the New Testament. Imitate only what is good, not what is evil. Evil is opposed to good, and good is opposed to evil. There are two groups of people in the world: The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. Capitalist does evil and has not seen God. Imperialist does evil and has not seen God. Warmonger does evil and has not seen God. Terrorist does evil and has not seen God. Corrupt politician does evil and has not seen God. Doctors and hospital owners who defraud and gouge patients do evil and have not seen God. Those who do good are of God, and those who do evil are of the devil.

142. Do not fear what you are about to suffer.

Rev 2:10,“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

NoteAlthough the message was specifically for the Smyrna, it has application to the saints today. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Suffering is the normal state of human beings. Sooner or later every saint will suffer, although the nature of suffering may be different. Everyone in this world suffers. The rich suffer, and the poor suffer; only they suffer for different things. Suffering tests saints as fire tests gold. The devil is doing its destructive work in the world. Do not fear, the Lord is with believers until the end of the world. Above all, do not fear, the Lord is coming soon!

In addition to the Ten Commandments and the 142 Scriptures cited above, I believing the following items are useful for Christians to refrain from:

1.    Do not take advantage of others.

2.    Do not look down at people who do lowly work.

3.    Do not insult the poor, humble and lowly.

4.    Do not waste your time, efforts and money.

5.    Do not give up what is sure in seeking the unsure.

6.    Do not be unhappy in envying what others have.

7.    Do not be shortsighted to grab the immediate by losing the future.

8.    Do not dwell on what you cannot change.

9.    Do not live on false expectations.

10.Do not flatter the rich and powerful.

March 16, 2017

Willie Wong

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