Preached at the Fundamentalist Baptist
Tabernacle in Los Angeles, CA, on January 9, 2002.
1. Please turn in your Bible to Psalm 10.4.
Thatís page 603 in your Scofield Reference Bible. When you find the
tenth Psalm, please stand for the reading of Godís Word: "The
wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God:
God is not in all his thoughts."
2. Do you remember Dr. Hymersí closing
remarks last night after prayer? He remarked about the expression on a
personís face who is awakened. Do you remember? Well, in our text the
word "countenance" refers to the expression on a manís face.
3. There are three things about the wicked
you should take note of here. Three comments David, under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, assigns to you who are not
4. Donít think you are excluded who are
children. Donít think you are excluded who are aged. Donít think you
are excluded just because you have a long history of going to Church. It
means nothing if you are unconverted, if youíve not come to Jesus for
the forgiveness of your sins.
5. Listen carefully, my lost friend. Our
text explains precisely why you are not converted this evening, and what
sin will ultimately drag you into Hell if you die without Christ.
1A. First, THERE IS THE MOTIVE THAT DRIVES
YOU, YOUR PRIDE
1B. Letís Discuss This Sin Called
Pride For A Moment
1C. There lies within the bosom of every
human being a desire to be highly esteemed, to be exalted in a sense,
to be lifted up. I think itís a part of our nature as Godís image
bearers to want to be well thought of and to be honored to some
2C. And itís Godís will that you be
honored . . . in the proper way. After all, Proverbs 15.33 declares,
"The fear of the LORD is the
instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility." And
Proverbs 18.12 reads, "Before destruction the heart of man is
haughty, and before honour is humility." God instructs a
man how to properly receive and prepare for honor.
3C. So, God is not opposed to you being
honored, to you being given some measure of appropriate prominence.
But He is profoundly opposed to you exalting yourself, to you having
an inflated opinion of yourself, to you overreaching.
4C. Remember, First Peter 5.6 directs you
to "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time." But you donít want to
humble yourself, do you? Youíre opposed to patiently waiting for God
to exalt you when you have the character for it, when youíve paid
your dues, when He deems it appropriate. Oh, no. You want to be king
of your own little mountain now, donít you?
2B. And itís this sinful pride,
this wicked determination to hold to an inflated opinion of yourself,
this arrogant notion of being a self-governing and self-authenticating
king or queen in your own eyes, that drives your existence.
1C. No wonder God hides His goodness from
you who are proud, Psalm 31.20. No wonder God will cut off the man
with the proud heart, Psalm 101.5. No wonder the proud are cursed,
Psalm 119.21. No wonder God will destroy the house of the proud,
Proverbs 15.25. No wonder you who are so proud are an abomination to
the Lord, and though hand join in hand you will not go unpunished,
Proverbs 16.5. It is no surprise to us that Solomon pronounces a proud
heart to be, very simply, sin, Proverbs 21.4.
2C. Now, I know that Iíve quoted a
number of verses to you, and youíve not had time to look them all
up. But you who are proud donít look up Scripture, do you? You do
not consider Godís Word, do you? You are self-sufficient and
obnoxious in your arrogance toward God, thinking to yourself that you
do not need to be saved. Youíre fine just the way you are. So, I
will sum up what these verses Iíve read say before moving on to my
3C. God hates pride. Itís such an
abomination to Him because it reminds Him so much of the first sin
ever committed against Him, the sin of Lucifer, who rebelled against
God in proud arrogance. So, you who are so proud and so haughty in
your countenances, which is to say that you have such smug looks on
your faces, remind God of Satan. Not a good thing, I assure you.
4C. As well, you who are so proud have
usurped from God His Own right to decide who will be exalted and who
will be elevated. To elevate a man is a divine prerogative that you
have illegitimately taken over to do yourself. Who do you think you
are to do such a thing as pass judgment on yourself and acquit
yourself of the crimes for which you stand accused? You who are so
proud as to try to take from God what authority is His alone to
exercise, to raise up and to exalt Who He chooses.
5C. It is so Satanic of you to be proud.
So much like the lying promise of the serpent in Genesis 3.5, "ye
shall be as gods," deciding on your own what station and position
in life you should have, without any concern for the mind of God or
the will of God on the matter.
6C. Your deception is so great, the
blindness of your mind and eyes is so profound, that you pay no heed
to the warning of Proverbs 29.23, "A manís pride shall bring
him low." You are oblivious to the reality that your pride binds
you in chains, Psalm 73.6, and that whatís required is nothing less
than a miracle from God before you will see yourself the way you
really are before God.
2A. Next, YOUR ACTIONS THAT
ARE PROMPTED BY YOUR PRIDE
You donít think youíre so
proud. But what is the key indicator of pride in a personís
behavior? What shows better than anything else whether or not there is
wicked pride in your bosom? David complained that you "will not
seek after God." Now we know why you donít get
converted. Because you are too proud to seek after God.
1B. This Refusal To Seek After
God Is A Very Stupid Thing, Incredibly Foolish
1C. I speak so directly to you with the
full knowledge that it will irritate your pride, and stir up in you
an obnoxious spirit. But itís the truth I speak, and not lies. You
are spiritually stupid for not seeking after God. And there is
nothing the human mind can conceive thatís more foolish than to
refuse to seek after God. Think about what Iíve just said. Is it
not truth that that I speak?
2C. After all, in your present state
you are damned to Hell forever. In your present condition you will
fall into the hands of the living God, a fearful thing for even the
child of God, but an absolute catastrophe for you who are without
3C. You would agree with me that a man
who doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire was a fool
bent on self-destruction. Not a one of you would fail to question
the intelligence of someone who played Russian roulette with a
semiautomatic pistol, though thatís exactly what two brothers did
here in the state of California about two years ago, with fatal
results for the one who took the first turn.
4C. You might chuckle at their
stupidity, but is not your folly infinitely greater? You anger the
omnipotent God. You raise the ire of the One who created Hell to be
"the fire of His jealousy," Zephaniah 1.18. You sit there,
on the precipice over the yawning jaws of Hell, as if you were in a
lawn chair in the back yard, instead of being on the brink of
2B. But no matter how stupid
your refusal to seek after God is, itís likely, without the direct
intervention of God, that you will continue in your refusal to seek
salvation in Christ
1C. Sin, you see, has so gripped your
soul that you cannot alter your course. Youíve set out on a
journey of refusing to seek after God and youíll continue until
you come to the end.
2C. Because, on top of the fact that
youíre proud, which our text plainly declares you to be, it also
describes you as stubborn, even though the precise word is not used
in this verse.
3C. But what is a stubborn man, except
one who will not change his course? It doesnít matter if there is
no sense in what you do, no intelligence, no reason, no wisdom. That
doesnít enter into it at all with you. This is just what you do.
Itís your identity. Itís what makes you what you are in your own
mind, a person who does not seek after God.
4C. Never mind the insanity of it.
Never mind the fact that you guarantee yourself not only an eternity
in Hellfire. Never mind the fact that you consign to yourself a
lifetime of family squabbles, since only by pride cometh
contentions, Proverbs 13.10. You are set on the course you are going
to follow because not only are you proud, but you are also stubborn.
5C. And thus you are guaranteed not
only unhappiness throughout eternity, but unhappiness in this
lifetime, as well as the unhappiness of all around who you claim to
love and do love you.
3A. Finally, THERE ARE YOUR
THOUGHTS TO BE CONSIDERED
"The wicked, through the
pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is
not in all his thoughts."
1B. Take Note Of The Denial
Thatís Exposed Here
1C. "God is not in all his
thoughts." I looked this phrase up in the "Analytical Key
To The Old Testament" by Owens. And, a bit to my surprise, I
found that the phrase "God is not" is exactly the
same Hebrew phrase as is found in Psalm 14.1: "The fool hath
said in his heart, There is no God."
2C. So, this verse could be
paraphrased, "God is not is in all his thoughts."
There is in your mind, sir, a continual, a perpetual, a never-ending
denial of the reality of God. And even if you do not deny the
absolute existence of God, you substitute for the reality of God as
He is some abstract notion of a distant God Who is not personal, Who
is not moving in the affairs of men, Who is not working in the lives
of each one of His people and in the lives of some who are not His
people, and Who is not to be feared as the judge of all flesh.
3C. God is not real to you, sinner.
Heís not real as He ought to be. Heís not real as He really is.
So, why is God not real to you? Why is He not in your thoughts? And
there were a number of your young people at camp last summer who
admitted to me that they simply didnít think about God . . . ever.
4C. Their minds, they admitted, were
always on play, always on recreation, always on having fun, always
on watching the television, always on computer games. Others would
have their minds always on boys, or always on girls, or always on
making money, or always on getting high, or always on something
other than God and the things of God.
5C. My friend, when someoneís mind is
always on something other than God, then it must be admitted that
God is not thought by that person to be Who He is shown to be in the
Bible. To have your mind on some thing or someone other than God
means you are denying God to be Who He most certainly is.
2B. Delusion Is Required For
Such Denial, Is It Not?
Yes, delusion. Thatís what it is. For
God to never be in your thoughts, you who are made in the image and
likeness of God, you have to be delusional.
1C. Now, it could very well be that you
are self-deceived. James 1.22 warns against deceiving your own
selves. There is, of course, a danger in deceiving yourself. Trick
yourself once too often and youíll end up in a devilís Hell.
Convince yourself that the Gospel is nothing, that you donít need
to come to Jesus right this very night, and you will probably end up
not ever coming to Christ. But youíve never been wrong about
anything in your life, have you? So you donít need to concern
yourself that you may be deceiving yourself, do you?. I didnít
2C. There is also the possibility of
satanic deception here. Second Corinthians 4.4 is where Paul makes
mention of Satanís ability to blind the minds of them which
believe not, to keep you from seeing the simplicity of the Gospel
and the beauty of Christ. And since Satan and his demons are far
more intelligent, experienced, and clever than any sinner, no sinner
is a match for the devil when heís bent on deceiving you. And that
includes you, my proud friend.
3C. Wicked man, foul young person, evil
woman? You are proud, a sin thatís an abomination to God. Because
of your pride you will not seek after God. And God is not in all
your thoughts. It could be because you trick yourself. It could be
because the devil is successfully tricking you.
4C. Or, worse than either of these, it
could be that God has blinded you. "God doesnít do that,
preacher." Doesnít He? Romans 11.7 informs us that God blinds
men to the truth. Theologians call it judicial blinding, where God
decides to blind people to the truth as a judgment against their
sins. Has God judicially blinded you? Perhaps He has.
5C. John 12.39-40 reads,
"Therefore they could not believe, because . . . He hath
blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not
see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart,
and be converted." My friend, God has blinded the eyes and
hardened the hearts of people long before you came along. Think
Heíll not do that to you? What makes you think He hasnít done
that to you already?
1. Our text reads, "The
wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God:
God is not in all his thoughts."
2. Oh, how proud you are to not
humble yourself before God. How arrogant you are for failing yield to
the demand of Jesus Christ to "come unto me all ye that labor and
are heavy laden."
3. It is true, by any reasonable
measure or standard, that you are wicked. No wonder godly David, a man
after Godís own heart, complained against such as you. No wonder he
cried out for Godís judgment against such as you.
4. And do you think that God will
not soon move against you in judgment? You donít think Godís long-
suffering will soon reach the limit of its endurance and He will not
swiftly pour out His wrath upon you?
5. You truly are proud, to think
you can stand against God. You truly are proud to think you have any
right to stall and refuse, while you consider and ponder your fate,
while you arrogantly consider getting saved.
6. You have been summoned,
sinner! It would do you good to quickly obey. Seek the LORD,
while He may be found. Plead with God to remove the delusion, whether it
be self-inflicted, whether it be satanic blindness, or whether God has
already begun to move against you with blinding judgment.
7. Itís not the unpardonable
sin. You can still be saved. If you will but humble yourself enough to
come to Christ. Because though God does resist the proud, He gives grace
to the humble. And if you will come to Christ, that will be humility
enough to be saved. Come to Christ tonight.