From Cellfire to Hellfire
Robert Wurtz II
And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. (Genesis 11:6)
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)
Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. (James 3:5-6)
Well, it’s another week as a manager and already two “three-alarm fires” and a “slow-burner” are in play over cell phone enabled corrupt communication. It’s the story of my life over the years. To tell the truth, as much as I try to tolerate it all and let it pass, this corrupt communication that causes so much suffering and pain in this world gets old and angering after a while. Boyfriends vexed out and can’t think straight; moms at home crying their eyes out; little kids left behind in divorces to make a life for themselves without their parents living together. All because of a bunch of filthy, rotten, corrupt communication.
I truly believe that if we had eyes to see in the Spirit, every cell phone tower in our cities would look something like the picture above. They are ablaze from all the filthy communication that spews from their sensors with the fires of hell. Even Springer blushes as a virtual, “All My children,” “One Life To Live,” and “Edge Of Night” broadcasts from the hilltops of every city.
There is no new thing under the Sun. From the letter that issued the death sentence for Uriah the Hitite, to the adulterous text messages of modern times, filthy communication has been the scourge of humanity. I recall the story of an illiterate man in the 1940s receiving a letter and asking his wife to read it. Little did he know it was from his secret lover in another state. Having little else to do, he asked his wife to read it to him. Imagine the horror and fight that broke out when she opened with the words, “Your baby needs milk!” We have come a long ways since the 40s.
It happens everyday anymore, doesn’t it? Another cell phone discovered as having been used as a “hookup” tool of filthy communication. One of the more grizzly accounts happened in my city in 2005. Twenty-five year old Marlin Gill stuffed his girlfriends cell phone in her mouth after she refused to tell him who she had been calling. He was sentenced to six years in prison for afterwards shoving it down her throat. But some accounts are not as dramatic. What happens? The phone is thrown into the floor and busted and the police are called. I wish I could have a dollar for every fight that will happen this year between boyfriend and girlfriend or husband and wife – over the corrupt communication of the cell phone. The cell phone has always been the cheaters tool of choice.
With each passing day man’s capacity to corrupt themselves increases. I’m reminded of the man who came home in the early 1900s to his stay-at-home wife and found footprints in the snow leaving the house. Assuming his wife had had a lover in the home, a fight commenced. Fortunately, he realized they were his own footprints that he left on the way to work that morning. Indeed, jealousy and footprints are digital these days. In the old days cheaters would simply get a post office box to hide their “love letters.” Today, cheaters simply purchase a pre-paid cell phone to cover their tracks. I sobered to know that no matter how well man covers his tracks from man, God has an infallible record of them.
The message of Genesis 11:6 is that communication can be a vehicle to destruction. God confounded the languages to slow the spread of sin. In 2014 that barrier can be electronically circumvented by simply pressing “translate” or using some other translation service. Nevertheless, the age of mass communication has enabled sin in a way never before known to man. The time would fail to list all the names of social networking apps, websites and programs enabling cheaters to cheat. Cell phones are even used to send elicit photos to prospective “hook-ups.” Bathroom-selflies, mirror-selfies, you name it and the salivating begins. Sometimes it is a more subtle, “I’m available pic” on Facebook or some other photo sharing site. You know the pics; the guys in tank-tops and the gals with their top half down. We don’t have time to deal with it here, but another iniquity of this age is the sheer denial of these type of whoredoms. Let me ask, would you have dressed that way in the pic if all the recipients were blind? I didn’t think so.
When I was youth pastor years ago, I used to use an old 80s TV commercial to express how demon-inspired lustfulness plays out in peoples’ life. The commercial featured a couple hounds running after their favorite dog food with their minds ringing, “Kibbles and Bits… Kibbles and Bits… I’m going to get me some ‘Kibbles and Bits.'” If the devil gets a foothold in your life you will be a slave to corrupt communication – “Jones-ing” for that next filthy text or elicit selfie. Needless to say, for a Christian, the terms “phone” and “flirt” ought not be synonyms.
From Cell Fire to Hell Fire
If you type the words “cast into hell” into your Bible software search engine, you will find that 5 out of 6 times Jesus uses the phrase in connection with things in our lives that cause us to stumble. The other time the Lord simply says, But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. (Luke 12:5) Nobody in their right mind wants to be cast into Hell. Nevertheless, nobody seems to want to get rid of things that are helping send them there. Jesus said if you eye or hand offend, get rid of them. Better to make heaven without a hand or an eye than enter whole into Hell. That’s plain enough. However, the brightest and best theologians will spend their resources explaining away this common-sense passage; but that only enables the damnation of transgressors all the more. Simply put, if it is sending your soul to Hell- get rid of it. Stop stumbling yourself with it. Stop making excuses. Stop hiding from your significant other what ought to be in plain sight. Its too late to posit your mate as a “jealous crazy” once your hand is caught in the cookie jar. I’m not saying a person should have a phone shoved down their throat, but if you know anything about the warnings in Proverbs you will know that jealousy is the rage of a man; and if I might so say, of a woman. Its common sense, really.
The Fires of Hell
James warns of how the fires of Hell can set on fire the course of nature. This is not limited to the tongue- because the mind can bypass the tongue through written communication. A person can set their entire life and that of their progeny on fire with the fires of Hell through the misuse of digital communication, such as a computer or cell phone. Think of the suffering that is going to be caused by the selfish, self-centered, cruel-hearted expression of corrupt communication. Maybe if I spell it this way, s-u-f-f-e-r-i-n-g it will better convey the emphasis. Can a person take fire into their bosom and not be burned? Nay verily, they will burn their whole family and future up.
One of the greatest problems with whoredom is that the people almost never admit guilt and they are surrounded by a host of fans who enable them in their madness. Nevertheless, if perchance God might penetrate the darkness and bring a moment of sobriety to the mind, the first thing to do is acknowledge the sin. The second thing to do is turn from and renounce the sin. Get rid of the offending device or make yourself accountable to your husband or wife (or significant other). You shouldn’t have anything to hide, and if you do then you might as well brace yourself for destruction. Be accountable. The offended party is going to be hostile, no matter how spiritual they may be. People who don’t believe so don’t know what they are talking about. That’s straight- but it has to be said. So, take your blows and get back on track. Be prepared for a long road back to establishing trust. Forgiving you is one thing- trusting you is something all together different. You have already demonstrated you can’t be trusted- no, not to destroy your own life and those around you; so be understanding when it takes years to gain trust again. That’s the choice you made when you acted out. Now here it is.
Do everything in your power to distance yourself from the behavior. If you’re a woman, adopt a pattern of modesty. What sham would it be to pretend to repent and go on trying to seduce people by dressing provocatively and posting the pics to Facebook. People are not dumb and they are not buying it. Don’t insult peoples intelligence. If you want to regain credibility you have to demonstrate unadulterated and unaltering change. Radical change. Not a sweep it under the rug change- but a change as notorious as was the sin. then and only then will their be any real hope of reconstructing the damage done. A fire causes a serious mess and its going to take some serious time.
What else? Humble yourself and stop blaming all your problems on your perceived God-given charm and personality. It is the devil working in you to act out – not God. Recognize it and renounce it. Rebellion will only ruin you all the more at this point. Ask an honest person for their perceptions of your behaviors. Ask them, do you think I act inappropriately, dress inappropriately, approach the opposite sex inappropriately? Again, incorrigible flirt is not a fruit of the Spirit, so renounce it.
Adopt a pattern of Godliness and contentment. after all, if you have a spouse at home and you are texting another man or women- it’s because you’re not content. Discontentment is the root of many sins and leads a person to eventually covet the forbidden things such as a strange man or woman. Recognize it and renounce it (deeply renounce it).
If the Shoe Fits…
Lastly, surround yourself with people that you didn’t want to hear from when you were in rebellion. Think about it. Why didn’t you want to talk to them when you were acting out? That’s right. It was because you knew they would challenge you. Chances are, these were the very folks you needed as mentors. Your present mentors and friends have helped you get where you are. Understand that reality. That’s why you hang with them. They are like you. You agree with each other.
If you want to change- you are going to have to get around people you want to model. Can two people walk together except they be agreed? That’s why you hang out with the people that enabled you to act out. They agree with your actions either passively or actively. At any rate, they won’t confront you. Why? Because they have likely done the same things and can’t confront you in good conscience. Otherwise, they would agree with God’s word and not you. They can’t help you. Understand that you will never resolve your problems with whoredom in the midst of an enabler. Ask yourself, who would never tolerate me acting out? Get with them. They are your beloved friend (whether the devil tells you so or not). After all, you are already hanging out with his selections for you. Remember, evil associations corrupt good manners. So forsake them and cling to an older respected woman or man of God that is more concerned about your soul than being your friend.
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