“Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house,” (Proverbs 5:7-8)
The American version of the Christian faith has so focused on loving everyone and accepting people just as they are that it has seen its children go shipwreck. The Old Testament king didn't have a problem saying, "stay away" from the woman whose speech was "smoother than oil" (Proverbs 3:3) and whose "feet go down to death" (Proverbs 3:5).
Today, your preacher, your friend, your Bible study leader, your neighbor, your teacher, your boss, and your TV may tell you that all people are worthy of our time and love, all people are equal, all people are loved of God just like they are. This proverb, however, says "stay away!"
Now such a comment is not so far from what your mother used to tell you, is it. She knew, intuitively, that some people were trouble, and would get you into trouble. Your mother, and King Solomon, were right. Men are especially subject to the wooing words of the woman whose words drip honey.
Let's make a personal pledge to stay away from dangerous people, and teach our children to do the same. This does not mean that we cannot share the Gospel with them, but it does mean that we cannot build a fraternal relationship, which could lead to the dangers known all too well by King Solomon.
In His Grace;
Dr. Randy White
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