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CLARITY – 3-24-20 Intent is Sufficient


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-24-20

Intent is Sufficient

What’s Happening: “A man from Sayre, Oklahoma, Jerry Drake Varnell, 26, was sentenced to 25 years in prison (after which he shall be monitored for life) for trying to blow up BankFirst in downtown Oklahoma City with a car bomb. The FBI found out about the plot and sent an agent undercover as a bomb-maker and his ingredients were inert. This all happened back in August of 2017, but he was just sentenced yesterday ( ‘We are thankful he did not get a sentence of life,” in prison, said Vicky Behenna, his defense attorney.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Yeah, but the bomb didn’t go off. That was a little harsh, huh?”

Biblical Response:  “Yeah? Try telling that to the bank employees who WEREN’T killed or DIDN’T have to look for a new place of employment. If you don’t believe that intent is as bad as actual performance, you haven’t read Matt. 5:21-22 or Matt. 5:27-28. In His ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ Jesus equates intent of the heart with the actual act. And doesn’t every act begin with a thought? It was Scottish author, Samuel Smiles (born in Haddington, U.K. in 1812) who said:

Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.’”

“If we are not just held responsible for our acts , but our thoughts, too, who then is guiltless? Exactly. I guess Isaiah 53:6 is true (‘All we like sheep have gone astray…’). The condition of the fallenness of man is universal. Which is why we need a universal Savior (Rom. 6:23).”

“Christians? We believe in the universality of sin. I mean, who is free from their thought life? Only the person who lets the mind of Christ reign in their brain (Phil. 2:5). ‘And whom the Lord sets free is free indeed’ (John 8:36).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to break free of the thoughts and acts we should never have; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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