Pride, Part 72

Prov 16:5 – “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished”

Prov 21:4 – “Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, is sin.”

Isaiah 2:11 – “The proud look of man will be abased And the loftiness of man will be humbled, And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. 12 For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning Against everyone who is proud and lofty And against everyone who is lifted up, That he may be abased.”

The insidious nature of pride is such that it hides itself in the human heart in such a way that the pride of others may be noticed while it hides pride in its own heart. Nevertheless, what we must notice is that Scripture tells us that God is opposed to all the proud in heart whether they recognize it or not. As Proverbs 16:5 says so clearly, “everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD.” It is not just those that profess to be unbelievers or those who are heretics whose pride is an abomination to the LORD, but the verse includes everyone. It is not just the proud heart that is an abomination to the LORD, but those who are proud in heart are an abomination to the LORD. We can smile and think that surely this is for heathen nations or for the Muslim nations, but this was written by an Israelite for Israelites. But within the Church it is thought that as long as a person has said a prayer or walked an aisle that person is fine. No, no, and a thousand times no. The text tells us that “everyone,” that is, every single one “that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD. Each person must tell him or herself that if “I am proud in heart I am an abomination to the LORD.” Even if I am a preacher, a seminary professor, a denominational worker, one who has taught in a church for fifty years, pride in my heart makes me an abomination to the LORD.

Just in case one might wonder what an abomination to the LORD is, it is something that is detestable and an object of loathing. Scripture lists idolatry and homosexual acts as things that are abomination to the LORD. That means that if I have pride in my heart then I am on the level with idolatry and homosexuality. These things are abominations to the LORD and so am I if I have pride in my heart. Pride in the heart spoils and ruins everything it touches and has anything to do with. Pride in the heart means that all that I do comes from pride in the heart and that would include my religious actions and beliefs. Pride in the heart means that the lamp that gives me light or that which directs my path is my pride. In other words, pride in the heart means that all that I do is guided by the pride in my heart. If I am guided by pride in my heart, then I may preach orthodox messages but all that I say will be guided by pride rather than love for God and His glory. If I am guided by pride in my heart, then even my orthodox messages will be for self-centered ends rather than that which is for the good of God’s people which is His glory in them.

The heart is so deceitful because of its pride that it will get very angry rather than admit it. But of course it can also admit pride from pride and be proud that it can admit its pride. One can also be quite proud of its humility, though of course that would not be a true humility but one that is put on like a shirt. What this should teach us is that Christianity is opposed to all pride of the heart because the heart is where God dwells and reigns. He will not dwell in a place where things that He despises are. He does not rule and reign in a heart that is full of pride because pride is ruling and reigning in that heart. When the Lord Himself decides to dwell in a heart, He must cast out the pride and cleanse it with the blood of the Perfect Lamb of God. That Lamb was perfect in humility and all He did was guided by perfect humility. The Lamb of God lived in perfect humility and went to the cross in perfect humility in order that by His sacrifice the proud hearts of sinners could be broken and their sins forgiven.

It took a perfect humility which was necessary for perfect love to go to the cross to be a sacrifice for the sin of pride. The reason for this is that the heart that is full of pride is a heart that God looks in and sees the devil. The devil is full of pride and self-love. When the fall occurred he brought the poison of pride and self-love into the human race. When God looks upon the soul of the proud person, He sees the devil and what he has spawned. However, when He looks upon the soul that has been humbled and has Christ in it, He sees His own glory shining there. Pride is not just a little speck of something in the human soul; it is the very vomit of hell. Humility is not just a human work, but it is instead the work of God in emptying the soul of the vomit of hell and then God Himself takes up residence in that cleansed heart. Pride and humility are not just things in the control of human beings to walk in and out of like doors, but they are the very fruits of the war between the devil and God.

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