ARSON – Visible or Vocal

A man believed to be the LA Arsonist who set approximately 50 fires that caused more than 2 million dollars in damage was caught recently by a Los Angeles Reserve Deputy.   Various reports state that this arsonist had terrorized West Hollywood for days.

One of the reasons the LA Arsonist was caught was because “a person of interest” was seen on a video near one of the fires that was set.  Many arsonists like to set fires, then hang around nearby and watch the damage & destruction as it’s being done. 

Some arsonists set visible fires – some set vocal fires (with their words, social media and/or blogs).   If you claim to be a follower of Christ, you shouldn’t set visible or vocal fires.   God’s Word says…..

5 So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can turn the entire course of your life into a blazing flame of destruction, for it is set on fire by hell itself.  7 People can tame all kinds of animals and birds and reptiles and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!  James 3:5-10 NLT  

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.   Eph 4:29-32 NIV  

16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:  17 haughty eyes,  a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,  18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,  feet that are quick to rush into evil,  19 a false witness who pours out lies  and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.   Prov 6:16-19 NIV  

35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”  Matt 12:35-37 NIV

9 Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.  Rom 12:9-10 NLT

If sin is involved, the best way to deal with issues according to Jesus is found in Matt 18:15-17

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16 But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’   17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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