James 3:8-12 (KJV)
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Summary & Intro
Blessing God, is the business of every saint. We exist to glorify Him. We cannot add to His Glory, nor make Him more Glorious, but we do testify of, declare, and make known His Eternal Glory! This is the right and duty of the saint! So the idea of "ought" carries concepts that due to divine origin, the absoluteness of the principle provides ontic boundaries. The concept of Must and Must not, has come to us by Divine appointment rather than a natural phenomenon or coincidence. It is the idea of having stumbled into something bigger than ourselves, and crossed it's boundary marker, when we "Ought not". A child ought not to rule over the parent. The parent ought to discipline their child. If a man is to marry, he ought to marry a woman. If a criminal is found guilty, he ought to be punished, the criminal ought not to be rewarded. This is what one preacher accounted for as the "Law of Oughtness". An Absolute transcendent line and boundary marker that is so obvious and unquestionably not meant to be violated, that it reveals the utter foolishness of the offender. To speak ill and curse those made in the image of God violated the law of oughtness. God Ought to be blessed and praised and worshipped. We ought not use that same tongue to curse, and slander, and belittle those who bear resemblance to the God we bless. How can we bless and testify of the consistent God with hypocrisy being protected in our mouth? We ourselves, still wait to face God's judgement, how are we in any position to render condemnations and curses? May all insults, slurs, slander, and cursing be far from the mouth and the lips of those who Praise The Living God.
After some time in the US Navy as a Sonar Technician aboard Submarines, Austin moved to Panama City to be near his ailing mother as she fought a losing battle with lung cancer. Her loss was one of several during a brief period where this young man was faced with his own weaknesses and hopelessness. During this period of great breaking, The Lord Jesus Christ transformed a prideful and perverse drunkard into a humble witness of the cross. Today by God's redeeming grace, Austin labors as a preacher, a missionary, and the pastor of Christ Evangel Christian Fellowship.